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Making and Using Transport on the Goldfields

28 Mar 2018

Ballarat’s coachbuilding industry and horse-drawn transport, as depicted in Victorian cultural collections.

Curated By

Carissa Goudey, Historian, Sovereign Hills Museums Association

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Syringe

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Glass syringe with cotton wrapped plunger and cork seal in maroon box..

Historical information

Used at Manning Chemist, Flinders' Street Railway Station, Melbourne until 1984.

Inscriptions & Markings

On red disc of syringe : P.G.I. Co. Melbourne. On box lid : P.G.I. Co. Melbourne, 2 oz male Glass Syringe, It..............P.G.I. Product - Made in Australia.

Joe's Kola

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Has No Label Lid is Slightly Rusted

Inscriptions & Markings

South Gippsland Addldand Korumburra Joe's Kola

Page from Magazine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Framed page from Vanity Fair magazine with illustration of male tennis player in white tennis attire, standing behind net, ready to receive ball. Caption reads 'Thrice Champion'. Date at top right. Materials: Wood, Paper, Ink, Glass

Photograph - Field with shed on skyline (unidentified location)

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Book, Carpet Sample - Brintons Carpets The Bainbridge Collection

National Wool Museum, Geelong

W7189 W7189_2 Page 1 of a history of Brintons Carpets. Page 2 of a history of Brintons Carpets. A list of catalogues/items in the Brintons Collection donated after closure of Fellmongers Road factory in July 2008.

Historical information

A sales sample book for the Brintons carpet range 'Bainbridge Collection', acquired when Brintons' Geelong factory closed.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brintons Carpets Finest Australian Woven Carpet Brintons Carpets The Bainbridge Collection

Book - Seven short plays

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled 'Himmer Bequest'. Stamped 'Cowes Public Library'

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of Victorian Governor Sir Dallas Brooks examining David Hopkin's bandaged left leg at the opening of the New Warley Hospital. 1/12/1962

Historical information

One of a collection of over 400 photographs in an album commenced in 1960 and presented to the Phillip Island & Westernport Historical Society by the Shire of Phillip Island

raisin stoner

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A cast iron raisin stoner. It has a clamp for attachment to a bench and has a wooden handle on a turning arm.

Significance

This item is an example of a food processing appliance used in the late 19th century long before electricity came to Orbost.

Inscriptions & Markings

On arm-PAT.APP. Aug 20.95 Oct 5-97 On one side- WET THE RAISINS On other side-ENTERPRISE M.F.C. PHILADELPHIA. P.A. U.S.A. On chute- No. 38

Tester, Dry Battery

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

Tester, Dry Battery, (Aust) No 1 Mk 1. Mounted in wooden hinged case. Meter, selector switch and terminals in one side of case, instruction plate in the other. Leather carrying strap missing

Inscriptions & Markings

Cat No Z4/ZDA 0426, Defence Broad Arrow, 1366, FF2 stamped in case, Serial No 341, V1140 painted on case

Photograph - Main Road, Lower Plenty

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph of Main Road, Lower Plenty looking west from Old Eltham Road

Cap Liner

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Round glass lid, from Falls of Halladale wreck. Diameter 2⅞". Artefact Reg No FoH/16.

Photograph - Heritage Excursion; East of Eltham, 6 Sep 2014

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Newsletter No. 218, September 2014 September Excursion - East of Eltham Walk In Newsletter No. 197, March 2011, there was a brief history of Crown Allotment 15 Section 5 Parish of Nillumbik (CA 15) a parcel of land of a quarter of a square mile extending from Eucalyptus Road to Reynolds Road at the eastern extremity of Eltham. From the 1940s it was known as Stokes orchard. In later years it has been subdivided for residential purposes but leaving significant areas as power line and water supply reserves and bushland reserves that are habitat for the threatened For our excursion on 6th September we intend to walk through CA 15 to a bushland reserve east of Reynolds Road. The walk will traverse the boundary between suburban Eltham and the non-urban areas to the south and east. This is a pleasant walk through residential areas and bushland. Along the way we will discuss the early and more recent history of CA 15 as well as local natural history and geology. This walk is about 3.5 km in length and will take 2 to 2.5 hours. It will start at 2pm at the corner of Eucalyptus Road, Pitt Street and Nyora Road.

Stone Angel Carlton Cemetery

Footscray Community Arts Centre , Footscray

MEDIUM: Photograph / Silver bromide DESCRIPTION: Black and white photograph, silver bromide Black outer frame with glass front Image and white board inner frame under glass

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed and dated on on white board inner frame, proper left corner - under photograph

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 149 March 2003

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, guest speaker; Max Dimmack: Researching the RSL • Annual General Meeting • Max Dimmack • Coming Events • 70 Years Ago • Snippets

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.

