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Breaking the Mould: The first police women in Victoria

30 Oct 2017

An account of the first police women in Victoria.

Curated By

Rachael Cottle, Volunteer, Victoria Police Museum

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Cup saucer and plate set - Partington cup, saucer and plate

Greensborough Historical Society,

China cup, saucer and plate set. White, decorated with small pink flowers.

Historical information

This cup, saucer and plate was part of a set given to Annie May Medhurst on the occasion of her marriage to William James Partington in 1905.

Significance

Partington and Medhurst families were Greensborough pioneers.

Inscriptions & Markings

No manufacturer's marks.

Newspaper Clipping - Bats aim to make most of possible swansong.

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Plenty Valley Cricket Club were vying for elevation to Premier Cricket in 2016-17. Coach Michael Sheedy discusses the team.

Soldier's diary - robertson thomas184.tif

Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc, Melbourne

soldier's diary

Photograph - Diamond Creek Trail, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Two colour photographs showing view looking towards and entering footbridge on the Diamond Creek Trail, Eltham

Photograph - Painting classes display, Living and Learning Centre, October 1988

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 1 strip

Historical information

Display includes a program for Winter-Spring 1987.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GB 100 5096

Plan - Plan of Survey Crown Allotment 9A and Part of Crown Allotment 8 Section 10 City and Parish of Ballaarat

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

ink and watercolor on watermarked laid paper dated 1928

Inscriptions & Markings

text and measurements

Book - Spelling - A Graded Word-Book For Australian Schools

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

An emerald green book with black writing (printed) with a thin and thick black line around the perimeter. Bound by 2 staples

Historical information

Educational book used for teaching Spelling circa 1950s - 1960s

Significance

Historical: Comparative with educational books of different eras.

Inscriptions & Markings

A / Graded / Word-Book / for / Australian Schools / Junior and Senior Classes / (New on Enlarged Edition) / emblem / by / W. Foster, M.A. / and / H. Bryant, B. A.

Jigsaw

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Rural scene - sheep, hay wagon. 5 people

Historical information

Used by internee children at Camp 3

Photograph of Olive and Lillie Duncan

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white photograph of two older women with permed hair wearing round white earrings, eating and talking together in a lounge room in a family home. A television set is also featured in the photograph. The image has slightly blurred definition.

Historical information

This photograph is presumed to be of Olive and Lillie Duncan as older women, as it was part of a donated collection of material relating to them and their involvement with the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild.

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. This particular photograph is also socially significant as it portrays the furnishing, clothing and hair fashions of the time (1960s).

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Panel

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Book - Australian criminal law

RMIT GSBL Justice Smith Collection, Melbourne

Historical information

Previous owners: T. H. Smith, T. W. Smith

Bike

Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc, Caulfield

bike, stand

Historical information

This item is part of the Thomas Caine Tool Collection, owned by The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and curated by the Hand Tools Preservation Association of Australia.

Book - Official History of Australia In The War of 1914-18 Vol 3

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Official History of Australia In The War of 1914-18 Vol 3 The Australian Imperial Force in France 1916 Author: C E W Bean Publisher: Angus & Robertson Date: 1937

Historical information

This item is from the ‘Pattison Collection’, a collection of books and records that was originally owned by the Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute, which was founded in Warrnambool in 1853. By 1886 the Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute (WMI) had grown to have a Library, Museum and Fine Arts Gallery, with a collection of “… choice productions of art, and valuable specimens in almost every branch and many wonderful national curiosities are now to be seen there, including historic relics of the town and district.” It later included a School of Design. Although it was very well patronised, the lack of financial support led the WMI in 1911 to ask the City Council to take it over. In 1935 Ralph Pattison was appointed as City Librarian to establish and organise the Warrnambool Library as it was then called. When the WMI building was pulled down in 1963 a new civic building was erected on the site and the new Warrnambool Library, on behalf of the City Council, took over all the holdings of the WMI. At this time some of the items were separated and identified as the ‘Pattison Collection’, named after Ralph Pattison. Eventually the components of the WMI were distributed from the Warrnambool Library to various places, including the Art Gallery, Historical Society and Flagstaff Hill. Later some were even distributed to other regional branches of Corangamite Regional Library and passed to and fro. It is difficult now to trace just where all of the items have ended up. The books at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village generally display stamps and markings from Pattison as well as a variety of other institutions including the Mechanics’ Institute itself. RALPH ERIC PATTISON Ralph Eric Pattison was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, in 1891. He married Maude Swan from Warrnambool in 1920 and they set up home in Warrnambool. In 1935 Pattison accepted a position as City Librarian for the Warrnambool City Council. His huge challenge was to make a functional library within two rooms of the Mechanics’ Institute. He tirelessly cleaned, cleared and sorted a disarrayed collection of old books, jars of preserved specimens and other items reserved for exhibition in the city’s museum. He developed and updated the library with a wide variety of books for all tastes, including reference books for students; a difficult task to fulfil during the years following the Depression. He converted all of the lower area of the building into a library, reference room and reading room for members and the public. The books were sorted and stored using a cataloguing and card index system that he had developed himself. He also prepared the upper floor of the building and established the Art Gallery and later the Museum, a place to exhibit the many old relics that had been stored for years for this purpose. One of the treasures he found was a beautiful ancient clock, which he repaired, restored and enjoyed using in his office during the years of his service there. Ralph Pattison was described as “a meticulous gentleman whose punctuality, floorless courtesy and distinctive neat dress were hallmarks of his character, and ‘his’ clock controlled his daily routine, and his opening and closing of the library’s large heavy doors to the minute.” Pattison took leave during 1942 to 1942 to serve in the Royal Australian Navy, Volunteer Reserve as Lieutenant. A few years later he converted one of the Museum’s rooms into a Children’s Library, stocking it with suitable books for the younger generation. This was an instant success. In the 1950’s he had the honour of being appointed to the Victorian Library Board and received more inspiration from the monthly conferences in Melbourne. He was sadly retired in 1959 after over 23 years of service, due to the fact that he had gone over the working age of council officers. However he continued to take a very keen interest in the continual development of the Library until his death in 1969.

