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Another Night

9 Mar 2017

A short history of lighting, illustrated through Victoria's cultural collections

Curated By

Kitty Owens, Manager, Exhibition Services, Museums Australia (Victoria)

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Print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Number 155/500 of a limited edition print series, of an original oil painting entitled 'Tennis in the Park', by Raymond Sipos, in 1976. The artwork features a number of male and female spectators, in 19th century dress, watching a game of mixed doubles being played on a grass court, in an open park. The print has been personally numbered and signed by the artist, along the lower border. Materials: Paper, Ink, Graphite

One pint milk bottle

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

A glass one pint milk bottle with a green and red plastic pouring lid. The bottle reads wash & return one pint use was not permitted without permission, owner milk bottles recovery L.T.D.

Inscriptions & Markings

568 ml

Lamp

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Lamp, kerosene, brass, solid counterweight base, no glass, with Gimbal.

Booklet, Waybills

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Dennys Lascelles waybills booklet containing waybills, advice notes, specifications and information for clip preparation and sale by sample. [Using waybills was not general industry procedure.]

Book - The Victorian Historical Magazine 88

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

The Victorian Historical Magazine 88 Vol. 22 January, 1950 No.4 Publisher: Royal Historical Society of Victoria Date: 1950

Book - The Art of Napping

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Book: "The Art of Napping" Woonsocket Napping Machinery Co., c.1924. Letter from The Woonsocket Napping Machinery Company to Mr. Charles W. Ayling, 16 October 1924, page 1. Letter from Woonsocket Napping Machinery Company to Mr. Charles W. Ayling, 16 October 1924, page 2. Blueprint of Napping Machine, Woonsocket Napping Machinery Co. with speeds at which machines should run. Letter from Woonsocket Napping Machinery Co. to Collins Cros. Pty. Ltd., 17 April 1950

Historical information

"The Art of Napping", Woonsocket Napping Machinery Co., c.1924. Catalogue of napping machinery sent to Collins Bros by an American manufacturer of napping machinery. The napping (or raising) done by these machines is all done by wire, not teasels.

Bottle Swan Ink

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

This empty bottle is cylindrical with curved "shoulders" tapering to a neck the size of a 20c coin. It has a white screw on lid bearing the name SWAN triple filtered INK. There is a paper label on the side of the bottle.

Historical information

This refillable ink bottle was extensively in use in the early 1900's, firstly with the nib pen and then with the fountain pen. Both these pens required to be refreshed with ink as they had no long term self storage capacity. The requirement, before the 1970's, for all legal documents, wills and heath certificates etc. forms had to be signed with penned ink and not biro(1950's onward). This caveat was to prevent forgeries (signatures) from ocurring. Hand writing experts can clearly distinguish forgeries because by using nibs, the "natural" and distinctive hand inflections whilst forming the signiture cannot be replicated by forgers.

Significance

This item is significant to the Kiewa Valley because it details that even in the rural sector,(Kiewa Valley) the legal requirements of the day had to be adhered to. This was even at a time when in the rural areas a "man's word and handshake" was his bond", especially between neighbours or others in a small rural region. This however was not the case for Government Departments , banks and the hospital. To highlight certain words or paragraphs due to their importance, the red ink application was not only highly visible but also less likely to be tampered with

Inscriptions & Markings

SWAN TRIPLE FILTERED INK. 'SWAN' INK PERMANENT BLUE BLACK MABIE TODD & CO (AUST) PTY LTD SYDNEY CONTENTS 1 1/2 FLUID OZS.

Letter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Part of a collection of commecial documents relating to Burkinshaw Bros, "Wareek", and Strachan, Murray & Shannon Pty Ltd, Geelong.

Historical information

Part of a collection of commecial documents relating to Burkinshaw Bros, "Wareek", and Strachan, Murray & Shannon Pty Ltd, Geelong, Geelong, including correspondence and sales accounts.

Folder, sample

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Weaving samples folder: "LADIES COATING" pattern sheet and 3 speckled cloth samples (one blue, one brown, one red).

