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Collecting Fire: A new kind of practice

7 Feb 2019

“While museums have traditionally aspired to collect “the real thing” and to create repositories of tangible evidence of our collective past, the essence of this project and its emerging collection was in making real the intangible through personal stories, symbols, and metaphors – giving form to matters of the heart. A new kind of museum practice was therefore needed.” - Sites of Trauma: Contemporary Collecting and Natural Disaster

Curated By

Lauren McAlary, Veterans Heritage Project Manager

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Cat figurine

Queen's College, Parkville

Crudely made figure of a cat set into a modern wooden base.

Historical information

This item is part of the Dodgson Collection, which was bequeathed to Queen's College in 1892 by the Rev. James Dodgson. The collection was created by Aquila Dodgson, brother of James. Aquila Dodgson was a friend of the English Egyptologist Flinders Petrie, and it was through this friendship the Aquila was able to acquire ancient Egyptian artefacts. A detailed study of the collection was made by Christine Elias "Discovering Egypt: Egyptian Antiquities at the University of Melbourne", M.A. thesis 2010.

Inscriptions & Markings

The number 13 inscribed in white painted on front of base.

Police Stations (Allendale)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Historical information

Date of opening: 8 September 1882 Date of closure: 22 November 1922

Bolt with nut and washer

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Steel bolt with washer and nut. Three quarter of the bolt is threaded and one quarter plain shank. Hexagonal head and square nut.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Photograph - 2009-10 Under 13 Gold Premiership

Murrumbeena Cricket Club, Murrumbeena

Photograph of 2009-10 Under 13 Gold premiership

Photograph, Cyclotron accelerator

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photo of cyclotron (nuclear physics accelerator): Main generator & Main magnet stabiliser. Image is similar but not the same as 221.

Historical information

Builit in 1950s and used till the mid 1970s within the Physics Department used in Melbourne. John Rouse and David Caro was involved in the construction.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticky typed labels on back from top to bottom and left to right: “MAGNET CORRECTIONS COIL RESISTORS”, “MAGNET STABILIZER” Handwritten in pencil in bottom left hand corner: “19”

MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medal set, court mounted, set of (3) Re H.W. THOMPSON 1. Defence Medal 2. War Medal 3. Australian Service Medal

Historical information

Horace William Thompson No 53897 enlisted in the RAAF on 11.4.42 age 39 years. At discharge from the RAAF on 1.12.45 he was a Cpl in Security Gaurds Unit.

Inscriptions & Markings

"53897 H.W.THOMPSON

Photograph - Award students St Joseph De Cluney Pt Fairy 1907

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Folder - Family History - The Maddison Family

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Plastic brown folder with transparent front held by 2 gold metal slide clips. 9 clear plastic sheets holding 4 typed sheets, 3 typed sheets by Ted Maddison 1968, 4 handwritten pages in 1 plastic sleeve and 6 handwritten pages in 1 plastic sleeve (the handwritten sheets are the same as the typed sheets.)

Historical information

George Maddison selected land in 1877 between the East and West Kiewa branches of the Kiewa River - known as the "Island". Now Mt Beauty.

Significance

Pioneer family in the Kiewa Valley

Tea tin

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Rusted tea tin, decorated with a lady, ship, man, coat of arms with bunches of wattle surrounding pictures.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Sunbeam J Gadsden Brit Tin Plate Decorating, Clarks Lonsdale St. Melbourne. Reg. Lady Brassey John Stone O' Shannessy & Co. Photo His Excellency Lord Brassey, K.C.B. Photo T Lama JN J Long 480-4354 Prop.

Book - Life of Sir John Lubbock Vol 2

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Life of Sir John Lubbock Vol 2 Lord Avebury Author: Horace G Hutchinson Publisher: MacMillan & Co Date: 1914

