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18 Apr 2017

Institutional care through Victoria's cultural collections

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Rachael Cottle, Guest Curator

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Framed Photo Reproduction - Changi POW Camp 1942

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Black & white reproduction photograph of Changi POW Camp in ornate wooden frame. Photograph shows variety of tents and structures in foreground and groups of figures in background. Vehicle with Red Cross emblem in background.

Inscriptions & Markings

On Photograph: 6-Bartack SQ,. Sept, 1942. Black tape on frame: Changi POW Camp 1942

Darebin Creek 1970s

Darebin Parklands Association, Alphington

B&W photograph. A bend in the creek.

Newsletter, City of Moorabbin Historical Society Feb 2008 - February 2008

City of Moorabbin Historical Society operating the Box Cottage Museum, Ormond

A4 paper printed both sides x1. Issue 4 of the bi-monthly, City of Moorabbin Historical Society Newsletter produced by Society member and Secretary, Mrs Helen Stanley in October 2007. Dr G Whitehead’s talk is rescheduled for April 27th. Nan Lawson, CMHS member and Volunteer for many groups over 3 decades has been awarded Medal of the Order of Australia. Information about Friends of Cheltenham and Regional Cemeteries group and recent publication of 'Glimpses of Chelsea' by Chelsea Historical Society. Reminder that subscriptions are due now. $3

Historical information

The City of Moorabbin Historical Society was formed c 1960 by a group of Moorabbin residents who were concerned that the history of the area should be preserved. A good response to a call for items related to the historical area of Moorabbin Shire brought donations of a wide variety of artefacts which are now preserved by the current members of CMHS at Box Cottage Museum . Helen Stanley, Secretary of CMHS, began producing a Newsletter for members in April 2007 to provide current information and well researched items of historical interest.

Significance

Helen Stanley has produced a bi-monthly Newsletter, 2007 - 2013, for the members of the City of Moorabbin Historical Society that contains well researched interesting historical items, notification of upcoming events, current advice from Royal Australian Historical Society , Museums Australia Victoria and activities of Local Historical Societies. The Newsletter is an important record of the activities of the CMHS. The Lawson family were early settlers in Moorabbin Shire.

Inscriptions & Markings

CITY of MOORABBIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY / FEBRUARY 2008 NEWSLETTER

Forceps

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Bronchial forceps from the W.R. Angus Collection. Angled handles. Stamped "2"

