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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

162628 items


162628 items

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - New role for hall

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of newspaper clipping.

Historical information

The old Methodist Church Hall in Main Street was used by the Shire of Diamond Valley for its Engineering and Health staff in 1967.

Folder - James Duckworth

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on James Duckworth, Panton Hill 1890s


Loreto Australia and South-East Asia, Ballarat

Gold coloured monstrance. (Receptacle in which the Holy Eucharist was kept as well as placed for public adoration.) At the top is a large round structure, rayed like the sun - 'viril' and inside the viril is a glass section for holding the host - 'vidriera'. Highly decorated and surrounded by gem stones and opals.


One of original religious artefacts used in the Loreto Chapel. Although no maker's mark, opals would indicated Australian made.


Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A wooden, flat-top racquet with a solid convex throat, and fish-tail handle. Model trademark is a stamped on throat on obverse, featuring a horned demon's head, with the text: THE/DEMON. Manufacturer's mark stamped across throat on reverse, comprises of a hexagram with the text: BEST IS BEST/S&S/L/THRO' THE WORLD. Stamped over this: BENETFINK/LONDON. Materials: Wood, Gut, Metal, Glue, Lacquer


Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph - large image of Chicory Kiln and trough owned by Peter Forrest Jnr.

Historical information

One of two photographs donated by Jean Archibald

Plaque: - Shield with Various Corp Badges

Highett RSL Sub Branch Inc, Highett

Raymond Phillips Service Number: 111 Rank: Private Roll title: 14 Infantry Battalion (December 1914) Conflict / Operation: First World War, 1914-1918 Date of embarkation: 22 December 1914 Place of embarkation: Melbourne Ship embarked on: HMAT Ulysses A38

Inscriptions & Markings

The badges were collected by Raymond Phillips whilst a patient at the No 3 General Hospital Wandowrith England, about the early part of 1916. No III A coy 14th Battalion an ANZAC [Jacka's Mob]

Bible - Self-Interpreting Bible containing the Old and New Testaments

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a Bible with a hard leather cover and the spine covering replaced at some stage. The front and back of the book are much rubbed and scored. The pages are numbered according to the sections and the font varies with two columns to each page. There are over 40 black and white illustrations (from engravings) and several pressed ferns. Some pages are damaged. There are four loose sheets.

Historical information

This Bible belonged to Minnie Maud Middleton (d. 1958). She came from Framlingham, near Warrnambool. Miss Middleton’s parents, Hannah and Thomas, brought the Bible to Australia from England in the 1870s. The Bible, printed in 1816, contains a pencil drawing of the Roydon Church of England where the Middletons worshipped in England.


This Bible is of interest as an example of a Bible that many families owned, treasured and read in times gone by and especially in the 19th century. It has local provenance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brown’s Holy Bible printed 1816 Presented to G. Phillpot 80 Kelp St Warrnambool in 1953 by Miss M. Middleton of Bendigo, late of Framlingham. Was brought to Australia by Miss Middleton’s parents approx 80 years ago. The pencil drawing is of Roydon Church of England where Miss Middleton’s parents worshipped. Copy of ‘Willing Work’ dated Nov 3 1877 was found in the Bible.

Newspaper clipping - Panton Hill Details, c.1975

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital file only - scanned by EDHS from item on loan

Historical information

Panton Hill Football League match results

Horse Brass

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Ornate Horse Brass, broken and half missing, Artefact Reg No S/??. Recovered from the wreck of the Schomberg.

