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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

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Regalia - Recording Ray sash

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Royal blue cotton sash with white three white bars worn in the centre, and a rosette in royal blue, white and gold.

Historical information

Methodist Gris' Comradeship Rays' Section, Albert Street, Ballarat.

Bereavement Cards - Charles Partington, died March 13th 1905.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 x black and white bereavement cards (possibly accompanied floral tributes).

Historical information

Charles Partington came to Greensborough with his family in the 1870s to farm along the Plenty River. Members of his family still live in the area.

Significance

A memory of a Greensborough pioneer, these cards are an example of bereavement cards in the early 20th century

Inscriptions & Markings

"Sacred to the memory of Charles Partington who departed this life March 13th 1905. Aged 80 years and was later interred in the Strathallan Cemetery"

Article - John Granville Evans

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about John Granville Evans and his service in World War 1. John Evans and his brothers are commemorated on the Greensborough State School Honor Board.

Annual Report - University of Ballarat Annual Report, 2013

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

Digital copy of the University of Ballarat Annual Report

Historical information

This is the last annual report of the University of Ballarat. On 01 January 2014 it became Federation University Australia.

Ledger - Eltham Road District. Assessment for the Year ending Oct. 14th, 1859

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Ledger with printed columns: Number, Name of Occupier, Description, Where situated, Cultivated land, Pasture land, Estimated annual value of buildings, Rate, Remarks, Arrears collected, excused, unoccupied, uncollected and amount actually collected. Ledger filled out by hand with 173 entries (not alphabetically arranged). A number of blank pages are included.

Historical information

The Eltham Roads Board was established in 1856. This ledger includes the signature of Road Board Secretary and Collector Wingrove, a significant person in Eltham's early history.

Significance

This is a unique significant record of early settlers in the Shire of Eltham. One of 6 early rate books. This is among the oldest items in the EDHS collection. An article in the Eltham and Whittlesea Shires Advertiser Friday 21 Nov 1941 Page 5 titled: District's Early History states: "The first rate book which is still in existence at the Shire Office is for the year ending October 14, 1858 and is probably the best record possible to indicate the development of the district. At the time properties were rated as follows: Cultivated land. 6d. per acre; pasture land, 1d. per acre: estimated annual value of buildings, etc., 6d in the (pound). The total amount of rate recorded for the year was (pounds)153/14/8. Properties were described as being situated at Lower Plenty, Yarra Yarra, Eltham, Lower Eltham, Kangaroo Ground, Yarra Flats, Diamond Creek and the Yarra."

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside cover includes pasted printed note: RATE OF ASSESSMENT AS FOLLOWS: Cultivated land 6d per acre Pasture land 2d per acre Unalienated Pasture Land 8d per Acre Estimated Annual Value of Buildings, &c., 6d. in the Pound

Publication - National honey report. (United States. Department of Agriculture). Washington, 2012.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

10 pages.

Oral History Transcript - Myrtle Barnett 19/2/1996

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00024:00741 Transcript of Oral History. Myrtle Barnett (1915- ), fostered daughter of Caroline and Ferdinand Barnett of Lower Plenty. Interviewed by Peter Blackbourn on 19th Feb 1996. Copy 2: Item 741.

Historical information

Oral history. Myrtle Barnett ( 1915- ) fostered daughter of Caroline & Ferdinand Barnett; Lower Plenty. 19 Feb 1996.

Jacket - Kimono

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Pure silk black kimono with red silk lining. The kimono features floral and leaf motif machine embroidery in pale pink and green.

Historical information

In 2006 fellow BHS volunteer Liz Gay thoughtfully gave Di a copy of the book “Alligators, Old Mink and New Money” by Alison Houtte for Di’s upcoming trip to New York. Di was inspired to seek out Alison and her store “Hooti Couture” in New York and obtained her signature within the book along with this kimono. Unfortunately, this copy of the book was loaned to a friend and went missing but the BHS holds a replacement copy, without Alison’s signature.

