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Talking Shop: Ballarat in Business and City Life at Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

27 Jun 2019

Curated By

Amy Tsilemanis, Curator, Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

161374 items


161374 items

Photograph - Park Orchards Community House Market, circa 1983

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Ruth and Pam's "Roundabout"

Tools, wooden hammer with steel head

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

A well used hammer with wooden handle and steel head

Historical information

A hammer is a tool with a heavy head and a handle, often made of shock-absorbent wood or fiberglass that is used to strike an object. The most common uses for hammers are to drive nails, fit parts, forge metal, and break apart objects. Hammers vary in shape, size, and structure, depending on their uses. Hammers are basic tools in many trades. A hammer is composed of a head most often made of steel and a handle also called a helve or haft. Most hammers are hand tools. A traditional hand-held hammer consists of a separate head and a handle, fastened together by means of a special wedge made for the purpose, or by glue, or both. This two-piece design is often used, to combine a dense metallic striking head with a non-metallic mechanical-shock-absorbing handle -to reduce user fatigue from repeated strikes. If wood is used for the handle, it is often hickory or ash, which are tough and long-lasting materials that can dissipate shock waves from the hammer head.

Photograph - Gradient Diagram, Colac to Crowes.

Otway Districts Historical Society, Beech Forest

Gradient diagram. Colac to Beech Forest to Crowes. 2'6" gauge.

Audio CD - Singing and dancing for country Bunjil pa Waa Woyi pa Waripa. Part 1

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Be Flash Cheeky Show off and Shake a Leg Canoe and Fishing Song Red Kangaroo Dance Reburial Song Dreamtime Love Song Didgeridoo Rhythm Classic Children's Nursery Rhyme

Inscriptions & Markings


Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament Programme: Davis Cup 1979 Eastern Zone Final Materials: Paper, Ink


Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

White canvas Navy kit bag

Inscriptions & Markings

R Bingley


Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Joiner's dog, iron, hand forged


Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Photograph. Chicory Kiln. Kingston Gardens. Mr. V. Johnston. Built for Mr. de la Haye. Very early bricks. Thought to be from McHaffie Homestead and later from Innishowen. These bricks could have been originally from Corinella Settlement. Walls also show pieces of local rock, iron piping, bedsteads etc. Chicory Kiln Album.

Historical information

Donated by N.M. & J.D. Archibald, 1973 April.


Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

32 medical tablets

Inscriptions & Markings

Tab oral. SULPHANILIAMIDE OS gramme number 32. Directions - 8 tablets twice daily if wounded

Object - RVIB President badge

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 metal pin

Historical information

A President badge was struck to identify this important role in the sighted community. These consisted of a rectangle with the words 'President' in gold writing on a pale blue background and 'RVIB' written in gold against a blue background.

Image - Life in Ireland - Celebrating Mass in a Cabin, c1864

Ballarat and District Irish Association, Ballarat

A priest says mass in an Irish Cabin, surrounded by a number of kneeling men and women.

Sash bead

Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc,

sash bead guide (sample piece)

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.

Newspaper Clipping - Digital Image - Centre turns back clock [Greensborough Primary School Gr2062]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping, black and white text.

Historical information

'Local Scene' outlines school holiday activities in the Greensborough area and reports that the Japanese exchange student has left Greensborough Primary School.

Ammunition Belt

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

Ammunition Belt Green


Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Twelve books of various titles and sizes, including a four volume set of The Waverley Novels

Historical information

Books donated to the Weatherly Library at Ballarat College from old collegian J J McGowan in 1939. Jack entered Ballarat College in 1882. (Family Links) Son of Sam McGowan 15 Webster St, brother of Arthur.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plates inside front cover: Crest / Ballarat College Library / PRESENTED BY / J J McGowan 1939.... Handwritten on flyleaf of Waverley novels: To dear Jack / From his Sisters / January 1st 1886

Membership card

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Cardboard brochure - Nine lives

Essendon Football Club, Tullamarine

Four-page cardboard brochure produced for the Dick Reynolds Club luncheon "Nine lives", Palladium at Crown, Wednesday August 11th 2010. Front cover has colour photo of Adam Ramanauskas in a black short-sleeved polo shirt; "Adam Ramanauskas with Emma Quayle" in blue and grey text in top left corner; "Nine lives football, cancer & getting on with life" in white text across bottom half; small logos of Essendon Football Club and Dick Reynolds Club in bottom left corner. Inside has summary of Adam Ramanauskas's career and colour photos and brief descriptions of four of Adam's friends and colleagues (Emma Quayle, James Hird, Bruce Reid and Dean Solomon). Back cover has the menu and details of the DRC committee and objectives, plus and ad for Mitchelton Wines. Front cover is a copy of the cover of Ramanauskas's book "Nine lives".

