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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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School Magazine- 1967 - Ashwood High School Magazine- 1967

Ashwood High School, Ashwood

1967 School Magazine with 57 un-numbered pages.

Historical information

1967 Magazine of Ashwood High School with historical events of the year.

Significance

Details of the school events of 1967

School Magazine- 1966 - Ashwood High School Magazine- 1966

Ashwood High School, Ashwood

1966 School Magazine with 61 un-numbered pages.

Historical information

1966 Magazine of Ashwood High School with historical events of the year.

Significance

Details of the school events of 1966

School Magazine- 1965 - Ashwood High School Magazine- 1965

Ashwood High School, Ashwood

1965 School Magazine with 53 un-numbered pages.

Historical information

1965 Magazine of Ashwood High School with historical events of the year.

Significance

Details of the school events of 1963

School Magazine- 1964 - Ashwood High School Magazine- 1964

Ashwood High School, Ashwood

1964 School Magazine with 53 un-numbered pages.

Historical information

1964 Magazine of Ashwood High School with historical events of the year.

Significance

Details of the school events of 1964

School Magazine- 1963 - Ashwood High School Magazine- 1963

Ashwood High School, Ashwood

1963 School Magazine with 50 un-numbered pages.

Historical information

1963 Magazine of Ashwood High School with historical events of the year.

Significance

Details of the school events of 1963

School Magazine- 1962 - Ashwood High School Magazine- 1962

Ashwood High School, Ashwood

1962 School Magazine with 33 un-numbered pages.

Historical information

1962 Magazine of Ashwood High School with historical events of the year.

Significance

Details of the school events of 1962

Program Review Newsletter Poster Articles - Spare Me Bloomin' Days by C. J. Dennis directed by David Small

Heidelberg Theatre Company Inc.., Rosanna

Ballarat and District Base Hospital Information Booklet - c.1952

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League, Ballarat

Scanned Document

Program Photos Review Newsletter Poster Articles - Australia Day by Jonathan Biggins

Heidelberg Theatre Company Inc.., Rosanna

All items in good condition

Historical information

Produced and acted by members of the Heidelberg Theatre Company and all supporting areas including set design, set building, lighting and sound design and operation, costumes, front of house, ticket sales, publicity and administration were undertaken by members of the Heidelberg Theatre Company.

Significance

Artistic aesthetic social significance for the members, subscribers and audience of the Heidelberg Theatre Company

Inscriptions & Markings

program 1 photos 2 review 3 newsletter 4 poster 5 article 6

Photos Newletter Memorabilia Playbill Special Events - 1991 HTC General Memorabilia - Heidelberg 150th Anniversary, Re-enactment of first meeting of Heidelberg Road Trust

Heidelberg Theatre Company Inc.., Rosanna

Photos Newsletter Articles Memorabila Playbill Special Events - 1992 HTC General Memorabilia - afternoon tea, costume ball, fashion parade, festival parade

Heidelberg Theatre Company Inc.., Rosanna

Photographs

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Photographs; black and white (12) of Reginald M, and colour (1) of Polly Woodside, with negative strips (6) in packet, plus letter in stamped and postmarked envelope addressed to Mr A Clapham of Footscray. All are contained in Kodak envelope. They are associated with Flagstaff Hill’s acquisition of the vessel “Reginald M”. Envelope postmarked 9 Dec 1972 3280, 7c Australian postage stamp.