Historical information

This forceps was donated to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village by the family of Doctor William Roy Angus, Surgeon and Oculist. It is part of the “W.R. Angus Collection” that includes historical medical equipment, surgical instruments and material once belonging to Dr Edward Ryan and Dr Thomas Francis Ryan, (both of Nhill, Victoria) as well as Dr Angus’ own belongings. The Collection’s history spans the medical practices of the two Doctors Ryan, from 1885-1926 plus that of Dr Angus, up until 1969. ABOUT THE “W.R.ANGUS COLLECTION” Doctor William Roy Angus M.B., B.S., Adel., 1923, F.R.C.S. Edin.,1928 (also known as Dr Roy Angus) was born in Murrumbeena, Victoria in 1901 and lived until 1970. He qualified as a doctor in 1923 at University of Adelaide, was Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 1924 and for a period was house surgeon to Sir (then Mr.) Henry Simpson Newland. Dr Angus was briefly an Assistant to Dr Riddell of Kapunda, then commenced private practice at Curramulka, Yorke Peninsula, SA, where he was physician, surgeon and chemist. In 1926, he was appointed as new Medical Assistant to Dr Thomas Francis Ryan (T.F. Ryan, or Tom), in Nhill, Victoria, where his experiences included radiology and pharmacy. In 1927 he was Acting House Surgeon in Dr Tom Ryan’s absence. Dr Angus had become engaged to Gladys Forsyth and they decided he would take time to further his studies overseas in the UK in 1927. He studied at London University College Hospital and at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and in 1928, was awarded FRCS (Fellow from the Royal College of Surgeons), Edinburgh. He worked his passage back to Australia as a Ship’s Surgeon on the on the Australian Commonwealth Line’s T.S.S. Largs Bay. Dr Angus married Gladys in 1929, in Ballarat. (They went on to have one son (Graham 1932, born in SA) and two daughters (Helen (died 12/07/1996) and Berenice (Berry), both born at Mira, Nhill ) Dr Angus was a ‘flying doctor’ for the A.I.M. (Australian Inland Ministry) Aerial Medical Service in 1928 . The organisation began in South Australia through the Presbyterian Church in that year, with its first station being in the remote town of Oodnadatta, where Dr Angus was stationed. He was locum tenens there on North-South Railway at 21 Mile Camp. He took up this ‘flying doctor’ position in response to a call from Dr John Flynn; the organisation was later known as the Flying Doctor Service, then the Royal Flying Doctor Service. A lot of his work during this time involved dental surgery also. Between 1928-1932 he was surgeon at the Curramulka Hospital, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. In 1933 Dr Angus returned to Nhill where he’d previously worked as Medical Assistant and purchased a share of the Nelson Street practice and Mira hospital from Dr Les Middleton one of the Middleton Brothers, the current owners of what was once Dr Tom Ryan’s practice. Dr L Middleton was House Surgeon to the Nhill Hospital 1926-1933, when he resigned. [Dr Tom Ryan’s practice had originally belonged to his older brother Dr Edward Ryan, who came to Nhill in 1885. Dr Edward saw patients at his rooms, firstly in Victoria Street and in 1886 in Nelson Street, until 1901. The Nelson Street practice also had a 2 bed ward, called Mira Private Hospital ). Dr Edward Ryan was House Surgeon at the Nhill Hospital 1884-1902 . He also had occasions where he successfully performed veterinary surgery for the local farmers too. Dr Tom Ryan then purchased the practice from his brother in 1901. Both Dr Edward and Dr Tom Ryan work as surgeons included eye surgery. Dr Tom Ryan performed many of his operations in the Mira private hospital on his premises. He too was House Surgeon at the Nhill Hospital 1902-1926. Dr Tom Ryan had one of the only two pieces of radiology equipment in Victoria during his practicing years – The Royal Melbourne Hospital had the other one. Over the years Dr Tom Ryan gradually set up what was effectively a training school for country general-practitioner-surgeons. Each patient was carefully examined, including using the X-ray machine, and any surgery was discussed and planned with Dr Ryan’s assistants several days in advance. Dr Angus gained experience in using the X-ray machine there during his time as assistant to Dr Ryan. Dr Tom Ryan moved from Nhill in 1926. He became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1927, soon after its formation, a rare accolade for a doctor outside any of the major cities. He remained a bachelor and died suddenly on 7th Dec 1955, aged 91, at his home in Ararat. Scholarships and prizes are still awarded to medical students in the honour of Dr T.F. Ryan and his father, Dr Michael Ryan, and brother, John Patrick Ryan. ] When Dr Angus bought into the Nelson Street premises in Nhill he was also appointed as the Nhill Hospital’s Honorary House Surgeon 1933-1938. His practitioner’s plate from his Nhill surgery states “HOURS Daily, except Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturday afternoons, 9-10am, 2-4pm, 7-8pm. Sundays by appointment”. This plate is now mounted on the doorway to the Port Medical Office at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool. Dr Edward Ryan and Dr