Historical information

When the ship Schomberg was launched in 1855, she was considered the most perfect clipper ship ever to be built. James Blaine’s Black Ball Line had commissioned her to be built for their fleet of passenger liners. At a cost of £43,103, the Aberdeen builders designed her to sail faster than the quick clippers designed by North American Donald McKay. She was a three masted wooden clipper ship, built with diagonal planking of British oat with layers of Scottish larch. This luxury vessel was designed to transport emigrants to Melbourne in superior comfort. She had ventilation ducts to provide air to the lower decks and a dining saloon, smoking room, library and bathrooms for the first class passengers. At the launch of Schomberg’s maiden voyage, her master Captain ‘Bully’ Forbes, drunkenly predicted that he would make the journey between Liverpool and Melbourne in 60 days. Schomberg departed Liverpool on 6 October 1855 with 430 passengers and 3000 tons cargo including iron rails and equipment intended the build the Geelong Railway and a bridge over the Yarra from Melbourne to Hawthorn. The winds were poor as Schomberg sailed across the equator, slowing her journey considerably. She was 78 days out of Liverpool when she ran aground on a sand-spit near Peterborough, Victoria, on 27 December; the sand spit and the currents were not marked on Forbes’s map. Overnight, the crew launched a lifeboat to find a safe place to land the ship’s passengers. The scouting party returned to Schomberg and advised Forbes that it was best to wait until morning because the rough seas could easily overturn the small lifeboats. The ship’s Chief Officer spotted SS Queen at dawn and signalled the steamer. The master of the SS Queen approached the stranded vessel and all of Schomberg’s passengers were able to disembark safely. The Black Ball Line’s Melbourne agent sent a steamer to retrieve the passengers’ baggage from the Schomberg. Other steamers helped unload her cargo until the weather changed and prevented the salvage teams from accessing the ship. Local merchants Manifold & Bostock bought the wreck and cargo, but did not attempt to salvage the cargo still on board the ship. They eventually sold it on to a Melbourne businessman and two seafarers. After two of the men drowned when they tried to reach Schomberg, salvage efforts were abandoned. In 1975, divers from Flagstaff Hill, including Peter Ronald, found an ornate communion set at the wreck. The set comprised a jug, two chalices, a plate and a lid. The lid did not fit any of the other objects and in 1978 a piece of the lid broke off, revealing a glint of gold. As museum staff carefully examined the lid and removed marine growth, they found a diamond ring, which is currently on display in the Great Circle Gallery. Flagstaff Hill also holds ship fittings and equipment, personal salvaged from the wreck by Peter Ronald, former director of Flagstaff Hill.effects, a lithograph, tickets and photograph from the Schomberg. Most of the artefacts were salvaged from the wreck by Peter Ronald, former director of Flagstaff Hill.


The Schomberg, which is on the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR S612), has great historical significance as a rare example of a large, fast clipper ship on the England to Australia run, carrying emigrants at the time of the Victorian gold rush. She represents the technical advances made to break sailing records between Europe and Australia. Flagstaff Hill’s collection of artefacts from the Schomberg is significant for its association with the shipwreck, The collection is primarily significant because of the relationship between the objects, as together they have a high potential to interpret the story of the Schomberg. It is archaeologically significant as the remains of an international passenger Ship. It is historically significant for representing aspects of Victoria’s shipping history and for its association with the shipwreck and the ship, which was designed to be fastest and most luxurious of its day

Issue of Cinema Record magazine: Article about Victoria Theatre, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Article on p11

Historical information

David Gordon Collection.

Japanese Prayer Bottle

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Very small wooden shaped bottle with chain and ivory bauble.

Historical information

Prayer bottle. given to Pte. James Hone. in exchange for a cigarette during the war.


Late WW11.

Inscriptions & Markings


Photograph - Near Koornong Crescent, Warrandyte, c.1980

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

7 colour photographs

Historical information

Photo of bushland by Bill Klemmer, a former Shire of Eltham staff member

Artwork - bookplate - Ex Libris Bronwen Jones by Bronwen Jones

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

framed lithograph on paper

Inscriptions & Markings

under image in ink 'Bronwen Jones 1/5'

Document - Victoria: 1988 Electoral Roll: Polwarth.

Otway Districts Historical Society, Beech Forest

Document. State of Victoria. 1988 Electoral Roll for the State Electoral District of Polwarth. State Electoral Province of Western (part).

Photograph - Tour of St Katherine's Anglican Church and cemetery, St Helena, 27 October 2014

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital


Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc,

Hints, strings stringing and tuning

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.

Magazines - Fast Forward: Personality; Style and Fashion, number 13, October 1982

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Cassette magazine in vinyl cover. Contents includes onemagazine, one audio cassette, one subscription card, one subscription pamphlet, one track list card, one advertisement for Rash (Decisions) cassette release, and one advertisement for New Order with The Saints and John Cooper Clarke at the Palais Theatre.

Knitting Needle

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Pair of knitting needles made from bicycle spokes, used by Vera Neale.