Image - Francis Jago

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Photographic portrait of Francis Jago.

Receipt

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, including correspondence and sales accounts.

Inscriptions & Markings

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Book - Steam-Engine Theory and Practice

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

The cover is a red brown colour with the title on the spine and the publisher Longmans & Co printed near base of the spine. The book has 496 illustrations throughout with some pull out plates. Pages 514.

Historical information

Used at Ballarat School of Mines

Inscriptions & Markings

On the inside cover it is stamped with The School of Mines Ballarat and written in pencil is 1914 and E K.

Folder - Raymond Duncan

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on Raymond Duncan, Eltham Councillor

Book - Picturesque Warrnambool.

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Plain grey card cover with fabric binding. Handwriting on front cover and inside front cover. It contains a number of black and white and coloured plates depicting scenes of Warrnambool and the district. Approximately 70 pages.

Historical information

This book presents a pictorial and written record of Warrnambool in 1891.It covers a wide range of topics. It provides statistical evidence relating to public buildings and organisations of that era, as well as basic information about district points of interest. The Mechanics Institute, the Common, Albert Park, the rivers, the Museum and the Sea Baths are all mentioned. The various drawings and advertisements provide a list of businesses which were prevalent at the time.

Significance

As this book is one of only two complete copies documented to be still in existence, it is of considerable significance and importance to our collection. The drawings and text are artistically very much of the era and are aesthetically pleasing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Old Warrnambool about 1891 hand written on label on front cover, underneath is also written “When I have finished with these please forward to Warrnambool Historical Society Warrnambool. D 77, 252 in bottom RHC of cover.

Book - Gould's medical dictionary : words and phrases used in medicine and the allied sciences, with their pronunciation and derivation

RMIT GSBL Justice Smith Collection, Melbourne

Fifth revised edition

Historical information

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

photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Copy of B&W photograph of member of Kormoran Crew in a plastic frame

Historical information

Photo of POW Herman Ortmann at Graytown camp

Photograph - Unloading fish baskets from steamer JCD

Paynesville Maritime Museum, Paynesville

Historical information

Photo shows fish baskets being unloaded from the Gippsland Lakes steamer "JCD" at Sale after trans-shipment from Paynesville for the Sale train.

Calendar - Planned Flock Management: 1984 Calendar

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Planned Flock Management: 1984 Calendar". Produced to assist wool growers in working out when to vaccinate their flock, when to allow lambing, etc.

Brush

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Brush of plaited green & orange coloured rope like material. Brush section is like taffeta, blonde.

Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Black and White photograph of a group of snakes mounted on thick cardboard. Caption reads" Snakes at the 200 195-"

Photograph - Probably Kangaroo Ground, c.1979

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 6 strips

Historical information

Possibly the Bassett-Smith property

Inscriptions & Markings

Unidentified; half-frame numbering

Hand Trolley

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Wooden hand trolley 2 iron legs,axle,footplate and wheels. 119cm long

Cash Drawer

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Drawer, wooden for cash with 7 compartments. Wood is well worn in places.

Book - One Wondrous Kind: a sheep's eye view of the Mallee

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"One Wondrous Kind: a sheep's eye view of the Mallee" - comp. by Peter Hicks and Rick Martin, 1988. Contains photos and anecdotes about life in the past and present in the Mallee region.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Holden ute escorting truck hauling a wide load of an aeroplane. Registration number GUV 106. the plane has the QANTAS flying kangaroo logo on the cover of the left hand propellor. Circa 1957

Unframed Photographs - K.W. Truscott

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Three coloured photographs of head stones in cemetery

Historical information

Keith William "Bluey" TRUSCOTT 400213 Awarded DFC & Bar - Born 17/5/1916 Prahran Victoria WW2 RAAF Squadron Leader and Ace fighter pilot who served in Europe, South West Pacific and Milne Bay. Played Australian Football for Melbourne Football Club. Died at sea and buried at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth Western Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

400213 Squadron Leader K.W. Truscott DFC & Bar Royal Australian Air Force 28th March 1943 Aged 26 In Loving Memory of our Darling Son His duty nobly done.

carving

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A rectangular block of wood with faces of two women carved into it. Faces have been lightly coloured with paint.

Domestic containers - Tins

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Tins

Historical information

Used by Mrs Florence Kelly, Barkly Street Port Fairy

Inscriptions & Markings

a, Large 5lb, tin "Poulticine" empty. b, 1lb, tin "Parsons" baking powder

advertisement

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A round metal tray with decorated edge. It is an engraved advertisement for J.S. Tomlinson.

