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

27 Jun 2019

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Amy Tsilemanis, Curator, Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

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Plaque - Bronze Plaque, thanking the Ladies of the Camberwell RSL Sub Branch for all their efforts looking after veterens from WW2. 1950

Camberwell RSL Sub-Branch, Camberwell

Bronze Plaque

Inscriptions & Markings

See photo for complete text.

book - Delegate 125th Anniversary of Delegate Public School and Opening of New School 19th October 1996

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A paper covered book titled, "Delegate 125th Anniversary of Delegate Public School and opening of New School 19th October 1996". The cover is a cream colour with black print. There is a black border with decorated top corners. Inside the border is the title and a scroll with "Delegate 1871 School". It contains the history of Delegate and the public school and is an updating of the centenary booklet.

Historical information

This book was compiled for the 125th anniversary of Delegate Public School.

Significance

This book is a useful reference tool on the history of Delegate.

Digital photographs - St Brigid's Crossley - centenary - celebrations church

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Digital images of the interior of St Brigid's Crossley, Victoria.

Clock

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Eight day movement wall clock with Roman numerals, octagonal shaped rosewood veneered casing, hinged face with locking clip. Wound from front. Face has adjustment for Fast-to-Slow.

Historical information

Chauncey Jerome (1793–1868) was an American clock maker in the early to mid 19th century. He made a fortune selling his clocks, and his business grew quickly. Jerome was born in Canaan USA in 1793 son of a blacksmith and nail-maker. He began his career in Plymouth, making dials for long-case clocks where he learned all he could about clocks, particularly clock cases, and then went to New Jersey to make seven-foot cases for clocks mechanisms. In 1816 he went to work for Eli Terry making "Patent Shelf Clocks," learning how to make previously handmade cases using machinery. Deciding to go into business for himself, Jerome began to make cases, trading them to Terry for wooden movements. In 1822 Jerome moved his business to Bristol New Haven, opening a small shop with his brother Noble and began to produce a 30-hour and eight-day wooden clocks. By 1837 Jerome's company was selling more clocks than any of his competitors. A one-day wood-cased clock, which sold for six dollars had helped put the company on the map. A year later his company was selling that same clock for four dollars. The company also sold one line of clocks at a wholesale price of 75 cents and by 1841 the company was showing an annual profit of a whopping $35,000, primarily from the sale of its brass movements. In 1842 Jerome moved his clock-case manufacturing operation to St. John Street in New Haven. Three years later, following a fire that destroyed the Bristol plant, Jerome relocated the entire operation to Elm City factory. Enlarging the plant, the company soon became the largest industrial employer in the city, producing 150,000 clocks annually. In 1850 Jerome formed the Jerome Manufacturing Co. as a joint-stock company with Benedict & Burnham, brass manufacturers of Waterbury. In 1853 the company then became known as the New Haven Clock Co, producing 444,000 clocks and timepieces annually, then the largest clock maker in the world. Jerome's future should have been secure but in 1855 he bought out a failed Bridgeport clock company controlled by P.T. Barnum, which wiped him out financially, leaving the Jerome Manufacturing Co. bankrupt. Jerome never recovered from the loss. By his admission, he was a better inventor than a businessman. When Jerome went bankrupt in 1856 the New Haven Clock Company purchased the company. One of the primary benefits of Jerome purchasing New Haven in the first place was the good reputation of the Jerome brand and the network of companies that remained interested in selling its clocks. In England, Jerome & Co. Ltd. sold Jerome clocks for the New Haven company until 1904, when New Haven purchased the English firm outright. After his involvement with the New Haven Company in 1856, Jerome traveled from town to town, taking jobs where he could, often working for clock companies that had learned the business of clock making using Jerome's inventions. On returning to New Haven near the end of his life, he died, penniless, in 1868 at the age of 74. The company struggled on after Jerome's bankruptcy until after World War II, when the company endeavored to continue through disruptions caused by a takeover along with poor sales, finally having to fold its operations in 1960 a little more than 100 years after it had been founded.

