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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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Nurse Training Certificate 1889

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League, Ballarat

Photocopy

Historical information

Ellen Fitzgerald now qualified to act as Skilled Nurse

Significance

One of 1st certificates awarded at the Ballarat Base Hospital

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Padlock

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Padlock with key-hole cover, imprinted on the cover is a crown and underneath "V.R" "Patent Lock", very poor condition.

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Booklet - Standing Orders for Operation and Maintenance of Mechanical Vehicles

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

Soft covered booklet

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Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Framed, glazed and mounted photo montage of Bugler's Band, Third Victorian Regiment, 1st Battalion, Ballarat 1893. Presented to Corporal H. Thornton by the Members as a mark of esteem. See accession information sheet for list of names. Photo of instruments

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Kitchenalia - Knife sharpener

Allansford Cheese World Museum, Allansford

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Harness Buckle

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Horse harness brass buckle 2" x 1¾" Buckle has section missing, has Slight verdigris and encrustation. Recovered from the wreck of the Schomberg.

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Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Black and white photograph in China from Arnott Rogers Collection showing Shen Kong Pao gardens

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Texta - Sketchbook

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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Booklet - Aide-Memmoire for Regimental Officers & Non-Commissioned Officers

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

A soft covered booklet dealing with Company/Platoon orders, communications, Artillery fire control, various reports etc

Inscriptions & Markings

DSN 7610-010-0288

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Book

Nhill & District Historical Society Inc., Nhill

Nhill's Fabulous Century

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Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Black and White photograph of a group of men marching west in Sturt St. The St. Andrew's Kirk is in the background. Groups of men and schoolboys are standing alongside the Cenotaph.

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Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Coloured postcard of "Lake Wendouree, Ballarat". Mounted on cardboard - shows boatsheds. Typed caption pasted onto postcard reads: "Showing The Steamer And Yacht Club Sheds 1912". Postcard has blue/green shadings.

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Envelope, Letter & Photograph sent to Harry Hall

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Envelope with hand written address in ink, to H Hall Esq. Postmarked April 1938. Letter hand written in ink dated 30.04.1938 adorned with the Waldorf Historia crest (New York), signed by Irwin. The letter mentions Olive and has a photograph enclosed. Small photograph of ship's deck and two crew inscribed in same ink with "Roy's best Love".

Historical information

This letter and photograph illustrates the broad social circle of Harold and Olive Hall (nee Duncan), who was a member of the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild. The photograph affords a view of a ship's deck, circa 1938.

Significance

This is a photograph of social and historic significance, being part of a sub-collection of material that provides a snapshot of the type of individuals involved in the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild and the activities carried out by that organisation.

Inscriptions & Markings

Waldorf Historia letterhead

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Boyle-Davis gag tongue depressor set

Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History, Melbourne

The four metal tongue depressors within this set decrease in size. Theey all have a curved distal end and L-shaped proximal end which has a file texture surface. There is also an illumination outlet designed for an electronic light source to help see inside the patient.

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PH Timber Fellers - Fallers in Powelltown bush including George Potter

Upper Yarra Museum, Yarra Junction

Image of three fallers with axes and two others around stump of large tree. Black and white photograph A3 mounted on cardboard

Historical information

Mr George Potter Manager of the Victorian Hardwood Company mill at Powelltown is sitting in centre of photograph

Inscriptions & Markings

rear of photo, writen description; central figure is Mr George Potter Manager VHC Powelltown Died c1949 presented by Mrs A G Potter daughter in-law of above 76 Bluff Rd Black Rock

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Iron

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Charcoal box iron with iron body, wooden handle and metal finger guard. Has been painted black.

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Watch faces

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Watch faces glass 10c and 20c sizes.

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Hand-Drawn Map Centred on Buckland Gap Road by Frank Lebbell Frost July 1916

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Hand-drawn map centred on Buckland Gap road (near Murmungee). Details the quantity and quality of flowering timber in the nearby State Forest. Scale is 1/2 mile to 1 inch. Map was drawn on the 16th July, 1916. Drawn with black pen and grey lead on paper. Features are marked in red.

Historical information

This is one of the maps drawn by Frank L. Frost while he was beekeeping in North-East Victoria. This particular map may be reference in the "Wooden" Diary on page 8.

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Sewing machine, Wilcox & Gibbs

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

Willcox and Gibbs: Serial No. 158679. A single thread, chain stitch Sewing Machine with a special hand crank mechanism produced in England for the European market, and the glass tension discs which were used on domestic models until 1875. This Willcox & Gibbs came complete with its wooden carry case. The machine was made in America in the late 1860's but it has the ornate hand crank produced at Coalbrookdale near Telford, England which was, in Victorian times, renown for producing high quality ornate iron castings. This machine has the glass tension discs which were used on domestic models until 1875. The Willcox & Gibbs badge is located on the rear of the base casting and it also has a deep wooden base.

