A Visit to Dromkeen
The Dromkeen Collection
Grounds and Gardens
A History of Dromkeen
The home of Australian Children's Book Illustration
The Dromkeen Collection is now closed at the Dromkeen Homestead. It is being relocated to the State Library of Victoria from January 1 2013. After this date please direct inquiries to the State Library of Victoria.
The Dromkeen homestead housing the world recognized picture book art collection is located at Riddells Creek in Victoria, a half hour drive north-west of Melbourne Airport. Dromkeen homestead is owned by Scholastic Australia Pty Limited. The company purchased it in 1985 so The Collection could be kept and displayed in its original setting. Scholastic Australia’s commitment to the Dromkeen Children’s Literature Collection has been remarkable. With all monies from programs and visitors going into The Collection’s Foundation account, there has been no direct monetary return for Scholastic. All maintenance staffing, property and promotion is covered by Scholastic. They are indeed ‘caretakers’ of this unique Collection.
New at Dromkeen
A Gallery Shop to be established stocking selected Australian children’s books plus new publications by author/illustrators working at Dromkeen. Also a number of literary gift items.
- The opening of a refurbished studio apartment at Dromkeen for scholars, researchers and other visitors who want to create new work
- The planning and production of more DVDs for sale in the Gallery Shop with exchange of products from the USA and UK connections.
- The launch of a Fundraising Appeal to assist the purchase of original artwork from children’s books and in particular to help fill in some gaps in the Dromkeen Collection.
- The publication of two new books focused on Dromkeen Medal Winners 1982-2008 (already published) and the Dromkeen Librarian’s Award 1994-2009 (to be published for the Dromkeen Literary Lunch)
- An Illustrator Task Force has been meeting to share ideas as to Dromkeen’s activities. This groups recommendation was the impetus for a specially allotted gallery space showcasing works from the collections holdings. This Task Force is headed by Graham Ryles, fellow of the University of Melbourne.
- Plans to develop partnerships with government and non-government groups to help further Dromkeen’s Strategic Plan.