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The Dolls of Victoria: An unveiled toy story

26 Jun 2018

If some of the old dolls could only speak, to tell us their origin! - Fainges, 1993:11

Curated By

Marysabel Ramos, Business Support Officer, Selandra Community Hub, City of Casey.

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Photograph - Little Gem tintype - Portrait of two seated men in suits

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

.6) A tintype studio portrait of two seated men in suits, attached to a card, possibly brothers.

Historical information

The tintype (or ferrotype or Melainotype) was produced on metallic sheet (not, actually, tin) instead of glass. The plate was coated with collodion and sensitized just before use. It was introduced by Adolphe Alexandre Martin in 1853. The most common size was about the same as the carte-de-visite, 5.5cm x 9.0cm, but both larger and smaller ferrotypes were made. The smallest were "Little Gem" tintypes, about the size of a postage-stamp, made simultaneously on a single plate in a camera with 12 or 16 lenses. They were often produced by travelling photographers, and were cheaper than Ambrotypes so made photography available to working classes, not just to the more well-to-do. The print would come out laterally reversed (as one sees oneself in a mirror). Being quite rugged, tintypes could be sent by post. Tintypes were eventually superseded by gelatin emulsion dry plates in the 1880s, though street photographers in various parts of the world continued with this process until the 1950s. (Above information abridged from http://www.rleggat.com/photohistory/history/tintype.htm) In 1863-4 A.Marion & Co. 23 Soho Square, London, were publishing cartes for Southwell Brothers of 16 & 22 Baker Street W. London, and in c.1866 producing cartes wholesale for Mayall of Regent Street. They appear to have printed numerous cards with a very small name printed onto the lower front. Travelling photographers would purchase the cards and sometimes have their own personlaised details printed onto the back.

Inscriptions & Markings

On lower edge of card "marion Imp. Paris"

Booklet - Manual of Land Warfare Part 2 Armour Training Vol 2 Pam 2 Application of Fire from MBT Leopard AS1

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

A soft covered booklet dealing with the principles and techniques of Leopard gunnery

Inscriptions & Markings

7610-66-108-8325

CAMISOLE

Clunes Museum, Clunes

LADIES CREAM CAMISOLE - EMBROIDERED BACK AND FRONT WITH MEDALLIONS IN LACE INSERTION FORMING DAINTY DESIGN. PLACKET AT LEFT HAND SIDE FOR COMFORT.NARROW PINK SATIN RIBBON THREADED AT NECK LINE.NARROW CASING AT WAISTE LINE FOR ELSTIC. THERE TINY WHITE PEARL BUTTONS AND ONE BLACK HOOK AND EYE AT CLOSURE.

Stamp Set - Bicentenary of the Arrival of Merino Sheep in Australia 7th August 1997

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

National Wool Museum collaborated in the production work. The two sheep images are from the NWM collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

First Day of Isssue 7 August 1997/ Deniliquin NSW 2710 H L S POTTER/ PHOTO STORES/...

Christmas Card

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Blue Card with white boundary, with card insert and red ribbon tying them together

Historical information

The cards where distributed army personal to send home from the war. J.I. McIntyre was a member of the Lara RSL along with brothers Jim and Thonas

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front page 58th Battalion Badge. Inside 1916-1917 inside a wreath of wheat .Going down on either side in a scroll like pattern is the names of battles on the left is Somme, Fromelles Sinai and on the right is Lagnicourt, Bullecourt, Polygon Wood. In the middle is written in script With Kindness Remembrances & all Good A.I.FWishes for Christmas & New Year From J.L McIntyre. Down the bottom is 58th Battalion A.I.F Xmas 1917 New Year 1918

Oral History_Williamstown Botanic Gardens_Ken Speakman

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Altona

CD and transcript of interview with Ken Speakman. Also present was his daughter, Nola Wilson. His son visited part of the way through the interview. Ken’s family moved to Williamstown in 1918 when he was a baby and he has lived in Williamstown, close to the Gardens since that time. He was a keen lacrosse player, playing on Fearon Reserve. Ken was interviewed for his memories of the Gardens and its relationship to Fearon Reserve.

