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Photograph: Unknown 20.

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Photograph of Unknown 20, Weatherboard house.

Photograph/Postcard - Light Horse at Lake Burrumbeet

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

A sepia toned photograph of a light horse regiment watering its horses at Lake Burrumbeet Victoria in 1914

Inscriptions & Markings

Watering Horses L H Camp Burrumbeet 1914

Photograph - [Miss Dorothy Lucas]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

Miss Dorothy Lucas married Don Millard GK

Book - Royal Commission on the Ventilation and Sanitation of Mines together with Appendices and Minutes of Evidence

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

498 pages cream paper with black printing. Discoloured and damaged cover of grey/green

Historical information

This plan is associated with former Ballarat School of Mines Student Richard Squire (1875-1876). Gift of the Squire Family

Saw

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Saw metal large on three sided wooden frame. Blade attached to frame by screws & tensioned by metal turnbuckle. A frame saw.

Rowlock

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Original Rowlock out of the Lifeboat Warrnambool.

Historical information

Rowlock from Lifeboat Warrnambool, which is on site at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. The construction of the lifeboat ‘Warrnambool’ began 15th September 1909 and was completed almost 12 months later, 1st September 1910. It was built at the Government Dockyard in Williamstown, Victoria, along the lines designed by the Great Britain’s Royal Lifeboat Institution, and included whaleback decks fore and aft, mast and centreboard, and rudder and tiller hung from the sternpost. It could be propelled by both sail and oar. At that time Captain Ferguson was Chief Harbour Master and Mr Beagley was foreman boat builder. Mr Beagley built the lifeboat with his fellow workmen. The boat was described as “… a fine piece of workmanship and does credit to her builders and designers…” It had all the latest improvements in shape, disposition of weight and watertight compartments, and it had space for a large number of people in addition to the crew. It appears that 'H Meiers' whose signature was on the plaque that was found concealed in the hull, was involved with the building of the lifeboat. His signature and the dates of the start and finish of the boat’s construction are pencilled on the raw timber 'plaque' found in the hull in the early 1990’s when the lifeboat was being restored. It is interesting that the ‘Melbourne Directory’ of 1911, published by Sands and MacDougal, lists McAuley and Meiers, boat builders, Nelson Place foreshore, between Pasco and Parker Streets, Williamstown, (Victorian Heritage Database, ‘Contextual History, Maritime Facilities’), It is quite possibly the business of the person whose name is inscribed on the lifeboat plaque. Flagstaff Hill’s documentation also mentions that the keel was laid at ‘Harry Myers, boat builders, Williamstown, Melbourne’ – the name ‘Myers’ can also be spelled ‘Meiers’, which could be the same person as the Meiers in “McAuley and Meiers” (as mentioned in genealogy lines of Myers). The new lifeboat, to be named ‘Warrnambool’ was brought to town by train and launched at the breakwater on 1st March 1911 using the Titan crane (the old lifeboat built in 1858, was then returned to Melbourne in 1911). This new lifeboat was stationed at Warrnambool in a shed located at the base of the Breakwater, adjacent to the slipway. A winch was used to bring it in and out of the water. The lifeboat ‘Warrnambool’ was similar in size to the old lifeboat but far superior in design, build and sea-going qualities such as greater manoeuvrability. The ‘self-righting, self-draining’ design was “practically non-capsizeable” and even if the boat overturned it would right itself to an even keel and the water would drain away. The hull was built of New Zealand Kauri, using double diagonal planking, laid in two layers at right angles, with a layer of canvas and red lead paint between the timbers to help seal the planking. It has “… plenty of freeboard, high watertight spaces between the deck and bottom… through which pipes lead…” The backbone timbers were made of Jarrah. The lifeboat Warrnambool was one of several rescue boats used at Port Fairy and Warrnambool in early 1900's. In late 1914 the Warrnambool lifeboat and crew were used to help find what was left of the tragic wreckage of the Antares, and were able to discover the body of one of the crewmen, which they brought back to Warrnambool. Between 1951 and 1954 the lifeboat was manned under the guidance of Captain Carrington. He held lifeboat practice each month on a Sunday morning, to comply with the Ports and Harbour’s request that lifeboats be manned by a strong and competent crew, ready for action in case of emergency. In the early 1960’s it ended its service as a lifeboat and was used in Port Fairy as a barge to help dredge the Moyne River, bolted to the Port Fairy lifeboat. Flagstaff Hill obtained the Warrnambool in 1975. In 1984 it was on display at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool. On 23rd May 1990 she was lifted from the water and placed in a cradle for restoration. The name ‘WARRNAMBOOL could be seen faintly on the lifeboat before it was restored. It was during the restoration that Flagstaff Hill's boat builder discovered the 'plaque' inside the hull. A copy of the blueprint plans has the name “V.E.E. Gotch” printed on it. His advertisement in Footscray’s ‘Independent’ newspaper of Saturday 11th May 1901 states he is “Principal and Skilled member (Naval Architect) to the Court of Marine Inquiry of Victoria and holds classes for naval architectural drawing and arithmetic.”