Inscriptions & Markings

THOMAS S.C. WONG 1967 (marker) LADIES COATING

Genito-Urinary Equipment

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League,

Solid wooden box

Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

A colour postcard showing a galloping horseman fleeing from a bushfire and heading towards dwellings where some men are standing. Caption reads: "Bushfire Alarm".

Fork

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Silver plated copper alloy table forks - entrè, from the wreck of the Loch Ard. Length 7⅛ " Some verdigris and silver oxide. Light encrustation on tines. Hallmark visible.

Narrow Iron

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Narrow iron, made by blacksmith

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament Programme: Davis Cup 1982 Semifinal; Australia vs USA Materials: Paper, Ink

Axminster Carpet Loom

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

The Axminster Carpet Loom has been set up as a focal point in the centre of the National Wool Museum. The loom was originally built by Brintons in England around 1910 and was initially operating in Geelong in 1960. Brintons designed and built most of their own looms and ancillary equipment. When superseded in 1975 the loom was donated to the Melbourne College of Textiles for weaving training. The College has now donated the loom to the National Wool Museum and Brintons engineering staff has restored it to full working condition. This loom is known as an Axminster gripper loom. The gripper system was invented by Brintons in 1890 and operates using a gripper shaped like a birds beak. This grips the yarn, the yarn is then cut and the gripper swings down to place the tuft into the woven backing. This particular loom also uses a jacquard system for weaving colours. In jacquard weaving, punched cards are used to instruct the loom as to which colour to use. The system was invented by Joseph Jacquard, a silk weaver from Lyon, and was introduced in 1804. It revolutionised pattern weaving as it had the capacity to create intricate patterns through the use of the cards. By 1833 there were approximately 100,000 power-looms used in Great Britain that had been influenced by Jacquards invention. Joseph Jacquard died in 1834. Charles Babbage was later to adapt Jacquards punch-card system to produce a calculator that was the forerunner of todays methods of computer programming

WHS sports 1939

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white photograph.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back: 4.10.1939. WHS sports day. Back Row: ?, Joyce Eisenberg Front row: Doreen Farnsworth (prefect badge on tie), June Green.

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament Programme: Davis Cup Tie 1939; Australia vs Philippines Materials: Paper, Ink

table linen

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

.1 is a square table cloth. The centre is linen and the edges are crocheted in cotton. It appears to be hand-made. .2 is a rectangular tea towel or cloth. It is of a huckaback weave with a crocheted edge. .3 is a square cotton table napkin with a scalloped edge. .4 is a square cotton table napkin with a scalloped edge.

Historical information

This table linen was bought from the Indian hawker, Budda Dean, by Henry Powell for his daughter, Ruth, to start her "glory box" on her 18th birthday. Selina Jane Powell and Henry James Powell had daughters, Ruth (married Roy Cope), Ethel (married Dan Locke). The family came to Orbost from Bega around 1902.

Significance

This item is an example of a fine piece of linen commonly used in the first half of the 20th century.

Book - Millennial Dawn Vol 4 The Day of Vengeance

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Millennial Dawn Vol 4 The Day of Vengeance

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat Mining Exchange

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

Three colour photographs of the Ballarat Mining Exchange in Lydiard Street North, Ballarat.

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia postcard of Cape Woolamai cliffs with a few scattered trees.

Historical information

One of a collection of photographs purchased by the Society from Jack Day of Mornington.

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Rose Series, P. 683" "The Cliffs, Cape Woolamai, Phillip Is., Victoria". On back: Letter to Charlie from Katie expressing her thoughts after his departure.

Fordson Plate

Woods' Farming and Heritage Museum, Rupanyup

White ceramic Fordson tractor plate

Historical information

A ceramic plate commemorating a Fordson gathering held on Woods' Farm, Rupanyup South on Sun. 25th May, 2003.

Significance

A ceramic plate commemorating a Fordson gathering held on Woods' Farm, Rupanyup South on Sun. 25th May, 2003.

