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About Swinburne Image Bank

Swinburne Image Bank provides access to selected digital images from various Swinburne Collections. At present there are over 5000 items available online.


Swinburne Image Bank was first created in 2004 and officially launched by the Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology, Professor Ian Young, on 23 April 2009. It began as an initiative to manage and provide central access to the thousands of images documenting university life and history that Swinburne has amassed over the past century.

Since 2004 the collection has been continually growing. Significant contributions to the collection include the digitization of 2 filing cabinets full of photographs that had appeared in past issues of the Swinburne Newsletter, and regular contributions by Swinburne's in-house photographer, who took photographs for Swinburne publications and to document events.

Swinburne Image Bank provides a means of managing Swinburne photographs and images and providing online access to them for multiple purposes, including teaching, research, marketing, displays of artworks and documentation of university life and history.


Users of the collection are likely to be particularly interested in a wide range of photographs illustrating the learning and teaching of the then college - art, carpentry, chemistry and science, commercial (e.g. typing), domestic science, engineering and trades, and other studies. There are many other studies over the period - cake decorating (1954), astronomy (1960s), blacksmithing (1937) and dressmaking (1915).

Swinburne Image Bank is a work in progress with new images being continually added to the database.

Picture Australia

All of the images in Swinburne Image Bank are harvested by Picture Australia, an initiative of the National Library of Australia to provide online access to images that cover all aspects of Australiana. Swinburne Image Bank began having its images harvested by the service in February 2004.

Swinburne Image Bank may also be searched via Picture Australia.

YouTube Videos

Swinburne Image Bank also includes archival video footage capturing the living history of Swinburne and the people associated with it. There are currently 53 Swinburne videos available for viewing on Swinburne Image Bank and YouTube.


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