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, surrounding areas and Fearon Reserve

Significance

A primary source of information on memories of the Gardens and witness to changes in the Gardens over those years.

Anica - relatives photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Book - Reference Cooking - Mount Beauty Souvenir Cookery Book

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

This recipe book consists of eighty nine pages in black and white print. It contains black and white sketches, recipes of local domestic cooks and advertisements covering local traders. The cover is approximately 280 g/m2 in weight and the pages are at 90 g/m2 in weight. The cover has a design in the style of Abstract Expressionism (period 1950-1960s) of identifiable (clock,jug,fruit,window) and abstract objects in tints of blue and shades of black. This was designed by Cheryl Ryder of the Mount Beauty High School, under supervision of Mr I Baker (Art Teacher)

Historical information

This cookery book was printed in the early 1960s for the purpose of obtaining the necessary funds for the construction of the Mount Beauty swimming pool. The advertisements within this book covers local traders of this time frame, for example, the Bogong Hotel which is no longer operational. the culinary measurements are in Imperial measures(pounds and ounces). The book has sections for continental dishes and sweets (Australian flavour), special dishes for Lent, cakes (farmhouse fruit cake), jams, marmalades (home made), marrow and apple chutney. Some of these recipes are early 20th Century related and in the 2000s are not sought after. The food "take away" lifestyle has been responsible for the demise of a lot of the recipes in this book. The swing away from home grown produce has been not only a lifestyle change but also the faster pace of living in rural areas. The specialisation and redefined development of the local produce store (previously provided everything the rural shopper needed) was a forced move due to larger and cheaper city born fresh food supermarkets. Although there are still some local produce store within the region these will in time vanish.

Significance

This cookery book was produced just after Mount Beauty was released from an SEC "closed" community in 1961(see KVHS 0134) and the town then had to fend for itself. This book was compiled and produced because the town needed a swimming pool (which possible would have been provided had the SEC still been responsible). The book demonstrates the strong rural psyche of rallying together for the good of all and united for something which would be of benefit to all. The period 1961 to the 1970s was one of great change for Mount Beauty. The SEC protective cage was a blessing for some but a goal for others. The independence that was gained after the SEC left provided for a drastic "make over" in regards to the facilities provided for the "locals" and that for the tourists. An increase in tourist related industries such as snow skiing in winter, hang gliding and gliding, mountain bike rallies, bush walking and horse riding, all of which have supply outlets in the town, has provided a more cosmopolitan atmosphere. These activities and the greater interaction with populations outside of the region has reduced the "hermit" type feel of the town psyche.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the foreword(page two and page three) "Mt. Beauty Souvenir Cookery Book First Edition" . This foreword was presented by Rosa Kinnear, President, Ladies' Auxiliary

Bellecourt, Seymour Road, 85, Elsternwick

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield South

Photograph of Bellecourt at Seymour Road, 85, Elsternwick, undated and unattributed. The photograph appears to have been taken from the front side street.

Booklet - Land/Air Warfare Pamphlet No 3 Air Reconnaissance

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

Soft covered book covering the use of Air Reconnaissance combined with other sources of information to assist in gathering battlefield intelligence

Inscriptions & Markings

WO Code 8458

Machete

Geelong RSL Sub Branch,

Steel blade machete with wooden double sided handle. The handle is attached to the wood with four steel rods. There is an olive green scabbard made of cotton material oil impregnated. The scabbard has a pocket on the front to hold a sharpening stone and has steel on the top opening to keep the opening firm, there is a steel catch for attachment to webbing and a cloth loop with press stud to hold the handle of the machete in place when in the scabbard. There is a cotton fabric loop through the handle.

Historical information

These machete's were issued to military personnel posted in jungle like conditions.