Significance

The Pattison Collection, along with other items at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, was originally part of the Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute’s collection. The Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute Collection is primarily significant in its totality, rather than for the individual objects it contains. Its contents are highly representative of the development of Mechanics' Institute libraries across Australia, particularly Victoria. A diversity of publications and themes has been amassed, and these provide clues to our understanding of the nature of and changes in the reading habits of Victorians from the 1850s to the middle of the 20th century. The collection also highlights the Warrnambool community’s commitment to the Mechanics’ Institute, reading, literacy and learning in the regions, and proves that access to knowledge was not impeded by distance. These items help to provide a more complete picture of our community’s ideals and aspirations. The Warrnambool Mechanics Institute book collection has historical and social significance for its strong association with the Mechanics Institute movement and the important role it played in the intellectual, cultural and social development of people throughout the latter part of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. The collection of books is a rare example of an early lending library and its significance is enhanced by the survival of an original collection of many volumes. The Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute’s publication collection is of both local and state significance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on spine cover with typed text PATT 994.04 OFF Front pastedown endpaper has sticker from Warrnambool Public Library Front loose endpaper has a sticker from Corangamite Regional Library Service

Photograph - Reunion Photograph Unknown Year

Old Castlemaine Schoolboys Association Inc., CASTLEMAINE

Year 10NA 1995

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Colour photograph of the 10NA class of 1995 at Williamstown High School. Mounted on card, the teacher and students' names are also included.

Book - Uncle Tom's Cabin

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

Oxford World's Classics paperback edition of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' by Harriet Beecher Stowe, edited with an Introduction and Notes by Jean Fagan Yellin. Front cover image detail from Portrait of a Young African Woman by Neville Lewis

Historical information

Banned in the Southern United States during the Civil War due to its anti-slavery content. In 1852,Uncle Tom's Cabin was banned in Russia under the reign of Nicholas I due to the idea of equality it presented, and for its "undermining religious ideals."

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Miss Euphemia Ethel Elizabeth Spencer Middleton Henderson standing with right hand resting on chair back. Sister to Mrs J. D. McHaffie.

Historical information

One of a collection of over 400 photographs in an album commenced in 1960 and presented to the Phillip Island & Westernport Historical Society by the Shire of Phillip Island

Irrigator Pump - Medical

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Clear glass Irrigator with pump on top missing. The pump is squeezed. The irrigator is pointed at one end gradually widening to a cylinder then blown out to a sphere before coming back in to a neck (with a lip) where the pump part would be attached.

Historical information

This medical / hospital equipment was used in the Tawonga District General Hospital which was built in the 1950's specifically for the increase in population due to the Kiewa Hydro Scheme.

Map - Ballarat Municipalities and City Boundary.

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Piece of linen attached at top and bottom with wooden rails. Top half of linen has a paper map of Ballaarat Province and Surrounding Municipalities directly attached to it and reads 'Ballaarat Province' in red ink which outlines the greater Ballarat area with surrounding municipalities shown in blue. Scale is '8 miles to 1 inch'. Bottom half is drawn directly onto linen and depicts Ballaarat City Boundary including street names. 'Scale about 20 chains to 1 inch'.

Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

B/W photograph if a group of gentlemen on a tram. Caption reads: "Mayor J.M. Barker Starts The First Electric Tram August 18th 1905".

