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Collecting Fire: A new kind of practice

7 Feb 2019

“While museums have traditionally aspired to collect “the real thing” and to create repositories of tangible evidence of our collective past, the essence of this project and its emerging collection was in making real the intangible through personal stories, symbols, and metaphors – giving form to matters of the heart. A new kind of museum practice was therefore needed.” - Sites of Trauma: Contemporary Collecting and Natural Disaster

Curated By

Lauren McAlary, Veterans Heritage Project Manager

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R.AN.B.T. and 12th Brigade A.F.A. FIELD DIARY from enlistment, 24 March 1915, to Harold's fatal gassing 15/16 August 1918. (TRANSCRIBED by Walter J R Barber).

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Article - Diamond Valley Community Hospital / by Gemma Sprague and Rosalie Bray.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 pages, text and images.

Historical information

A short history of Diamond Valley Community Hospital from the perspective of former nurse and patient Gemma Sprague.

Significance

DVCH was Greensborough and district's local community hospital during the 20th century. Story first published in "As I Recall" in 2013.

Publication - Study of the small hive beetle in the U.S.A. (Somerville, D.). Canberra, 2003.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Article - George Frederick Moore

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about George Frederick Moore and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Eltham. George Moore is commemorated on the Greensborough State School Honor Board.

TRENCH MAP, 1:20,000 FRANCE. Sheet 36 NW. Edition 6 B. GSGS 2742. Ordnance Survey 1916. Trenches corrected to 5/5/1916.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

High Tide 2014 - High Tide

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

A printed document of coloured card cover and glossy pages. A snapshot of the year 2014 in the life of Williamstown High School, this book contains Principals' message, sport and academic results, student work, reports on student events, camps, productions. 165 p. ; col. ill.

Post Office Receiving Pillar

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Post Office Receiving Pillar, or letterbox.1885 “High Door Round” design. Tall cast iron cylinder with decorative dome cap with crown on top. Side has a slot and a hinged door with handle shaped as a fist. Painted red with gold trim. “POST OFFICE / RECEIVING PILLAR” lettering cast into cylinder. Restored in 1980 and once again operating as an Australia Post mailbox. Commemorative plague on pillar.

Historical information

This Post Office Receiving Pillar was restored in 1980 and is now a fully operational Australia Post mailbox. In early August 1980 Prime Minister Mr. Fraser posted Warrnambool’s first commemorative envelope into this restored Post Office Receiving Pillar at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. The special limited edition envelopes are numbered 1 – 7000. When posted, the envelopes would have the Flagstaff Hill Logo and Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village’s own postmark of a ship’s steering wheel surrounding a lighthouse and a sailing ship, and were dated August 3 on the First Day Cover. Amongst Flagstaff Hill’s collection is that very first letter posted by Prime Minister Fraser. HISTORY OF POST OFFICE RECEIVING PILLARS In 1851 ‘pillar boxes’ were installed at roadside locations in the island of Jersey, England; they had already been successful in several European countries. The use of new prepaid, adhesive postage stamps as well as the roadside pillar boxes meant there was no need for the public to take a trip to the Post Office just to post a letter. By 1855 London had installed its first six Pillar Boxes. In 1856 the pillar boxes were first introduced in Sydney. These were circular with a crown on the dome, supported by leaves. Early Victoria Mail was originally collected by ‘letter carriers’, first appointed in Melbourne in 1841, equipped with leather bag and hand bell. He wore a red coat with brass buttons and a black top hat! In 1844 two wooden receiving boxes were erected in Melbourne. The first cast iron boxes were installed in South Melbourne (Emerald Hill) and were still in service until 1967. They were a fluted circular design and made in England. In the early 1860’s the ‘low door round’ design posting box was introduced, being circular and surrounded by a crown, with two broad embossed bands around its circumference. The clearance door was in front of the box and low down. These were made in Australia. In the early 1870’s square boxes with a tapering top were being used. These too were made in Australia by different manufacturers with slight variations on style such as the orientation and number of slots. Next came the circular boxes again, similar to the ‘low door round’ but with the clearance door extending to just below the posting slot, often referred to as ‘high door round’. These boxes did not have embossed bands. In 1887 small cast iron boxes were introduced, attached to posts and poles and called ‘lamp post receivers’. Around 1930 a ‘London’ model was used in Victoria. It was copied from the flat-domed type in London but made in Tasmania. [References: Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village records, The Warrnambool Standard, August 1st, 1980, “Stamps.Au” http://www.stampsau.com, 4th April 2011 (Extracted from “Australian Street Posting Boxes” by Ken Sparks – out of print)]

Inscriptions & Markings

“POST OFFICE / RECEIVING PILLAR” lettering cast into cylinder. Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum – Port of Warrnambool. This letter receiver was officially commissioned on 3rd August 1980 by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser M.P. on completion of 25 years’ service as the Federal Minister for Wannon.”

