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Summon the Living

24 Jul 2018

Bells from Victorian community collections.

Curated By

Kitty Owens, Manager, Exhibition Services, Museums Australia (Victoria)

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Radio

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

Aircraft Antenna relay unit. US Naval Dept - Bureau of ships

Leggings

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

Pair

Spoon

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Unrestored tea spoon from the wreck of the LOCH ARD. The spoon design has a flattened fiddle-back handle, with a thin stem or shank, flared collar, and elongated bowl. The spoons metallic composition is a thin layer of brass alloy which has partially corroded back to a nickel-silver base metal. Approximately 15% of original electroplating survives with some verdigris. 15% of surface has encrustation, on handle and also on back of bowl. Three of five makers marks are partially distinguishable on lower rear of handle: (2) Lazy "B" (3) Maltese Cross (4) Fleur de Lys.

Historical information

This tea spoon is from the wreck of the LOCH ARD, a Loch Line ship of 1,693 tons which sailed from Gravesend, London, on 2 March 1878 with 17 passengers and a crew of 36 under Captain George Gibbs. “The intention was to discharge cargo in Melbourne, before returning to London via the Horn with wool and wheat”. Instead, on 1 June 1878, after 90 days at sea, she struck the sandstone cliffs of Mutton Bird Island on the south west coast of Victoria, and sank with the loss of 52 lives and all her cargo. The manifest of the LOCH ARD listed an array of manufactured goods and bulk metals being exported to the Colony of Victoria, with a declared value of £53,700. (202 bills of lading show an actual invoice value of £68, 456, with insurance underwriting to £30,000 of all cargo). Included in the manifest is the item of “Tin hardware & cutlery £7,530”. This teaspoon is one of 482 similar items of electro-plated cutlery from the LOCH ARD site, comprising spoons and forks of various sizes but all sharing the same general shape or design and metallic composition. 49 of these pieces display a legible makers’ mark — the initials “W” and “P” placed within a raised diamond outline, which is in turn contained within a sunken crown shape — identifying the manufacturer as William Page & Co of Birmingham. An electroplater’s makers’ marks, unlike sterling silver hallmarks, are not consistent identifiers of quality or date and place of manufacture. A similar line of five impressions was usually made to impress the consumer with an implication of industry standards, but what each one actually signified was not regulated and so they varied according to the whim of the individual foundry. In this case, the maker’s marks are often obscured by sedimentary accretion or removed by corrosion after a century of submersion in the ocean. However sufficient detail has survived to indicate that these samples of electro-plated cutlery probably originated from the same consignment in the LOCH ARD’s cargo. The following descriptions of maker’s marks are drawn from 255 tea spoons, 125 dessert spoons, and 99 table forks. These marks are clearly visible in 66 instances, while the same sequence of general outlines, or depression shapes, is discernible in another 166 examples. 1. A recessed Crown containing a raised Diamond outline and the initials “W” and “P” (the recognised trademark of William Page & Co) 2. An impressed Ellipse containing a raised, pivoted, Triangle in its lower part and bearing a Resurrection Cross on its upper section (a possible dissenting church symbol reflecting religious affiliation); OR a rounded Square impression containing a raised, ‘lazy’, letter “B” (possibly mimicking sterling silver hallmark signifying city of manufacture i.e. Birmingham) 3. An impressed rounded Square filled with a raised Maltese Cross (the base metal composite of nickel silver was also known as ‘German silver’ after its Berlin inventors in 1823) 4. A recessed Circle containing a Crab or Scarab Beetle image; OR a recessed Circle containing a rotated ‘fleur de lys’ or ‘fasces’ design 5. A depressed Diamond shape enclosing a large raised letter “R” and a small raised letter “D” (mimicking the U.K. Patent Office stamp which abbreviated the term ‘registered’ to “RD”, but also included date and class of patent) Suggested trade names for William Page & Co’s particular blend of brass plating are ‘roman silver’ or ‘silverite’. This copper alloy polishes to a lustrous gold when new, discolouring to a murky grey with greenish hue when neglected. HISTORY OF THE LOCH ARD The LOCH ARD belonged to the famous Loch Line which sailed many ships from England to Australia. Built in Glasgow by Barclay, Curdle and Co. in 1873, the LOCH ARD was a three-masted square rigged iron sailing ship. The ship measured 262ft 7" (79.87m) in length, 38ft (11.58m) in width, 23ft (7m) in depth and had a gross tonnage of 1693 tons. The LOCH ARD's main mast measured a massive 150ft (45.7m) in height. LOCH ARD made three trips to Australia and one trip to Calcutta before its final voyage. LOCH ARD left England on March 2, 