Historical information

John Tomlinson was the eldest son of Arthur James and Jessie Tomlinson who selected land at Tabbara in 1887. He worked in Temple's , the Herbert's store and for the Butter Factory until beginning his own business in 1906. He remained in business until 1933.

Photograph - Aringa Homestead

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Photograph

Register - CTS - Collingwood Technical School Register 1918-1921.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Cardboard cover with lined and columned pages. Housed in brown paper folder.

Historical information

Each school was required to keep an official record of students enrolled, including addresses. this register for CTS covers the years 1918-1921.

Significance

This is the official register and an early record of students at CTS.

Inscriptions & Markings

On cover : Collingwood Technical School / Johnston St Collingwood. Contains the names of enrolled students from 1918 to 1921.

Booklet - Solving The Mystery

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Gold cover, green writing. Survey map on back. Written to explain the first Catholic Church was built at Baldwinsville-Byrneside in 1878.

Historical information

Story of Tatura Catholic Church and Education. Early history of Tatura 1870's. Present church built in 1912

Photograph - Botanical Gardens Mound Area (1900?)

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Photograph

Photograph - Kinglake opposite shops

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Two colour photographs of Kinglake-Whittlesea Road and area opposite Kinglake shops

Rigging Screw

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Rigging Screw with ring link screw and socket link screw, also two locking nuts

Ribbon

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Awarded at Agricultural show.

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Show 1954

Martin Cash: The Last of the Tasmanian Bushrangers.

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

The cover is red cloth, hardback. The title in is gold print on the spine. It tells the story of Martin Cash. There are maps and black and white illustrations.

Untitled

Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photograph. This image depicts two women performing a dance, dressed in elaborate costumes.

Historical information

This photo provides just one example of the beautiful costumes worn by Junior Legacy girls for Legacy's Annual Demonstrations at the Melbourne Town Hall. These costumes were made by members of the Junior Legacy Mothers' Club and the Melbourne Legacy Wives' Association. Whilst the cost to Legacy was very small, the quality of the work produced was truly professional. This photo was used as the cover image of a Legacy on Parade Programme (year unknown).

Significance

This photograph is of historical and social significance as it serves as photographic evidence of the work that the Legacy Wives' Association and Junior Legacy Mothers' Club produced over the years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped on back: "THE PROPERTY / OF / MELBOURNE / LEGACY"

Bronze Plaque

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Next of Kin Plaque: 6310 Pte H. McGregor. The round bronze Memorial Plaque shows Britannia and a lion on the front and bears the inscription 'He died for freedom and honour'. The full name of the dead soldier is engraved on the right hand side of the plaque. No rank, unit or decorations are shown, befitting the equality of the sacrifice made by all casualties. The shape and appearance of the plaque earned it nicknames such as 'The Dead Man's Penny, and the 'Widows Penny'. Plaque is still in it's original envelope addressed to Mr A. McGregor.

Historical information

WW1 Historical significance

Inscriptions & Markings

Gunner H.G. McGregor.

Documents Maps (3) - Warrnambool Town Allotments - City of W'bool Parish of Wangoom Country of Villiers

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

These are three sheets of cream paper pasted on to linen. The sheets have black and white printing and map work. Some of the edges are a little frayed and there is some staining, particularly on the backs of the sheets.

Historical information

These maps were produced in 1948 and they contain maps of allotments within the city of Warrnambool, including the Central Business District, up to 1948. The details given on each allotment show the allotment and section numbers, the measurement in acres, the name of the original purchaser of the lot and the date of the first sale. The Warrnambool and District Historical Society owns several copies of these maps but these ones are originals.

Significance

These three maps are of great significance because they give the names of land purchasers in Warrnambool from the date of the first land sales in 1847. They are a most valuable research tool and can be scanned and photocopied etc.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘City of Warrnambool Parish of Wangoom County of Villiers Sheet 1’ ‘City of Warrnambool Parish of Wangoom County of Villiers Sheet 2’ ‘City of Warrnambool Parish of Wangoom County of Villiers Sheet 3’

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A woden tennis racquet with cloth tape shoulder supports, reinforced with string whipping, and a deep-grooved handle. Throat on obverse features a decal of a crown device, with the inscription, below: THE BERKELEY. Materials: Wood, Gut, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Cloth, Leather, String

Quilt - Dressage Quilt

National Wool Museum, Geelong

"Dressage Quilt" and was made by Jan Ross-Manley in Melbourne in 1985.