Significance

This rowlock is significant for its association with the lifeboat WARRNAMBOOL, which is significant for its half century service to the local community as a lifesaving vessel. She was also used to help retrieve the body of a shipwrecked crew member of the ANTARES.

Lawn Mowers - 2 x Atco Lawn Mowers

Gippsland Vehicle Collection, Maffra

Atco Lawn Mowers x 2

Entrance to Rockbeare Park 15th February 1976

Darebin Parklands Association, Alphington

B&W photograph. Annotated with:[RPCG working bee]. Shows children Phil and Gill Course.

Historical information

Ellis Stones, well known landscape designer, designed and supervised the entrance to the Parklands from Rockbeare Grove. He designed a winding path but Council insisted on two straight paths for vehicle access.

Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Sepia toned photograph of:- "Dr. Robert F. Hudson". Caption reads:- "Dr. Robert F. Hudson one of Ballarats early medical men. One of the founders of the Ballarat Banking Co. 1865". Reverse reads:- "From H. McGregor of Loveland & Loader Pty. Ltd".

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

An unstrung Peck and Snyder tennis racquet, with solid concave throat, beveled frame, and originally featuring a collar and end wrap. Small head size suggests this racquet was part of an early lawn tennis set. Materials: Wood, Lacquer, Glue, Metal

Plastic Dropper Box

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League,

Cardboard box

Containers, Shaving cream, blue glass jar

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

A blue glass jar with a screw top lid containing 'Ingrams' men’s shaving cream.

Historical information

Shaving cream is a cream applied to the face, or wherever else hair grows, to facilitate shaving. The use of cream achieves three effects: lubricates the cutting process; swells keratin; and de-sensitizes skin. Shaving creams commonly consist of an emulsion of oils, soaps or surfactants, and water. Until the early 20th century, bars or sticks of hard shaving soap were used. Later, tubes containing compounds of oils and soft soap were sold. Newer creams introduced in the 1940s neither produced lather nor required brushes, often referred to as brushless creams. Creams that are in tubes or tubs are commonly used with a shaving brush to produce a rich lather (most often used in wet shaving). Bristol-Myers Squibb Australia Pty Ltd is a foreign owned proprietary company that obtains its revenue through the importation and distribution of pharmaceutical products. Bristol-Myers Australia is now headquartered in Mulgrave, Victoria and with an Australian presence dating back more than 80 years, Bristol-Myers Squibb Australia is a long-standing contributor to Australia’s health and economy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lid : Ingrams / Shaving / Cream Bottle Label : Ingrams / Concentrated / SHAVING CREAM / A LITTLE GOES A LONGER WAY / BRISTOL MEYERS CO. PTY. LTD. SYDNEY.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph, black and white, probably of part of the mechanism of a "David Sowden & Sons" loom No385.

Historical information

Photograph probably for promotional purposes, probably of part of the mechanism of a "David Sowden & Sons" loom No385 . Photograph was among items from Yarra Falls Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

385

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Studebaker, registration number JEM-626, outside residential property. Circa 1965

Photograph - April 1962

Croatian-Australian Immigration Museum,

This is a photograph taken in April 1962 of a motor vehicle in a parade taking place in Swanston Street, Melbourne, which is decorated in the Croatian and Australian National Flags.

Significance

The struggle for independence of Croatia and Croatian identity in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten inscription on the back of the photograph "April 1962".

Painting - Dale's Gorge - Hammersley Range

Kingston Arts, Moorabin

Exercise Book - Church of England Grammar School Student's French exercise book

Ballarat & Queen's Anglican Grammar School , Wendouree

Blue and white saddle bound cover (3 staples) has an image of an atlas with a propeller plane at the top. In a rectangle at the base of the image of the atlas the words "NAME" and "GRADE" are printed. Under this are the words "Air Route Exercise Book". Arithmetical Tables are printed on the back cover.the book contains feint blue lined cream pages with student's handwritten notes for French. Two handwritten pages are pasted in inside the back cover.