1878, under the command of Captain Gibbs, a newly married, 29 year old. She was bound for Melbourne with a crew of 37, plus 17 passengers and a load of cargo. The general cargo reflected the affluence of Melbourne at the time. On board were straw hats, umbrella, perfumes, clay pipes, pianos, clocks, confectionary, linen and candles, as well as a heavier load of railway irons, cement, lead and copper. There were items included that intended for display in the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880. The voyage to Port Phillip was long but uneventful. At 3am on June 1, 1878, Captain Gibbs was expecting to see land and the passengers were becoming excited as they prepared to view their new homeland in the early morning. But LOCH ARD was running into a fog which greatly reduced visibility. Captain Gibbs was becoming anxious as there was no sign of land or the Cape Otway lighthouse. At 4am the fog lifted. A man aloft announced that he could see breakers. The sheer cliffs of Victoria's west coast came into view, and Captain Gibbs realised that the ship was much closer to them than expected. He ordered as much sail to be set as time would permit and then attempted to steer the vessel out to sea. On coming head on into the wind, the ship lost momentum, the sails fell limp and LOCH ARD's bow swung back. Gibbs then ordered the anchors to be released in an attempt to hold its position. The anchors sank some 50 fathoms - but did not hold. By this time LOCH ARD was among the breakers and the tall cliffs of Mutton Bird Island rose behind the ship. Just half a mile from the coast, the ship's bow was suddenly pulled around by the anchor. The captain tried to tack out to sea, but the ship struck a reef at the base of Mutton Bird Island, near Port Campbell. Waves broke over the ship and the top deck was loosened from the hull. The masts and rigging came crashing down knocking passengers and crew overboard. When a lifeboat was finally launched, it crashed into the side of LOCH ARD and capsized. Tom Pearce, who had launched the boat, managed to cling to its overturned hull and shelter beneath it. He drifted out to sea and then on the flood tide came into what is now known as LOCH ARD Gorge. He swam to shore, bruised and dazed, and found a cave in which to shelter. Some of the crew stayed below deck to shelter from the falling rigging but drowned when the ship slipped off the reef into deeper water. Eva Carmichael had raced onto deck to find out what was happening only to be confronted by towering cliffs looming above the stricken ship. In all the chaos, Captain Gibbs grabbed Eva and said, "If you are saved Eva, let my dear wife know that I died like a sailor". That was the last Eva Carmichael saw of the captain. She was swept off the ship by a huge wave. Eva saw Tom Pearce on a small rocky beach and yelled to attract his attention. He dived in and swam to the exhausted woman and dragged her to shore. He took her to the cave and broke open case of brandy which had washed up on the beach. He opened a bottle to revive the unconscious woman. A few hours later Tom scaled a cliff in search of help. He followed hoof prints and came by chance upon two men from nearby Glenample Station three and a half miles away. In a state of exhaustion, he told the men of the tragedy. Tom returned to the gorge while the two men rode back to the station to get help. By the time they reached LOCH ARD Gorge, it was cold and dark. The two shipwreck survivors were taken to Glenample Station to recover. Eva stayed at the station for six weeks before returning to Ireland, this time by steamship. In Melbourne, Tom Pearce received a hero's welcome. He was presented with the first gold medal of the Royal Humane Society of Victoria and a £1000 cheque from the Victorian Government. Concerts were performed to honour the young man's bravery and to raise money for those who lost family in the LOCH ARD disaster. Of the 54 crew members and passengers on board, only two survived: the apprentice, Tom Pearce and the young woman passenger, Eva Carmichael, who lost all of her family in the tragedy. Ten days after the LOCH ARD tragedy, salvage rights to the wreck were sold at auction for £2,120. Cargo valued at £3,000 was salvaged and placed on the beach, but most washed back into the sea when another storm developed. The wreck of LOCH ARD still lies at the base of Mutton Bird Island. Much of the cargo has now been salvaged and some was washed up into what is now known as LOCH ARD Gorge. Cargo and artefacts have also been illegally salvaged over many years before protective legislation was introduced. One of the most unlikely pieces of cargo to have survived the shipwreck was a Minton porcelain peacock - one of only seven in the world. The peacock was destined for the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880. It had been well packed, which gave it adequate protection during the violent storm. Today, the Minton peacock can be seen at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum in Warrnambool. From Australia's most dramatic shipwreck it has now become Australia's most valuable shipwreck artefact and is one of very few 'objects' on the Victorian State Heritage Register.