Historical information

Willcox and Gibbs: Serial No. 158679. The Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine Company was founded in 1857 by James E. A. Gibbs and James Willcox and opened its London Office in 1859 at 135 Regent Street . By 1871 the Company's Chief Office for Europe was at 150 Cheapside, London, this office was later moved (post 1885) to 94 - 96 Wigmore Street, then 37 & 39 Moorgate Street (by 1891 to post 1907) and later 20 Fore Street, London . Right from the initial production the manufacturing of the Company's single thread, chain stitch machine was undertaken by Brown & Sharpe, Rhode Island and this continued up until 1948. A special hand crank mechanism was produced in England for the European market, but the general design of the Willcox & Gibbs remained essentially the same throughout its production. The only major improvement was in 1875 when the glass tension discs were replaced with an automatic tension device which ensured the machine could not get out of adjustment. In addition to the domestic hand and treadle machines the company produced a wide range of industrial models. The Company finally closed in 1973. This Willcox & Gibbs came complete with its wooden carry case. The machine was made in America in the late 1860's but it has the ornate hand crank produced at Coalbrookdale near Telford, England which was, in Victorian times, renown for producing high quality ornate iron castings. This machine has the glass tension discs which were used on domestic models until 1875. The Willcox & Gibbs badge is located on the rear of the base casting and it also has a deep wooden base. The cloth plate has various American patent dates, four dating between 1857 & 1860 relating to J. E. A. Gibbs, three dating between 1860 & 1864 relating to Chas H. Willcox (son of James Willcox), the machine was also licensed under five other patents including the infamous Elias Howe patent of 1846. There are only two English patents one for J. E. A Gibbs and the other for James Willcox.

Significance

In 1887 a W & G Sewing Machine sold in England for 6 pounds , with its box and bits, at a time when the average wage was less than 10/- shillings per week. The early settlers of Moorabbin Shire had to be self sufficient making their own clothes, tableware, bed coverings, furnishings and equipment. The women were skilled dressmakers and craft workers.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Willcox & Gibbs badge is located on the rear of the base casting

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Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

B/W photograph of a group of people surrounding a pregnant cow. Numbered on reverse: "5036".

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Printmaking - Etching & Aquatint - Moon Shell

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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Booklet - Facts & Figures

Greensborough Historical Society,

A 62 page booklet issued by the State Savings Bank of Victoria. The outer cover has a dark olive green background colour and has some yellow detail in the design.

Historical information

This 64 page booklet was first issued in 1958 and distributed free of charge to customers. It contained such interesting snippets as a list of Kings and Queens of England to population lists and information about the planets. This was a popular item amongst school children.

Significance

The State Savings Bank of Victoria existed until 1991 when it was taken over by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. It was a major provider of home loan in the post war period.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some pencil scribbling on inside covers.

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Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Sepia toned photograph of a gentleman sitting in a large chair - robed and wearing medallions around his neck. Bottom left corner reads: "Melba Studios 65 Market Street, Sydney".

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Block

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

2 sheave wood block painted grey

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Powder Box: "Le Triomphe Geuldy Paris" "Rachel"

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

round cardboard box covered in gold coloured paper with cellophane covering on lid. pictures of elephants and turtles cover the lid. gold rim on bottom half of box "le triomphe gueldy paris" "rachel" written on bottom of box

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Bucket

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Bucket enamel white lid. Lid is corroded.

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Wannan's Engines Driver's Guide

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Hardback, red with gold lettering. Guide to the care, management and working of steam boilers, engines & pump. Some Illustrations. 24th Ed.

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Register - Marriage Register

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A large book, the front cover is blue-grey, and not attached to the pages. The register has 25 pages, each documenting a wedding between 1950 to 1954. It is stapled three times along the left edge, where fragments of the original cover can be seen.

Historical information

The register documents the weddings that took place in St. Peter's Mariners Church between October 1950 to January 1954. Each page is the legal documentation of the necessary information for the wedding to be registered in the Commonwealth of Australia. Two of the weddings registers also have Forms of Consent, as the brides were under age. Most of the weddings have been officiated by Reverend Frank Oliver.

Significance

The register is a record of the weddings conducted in Peter the Marina Church between the 14th of October 1950 to the 16th of January 1954.

Inscriptions & Markings

On unattached front cover: REGISTER NO 7 (underlined) / 106 - 130 / 14-10-50 - 16-1-54 / NOTE NOS 107 PORT MELBOURNE / 114 WILLIAMSTOWN / 122 WILLIAMSTOWN / 120 PRIVATE ADDRESS GLENHUNTLY, handwritten in ink. There is an ink smudge just below the last line.

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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 15% of original electroplating remains with some verdigris.

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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