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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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School Records - Individuals - Brian, Alice

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Individual school records of the pupils of the Higher Elementary School, Rutherglen.

Historical information

From School records, some more complete than others. Reports should contain information on the pupil's school work and give details of what they did when they left school. They should also show the name of a parent and the occupation. All sheets are indexed on a spreadsheet at the Common School Museum.

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine,1940

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

Soft covered, stapled magazine with yellow, red, green, black and white cover.

Historical information

The Ballarat School of Mines was established in 1870. It is a predecessor institution of Federation University Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

The magazine has been signed by Shirly Bolan, Betty Delimo, Albert Stephen, Bessie Sargent, Sheila Moss, max coawad, R. Rowlands, William Paterson, G. Wilson, D. Menhennet, Geoffrey Mounter, R. Monteirth, Maurice Collins, M. Hinch, G. Sutherland, Alan Kirsey, Joy Martin, Alan Gilpin, Colin Richards

CHLOROFORM BOTTLE

Clunes Museum, Clunes

A BROWN BOTTLE WITH A BLACK SCREW TOP. CHLOROFORM. PURISS

Inscriptions & Markings

CHLOROFORM PURISS

Trophy

City of Warrnambool Rowing Club, Warrnambool

long timber oar shaped trophy- with a green blade and gold colored writing

Historical information

This is a trophy for a mens four or eight- awarded to each rower (this is for the rower in 2 seat)- probably awarded at a regatta (warrnambool)

Inscriptions & Markings

WDRA Championship Four April 6th 1940 Warrnambool R.C. R. Merriman No 2.

Printmaking - Monoprint on paper - 'Old Quay' by John Saultry

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed monoprint on paper

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.

STAMP AND TAG

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Stamp Japanese. Wooden base adp 26 x 26'. Square metal molded stamp face. Japanese characters. .2) Metal Tag or Badge, aluminium front marked "9196". Japanese characters either side, rear two large Japanese characters.

Historical information

Items were collected by F.G.East, served WW1, WW11, POW. Refer 537 medals for service history also 516.7, 517.

Souvenir Scarf - Souvenir of Egypt

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Purple and yellow fabric scarf with machine embroidered text, decorative flag and floral motifs and decorative brocade edging. Scarf is made from two panels of fabric (possibly silk) machine stitched together with '14th Inf. Batt/ Souvenir/ of Egypt/ 1916/ From William to Nellie with best love' on front face. Similar items see 00182, 00179.

Inscriptions & Markings

14th Inf. Batt/ Souvenir/ of Egypt/ 1916/ From William to Nellie with best love.

Spinning Wheel

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Part of the Zakrzewski Spinning Wheel collection.

Historical information

Part of the Zakrzewski Collection of spinning wheels donated to the National Wool Museum by Mr Wlodzimierz Zakrzewski. For many years, Mr Zakrzewski collected, researched and repaired spinning wheels from all over the world. This spinning wheel is from the Nepal / Tibet region. Interestingly, the hole in the crank which holds the stick to turn the wheel is extremely worn, demonstrating its lenthy use. It was purchased from Soo-Tze Orientique in Prahran.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of the east side of Evans Street showing the building suppliers yard and the Sunbury CFA station and towers. The road in the foreground has been marked out for angle parking. There is a metal pole on the extreme RHS of the photograph.

Historical information

The building suppliers and the Sunbury CFA were sited at the northern end of Evans Street and in the past were away from the main shopping centre. As Sunbury expanded and Sunbury Shopping Square was built on the opposite side of Evans Street, the building suppliers closed down and the CFA depot was moved out of the town centre to two other locations to avoid traffic conjestion.

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A black Wilson racquet with no net and no model markings. Materials: Graphite, Plastic, Nylon, Adhesive tape, Rubber

Socks

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

Socks cotton white long

Image - Process Servers

Ballarat and District Irish Association, Ballarat

Stamp

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

1. rubber stamp with handle. 2. rubber stamp with handle. different inscriptions. (Mechanics Institute)

Historical information

Used by the Mechanics Institiute Free library and donated by the Mechanics Institiute together with minute books catalogued separately (archives) c 1970's.

Inscriptions & Markings

1. For and on behalf of Port Fairy Mechanics Institute and free library" 2. "The End-now return without delay to the library and get another good book. The library will appreciate prompt return for someone else waiting to read this"

Photograph - Glunker Sketch

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Postcard: Lake Burrumbeet, Ballarat, Victoria.

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

The sepia toned card shows a part of Lake Burrumbeet. The shore is rocky and pine trees are in the background on the right and across most of the horizon line. Grasses can be seen growing near the edge of the lake.

Photograph - Colour - Port Fairy New Year's Eve Parade, 2016

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

A number of colour photographs of floats and performers from Moyneyana - the Port Fairy New Year's Eve Parade.