Significance

The LOCH ARD shipwreck is of State significance – Victorian Heritage Register S 417. Flagstaff Hill’s collection of artefacts from LOCH ARD is significant for being one of the largest collections of artefacts from this shipwreck in Victoria. It is significant for its association with the shipwreck, which is on the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR S417). The collection is significant because of the relationship between the objects, as together they have a high potential to interpret the story of the LOCH ARD. The LOCH ARD collection is archaeologically significant as the remains of a large international passenger and cargo ship. The LOCH ARD collection is historically significant for representing aspects of Victoria’s shipping history and its potential to interpret sub-theme 1.5 of Victoria’s Framework of Historical Themes (living with natural processes). The collection is also historically significant for its association with the LOCH ARD, which was one of the worst and best known shipwrecks in Victoria’s history.

Photograph - Looking north from near Baxter street showing new wide footpath, Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

North bound lane closure.

Payneswicke, Gladstone Parade, 13, Elsternwick

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield South

Undated black and white photograph of Payneswicke. Coloured photograph, taken 13/10/2011, of Payneswicke.

Letters of Herbert Black

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Two signed letters by John Monash sent to Herbert Black (21921 - 9th Field Company Engineers).

Historical information

Letters by Monash relate to Black's request for possible promotion and/or reassignment. First letter dated 11th December 1918, second letter dated 17th January 1919.

BOOK, RECORD OF SERVICE

Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

Record of Service Book A.A.B.83, brown cardboard covers re A.K.GUY.

Historical information

Relates to Andrew Keith Guy VX37836 2nd AIF. Refer 131P for service details also 129, 130.3, 133.2.

Inscriptions & Markings

"VX37836 GNR GUY, A.K"

Photograph - Colour - Daylesford Football Club, c1928

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Photograph of players and officials of the Dayleford Football Club. Gus Gervasoni is seated at the front to the left.

Digital copy - Belfast Port Fairy 2nd (S T Gill)

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Engraved and relief print

Historical information

Artist: Samuel Thomas Gill Born 21 May 1818 Perriton, Minehead, Somerset Died 27 October 1880 Melbourne Father: Samuel Gill Mother: Winifred Gill nee Oke

Hardback Book - Advanced Textile Design

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Large green hardback book

Inscriptions & Markings

Advanced Textile Design. W Watson

Cutting

Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc, Caulfield

Cutting, fly fishing for trout

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.

Shirt

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

Shirt Green Drill

Laser Print - Modular

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.

Template

Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc, Caulfield

template, 5/8" sash double

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.

Trench Art

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

2 Vases

D.S. Lade Commemorative Certificate

Wangaratta High School, Wangaratta

Framed commemorative scroll with the royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom in the top centre, followed by text.

Inscriptions & Markings

This scroll commemorates flying Officer D. S. Lade Royal Australian Air Force held in honour as one who served King and Country in the world war of 1939-1945 and gave his life to save mankind from tyranny. May his sacrifice help to bring the peace and freedom for which he died.

TRACHEOTOMY TUBES

Clunes Museum, Clunes

TWO TRACHEOTOMY TUBES IN PLASTIC BAG

Journal - The Australian Corriedale Journal No 5 1990

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

The Australian Corriedale Journal 1990. The official journal of the Australian Corriedale Association

Digital photographs - Warrnambool botanic gardens lake

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Form 5S 1958

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Copy of black and white photograph of Williamstown High School Form 5S of 1958.

Photograph - Student photograph

Marian College, Ararat

Black and white photograph of students reunion on 7th October 1910

Historical information

Early photograph of Brigidine students reunion held on 7th November 1910

Significance

Early students of Brigidine school

Photograph - Students in Uniform, 1969

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Historical information

Students in uniform, Shakespeare Grove, 1969.

Photograph - 101 Franklin Street, Eltham, c.1999

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 6 strips

Significance

The Margaret Ball (Pre 1960s Houses) Collection was a personal project initiated to mark the year 2000 and arose as a result of the disappearance of many pre-1960s parts of Eltham due to development. Approximately 200 pre-1960s style houses that were left in Eltham between Main Road and east to Bible Street, between Cecil Street to the north and south to Dalton Street were photographed in late 1999. Not all of the houses could be photographed; some because the garden or trees blocked the view of the house, others because of rubbish or cars were in the way, some because people were working on the house or in the gardens at the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Agfa HDC 200 plus-2

