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Breaking the Mould: The first police women in Victoria

30 Oct 2017

An account of the first police women in Victoria.

Curated By

Rachael Cottle, Volunteer, Victoria Police Museum

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Brief

Public Record Office Victoria, North Melbourne

Eureka Stockade:Brief for the Prosecution

Historical information

VA 2825 Attorney-General's Department (previously known as the Law Department)

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Black and White photograph of a signpost reading "Britannia Reserve. This reserve is recreation ground of girls secondary school and is not available for use by unauthorised person."

Family History - McDonald - Donald & Jane

Millewa Community Pioneer Forest & Historical Society, Meringur

Book

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Two books of varying title and size

Historical information

Two books donated to the Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies' College by old collegian Miss C H Stewart in 1954. The school holds no record of C H Stewart's attendance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plates on flyleaf: Clarendon Presbyterian / Ladies' College / Ballarat / Crest / Presented by / Miss C H Stewart / Old Collegian / 26/4/54

Photograph - Ballarat School Of Mines L.F.J. Hillman Building, 1993

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

Two photographs of the Ballarat School of Mines Lin Hillman Building. This building was demolished in late 2005.

Skirt

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Australian womens skirt from the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Designed by Mambo Graphics.

Document - Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Instructions (Aust) Set C45

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

Loose leaf document detailing technical aspects of the WS C45

Inscriptions & Markings

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Instructions (Aust) Telecommunications H 512 Wireless Set C45

Memorial Window: John Edward BENNETT - Crucifixion "I, if I be lifted up from the earth/ will draw all men unto me"

Christ Church Anglican Parish of Warrnambool, Warrnambool

Stained glass memorial lancet window, central light, west wall, north nave, depicting the crucifixion of Jesus.

Historical information

John Edward Bennett was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, 1862. He was devoted to his family and his church, being a churchwarden and a verstryman of this Parish. He was a lay preacher for 40 years in the Dioceses of Melbourne and Ballarat. He was the first Manager of the Warrnambool Woollen Mill. He died on Nov 10th 1928.

Significance

He was the first manager of Warrnambool Woollen Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

To the Glory of God and in loving memory of/John Edward Bennett/ sometime Churchwarden and Vestryman of this Parish, and for/40 years a Lay Reader in the Dioceses of Melbourne and/ Ballarat, born in Leeds, Yorkshire, 1862, entered into rest Nov 10th, 1928/ A devoted husband and father,/ a faithful servant of God and His Church/Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.

Notebook

Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc, Caulfield

80 page school note book maths english

Historical information

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

Photograph - Black and White - Aboriginal Childcare Workers

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

Brian McLennan of the Ballarat School of Mines hands a certificate to six Aboriginal childcare workers.

Print - 'Mosquito'

Geelong RSL Sub Branch,

A print of the aircraft Mosquito, the aircraft is portrayed in flight on a sky background. The print is in a silver metal frame with a white backing.

Historical information

The print is of a 'mosquito' aircraft and has been signed by Leonard Cheshire, VC. Group Captain RAF. Group Captain Cheshire became a most decorated pilot during WW2 and was created Baron of Cheshire in 1991 in recognition of his charitable work.

Significance

This print 'Mosquito' has been personally signed by Leonard Cheshire.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each print is individually signed by Leonard Cheshire, VC. The original painting is by Robert Taylor. The print is published by The Military Gallery, Bath.

Book - Twelve Decades. J.K. Loney. E.W. Morris.

Otway Districts Historical Society, Beech Forest

Twelve decades. A short history of Apollo Bay. J.K.Loney. E.W.Morris. 1st ed. J.K.Loney; Apollo Bay (Vic.); c 1975. 64 p.; illus. Soft cover.

Drawing (Pastel): Nicholas Nedelkopoulos (b.1955 Melb, AUS) - The Sneeze

Nillumbik Shire Council,

Pastel drawing on paper. Image depicts a small black figure with a small monkey on a lead. The figure has a red nose to which he is holding a tissue. He is walking through what appears to be a flowering forest.

Historical information

Nicholas Nedelkopoulos is an established artist, his work is represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Gallery of Australia and in numerous International and Australian Public and Private Collections. His work has been included in major historic exhibitions: the National Gallery of Australia's Federation touring exhibition, The Australian Bicentennial Folio and Victoria's 150th Anniversary exhibition curated at The State Library of Victoria and National Gallery of Victoria. He has a Diploma of Fine Arts from Victorian College of the Arts, a Master of Fine Art from the University of Melbourne (Victorian College of the Arts) and has a Doctorate from Monash University. Nedelkopoulos' work is based strongly in graphic tradition which can be seen throughout all of his media.