Tom Ryan had an extensive collection of historical medical equipment and materials spanning 1884-1926 and when Dr Angus took up practice in their old premises he obtained this collection, a large part of which is now on display at the Port Medical Office at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village in Warrnambool. During his time in Nhill Dr Angus was involved in the merging of the Mira Hospital and Nhill Public Hospital into one public hospital and the property titles passed on to Nhill Hospital in 1939. In 1939 Dr Angus and his family moved to Warrnambool where he purchased “Birchwood,” the 1852 home and medical practice of Dr John Hunter Henderson, at 214 Koroit Street. (This property was sold in1965 to the State Government and is now the site of the Warrnambool Police Station. ). The Angus family was able to afford gardeners, cooks and maids; their home was a popular place for visiting dignitaries to stay whilst visiting Warrnambool. Dr Angus had his own silk worm farm at home in a Mulberry tree. His young daughter used his centrifuge for spinning the silk. Dr Angus was appointed on a part-time basis as Port Medical Officer (Health Officer) in Warrnambool and held this position until the 1940’s when the government no longer required the service of a Port Medical Officer in Warrnambool; he was thus Warrnambool’s last serving Port Medical Officer. (The duties of a Port Medical Officer were outlined by the Colonial Secretary on 21st June, 1839 under the terms of the Quarantine Act. Masters of immigrant ships arriving in port reported incidents of diseases, illness and death and the Port Medical Officer made a decision on whether the ship required Quarantine and for how long, in this way preventing contagious illness from spreading from new immigrants to the residents already in the colony.) Dr Angus was a member of the Australian Medical Association, for 35 years and surgeon at the Warrnambool Base Hospital 1939-1942, He served as a Surgeon Captain during WWII1942-45, in Ballarat, Victoria, and in Bonegilla, N.S.W., completing his service just before the end of the war due to suffering from a heart attack. During his convalescence he carved an intricate and ‘most artistic’ chess set from the material that dentures were made from. He then studied ophthalmology at the Royal Melbourne Eye and Ear Hospital and created cosmetically superior artificial eyes by pioneering using the intrascleral cartilage. Angus received accolades from the Ophthalmological Society of Australasia for this work. He returned to Warrnambool to commence practice as an ophthalmologist, pioneering in artificial eye improvements. He was Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist to Warrnambool Base Hospital for 31 years. He made monthly visits to Portland as a visiting surgeon, to perform eye surgery. He represented the Victorian South-West subdivision of the Australian Medical Association as its secretary between 1949 and 1956 and as chairman from 1956 to 1958. In 1968 Dr Angus was elected member of Spain’s Barraquer Institute of Barcelona after his research work in Intrasclearal cartilage grafting, becoming one of the few Australian ophthalmologists to receive this honour, and in the following year presented his final paper on Living Intrasclearal Cartilage Implants at the Inaugural Meeting of the Australian College of Ophthalmologists in Melbourne In his personal life Dr Angus was a Presbyterian and treated Sunday as a Sabbath, a day of rest. He would visit 3 or 4 country patients on a Sunday, taking his children along ‘for the ride’ and to visit with him. Sunday evenings he would play the pianola and sing Scottish songs to his family. One of Dr Angus’ patients was Margaret MacKenzie, author of a book on local shipwrecks that she’d seen as an eye witness from the late 1880’s in Peterborough, Victoria. In the early 1950’s Dr Angus, painted a picture of a shipwreck for the cover jacket of Margaret’s book, Shipwrecks and More Shipwrecks. She was blind in later life and her daughter wrote the actual book for her. Dr Angus and his wife Gladys were very involved in Warrnambool’s society with a strong interest in civic affairs. Their interests included organisations such as Red Cross, Rostrum, Warrnambool and District Historical Society (founding members), Wine and Food Society, Steering Committee for Tertiary Education in Warrnambool, Local National Trust, Good Neighbour Council, Housing Commission Advisory Board, United Services Institute, Legion of Ex-Servicemen, Olympic Pool Committee, Food for Britain Organisation, Warrnambool Hospital, Anti-Cancer Council, Boys’ Club, Charitable Council, National Fitness Council and Air Raid Precautions Group. He was also a member of the Steam Preservation Society and derived much pleasure from a steam traction engine on his farm. He had an interest in people and the community He and his wife Gladys were both involved in the creation of Flagstaff Hill, including the layout of the gardens. After his death (28th March 1970) his family requested his practitioner’s plate, medical instruments and some personal belongings be displayed in the Port Medical Office surgery at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, and be called the “W. R. Angus Collection”.