Photocopy - First Names Wesleyan Ballarat 1853

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

A copy of a white piece of paper with creases photocopied

Inscriptions & Markings

This meeting was held at Winters' Flat below Magpie List of subscriptions and donations towards the purchase of a Tent to be erected on the Balaarat [sic] diggings, for the purposes of public worship in connexion with the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Also for the establishment of a Sunday School and of a Day School if found practicable. March 1853 Mr James Jones, Mr Joseph Wearne, Mr Thomas Wearne, Mr McCulchan, Mr Mathews and family, Mr & Mrs Harding, Mr Rees, Mr Charles Axborough, Mr John Henderson, Mr Alexander Ross, Mr Roger Parsons, Mr Baker, Mr Isaac Cooper, Mr Hill & family, Mr & Mrs Douglass, Mr & Mrs Reynolds, Mr Benjamin Sargent, Mr Thompson, Mr Dunstan, Mr Moyle, Mr Fletcher, Mr & Mrs Odie [sic], Mr William Wearne, Mr Brady, Mr Carter, Mr Moulton, Mr James, Mrs Crowfield, Mr Smith, Mr Crombie, Mr John Day, or Davy, Mr Adams, Buninyong, Mr Joseph Wearne, ?, A friend

Book - book of the motor car : a comprehensive and authoritative guide on the care, management, maintenance, and construction of the motor car and motor cycle

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed: W.A.C. (Dick) Goddard, 39 Hackney Rd., St Peters. Stamped: Phillip Island & District Historical Society.

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white postcard photograph of the Rutherglen Bowling Green with marque, kiosk with a "Welcome" sign, and a Union Flag flying.

Inscriptions & Markings

At bottom of photograph: "The Bowling Green, Rutherglen"

Ammunition Box

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

Ammunition Box for .38 Special Rounds

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1958 Grade Prep Mrs Hill

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1958 Prep.

Memorial tablet: John Salter

Christ Church Anglican Parish of Warrnambool, Warrnambool

Memorial tablet, south wall, main nave. Decorative opus sectile mosaic within a copper frame, depicting St George slaying the dragon. The inscription is positioned on a stylised ribbon as part of the design.

Inscriptions & Markings

To the glory of God / In Loving Memory of / John Salter / for 45 years / Worshipper and Office Bearer / in this Church / Died Feby. 7th, 1933

Aperture Card microfilm - Town Plan Rutherglen (Superceded)

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

card with a single microfilm insert

Historical information

Town layout of Beechworth

Newspaper Clipping - Elevated fear of a sky road

Greensborough Historical Society,

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

The North East Link as an elevated roadway would amount to environmental vandalism and create an eyesore, activists have warned

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

IMS

IDENTITY DISC

Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

Round polished metal identity disc re TR Jones. Leather thong attached.

Historical information

Thomas Robert Jones No 1982 AIF enlisted in the 5th reinforcements 6th Batt AIF on 9.1.1915 age 23 years 10 months. Embarked for Egypt 17.4.1915, joined unit on Anzac (Gallipoli) 10.7.1915, WIA 14.7.1915 shell shock, burns to face, back, right arm, hospitalised in Malta 28.7.1915 then suffered deafness in both ears, hospitalised then in England 16.8.1915, he underwent a Mastoid operation re ears, discharged from hospital 16.3.1916, returned to Australia 24.6.1916, discharged from the AIF 8.3.1917 medically unfit. Refer 1367.5 for his brothers service.

Inscriptions & Markings

"1982 TR Jones 6 AI CE"

Print (Lithograph) Alice Blanch CHEHOVSKI - Dunmoochin. Pugh's Gate, before the Fire

Nillumbik Shire Council,

Black and white lithograph on paper depicting the elaborate stone and wrought iron (open) gate/ entrance to Pugh's artist colony 'Dunmoochin' situated at Cottles Bridge.

Historical information

Alice Blanch Chehovski was born in Queensland to a Russian mother and Polish father. When her father died leaving three small children to bring up on her own, her took them back to Russia to visit her own parents. In the following fateful year, Stalin came into power and the family was trapped by Russia closing its borders. At the age of twenty three, 1944, Alice entered Moscow's Institute of Decorative Arts and Applied Arts to study ceramics. Neither the subject of ceramics nor the academic drawing in fine pencil inspired her. At that time Moscow was surrounded by German troops, Russian culture was inhibited by the war and generally speaking it was not the time for arts. Alice said 'My soul and my hands were needed as a volunteer, to help the wounded soldiers survive'. Alice struggled through a lifetime of hardship and triumph before returning to her native land of Australia in 1981 at the age of 60.

Significance

This lithographic print is one of a set of ten produced at Dunmoochin at the time of Clifton Pugh.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bottom left of print: ed. no. '4/10' and work title. Bottom right of print: artist signature 'Alice Blanch '04'

Photograph - Capt Dahlstrom and 2nd mate of the C.B. Pedersen

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white photograph

Historical information

http://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/PRG+1642/13/611 Built in 1891 the C.B Pedersen used as a training Barque in Victorian waters sank in 1937

Significance

see links above

Inscriptions & Markings

verso in Black ink; Photographic studio stamp

Spanners

Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc, Caulfield

spanners, bicycle etc - 25 flat

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.