Significance

The item is significant as it is associated with Chauncey Jerome who had made a historic contribution to the clock making industry during the 19th century when he began to substitute brass mechanisms for wooden mechanisms in his clocks. This was said to be the greatest and most far-reaching contribution to the clock industry. Because of his discovery of stamping out clockwork gears rather than using castings, Jerome was producing the lowest-priced clocks in the world. That can only add to his significance as the major clock manufacture of the 19th century. Jerome may have made and lost, a fortune selling his clocks but was perhaps the most influential and creative person associated with the American clock business during the mid-19th century. Also, he had served his community as a legislator in 1834, a Presidential elector in 1852 and mayor of New Haven, Connecticut from 1854 to 1855.

Inscriptions & Markings

Part paper label on back of case can just make out "Jerome" and "ight and One" probable meaning is "Eight and One Day" describing the movements operational time between winding the mechanism.

Picture (size 2)

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

Western Front : Ambulance men in the Somme

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Slightly side close-up view of man at microphone 3UL. Low bushes in foreground. CRB roofed shelter.

Historical information

Part of a collection donated and presented by Mrs Helen Jansson. Official opening of second Phillip Island Bridge to San Remo, by Hon. M. V. Porter, MLA, at 2.15 pm 21/11/1969.

Inscriptions & Markings

CRA. 3UL

Handkerchief box

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Red wooden handkerchief box lacquered - Oriental style with gold birds on the lid.

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

CLIFTON

Hengar, Glen Eira Road, 356, Elsternwick

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield South

A copy of two page typed report by Hilary Bullock and Rosalind Landells, dated 18/01/1990, on the history of Hengar, a dower house built for the Langdon family in 1887/1888. The report includes an explanation of the term dower house, outlines the land sale history since 1851 and gives a brief history of the occupancy of Hengar from 1888 to 1989., The file also includes one page of undated, unattributed handwritten working notes.

Photograph - Ringwood Cricket 1st Team - 1955/6.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photograph, "Ringwood Cricket 1st Team - 1955/6".

Photo - Cleve Cole

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Black and white photo of several men in the bush near Mt Bogong. Photo is glued on to cardboard with a dark grey border and light grey wider border on the outside.

Historical information

This photo depicts the rescue of three local skiets that became trapped on Mt Bogong during a blizzard and became known as the Cleve Cole tragedy . Mick Hull Howard Michell and Cleve Cole where skiing on Mt Bogong and could not find their way off the mountain via Staircase Spur due to Blizzard conditions and ended up in the Mitta Valley. Howard Michell walked to the Battys farm to get help for his weak and injured friends. Cleve Cole died shortly after arriving at Omeo hospital.

Significance

This photo is historically significant as it tells the rescue story of this tragedy. The photos are of the people involved which add to the story. Mt Bogong Victoria's highest mountain is accessed from the Kiewa Valley and near by high plains and over shadows Mt Beauty township therefore is a local story. The photo comes from the rescue party which is a rare photo and thus has great interpretive capacity . The skiing history is one of KVHS main themes and this photo is part of our Skiing Across Country exhibition

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on back "The Discovery of Cleve Cole / up the Big River (Below Paddy's Flat) / Cole is arrowed / Cyril Rootsey / Jack Batty / Bill Batty / Paul? Bitner / Tom Fitzgerald / Etc. / (I think dad is the one with his hand up to his face)" Back - red stamp - "Herald Feature / Service / Melbourne

Octant

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Octant, ebony wooden frame and handle. Scale is missing from recess in frame. "H. Hemsley 135-138 Ratliff Highway, London", no box