Significance

Di Reidie was a volunteer and president of Brighton Historical Society from 1999 - 2016. Originally from New Zealand, Di and her family have lived in Male Street, Brighton for many years and been active community members. During her time at BHS, Di has contributed significantly to the establishment, preservation and promotion of the Costume collection as well as the Brighton Historical society as a whole. Di was also a vintage clothing dealer and amassed her own significant costume and ephemera collection. "Hooti Couture" was a family run vintage and secondhand clothing store at 321 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA. The author of the book "Alligators, Old Mink and New Money" (2005) Alison Houtte was an owner and operator of the store 1995 - 2015. The late 2000's saw a rise in the popularity and prevalence of vintage fashions in the conventional fashion scene in Australia and internationally. This popularity has been long lasting with declines evident from c.2015

Inscriptions & Markings

"Made in Japan"

Image - Daylesford New Years Eve Parade Poster, 2017

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

PDF of the 2017 Daylesford New Years Eve Celebration

Historical information

The 2017 New Years Eve celebration was project managed by Anne E. Stewart.

Publication, e-book - A manual of bee-keeping (Hunter, J.), London, 1879

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Article - Vivian Thomas

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Vivian Thomas and his service in World War 1. Vivian Thomas is remembered on the Greensborough State School Honor Board.

Journal

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Journal, comprising a collection of sixty (60) medium weight cartridge paper covers of the “Ladies’ Supplement of the London Journal” with a selection of newspaper clippings pasted to the back of all but two of the covers. The journal covers are dated between years 1868 – 1877. They each have a hand coloured engraving. Below some of the illustrations is a name and address (in French). Some of the covers have a portrait orientation and others are landscape. Some of the covers have a length of additional paper on the left/top with small print, as though there has been a magazine spine attached. The covers have printed dates and numbers, and some of the illustrations are numbered and have one or two signatures. On the reverse of the covers is a selection of newspaper cuttings, including poetry, Household Receipts (recipes, helpful hints on household matters, quotes, fashion, etc.) and personal notes, carefully cut to fit onto the pages. Hand written dates on some of these articles show that they are not all from the same date, and don’t necessarily correspond to the date of the cover. Some of these pages have been assembled upside down to the front cover. Also included are additional notes and loose newspaper cuttings from 1878 – 1927.

Historical information

This Journal contains a wide variety of lifestyle subjects, showing an interest in in collection of ladies’ fashion covers, newspaper clippings and personal notes appear to have been gathered by a person with interests in fashion, poetry and the home. The covers dating up to 1870 have signatures such as “E. Preval”, a mid to late 19th century watercolour artist. Covers from 1871 have no signatures but have the word “COPYRIGHT” included in the printing. The name below the illustrations “Moine et Falconer” is a French fashion printer and publisher. The loose newspaper cuttings are dated from 1878 to 1927.

Inscriptions & Markings

Under some of the hand coloured engravings are the printed words “Moine et Falconer, imp. r. St Victor, go Paris” (or similar). There are also one or two signatures on the earlier engravings including “E. Preval”. Printed onto the Journal pages “Price one Penny”. Several of the pages have hand drawn lines and pencil script notes. Many of the newspaper cuttings have a date written in pencil on them. For example, “Stuffing Birds”.. The Ladies’ Supplements have been printed with number for “Published with No. –“, and a number for “Presented with Part -”. Some of the reverse pages have pencil notes beside them.

Newsletter - Wonga Park & District Residents' Association News & Notes July 1992

Wonga Park Community Cottage History Group, Wonga Park

Article - Willis Vale Homestead 1841-1962

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 pages, text and black and white images

Historical information

Willis Vale was built in 1841 by George Maygar and named after his wife's maiden name of Willis. This article outlines the lessees and owners of the property, Robert Whatmough (1863) and Charles Partington (1878).

Significance

Outlines the history of this Greensborough property.

Photograph: CTS 1944 RAAF Electroplating Trainees

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photograph of the Collingwood Technical School 1944 RAAF Electroplating Trainees with Principal Alex Strang and Fred Beringer in charge Electroplating (Scott p41) Also pages 40-43 from Scott, Ian D Coltech: a story of technical education in Collingwood 1870-1987 written in 1988.