Inscriptions & Markings

"FORDSON GATHERING / RUPANYUP / Sun. 25th May 2003 / Held on Wood's Farm / Rupanyup South". Please note: should say Woods' Farm. Pictures of Fordson tractors around edge of plate - FORDSON STANDARD / FORDSON NEW MAJOR / FORDSON SUPER MAJOR ROADLESS 4WD / FORDSON F / FORDSON DEXTA 4WD / FORDSON DEXTA / FORDSON MAJOR E27N P6.

Newspaper Cutting - Newspapers

Vicdeaf, East Melbourne

White A4 Binder with Newspaper Cuttings

Historical information

Binder contains newspaper cuttings from Melbourne Newspapers in 2003; subjects include welfare groups and charities, drugs

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of a group of sailors marching with children marching alongside. Some men following the sailors.

Historical information

One of a group of photographs from the Bryant West Collection donated by Mary Karney.

Untitled

Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc, Melbourne

Duster, feather

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Brown ostrich-feather duster, with rubber matt to attach feathers to wooden handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Book - The Poetical Works of John Milton Vol 2

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

The Poetical Works of John Milton Vol 2

Ball container

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

An unsealed Wilson Don Budge-endorsed dome-top tennis ball can with lid. Key and seal strip lost. Contains 1 of 3 original balls. Materials: Metal, Ink, Rubber, Natural fibre

Theatre Program - Wogs Out of Work (play)By Simon Palomares , Nick Giannopolous, Maria Portesi and Mary Coustas performed at the Athenaeum Theatre Two commencing October 1987

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

coloured program

Significance

contains an ethical quiz

Lithograph

Winchelsea and District Historical Society, Winchelsea

Lithograph for printing a Photograph of a collection of indigenous artefacts for publication in the book "History of the Winchelsea SDhire" By Cr. W.L. Koenig.

Historical information

These Lithographs were made for the printing and Publishing of the Book entitled "The History of Winchelsea Shire" by Cr. W.L Koenig who was commissioned by the Shire of Winchelsea to collate, Document and present the Pre-Colonial and Colonial History of the Barwon District and in particular the Winchelsea Shire for posterity and public education. The Book was published including the photographs represented by these lithographs as illustrations, and remains the foundation of the historical narrative of the area, and the context of this collection. This Lithograph is one of four depicting indigenous artefacts collected and displayed by Cr. Koenig.

Significance

Koenigs collection of indigenous artefacts remain as unique in the Surf Coast Shire as a relic of material culture from the district in Pre-Colonial times. These lithographs remain as significant in themselves being the master copy remaining from the publication of Koenig's work. They are aesthetically beautiful as a work of art, and historically (technologically) important in the narrative of printing.

Inscriptions & Markings

NIL

Book - Memoir of Norman MacLeod Vol 1

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Memoir of Norman MacLeod Vol 1 Author: Rev. Donald MacLeod Publisher: Daldy Isbister & Co Date: 1876

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

Label on spine cover with typed text PAT 920 MACL Pastedown front endpaper has sticker from Warrnambool Public Library covered by a sticker from Corangamite Regional Library Service

Book - Still Better Shearing

National Wool Museum, Geelong

'Instruction book' on shearing methods, produced by Dangar, Gedye & Malloch Limited.

Historical information

'Instruction book' on shearing methods, produced by Dangar, Gedye & Malloch Limited.

Photo - Willey. - Willey.J.S. (Engineer). 1954.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia/brown photo of J.S.Willey, who was Shire Engineer,situated left hand side of bottom row of composite photo of Councilors for the financial year 1954.

Historical information

J.S.Willey was the Shire Engineer for the Shire of Ballarat for the year 1954.This photo which is part of a collection of photos was taken to commemorate the 1954 visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11,and was presented by the Shire President G.A.Fraser, to mark the occaision.

Significance

Section of the Original Historical Photo of Councilors for the financial year 1954.

Inscriptions & Markings

PRESENTED TO BALLARAT SHIRE COUNCIL BY SHIRE PRESIDENT TO COMMORATE THE VISIT OF HER MOST GRACIOUS MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH 11, 1954.

Year 10 MS 1990

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Colour photograph of Williamstown High School 1990 class 10 MS.

Newspaper clipping - Drainage calls come flooding in, and, Library heeds call of the e-book.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping. 2 articles, one with colout image.

