Museum of Brisbane


Our Collection

The City of Brisbane Collection is owned by the people of Brisbane through Brisbane City Council, and is cared for and managed by Museum of Brisbane. Beginning in 1859 with the foundation of local government in Brisbane, the Collection’s holdings expanded in 1912 when a large number of works by local artist Richard Randall were donated by his father. During the 1960s and 1970s more works were added through gifts and purchases when the City Hall Arts and Historical Committee became responsible for development of the Collection.
A collection of historical ceramics grew after the appointment of a curator during the 1970s and contemporary works by Brisbane artists were acquired during the 1990s. Since the launch of Museum of Brisbane in 2003, works by contemporary artists and a number of multimedia presentations have been commissioned as part of Museum exhibitions and added to Collection holdings, which now exceed 5000 items.

William Bustard, Jacaranda in bloom, Farsley Hill, Hamilton, c1950s. Oil on canvas on board, 525×623. Purchased 2014, Museum of Brisbane Collection

Easton Pearson Archive

The complete collection of internationally acclaimed fashion house Easton Pearson, comprising more than 3300 signature garments, was gifted to Museum of Brisbane by Brisbane philanthropist and contemporary art patron Dr Paul Eliadis.

Easton Pearson, created by Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson, is arguably Brisbane’s most successful design company. From the launch of the label in 1988 to its close in 2016, Easton Pearson’s eclectic, boldly patterned and embellished fashions graced catwalks and showrooms across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, America and Australia.

The Easton Pearson Archive is the largest gift received by the Museum. A rotating selection of garments will be on permanent display in the Museum and planning for a major exhibition is underway for 2018.

Dr Eliadis gifted the Easton Pearson Archive to the Museum through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

People from around the world can now experience Museum of Brisbane’s Easton Pearson Archive on Google Arts & Culture. Enjoy more than 150 stunning images from their ground-breaking collections, including detailed images that reveal bespoke textiles and prints, international collaborations and meticulously designed garments.