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Talking Shop: Ballarat in Business and City Life at Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

27 Jun 2019

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Amy Tsilemanis, Curator, Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

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Publication - Impact of commercial honeybees on flora and fauna in Ngarkat Conservation Park. (Paton, David C.). Canberra, 1999.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

33 pages.

Sculpture - Installation - 'Dead Still Standing' by Lou Hubbard

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

'Dead Still Standing ' won the was awarded the prestigious 2015 $20,000 Guirguis New Art Prize.

Historical information

In announcing the award 2015 Guiguis New Art Award the judges applauded Hubbard on her compelling installation, which comprised a deflated, disembowelled latex horse collapsed over a Coalbrookdale patio chair, table and bench seat situated over a skateboard and plastic dog. “Occupying a space between the traditions of equine, assemblage and unmonumental sculpture, Lou Hubbard’s Dead Still Standing confounds and compels viewers in its uncanny play of materials and movement,” senior curator, contemporary art, National Gallery of Victoria and judge Max Delany said. “In this elaborate yet concise work, Hubbard has created a form of surprising and unsettling effect that reflects our experience of a world in translation.” The win came as a surprise for Hubbard, who said she was overwhelmed at the talent of all 15 finalists. “I was so surprised, because I was in good company with the other artists, who were all quite extraordinary,” she said. “In the nature of the competition, I feel very lucky.” With multi-layer meanings to her piece, Hubbard said it was actually Ballarat’s rich history that inspired her work. She said it was the Ballarat goldfields and the idea of what horses might have gone through during those years that gave her a concept to work with. But that wasn’t the only source of ideals portrayed in the piece – Hubbard also explored the effect training had on horses. “The horse stands in a way that portrays (how) the human exhorts the way of training,” she said. “The horse is edging like it wants to move, which is impossible, and the furniture acts in lots of ways. The chair, for example, is like the horse’s ribs, which are being ripped out.” It was these multiple meanings that also had the curator of the Post Office Gallery, Shelley Hinton, impressed with the work. “The work challenges us ethically and culturally, in a way that pleads for analysis, as we do in our complex daily lives,” she said.

Document - Digital Image - Stan Judkins. Hall of Fame Citation

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of Citation

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for Stan Judkins as he is inducted into the Greensborough Football Club's Hall of Fame as a Member.

Significance

In 2016, the Greensborough Football Club inducted a number of their past players into the Hall of Fame. This Citation outlines the player's contribution to the Club.

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 246 June 2019

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Still a Part of Our History by Jim Connor • Our Next Meeting • July Excursion – Exploring Lower Plenty • George Coop Photograph Collection by Peter Pidgeon • The Garden of the Wilderness by Alistair Knox • Alistair Knox – Author • One Hundred Years Ago by Liz Pidgeon • Our Collection • Association of Eastern Historical Societies – Regional Conference 2019 • Office Bearers 2019-2020 • Eltham Cemetery Stories by Richard Pinn o o Beatrice Wanliss Irvine o o Anton Brinkkotter • RHSV Award of Merit • Vale – David Johns • Contacts for the Eltham District Historical Society

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.

Newsletter, City of Moorabbin Historical Society No. 9 Vol. 6 October 1966 - City of Moorabbin Historical Society Newsletter No. 9 Vol. 6 October 1966

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

2 x L 26cm x W 21cm printed both sides

Historical information

Topics ; CMHS President's Report; new St matthew's Church Cheltenham; Highett Picture Theatre; 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. 9 Vol. 6 of the CMHS October 1966 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 / AFFILIATED WITH THE ROYAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF / VICTORIA AND THE CHELTENHAM ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY/ President Mrs N. Blackman…. Mrs F.Neville........ / VOLUME 6 No.9 NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 1966

Exercise book

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Exercise book section ; unlined pages; cover missing

Historical information

This exercise book was located in the roof cavity above the Ballarat College Boys Boarding House during 1976 - 1994. At various times during these dates boy boarder would access the roof cavity and sign the book. It was retrieved around 2000 when work on the roof would have compromised its safe-keeping. The book's existence was known of by the then Boarding House Master, Denis Moneghetti.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signatures on every page

Dress - Evening dress

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

A full length slim fitting gown of gold metal thread and black thread self wave design fabric. The dress features a shawl collar, vertical pleat bodice, three panel, peaked front skirt. The dress secures with press studs at the centre front for modesty with a full left side opening secured by press studs. The sleeve features a front and back seam creating a squared shoulder head with fullness that is pleated in centre on the arm. the sleeve length is above the elbow.

Historical information

This item is part of the Di Reidie collection. Diane Reidie was a much loved volunteer and President of Brighton Historical Society from 1999 until 2016. Originally from New Zealand, Di and her family lived in Male Street, Brighton for many years. A vibrant and energetic person with a zest for life and a gift for bringing people together, Di was a friend to many in the Bayside community and active in local community organisations. Her tireless work as President of BHS saw her named Bayside Citizen of the Year in 2008. As a seller and collector of vintage clothing, she was passionate about fashion history; one of her many enduring contributions to BHS was her extensive work in preserving, developing and promoting the Society's costume collection. In 2018-19, Di donated more than one hundred items from her personal vintage clothing collection to the Society. The collection, which includes clothing, hats, handbags and shoes from local and international designers, is representative of Di's wide-ranging interests, colourful personality, creativity, humour and love of fashion and travel. Di purchased this in 2012 at an auction of vintage clothing from the private collection of prominent Sydney fashion designer Lisa Ho, part of a wider sale of assets after Ho's business fell into deep debt. Ho began collecting vintage clothing and fabrics at the age of fifteen and her collection featured significant clothing items collected from around the world. For many years she drew on it as a source of design inspiration, particularly for print, in her highly successful fashion business. Di later wished she had purchased more at the auction!

Mortlake Dispatch - Photograph

Mortlake and District Historical Society, Mortlake

Black and White photgraph

Historical information

In 1880, when the Mortlake Dispatch printing office moved from A. S. Stewart's General Store in Officer Street to the site shown in this photgraph, the Editor William Manson and his wife and two daughters lived in the house on right side of the photgraph, William Manson continued from here as editor and printer of the newspaper with his daughter selling newspaper and magazines from the front shop until his death in 1903,after which his son William John took over as editor until his own death in 1910. His mother Mary carried on the business with the help of her two daughters and in 1910 she appointed William John Bray of the Port Fairy Gazette as the editor of the Mortlake Dispatch. Willam Bray or Bill as he was affectionately known married one of the Manson daughters, (Mary Swinton Manson) and the Manson family continued to own the newspaper until the death of Mary Manson Snr in 1928 when it was purchased by Bill Bray. When the shop and building were demolished in about 1938 William Bray moved his printing works and news shop further up Dunlop Street.

Significance

The Mortlake Dispatch was printed on this site for 58 years firstly by William Manson, then his son and then William Bray

Article - James George Gosstray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about James George Gosstray and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment, James was living in Diamond Creek.

Newsletter - Wonga Park & District Residents' Association News & Notes September 1991

Wonga Park Community Cottage History Group, Wonga Park

Photograph, postcard, colour, St Michael & All Angels Church Withyham, Sussex

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

Colour postcard of the Box family Parish Church in Withyham, Sussex

Historical information

Many Box family members attended and were married in this Parish Church in Sussex,

Significance

This is the Parish Church of the Box Family in Withyham, Sussex, England

Inscriptions & Markings

Judges Postcards Ltd. Hastings England c 1990

Article - Ivy Vera Delany

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Ivy Vera Delany and her service in World War 1.

Two hand written notes

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Two notes written by Janet Amess: 1. Real Limeric Lace from Ireland. Valuable don't destroy 2. Grandmother about 1850 Third note; Written by my mother Janet Amess.

Historical information

The names of the Amess women who owned the lace are: Jane Amess (nee Straughan) – donor Unity’s great grandmother (pet name Janet, but not used as it will confuse with Unity’s mother). Jane was the wife of Samuel Amess, first Samuel Amess to own Churchill Island. Frances Amess (nee Turnbull) – grandmother, married Robert Lisle Straughan Amess, 4th child of Samuel and Jane Janet Jickell (nee Amess) – mother, 2nd of two children of Robert and Francis, married James Jickell Unity Mary Bright (nee Jickell) was the donor, 2nd of two children of Robert and Francis.

Significance

The Amess family owned Churchill Island from 1872 to 1929. This lace collection was owned and contributed to by four generations of Amess women, see above.

Inscriptions & Markings

Packaged with 2036 (0036)

Newspaper Clipping - Maldon Brass Band Wins The Quickstep Contest

Maldon Brass Band Inc., Maldon

Article - The Batman Apple Tree: Victoria's oldest apple tree? by Bruce G. Draper.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 p., typescript.

Historical information

Account of evidence pointing to the origin of an apple tree in Greensborough that may have been planted by John Batman, who died in 1839

Letter

Public Record Office Victoria, North Melbourne

Eureka Stockade:Support for the Governor from the Bankers, Merchants and Landholders, tradesmen

Historical information

VA 466 Governor (including Lieutenant Governor 1851-1855 and Governor's Office)

Flag

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Union Jack flag sent from schools in Rutherglen Scotland.

Historical information

In 1910, this flag was sent to Rutherglen State School No. 522 from a group of schools in Rutherglen Scotland, in exchange for an Australian flag sent to schools in Rutherglen Scotland. This exchange was part of the Empire Day Movement to celebrate Empire Day in 1911. This was one of nearly 300 flags that were exchanged between Australian and United Kingdom schools. The pupils of the woodworking classes of Rutherglen State School made a box to house the flag.

Certificate of Appreciation - Maldon Primary School 2007

Maldon Brass Band Inc., Maldon

Pamphlet - Ringwood Council's Annual Report To The Ratepayers - December 1967

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

City of Ringwood community information annual report for 1966, including sections covering Finance, Rates & Charges, Commercial Projects, Municipal Library, Memorial Clock Tower, Private Street Construction, Advisory Service, Litter, Fire Hazards, Home Help Service, Immunisations, Infant Welfare Centres, Native Flora, Dogs, Horse Riding, Fly Control, Garbage Removal, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Vandalism, Street Lighting, and list of departing and current Council Representatives.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mrs. Elizabeth Penny, representing the East Ward, made history in Ringwood by being the first woman elected to the Council, and subsequently as Ringwood's first lady Mayor.

Letter

Public Record Office Victoria, North Melbourne

Eureka Stockade:J.W Lindsay forwards some suggestions to the Governor

Historical information

VA 466 Governor (including Lieutenant Governor 1851-1855 and Governor's Office)

Article and Photograph - Hutchinson Family

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from social media.

Historical information

Information and photos about the Hutchinson family, owners of the soil and gravel business in Para Road among other local businesses.

Significance

This photograph and text was copied from a Facebook site. Members are people who lived in the Greensborough area and share their reminiscences of the area with others. The site is administered by a GHS member but is not officially affiliated with the Society. Any information is the opinion of the contributor.

Article - Phillip Oliver Ely (1907-1957)

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 p. text, photographs and transcriptions of newspaper clippings

Historical information

Phillip Oliver Ely was born in Greensborough, played for Greensborough Football Club and lived for some time in Eaglemont

photographs

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Four black and white copies of photographs of the Lawless family. 1846.8 is a photograph of Ted Lawless. 1846.9 is a photograph of Ruby Lawless Wallace and Ray Lawless at Elizabeth Lawless' house. 1846.10 is a photograph of the Lawless family at the Boundary Road house in Orbost.

Historical information

These photographs are part of the Lawless Collection. The Lawless family lived in Orbost from 1907 - c 1920. John Francis Lawless had a saddlery shop. He died at an early age - 47 years - June 7 1912, leaving his wife, Elizabeth and seven children. The eldest son, Victor Rowland lawless volunteered for serv ice in WW1 but did not leave Australia because of illness. The second son, Edward Vincent Lawless (b 1895 d 1917) worked for McCoy & Co. in Orbost, coachbuilding, undertakers, general blacksmiths and farriers, prior to enlisting in WW!. He was trained as a signaller and was sent to France where he was killed in action on 9.10.1917. Elizabeth Lawless worked as a ladies' nurse (midwife) in Orbost prior to leaving the district in 1920. She lived to 6.6.1975 aged 104 years.

Significance

These personal documents, photographs and books give an insight into the human element of World War 1 ensuring that those who were part of the Orbost community and died while playing a vital role during this time are remembered.

Inscriptions & Markings

1846.8 on back - Ted Lawless 1846.9 on back - Ruby Lawless 1846.10 on back - Family with Elizabeth 1846.11 on back - Grandmother 21st Battalion Wallace wife at Home Boundary Rd Lawless AIF & Ray at Grandma Orbost Lawless House It is still there Orbost? Ray Lawless June 2010

Hold Fast Vol. 1 No. 3. Sept. 1944 - Official magazine of the Williamstown High School

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

12 page magazine. Edited by P. Weate and C. Curtain. Includes articles on school ball and social, editorial, letters, interviews, school news, student work, sport results, ex-student news.

Newspaper Clipping (copy) - Grace Park Golf Club

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 page, printed

Historical information

Report of annual meeting of the Grace Park Golf Club, Greensborough, held on 22 April (1930)

Australian Historical Record Society papers - Incidents in the Life of Mrs Charlotte Francis Drew, interviewed by W. Coulthard, AHRS interviewing secretary

City of Ballarat Libraries, Ballarat

Mrs Charlotte Drew was a long term resident of Canadian, an area of Ballarat East. She first arrived in Australia in Adelaide. She and her husband George, who was a carpenter, arrived in Ballarat in 1851, and in these reminiscences she recalls a very lively life.

Historical information

The Australian Historical Records Society existed in Ballarat between 1896 and 1906. They were one of Australia's first historical societies, and were in the position to still be able to talk to early pioneers. They invited such pioneers to either submit letters or memoirs, or to address the Society's meetings, where their reminiscences were taken down in shorthand and later typed up. The Society also attempted to preserve memorabilia from Ballarat's early days, but on the disbanding of the group in 1906, materials were stored at the Ballarat Town Hall and were later lost. It is not known how the papers made their way to the then Ballarat Municipal Library, but they have been part of the Library's collection for many years.

Annual Report - 22nd Report of the Committee of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Mission of Victoria 1906

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Green 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.

Oral History - Mr and Mrs Coe; David and Grace Lowe; Thomas and Irene Black are interviewed by Bev Moss in 1980.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Copy of original handwritten manuscript (14 pages) and typed transcript.(4 pages)

Historical information

These interviews took place in 1980 as part of an Oral History Unit at La Trobe University. The interviewer, Bev Moss, is a GHS member. The interviewees were Mr and Mrs (Victor Preston) Coe, David and Grace Low and Thomas and Irene Black. They discuss life in the 1930s in Greensborough.

Significance

These oral histories relate life in a country town during the Great Depression.

The Cheltenham Leader 1892

Kingston Libraries, Parkdale

Article and Photograph - Buttle Family

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article and photograph sourced from email correspondence

Historical information

Information and photographs about the Buttle family supplied by descendant Patricia Wood.

Significance

This photograph and text was copied from an email. Any information is the opinion of the contributor.

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