Historical information

Article 1 "Drainage calls come flooding in" deals with the drainage problems throughout Banyule in the aftermath of the Christmas Day 2011 floods. Article 2 "Library heeds the call of the e-book" discusses some of the digital technology available at Yarra Plenty Regional Library.

Inscriptions & Markings

DV Leader 20/1/2012

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of the Shelter Shed/Rest House at The Nobbies, Phillip Island. Archie Findlay (Kevin Findlay's father) standing in front of the building.

Historical information

The photograph is an enlargement taken from a small oval photo.

Ornamental Trinket Box

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Six sided brown container with lid made of plaster of paris. Depicting plant life, one small flower appears to be a disguised swastika.

Historical information

Accompanying letter from the donor and grandson, Bob Wilson.

Significance

Made by a German Prisoner of War while imprisoned at Murchison POW Camp, and given to one of his guards, thereby showing the good relationship between prisoners and guards.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside lid is engraved a printed Murchison"/1941 TR.

Window weight

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Two solid cast iron rods of cylindrical shape with one flattened edge with name imprinted. Hollowed out section on one end.

Historical information

Dutton and Wiggs operated a brass and iron foundry known as the Warrnambool Brass and iron Foundry situated in Timor St. .Mr Dutton was a mechanical engineer and Mr C Wiggs was an experienced foundry worker. They were innovative in their work and also manufactured a large number of everyday items such as verandah posts, brackets and milk aerators.

Significance

The significance lies in the fact that the items were manufactured in Warrnambool by a well- established local business.

Inscriptions & Markings

S. Wiggs W,bool. One has the number 7 and the other 5 cast into the metal.

Vessel, Laboratory

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Glazed earthenware vessel.

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Postcard taken from the end of the Cowes Pier with the Isle of Wight Hotel, War Memorial, people and cars in the background.

Historical information

One of a collection of 18 photographs and postcards donated by Jill Yeoman

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Pier, Cowes" Series 2261

Publication - Queen bee: biology, rearing and breeding (Woodward, D.), Balclutha, 2009

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of the Steam Ferry "Genista" off from San Remo. Newhaven and pier in the background.

Historical information

One of two photographs donated by Ken Pound

Inscriptions & Markings

"Genista" off from San Remo

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

ONE SEPIA COPY OF PHOTOGRAPH OF W.T. PITCHER.A FORMER COUNCILLOR AND MAYOR.

Historical information

BOROUGH OF CLUNES 1896, PHOTOGRAPH OF MR. W.T. PITCHER TAKEN FROM A FRAMED COLLAGE OF COUNCILLORS AND OFFICERS. LOCATION OF COLLAGE O6.03

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough State School 1955 Grade 4

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough State School, 1955 Grade 4.

Navigation Chart - Jamaica and the Pedro Bank

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

British Admiralty Navigation Chart - Jamaica and the Pedro Bank with part of Cuba and Haiti

Postcards - Birmingham

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

Two black and white postcards of Birmingham. .1) Bull Ring, Birmingham featuring a church and steeple in the mid background and people waling in the streets. .2) Colmore Row, Birmingham featuring three storey buildings on either side of a road. People walk on the footpath and a horse and carriage are parked on the left.

Publication - Twenty eighth annual report 1990-91 (Australian Honey Board), Sydney, 1991

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Mirror and stand

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Mirror mantle stand and wood framed mirror, varnished. Right hand mirror support chipped at base.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Colour photograph of the Gravestone for Solomon West - born Dec. 1835, died April 1910. Baptist Section at Bendigo Cemetery.

Historical information

Former resident of Phillip Island. Arrived in Australia 1844. Buried at Bendigo in the Baptest Section E1 No. 20661, Quarry Hill, Bendigo, Victoria. Solomon West - 75 years.

Book - Practical Stamp milling and Amalgamation

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

Two yellow, cloth, hardcovered books. One is a first edition, and the other is a second edition. Contents include the Stamp mill, battery frame, mortar block, stem, finger jack, water supply, power, amalgamation, retorting, milling systems, millmen and mill crews, mill management, handling pulp and tailing.