Significance

The machete would have been used by military personnel during WW2 and during the 1950s.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the handle of the machete MA67. The item number on the scabbard is not readable.

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson 'Stixx 25' junior racquet. Materials: Metal composite, Plastic, Adhesive tape, Nylon

Poster

Running Rabbits Military Museum operated by the Upwey Belgrave RSL Sub Branch, Upwey

Poster Rememberance Day showing field of Poppies and slouch hat

Chair

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Chair wooden dark brown. Curved arms and back rest. Hand grip in middle of back rest. Front legs, front spokes and spokes joining legs, and spokes connecting back rest to chair seat are decoratively shaped turned wood.

Head Wear - Red Strip

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League,

Booklet - HMAS Sydney 11

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue and white booklet. Coloured picture of Sydney and 2 seagulls on the front cover and black and white photo of HMAS Sydney on the back

Historical information

Produced as a respectful tribute for the officers and crew of HMAS Sydney 2

Report: Annual report Preston Technical School 1949

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Six page report, A5 size pages. Written by Principal C.H. Beanland. Preston Technical School 1949

Photograph - Digital image - Annie May Medhurst 3

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Annie May Medhurst holding a child, possibly a grandchild. Born 1884, Annie was the daughter of David Medhurst (1855-1939) and wife Martha Ruston Medhurst (1860-1943).who moved to Greensborough around 1898 and ran a store in Grimshaw Street. Annie May married William Partington in 1905.

meduim poster - Elvis: an american triology (concert) starring Vic Trevino Jnr , Gino Monopoli and Steve Micheals performing one night only at the Athenaeum Theatre on the 7th of March

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Coloured poster

Annual Report - Dennys, Lascelles Limited, Notice of Meeting and Annual Report to Members 1964

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Dennys, Lascelles Limited, Notice of Meeting and Annual Report to Members 1964".

Book - A Long way to Tipperary

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Paperback Background is dark green with sepia photo in bronze coloured frame. Blurb on back cover is written in white lettering. 132 pages.

Historical information

This book tells the story of John Hyland who came from Tipperary in Ireland and became a man of considerable standing in the community. He initially worked as a Police trooper before setting up a squatters run near Mortlake. He became rates collector in Warrnambool and established cattle yards in the heart of Warrnambool. He served two terms as Mayor of Warrnambool and a number of different community groups. He had the honour of laying the foundation stone of the Warrnambool Town Hall. He campaigned for the vote for women and home rule in Ireland. He is one of 204 early pioneers commemorated on the Pioneer Board.

Significance

This book tells the story of one of Warrnambool’s most influential early settlers. It records his public and personal life as well as some of his writings.

Inscriptions & Markings

Dedicated to all of those who joined the Irish Exodus around the world who loved their homeland and culture but necessity drove them to find new opportunities in new lands. Signed by author James Nicolas dated 25/06/2014 inside front cover.

Video - Managing in two worlds : governance competencies for boards of management of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organisations

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

videocassette

Crocheted doily

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Small crocheted padded doily with silk backing

First Aid Kit

Ambulance Museum Victoria, Bayswater

Brown fibreboard case with carry handle. Full medical contents inside.

Historical information

Used at Cowes ambulance station. Part of the Victorian Civil Ambulance Service Country Division

Inscriptions & Markings

TRADE SANAX MARK VICTORIAN CIVIL AMBULANCE SERVICE COUNTRY DIVISION COWES

Chocolate Box

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

blue and gold box 1/2lb net. assortment and cadbury's inscripted on box

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of a crowd of people on the Cowes Jetty watching the yachts sailing off. Three people watching from the beach at the water's edge.

Historical information

One of 23 photographs from the Jessie Smith Collection - Donated by Stan McFee

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: "Yacht Races etc at Cowes"

Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Sepia toned photograph titled "Woollen Mills Showing ......? Gardens". (Prob. Chinese).