Document - 28/8/2011 - Maldon Railway station opening

Maldon Brass Band Inc., Maldon

Publication - Introduction and early performance of Queen bees: some factors affecting success. (Rhodes, J. & Somerville, D.). Canberra, 2003.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Newsletter, City of Moorabbin Historical Society Oct 2007 - October 2007

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 on October 28 has been cancelled because the official ‘Re-opening of Joyce Park’ will be at 2pm that day and large crowds are expected. More volunteers at Box Cottage will also be needed that day. The excerpt from the CMHS Newsletter of March 1963 by Tom Sheehy, President, continues with ‘Higinbotham and the reshaping political scene of 1890’s’

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. Tom Sheehy, past President of CMHS, was an Historian and Author of 'Battlers tamed a Sandbelt'.

Inscriptions & Markings

CITY of MOORABBIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY / OCTOBER 2007 NEWSLETTER

High Tide 1949

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white printed booklet with card cover, stapled. 46 p. ill.

Historical information

Yearbook for 1949. Contains staff and management details, prefects, sports results, scholarship recipients, student work, team photographs and lists

Inscriptions & Markings

On front cover 'Gwenda'. Last page contains student signatures.

Program - 1989 Installation Ceremony UGLoV

Freemasons Victoria - Southern Cross Lodge No. 24 (Maldon), Maldon

Oral History - My childhood memories by June Hall (nee Evans)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 typed pages.

Historical information

June Hall (nee Evans) tells her own story of growing up in Port Melbourne and later Greensborough.

Significance

A primary source recollection of growing up in Port Melbourne and Greensborough in the mid-20th century.

Photographs - Collection of 24 photos of Opening of Music Centre and Pioneer Place at Maroondah High School By Ellie Pullin 1983

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Collection of Black and White photographs, and Negatives. No information on back of photos. Identification of School came from article in Ringwood-Croydon Mail, 20th July, 1983 p.11 (See C:\Master_Docs\SC0138 (Item 3161) Notes.pdf, copy attached)

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque reads, "This music centre and 'Pioneer Place' were officially opened on 20th July, 1983 by Ellie V. Pullin, M.B.E. President Ringwood Historical Research Group".

booklet - 10th Anniversary of Polish Carpathian Group in Australia 1947-1957

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

13 pages including cover page and letter from Editor

Historical information

Booklet was published in 1957 to celebrate 10th anniversary of arrival in Australia of the first group of Polish ex-servicemen.

Significance

one of a few items of this kind which has survived to present days

Inscriptions & Markings

signatures of some members of Polish Carpathian Group on the cover page

Lady's dancing costume Jacket - Γιλέκο στολής βλαχοπούλας

Plutarch Project, Caulfield Junction

Lady's dancing costume Jacket, gold and silver embroidery around edges. It has orange lining of silk material, lace and linen frill sleeve. Whole costume is called "Vlahopoula". Velvet outer. Part "C" of a four piece costume.

Historical information

The full costume used traditionally by ladies in the 16th to 19th century AD. Now used in Greek dances, parades and theatrical performances as a traditional costume.

Significance

Historical significance due to the variety of traditional functions it was used during the 1990's

Annual Report - 19th Report of the Committee of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Mission of Victoria 1903

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Green Cover, Size 21.5Hx13.5W, 40 pages

Historical information

The Adult Deaf and Dumb Mission of Victoria, now known as Vicdeaf, (the Victorian Deaf Society), was founded in 1884 as the Victorian Society for Promoting the Spiritual and Temporal Welfare of the Adult Deaf and Dumb. The provisional committee being Mr W Bates, Mr J M Bruce, Mr J D Gowan, Mr Edwin Newbiggin, Mr C M Officer, M. L, A., and the Rev. W. Moss. The Adult Deaf and Dumb Mission's objects were: 1. To provide the means for religious worship and instruction for the adult deaf and dumb of Victoria 2. To visit the deaf and dumb in their homes, especially when sick or in distress 3. To assist the deaf and dumb of good character in obtaining suitable employment 4. To provide technical and other education for the adult and dumb 5. To give pecuniary assistance to adult deaf and dumb who are in need

Significance

The Annual Reports of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Mission are historically significant providing insight into the history of the evolving Deaf Community in Victoria. They are a annual 'snapshot' of the year with references not only to the progress of the Mission but also to the significant people and events within the Deaf Community.

