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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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Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Sepia toned head and shoulders carte de visite of the Rev. John Harcourt.

Historical information

John Harcourt - b. 1817 England, d. 1893 Kew Vic. Vic & Tas Conference President 1875.

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 98 September 1994

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, Main Road, Eltham; Filling in the Map • July Meeting • The Shire of Eltham 1871-1994? • The New Eltham Library • The Warrandyte Mystery Tour May 29th 1994 by Bettina Woodburn • Should we do some forward planning on the past for the future? By Harry Gilham • Other News

Significance

The Shire of Eltham Historical Society was formed in October 1967. The first newsletter of the Society was issued May 1978 and has been published continuously ever since on a bi-monthly basis. With the cessation of the Shire of Eltham in late 1994, the Society's name was revised to Eltham District Historical Society and this name first appeared with issue No. 103, July 1995. The collection of the Society's newsletters provides a valuable resource on the history of the Society's activities, office bearers and committee members, guest speakers and subjects of historical interest pertinent to the former Shire of Eltham and the Eltham District.

Belt Sam Browne

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Belt, Leather, Mid Brown, Officer, Sam Browne, Brass buckles and fittings

Historical information

Same Browne belts were worn by officers and RSM's. This belt is the type manufactured between 1902 and @1945

Significance

This belt is typical of belts worn by officers of the 4th, 17th and 19th Light Horse from @1903-1943

Inscriptions & Markings

small

WHS Building Opening Plaque

Wangaratta High School, Wangaratta

Rectangular wooden plaque with a golden metal plate on the front with black engraved text reading:

Inscriptions & Markings

COMMONWEALTH FUNDED H.E. Kilminster Administration Building OPENED BY Senator Barney Cooney ON BEHALF OF The Hon. Ross Free FEDERAL MINISTER FOR EDUCATION 9th November, 1995

Plaque - Commemoration of the Opening of a Building in Kew by Sir Henry Bolte, 1969

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Metal alloy plaque commemorating the opening of a building by the Premier of Victoria, Sir Henry Bolte, on 10th December 1969

Inscriptions & Markings

This building was opened by the Honorable Sir Henry Bolte KCMG MLA, Premier of Victoria, on the 10th December 1969

Certificate

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Issued to clients of Denny Lascelles who had dealt with the company for one hundred years.

Souvenir Programme 1940

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Buff coloured card, 4 leaves printed in black, gold and red. Printed for the Jubilee Re-Union 1915-1940.

Postcard - Hard Hills Mineral Water Springs, Daylesford

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Black and white postcard of Hard Hill Spring, Daylesford.

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 134 September 2000

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, Speaker Panel: Personal Projects • September Meeting • Eltham Cemetery Visit • Kangaroo Ground Boundaries • Chronology • ‘Not Just a Pretty Place’ • Family Histories of Eltham • Other News Items

Significance

The Shire of Eltham Historical Society was formed in October 1967. The first newsletter of the Society was issued May 1978 and has been published continuously ever since on a bi-monthly basis. With the cessation of the Shire of Eltham in late 1994, the Society's name was revised to Eltham District Historical Society and this name first appeared with issue No. 103, July 1995. The collection of the Society's newsletters provides a valuable resource on the history of the Society's activities, office bearers and committee members, guest speakers and subjects of historical interest pertinent to the former Shire of Eltham and the Eltham District.

Unit Patch

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

Blazer Pocket Badge Naval Advisory Group Vietnam

Newspaper Clipping - Sherbourne Primary School BH5013 Hens Stolen

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

Children have been reduced to tears after six much love hens vanished from Sherbourne Primary School.

Video Tape. - The Dunera Experience

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black VHS tape

Inscriptions & Markings

The Dunera Experience

School Records - Individuals - Chandler, Verne

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.

Book - A smaller dictionary of Greek and Roman antiquities.

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Bound in brown calf with gilt bordering on front and back cover and the college crest embossed on front cover. Six raised bands on spine with gilt lettering on red calf on the second compartment and gilt decoration on remaining compartments. End papers and page edges marbled. Black and white illustrations throughout, slight foxing on pages and slight detachment of spine. 474 p.

Historical information

This book was awarded to Ewen Wanliss in 1891 for first prize for Greek in the VI form. Ewen enrolled at Ballarat College in 1888 at the age of 15 along with his brothers David, Cecil, Newton, Sydney and Neville. Ewen's father was Hon. T. D. Wanliss and his previous school was Toorak College IV class. The Wanliss family grew up in Wanliss House Sturt St, which was bought by the school in 1910. The house remained on the property until 1996. "Ewen Wanliss was born on 24th September 1873 and died in 1966. He was educated at Ballarat College, enrolled in1888, and was Captain of the College 1st XI and 1st XVIII in 1892. He served as 327 Pte E Wanliss, 4th (Imperial) Contingent, and as a Lieutenant (20th August 1900) with the 4th Imperial Bushmen in the South African War." (In the footsteps of Pompey p. 14).