Photograph - Heritage Excursion; Maroondah Aqueduct, 3 September 2016

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Newsletter No., 229, August 2016 Heritage Excursion - Maroondah Aqueduct Walk - Saturday 3rd September The Maroondah Aqueduct was once a major link in Melbourne’s water supply system. It was built between 1886 and 1891 to transfer water from the Watts River near Healesville to the Preston Reservoir. It was 66 km in length, made up of 41 km of open channel, 10 km of tunnel through hills and 15 km of pipeline across stream valleys known as inverted siphons. The section of the aqueduct through the Eltham area has been abandoned since the 1980s but the open channel has largely been retained. A recreational path follows the aqueduct reserve. For our excursion on 3rd September we intend to walk along the section of the aqueduct adjacent to Allendale Road. This is a section not visited on previous excursions and includes the transition from open channel to the inverted siphon across the Diamond Creek valley. Apart from the aqueduct itself the main feature of the walk is the extensive views across Eltham North and Diamond Creek. Along the way we will talk about the history of the aqueduct and the area. This easy walk is about 3 km return and will take 2 to 2.5 hours. It will start at 2pm at the junction of Allendale Road with Godber Road and Zig Zag Road North, officially Diamond Creek, but on the northern boundary of Eltham. (Melway ref.12 B10).

photograph

Wangaratta Urban Fire Brigade, Wangaratta

color photograph

Historical information

YARRAWONGA WEIR ANNIVERSARY PARADE 29/10/89 HELMETS L TO R:C.Davidson, J. Kerr, A. Mills on back + Yarrawonga Brigade Members

Inscriptions & Markings

YARRAWONGA WEIR ANNIVERSARY PARADE 29/10/89 HELMETS L TO R:C.Davidson, J. Kerr, A. Mills on back + Yarrawonga Brigade Members

Book - Birds of Rutherglen District

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Light green paper covered booklet. Printed on paper with soft cardboard cover. "The Birds of the Rutherglen District by Allen McEvey / Curator of Birds, National Museum of Victoria"

Historical information

The Author, Allan McEvey, is a local man

Inscriptions & Markings

"To the Rutherglen Shire Library with compliments of the Author"

Booklet - 4th Light Horse Regiment Association 40th Anniversary

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

A soft covered booklet containing a Christmas message from the President and some aspects of the war service of the Regiment 1914 to 1918

Digital photographs - St Brigid's Crossley - centenary - celebrations carrolls

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Digital images

1940s cigarette tin

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

Photograph - Black and White - Mary A. Fogarty

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Black and white photographs of the head and shoulders of a woman. She is Mary Fogarty.

Historical information

Mary Fogarty was a former student of the Ballarat School of Mines. She joined the staff as a teacher of Arts and Crafts at the Ballarat School of Mines Technical Art School.

Doily

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Doily, from the 'Chamberlain Dale Lees Collection. Ovate in shape. Embroidered brown bowl with blue and pink flowers and lace fringe.

Historical information

In the Words of donor, Betty Stone , … “These crocheted and embroidered articles cover a period of three generations- ie. Sarah (nee Chamberlain) Lees, Ann (nee Lees) Dale, and Daisy Elvena (nee Dale) Welsh. All three were accomplished needlewomen; also, both Sarah Lees (born 1844) and her daughter, Ann (b 1865) crocheted a wide variety of articles for use in their homes. A few examples of these items have survived the years.” Baby's Crocheted Bonnet This finely crocheted bonnet was made by Sarah (nee Chamberlain) Lees and is at least one hundred years old. Due to the condition of the original ribbon ties, they have been replaced with new ribbon. Table Runner with insertions, Tray cover and various Doylies, sauce bottle covers etc. These articles were made by Sarah Lees or her daughter Ann (nee Lees) Dale. Pair of Embroidered Pillow Shams, and various embroidered mats These items were made by my mother Daisy (nee Dale) Welsh. (NOTE: For additional information please refer to my book Pioneer and Places- A History of Three Warrnambool Pioneering Families ie. Chamberlain, Dale and Lees families)

Significance

This doily is associated with families of Chamberlain, Dale and Lees. These families are listed in the "Pioneers' Register" for Warrnambool Township and Shire, 1835-1900, published by A.I.G.S. Warrnambool Branch.

Photograph (Digital) Harnessing Horses - Harnessing Working Horses early 1900

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

This digitised scanned copy of an original photograph of four work horses is on 200gms Fujicolor (Fujifilm) Crystal Archive paper has a silver side on which the image has been printed and a matt reverse side.The darker slightly "blurred" image has had a white frame placed over it at the time of encapsulation to provide the finished photo with a frame. This method highlights and focuses the view into the photograph. It is a clever way to permit the eyes to focus into the image to give it a greater third dimensional aspect.