Significance

The W.R. Angus Collection is significant for still being located at the site it is connected with, Doctor Angus being the last Port Medical Officer in Warrnambool. The collection of medical instruments and other equipment is culturally significant, being an historical example of medicine from late 19th to mid-20th century. Dr Angus assisted Dr Tom Ryan, a pioneer in the use of X-rays and in ocular surgery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped "2"

Folio - Changing the rules : > the experiences of female lawyers in Victoria

RMIT GSBL Justice Smith Collection, Melbourne

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN: 9780987373045

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Hand-written, self-folding letter (0369), headed M/S Fenris, New York. Dated 30/01/48

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Letter is addressed to Mrs S Quinn, 5 Pollington Street, St Kilda, Vic.and post-marked Brooklyn.

Drawing - The Three Graces 'Aglaia', 'Euphrosyne', 'Thalia'

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.

Photograph - Digital image - Captain Robert Stock

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Captain Robert Stock; cousin to Florence Emma Stock. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

M and M Cimerman, and Anica - Matija and Marija Cimerman, and Anica

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photograph - Mr J.L. Grimshaw: the man who found the first gold at Kinglake

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph reproduced on p95 of 'Pioneers & Painters' Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photo Collection, no. 56 (duplicate of hard copy held at Eltham Library)

Historical information

MINING AT STEEL'S CREEK. (1896, August 19). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved February 20, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article190612050 Interview - 1909 'REMINISENCES OF BENDIGO.', Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 30 January, p. 3. , viewed 20 Feb 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89402411 Obituary - 1918 'THE Eltham and Whittlesea Shires Advertiser AND Diamond Creek Valley Advocate', Eltham and Whittlesea Shires Advertiser and Diamond Creek Valley Advocate (Vic. : 1917 - 1922), 18 October, p. 2. (MORNING.), viewed 20 Feb 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57643097

Ashtray

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Small silver ashstray. Inscr: 'HTG/1955'. Stamped in base '835'. Materials: Silver/Metal

driving lights

Gippsland Vehicle Collection, Maffra

'Notek' Driving Lights (pair), oval shaped, with clear 'Road Master' circular lens & blue glass centre insert.Chrome plated rim. Stud post mount at base.

Historical information

Optional Automobile accessory lights added to vehicle to improve hight vision.

Inscriptions & Markings

British Made

Yearbook

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

1973 yearbook of the Northern California Tennis Association Materials: Paper, Ink

Needles, Suture

Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History, Melbourne

Folded paper packet containing suture needles, with original seals still in place. The packet is white with blue printed text.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped in blue ink on reverse: 1/2 CIRCLE / CUTTING EDGE

CD - Aboriginal sky figures

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Robert Mate Mate (Gapingaru), an initiated elder of the Woorabinda_Berigada tribe of Central Queensland has researched the stories on the CD Rom in conjunction with Gordon Patston, an experienced astronomer. The stories from Arnhem Land to Tasmania give a fascinating insight into this rich area of Aboriginal culture and shed new light on Australia?s skies.

Inscriptions & Markings

CD

Regimental Scrap Book: 1980-1989

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

Archival quality A3 loose leaf slip case containing memorabilia documents, cuttings and photos about the Regiment for the period 1980-1989. Contents include: Training, ceremonial and social activities. Freedom of City of Sale March 1982 and 1985. Freedom of City of Bairnsdale 15 March 1986. Freedom of City of Traralgon July 1988. Wedding of Commanding Officer Lt Col John Boyce 1988.

lace

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Two lace cuffs and aa strip of lace sewn onto black felt.

Book - Handbook of Australian Languages. Vol. 3, Djapu, a Yolngu dialect, Yukulta, Uradhi & Nyawaygi

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Various authors, includes technical linguistic sketch grammars of Djapu (Yolngu), Yukulta, Uradhi, and Nyawaygi.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maps, diagrams, word lists

Untitled

Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

Oil on canvas - '[Bathers]' by Zivco Micich

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Historical information

Zivco MICICH Arrived Australia c1960 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.

Photographs - Calder's House Pelleubla South

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Booklet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

National Tennis Centre: A Guide to Flinders Park. 4 pages Materials: Paper, Ink

Tie

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Wool neck tie, manufactured by Kashikei. Part of a collection of Australian Wool Corporation promotional memorabilia believed to have used in the era of Sir William Gunn.

