Sustainable Futures Collection

The Sustainable Futures Collection encompasses a diverse range of material in the fields of animal husbandry, agriculture, economic botany, food technology and textile technology.

The most significant element of the collection relates to agricultural equipment manufacturer and innovator H.V. McKay. This agricultural enterprise, spanning from its inception in the 1880s to the present day, forms one of the largest industrial collections in Australia and provides a window on Australian innovation, agriculture, manufacture, working lives and community life.

The collections take on new meaning with passing time. The large collection of wax models of fruit and vegetables, originally developed for 19th century international exhibitions, now plays a vital role in contributing to our understanding of contemporary issues of biodiversity.