Cuff Links

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

RAAF - set of links in black case. Clarence Norman Kneebone Air Force Cadets 1941, Melb.

Historical information

Picture of owner.

Phiotograph

City of Warrnambool Rowing Club, Warrnambool

Colored photograph of the City of Warrnambool Rowing Clubrooms and shed.

Historical information

These were the City of Warrnambool Rowing Clubrooms from around 1950 - 1996.

Brooch

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Brooch in shape of two crossed racquets and hat. Materials: Metal

Box

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A yellowed cardboard box the top lid marked "C" containing patty pans.

Historical information

This is a box containing patty pans for cooking small cakes. A patty pan is made of crimped paper and used instead of a metal cake pan.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Barker/Cakoes..."

Book - St. Winifred's, or, The world of school

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled 'Phillip Island Historical Society, Cleeland Bequest'.

Aperture Card microfilm - Town Plan Chiltern

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

card with a single microfilm insert

Historical information

Town layout of Chiltern

Photograph - copy - Waiting for the Queen 1954

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white copy of photograph of crowds waving to the Royal couple in Hogan Street. T. Flanagan's house in background.

Historical information

Crowds lined Hogan Street, Tatura, as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip drove down Hogan Street. The Royal car can now be hired for weddings.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Royal Visit 1954

Field Wound Dressing

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

Keeping archives

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paperback book. Front cover: grey background; images of a computer, a film and a map of Australia; red and blue lettering.

Historical information

Guide to archiving practice.

Significance

Professional practice book.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: Title, organisation and name of editor in chief. Back cover: blurb, title and organisation.

Photograph - 17 Brougham Street, Eltham, September 2009

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Six colour photographs

Newspaper clipping - "color and sunshine," Diamond Valley News, Tuesday, November 14, 1989, p15

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Newsprint

Historical information

Record of the Society's activities and involvement with the Eltham Festival

Ink Desk Set

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League, Ballarat

Clear glass

Book - Swiss pictures drawn in pen and pencil

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Published by The Religious Tract Society, London. "A New and Enlarged Edition". 210pp. Blue cloth with gilt drawing of "Wild Life in the Alps" framed in black spiral pictorial. Spine in heavy gilt and all page edges in gilt. Many B&W illustrations plus one full-page colour of Whymper's "Mont Blanc from above Morges". Book has the usual age markings.

Historical information

Prize awarded to Catherine Proctor for excellence in algebra and geometry in the fourth form. This was Catherine's first year at Ballarat College.

Significance

During 1877 - 1891 Ballarat College accepted enrolments from female students. The school holds the original register of this period and notes that catherine Proctor entered the school in 1878 when she was 15. She went on to be awarded Dux of the female cohort in 1879.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Ballarat College crest / Algebra and Geometry / Fourth form / First PRIZE / Awarded to / Catherine Proctor / CHRISTMAS 1878 / JOHN GARBUTT M A PRINCIPAL

Photograph

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Black and White Photograph of the sailing ship James Craig. SH134 Ships I - L.

Number of Gold Seekers in Victoria

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

The small card has figures typed on it which relate the numbers of gold seekers in Victoria in three columns: Year, Europeans and Chinese. The card is very tattered and some of the paper label has worn away. the list begins at 1851-1858.

Pipe - Cast Iron Pipe

Wannon Water, Warrnambool

Cast Iron pipe - rust encrusted on the outside, cement lined on the inside

Historical information

This 75 mm cast iron pipe was laid in 1920 and would have been cement lined in the 1960's. It was replaced during modifications of Jamieson Street Roundabout Pipe Works in 2013

Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Black and white photograph from Arnott Rogers Collection showing Australian Nurses and Soldiers

Publication - Proposed world center for the advancement of apiculture in developing countries (International Bee research Association), Gerrards Cross, 1982

Wheen Bee Foundation, Beechworth

Embroidered souvenir

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

White cloth embroidered with rising sun badge flanked by Australian and British flags and butterfly created from National flag colours of Great Britain France and Germany

Historical information

WWI ? trench art

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Commonwealth Military Forces (Butterfly) From your soldier boy

Photograph - Digital image - Janefield Precinct: Cut Bluestone blocks from old building.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital colour photograph.

Historical information

Janefield Precinct: Cut Bluestone blocks from old building. The remains of this site are between Greensborough and Janefield. A RAAF Hygiene Training Camp was located on the Plenty River, just south of the Janefield community. It was in use from 1944 to 1946. The Camp was constructed from salvaged materials. Instruction included building and maintenance of grease traps, latrines, elementary plumbing and carpentry.

Significance

Early remains of a WW2 training camp

Photo

Merbein RSL Sub Branch, Merbein

Black and white photo of a soldier in uniform wearing a peaked hat

Book - Navigation and nautical astronomy, the practical part, containing rules for finding the latitude and longitude, and the variation of the compass, with numerous examples

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed 'Jno. Cleeland, Melbourne'. Labelled 'Phillip Island Historical Society, Cleeland Bequest'. Pencilled drawing inside back cover, 'hope' & 'anchor'.

