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'Estey' Harmonium (Portable)

City of Moorabbin Historical Society operating the Box Cottage Museum, Ormond

Circa 1870, “Estey”, American, small Harmonium, (commonly known as a Gospel Organ). This example folds up into a small, wooden case so that it could be easliy transported to Religious Services

Historical information

Circa 1870, “Estey”, American-made, small Harmonium, (commonly known as a Gospel Organ). Initially purchased by Mr John Box, This example folds up into a small wooden case. It was often borrowed and could frequently be seen on the roadside, waiting to be picked up by horse and cart for delivery to a place of worship, often a local hall or private home. This organ was donated to the Baptist Church in the 1920s, from the estate of John Box, and was in constant use.

Significance

This 'Estey' harmonium belonged to the local Bentleigh Baptist Church, Vickery Street, Bentleigh. It was often borrowed for delivery to a place of worship, often a local hall. There was also a “Methodist Mission to Chinese”, located in Lydia Street, Bentleigh, where the Methodist religion was taught to those interested Chinese. Pioneer settlers welcomed the support and fellowship provided by their gatherings for regular religious worship

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Two long handled frying pans

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Two long handled iron frying pans

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Book, Knitting - Patons Knitting Book no. 538

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

One of a collection of 56 knitting pattern books donated by Mrs Hilma Carruthers. These books had been used by Mrs Carruthers, her mother and her two daughters. Book was produced by Patons and Baldwins and contains knitting patterns for women's and childrens garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

Featuring PATONS NYLETTE CREPE YARN NO. 538 / Patons / KNITTING BOOK / No. 538 / 2'-

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Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Pilot and Arthur Roberts 10936, circa 1949

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Report series - Sentencing : report of the Victorian Sentencing Committee

RMIT GSBL Justice Smith Collection, Melbourne

No. of volumes: 3 Volume range: 1-3

Historical information

Previous owner: T. H. Smith

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN: 0724170871

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Box

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Square cardboard box with metal corner supports. Has "Aronson & Co Propty Ltd. Wholesale Jewellers and Importers 297 & 299 Little Collins Street Melbourne". Has small items in box.

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CWA Commemorative Key

Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Cardboard Key with signatures 1933-1954

Historical information

This cardboard key commemorated the 21st birthday of the Koroit CWA in 1954 and was signed by all members as well as members from neighbouring branches.

Significance

This is the only artefact at the society that clearly states who the Koroit members were in 1954.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title "1933-1954 / CWA / Koroit" followed by numerous signatures

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Postcard - photographic - Egyptian Canal near Nouza Gardens

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (formerly University of Ballarat), Mt Helen

Black and white image of a canal in Egypt during World War One.

Historical information

The postcard was sent by Harry Holmes who was a member of the Australian Imperial Force based in Egypt at the time. Egypt was a major base for the AIF from December 1914. A number of campaigns were fought in this theatre. There were two campaigns involving the AIF. Note that not all the fighting was actually geographically in Egypt. (http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8888/about3.html)

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Ornament - Triaca & Picchi figurine

Allansford Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Plaster figurine depicting a boat with a girl sitting in the front holding the rope of an anchor and a boy holding the back of the boat which is up on the sand. The girl wears a short sleeved frock with green edged neck and sleeves, and a matching scarf. The boy wears a V-neck shirt with sleeves rolled up.

Historical information

Part of the Uebergang Collection. Made by the firm of Triaca & Picchi. Camilo Triaca (1887-1972) was a sculptor born Tuscany, Italy. He arrived in Melbourne in 1909 and practised his craft in Richmond, Melbourne, before returning to Italy in 1914 to serve in the Italian Army. He returned to Melbourne in 1923 and continued to sculpt at his Richmond home before relocating to Fitzroy. A 1927 image of workers at his studio workshop taking a lunch break is in the Italian Historical Society collection (http://trove.nla.au/version172106091). The workshop was situated at 76-78 King William St, Fitzroy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Triaci & Picchi/1773

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Photograph - Gil Tucker

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Coloured photograph of Gil Tucker as skipper of the Adelaide in the sequel to All the Rivers Run.He is seen here at the wheel of the boat with the throttle (the red lever on the small black wheel) in the foreground.

Historical information

The paddle steamer Adelaide was used in the mini series All the Rivers Run Sequel as a floating emporium. The Adelaide is the oldest wooden hulled paddle steamer still operating in the world. The mini series was filmed to show how the river trade operated in the late 1800's.