Photograph - Sepia - Ballarat School of Mines Cadets, 1916

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

Mounted sepia photograph of 21 young males. They are the Ballarat School of Mines Cadets on a training camp at Lake Learmonth. Back row left to right: Harold Wakeling; ? ; T. Wasley; H. Witter; H.V. Maddison (staff); Lieutenant S.J. Proctor, Joe ? ; ? ; B.C. Burrows. Centre left to right: Howard Beanland; ? ; F.N. Gibbs; H. Siemering; P. Riley; ? : E. Adamthwaite. Front row left to right: Albert E. Williams; Francis Davis (RAAF Dec.); A. Miller; W. Shattock; T. Rees From the Ballarat School of Mines Magazine, 1916 "Our Competition Team, 1916 At a parade, held on the 25th August competition teams were called from from the three colleges - Ballarat College, St Patrick's College, and the School of Mines. In each case, a large muster was obtained, twenty-nine volunteering fro the School of Mines. On account of the number in a team being limited to 21, some had to be weeded out. The team decided to have a camp at Learmonth in the vacation for the benefit of training for the coming competitions. The tents, within our baggage, were brought to the Junior Technical School at 10 a.m. on Monday, 11 September. Everything was carted to the station on a lorry, which was very kindly lent by Mr C. Burrow. ... Arriving at our camp, which was in the Park, we first raised the tents. This was done in record time. Three large tents, A.B.C., were pitched one behind the other. We also pitched a smaller one to act as a provisions tent. The provisions supplied by each cadet were placed in this tent. Dinner was ready by 3.30, and was prepared by the three senior non-coms., who also acted as orderlies. Things went alright Monday night, the two senior non-coms. acting as sentries for the first two hours. On Tuesday morning Reville sounded at 7. There was no need for it, however, as nearly all the cadets were up before daylight, owing to their beds being too hard. After physical exercises were gone through we had breakfast. We then had rifle exercises until Messrs A.W. Steane and F.N. King arrived. The former put the team through the table of physical exercises set down for competition work, many valuable points being obtained. The visitors remained for dinner, afterwards returning to Ballarat. Wednesday was uneventful, until the soldiers arrived at about 11 a.m., stopping at the park for lunch. As we handed over the coppers, etc., to them, our lunch was delayed. Two more visitors arrived after lunch, and after taking a few photos returned home. That night we had a "Sing-a-long" in C Tent until "Lights out" sounded at 9.30. After physical exercises ad breakfast on Thursday, we went for a six mile route march round the lake, doing skirmishing on the way. In the afternoon we practised rifle exercises and the march past. A concert was arranged for that night, the chief singers being cadets H. Siemering and W. Shattock. Supper was served at the end of the entertainment. On Friday, Reveille sounded at 6.30 instead of 7, and, as usual, we had physical exercises before breakfast, after which the team went through skirmishing at the reserve. In the afternoon, section drill and the march past were practised. Friday night, being our last night in camp, leave was granted until 10 p.m., "lights out" sounding at 11. Reveille sounded on Saturday at 4.30, the reason being that all kits, tents, etc., had to be packed away ready to catch the 8.15 train to Balalrat. At 7.30 we were all ready to leave for the station. We had a very enjoyable time in the train, each cadet having a chip in at the patriotic songs. On arriving at Ballarat, we found the lorry awaiting us. The luggage was carted to the Junior Technical School, the team following. The team were here dismissed, everyone feeling that he had had a very good time. F.G. Davis"