Film - Shrine

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Blue plastic circular tin with fitted reel inside. Lid has a sticker with information about the film. Film is 700 feet at 16mm. Piece of double-sided paper loose inside the tin with information on run time and last checked for inspection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lid sticker is as follows: KEY NO. 810422 PRINT NO. 1 LENGTH 17 mins TITLE "SHRINE" VICTORIAN FILM CORPORATION 409 KING STREET, MELBOURNE 3000 BOX 4361 MAIL EXCHANGE 3001 03-329 7033 Sticker underneath is as follows to the naked eye: VICTORIAN FILM LABORATORIES VICTORIAN FILM CORPORATION SHRINE G STREET HAWTHORN 8180461 Documentation inside tin is as follows: Side 1: Details, Run 1 BRK 1, 4:12 BRK 2, 8:05 Credits 41, 4:33 TOTAL, 16:50 Side 2: TDX Date Run 1: TO BE DUBBED, 25.4.81 No. of Breaks: 2 Remarks: Fair, Light Int scratches, Light broken scratches Total Duration Run 1: 16.50

Photo

Winchelsea and District Historical Society, Winchelsea

Handwritten notes on paper

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Handwritten notes in pencil on paper, regarding top dressing; includes map with amounts and dates.

Historical information

Dr Harry Jenkins owned Churchill Island from 1936 to 1963 and bequeathed it to Margaret Campbell on his death. Sister Campbell had been nurse to his disabled son and wife and she lived on the island from the time of World War Two. The item was given to Arthur Evans, a family friend, on the day of the auction sale of artifacts when she sold the island, approximately 1973. Churchill Island was run as a dairy farm in the 1940's.

Significance

These notes demonstrate Harry Jenkins interest in the farm and his thorough approach to farming. It also provides historical information on farming in the era.

Photograph - Colour - Former Sunnyside Woollen Mill, Mount Pleasant, 2011

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph of a red brick woollen mill at Ballarat, known as the Sunnyside Woollen Mill, or the Ballarat Woollen Mill.

DOOR KNOCKER

Clunes Museum, Clunes

CAST IRON MOULDED DOOR KNOCKER

Historical information

THIS DOOR KNOCKER WAS DUG UP IN A GARDEN BY DOUGLAS PATTEN 39 LESLIE STREET CLUNES IN YEAR 2000 WHO PRESENTED OBJECT TO CLUNES MUSEUM.

Photograph - Nhill Air Race 1996

Nhill & District Historical Society Inc., Nhill

5 pieces

Hayden : a political biography

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: picture of Bill Hayden.

Historical information

A biography of ALP MP Bill Hayden, formerly leader of the opposition. Hayden relinquished this role, after which Bob Hawke became leader and won the 1983 federal election. Hayden served as Governor General from 1989-1996.

Significance

Relevant to the history of the Australian Labor Party and Australian political history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and author.

Tin, tea

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Cylindrical shaped metal container with push on lid, painted label on sides in blue, white, orange, light blue green and red.

Inscriptions & Markings

Choicest Nectar Tea

book - Papers presented to Parliment 1892-3 #5

Burke Museum, Beechworth

Large leather bound book, black cover, gold leaf embossed printing on spine. Victoria Government papers presented to Parliment, including fold out maps of Papua New Guinea.

Historical information

Victoria Goverment Legislative Assembly papers. Changes to various legislations in the state of Victoria.

Significance

All acts of Government.

Inscriptions & Markings

"1998.00056" handwritten in pencil on first page at bottom right hand corner, Burke Museum reference number. Small wear marks on corners and cover. Pencil scribbles on bottom edge of pages. Brown flecking effect on all outside edges of paper.

Badge - Queensland The Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Enamel badge with in fastening: The Ladies' Flying Angel Guild in the form of a blue enamel "Q" with the flying angel flag (see also notes on reverse).

Historical information

The Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild originally inspired by the Central Mission in England was established in Melbourne in 1906. The first secretary Miss Ethel Godfrey is known to have addressed and established LHLG groups in Brisbane and Sydney circa 1918 to 1920 (see clipping MTS scrapbook 1906-1935).

Significance

This badge therefore represents a link with LHLG groups elsewhere in Australia. The LHLG groups were vital in raising funds and maintaining facilities around Australia for seafarers.

Inscriptions & Markings

At the front: Queensland The Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild. On reverse stamped in upper case the word "SILVER" and initials "W.B." (possibly W.Blake?)

Photograph - Colour - Lest we Forget. Crosses at Ballarat Service

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photorgraph of crosses near the Ballarat Cenotaph commemorating the war service of those from Ballarat.

Hypodermic needle

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Glass hypodermic needle with plunger