Significance

Presbyterian educators placed great value on a classical education matched with diligence in study. Book prizes were highly regarded and academic success admired. In the school’s early years prizes were ordered direct from London and had the school crest embossed in gold on the front or back cover. Many of the prizes given in early years were returned to the school to equip the Weatherly Library when it opened in 1936.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: ballarat college crest/ Greek/ VI Form./ First prize./ Awarded to/ E. Wanliss/ Christmas, 1891.

Photograph - Isle of Wight Hotel

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Postcard. View of Esplanade, Cowes showing the"Isle of Wight" Hotel

Historical information

Part of collection of Rose & Valentine Postcards. Copied by John Jansson 1984

Inscriptions & Markings

Isle of Wight Hotel, Cowes.

Microfiche - Births Register Index

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Inscriptions & Markings

1862 BAIRD A TO 1862 COX F

fly catcher

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Moulded clear glass fly catcher on small glass legs. Glass stopper. A piece of bait is suspended in the centre and the top opening is covered up with a piece of cloth and a fluid such as kerosene or similar is put in the gutter below the outer part of the dome. The flying insect is drawn inside by entering the underside opening and then, when trying to leave, flies against the glass and then drops into the catching fluid below.

Historical information

Mankind has been bothered by flies ever since time began. This has led to the invention of a number of different fly traps or fly catchers.Glass fly traps were popular during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The flies, being attracted by some sweet liquid or other bait in the bottom, were unable to find their way out. This trap has small glass legs enabling it to be used standing on a flat surface such as a table. Most were suspended by wire handles.

Significance

This is an example of a common domestic item no longer commonly used today.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of a weatherboard cottage with a red painted corrugated iron roof. An estate agent's board with a sold sign is erected along the fence line. There are bushes growing either side of the house.

Historical information

The cottage is located in Powlett Street and was the home of the Fanning family who lived in Sunbury. Not to bge confused with the fanning family who lived at 'Sunnyside' in Bulla.

Cup - Coronation1937

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a white china cup with a gilt edge around the top rim and on the handle. On one side of the cup are images of a crown, British flags and photographs of King George and Queen Elizabeth in oval frames. There is also some lettering.

Historical information

This cup was sold as a souvenir of the coronation of King George VI of England in 1937. It was probably bought locally in the Warrnambool district as attachment to the British Empire was strong in the 1930s. The coronation of King Georg VI and Queen Elizabeth took place on 12 May 1937 at Westminster Abbey, London. This followed the abdication of Edward VIII.

Significance

This cup is retained as an example of the high quality souvenirs of the 1937 coronation of King George VI sold to those in British Empire countries. It will be useful for display.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘H.M. King George VI Queen Elizabeth Coronation 1937’ ‘Made in England’

Document - Setlist Muckleford Railway Station 23/10/2010

Maldon Brass Band Inc., Maldon

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

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

ROCK SAMPLES

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Diamond sawn samples of basalt showing grain structure

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Spoon

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Unrestored table 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 a shallow rounded bowl. The spoons metallic composition is a thin layer of brass alloy which has partially corroded back to a nickel-silver base metal. Approximately 65% of spoon surface area is covered by sediment and 10% bears some verdigris. No makers marks are visible.

Historical information

This table 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 table spoon 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 generally common range of 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. 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 shipwreck artefact and is one of very few 'objects' on the Victorian State Heritage Register most valuable.

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.

Enamel Plate

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

White enamel plate with navy blue band around outer edge

Historical information

Donated by Mrs A Terrill, member of the Rutherglen Historical Society. Owned and used by her mother, Mrs CA Stanton

Newspaper clipping (digital image) - Greenhills 'Keep our Hills Green'

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of news article 1 page, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Developers were looking at a large block of land in Carnon Street Greenhills, but locals oppose the multi-unit development [2007]. In 2018, the site has been developed with a small area of land on the site left with vegetation.

hat, college

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

President's College hat, RNZCOG, RANZCOG blue velvet, with full stiff brim cover in same velvet, blue satin ribbon band acircling the aht with grey silver braided cord decoration over the ribbon. This college hat belonged to the late Dr Mercia Barnes, President of RANZCOG (1991- 94). donated by Dr John Doig. The hat was worn with the gown [378]

Historical information

RNZCOG Presidents gown, belonging to the late Dr. Mercia Barnes

Text - Certificate of Registration of Business Name - Voice Print

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 white page with single blue edge mounted on cardboard

Historical information

This certificate for the registration of the business name 'Voice Print' was registered with the Victorian Corporate Affairs in 1995.

