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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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Painting - Horsedrawn Woolwagon

Kingston Arts, Moorabbin

microfiche sheet - Township of Beechworth

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

5 Aperture Sized microfilms on a single microfiche in a paper sleeve

Historical information

Town layout of Beechworth

Untitled

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Elsternwick Congregational Church – Caulfield Union Church

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield South

Photocopies of one page printed history of Caulfield Union Church dated 01/11/1889 by William Millar., Photocopies of printed four-page annual report of the Caulfield Union Church for the year ending 31/10/1890., Photocopy of four-page handwritten document dated 11/07/1894 dissolving the Caulfield Union Church and selling the land, buildings and effects, includes signatures.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1978 Year 2E

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1978 Year 2E

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1978 Year 2E

Loom

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Wooden hobby loom made by Mr G.W. Hogg.

Historical information

Loom was made by Mr G.W. Hogg. Mr Hogg had been an engineer at the Yarra Falls Mill, Melbourne and at the Valley Worsted Mill, Geelong. (Mr Hogg is recorded on donor form as general manager of Yarra Falls Mill).

Image - Survey Tree, Jacks Road

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Colour photograph of the remains of a survey tree, concreted into the ground. This photo is a close-up to better show the survey marks.

Historical information

Original blazed survey tree was removed and then replaced by Gas Workers

Inscriptions & Markings

Survey marks on tree blaze

Envelope - OHMS Examination Papers Only

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Large brown thick cardboard envelope with traditional triangle flap for opening and broken red seal. Yellow/brown with black writing and x2 pale green 3d stamps on the top right-hand corner (green kangaroo inside white map of Australia). In black writing: OHMS Examination Papers Only / Not to be Opened till 9 am on 21-11-1916. Addressed to: The Head Teacher / School No" 3403 / Mongan's Bridge / Via Dederang" (" to " hand written in grey lead on ruled line) At bottom left of envelope: 0 x2 and underneath M x2 / Education Department / Melbourne. On back: Seemingly unrelated and hard to read writing and figures.

Historical information

In 1916 students were examined by the Victorian Education Department and not by the local school. This included small rural schools and involved mail delivery.

Significance

Mongan's Bridge was a small, remote, rural school in the Kiewa Valley.

Inscriptions & Markings

On Back: Seemingly unrelated and hard to read writing and figures.

Pamphlets - Council Annual Reports, 1956 to Ringwood Ratepayers and 1976 to Citizens of Ringwood, and Invitation to Maroondah Trade and Industry Development Group Luncheon, 1974.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

1. Invitation. Orange coloured bifold with black printing; 2. Report. White four page foolscap. Black printing. Borough Crest on front page.; 3. Report. Cream bifold with blue printing. Map with 5 photos. +Additional Keywords: Kelly, Alfred (Town Clerk) / Smart G.R.B. (Mayor)

Historical information

Three pamphlets relating to Ringwood's Development and notices to ratepayers.

Inscriptions & Markings

1.Trade and Industry development group - Maroondah.; 2. Ringwood Council Annual Report to the ratepayers.; 3. A report to the citizens of Ringwood.

Document

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

Four page type - written Camp Administrative Order No.1 dated 3 November 1939 signed by Captain W.B. Maguire, Acting Adjutant 20th Light Horse Regiment. Contains instructions for the movement of men, horses and equipment to a Camp of training at Broadmeadows, Victoria.

Historical information

The 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) was raised in 1920 as part of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Citizen Military Forces, with Headquarters at Seymour and depots along the Goulburn Valley from Mansfield to Tocumwal in southern NSW. In December 1941, 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) converted from horse to mechanised, initially as 20th Motor Regiment. In 1943 the Regiment was deployed to Merauke, Dutch New Guinea. Upon its return in April 1945, the Regiment was redesignated 20th Pioneer Battalion. It was disbanded following the end of the war. 20th Light Horse was the only light horse regiment to serve overseas in WWII.

Significance

Rare document from Light Horse Regiment at beginning of WW11

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed on Page 4 " W.B. Maguire "

Photograph - Digital Image - Montmorency Junior Football Club. Family Fun Day 2019

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photographs

Historical information

Family Fun Day held at Montmorency Junior Football Club in February 2019.

Suction Unit, Jet, Laerdal

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Clear plastic bottle with green and white screw on cap with external plastic tube. Plastic bottle contains a green and white pressure pack.

Historical information

This pressure pack driven suction unit contains a lanyard to be placed around the neck (source Peter Naylon AHSV member and serving paramedic. 4 September 2016

Inscriptions & Markings

vacuumised cartridge for jet suction Laerdal

Texta - Sketchbook

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Text Book - Working with Words Book 2

Sacred Heart College, Newtown

Red, paper covered English text book.

Historical information

Typical of English texts used in Victoria in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Significance

Various editions used at Sacred Heart College Geelong in English Expression.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marita Fitzpatrick, S.H.C. Leaving, 1949, 7/3.

Newspaper Clipping - Adieu Kids

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

After almost 30 years at Wahroonga Preschool, it's time for Sharon Nixon to say goodbye to her kindergarten children.

