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Talking Shop: Ballarat in Business and City Life at Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

27 Jun 2019

Curated By

Amy Tsilemanis, Curator, Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

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Newspaper article - Echuca's Old Brothel

Echuca Historical Society, Echuca

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A blue & black composite tennis racquet. No net; no maker or model markings. Materials: Metal composite, Plastic, Leather, Adhesive tape

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 57 November 1987

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, guest speaker; David Cameron, Botanist: The significance of the Eltham area for nature conservation • Eltham Community Festival • November Meeting • Churchill Island Trip • Christmas Break-up • Twentieth Anniversary Functions • Other Brief Items

Significance

The Shire of Eltham Historical Society was formed in October 1967. The first newsletter of the Society was issued May 1978 and has been published continuously ever since on a bi-monthly basis. With the cessation of the Shire of Eltham in late 1994, the Society's name was revised to Eltham District Historical Society and this name first appeared with issue No. 103, July 1995. The collection of the Society's newsletters provides a valuable resource on the history of the Society's activities, office bearers and committee members, guest speakers and subjects of historical interest pertinent to the former Shire of Eltham and the Eltham District.

Photograph - Reynolds Road, Research and the power transmission line easement running between Diosma Road and Main Road, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak CL 200 5093

Ewer

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Ewer or jug (large piece missing from lip), part of 5 piece set (ewer, bowl, brush vase, soap dish lid and soap dish). Cream porcelain with brown flower spray decorations.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Bus parked on street. Circa 1969

Dilator, uterine, Goodell's

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Uterine dilator, Goodell's, stamped inside the blades '23". Manufacturers unknown.

Historical information

Most likely donated by Dr Frank Forster, possibly collected by him from colleagues initially.

Registration Form - Ballarat Junior Technical School Registration Form

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

Beige coloured foolscap form of registration for the Ballarat Junior Technical School

Historical information

Robert Borradale attended the Ballarat Junior Technical School predecessor institution of Federation University Australia.

Customised Royal Australian Nursing Federation campaign badge

Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation, Melbourne

Circular white and blue plastic badge, customised with black permanent marker. Silver metal, plastic-coated, with safety pin fastener adhered to back. Badge printed with 'Don't ask me, I'm a Grade 1 nurse' and 'R.A.N.F. [Royal Australian Nursing Federation] Vic. [Victorian] Branch'.

Historical information

Distributed to nurses during campaigning for improved wages and working conditions in the 1980s, possibly during the historic 1986 Victorian 50-day nurses strike. The Royal Australian Nursing Federation (RANF) became the Australian Nursing Federation in 1989, suggesting that this button is from the late 1980s. Similar to the badges worn in this photo [https://stories.anmfvic.asn.au/86strike/media/2560-1440-landscape-sec2-contentb-hr_logwf7a.jpg] from 1986 (see individual on the far right). (Unknown) former owner of badge has written a 'DE' and 'd' with black permanent marker on the badge to spell 'Don't ask me, I'm a degraded nurse'.

Inscriptions & Markings

Former owner of badge has written a 'DE' and 'd' with black permanent marker on the badge to spell 'Don't ask me, I'm a degraded nurse'.

Publication - The Australian horticultural statistics handbook: 1995/96 edition (Australian Horticultural Corporation), Sydney, 1995

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

ornament

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Handmade, round, religious text ornament of celluloid and cardboard with silver writing.

Historical information

Owned by Alexander Cameron who arrived in Australia in 1853. Alexander Cameron ("Big Alex") was an early settler on the Snowy River flats. he worked the paddle steamer Cheviot for a while, having a wharf and sheds on the Snowy River in 1900. Later moved to Cann River.

Significance

This item is an example of a handcrafted religious ornament of the late 19th-early 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front - "The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?"

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

28-1-94 H L S POTTER/ PHOTO STORES/...

Light - Rail Bender

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Light Rail Bender made of cast wrought iron

Historical information

Light Rail Bender no 2 Most rails are produced straight. They may appear to be easy to bend and may appear flexible, but are required to be bent for some curves, at rail joins on curves and at point (turn-out) junctions. For a safe transition around curves and in the finer areas of the point, this was required to be done with a manual rail bender. Sometimes referred to as a Buddah, the rail bender attaches its two claws to the rail. In the middle of the two claws is a screw that is slowly tightened using a crow-bar to bend the rail. Tightening the screw too fast or too tightly may not give the structure of the rail time to redistribute and the rail may break if not done properly.

Significance

Historic - Railway Permanent Way and Works - track equipment - Light Rail Bender

Hat

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Side hat, red cloth with folds outlined with gold piping. Gilt Victorian Military Forces cap badge.

Historical information

Provenance of this particular hat not known, however "Heroes and Gentlemen" by Winty Calder contains a photograph of Lieutenant Leslie Maygar wearing this style of hat, also a photograph of a group of Victorian Mounted Rifles officers wearing these hats.

Photograph

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

Fawcett Sisters. Ellie Mary and Grace

Photos - Cinderella

Heidelberg Theatre Company Inc.., Rosanna

All items in good condition

Historical information

Adapted, produced and acted by members of the HTC Youth Group, Heidelberg Theatre Company Youth Workshop, The group was formed under the umbrella of the Heidelberg Theatre Company. A Saturday morning Acting Workshop for children aged 7 to 14 years was organised and run by Alice Bugge at the Theatre and a production was mounted bi-annually under her direction.from the 1980s until 2001.