South Caulfield Hebrew Congregation

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield South

A letter dated 30 March 1977 to Mr John Wells from Rabbi S. Rudzki thanking John concerning material for John’s book on City of Caulfield. There attached Rabbi. S. Rudzki contact details if anything further is required.

Airway, Pharyngeal, Brown's

Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History, Melbourne

Metal tube with a flat plate across the top with two additional metal tubes coming out of it and curved toward the right. The main tube is covered in rubber.

Tin, cocoa

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Small flat round metal tin, lid missing. Painted label of cup and saucer depicted on side with text in orange, light blue, black, white and light mint colours.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sweetacres Superfine Cocoa. Quality Sweetacres Products.

Gold Licence

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Victoria, Thomas S. Menliss ?? No. 168

Folio - Inquiry into vexatious litigants : final report of the Victorian Parliament Law Reform Committee

RMIT GSBL Justice Smith Collection, Melbourne

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN: 9780975798461

Photograph, Optical Munitions, with R.L. Abbey

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Refer to Cat No 141 for full details. Black and white photo shows Ray Abbey looking through telescope of optical spectrometer. Duplicate copy of Cat no 141; in OMP Album Vol 2 #21.

Inscriptions & Markings

In ink on lower left hand corner: “21”. Inscribed on back in pencil: “No. 21 R.L.ABBEY”

Skulls/Alizarin

Footscray Community Arts Centre , Footscray

MEDIUM: Oil on linen DESCRIPTION: Crimson linen background Crimson colored skulls in cloth mounted on background No frame

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed, titled and dated on reverse of painting

Brownies Uniform - 3rd North Sunshine

Sunshine and District Historical Society Incorporated, Deer Park and Sunshine

Two clothing items: (a) Beret - Brown woollen beret with a sewn on Brownies cloth badge. (b) Dress - Brown sleeveless cotton dress with 2 metal badges attached and 6 sewn on cloth badges.

Historical information

Prior to 1996 young girls (7 - 11years) in the Girl Guide Association were known as Brownies. About circa 1983 this beret and dress were worn by a girl named Rebecca who was a member of the 3rd North Sunshine Pack - West Metro region. The 3rd North Sunshine Brownies were located in Furlong Road, North Sunshine 3020 (Melway 26 G6).

Significance

This brown uniform is a historic reminder that at one stage Brownies existed as part of the Girl Guide Association.

Inscriptions & Markings

3rd Nth Sunshine Pack - West Metro, 19 April Action 83, Venture, Footpath

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Spalding 'Trophy' tennis racquet, with string whipping around shoulders. Handle grip wrapped in perforated leather and, plastic butt cap featuring manufacturer's 'S' logo. Model name features on throat. Manufacturer's name appears on base of head. Materials: Wood, Glue, Metal, Lacquer, Nylon, Leather, Ink, Plastic, Adhesive tape, Fibre, Paint

Miner's Right

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Miner's Right, Ballarat, No 069

Book - The principles and practice of discovery with an appendix of forms including suggested forms for stating objections to discovery

RMIT GSBL Justice Smith Collection, Melbourne

Historical information

Previous owners: T. H. Smith, T. W. Smith

A mass grave of 33 VBP in a cemetery in Kuala Terengganu

Archive of Vietnamese Boat People, Flemington

Musical Instrument

Australian Jazz Museum, Wantirna

Recording Brass Bass manufactured by Boosey & Hawkes circa 1930s. Played by Lou Silbereisen for recordings with Graeme Bell and His Australian Jazz Band in the late 1940s and 1950s. Played by Brian Carter from 1958 to the mid 1960s.

Historical information

Played by Lou Silbereisen for recordings with Graeme Bell and His Australian Jazz Band in the late 1940s and 1950s. Played by Brian Carter from 1958 to the mid 1960s.

Significance

Boosey & Hawkes is a British music publisher. Until 2003, it was also a major manufacturer of brass, string and wind musical instruments.

Photograph - Tim Burstall filming 2000 Weeks

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph reproduced on p100 of 'Pioneers & Painters'

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

BARCELONA

souvenir

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A white plastic souvenir bottle top opener possibly a fridge magnet. It is an elongated rectangular shape pointed at one end. It has a corkscrew embedde on one face with a screw top bottle opener on the other face. There is an image of the Slab Hut (Orbost Visitor In formation Centre) with "SLAB HUT ORBOST VIC" in brown print. A small magnet is embedded.

