Essays on the City Collection

First World War memorials within the municipality, the Fairies Tree, the Napier Waller murals in Melbourne Town Hall, the contemporary art collection… these and other elements in the collection are the subject of a small but growing number of pictorial essays. The essays were by written by specialists who collectively have a swag of PhDs and publications behind them. The point is they really know their subject area and bring great insights to the collection in clear and accessible prose. The essays were commissioned by the Writing sub-panel of the Collection Advisory Panel, comprised of seven external experts in collections and contemporary art.

Napier Waller, Melbourne Town Hall murals, 1926-27, oil and distemper on fibre panels

See below for all our essays

  • ‘World War One memorials in the City of Melbourne’ by Dr Michael Cathcart

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  • ‘The art of living in a city: contemporary art in the City of Melbourne collection’ by Dr Chris McAuliffe

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  • ‘The Napier Waller murals at the Melbourne Town Hall’ by Terence Lane

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  • ‘Melbourne’s Parks and Gardens: Through The Magic Lantern’ by Peter Timms

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  • ‘Folk of the Fairies’ Tree, Sculptor Ola Cohn, M.B.E (1892-1964) and a Melbourne Icon’ by Dr Barbara Lemon

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  • 'City of Melbourne Numismatic Collection’ by Darren Burgess

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  • 'Vaulting ambition' by Jonathan Green

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  • CLUSTER - City Gallery catalogue

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