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Collecting Fire: A new kind of practice

7 Feb 2019

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

Curated By

Lauren McAlary, Veterans Heritage Project Manager

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NEWSPAPER

Clunes Museum, Clunes

CRESWICK ADVERTISER - FRIDAY 18TH DECEMBER, 1970.

Historical information

CRESWICK ADVERTISER FOR CRESWICK, CLUNES, BUNGAREE & TALBOT.

Inscriptions & Markings

SEE OVER

Document - Peck's Dam history

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2p. typescript

Historical information

History of a parcel of land bounded by Bolton Street, Brougham Street, Main Road and Grand Boulevard purchased by Mr Orr around 1900. It may have been called Panorama Heights Estate, Montmorency Park and later, Orr's Park. Orr had a dam made, which was called Peck's dam by locals in the 1940s-1950s.

Souvenir tea caddy spoon "Tea Time"

Melbourne Water, Docklands

Tea caddy spoon with clock face engraved showing 4pm on round spoon, tea pot shaped handle with enamel scenic view badge saying 'Healesville' ( depicting Maroondah Reservoir outlet tower). Tea caddy spoon box labelled 'Fine Silverware by Stokes'

Historical information

Melbourne Water inherited many of its water assets, such as reservoirs from its predecessor the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW). They have served the organisation well and have long been celebrated for both their natural beauty and engineering ingenuity. In the nineteenth century Victoria’s fundamental need for water infrastructure went beyond merely functional solutions and reflected the English ideal of the romance and beauty that was embodied in expanses of water. The MMBW further enhanced this notion by incorporating beauty and function in to the Classical and Italianate designs of its infrastructure such as pumping houses and reservoir outlet towers. The reservoir gardens and picnic areas were landscaped with ornamental stonework, exotic trees, decorative flower beds, fern glads pools and rose gardens. All features of the water supply system became widely celebrated as beauty spots that continue to be very popular to this day with tourists and locals alike. This souvenir is a product of that flourishing tourist trade. These water supply sites continue to enhance Melbourne’s charm and liveability and are now recognised as places of cultural and historic significance

Significance

This souvenir item has been curated by Melbourne Water as it represents an important historical aspect of the organisation by demonstrating the popularity of its water asset sites as recreational places and tourist attractions, and although these sites are functional parts of the water supply system, they were also designed to be enjoyed by the public both aesthetically and recreationally.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stokes and Sons Stokes & Sons logo (Star with S and boomerang) EG. No. 15733

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of approx. 25 pupils and teachers. 3 girls right of photo have distinct gingham check dresses reminiscent of Shepparton High School gear of that era.

Historical information

Some of the internees students might have attended Shepparton High.

Sketch - "Elsie" at State School 1005.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photocopied watercolour sketch of one room rural school in timbered background, surrounded by barbed wire and netting fence in the barbs of which Elsie is caught. Tents in the background for Army personnel at Graytown POW Camp.

Historical information

Laser copy of original sketch of teacher, Elsie Shannon by George Rosenkranz, former German POW, a survivor from HSK "Kormoran". The original given to Elsie who had the sketch copied for the Museum

Inscriptions & Markings

"Graytown- Erinnerungen", "Elsie" at State School No. 1005.

Archive File - Children's Cottages, Kew ~ Fire

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

TBC

Historical information

Since its foundation in 1958, members of the Kew Historical Society have been compiling and storing information about subjects relating to the history of Kew and its environs, of which this file is an example. Typically files will contain primary and secondary sources.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Murgatroyd Photograph Collection

Historical information

Fred Murgatroyd worked as a loom tuner at Yarra Falls, Tweedside and Collins mills in Victoria as well as in Sydney, and studied at Leeds University.

Inscriptions & Markings

F Murgatroyd Tweedside/ about 1920

Book - A little book of friendship.

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

A brown/gold book titled "A little book of friendship". Suede cover.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of the detail of the decoration of the wooden verandah at the front of the former Sunbury Courthouse. It is a polaroid photograph.

Historical information

The photographs were taken with a polaroid camera and show external and internal views of the Sunbury Courthouse before it was renovated and became the Tourist Information Centre in Macedon Street, Sunbury

Photograph - Opening of 1st Bridge 1940

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photo of Plaque for opening of Phillip Island Bridge - 1st bridge built in 1940.