Historical information

This copy of an original photograph created in the early 1900s details the "horse and cart" era when the normal transportation of the day was, in this rural setting, exclusively by horse and cart. The importance of this particular photograph to the subjects can be seen by the formal suits worn by both subjects.The natural bush and grassed backdrop have not been "touched up". The dray behind the horses is barely visible (fog like aperture). The lad , John Cooper was 14 years old when this photograph was taken. Both were in the process of harnessing four horses to "hook up" on the dray behind them. From their attire it looks like a trip to town or "the church".

Significance

This photograph of life on a rural property in the early 1900 shows the rough and hard (physically) life in rural areas before great mechanical revolution/evolution post World War II. This was a time in the Kiewa Valley when most transportation was by horse drawn carriages and transportation routes where dirt roads with potholes. The significance of a local pioneer "family" encapsulated by this photograph cannot be reproduced as effectively in any other form.

Inscriptions & Markings

on the reverse side hand written(in pencil) "John Cooper & Paddy Cullen (itinerant worker) on grandfathers place (opposite Nesta Drews place) (orange Grove). "Grandfather emigrated from England with Ryders"

Book

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book: 'PATTERN PLAY TENNIS'. Hardcover with dustjacket. First edition. Materials: Ink, Paper, Cardboard

Book - moment of time

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled 'Himmer Bequest', 'Canberra Book Club, Manuka'. Stamped 'Cowes Free Public Library'.

BOOK - MARYBOROUGH 1854 - 1954

Clunes Museum, Clunes

A HARD COVER BOOK OF MARYBOROUGH'S HISTORY. BY HAROLD V. NUNN.

Historical information

HISTORY OF TOWNSHIP OF MARYBOROUGH VICTORIA

Inscriptions & Markings

FOREWORD BY ALEX CHISHOLM.

Ladle

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp Torquay 1939-1940

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Black and White photograph (copy) of Light Horsemen arriving at Torquay in December 1939 en route to Torquay Camp

Significance

The Torquay Camp was the largest and final gathering of Light horsemen and horses in Australia December 1939 to June 1940

Inscriptions & Markings

nil

Photograph - Beard Street viewed from intersection with Main Road, Eltham, 3 May 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Book - Some notes on Victorian Alpine Aborigines

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

A short essay of the tribes in the Victorian Alpine district, their contact with White Settlement and their languages and customs. Includes information on massacres.

group soldiers posing with native - robertson thomas109.tif

Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc, Melbourne

photo

Mudstones with plants and concretion

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

8331.1 - Irregularly shaped elongate piece of mudstone showing numerous plant fossil fragments, most prominently.

BOOK - Good News New Testament

Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

Small brown vinyl covered book with Australian army logo and title in gold.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Presented to Cpl Angus by the Bible Society of Australia" "Exercise Northern Warrior 20th August 84 Chaplain Ted Brooker"

Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Black & white photograph of tram number "24" partly inside (?) the Bucks Head Hotel. Group of onlookers standing nearby.

Sticker

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Green stickers promoting the Australian Corriedale Association, with which Mr Pettitt was heavily involved.

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

STH

Sandals

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pair of carved wooden platform heel sandals. Rubber like covering on heel and sole. Leather strap nailed in position to cover toes

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3. Known as "Klip Klop" sandals. Worn to lavatory and shower blocks early mornings.

Fibre

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Example of fine polyester/propylene.

Historical information

Example of fine polyester/propylene.

Photograph - Digital image - Ladies at entrance to Methodist Church

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photo.

Historical information

This photograph shows three ladies entering the grounds of the Greensborough Methodist Church, circa 1950. Main Street is in background.

Ball container, Ball

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Barnet Glass (Australia) tennis balls box, containing three unbranded balls of varying age and appearance. Box states: 'Approved by L.T.A.A' which body existed 1926 to 1955. Materials: Ink, Cardboard, Paper, Rubber, Wool

Photograph - "The Mound" Gardens, Port Fairy. Showing children

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Photograph

Photograph - Digital image - Australian soldier 3

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Australian soldier

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of a group of children outside Cowes State School

Historical information

One of a collection of over 400 photographs in an album commenced in 1960 and presented to the Phillip Island & Westernport Historical Society by the Shire of Phillip Island

School Records - Individuals - Blakemore, Christina Louise

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Individual school records of the pupils of the Higher Elementary School, Rutherglen, 421 in all.

Historical information

From Primary School records. All reports contain information on the pupil's school work and give details of what they did when they left school. All reports show the name of a parent and the occupation. All sheets are cross referenced in the Secretary's card system.