Inscriptions & Markings

AIR ROUTE EXERCISE BOOK

Photograph Tobacco drying leaves - Inspecting Drying tobacco leaves

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Coloured photograph pasted onto a thick wood chip backing. Two galvanised eyelets at the top of the frame, 50mm from each end, with a twine cord stretch from each, for hanging purposes. See also KVHS 0054A to KVHS 0054D and KVHS 0054F

Historical information

This promotional photograph by the Tobacco Growers Association was in response to a 1935 meeting of tobacco growers from Victoria, South Australia and Queensland which produced four major resolutions for the industry covering the remainder of the 1900s. These four resolutions were: (1) Adequate tariff protection (2) Control of pests and diseases (3) Orderly marketing (4) The formation of an advisory council of growers. History has produced the following results. (1) adequate tariff protection was never achieved,(2) control of disease through benzol vapour (CSIRO) breakthrough, was later identified as carcinogenic, (3) orderly marketing was achieved through (4) the establishment of the Tobacco Growers Association(19840. In October 2006, by way of Government buy back of tobacco leases from growers, resulted in the end of Tobacco farming in Australia (after 136 years of planting the first crop). It was also significant that the major tobacco companies such as Philip Morris and The British American Tobacco Australasia advised the industry that it would source its tobacco requirements overseas by 2009.

Significance

The remnants of the Tobacco Industry can still be viewed throughout the Kiewa Valley and adjacent regions on the former tobacco farms which still have the tobacco drying sheds and now converted into hay sheds. The problems from the large quantities of carcinogenic infused soil of farmlands in the region, still remains a problem now and for future generations. This particular photograph shows the lack of understanding by farmers and the contracted labour, at that time, and is demonstrated by the lack of protection of hands when handling the tobacco leaves and nose from tobacco dust. Hand and foot protection was rarely used, even when later warnings were issued of the carcinogenic toxicity of the soil. The majority of farm owners, up until Health authorities stepped in the later stages of 1900s, were skeptical of city scientists' "carcinogenic" health warnings and it was only after the younger generation of farmers, who had graduated from Agricultural colleges, encompassed the scientific approach to farm management. The "she'll be right mate" attitude of the farming/rural community has since the 1970s been slowly dissipating. Stricter controls of herbicides and pesticides used in agriculture are now in force. The death of the tobacco industry(2006) resulted in the expansion of the dairy , sheep, beef cattle, venison and lama wool producers in the Kiewa Valley and surrounding regions.

Skimming ladle (schuimspaan)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Steel ladle with orange handle with white perforated shallow bowl.

Catalogue - No. 11 Dennys, Lascelles Limited will offer by auction on Tuesday, 23rd April, 1929

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Auction catalogue of wool bales held by Dennys, Lascelles Limited, on Tuesday 23 April 1929.

Historical information

Auction catalogue of wool bales held by Dennys, Lascelles Limited, on Tuesday 23 April 1929.

Inscriptions & Markings

W.M. Bell 14/17 Beauford 3 bales

Paper poster

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Paper poster depicting in colour illustrations relating to the history of York Minster AD 627 - today. Each labeled. Sir Enas noted. Have blue and gold scroll like border. Poster contained in strong cardboard cylinder

Inscriptions & Markings

"This plan was illuminated by Isabel Saul during 1945 the year of great victories."

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Wool bale marking stencil used by John 00 and perhaps by his father during the course of their wool growing business at properties around Harrow in Western Victoria and more latterly at Buninyong near Ballarat. (see worksheet)

Inscriptions & Markings

PIECES

Postcard: The Hospital, Ballarat

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

The card shows the Ballarat Base Hospital with its two buildings, one in red brick and the other white stone with a clock tower. Tree branches frame the buildings from above and the road with tram lines is in front closest to the viewer. The sky is blue fading to a very pale orange nearer the horizon.

Folder - Hilda Fraser

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on Hilda Fraser nee Petrie, Montmorency, d.1986

Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Black and white photograph from Arnott Rogers Collection showing interior of St. Thomas' Church, Norwich

Newspapers - The Wodonga & Towong Sentinel

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Bound selection of newspapers - 'The Wodonga & Towong Sentinel' dated Jan. 1887 through to Dec. 1888.

Historical information

This newspaper was printed during 1887 and 1888 for the residents of Wodonga and Towong with a supplement of the Melbourne Weekly Times.

Significance

As this newspaper was published during the late 1880's the articles would have covered a large area. The articles, photos, advertisements etc. give a historical understanding of the times, the issues and the events of the time. A useful document for research.