Sketch

Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc, Caulfield

Sketch of well bucket lift

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.

book - The Attainment of Health and the Treatment of the Different Diseases by Means of Diet

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A thick red covered book of 678 pp. It contains many advertisements for food suitable for treating diseases and is a detailed guide to foods to eat or avoid for specific complaints and diseases.

Historical information

Author, Philip Edward Muskett (1857-1909), medical practitioner and health reformer, was born on 5 February 1857 at Collingwood, Melbourne, son of English-born, Particular Baptist parents Charles Muskett, bookseller, and his wife Phoebe, née Charlwood. His work focused on infant health and welfare. His writing advocated radical changes in the diet of Australians. His last work, The Attainment of Health (1909), was a detailed guide to foods to eat or avoid for specific complaints and diseases. This book was owned by Helena Warren of Newmerella, Orbost. Mrs Warren was a well known photographer and local press correspondent.

Significance

This book, written by Philip Muskett who was he was well known for his writing on medical subjects, was an influential guide to family health in the early 20th century.

Map - Region 18 rural directory

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

Maps, colour photographs

Framed Photograph - North Wangaratta State School Honour Board

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Ornate carved wooden frame containing black and white photograph of the North Wangaratta State School Honour Board

Historical information

Refer to number 3

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: North Wangaratta State School Roll of Honour, The Great War 1914 to 1919, followed by 52 names. Back: Written in ink; J.L. Bell East Wangaratta. Sticker; Courtney's Thelma Studio, photographers & picture frame makers. We specialise in enlargements and guarantee our work to be the best that art can produce. Appointments in Town or Country attended to. We carry a complete stock of stationery and fancy goods, Christmas cards and novelties etc, and all school requisites. T. Courtney Proprietor, Phone 55

Form 1B 1966

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Copy of black and white photograph of Williamstown High School Form 1B of 1966.

001903 - Photograph - Beach Road, Inverloch 1926 or 1930

Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch

1949/09/18, Preliminary Training School Quarters

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League,

Photo

Army Education Journal - SALT

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small red and purple journal with sketch of a soldier and sailor on front cover.

Historical information

Educational Journal published and distributed free fortnightly to Australian and Allied troops during WW2 1941-1946

Inscriptions & Markings

Vol 6 No 13 30 Aug, 1943

Ribbon fragment

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Awarded at Agricultural show.

Inscriptions & Markings

ROCHESTER

Statement of Account

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Part of a collection of commecial documents relating to Burkinshaw Bros, "Wareek", and Strachan, Murray & Shannon Pty Ltd, Geelong, including correspondence and sales accounts.

Report - Dennys, Lascelles Limited : Annual Review, August 1968

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Dennys, Lascelles Limited Annual Review, August 1968. Part of the NWM Woolbroker's Office exhibit until late 1990's.

Ship Model - Loch Torridon

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Ship model Loch Torridon 4 masted barque, painted grey, white and black. No glass case. Handmade in Glasgow, Scotland, UK in 1898. Ship built on Clyde 1881. Some of the rigging broken.

crochet bedspread - Barcela Bole - crochet bedspread

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Multicoloured double bed crochet bedspread made of rose motifs

Inscriptions & Markings

combinations of many round and square crochet parts, sewn into the bedspread

Artwork - Banksia benthamiana by Celia Rosser

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Historical information

Celia Rosser (1930- ) Born Melbourne, Victoria Celia Elizabeth Rosser is a renowned Australian botanical artist, best known for having published The Banksias, a three-volume series of monographs containing watercolour paintings of every Banksia species. She trained in Art at the Melbourne Institute of Technology In 1970, Celia was appointed Science Faculty Artist at Monash University. Four years later she was appointed University Botanical Artist, and began the project of painting every Banksia species. The project took over 25 years to complete, and resulted in the publication of a three volume monograph entitled The Banksias, with accompanying text by Alex George. Publication of the final volume in 2000 represented the first time that such a large genus has been entirely painted. In 1977 Celia Rosser was awarded the Linnaean Society of London's Jill Smythies Award for botanical illustration, and in 1995 was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia. Monash University awarded her an honorary Master of Science degree in 1981, and an honorary PhD in 1999. Banksia Rosserae is the last banksia species discovered and was named after the artist. Since 2002, the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne have awarded the "Celia Rosser Medal for Botanical Art" to outstanding exhibitors at their "The Art of Botanical Illustration" exhibition.