Historical information

An Octant is a doubly reflecting navigation instrument used primarily by sailors to measure the angular distance between two visible objects and was a forerunner of the sextant. The name comes from the Latin octo, or “one-eighth of a circle,” for the Octant’s arc which spans 45°, or one-eighth of a circle. The primary use of an Octant is to measure the angle between an astronomical object and the horizon for the purposes of celestial navigation. The estimation of this angle is known as sighting or shooting the object, or taking a sight. The angle, and the time when it was measured, can be used to calculate a position line on a nautical chart (latitude), for example, sighting the Sun at noon or Polaris at night (in the Northern Hemisphere) gives an angle by which the latitude can then be estimated. Sighting the height of a landmark on land can also give a measure of distance. History: The principle of the Octant as an instrument to measure ones latitude was first implemented around 1742-present but was superseded by the improvement of the octant to a sextant, a very similar instrument, better made and able to measure bigger angles 120°, allowing the measurement of Luna distances to give longitude when used with an accurate chronometer. The sextant started to appear around 1730 and had been attributed to by John Hadley (1682–1744) and Thomas Godfrey (1704–1749), but reference to the sextant was also found later in the unpublished writings of Isaac Newton (1643–1727). Earlier links can be found to Bartholomew Gosnold (1571–1607) indicating that the use of a Sextant for nautical navigation predates Hadley's implementation. In 1922, the sextant was modified for aeronautical navigation by Portuguese navigator and naval officer Gago Coutinho. Henry Hemsley was a lesser-known instrument maker and optician working in London in the late 17th and early 18th century. However, it should be noted that there were two Henry Hemsley opticians and instrument makers around this period. (Henry Hemsley 1, 1786-89, who had premises at 85 Fleet St London and Henry Hemsley 2, 1828-56), whose workshop was at 135-138 Radcliff Highway London. Therefore, based on the inscribed workshop address Henry Hemsley 2 is responsible for making this example.

Significance

The octant is representative of its type and although not fully complete it demonstrates how 18th and 19th-century mariners determined their latitude on a chart to navigate their way across the world's oceans in the 18th and 19th century. It also demonstrates the skill and workmanship of the early instrument makers that operated from London at this time and provided most of the navigational instrumentation use by commercial and military navies of the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

"H. Hemsley 135-138 Ratcliff Highway, London"

Image - Ancient Order of Druids

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Photo of a parade in Main Street with the local chapter of the Ancient Order of Druids in attendance

Historical information

The Ancient Order of Druids (AOD) is a fraternal organisation founded in London, England in 1781 that still operates to this day. It is the earliest known English group to be founded based upon the iconography of the ancient druids. Druid, (Celtic: “Knowing [or Finding] the Oak Tree”), member of the learned class among the ancient Celts. They seem to have frequented oak forests and acted as priests, teachers, and judges. The earliest known records of the Druids come from the 3rd century BC.

Book - Elders - GM

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Elders - GM" - Elder Smith Goldsbrough Mort Limited, c.1963.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of animals on Punt at Newhaven.

Historical information

One of a collection of photographs in a scrapbook commenced in 1937.

Planning Document - Banyule Indigenous Australians Commitment Plan (2012-2016) and 2012-13 Action Plan.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Historical information

Contains a short history of the Wurundjeri willam, traditional owners of Banyule. Outlines the Banyule Council's Statement of Commitment to Indigenous members of the community.

Significance

This document contains both historical information and a plan for moving forward in identifying and promoting the culture and heritage of the Wurundjeri willam in Banyule.

Photograph - Old Ringwood Timber & Hardware Co. site looking towards New Street Ringwood, prior to new development late 1980.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photograph, 'Late '80. Old RWT & H Co. site looking towards New St. prior to new development.'

Newspaper Clipping - A British star makes it into the Australian hallkeeper of fame, by Melissa Heagney

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black text and colour image.

Historical information

An account of Noel Withers' career and activities in Greensborough since his move there in 1973

Newsletter - February 2008

Mount Alexander Vintage Engine Club Inc., Castlemaine

Photo HMAS NESTOR

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

HMAS Nestor

Photograph

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

Stawell Meat Supplies Butchers shop in 1991 located in Main street in building built 1876

Sunnyside Woollen Mills Ballarat

Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat), Ballarat

Historical information

This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Postcard - Methodist Church, Ararat

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Black and white postcard showing the interior of the Methodist Church.