Newsletter - The Victorian Deaf - September-October 1931

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Vol. 2 No. 5, September-October 1931; Size 21.5cmHx14cmW

Historical information

A bi-monthly magazine published by the Deaf Committee of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria

Significance

'The Victorian Deaf' Newsletter is a significant publication as an historical record giving and insight into the people, activities and events of the Deaf Community in Victoria.

Yearbook - Castlemaine Technical College 1977

Old Castlemaine Schoolboys Association Inc., CASTLEMAINE

Article - My Greensborough by Valma Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article on growing up in Greensborough in the 1920's by Valma Poulter.

Historical information

Details life in Greensborough in the 1920's and the people who were here.

Significance

Lists names of traders and residents, particularly those connected to the Poulter family.

School Magazine- 2000 - Ashwood High School Magazine- 2000

Ashwood High School, Ashwood

2000 School Magazine with 54 un-numbered pages.

Historical information

2000 Magazine of Ashwood High School with historical events of the year.

Significance

Details of the school events of 2000

Document - 1974 Australian Band Contest Hobart - Thompsons Foundry Band

Maldon Brass Band Inc., Maldon

High Tide 1985

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Williamstown High School yearbook for the 1985 school year. Glossy black and white cover this year has 40 pages. It includes reports from all areas, sports results, student work and many black and white photographs.

Memorial Book - Masonic in Memoriam Book for Thomas Ord Fairbridge

Cockatoo History & Heritage Group, Cockatoo

Leather bound book maroon in colour, with gold embossing. Held together with a maroon cord. Contained in its original maroon cardboard storage box.

Historical information

Thomas Fairbridge came to Cockatoo about 1919 to manage the store for his brother-in-law Henry Knight and later bought it. The shop continued to operate as Fairbridges after Thomas died in 1941. On his death he was First Principal of the Belgrave Holy Royal Arch Chapter, this in memoriam book was given to the Fairbridge family on Feb 14th, 1942

Significance

The lodge stated in the book -- The desire to pay homage and respect to the memory of our Most Excellent First Principal who passed to the Great Beyond in November of last year has prompted the Companions to present this token of the love and esteem in which he was held. To his loved ones we extend sincere sympathy. We offer it without reserve and with the most profound understanding.

Inscriptions & Markings

Includes a family photo, of Thomas, Mary and Dorothy Fairbridge. Newspaper obituary, tributes and memorial service cuttings with handwritten descriptions. Signatures of members from the Belgrave Holy Royal Arch Chapter.

Document

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Historical information

Document containing photos of Place Battery.

Article - George Cornforth Snowdon

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about George Cornforth Snowdon and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Terowie, South Australia; his sister was given as next of kin - Christine Cameron of Hailes Street Greensborough.

Minutes - Wonga Park & District Residents' Association Monthly Meeting Minutes 14 October 1977

Wonga Park Community Cottage History Group, Wonga Park

Order of Service - Celebration of Life of Robert Sturdee McDiarmid 1915-2011. Ringwood 9 December 2011

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Order of Service document from Funeral, St Paul's Anglican Church Ringwood; Le Pine Funerals. Created by Baileys Computer Services

Inscriptions & Markings

See pdf attached

Letter

Public Record Office Victoria, North Melbourne

Eureka Stockade:Captain MacMahon reports on his arrival at Ballarat and steps taken by him

Historical information

VA 856 Colonial Secretary's Office

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Historical information

Photo relating to the Tidyman family and Southern Chiltern Valley United. Batch of military documents and photographs relating to Robert Lincoln and George Tidyman. Research material from the WWI project.

Article - John James (Jack) Andrews

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about John James (Jack) Andrews and his service in World War 1. Jack Andrews was a founder of the Greensborough RSL.

Newsletter - Greensborough Historical Society Newsletter. Issue 1. August 2010 -

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Text, black and white and colour photos, tables..Pagination varies. Filed in folder, with index to major articles.

Historical information

Historical articles, news and activities of Greensborough Historical Society Inc., published from August 2010 (Edition 1) - . Later issues available on Society website or from Resource Centre.