Significance

Crawford Productions produced a mini series in Echuca in 1982-1983 called All the Rivers Run. Old historic boats were used- P.S.Pevensey & P.S.Adelaide. In this photograph the Adelaide is used

Inscriptions & Markings

Please return to port of Echuca Gil Tucker as skipper of Adelaide in ARRun Seuel H Coulson Collection

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Ceramic - [Green Decorated Jug]

Federation University Australia Art Collection , Ballarat

Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

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Bottle Milk

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

This heavy gauged glass milk bottle has a rim and a distinctive head at the top. This head was manufactured to facilitate the movement of the bottled along the milk production line. The method of pouring milk into the bottle has been part of the "production line". This bottle has a one pint capacity and is made from "light green" coloured glass(a protection against light penetration). There are other milk bottles that do not have a "green" tint in them. This thick glass bottle which contained milk required its thickness because of the extensive handling before final consumption. Milk was delivered by the "milk man" direct to the homes of consumers. During this period delivery to homes in cities and towns was made initially by horse and cart and later by truck.

Historical information

This glass milk bottle was manufactured and used mid to late 1900's (1834 Victorian dairy industry was founded) up to the time that a cheaper container was invented(plastic bottles and polyethylene plastic lined cardboard cartons). In 1909 the supply of pure bottled milk was required for babies to overcome infant mortality due to unhygienic milk sources (unclean containers and unpasteurized milk). Due to the volume of milk being processed and hand milking could not keep up with demand, dairy farms introduced milking machines in the late 1930's. The great increases in dairy herds from the average of 18 cows per heard in 1950's to 142 cows per herd in 1996 required milk tankers to pick up the regions milk supply. This bottle was so constructed to be easily moved within the milk processing plants from the delivery vats/holding tanks to the final corking/sealing of the bottles for eventual distribution. From 1958 the milk bottle slowly became phased out of production. At this point in time Melbourne was drawing 160,000 bottles per week from the two major glass bottle works companies, e.g. Melbourne Glass Bottle Works Co.

Significance

Victoria was the major state supplier of cows milk in the history of Australian milk production from the early 1800's. The Kiewa Valley and its region was a major contributor to meet that demand. Each bottle was "branded" during manufacturing to show the contents (pasteurized milk) and where it originated from (region and supplier). This method of recycling the bottles back to specific dairy farms was a good control method but an uneconomical "on cost" which was replaced by the "throw away" less costly plastic and cardboard containers. Kiewa Valley dairy herds had marked bottles bearing "90/9", "6/18", "6/33", "6/35" and "6/36" Found under house at 1 Beauty Ave., Mt Beauty.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the bottom end of this bottle a circle within it "6/18" and next to this "MILK" and opposite "ONE PINT". Below this "THIS BOTTLE BELONGS TO MILK BOTTLE RECOVERY LTD" and below this "AND CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION" on the base "M" underneath this "3"

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Book - The Refraction of the Eye

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

The Refraction of the Eye

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Badge - ask me about p.a.n.d.a.

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) , Ballarat

Badge. Round with plastic backing. Blue background handcoloured with texta. White dove. Black and white text: "ask me about p.a.n.d.a. peace and nuclear disarmament action". Homemade. Panda was a Nuclear Disarmament Party splinter group formed in 1985 by Jo Vallentine and Peter Garrett

Historical information

Belonged to Jo Vallentine who made history in 1984 when she was elected to the Australian Senate as the world’s first single-issue peace politician.

Inscriptions & Markings

"ask me about p.a.n.d.a. peace and nuclear disarmament action". On reverse "B.A.M."

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Book - The Victoria Government Gazette 1901 1 Vol 113

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

The Victoria Government Gazette 1901 1 Vol 113

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Kit, Mess

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston, Victoria

Standard Australian Army issue mess kit consisting of two tinned steel containers each in the form of a rectangular dish. Both have a folding wire handle and are designed so that one dish which is smaller fits inside the larger dish.

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Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

60 V/71

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Harness Ring

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Brass Harness Ring, 2" dia, slight verdigris and encrustation. Recovered from the Schomberg wreck.

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Postcard: Lower Sturt Street, Ballarat, Victoria

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

The brown toned card shows Sturt Street looking East towards the Mall (formerly Bridge Street). The central gardens are also in the centre of the picture. A tram line runs beside the gardens. There are some cars parked along the street which suggest the 1920s-30s.

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Journal - Sheep Liaison Notes no. 2, Feb. 1959

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Sheep Liaison Notes" no. 2, February 1959. 'Sheep Reproduction' issue. Produced by the Agricultural Research Liaison Section of CSIRO. Limited circulation publication produced for extension officers in State Departments.

Inscriptions & Markings

W.R. MONTGOMERY

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Dress

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Navy blue fine woollen dress. 6 gore panels up to a yoke at the front. Back centre panel continues to form a yold over 2 side panels. Long sleeves finished with 2 press studs and gathered at the top. "V" neckline, belt attached at side front panels and fastened with a buckle at the back

Historical information

Made in Camp 3 for Luise Wied

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Oil on masonite - Storm over Merimbula - Pambula Beach

Federation University Australia Art Collection , Ballarat

Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

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Racquet & cover

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Spalding 'The Professional Extreme 95' racquet, with handle wrapped in clear plastic; and a three quarter length racquet cover. Materials: Composite Materials, Plastic, Nylon, Adhesive tape, Synthetic material

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Wedding Dress

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

MUSTARD BROWN MATERIAL WITH A CHECKED PATTERN WITH A THICK BROWN LINE & THIN BLUE LINE RUNNING THROUGH THE MATERIAL TO FORM THE PATTERN. TRIMED IN BROWN VELVET, MOTHER-OF-PEARL ROUND LARGE BUTTONS.

