CONSULTANTS will soon deep dive into a historic Bendigo collection of items removed from streetscapes across Victoria at a time when heritage values were being trashed across Australia.
The city has housed the National Trust's 1500 piece collection of cast ironwork since 2001.
It contains items amassed by Dr Graeme Robertson, who campaigned throughout the 1950s and 60s at a time when councils and other authorities actively promoted the destruction of heritage buildings and structures.
The City of Greater Bendigo's Steve Hamilton said a desktop review would precede a more in-depth "significance assessment".
"This particular group of cast Iron items has never been researched in any great detail and its significance locally and nationally has never been clearly established," he said.
"Assessing the significance of the collection will help the National Trust Victoria and the city make decisions about the future care and use of these cast iron objects."
Mr Hamilton said the initial desktop review could take as long as 12 months, given the delays the pandemic was creating for many projects.
The review would be the first stage in the overall project and would allow a yet-to-be-appointed heritage consultant to finally establish the collection's full historic significance.
The National Trust had hoped to host a talk by Dr Robertson's son Denis on the collection's legacy but the event remains postponed until pandemic conditions ease.
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