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 1945 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. Warrnambool's Mechanics' Institute (or Institution as it was sometimes called) was one of the earliest in Victoria. On 17th October 1853 a meeting was held where it was resolved to request the Lieutenant Governor of the Colony to grant land for the erection of a Mechanics' Institutes building. A committee was formed at the meeting and Richard Osburne chaired the first meeting of this committee. The land on the North West corner of Banyan and Merri Streets was granted but there were no funds to erect the building. The Formal Rights of the Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute's encompassed its aims and these were officially adopted in1859; "This Institution has for its object the diffusion of literary, scientific, and other useful knowledge amongst its members, excluding all controversial subjects, religious or political. These objects are sought to be obtained by means of a circulating library, a reading room, the establishment of classes, debates, and the occasional delivery of lectures on natural and experimental philosophy, mechanics, astronomy, chemistry, natural history, literature, and the useful and ornamental arts, particularly those which have a more immediate reference to the colony." The Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute opened its first reading room in November1884 in the National School building at the corner of Banyan and Timor Streets. The Institute was funded by member subscription, payable on a quarterly, half yearly or yearly basis. Samuel Hannaford, the Manager of the Warrnambool Bank of Australasia, was the first Honorary Secretary of the Mechanics' Institutes, and an early President and Vice-President. He also gave several of the early lectures in the Reading Room. Another early Secretary, Librarian and lecturer was Marmaduke Fisher, the teacher at the National School. Lecture topics included The Poets and Poetry of Ireland', 'The Birth and Development of the Earth', 'The Vertebrae - with Remarks on the pleasures resulting from the study of Natural History' and 'Architecture'. In 1856 the Reading Room was moved to James Hider's shop in Timor Street, and by 1864 it was located in the bookshop of Davies and Read. In the 1860's the Mechanics' Institute struggled as membership waned but in 1866, after a series of fund raising efforts, the committee was able to purchase land in Liebig Street, on a site then called Market Square, between the weighbridge and the fire station. A Mechanics' Institute building was opened at this site in August 1871. The following year four more rooms were added to the main Reading Room and in 1873 the Artisan School of Design was incorporated into the Institute. The same year Joseph Archibald established a Museum; however it deteriorated when he was transferred to Bendigo in 1877. In 1880, with Archibald's return to Warrnambool, the Museum was re-established, and in 1885 a new building was built at the back of the Institute to accommodate the re-created School of Design, the Art Gallery and the Museum. In 1887 the Museum section was moved to the former court house in Timor Street (for some time the walls of the building formed part of the TAFE cafeteria but all is now demolished)). In 1911 the Museum was transferred back to the original building and the management of the Mechanics' Institute was handed over to the Warrnambool City Council. The Museum and Art Gallery became one and housed many fine works of art, and the Library continued to grow. The building was well patronised, with records showing that at the beginning of the 20th century there were between 500 and 800 visitors. During World War One the monthly figures were in the thousands, with 3,400 people visiting in January 1915. The Museum was a much loved Institution in Warrnambool until the contents of the Museum and Art Gallery were removed to make room for the Warrnambool City Council Engineers' Department. The contents were stored but many of the items were scattered or lost. When the original building was demolished the site became occupied by the Civic Centre, which included the new City Library. (The library was temporarily located in the old Palais building in Koroit Street.) In the process of reorganisation the Collection was distributed amongst the community groups: -The new City Library took some of the historic books and some important documents, historic photographs and newspapers. -The Art Gallery kept the 19th Century art collection and some of the artefacts from the museum. -The Historic Society has some items -The State Museum has some items -Some items were destroyed -Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village has old newspapers, Government Gazettes, most of the Mechanics' Institute Library, ledgers and documents connected to the Mechanics' Institute Library, some framed and unframed art works and some photographs. The Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute Library book collection is deemed to be of great importance because it is one of the few collections in an almost intact state, and many of the books are now very rare and of great value.

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 RH 925 LUB Pastedown front endpaper has sticker from Warrnambool Mechanics Institute and Free Library Front loose endpaper has a stamp from Corangamite Regional Library Service Front loose endpaper has a stamp from Warrnambool Public Museum

Images - Unbound Images from Withers' 'History of Ballarat'

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

Copies of all images from the 1887 version of Withers' 'History of Ballarat'. The images include copies of the Eureka Stockade reward posters.

Image - Black and White - John Hodgson, MLC, Leading Member of the Gold Enquiry Committee, 1853

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Image of John Hodgson, a politician an committee member of the Victorian Goldfields Enquiry of 1853.

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of painting of POW barracks and garden by Vagarin. Negative no. 6.

Historical information

Tatura Internment camp built during WW2 for POW's. Photograph taken at exhibition of Camp Memorabilia displayed at Templer Home for Aged, Bayswater, Victoria in 1981.

Razor

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Hand made Cut-throat razor with wooden handle.

Historical information

Hand made and used by a Woodcutter and Charcoal burner, Mitchell known as "Bones' Sevillle.

Jug

Mortlake and District Historical Society, Mortlake

Small glazed white jug, with gold rim, handle; transfer picture of the Mortlake War Memorial - showing plinth, column, soldier and fence with backdrop of mature trees.

Historical information

This small white jug was probably created as a souvenir of Mortlake. Its depiction of the 'Soldier's Monument' (War Memorial completed 1920), is quite accurate and perhaps reflects the importance of such monuments in small country towns.

Significance

Memorials created in many country towns, cities and suburbs after the Great War, reflected civic pride and were created in recognition of the sacrifice of so many men in defence of the realm. Mortlake's 'Soldier's Memorial' is typical of many such memorials Australia wide. It forms one part of the Mortlake's tribute, the others being the Soldiers' Memorial Hall (which incorporates the old Mechanics' Institute) and the Avenue of Honour (cypress) along the Hamilton Highway on the eastern side of the town.

Inscriptions & Markings

Captioned: 'Soldier's Monument Mortlake'. On base: 'Melba Bone China (followed by crown insignia) Guaranteed Made In England.'