Significance

'The Sneeze' alludes to a feverish response, an irritation, a period of temporary discomfort, or a sign of sickness. On a visit to Eltham in 1995 Nedelkopoulos became aware of the disquiet felt by many residents because local government was not in the hands of elected representatives. 'The Sneeze' is an allegorical work, which serves as a reminder of this period in our municipal history. Nedelkopoulos has constructed an environment similar to a theatre set in which every element is a symbol to be deciphered. Whether you read the red-nosed figure as democracy being challenged by the political circumstance, as representing the unelected commissioners surrounded by the criticism of the community, or as another player in the story, to unravel the meaning of individual elements will provide direction and add weight to your interpretation. Without knowledge of the artist's intention the work can convey quite straightforward messages and responses. For example, the misery of hayfever in Spring, or how germs spread from a single sneeze. Such ideas are relevant and provide the metaphoric basis for a more in-depth analysis.

Photograph - Mr W. J. Taylor

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Sepia photograph of W. J.Taylor, Councillor Shire of Eltham 1890 to 1911 including one term of Shire President.

Digital photograph - Stone mark, bluestone gutter

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph showing a mark carved into a bluestone gutter in Lydiard Street South, Ballarat.

Historical information

Mark in blue stone gutter outside Her Majesty's theatre, Lydiard Street South, Ballarat.

Book - Common prayer

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a black leather covered book of 208 pages. There are two sections – The Book of Common Prayer and Hymns Ancient and Modern. The cover is partly detached from the binding and there is gold lettering on the front cover and spine. The pages are gilt-edged. There is a full page black and white illustration at the beginning of the text. The two inscriptions are handwritten in black ink.

Historical information

This book was given to Bill Rogers for his 8th birthday in 1927. Arthur George (Bill) was the grandson of Joseph Rogers, a Warrnambool plumber, and the son of Arthur and Agnes Rogers. Bill Rogers (d. 1995) worked in the advertising department of the Warrnambool Standard for nearly 50 years. He married Lorna Steller and they lived in MacDonald Street in South Warrnambool.

Significance

This book is of interest as it belonged to Bill Rogers, a Warrnambool resident in the 20th century. It is also of interest as an example of the type of present given to an 8 year-old boy in the 1920s.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘To Billie on his 8th birthday 1927’ ‘Billie Rogers 32 McDonald St. Sth. Warrnambool’

Digital Photograph - Interior, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Two colour photographs of the interior if St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

Postcard: Central Library, Manchester, England

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Postcard depicting the Central Library in Manchester, England

Painting: Barbara MUNRO - Evening at Research

Nillumbik Shire Council,

Photograph - Colour - Graves, Forgandenny church, Perthshire, Scotland

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Historical information

Forgandenny church, Scotland where the Oliphant family worshipped. Crests can be seen on the church wall.

albums

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Two large photo albums. 2280.1 has no front cover. The back cover and spine are red. The pages are black and most photos are labelled. They are photographs of the Orbost area. 2280.2 has brown covers. It contains photographs of the construction of the gardens and buildings around the Slab Hut (Orbost Visitor Information Centre). On the cover in gold print is "PHOTOS".

Historical information

These two albums were used at the Slab Hut - Orbost Visitor Information Centre. The Orbost Visitor Information Centre is situated in Forest Park on Nicholson Street. The centre is housed in the historic Slab Hut. The hut was an original family dwelling built in 1872, on a site approximately three kilometres upstream from the junction of the Buchan and Snowy Rivers. No nails were used in the construction; it was all wired together. After a period in storage the slab hut was opened in its present location in Orbost as the Information Centre in 1987.

Significance

These albums are contemporary records of the construction and relocation of an iconic Orbost building, the Slab Hut.

Certificate

South Gippsland Shire Council, Leongatha

Framed certificate featuring colour photograph of building possibly early Canberra. Set in brown wood frame with gold edge. Cream background. Text in brwon ink. Handwritten words: "Shire of Korumburra"

Mantila

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Swiss batiste embroidered mantila. Triangular in shape

Digital photographs - Port Fairy Primary School - side view

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Digital images

Set of Vases

Seaworks Maritime Discovery Centre, Williamstown

one of Set of six small vases with floral design of different shapes

Inscriptions & Markings

"PMA 0257/4"

Compass

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Trough Compass in wooden box with sliding lid. Maker J W Handley. Mark 11 D�D Made in Australia 1941 Serial number 92

Historical information

A trough compass is used in navigation and surveying to establish magnetic north.

Cutting the ribbon of the new viewing deck

Darebin Parklands Association, Alphington

Colour photograph of Councillor Vin Heffernan (left) and Rob Gell, Channel 9 & 7 weatherman (right) cutting the ribbon of the new viewing deck in Darebin Parklands

Historical information

The viewing deck was designed by Trevor House, architect.

Inscriptions & Markings

Annotated with stickers on back. [1994/015541 case admin]

Photographs Emailed - Paintings of camps 2 and Loveday

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photos emailed from London by Guidobaldi's grandson, David Coker.