Book - Settlers under sail /​ by Don Charlwood ; with pictorial research, layout, and design by Donald Walker and Robert L. Suggett.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Paperback; 28 p. : ill. (1 col.), map, ports. ; 30 cm.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0724116842 or 0724182314

Data Sheet - Main Battle Tank T54/55

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

A data sheet for the T54/55 MBT giving recognition features, some details, a sketch and photograph. Laminated

Photograph - Unveiling ceremony of a plaque in memory of David Christmas, 11 October 1992

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Reception area on ground floor southern entrance. Desk has an assortment of flyers and brochures. Behind reception area is a building guide. Unidentified woman appears to the right o frame in front of the reception desk. Taken from the entrance facing north

Lamp - Spirit Lamp

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a lamp with a glass base which is fluted and mostly coloured green. The bowl is clear glass with a concave raised pattern on the base of the bowl. The bowl contains a discoloured white wick. The lighting mechanism is brass with an external knob for controlling the use of the wick. The lamp mantle is bulbous-shaped.

Historical information

This lamp has no known history. Lamps such as this one were for indoor use and were essential items in households in the 19th century and the first three decades of the 20th century until electric lighting became common in most households.

Significance

This item has no known local provenance and will be useful for display as an example of a common household item of the past.

Book - Proceedings: 5th International Wool Textile Research Conference vol. II, 1975

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Proceedings: 5th International Wool Textile Research Conference, vol. II" Sept. 1975.

Ceramic - Gumnut Bowl by Karl Duldig c.1948

Duldig Studio museum + sculpture garden, East Malvern

Cream earthenware bowl with flowering gum motif and sponged green background.

Historical information

Karl Duldig’s ceramic bowl is a particularly interesting example of Karl’s ability to creatively respond to a new environment with a fresh visual repertoire, in this case, the flowering Eucalyptus in a design reminiscent of traditional European folk art. The bowl is an excellent example of the utilitarian and decorative studio pottery produced by Karl and his wife Slawa Horowitz-Duldig between 1944 and 1960. Clay was an important medium for Karl. When he was forced to flee Austria for Switzerland, working with clay became a convenient medium; and he continued to expand his use of clay in Singapore. In Australia his work in clay extended from domestic hand-made pottery to public sculptures and architectural reliefs. In 1944 Duldig purchased a kiln, which was installed in the garage of the family’s St. Kilda flat, soon after a pottery wheel was acquired. It was the beginning of a cottage industry that supplemented the family income during the war years and beyond. Duldig initially sold his decorative ceramic wares through a local florist in St. Kilda, and subsequently through shops such as the Chez Nous French Art Shop (Howey Place) and Light and Shade (Royal Arcade), and the Primrose Pottery shop in Collins Street. The Primrose Pottery shop was an extremely important commercial outlet, and hub, for emerging artists, potters and designers from 1929 until 1974. Its proprietors Edith and Betty MacMillan worked closely with their suppliers, commissioning and taking items on consignment. In the post war period important Melbourne studio potters such as Allan Lowe, Arthur Boyd, John Perceval and Neil Douglas exhibited and sold domestic wares in the Primrose Pottery shop. The Duldigs studio pottery provides a counterpoint to the ceramics produced at Arthur Merric Boyd Pottery in Murrumbeena, which was established in 1944 by Arthur Boyd, John Perceval and Peter Herbst. The emphasis on painterly decoration was important and the AMB potters also produced simple household wares decorated with Australian flora and wildlife, for example Neil Douglas also made small bowls decorated with the fairy wrens, lyrebirds, gumnuts and eucalypts. Ann Carew 2016

Significance

The Duldig Studio’s collection of ceramics has national aesthetic and historic significance. It contains a representative sample of works of art in ceramics created by Karl Duldig during his lifetime, including small sculptures, as well as functional and novelty items for the tourist market during the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. The artist’s working methods and the development of his practice are comprehensively demonstrated in the collection. This in-situ collection demonstrates the philosophy of the Vienna Secession and its inheritors that handcrafted, simple functional domestic wares might enrich both the lives of the maker and the user. This bowl is part of a collection of ceramics that has national historic significance in providing a rich illustration of an immigrant and artistic experience, and touching on the themes of settlement adaptation of artistic practice. The collection is also associated with places of cultural and historical significance in Melbourne such as the Primrose Pottery Shop, and the story of Australian studio ceramics in the post-war years. Ann Carew 2016

Inscriptions & Markings

Duldig in script incised under.

Photograph of former Victoria Hotel and Theatre, Tarnagulla - Former Victoria Hotel and Theatre, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting former Victoria Hotel and Theatre, which is located in Commercial Road, Tarnagulla.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. Building is still on Commercial Road and in 2019 is used as the town's public hall.

Photograph - Colour - Avoca, 2011

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE FORMER NELSON RESIDENCE, 94 BAILEY STREET, CLUNES. SEE HISTORY PAMPHLET ENCLOSED IN FOLDER .2 BLACK AND WHITE COPY OF THE ABOVE PHOTOGRAPH PRINTED ON GLOSS PHOTOGRAPHIC PAPER

Historical information

PRESENTLY OWNED BY MR. R. WILLIAMSON, BOUGHT AND REFURBISHED BY MR. ALEX PAUL IN 1900. PREVIOUSLY OWNED BY MR. JIM BRYANT, CLUNES MINE MANAGER OF NEW LOTHAIR MINE.

Correspondence

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

Book

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book: 'THE FAMILY TENNIS BOOK'. Hardcover with dustjacket. Copyrighted 1975. Materials: Ink, Paper, Cardboard

BOTTLE

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Ginger beer bottle and cork, stoneware bottle, pale on bottom darker on top, cork tied in with string

Inscriptions & Markings

On label; CHAS. COLE & CO. GEELONG GINGER BEER TRADE MARK BESIDE IMAGE OF EAGLE

Badge - 3rd Class Social Merit badge

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Four round 3rd Class Social merit badges. Green background with blue embroidery. New.