Oral History Project

William Angliss Institute was formerly known as William Angliss Foods Trade School. For over 80 years, the Institution has been a dedicated training provider to the foods, tourism and hospitality industries delivering a range of courses nationally and internationally.

The aim of this ongoing project is to locate and record interviews with former students, teachers, and staff of William Angliss Institute (WAI). Their stories will be added to WAI’s culinary archive.

Much of the history of WAI has not been documented. The William Angliss Oral History Project was commissioned to mark its wonderful contribution to Australia's cultural, social, culinary and tourism history. The recorded interviews will become part of the Special Collections, which already has an extensive collection of over 6000 rare items. The Oral History project will bring life to this collection. Oral history is built around people; the stories of past students and staff with public profiles and the ‘unknown’ majority will be part of this history.

 Alan Stebbing
John BW
RayWay BW

Digitisation Project

The library's digitisation project aims to improve the Special Collections' accessibility and facilitate better access to learning resources for the TAFE and wider research community. The project also aims to reduce the handling of our fragile and valuable materials.

Completed and ongoing projects includes:

Menu Collection

Since 2006, the library has been conducting a digitisation project which started with the menus that were granted permission to display, e.g. airlines and cruise company menus. These included Qantas, P&O Cruise Singapore Airlines and British Airways. The project continually expanded to cover the menus which were out of copyright (work before 1955).

So far, over 1000 menus have been digitised and 296 menus are available online. The project is currently ongoing.

Zimmerman Book Collection

Zimmerman Book Collection was fully digitised in 2013.

The library will continue to digitise menus and other material to provide maximum access to our unique collection.