Historical information

This quilt is titled "Dressage Quilt" and was made by Jan Ross-Manley in Melbourne in 1985. Jan Ross-Manley was part of the Running Stitch group of quilters. The quilt was part of a touring exhibition called "Wool Quilts Old and New" presented by Running Stitch, 31 Jan. 1986 to Feb. 1987. This quilt was catalogue entry no. 7. The artist's statement reads: "I have been collecting pennants and sashes for some time now, intending to collate a series of pieces on Australian country life and people. This is a woman's quilt, made entirely from 'horse' sashes won at competition. The central diamond is divided into quarters, one for each lady who won the ribbons. 'Hurdles' are set into the inner borders. The piece is about dedication, strength, exertion and achievement. The all pervading yellow letters cast a tawdriness over the otherwise clean colour scheme. I like that." This quilt was later part of an identically titled exhibition held at the National Wool Museum in 1989.

"S" Hook Buckle

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

"S" Hook Belt Buckle clip, brass and silver, 1 ¾". Artefact Reg No S/117. Recovered from the wreck of the Schomberg.

Historical information

When the ship Schomberg was launched in 1855, she was considered the most perfect clipper ship ever to be built. James Blaine’s Black Ball Line had commissioned her to be built for their fleet of passenger liners. At a cost of £43,103, the Aberdeen builders designed her to sail faster than the quick clippers designed by North American Donald McKay. She was a three masted wooden clipper ship, built with diagonal planking of British oat with layers of Scottish larch. This luxury vessel was designed to transport emigrants to Melbourne in superior comfort. She had ventilation ducts to provide air to the lower decks and a dining saloon, smoking room, library and bathrooms for the first class passengers. At the launch of Schomberg’s maiden voyage, her master Captain ‘Bully’ Forbes, drunkenly predicted that he would make the journey between Liverpool and Melbourne in 60 days. Schomberg departed Liverpool on 6 October 1855 with 430 passengers and 3000 tons cargo including iron rails and equipment intended the build the Geelong Railway and a bridge over the Yarra from Melbourne to Hawthorn. The winds were poor as Schomberg sailed across the equator, slowing her journey considerably. She was 78 days out of Liverpool when she ran aground on a sand-spit near Peterborough, Victoria, on 27 December; the sand spit and the currents were not marked on Forbes’s map. Overnight, the crew launched a lifeboat to find a safe place to land the ship’s passengers. The scouting party returned to Schomberg and advised Forbes that it was best to wait until morning because the rough seas could easily overturn the small lifeboats. The ship’s Chief Officer spotted SS Queen at dawn and signalled the steamer. The master of the SS Queen approached the stranded vessel and all of Schomberg’s passengers were able to disembark safely. The Black Ball Line’s Melbourne agent sent a steamer to retrieve the passengers’ baggage from the Schomberg. Other steamers helped unload her cargo until the weather changed and prevented the salvage teams from accessing the ship. Local merchants Manifold & Bostock bought the wreck and cargo, but did not attempt to salvage the cargo still on board the ship. They eventually sold it on to a Melbourne businessman and two seafarers. After two of the men drowned when they tried to reach Schomberg, salvage efforts were abandoned. In 1975, divers from Flagstaff Hill, including Peter Ronald, found an ornate communion set at the wreck. The set comprised a jug, two chalices, a plate and a lid. The lid did not fit any of the other objects and in 1978 a piece of the lid broke off, revealing a glint of gold. As museum staff carefully examined the lid and removed marine growth, they found a diamond ring, which is currently on display in the Great Circle Gallery. Flagstaff Hill also holds ship fittings and equipment, personal salvaged from the wreck by Peter Ronald, former director of Flagstaff Hill.effects, a lithograph, tickets and photograph from the Schomberg. Most of the artefacts were salvaged from the wreck by Peter Ronald, former director of Flagstaff Hill.

Significance

The Schomberg, which is on the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR S612), has great historical significance as a rare example of a large, fast clipper ship on the England to Australia run, carrying emigrants at the time of the Victorian gold rush. She represents the technical advances made to break sailing records between Europe and Australia. Flagstaff Hill’s collection of artefacts from the Schomberg is significant for its association with the shipwreck, The collection is primarily significant because of the relationship between the objects, as together they have a high potential to interpret the story of the Schomberg. It is archaeologically significant as the remains of an international passenger Ship. It is historically significant for representing aspects of Victoria’s shipping history and for its association with the shipwreck and the ship, which was designed to be fastest and most luxurious of its day

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Spalding, "Rosie Casals" Impact-240 Model tennis racquet, featuring whipping around shoulders. Two tone green paint from grip to top of shoulders. Manufacturer's name along side edges of shaft and on butt cap; endorser name on throat and rest of model name along shaft (both sides). 'S' symbol spray-painted across net. Perforated leather hand grip and white plastic butt cap. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Ink, Nylon, Paint, Leather, Plastic