Historic photographs

There are many places to search online for historic photographs of Moreland.

You can also find images in local history books, newsletters and newspapers.

Many local, state and national institutions also have photographs of the local area that haven't been digitized or put online.

Churches or other local community organisations might also have private archives of photographs.

Contact these organisations to search their local files if you can't find images online.


Trove is combined search site for collections of many state and national libraries and museums such as the State Library of Victoria, Museum Victoria and Australian War Memorial.  It also searches Flickr and Picture Victoria collection.

To limit seaching to Australian content click the ‘Australian content’ box at the top of the screen before searching.  Check copyright restrictions for each imageContact the holding library or museum if you need high-resolution copies.

Picture Victoria 

Picture Victoria website hosts about 3000 historic images of Moreland’s suburbs held by Moreland City Libraries and Coburg Historic Society. Most images are taken before 1955 and are out of copyright. To limit searches to local content, choose Advanced Search function and select Moreland City Libraries from the drop-down menu.

Moreland City Libraries Local History Catalogue

The Moreland City Libraries Local History Catalogue hosts a series of local Brunswick images collected by Cr. Dollman before 1938 and converted to glass slides to celebrate the centenary of Brunswick.  There are a small number of images of other local suburbs.  All photographic images are out of copyright.

State Library of Victoria Digital Image Pool

The Digital Image Pool has 200,00 historic images of Victoria you can search and download in high-resolution for free. For high-resolution downloads, click on the image and see the small 'Download a high-res image' at the bottom of the page.  

The Victorian heritage database  

The Victorian heritage database includes images of historic buildings in Moreland. Can be searched by municipality.

Royal Historical Society of Victoria   

Royal Historical Society of Victoria has over 30,000 images of Melbourne that date back to 1850s, including portraits, street scenes etc. Only a small selection of images held by the Society are online.

Public Record Office of Victoria (PROV)

Public Record Office of Victoria has a digitised public transport photograph collection (includes local train stations).  Note: many PROV images do not appear on Trove.


Wikinorthia has a small number of photographs posted by local libraries and community members as part of articles of local interest.

CoAsIt Italian Historical Society

CoAsIt Italian Historical Society has an online photographic collection of the Italian Historical Society in Carlton.  

Broadmeadows Historical Society

Broadmeadows Historical Society has an online gallery of photographs. There is also a Museum of Broadmeadows which is located in the Broadmeadows Town Park opposite to the Shopping Centre on Pearcedale Parade.

Victorian Collections (Museum Australia, Victoria) 

Victorian Collections is a portal site to collections of small museums across Victoria.

Moreland City Council Image Gallery

Moreland City Council image gallery has a small selection of photographs of recent public events on our website.

Internet search engine ‘image search’

If you are still unable to find a suitable image, select and search in the “Image search” area of an internet search engine. A link to a relevant image may appear.  Take note of copyright restrictions.


Copyright in photographs is generally owned by the photographer or their estate.

Photos taken before 1955 are now out of copyright. To reproduce a photograph taken after 1955 it must be publicity licensed or fall into one of the exceptions stated in the Copyright Act. Otherwise you must seek permission of the copyright owner to reproduce.

If you publish a photograph from the Moreland City Libraries collection, please include the source in the caption to assist other researchers eg Image provided by Moreland City Libraries.