Inscriptions & Markings

Form 2, Business Names (Act) 1962, Section 7(4) and (5) Corporate Affairs Office, Victoria I hereby certify that the business name ... was on ... registered pursuant to and subject to the Business Names Act 1962. Given under my hand at Melbourne, this 13 October 1995 ... for Commissioner for Corporate Affairs

Printing Plate

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Printing plate with illustration of wool press manufactured by Humble and Sons.

Historical information

Printing block with illustration of wool press manufactured by Humble and Sons.

Ledger - Ledger (Swinton 1969-1978)

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a hard cover book with a green cover. There is black printing on the spine and on the front cover. The pages are white with printed ruled blue lines and printed red and blue columns. The entries are handwritten in blue ink. There are two pages at the back with printed graph patterns.

Historical information

This ledger contains summaries of trading finances for Swintons Pty Ltd and Swintons Supermarket for the years 1969 to 1978. William and Ann Swinton migrated to Australia in 1854 and for a decade William Swinton worked as a builder and carpenter in the Warrnambool district erecting many buildings including the Wangoom Presbyterian Church. In 1865 he opened a store in Timor Street selling groceries, china, glass and hardware. By 1888 the business was known as William Swinton and Sons. Branch stores were opened in Cudgee, Nullawarre, Wangoom, West Warrnambool and South Warrnambool. When William Swinton died his son Robert became the first managing director of Swintons Pty Ltd. In 1934 the business split, with George Swinton and Sons selling furnishings, clothing and glassware and Swintons Pty Ltd selling seeds, hardware and produce. Today the Swinton family still operates a furniture and bedding business in Timor Street.

Significance

This ledger is of great interest as it contains summaries of the financial records of the Swintons Supermarket and Swintons Pty Ltd from 1969 to 1978. It will be very useful to researchers. The current Swinton business in Timor Street is the oldest family business in Warrnambool and, with the Swinton name associated with businesses in Timor Street for 152 years, it is one of the oldest family businesses in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘Collins Analysis Book 61 Series’

Photograph - Colour - Sedgwick Street, Marysville, 2014

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Four colour photographs of Pack Street, Marysville, after the 2009 'Black Saturday' bushfire.

Textile - Bed jacket

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

White cotton bed jacket with scalloped satin stitch edging and cut work with butterfly motif lace insertions. Front closing with press studs and a tie. Cap sleeves with a V-shaped slit and butterfly motifs either side.

Historical information

The Uebergang family lived at Tooram Park, Allansford from 1912 to 1992. The bed jacket is part of a collection of items relating to rural life in the mid 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

201 (on tape at the side)

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Grain Store, 183 Para Road. Exterior.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

This photograph shows the exterior of the building at 183 Para Road when it was used for Greensborough Grain Store.

Significance

In 2017, the Greensborough Grain Store closed its Para Road premises and now trades online.

Tension nut stock and die

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Maintenance tool for Wolseley and Lister handpieces.

Historical information

Maintenance tool for Wolseley and Lister handpieces. Handpieces size 10 marked 722 and 24.

Inscriptions & Markings

01 722 24 24 722 0 0 10 0

Vial, Hydrochloride of Cocaine

Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History, Melbourne

Small clear glass vial with cork stopper and discoloured [white] manufacturer's label with black printing. There is a small amount of white powder in the vial, presumably hydrochloride of cocaine as per label.

Historical information

Cocaine was the first topical anaesthetic. It quickly numbs the area after application. Synthetic drugs provide better local anaesthesia without negative side-effects of cocaine. It is now only used for nasal surgery to prevent bleeding.

Inscriptions & Markings

Black print on manufacturer's label: Hydrochloride of Cocaine / POISON / T. MORSON & SON / London England

Photograph - Maroondah Highway looking east from Heatherdale Rd. 1939 and Maroondah Highway looking east from SEC pylon at substation in Heatherdale Rd. 1919.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on backing sheet of one of the photographs, "Nov. 1939. View from SEC pylon near Heatherdale Rd. (L.H. centre - Coach and Horses being built).