Historical information

Field Marshal Viscount Kitchener of Great Britain was invited by Prime Minister Deakin in 1909 to visit Australia and advise on the best way to provide Australia with a land defence. Kitchener’s report echoed the bill, introduced to Parliament in 1909 and supported by the Opposition Labor Party at its 1908 conference, to introduce compulsory military training in peace time (referred to as universal training). On 1 January 1911, the Commonwealth Defence Act 1911 (Cth) was passed as law and all males aged 12 to 26 were required to receive military training. Men were divided according to age, with junior cadets comprising boys 12-14 years of age, senior cadets comprising boys 14-18, and young men aged 18-26 assigned to the home militia defence. The support of schools was vital to the success of the scheme, since the system of cadet training began in the primary schools, with physical training prescribed by military authorities. Junior cadet training was entirely in the hands of school teachers, who had first been trained by military officers. This early training was less military in nature than focused on physical drill and sport. It also acted to inculcate boys with the notions of loyalty to country and empire. At this age, uniforms were not worn, although there were schools with pre-existing uniformed cadet units, who continued to do so. Senior Cadets were organised by Training Areas, administered by Area Officers. If a school had at least 60 senior cadets, they could form their own units. Unlike their junior counterparts, Senior Cadets were issued uniforms, a rifle, and learned the foundations necessary for service in any arm of the defence forces. Boys and men could be exempted from compulsory training if they lived more than five miles from the nearest training site, or were passed medically unfit. Those who failed to register for training were punished with fines or jail sentences, and the severity of this punishment generated some of the strongest opposition to the scheme. While institutions such as the political parties and most churches generally supported universal training, some in the broader labour movement were less enthusiastic, as evidenced in the Daily Herald newspaper’s editorials and letters. Universal military training persisted after the conclusion of World War 1, with the Junior Cadet scheme the first to go, in 1922. Senior cadets and service with the militia was suspended in November 1929. (http://guides.slsa.sa.gov.au/content.php?pid=575383&sid=4788359, accessed 29/10/2015)

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in ink on front 'cadet camp at Lake Wendouree about 1916. Training for South Street Competitions.

Hat - Beret, Green Corduroy

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Olive green corduroy woman's peaked beret.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Pelvimeter, French model

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

A French model of pelvimeter,external and internal,with two flexible arms, nickel plated steel, graduated 20-45 centimetres. Refer to Down Bros. catalogue 937/6/, page 9387. Manufacturer's stamp or initials of owner "M.S."

Historical information

Provenance unknown, found in a box with five other pelvimeters, marked "PELVIMETERS ( not accessioned)" in the hand of the previous curator, Melissa Campbell pre 2006.

Plaque - South Gippsland Shire Council Library

South Gippsland Shire Council, Leongatha

Brass plaque featuring raised text on a textured background. Inscription: South Gippsland Shire/Council Library/Opened by/Cr Peter Western/Shire President/ On Monday 28 July 1997

Danks Engineers Brasswork

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Red soft back book

Book - Reminiscences and Letters of Sir Robert Ball

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Reminiscences and Letters of Sir Robert Ball Edited by his son W. Valentine Ball Publisher: Cassell & Co Date: 1915

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.

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 PAT 920 BAL Pastedown front endpaper has sticker from Warrnambool Mechanics Institute and Free Library covered by a sticker from Corangamite Regional Library Service Front pastedown endpaper has a stamp from Warrnambool Public Library

Ball container, Ball

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A sealed can of four Slazenger (U.K.) 'Wimbledon High Visibility' tennis balls. Has intact ring-pull lid, and a plastic reclosure lid. Materials: Metal, Ink, Rubber, Synthetic material, Plastic

Chair

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Captains Chair with six upper turned spindles, a shaped and fretted back a solid seat and all supported on 4 turned legs. Height 850 mm, Width 600 mm. Material: oak, circa 1900.

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 34 January 1984

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting: Historical Records workshop • Some historical characters • Annual General Meeting • Alan Marshall • Wellers Pub • St. Andrews School anniversary • Sold out

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.

Sign - Admission Sign by Keith Rash

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

White admission sign on linen by Keith Rash.

Historical information

The sign may be associated with Gem Pictures

Photograph

Netball Victoria, West Melbourne

Team photo of the Victorian Women's Basketball State Team in 1932.