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Spoon

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Unrestored tea spoon from the wreck of the LOCH ARD. The spoon design has a flattened fiddle-back handle, with a thin stem or shank, flared collar, and elongated bowl. The spoons metallic composition is a thin layer of brass alloy which has partially corroded back to a nickel-silver base metal. Approximately 30% of original electroplating remains, with some verdigris. Outlines of two markers marks are partially visible on lower rear of handle.

Historical information

This tea spoon is from the wreck of the LOCH ARD, a Loch Line ship of 1,693 tons which sailed from Gravesend, London, on 2 March 1878 with 17 passengers and a crew of 36 under Captain George Gibbs. “The intention was to discharge cargo in Melbourne, before returning to London via the Horn with wool and wheat”. Instead, on 1 June 1878, after 90 days at sea, she struck the sandstone cliffs of Mutton Bird Island on the south west coast of Victoria, and sank with the loss of 52 lives and all her cargo. The manifest of the LOCH ARD listed an array of manufactured goods and bulk metals being exported to the Colony of Victoria, with a declared value of £53,700. (202 bills of lading show an actual invoice value of £68, 456, with insurance underwriting to £30,000 of all cargo). Included in the manifest is the item of “Tin hardware & cutlery £7,530”. This teaspoon is one of 482 similar items of electro-plated cutlery from the LOCH ARD site, comprising spoons and forks of various sizes but all sharing the same general shape or design and metallic composition. 49 of these pieces display a legible makers’ mark — the initials “W” and “P” placed within a raised diamond outline, which is in turn contained within a sunken crown shape — identifying the manufacturer as William Page & Co of Birmingham. An electroplater’s makers’ marks, unlike sterling silver hallmarks, are not consistent identifiers of quality or date and place of manufacture. A similar line of five impressions was usually made to impress the consumer with an implication of industry standards, but what each one actually signified was not regulated and so they varied according to the whim of the individual foundry. In this case, the maker’s marks are often obscured by sedimentary accretion or removed by corrosion after a century of submersion in the ocean. However sufficient detail has survived to indicate that these samples of electro-plated cutlery probably originated from the same consignment in the LOCH ARD’s cargo. The following descriptions of maker’s marks are drawn from 255 tea spoons, 125 dessert spoons, and 99 table forks. These marks are clearly visible in 66 instances, while the same sequence of general outlines, or depression shapes, is discernible in another 166 examples. 1. A recessed Crown containing a raised Diamond outline and the initials “W” and “P” (the recognised trademark of William Page & Co) 2. An impressed Ellipse containing a raised, pivoted, Triangle in its lower part and bearing a Resurrection Cross on its upper section (a possible dissenting church symbol reflecting religious affiliation); OR a rounded Square impression containing a raised, ‘lazy’, letter “B” (possibly mimicking sterling silver hallmark signifying city of manufacture i.e. Birmingham) 3. An impressed rounded Square filled with a raised Maltese Cross (the base metal composite of nickel silver was also known as ‘German silver’ after its Berlin inventors in 1823) 4. A recessed Circle containing a Crab or Scarab Beetle image; OR a recessed Circle containing a rotated ‘fleur de lys’ or ‘fasces’ design 5. A depressed Diamond shape enclosing a large raised letter “R” and a small raised letter “D” (mimicking the U.K. Patent Office stamp which abbreviated the term ‘registered’ to “RD”, but also included date and class of patent) Suggested trade names for William Page & Co’s particular blend of brass plating are ‘roman silver’ or ‘silverite’. This copper alloy polishes to a lustrous gold when new, discolouring to a murky grey with greenish hue when neglected.

Significance

The LOCH ARD shipwreck is of State significance – Victorian Heritage Register S 417.

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Badge - Remembrance Day 1918

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A plastic covered paper badge. It is a a shield shape and has a map of Australia in gold surmounted by a red crown. Under the map is a blue ribbon with the word Australia in white. There is a laurel either side of the map in green with a yellow scroll under with 'Heroes, Gallipoli" under with April 25th 1915.

Historical information

Produced for sale for Remembrance Day 1918

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: Proceeds in aid of State War Council for Soldiers, Widows and orphans and R.S.S.I.L.A.

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Bowl #2

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Porcelain bowl with blue circular line around rim. The centre of the bowl is decorated with a blue and brown motif of 2 children playing

Inscriptions & Markings

Base stamped "Made in Japan"

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Pie funnel

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Pie Funnel, ceramic white glaze, "Nutbrown" printed on side.

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Camisole

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Black camisole or under garment circa 1910

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Postcard: Sans Souci, New South Wales

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Sans Souci, New South Wales

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