Photocopy ( photo) - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photograph

Historical information

Exterior Fretwork on Scammell house verandah

Book - Negative dobby shedding motions

National Wool Museum, Geelong

"Negative dobby shedding motions"- W Middlebrook, "Textile Manufacturer" Monograph No 10.

Historical information

"Negative dobby shedding motions"- W Middlebrook, "Textile Manufacturer" Monograph No 10

Clothing, lady's shoe heel grip

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

A 'Superb' velvet heel grip insert for a lady's shoes

Historical information

Heel grips are used inside shoes to prevent the feet slipping and rubbing against the leather and so preventing blisters. They also protected the stockings from wear thus giving them longer life - an important factor when nylons were expensive or difficult to obtain eg wartime, depression.Heel grips help obtain a firmer shoe fit, prevents slipping, chaffing and blisters, restores the worn lining of favourite shoes and give extra life to hosiery. In 1912, Wittners Shoes Pty Ltd started as a family business with one Melbourne retail store and has grown to over 75 Australia wide, dedicated to designing high quality fashion footwear.

Inscriptions & Markings

THE "SUPERB" / VELVET / HEEL / GRIP / ASSURES COMFORT / AND EXTRA WEAR / FOR YOUR HOSIERY

Untitled

Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc, Melbourne

Long spike chisel

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

8417.1 - Long rod of octagonal cross-sectioned metal, one end blunt and flared by repeated hammerings and one slightly flared-out pointed end with a square cross-section.

Photograph - Kew Junction from the Air, 1962.

Kew Historical Society, Kew

An aerial photograph of Kew Junction, showing the intersection of High Street South, Studley Park Road, Princess Street, High Street and Denmark Street. A number of buildings, now demolished can be identified in the photo, including Jellis’ Bakeries on the corner of Princess Street and Studley Park Road.

Historical information

This is an aerial oblique image looking north. It shows Kew Junction before construction of VicRoads (Country Roads Board), Murphy's (Leo's) supermarket, and office towers. It also shows a building on the land now known as the Raoul Wallenberg Reserve, the Kew Municipal Offices in Walpole Street, and St Paul's School for the Blind in Fernhurst Grove, and Kew Bowling Club in Wellington Street.

Inscriptions & Markings

Old catalogue number: "No KH.26." Annotation on reverse: "Kew Historical Society from Mr L. H. Chinner".

Photograph - colour - Bruthen Mechanics' Institute and Free Library, 2014

Victorian Interpretive Projects Inc., Redan, 3350

Door in a brick building known as the Bruthen Mechanics' Institute.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PHOTOGRAPH OF LARGE GROUP OF MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN, TAKEN IN FRONT OF CLUNES KNITTING MILL, NOW THE BOTTLE MUSEUM.

Historical information

BACK TO CLUNES 1923

Inscriptions & Markings

"BACK TO CLUNES NOV, 1923. THIS PHOTO TAKEN ON THURSDAY 20TH. AT OUR MILL.

Engine Telegraph Section

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Engine telegraph section from a ship – sometimes called an Engine Order Telegraph or E.O.T.. Brass dial with text stamped around its edge and matching text repeated on inlaid plates closer to the centre of the dial. A rotating pointer is joined to the centre of the disc. Made by A. Robinson & Co. Ltd of Liverpool. The pilot of the vessel would communicate his instructions to the engine room by setting the telegraph to show the speed he required, which would then be duplicated on another telegraph receiver in the engine room. The engineers would take the action necessary to provide that power to change the vessel’s speed.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped around the perimeter of the dial; “FULL / HALF / SLOW / STOP / FULL / HALF / SLOW / STOP” Inset closer to the centre of the dial “FULL / HALF / SLOW / STOP / FULL / HALF / SLOW / STOP” Stamped near the centre “AHEAD / ASTERN” Inlaid near the centre “AHEAD / ASTERN” Stamped into the left of the dial “A. ROMINSON & CO. LTD / MANUFACTURERS / LIVERPOOL”

Book, Knitting - Patons Knitting Book no. 400

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This book was produced by Patons and Baldwins and contains knitting patterns for womens garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

No. / 400 / Patons / KNITTING BOOK / No. / 400 / "MAGNOLIA" / See page 10 / P&B / WOOLS / 1'6d.

Photograph - Pickers picnicking in a crop on Hillsde c1920.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Two men, a woman and a dog sitting in a crop with Mountjoy Guest-house in the distance.