Historical information

The Dick Reynolds Club is a coterie group for the Essendon Football Club. It holds several themed events each year

Photograph - camp 1 garrison parade

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

camp 1 garrison parade

Photograph - Black and White - Teachers Training College Ballarat,1930

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

Framed photograph of the staff and students of the Ballarat Teachers' College taken outside the outside of the Ballarat East Library.


Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Ten issues of 'Tennis' magazine, dating from 1996. Materials: Ink, Paper, Metal

Photograph: View into mine shaft

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Historical information

David Gordon Collection.

Artwork - Painting - 'The Street Scene' by Neville Bunning

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.

School Records - Individuals - Spencer, Joyce M

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 - Occasional Sermons

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A brown covered book with an embossed design on the front cover. Written by Rev. Charles Clayton M.A. Published by Seeley, Jackson & Halliday, Fleet Street London.

Historical information

This book was owned by F.B. Dicken. Frank and May Dicken moved to Orbost in 1936 where Frank became manager of Pardew Brothers store in Nicholson Street. In 1945, Frank purchased the business and in 1947, formed a partnership with his son, Selwyn. The store was then called F.B. Dicken and Son. The premise are still retained by the Dicken family although the shop business was sold in 1981. (ref. In Times Gone By - Deborah Hall)

Inscriptions & Markings

o Hand-written on the flyleaf at the front - To Frank Dicken the Rev'd with the best wishes R. Weston of his old Friend and Vicar April 1926

Photograph Album - Phillip Island Cemetery

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

6 Photographs of the Phillip Island Cemetery with views of the graves and the Gazebo.

Historical information

The Album was compiled by Nancy McHaffie late 1990's, with the assistance of Edith Jeffery's, with her book "Garden of Memories" and extensive knowledge of Phillip Island. The Cemetery lies back from the road and is surrounded by Manna Gums, rare Peppermint Gums, Blackwoods and other native trees. In all 25 acres of land were set aside as Crown Land in the land settlement of 1868. There are 6.2 acres of wetlands near the cemetery entrance.

Photograph - Ringwood Bowling Club 1960. Ladies Spider

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue card reads, "Ringwood Bowling Club 1960. Ladies Spider".

Photograph - Big Hill Great Ocean Road

Lorne Historical Society, Lorne

Photograph showing man on horse at Big Hill on the Great Ocean Road

Diary by B. Kirkwood 1946- 1947

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Daily diary kept by B. Kirkwood from 16 December 1945 to 24 August 1947. At back of diary are two pages of production notes for 1936 and 1937. Book with yellow pages and black cover. Pencil and pen were used for entries.

Historical information

This was a diary kept by B. Kirkwood, one of the men employed by Frank Lebbell Frost to assist him in his beekeeping.


Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Lockable rectangular leather camera case for item no. 1319.3. Dark brown with leather carrying strap at top and the name "Grinton" scratched on back. .2) Key for .1).

Historical information

The case and camera 1319.2 belonged to Jack Grinton No 1043, 38th Batt AIF. Part of the Grinton collection which included hundreds of negatives and developed photos that he took during the War. Refer 1317P, 1320P.

Jar and Lid

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Chinese stoneware ginger jar (00232.1) with lid (00232.2), Mainly green glaze, base of jar and inside of lid not glazed.

Historical information

Brought to the Ovens Goldfields by Chinese men working in the area in the 19th century. Most likely made in China.


Aldo Gios recorded the location of where most of the pieces in this collection were found. Some maps drawn by Aldo Gios also give more detail. This detail is rare, as most pieces of broken crockery were discarded and complete items were usually collected with no thought to recording the location they came from. Part of one of the largest collections of Chinese ware found in the Upper Ovens area and the only one recording the location where found.