Wesley’s extensive archival collection illustrates the history of the College through images, works of art, personal papers, multimedia, historic artefacts and magazines, and published histories.
Materials from the collection are available to researchers, by appointment. Access is subject to privacy restrictions and research and reproduction fees may apply.
The archival collection is also searchable online, providing access to a vast number of documents that have been published since 1866.
The ongoing digitisation of the collection has been made possible through the generous support of members of the Wesley College community. This program has involved the digitisation of all key historical documents as well as the Lion, the Chronicle, The MLC Cato Collection and the published histories of Wesley. To gain access to these valuable resources and gain a greater insight into the history of our great school, click here.
Wesley’s art collections
The Wesley College Art Collection has as its centrepiece, the Alec Cato Collection of Australian paintings, which are exhibited regularly. Works are also loaned to public galleries for exhibition and research purposes. Some of the featured artists in the collection include John William Ashton, Sir Arthur Streeton, Sir Hans Heysen, Sir Lionel Lindsay, Norman Lindsay, Percy Lindsay, Penleigh Boyd, Harold Herbert, Sir John Longstaff, Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Maude Sherwood, Louise Hearman, Melinda Harper, Fiona Foley and Rosslynd Piggott.
The College is also committed to developing its modern art collection, as well as its collection of student artworks. Artworks are available for viewing, by appointment, when not on public display.
Wesley College welcomes donations of artworks to the art collection as well as archival items that help illustrate the story of the College. Donations may be eligible for tax deductible status under the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.
Archival publications and resources
|Come on Lads|
Old Wesley Collegians and the Gallipolli campaign
Rowing at Wesley
|Artworks from the collection|
Acquisitive Art Prize
For further information about the archives and collections, please contact: