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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

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Lauren McAlary, Veterans Heritage Project Manager

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Manuscript - Greensborough at Intervals by D Medhurst

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

48 x A4 pages. Photocopy of handwritten manuscript. Bound in plastic cover.

Historical information

Traces the changes to the area around Greensborough from the earliest days of white settlement to 1935.

Significance

A personal memoir of the early days of settlement in the Greensborough district by a member of one of the pioneering families.

Inscriptions & Markings

By D. Medhurst - added in pencil by Faye Fort: "Annie May's father, Faye's great grandfather"

Posters - Ballarat School of Mines Interpretation Panels

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

Eight interpretive panels relating to the Ballarat School of Mines: 1. Beginnings 2. Mining 3. Architecture 4. Art 5. Engineering 6. Innovation 7. Trades 8. UBtec

Newsletter - 5 March 2018

Mount Alexander Vintage Engine Club Inc., Castlemaine

Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Grain Store, 183 Para Road. Closure notice.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of Facebook post

Historical information

This Facebook post explains the move by Greensborough Grain Store to close the business at 183 Para Road in 2017.

Significance

In 2017, the Greensborough Grain Store closed its Para Road premises and now trades online.

Article - George Campbell

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about George Campbell and his service in World War 1. At the time of George Campbell's enlistment, he was living at Greensborough

Music Festival 1965 program

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Buff paper printed in black. Program of Music Festival 1965 - Western Suburbs Combined Schools. Held at Williamstown Town Hall, Aug 1965.

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.”

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

Article - Philip David Anderson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Philip David Anderson and his service in World War 1. At the time of Philip David Anderson's enlistment, he was living at Greensborough.

Booklet - Back to Heidelberg Municipality souvenir: Heidelberg old and new, 1860-1933

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

17 p. photocopy of 31 p. original

Historical information

Brief history of Heidelberg and surrounding areas, 1860-1933

2013 Festival Program - 10th Emerging Writers' Festival 2013

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A green, white, brown and orange booklet which contains information about the program for the 2013 Emerging Writers' Festival. The booklet has 44 pages and the cover has two parts - with the illustration on cover a separate but larger page than the green text.

Historical information

This is the program from the 10th Emerging Writers' Festival. The EWF is an independent arts organisation based in the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne. The catalogue provides information about the events and programs involved in the festival, the first EWF programmed by Artistic Director Sam Twyford-Moore.

Significance

More information about the 2013 Emerging Writers' Festival can be found online at: https://web.archive.org/web/20130510133639/http://www.emergingwritersfestival.org.au/events/

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on front of catalogue is "10th Emerging Writers' Festival / 23rd May-2nd June / 2013".

National Catholic Girls' Movement (NCGM) Leaders' Programme Booklets - NCGM Leaders' Programme

Young Christian Workers (YCW Australia) Archive and Research Centre , Fitzroy North

Collection of seven programme booklets produced by the NCGM National Exectutive.

Article - John Raywood Poulter

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about John Raywood Poulter and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Greensborough

Article - William and Jean Partington

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Brief family notes, typed text, includes handwritten notes.

Historical information

Notes on the Partington family - William James and Jean Isobel. Also a brief note on Jonah Britnell.

Swimming sports program 1948

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Official program of Williamstown High School Swimming Carnival, 2nd March 1948. 8 pages of white paper.

Inscriptions & Markings

See pdf above

Oral History - Mavis Solum recalls

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00771:01260:01261 2 typed pages.

Historical information

Mavis Solum (nee Thomas) recounts stories of her life and neighbours in Greensborough from 1932. The family lived in Sellars Street and ran a chicken hatchery.

Significance

A primary source recollection of Greensborough in the mid to late 20th century.

Document collection - Greenhills Neighbourhood Centre 1983-2015

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

8 pages, text and illustrations.

Historical information

A collection of documents prepared over several 'milestone' events such a 20 and 30 year anniversaries. Access given by Neighbourhood Centre Chris Burroughs in 2015. The centre was renamed Greenhills Neighbourhood House in 2016.

Speech - 1993 Presented by George Ralph

Old Castlemaine Schoolboys Association Inc., CASTLEMAINE

Article - Roy James Halse

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Roy James Halse and his service in Roy's father, Alfred lived in Greensborough.

Letter - Massed Bands Display

Maldon Brass Band Inc., Maldon

Hold Fast Vol. 1, No. 4. Oct. 1944 - Official magazine of the Williamstown High School

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

8 page magazine of Williamstown High Svchool, edited by P. Weate and C. Curtin. Preview of the athletics meet, readers' opinions, school news and student work included.

75th anniversary celebration church service 1990

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

B5 sized paper program with yellow cover and white pages. 8 pages. Williamstown High School music students performed at the service held at St John's Uniting Church on Sunday 18th March, 1990.

Historical information

The Finn Koren Collection.

Article - Frederick James Wood

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Frederick James Wood and his service in World War 1. Fred Wood lived in Macleod.

High tide 1991

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Williamstown High School year book for the year 1991. Yellow glossy card with photographs on cover. Black and white with some illustrations inside. Year book outlines staff and student accomplishments for the 1991 school year, awards, sports results, student work.

Newspaper Clipping - Maryborough Citizens Band

Maldon Brass Band Inc., Maldon

Document - The Last Days of Ballarat Teachers’ College by Frank Nolan

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

Scanned copy of reminiscences of Frank Nolan regarding the end of the Ballarat Teachers' College.

Swimming meet program 1948

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Official programme of the inter school swimming sports of 24th March 1948. Consists of 4 pages of white paper/.

Historical information

This official programme was issued to schools attending the Metropolitan High School' Sports Association inter school swimming sports. The event was held at Olympic Pool and competing schools were Coburg, Box Hill, Essendon, Geelong and Williamstown High School.

Photograph - Sawbridgeworth c.1895

St Matthews/Wiseman House Archive, Glenroy

Black & white photograph of front facade of Sawbridgeworth House with people in a horse and buggy.

Historical information

Sawbridgeworth was built in 1887 by Arthur Wiseman. The house was named after the little English village in Hertfordshire where the Wisemans had lived for hundreds of years. Arthur's brother, Albert, built his mansion, called Ashleigh, which also fronted Widford Street. Wiseman House is located alongside St. Matthew's Anglican Church.

Significance

Wiseman House is an important building in Glenroy's and St. Matthew's history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Copied with permission

information booklet /program - The Justice Conference (conference) presented by TEAR Australia held at Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre on 21-22 October 2016

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

red and white info booklet

Historical information

operation since 2010

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Historical information

Batch of 5 photographs relating to the Grapevine Star Hotel.

Newsletter - The Gesture - The Voice of the Deaf and Dumb of Australasia August-November 1906

Vicdeaf, East Melbourne

No. 7; Pink Cover; Size 29Hx14W; 24 pages

Historical information

"The Gesture" was an independent organ of the Deaf and Dumb having no direct connection with any single organisation. Its aim was to help all agencies established to promote the advancement of the Deaf and Dumb. The aim was to be the "Voice" of the Deaf and Dumb of Australasia". To educate the public as to the real condition and needs of the afflicted brothers and sisters, to bring prominently before the hearing and speaking community the peculiar difficulties and obstacles that Deaf Mutes have to encounter in the battle of life. The magazine was named "The Gesture" with the single object of impressing upon the minds of the hearing friends the uncontrovertable fact that whatever the system of instruction the Deaf Mute invariably resorts to the manual alphabet and the language of gesture as the only expedient means of communication with those similarly afflicted.

Significance

The "Gesture" is significant as the first national newsletter of the Australian Deaf.

Oral History - R. A. Marsh: Church Street Greensborough, by Faye Fort and June Hall.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00356:00449:00546:00743:01259 One page of text.

Historical information

A brief history of Richard Marsh and family and his house on the corner of Hailes and Church Street Greensborough. This story by Faye Fort and June Hall was updated in 2016 by Marilyn Smith and Sue Ballantyne from material generously supplied by Mrs Madge Marsh, widow of Richard's son Gordon.

Significance

Story of a pioneer family and a significant house in Greensborough.

Eucalyptus Blossoms June 1886 - Loretto Eucalyptus Blossoms

Loreto Australia and South-East Asia, Ballarat

The first of a series of school magazines for the Loreto schools in Australia.

Significance

This is a very early school magazine and records the early days of Loreto in Australia and early students.

Minutes - AGM 2015

Mount Alexander Vintage Engine Club Inc., Castlemaine

Genealogical Document - Ely Poulter Family Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages. Contains family history details.

Historical information

This document outlines the family trees of the Ely and Poulter families from Cowlinge Suffolk and the eventual marriage and settlement in Greensborough in then mid 1850s.

Significance

Shows the links between pioneer families in the district and the links with Cowlinge in Suffolk.

Newsletter, City of Moorabbin Historical Society No. 11 Vol. 4 November 1964 - City of Moorabbin Historical Society Newsletter No. 11 Vol. 4 November 1964

City of Moorabbin Historical Society operating the Box Cottage Museum, Ormond

1 x Foolscap paper printed on 2 sides folded for 4 pages

Historical information

Topics; CMHS Report N. Blackman; progress in Moorabbin 1964; The Aims of the CMHS are ‘to record the history of the City, and register something of the Australian Atmosphere, which the necessary speed-up in post-world-war two (WW11) immigration has caused to be lost; to produce a magazine at regular intervals, featuring the work of pioneers and the changing Australian scene; to work constantly with a long range view towards building a hall where records and exhibits can be housed’ (1961) The Original Newsletters reflect the history and heritage of the former City of Moorabbin — derived from Mooroobin, ‘a resting place’ in the Bunurrung spoken language. In 1994, the City of Moorabbin was integrated into the Cities of Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston and Monash.

Significance

This is Newsletter No. 11 Vol. 4 of the CMHS November 1964 CMHS obtained a Kingston City Council Community Grant 2016 for the digitization and preservation of these Original CMHS Newsletters commenced in 1961

Inscriptions & Markings

CITY OF MOORABBIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER / Vol. 4 No. 11 of 1964 / PRESIDENT R.Ashley SECRETARY Mrs L Harvey

Speech notes - 120th anniversary of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club by Gerald Jenzen

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Four page speech written and delivered by Gerald Jenzen on the occasion of the 12oth anniversary of the Old Colonists' Club, Ballarat.

Photograph of a medal dated 1908 and corresponding newspaper article

City of Warrnambool Rowing Club, Warrnambool

Photograph of a pocket sized medal.

Historical information

A medal held in the Price family won by William Price in 1908. Reported on page 2 on the 2nd January 1908 the results of a regatta held in Colac the day before. The Warrnambool A.N.A. team won the Friendly Society’s Fours.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: ? H.P ?date...08 W.R.C. Won By W. Price Society fours on back.

Oral History - Brooks (Brookes) by Ross Brookes

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 typed page.

Historical information

Ross Brooks is a descendant of the Poulter family and recounts the family connections with Greensborough.

Significance

Family connections in Greensborough are deceased.

Cup - Stonehaven Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Awarded To Winner of the Stonehaven Cup Interstate Championship Description Is a broad metal cup with a flower grill, which is permanently attached to a multi-tiered round wooden base carrying engraved shields for each winning boat First Awarded In 1924 to 'Mayfly' and 'Penguin' who won in a dead-heat in Hobart, Tasmania Engraving Format Venue, state of venue, year, cup number, boat, state of winner Example: MELBOURNE / VIC / 2012 83rd / DOROTHY LINACRE / VIC Comments The cup is held on display in the winner's club until the next championship series. Notes The Stonehaven Cup has been run every year since 1924, with the exception of the war years 1940 to 1945 The dinghy registration number included here is the national registration number which was first issued in 1951 Dinghies racing in the Stonehaven Cup prior to that time competed under their state registration numbers, which are not included here From 1951, all existing dinghies wishing to compete in the Stonehaven Cup were issued with new national certificates of registration Because of this process, older Cadet dinghies which were not intended to be raced in future Stonehaven Cups did not receive a national registration number Those existing dinghies which were issued with national certificates retrospectively were given numbers in order of their re-measurement, so the lowest national registration numbers are not necessarily the oldest dinghies

Article - Hugh Norman Coventry

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 Pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Hugh Norman Coventry and his service in World War 1. At the time of Hugh Norman Coventry's enlistment, he was living at Diamond Creek. He and his brothers are commemorated on the Greensborough State School Honor Board.

2013 Emerging Writers' Festival Poster

Emerging Writers' Festival, Melbourne

A green, white, brown and orange poster advertising the 2013 Emerging Writers' Festival, which ran from May 23rd until June 2nd in 2013.

Historical information

The 2013 Emerging Writers' Festival was programmed by festival Director Sam Twyford-Moore. 2013 marks the tneth anniversary of the organisation.

Theatre Flyer - No Teeth no entry tour by Tom Segura commencing Saturday 12th August

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

coloured flyer

Newsletter - December 2007

Mount Alexander Vintage Engine Club Inc., Castlemaine

Student Magazine - Hotch Potch

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

PDFs of the University of Ballarat student magazine 'Hotch Potch'

Historical information

University of Ballarat was later Federation University Australia

Document - Good Friday Program 2016

Tarrangower History (Maldon & District), Maldon

Yearbook - 1954 Tek Talk

Old Castlemaine Schoolboys Association Inc., CASTLEMAINE

Photograph - Holden, Agnes Ellen Amelia (Mrs Charles Horsfall)

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

B & W Photograph

Significance

Member of the Holden family - former Port Fairy Real Estate Agents

Inscriptions & Markings

Agnes Ellen Amelia Holden 1868-1957 (m. Charles Jones Horsfall) Alice Mills (Studio) Centreway Melbourne

High Tide 1986

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Williamstown High School yearbook for the 1986 school year. Black and white glossy card cover, this yearbook has 44 pages. It contains reports from all year levels and departments, sport results, student work and many black and white photographs.

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Historical information

Batch of 3 photos of John Mines Cock.