Brownies Uniform - 3rd North Sunshine

Sunshine and District Historical Society Incorporated,

Two clothing items: (a) Beret - Brown woollen beret with a sewn on Brownies cloth badge. (b) Dress - Brown sleeveless cotton dress with 2 metal badges attached and 6 sewn on cloth badges.

Historical information

Prior to 1996 young girls (7 - 11years) in the Girl Guide Association were known as Brownies. About circa 1983 this beret and dress were worn by a girl named Rebecca who was a member of the 3rd North Sunshine Pack - West Metro region. The 3rd North Sunshine Brownies were located in Furlong Road, North Sunshine 3020 (Melway 26 G6).

Significance

This brown uniform is a historic reminder that at one stage Brownies existed as part of the Girl Guide Association.

Inscriptions & Markings

3rd Nth Sunshine Pack - West Metro, 19 April Action 83, Venture, Footpath

WHS Boys Swimming Team 1949

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Copy of a black and white photograph, laminated.

Inscriptions & Markings

WHS Swimming Tean 1949 Back Row: Doug Henderson, Bruce Porter, Ray Smit, Don Jack, Barry Boettcher, Trevor Treadwell, Clive West, Gerald De Rose. Middle row: Barry Campbell, Neil David, John Peckham, Tom Radford, Harrow Morgan, ?, Barry Wylie,, ?, ? Front row: Frank Crane, Geoffrey Jones, Bernard Sidler

Book - The Historians History of the World Vol 22 set 1

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

The Historians History of the World Vol 22 set 1

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

COPY OF INTERIOR OF ST. PAUL'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, CLUNES. - HARVEST FESTIVAL

Historical information

SEND TO MISS McGOWAN FROM MISS E.A. MATHEWS. 1910

Inscriptions & Markings

ST. PAULS CLUNES.

Sign

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Sign used at Foster Valley Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

NOTICE. / "CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO / GODLINESS." LEAVE / THIS LAVATORY / AS YOU WOULD WISH TO FIND IT / VIC. ENL. WORKS GEELONG.

Programme - Australia Day Celebrations

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Two page beige programme of Australia Day ceremonies, City of Greater Shepparton and Tatura and District, January 26th, 1999. 2 flags at top

Historical information

Programme of introduction, National Anthem, Presentation of Awards, etc. Held at Italian Social Club rooms

Newspaper article - Fire Brigades

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Articles about local fire brigades including building of new fire station

Painting - 'Frost at Beechworth'

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Landscape of creek and field with buildings in background

Inscriptions & Markings

'Sunbury Art Prize 1980'-'Donors: L.J.Whorlow & Sons/Gumtree Hills Estate/Goonawarra Project/Shepherd's Smash Repairs/Craftsman Homes/Commonwealth Bank Sunbury.

MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medals, court mounted, set of 2, re R ROBINSON 1. War Medal 1914-19 2. Victory Medal

Historical information

Reginald Robinson No 684 enlisted on 2.11.1916 with M/ Gun reinforcements age 36 years 10 months. Embarked for England 21.6.1917, transfer to 29th Batt 27.8.1917, embark for France 27.12.1917, transfer to 38th Batt 1.1.1918, hospital 21.2.1918 with Mumps followed by Debility, rejoin Unit 24.4.1918, hospital 27.6.1918 with Septic sores to left foot and returns to Australia 20.12.1918, discharged from the AIF 23.4.1919.

Inscriptions & Markings

684 PTE R ROBINSON 38 BN AIF

Photograph - Lake Loughnan Ringwood - Recreational Man-mad lake(undated)

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed below one of photographs, "Recreational man made lake on north side of Loughnans Hill. It was the local swimming hole. Was in Werac Drive gully beyond Kubis Drive." Printed on photo "Lake Loughnan Ringwood"

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Historical information

Photo of Johanna and John McGann.

Documents - The Button Project Collection

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Historical information

This collection comprises material relating to the Bialik College Button project. Each box has a distinct item number and has been registered separately. I/01182.1 - Miscellaneous I/01182.2 - Bilingual Classroom Materials 2007 I/01182.3 - Bilingual Classroom Materials 2008 I/01182.4 - Correspondence Please contact archives@bialik.vic.edu.au to request access to this collection.

Minutes - 6th May 1960

Old Castlemaine Schoolboys Association Inc., CASTLEMAINE

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1984 Year 8-9 WJ

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1984 Year 8-9 WJ

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1984 Year 8-9 WJ

book - Cut Lunch Commando

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A book titled Cut Lunch Commando. On the front cover is a woman in a military uniform. The title and b/w photo are framed in black. The book was written by Vere Moon and tells of her wartime experiences in WW11.

Historical information

"Cut lunch commando" is Australian slang for an army reservist. This book was published by the estate of Vere Moon c/0 Melva Woodgate, Buchan.

Inscriptions & Markings

The book has been autographed by Melva Woodgate in the back.