Oral History Transcript - Jean Huggett (Barnett) and Eadie Barnett (Alexander)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Oral History of Jean Huggett (Barnett) 1913-2004; and, Eadie Barnett(Alexander) 1914-200. Interviewed and compiled by Peter Blackbourn.

Historical information

Lower Plenty. Rosanna Golf Club. Barnett family.

Significance

Stories of childhood in the Greensborough area

Annual Report - 63rd Report of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria 1947

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Brown/Grey Cover, Size 21.5Hx13.5W, 16 pages

Historical information

The Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria, now known as Vicdeaf, (the Victorian Deaf Society), was founded in 1884 as the Victorian Society for Promoting the Spiritual and Temporal Welfare of the Adult Deaf and Dumb. The provisional committee being Mr W Bates, Mr J M Bruce, Mr J D Gowan, Mr Edwin Newbiggin, Mr C M Officer, M. L, A., and the Rev. W. Moss. The Adult Deaf and Dumb Mission's objects were: 1. To provide the means for religious worship and instruction for the adult deaf and dumb of Victoria 2. To visit the deaf and dumb in their homes, especially when sick or in distress 3. To assist the deaf and dumb of good character in obtaining suitable employment 4. To provide technical and other education for the adult and dumb 5. To give pecuniary assistance to adult deaf and dumb who are in need

Significance

The Annual Reports of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society are historically significant providing insight into the history of the evolving Deaf Community in Victoria. They are a annual 'snapshot' of the year with references not only to the progress of the Society but also to the significant people and events within the Deaf Community.

Willy High news April 1984

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

22 page A4 sized newsletter, printed in black and white. Contains message from the principal, information for parents, interviews and reviews of events. Also includes photographs.

Inscriptions & Markings

See PDF for full text.

Publication, e-book - Observations on the natural history of bees. (Huber, Francis [Francois]). London, 1841.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

352 pages

Grand Youth Concert 1989

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Program detailing band and items performed at the Grand Youth Concert at Dallas Brooks Hall in 1989. Six Williamstown High School music students performed at the event. Bookletis B5 size,16 pages with a full colour illustration on the front cover.

Historical information

The Finn Koren Collection.

Annual Report - 23rd Report of the Committee of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Mission of Victoria 1907

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Pink Cover, Size 21.5Hx13.5W, 56 pages

Historical information

The Adult Deaf and Dumb Mission of Victoria, now known as Vicdeaf, (the Victorian Deaf Society), was founded in 1884 as the Victorian Society for Promoting the Spiritual and Temporal Welfare of the Adult Deaf and Dumb. The provisional committee being Mr W Bates, Mr J M Bruce, Mr J D Gowan, Mr Edwin Newbiggin, Mr C M Officer, M. L, A., and the Rev. W. Moss. The Adult Deaf and Dumb Mission's objects were: 1. To provide the means for religious worship and instruction for the adult deaf and dumb of Victoria 2. To visit the deaf and dumb in their homes, especially when sick or in distress 3. To assist the deaf and dumb of good character in obtaining suitable employment 4. To provide technical and other education for the adult and dumb 5. To give pecuniary assistance to adult deaf and dumb who are in need

Significance

The Annual Reports of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Mission are historically significant providing insight into the history of the evolving Deaf Community in Victoria. They are a annual 'snapshot' of the year with references not only to the progress of the Mission but also to the significant people and events within the Deaf Community.

Article - Walter David Starling

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Walter David Starling and his service in World War 1. Walter Starling was born in Diamond Creek. .

Report - Lower Plenty River Archaeological Survey; Fiona Weaver

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Printed on white A4 paper. Approx 92 pages (not numbered). Illus., maps.

Historical information

Archaeological survey of the Lower Plenty River undertaken in 1989-1990 by Fiona Weaver for the Board of Works.

Significance

Indigenous heritage sites along the Plenty River are examined and recommendations made for the preservation and to lessen the impact of development on these sites.

Article - May Caroline Shortall

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse May Caroline Shortall and her service in World War 1. When she enlisted, May was working as a nurse at 14 AAH Macleod.

Theatre Flyer - Twelfth Night

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Booklet, Coloured, Good Condition

Article - Harold Turner

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Harold Turner and his service in World War 1. Harold Turner lived in Greensborough.

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Historical information

Batch of 1 photograph and 2 documents relating to James and George Young. Research material from the WWI project.

School Magazine- 1985 - Ashwood High School Magazine- 1985

Ashwood High School, Ashwood

1985 School Magazine with 28 un-numbered pages.

Historical information

1985 Magazine of Ashwood High School with historical events of the year.

Significance

Details of the school events of 1985