MINUTES

Clunes Museum, Clunes

MINUTES OF EVIDENCE

Inscriptions & Markings

SEE OVER

Newspaper clippings

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Woolamai House

Historical information

The homestead of the Cleeland family

GREETING CARD

Clunes Museum, Clunes

SMALL CHRISTMAS GREETING CARD

Inscriptions & Markings

RENE TO MRS. TREMBATH

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

ACAPULCO

Annual Report - Ballarat School of Mines Annual Report, 1909

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

Six page annual report of the Ballarat School of Mines. Information includes an address from President Andrew Anderson; death of Dr J.F. Usher; bequest by Dr Stewart, The new Education Bill, David Ham; J.Y. McDonald; establishment of classes in Plumbing, Manual Training, Carpentry, Woolclassing, First Aid to the injured and Telegraphy; statement of receipts and expenditure and balance sheet.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Two unidentified men, one with face blacked out, standing beside a Ford registration number OP-001, circa 1949

Photograph - Russell Yeoman and Opal Smith; tree planting and plaque dedication in memory of Society member, Blanche Shallard, 11 Dec 2002

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Low-resolution copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Eltham District Historical Society, Local History Centre, 728 Main Road, Eltham

Book - Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Looks at the culture and history of some of the Northern Territory Aboriginal groups.

Inscriptions & Markings

colour photographs, b&w photographs, illustrations, maps, tables

Untitled

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

2 x 20mm Cannon Shell Case mounted on wooden base

Booklet - Banyule Volunteer Awards 2013

Greensborough Historical Society,

40 pages, colour illus.

Historical information

This volume lists the nominees for the 2013 Banyule Volunteer Awards. Includes information on the volunteers' work in the community. Other award nominees covered include Young Volunteer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Volunteer, Multicultural Community Volunteer, Community Volunteer, Good Neighbour and Citizen of the Year.

Newspaper Clipping - Angel of highest order

Greensborough Historical Society,

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Reg Shiel of Lower Plenty volunteers to fly for Angel Flight Australia. They fly non-emergency patients to medical appointments.

Book - The History of Bourke, vol. II

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

The History of Bourke' vol. II, 1967-68. Papers presented by the members of the Bourke and District Historical Society on the history of Bourke.

Display Case

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Booklet: Technical Schools in Victoria: a guide for parents ... (undated)

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size booklet of 12 pages with a sub-title ' A guide for parents to the opportunities offered / by the State Secondary Technical school / system including full details of courses / available at your nearest school and details of / the area served by that school. It is not dated, but estimate it may be 1970s - 1980s.

Ball container

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

An unsealed Wright & Ditson 'Championship Tennis balls' domed-top can without lid. Key and seal strip also lost. Contains 2 of the 3 original balls. Materials: Metal, Ink, Rubber, Synthetic material, Wool

Coffee Pot

National Wool Museum, Geelong

000139 Photograph - W Young - R Young

Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wright & Ditson 'All American' model open throat tennis racquet. String whipping and paint around shoulders and around base of throat. On obverse, model name is printed across throat. On reverse, manufacturer name is printed across throat. Printed on right side of shaft is name of manufacturer and words: 'MADE IN USA/LICENSED UNDER/PAT. NO 1664466' and 'STRUNG BY'. Printed on left side of shaft: PATENTED/TOP FLITE CONSTRUCTION'. Handle spiral-wrapped with leather hand grip, with string whipping at top end of grip. End wrap missing. Butt cloth with manufacturer's trademark printed on it. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Ink, Leather, Nylon, String, Paint

Book - Deep Leads of Victoria, 1937

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

Charcoal soft covered book of 64 pages. Contents include Ballarat, berry Consols, Canadian Lead, Castlemaine-Daylesford System, Chiltern, Duke of Cornwall Mine, Dyke's Freehold, frenchman's Lead, Garibaldi Shaft, Glenfine, Guidlford, Hepburn Estate Co., Hepburn Home Paddock, Italian Gully, Henderson's Lead, Langi Logan, Leigh Consols, Sebastopol Plateau; Talbot, Woady Yalloak

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of the aeroplane and the first aerial delivery of bread at Rhylstone Park, Cowes Phillip Island, 1921

Historical information

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

Knife Cleaner

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Knife cleaner, round wooden manual machine with 4 holes in top, each surrounded by metal fitting, handle attached to side of barrel, decorative metal stand with holes for fixing to banch. Black brush bristles are fitted inside, surrounding each hole (some bristles have been worn away. Inscribed "DAVIES PATENT EXCELSIOR LONDON", manufactured by Davis's Excelsior Knife Cleaning Company. Ltd, London. c.1877-1916

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed "DAVIES PATENT EXCELSIOR LONDON",