Historical information

Used as a souvenir of Orbost possibly made and distributed through the Slab Hut (Orbost Visitor Information Centre) in 1980's 1990's.

Significance

The souvenir is an important component of the tourist experience with most tourists bringing back mementos and souvenirs as evidence. Fridge magnets are popular as souvenir and promotional items because they are relatively cheap to manufacture and very portable for tourists. This item is an example of a typical souvenir of Orbost.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

85 02 12 H L S POTTER/ PHOTO STORES/...

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Spalding 'WTC' model wood tennis racquet. Frame painted white with green & yellow stripes up to top of shoulders. Model name and logo (tennis racquet with stars and two world globes) printed across throat on obverse and reverse. Manufacturer's logo features all facets of shaft. On left side of shaft is also printed: MADE EXPRESSLY FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TENNIS/BY SPALDING. Grip wrapped with leather, whcih is sealed onto racquet with black tape at one end. White plastic butt cap features maker name/logo. Maker name/logo also printed across crown on both sides of racquet. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Ink, Leather, Nylon, Paint, Plastic, Leather

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

ROSSVILLE

Book, Cloth Analysis

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Cloth analysis book from Collins Bros Mill contains production details, wool samples and patterns.

Book - Dick Sands The Boy Captain

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Dick Sands The Boy Captain by Jules Verne

Historical information

Pattison Collection 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 1942 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

Label on spine with typed text "PAT / 843 / VER"

Annual Report - Geelong R S & S Woollen & Worsted Co-operative Manufacturing Coy: 51st Annual Report, 1971

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Geelong R S & S Woollen & Worsted Co-operative Manufacturing Coy: 51st Annual Report, 1971"

Gloves

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Black leather

Historical information

Worn by Mrs Florence Constance Kelly

Binoculars

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Binoculars (or field glasses) taken from a captured Japanese Army officer in New Guinea?? during World War 2. Prismatic binocular design with a magnification of 7 x 7degrees 10 minutes. Each eye piece is rotated for fine adjustment of focal length. The tubular optics have a swivel action to adjust for eye width. Manufactured from brass with leathered grips and loops for attaching a carrying strap. Finished with an all over dull black paint. Japanese kanji characters are stamped on the body of the item with the number 4519.

Inscriptions & Markings

The binocular body is stamped with the following "TOKO" "No 4519" "7 x 7degrees 10 minutes"

Print: "Eureka Stockade, Sunday Morning, Dec. 3rd 1858, Ballarat"

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

B/w print titled: "Eureka Stockade, Sunday Morning, Dec. 3rd 1858, Ballarat".

Library Book Australian Memories - Australian Memories editedby Mary Buckle

City of Moorabbin Historical Society operating the Box Cottage Museum, Ormond

A medium sized book with gold cover with a picture of two small children riding in a toy horse and cart on the front early 19th century.

Historical information

A medium sized pictorial book published by the Australian Women's Day[ date unknown] the price on the cover is $4.95 so it was after decimal currency was introduced.The pictures cover a time frame from the early 1900's to about 1947.

Bottle - Medical

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Clear glass bottle used for feeding baby's formula. It has a hexagonal base. The front has an embossed gauge with horizontal lines marking ounces from 8 at the top. On the opposite face is embossing and to the left of that another face also embossed. The sides are flat and straight tapering to form a round shape to a very short neck. The opening has a thick lip (for a teat).

Historical information

This medical / hospital equipment was used in the Tawonga District General Hospital which was built in the 1950's specifically for the increase in population due to the Kiewa Hydro Scheme.

Significance

Historical: Shows the development of hospital equipment. Provenance: Used in the Tawonga District General Hospital - possibly in the Maternity Ward - which was remote and therefore required good equipment. Good condition and good interpretation capacity.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: '8 oz' with horizontal lines beside and between 7.6.5.4.3.2.1 Left face: 'Endura'. opposite (to front) face:' Firetex'