Historical information

Donated by Jack Jenner. Commemoration Plaque showing details of first Bridge opening 29/11/1940

Inscriptions & Markings

Phillip Island Bridge opened by The Hon. A. A. Dunstan MLA, Premier of Victoria 29th November 1940

Book - 'The Silent City: A History of the Ballaarat General Cemeteries' by DOrothy WIckham

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Historical information

The Silent City was written by Dorothy Wickham and Peter Butters. It is a book about the Old and New Ballaarat cemeteries and crematorium.

Mortar Bowl

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A medium sized cream pottery mortar bowl with a lip on one side of the rim. The surface is unglazed on the outside but glazed inside.

Historical information

The pottery mortar bowl was used at the Sunbury Asylum before it closed down in the early 1990's. It was collected for GEM by a former curator.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Warranted/Acid proof..."

Photograph - Woods, Brian Rosse Mayor 1938

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black & white portrait photograph

Historical information

Brian Rosse Woods Mayor 1938

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Junkers JU52. Medium sized dark green model with German markings. Has yellow tail fin.

Historical information

One of a collection of 25 model aircraft made by Brian Anthony DOWD late of Eldorado

000461 - Photograph - Halford Family - from Eulalie Brewster

Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch

Photograph missing from folder at time of scanning 26 October 2017. The photo in this record is from a scan in September 2001.

Book - Rungs in the Ladder

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green covered book with yellow printing written to mark centenary 1894-1994

Historical information

Gives details of membership, activities, fire fighting related to local area

Photo

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

Photo of David Oliver

Booklet - Achieving Together A history of the Tatura Primary School 1874 - 1995

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Booklet cream cover. Picture of Tatura school boy premiership team 1959 on front cover. A history of Tatura Primary School 1874-1995. A celebration of 25 years at the new school. 39 pages.

Historical information

A History of the Tatura Primary School 1874 to 1995. Compiled by School Council 1995. Dawes and Vary, Trevaskis Engineering and Bruce McTier and Associates contributed to cost of printing.

Artwork - Banksia laevigata by Celia Rosser, 1988

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed photolithograph of a banksia.

Sup-surface mudstone

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

8356.1 - Medium-sized, wedge-shaped mudstone, two surfaces showing slip-surfaces features, with others- the thick end of the wedge-showing the layered nature of the mudstone.

painting - Out of the garden

Bayside Gallery - Bayside City Council Art & Heritage Collection, Brighton

oil on board

Historical information

Bayside City Council Art and Heritage Collection. Donated to Bayside City Council through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Lion Capital Pty Ltd, 2013. © Robert Jacks/Copyright Agency, 2019.

Trophy

Geelong Cycling Club, Geelong

Trophy on stand in embossed gold colour. It has handles to each side of a spiral shape and at the top - a depiction of a laurel wreath and bow surrounding a blue coloured circular centre. It is mounted on a brown bakelite base with an inscription plate set into it.

Historical information

This award provides an incentive for cyclists to perform at their best on club race days. It is interesting to note that over time awards have changed with the fashion of the time. Cycling trophies have ranged from badges in the early 1900s, to sashes in the mid 1900s, then to shields and to individual trophies, and currently to medals.

Significance

This award provides an incentive for cyclists to perform at their best on club race days.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Geelong Cycling Club/2012/Club Champion/2nd Place"

Plaque City of Melbourne Sqn. 21 R.A.A.F.

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque City of Melbourne Sqn. 21 R.A.A.F.

Vase

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Vase glass clear

Article - Charles George Clayton

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Charles George Clayton and his service in World War 1. At the time of Charles George Clayton's enlistment, he was living at Greensborough

Joe's Glass Bottle - Cordial Factory

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Small Joe's Bottle Has Dust or something on the inside and outside

Inscriptions & Markings

Drink "Joe's" Soft drinks Ice could 250ml Manufactured by the royal show winner "Joe's" South Gippsland Cordial co Pty LTD Korumburra

Photograph

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

Cricket ?Country Colts? Team 1931

Overalls

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

Overalls Green. Aircrew

Book

Nhill & District Historical Society Inc., Nhill

1958 Magazine Nhill State School No. 2411

Webbing Belt

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

Weebbing Belt Jungle Green