Documents and media - Sport and Recreation Centre

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Historical information

Box and binder folder of material relating to the Sport and Recreation Centre (later named the Gringlas Sports Centre), 2000s, including CDs, video tapes, correspondence, canvasser's kit and a brochure. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Artwork - Printmaking - Untitled by Geoffrey Ricardo

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Unframed limited edition photo etching. Promised gift under the Australian Government's Cultural Gift Program.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed lower right "Ricardo 09"

Book, Knitting - Patons Knitting Book no. 500

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This book was owned by the late Dr Elizabeth Kerr and was donated to the Museum by the executor of her estate, Margaret Cameron. It was produced by Patons and Baldwins and contains knitting patterns for womens garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

No. / 500 / Patons KNITTING BOOK / No. / 500 / PATONS / BEEHIVE and PATONYLE, 4-Ply AZALEA / HIGHLAND SPORTS DOUBLE QUICK / P&B / WOOLS / 1'9

Photograph

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

Wanderers Cricket Club Team. Premiers 1928

Object - Sewing Kit

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

khaki Housewife

Inscriptions & Markings

Dept of Defence 1967 FB Driclad Pty Ltd

Bonnet - Puppet

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black bonnet for puppets with cream pleated frill around the front. 2 ties

Historical information

Part of a collection of clothes and outfits for puppets on loan from Beinssen family

Photograph

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

Mahnke Sloane Street Tea Party. Silver Tea Set at Stawell historical Society.

Newsletter - Eltham Echo; Your Local Council's News, Shire of Eltham, No. 35, September 1994

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

8 page newsletter; 2 x A3 pages copy folded and stapled

Historical information

Feature articles include: . Municipal Restructure Update . Invasive Plants in Eltham . Capital Works program 1994/95 . A Healthy Choice of Books at Eltham Library . Eltham Community Festival '94 "Echoes of Eltham" . What's New in Building? . Leisure Centre Works Proceeding... . Edendale Community Farm . Disabled But Not Damaged: A Family Story

Wooden Honour Board

Morongo Old Collegians' Association, Geelong

Historical information

A list of all Honorary Life Members of the Association

Inscriptions & Markings

Morongo Old Collegians Honorary Life Members 1929 - 2007

Photograph - black and white - Ballarat School of Mines Ceramics Class

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

A number of ceramics students work in the Ballarat School of Mines Technical Art School Ceramics Studio. Six students sit at a work bench undertake handbuilt pottery. Five students sit at pottery wheels, while tutor Neville Bunning stands and oversees (far right corner).

Historical information

Ceramics was taught at the Ballarat School of Mines Technical Arts School.

Document Folder - Hand covered bifold document folder belonging to Cr. A. Temple Miles J.P., Mayor of Ringwood 1924-1925, 1925-1926, 1926-1927, 1933-1934, 1934-1935, 1937-1938. Councillor 1924-1939 and 1946-1947.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Hand covered bifold document folder with pockets for documents and blotting paper. It belonged to Cr. A. Temple Miles J.P., Mayor of Ringwood 1924-1925, 1925-1926, 1926-1927, 1933-1934, 1934-1935, 1937-1938. He was a councillor 1924-1939 and 1946-1947.

Historical information

Presentation folder, recording the service A. Temple Miles gave to the Council of the Borough of Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

As in Brief Description, plus Borough of Ringwood at the top

Book - Reference Teaching Infants - MacMillan's Teaching in Practice for Infant Schools Projects and Pictures Vol. 2

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

This item is a green coloured hard backed book containing 768 double sided pages. Nearly all pages have black writing and free hand sketches. There are some pages of duplicated sheet music. See KVHS 0045, KVHS 0047, KVHS 0048 for the other volumes held.

Historical information

This item was reprinted in 1949 (first edition in 1934) in Great Britain and used in Victorian Infant school classes.This was in the era where "mother England" was still the favourite source of educational text books for Australian primary schools. "Australianism" was frowned upon by educational institutions as being not proper English. This belief lingered on for a longer period in private schools, where "ockerism" was a dirty word. It was not until the mid 1950s that the Australian dialect and social mores were accepted as suitable for educational activities.

Significance

This item was used in Mount Beauty Primary School as part of a teacher's curriculum. The fact that it was in a rural area, Kiewa Valley did present a slightly different learning atmosphere than in the larger towns and cities. The majority of parents within the Kiewa Valley, had a slight resentment of the "high and mighty" attitude of city dwellers with a "plum in their mouths" and the effectiveness of city bred teachers was to overcome these ingrained mores. The mentioning of European nations and lifestyles was to the pupils in the infant schools far more like "fairyland" than the realism that they experienced on the "land". However at this age level fantasy was more important than reality. Australian fantasy tales e.g. Blinky Bill (circa 1930s) introduced main characters that infants could identify, especially in rural schools.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the spine is "MACMILLANS TEACHING IN PRACTICE" below this "PROJECTS and PICTURES" underneath "VOL 2". On title page "edited by E.J.S.Lay" underneath VOLUME TWO. Below this there is printed a two branch wreath within these an "Olympic" type torch.

TRENCH ART

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) & .2) A pair of steel 20 mm cannon shells made into pepper & salt shakers. Brass nose caps have been drilled out, one has 1 hole & the other 3. The sides are painted red & yellow. A brass shell case is crimped down onto the cannon shell. The copper driving band is unused.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Salt: Nose cap: Lot 2-50424-214-42 Shell: Lot 50424-178 1942 KOP M Base: 20MM-M21 1942 GMS .2) Pepper: Nose cap: Lot 2-50424-214-42 Casing: Lot 50424-178 1942 KOP Base: 20MM-M21 1942 GMS

Form 1B 1962

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white photograph of Williamstown High School form 1B of 1962.

Inscriptions & Markings

See image above.

Book - Progressive Farming Vol 3

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Progressive Farming Vol 3 The Maintenance of High Production Editor: J A Hanley Publisher: The Caxton Publishing Co Date: 1951

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 F 630 PRO Pastedown front endpaper has sticker from Warrnambool Public Library Front loose endpaper has a sticker from Corangamite Regional Library Service Front loose endpaper has a stamp from Corangamite Regional Library Service