Object - Measuring tape

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 white measuring tape with red markings and numbers including tactile raised eyelets inside cream round container

Historical information

A retractable tape measure inside a cream disc. On the front of the tape measure is a round red sticker. In the middle of the sticker is a red button for retracting tape measure. Eyelets are placed at every number between 0 and 10, then at 10 centimeter intervals.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rotary 1.5 Futuba Measure

Clevite

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

a. Clevite. A sample of the mineral from which Ramsey extracted He. 'Clevite Source of Helium Presented by Professor Ramsay London' on label

Photograph - Birds eye view of Ringwood 1912

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Written onto photograph, "Birds eye view of Ringwood". Small photograph notes that photograph was taken in 1912 and that is shows the brickworks and Reimers house in Warrandyte Rd.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH MOUNTED ON CARDBOARD OF SCHOOLCHILDREN AND TEACHERS - TOURELLO SCHOOL .2 ENLARGED BLACK AND WHITE REPRODUCTION OF THE ABOVE PRINTED ON MATTE PHOTOGRAPHIC PAPER

Historical information

ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OWNED BY MRS. LENA COOK OF CASTLEMAINE ROAD, CRESWICK.

Clock

Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre, Nhill

24 hour electric wall clock with Telechron brand on face. It has a pair of black hands and a pair of red hands similarly shaped within a domed shaped glass. The glass and clock face are set within a steel frame.

Historical information

Following the closure of the RAAF Air Base after the Second World War an auction sale was held. Mr Goldsworthy, mechanic and garage owner of Kaniva purchased the clock and hung it on the wall of the garage where it remained when the business was sold to Mr Eddy Rowe of Kaniva. The clock remained in action until the 17th October 2009 when Mr Rowe disconnected the power supply to the clock, and donated it to the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre (NAHC) to be kept as memorabilia of the Second World War. On completion of the building of a new hangar/exhibition centre at the Nhill Aerodrome, the clock will be hung on the wall and once again connected to the power supply.

Inscriptions & Markings

The clock has Telechron and twenty-four hour numbers written on the clock face. Pasted on the back side is "instructions for setting the clock which is marked WARREN TELECHRON COMPANY/Ashland Mass. U.S.A

Book with CD - Marlak 1

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Language reader.

Inscriptions & Markings

Colour photographs, word lists, CD

Publication - Contemporary Queens Rearing (Laidlaw, H. H.), Hamilton, 1979

Wheen Bee Foundation, Beechworth

Sound Recording - Watsonia High School Choir 1969

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00276:00757 45rpm music record recorded at All Saint's Church of England, Greensborough in 1969. Includes cover with names of students, one extended play record and photograph of students in choir.

Historical information

45RPM record created to raise funds on behalf of the WHS Choir.Arranged by WHS music teacher David Kefford. Proceeds from the sale of the record assisted in the WHS Choir taking part in the 1969 Royal South Street Competitions in Ballarat. Other events in 1969 included Dandenong Choral Festival and Heidelberg Festival.

Significance

A lasting record of the school choir in 1969.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tracks included 1: Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart), 2: Panis Angelicus (Franck) and on the B Side: 3 Hungarian folk songs (Matyas & Seiber)

Athletic sports meet 1950

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white booklet printed on white paper, comprising 16 pages.

Historical information

This program details the Thirtieth annual Athletic Sports Meeting organised by the Metropolitan High Schools' Sports Association and held in 1950 on the Essendon Recreation Reserve. It was a three day event and Williamstown High School competed on day three against Ballarat, Coburg, Essendon and Hampton High Schools.

Dr Philip Griffiths - Name Plate

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League, Ballarat

Photograph - Stony Creek Construction Campsite

Lorne Historical Society, Lorne

Photograph showing overview of Stony Creek construction campsite on the Airey's Inlet side of Lorne. This site later moved to Grassy Creek.

Container

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Container for toiletries. Lid and base. Cream porcelain with red floral decoration. Lid has handle.

roughing plane

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A roughing plane made of wood with a small blade, held together with metal bolts. Also called a grooving plough plane.

Historical information

Owned by the Mundy family of Orbost district. The Mundy family were farmers / settlers in the Snowy River area since c. 1880s. The original Mundy family moved to a land "selection" at Betebolong in the early 1880's from Buchan.

Significance

Mundy family

Inscriptions & Markings

WHM is stamped into the wood (WJM?)

RIFLE, GERMAN

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Dreyse model 71 single shot rifle, serial no. 474. Has brass trigger guard, missing bolt and cleaning rod.

Inscriptions & Markings

Left side of receiver "JG Mod 71" Right side of receiver "188"

Book - The Historians History of The World Vol 2

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

The Historians History of The World Vol 2 set 3 A comprehensive narrative of the rise and development of Nations as recorded by the great writers of all ages Edited by Henry Smith Williams Publisher: The Times Date: 1908

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

Front loose endpaper has a sticker from Corangamite Regional Library Service Front loose endpaper has a stamp from Corangamite Regional Library Service