Searchlight Projector

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Tilley Searchlight Projector, or search lamp, made in Hendon, England c. 1937. Metal search lamp, glass front, fixed mirror at back, wooden carry handles. Mounted on fuel tank with pressure pump. Lamp has 8 airflow holes in the bottom and a covered outlet on the top. Glass is in 3 pieces, fitting together to make flat circle. Inscriptions include numbers painted in white on top of light, handwritten in red pen on left wooden carry handle, Brand is printed in white and repeated 3 times three times around the circumference of the glass. The searchlight has a maker’s plate.

Historical information

A 1936 advertisement for Tilley promoted the searchlight as "“Searchlight equipment for night landing and aerodromes etc. …”

Inscriptions & Markings

“TILLEY / SEARCHLIGHT PROJECTOR / MADE AT / HENDON, ENGLAND”, “256” handwritten in red on one wooden handle, “9” or “6” hand painted in white on top on light

Photograph - 20th Anniversary of Eltham District Historical Society, afternoon tea in Senior Citizens' Centre, 10 October 1987

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

L-R: Mr Garnet Burges, Mrs Lilian Rumney, Mrs Marie Ebeli, Mr Joh Ebeli

Photograph - From left: - , Lu Robertson, Beryl Read, Shire of Eltham Historical Society Christmas function, Eltham Senior Citizens' Centre, 10 December 1986

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Book - Classing the clip: a handbook on wool classing

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Classing the clip: a handbook on wool classing" C E Cowley,1945.

Embroidery pattern.

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Butterfly pattern on calico, partially completed in Renaissance Work or Point Lace, with pulled thread, lace braid and cotton embroidery thread stitching.

Significance

Hand embroidered.

Photograph

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

A. Dart Memorial Trophy (Stawell Gun Club) L to R Col Dooley St.Arnaud. Phil Scott Stawell. Cec Blackley Horsham. Mrs Maysie Dart presenting trophy in memory of her late Husband.

Journal - ArtStreams: Arts & Culture in Banyule, Darebin, Manningham, Nillumbik & Whittlesea; Vol. 4, No. 2, Mar-Apr 1999

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour front and back cover with feature articles and literary pieces with photographs and advertisements printed in black and white. 36 pages, 30 cm. Vol. 1, no. 1 (Nov. 1996) - Vol. 10, no. 5 (summer ed. 2005/​06)

Historical information

Vol. 4, No. 2, Mar-Apr 1999 CONTENTS 'VISUALISE' WITH JOHN WOLSELEY Guest speaker at Banyule Festival 2 FROM ASSISTED IMMIGRANTS TO MODEL FARMERS Gulf Station 3 THE PARADOX OF HUMAN FRAILTY AND MAGNIFICENCE Isobel Clements on art and life 7 MONTH OF FESTIVALS EVENTS GUIDE Banyule Festival 10 Heidi Festival 13 Petty's Orchard Antique Apple Festival 16 Boroondara LitFest 17 Mullum Mullum Festival 17 Templestowe Festival 19 Warrandyte Festival 21 City of Whittlesea Community Festival 23 DINING WITH SIGMUND JORGENSON 25 SHORT STORY A Pony Called Letter 27 THE WORLD ACCORDING TO INDRA Independent publishing 30 CD REVIEWS 12, 17,22 WINING & DINING 32,33

Significance

"Peter Dougherty has been involved in the local art scene for many years. As publisher and editor of the arts magazine Artstreams, his comments on the various branches of the arts are widely respected. His "The Arts" column in the Diamond Valley Leader presents a brief summary for a much wider cross section of the local community. Peter also operates his own gallery and the Artstreams Cafe at the St Andrews market. Peter has a wealth of knowledge about present day and historical aspects of local art and artists." - Eltham District Historical Society Newsletter No. 161, March 2005