Historical information

Team photo of the 1932 Victorian Women's Basketball Team, featuring some very important people for years to come (McConchie). This team won the 1932 interstate carnival

Significance

The inclusion of such important people makes this photo significant. This team would win the interstate carnival for 1932, and many of these players featured as players or coaches later in the decade where Victoria would dominate. L.C Mills was the foundation president for the V.W.B.B.A, while Edith Hull, Ethel McCarthy, Lorna McConchie and Becky Douglas would either play, captain or coach the national team, while McConchie would umpire in later decades.

Inscriptions & Markings

Victorian B.B. Team 1932. Standing (left to right): L. Harrison (umpire), A O'Dea, E. beyer, A. Elso, E. Hull, J. Wood, B. Douglas, R. Franklin, Mrs O Ferres (Coach) Sitting (left to right): M. Bannister, E. McCarthy (Captain), L.C. Mills (President), L. McConchie (Vice Capt), L. Angus.

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of seven male officers, three standing, four seated, three in front tow holding swagger sticks.

Historical information

WW2 internment camp, Tatura. Army staff officers.

Cantala

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield South

An unattributed, undated black and white photograph (205mm x 255mm) of the grave of Ernest George Miller and his mother Elizabeth Anne Miller. They are possibly the mother and brother of Septimus Miller, owner of Cantala. The location and cemetery is unknown. The photograph is from the Everard Studley Miller Collection, Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

Book - Plants of New Zealand

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Plants of New Zealand Authors: R M Laing & E W Blackwell Publisher: Whitcombe & Tombs Date: 1906

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 PAT 581-993 LAI Pastedown front endpaper has sticker from Warrnambool Mechanics Institute and Free Library covered by a sticker from Corangamite Regional Library Service

Plate, cup and saucer

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Cream china 3 serving plates, one cup and saucer with black transfer print and gold edging. Serving plates registration numbers 11.3; 11.4 & 11.5. Cup registration number 11.1. Saucer registration number 11.2.

Historical information

Tag on cup: "Cup & saucer from Sydney Rd Methodist church used by the Ladies' Guild from ? until 1936 - 38 when each member paid 2/6 - 5/- for a set and the money went to buying a new set. This belonged to Mrs David Phillips".

Inscriptions & Markings

Brunswick Wesleyan church.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured photograph of Stradbroke House.

Historical information

Stradbroke House was once run by W Smith - now (1979) owned by C Carter

Toy - Rabbit [Soft Toy]

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Pink stuffed toy rabbit wearing a pink hat and pink and white trousers.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of the wheels of buggy used to bring McIlwraith family to Phillip Island

Historical information

Photograph of wheels of the buggy that brought the McIlwraith family to Phillip Island

Inscriptions & Markings

"James McIlwraith - wheel of buggy that brought the family to Phillip Island"

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White postcard of a view of the beach with scattered houses in the background. Boats in the water.

Historical information

Donated by S Serpell of Serpell & Reid Families, Sandringham.

Inscriptions & Markings

The RoseSeries P 3420. View of Rhyll, Phillip Island, Victoria Letter on back from Elizabeth to her aunt while holidaying in Cowes.

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Colour photograph of two of the people gathered for a reunion of former Higher Elementary School students.

Historical information

Former students of Rutherglen Higher Elementary School meet on Rutherglen Show day. This gathering was in the Eastern Palace Chinese restaurant at the Star Hotel on 21st October 2012. On the left is Andree (Buscall), to the right is an unidentified man (possibly her son?)

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough from 9 William Street

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00655.01480 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Greensborough showing a rural landscape as the backdrop to a neat fenced garden. Taken from the Godwill home in William Street.

Significance

Early photograph of rural Greensborough

Waistcoat, Naval

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Navy blue waistcoat with three (3) silk button fastenings

Historical information

Worn by Capt. William Robertson. Captain of the S.S.Casino, Port Fairy Naval Reserves.

Shoulder Patch

Running Rabbits Military Museum operated by the Upwey Belgrave RSL Sub Branch, Upwey

Royal Artillery Shoulder Patch