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament Programme: Davis Cup 1990; Argentina vs Australia Materials: Paper, Ink

Bottle

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Stoneware bulb shaped bottle with flared rim opening.Brown.

Historical information

Brought to the Ovens Goldfields by Chinese men working in the area in the 19th century. Most likely made in China.

Significance

Aldo Gios recorded the location of where most pieces in his collection were found. Some maps, drawn by Aldo Gios, also give more detail. This detail is rare as most pieces of broken crockery were discarded and complete items were usually collected with no thought to recording the location where they were found. This object is part of one of the largest collections of Chinese ware found in the Upper Ovens area and the only one recording the location where found.

The Psalms and Hymnary (Revised Edition - Church of Scotland)

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Dark blue covers.

Photograph - Colour - Former Gervasoni House at Yandoit Creek, 2013.

Victorian Interpretive Projects Inc., Redan, 3350

Ten colour photographs of a drystone building at Yandoit Creek.

Historical information

The drystone house was built by Carlo Gervasoni, Luigi Gervasoni, Battista Nana and Ambrogio Invernizzi. The large shed was placed in close proximity to the house c2013.

Postcard: "City Hall Ballarat, Australia".

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

B/w postcard featuring "City Hall Ballarat, Australia".

Measuring Scoop (Maatbeker)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

The scoop is likely a brass replica of the enamelled scoops commonly used by milkmen when delivering milk to housewives. It has a curved handle. 2DL indicates a volume of 200ml.

Inscriptions & Markings

2DL is engraved on the scoop's side.

Painting: "Sebastopol Plateau", Circa 1900

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Oil painting of the Sebastopol Plateau Mining Company, circa 1900. This is a close-up painting of the mine's buildings. 5 buildings are visible from the front, with one further behind. All have green or brown roofs. A man with a red and yellow blanket on his knees sits in a yellow-wheeled buggy drawn by 2 white horses, located in the centre foreground of the painting. The blue sky is filled with purple, orange, yellow and grey smoke or clouds. The large chimney on the left reaches almost the entire height of the painting. A poppet head is on the right of the chimney.

Book - Weld's Highlands

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Weld's Highlands Two Months in the Highlands Orcadia and Skye Author: Charles Richard Weld Publisher: Longman Green Date: 1860

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on spine cover with typed text RH 914.11 WEL

Theatre Programme - The Geisha / performed by "Q" Theatre Guild, circa 1957

Kew Historical Society, Kew

Souvenir programme isued by the "Q" Theatre Guild incorporating Kew Light Opera Company for a performance of 'The Geisha' by Sidney Jones and Harry Greenbank. The programme forms part of a scrapbook that includes programmes, photographs and theatre reviews for the Kew Light Opera Company and later "Q" Theatre Guild.

Booklet - Notes on Anti-Tank Shooting. Field Equipment

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

Paper covered booklet

Inscriptions & Markings

METP No 12 Part IV

Badge - Citizens against Ferguson St Extension

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a green circular-shaped badge made of plastic. It has black printing with a sketch of three Norfolk Island pine trees on the front and a metal clip at the back for attachment to a person’s clothing. The back has an image of a map of Australia.

Historical information

This badge was issued to supporters of the 1980s campaign called ‘Citizens Against Ferguson Street Extension’. Ferguson Street is in East Warrnambool and at the time the road was formed but there were no houses on the north side. The proposal was to extend the street at the north east end so that access could be made to east Warrnambool and Deakin University. The local residents opposed the proposal because it would increase traffic in the quiet suburban areas. The scheme did not go ahead.

Significance

This badge is of minor interest as an example of a local campaign against an unpopular City Council proposal.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘C.A.F.E. Citizens Against Ferguson St. Extension’

Exercise Book - Church of England Grammar School Student's French & Roman History Exercise book

Ballarat & Queen's Anglican Grammar School , Wendouree

Blue/green cover with black printed border and black print "Church of England Grammar School Ballarat" at top of cover with School crest printed in black underneath. Name, Date printed at the bottom of the cover. Saddle bound with 3 very rusty staples. Cream pages inside with feint blue lined and handwritten student's work.

Inscriptions & Markings

J. Gibson hand written at bottom of cover French & roman History handwritten at bottom of cover

Book - Journal of Landsboroughs Expedition

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Journal of Landsboroughs Expedition From Carpentaria in search of Burke and Wills (maps missing) Publisher: Wilson & Mackinnon Date: 1862

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on spine cover with typed text RA 919.4 LAN Pastedown front endpaper has sticker from Warrnambool Mechanics Institute and Free Library