Historical information

Vera Neale (1901 - 1990) used needles made from bicycle spokes and piano wire to achieve the fine knitted stitches for her garments.

Costume - Ballarat School of Mines Blazer Pocket, 1935

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

Ballarat School of Mines Blazer pocket, with hand embroidered coat of arms.

Historical information

This items relates to John W. Alexander who studied Civil Engineering at the Ballarat School of Mines in the 1930s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ingenio effodere opes Science 1935


Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Soldiers posing on horses - robertson thomas087.tif

Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc, Melbourne


Clothing, child's pinafore

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A child's sleeveless white cotton pinafore with lace around neckline and arms and buttons at back

Programmes - Norwood Secondary College events including stage productions, VCE lists 1994-95

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

3 programmes for musicals "Birds of a feather"1992, "Grease" 1994, "Copacobana" 2002. 2 Valedictory dinner programmes 1994 1995 "Norwood Remembers "1995 Appreciation of voluntary service 2001 Inaugural Deb Ball programme

Historical information

Part of the collection from Norwood Secondary High School which was renamed Norwood Secondary College in the late 1980s

Theatre Flyer - Mike Epps: After Dark tour (comedy) performed at Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre on 22 May 2014

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Instrument - Microscope - J Aitken

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This microscope is in a polished wooden box with a metal lock (no key). The microscope is an English Martin Improved drum microscope (c. 1850) and made of brass. Inside the box there are two divisions, one to house the microscope. The other has a drawer containing six slide samples made of ivory or bone and five glass slides (with the listed material missing) and five other small items. On top of the drawer is a section for the microscope attachments contained in ten small inserts. The ten attachments are made of brass. There are also six items not in any particular inserts. There are two small slots for the pincers and slides etc.

Historical information

This microscope belonged to James William Manifold Aitkin (1835-1905) who was born in Tasmania and came to Warrnambool in 1852. He was a shopkeeper, produce merchant and flour miller who came to live at the property of Carracoorte, Grasmere in the late 1880s. He was a member of the Warrnambool Municipal Council from 1861 to 1868 and was Chairman of the Borough in 1863 when Warrnambool was declared a town and an early Mayor. The microscope was an improved model of a design by Benjamin Martin, an 18th century instrument maker considered one of the greatest designers and manufacturer of microscopes of his time.


This microscope is of great significance because: 1. It is a beautiful object with high antiquarian and scientific interest 2. It has strong local significance as it belonged to James William Manifold Aitkin, a prominent Warrnambool and district businessman and farmer 3. It has social significance as it demonstrates the interest in natural history by the more affluent and educated men of the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

The only writings are the names and information on the slides


Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A sepia coloured photograph of a man in a flying suit wearing goggles, standing in front of a hedge witha ladder leaning against it. The man is believed to be John Forbes.

Historical information

A photo of a man in a flying suit wearing gogles standing in front of a hedge with a ladder leaning against it

Inscriptions & Markings

on back in pencil: John Forbes


Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A copy of French family magazine, 'La Mode Illustree', No.23, 8 June 1913. Issues feature tennis fashions. Materials: Paper, Ink, String


Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc,

plane, wood, moulding, ogee 3/4"

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.

Inscriptions & Markings



Cornish College, Bangholme

A white polyester flag with the college emblem printed on it.

Historical information

Designed by Dave Clark in mid 2011 as part of his project to design all the emblems, logos, letterheads and visual branding for the College prior to it's opening. The flag of Cornish College, which flies alongside the Australian flag in front of the general office.


The first flag of Cornish College, displaying our College emblem which proudly proclaims our commitment to educating students to live sustainable lives. A visual welcome to the college community and visitors as they drive into the college.

Inscriptions & Markings

The college emblem,a crest including our motto "MAKE A DIFFERENCE" above the words "CORNISH COLLEGE"

Photograph - City of Kew Horse, Cart and Employee

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

One of four black and white photographs (perhaps reproductions) of a horse and cart and a council employee in Parkhill Road, Kew. In a number of photos the cart has K.C.C., in large letters on its side. It is presumed to be the city garbage cart No.3 which was stationed at the old Council Depot on the corner of High and Disraeli Streets.

Historical information

The City of Kew was a suburb in Melbourne from 1860 to 1994.