Historical information

Andy Clapham owned and operated a boat yard on the Maribyrnong River in Footscray, Victoria. The river runs into Port Phillip Bay (sometimes known as Hobson’s bay) at Williamstown, an area with a history of trades associated with the shipping and construction industry. Andy Clapham’s photographs include those of the Reginald M and one of Polly Woodside, another vessel restored and used as a maritime exhibition. Andy Clapham’s letter of 1972 was posted in a and envelope with an early Australian decimal currency stamp showing the profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, and valued at 7c (cents). Andy offered invaluable advice to the Flagstaff Hill Historic Park Planning Board regarding the purchase a vessel suitable for use as an exhibit once Flagstaff Hill was opened. The Planning Board was set up ty the Warrnambool Chamber of Commerce and approved by the City Council and State Government. Flagstaff Hill was investigating vessels in Adelaide and Tasmania as well as Melbourne. Andy looked at several vessels in 1972-1973. He also serviced the Reginald M among other vessels belonging to Captain Julian Dyson of Yarra Ferries, who had casually offered the vessel to Flagstaff Hill as a price that was unattainable at the time. Flagstaff Hill later requested photographs of the hull to discern the dimensions and also the condition of the timbers as well as wanting advice on its seafaring capability. In 1972 the Flagstaff Hill Historic Park Planning Board – Chairman J. (John) S. Lindsay (1972-1980), Secretary J. (James) Mark – wrote a letter of appreciation to Mr A. (Andy) Clapham of 3 Charles Street Footscray ... “Dear Mr. Clapham, The Board has asked me to write to you to express our appreciation for the assistance you have offered us through our Chairman John Lindsay. The information you have already given us has been invaluable, in that is shows us that we have not been setting out to do something that is impossible. We look forward to receiving further information from you as it becomes available and we appreciate that you must be busy enough without our problems. Members of our Board hope to call and see you on a trip to Melbourne in the near future. The Board is optimistic about the future of Flagstaff Hill as a Maritime Museum and look forward to you visiting Warrnambool to examine what we believe will be an ideal site. Yours faithfully, James Mark.” ABOUT the vessel “Reginald M” The vessel “Reginald M” was a two-masted, timber coastal vessel built by John Henry Murch in Birkenhead, Port of Adelaide, South Australia. It was named after Reginald Murch. (It was occasionally referred to as the Reginald “Emm”). Its construction took approximately 6 months using many materials and fittings from salvage yards. It is believed that the keep was hewn from two telegraph poles! Reginald M was launched at Largs Bay in 1922. Reginald M was approximately 30 metres long and was fore-to-aft ketch rigged with an ‘auxiliary’ motor to support any loss of sail power. The Reginald M was built to service the coastal ports of South Australia to Port Victoria on the York Peninsular, Spencer Gulf. It freighted cargo from port to port cheaply and efficiently. It had a very shallow draft and a flat bottom, enabling it to come close to shore and sit high and dry at low tide, or to be beached on the sand. It could easily skim over reefs due to its flat bottom. Wagons could be loaded and unloaded directly from the side of the vessel. Over the years her cargo included guano, barley, wool, horses, cattle, timber, explosives, potatoes, shell grit and gypsum. The Murch brothers from Port Adelaide were owners of the Reginald M and Richard Murch as the Captain. On April 9, 1931, Reginald M weathered a large storm in St. Vincents Gulf, SA, suffering much damage; the mast snapped and the crew laboured for four hours to free it up by severing the mast and rigging. The crew patched it up and slowly returned to Port Adelaide with only a portion of the insured cargo being damaged. The crew members at that time were owner Mr John Henry Murch of Wells Street Largs Bay, Skipper Mr R Murch – John’s brother, Murray – son of Captain Murch and Seaman John Smith. At some stage it seems that the Reginald M was used as a Customs vessel “H.M.C. No. 3, Pt Adelaide” as shown in a photograph in Flagstaff Hill’s collection. In 1969 Reginald M’s last freight trip left Marion Bay, carrying grain, wool and explosives. In late 1970 it was sold to the Mount Lyall Mining and Railway Clompany and used as a barge to carry explosives. In 1972 The Navy League of Strahan, Tasmania, purchased the vessel for use by the Strahan Sea Cadet Unit at Macquarie Harbour; it was renamed “T.S. Macquarie”. (This plan did not come to pass.) In 1974 Mr Andrew Rennie of East Brighton, Melbourne, brought Reginald M for shipping purposes, He sailed it from Strahan to Melbourne, planning to use it for pleasure sailing. The Reginald M was later sold at auction to Captain Julian Dyson, owner of Yarra Passenger Ferries in Melbourne. Later in 1975 funds became available to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village to purchase the Reginald M. It was then restored and used as an exhibit here for many hears. Flagstaff Hill’s collection also includes various objects related to the Reginald M: - Photographs of Reginald M over the years in various aspects of its use - a life buoy with the inscription of “Pt. Adelaide” - helm section that was removed and replaced during restoration - a bullet found in pieces of timber during the 1979 restoration [references include "Transfer of Reginald M from sea to Flagstaff Hill – John Lindsay" ]

Significance

The letter and photographs are significant for their association with the Reginald M, an Australian built coastal trader now on the Australian Register of Historic Vessels (number HV000562). The letter and photographs are also significant as part of both the history of Flagstaff Hill and the history of the vessel “Reginald M” that has been on display in the lake for many years. Objects retained from this boat are included in Flagstaff Hill’s collection of maritime history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Outer envelope W 16 x H 11cm

Photos Articles Memorabilia Playbill Special Events - 1993 HTC General Memorabilia - Float Parade, Alice Bugge OAM, Opera

Heidelberg Theatre Company Inc.., Rosanna

Program Photos Newsletter Memorabilia - The Emperor's New Clothes by Karen Boettcher-Tate based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale directed by Alice Bugge

Heidelberg Theatre Company Inc.., Rosanna

Document - The Hibbert Report

Old Castlemaine Schoolboys Association Inc., CASTLEMAINE

Inscriptions & Markings

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT PLAN PREPARED FOR THE CITY OF CASTLEMAINE BY GEORGE HIBBERT AND ASSOCIATES TOURIST DEVELOPMENT ENTERPRISES 53 MILTON ST. ELWOOD. 3184. VICTORIA. November, 1972.

Newsletter - December 2018

Mount Alexander Vintage Engine Club Inc., Castlemaine

Letter - Personal correspondence - 1985 - including reference to purchase of Burnt Bridge Store by parents of Clarice de Pelsenaire in 1923 and brief history and death of Ringwood East resident, Arthur Meyland (1911-1985).

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

2 pages hand written letter about early East Ringwood and Burnt Bridge Store. +Additional Keywords: dePelsenaide, Clarice

Historical information

Incomplete letter from Clarice dePelsenaide, whose parents purchased the Burnt Bridge Store from Mr Williams. Her husband Arthur was the first pupil enrolled at the Ringwood East Primary School.

Photograph Album - East Ringwood Photographs Album Jan 2000 by Joan Walker

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Slip in Album of 50 B&W photographs of East Ringwood, "Taken January 2000 by Joan Walker". Image 6501-001 attached to this catalogue entry 6501 is of the album. See 6501-nnn catalogue entries for individual Photographs/descriptions; C:\Master_Docs\6501-002.pdf is the Typed List inside the album; C:\Master_Docs\6501-003.xlsx is the OCR extract with jpg file names (copies of both attached)

Document - The Effects of the Environment on the Ringwood Lake by Paul Kempton - 1983 (2 pages)

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

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".

Photograph - Colour - Joseph Flude's Headstone, Ballarat, 2004

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

Swimming carnival program 1949

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

White paper printed in black comprising 4 pages. Williamstown High School intra school swimming competition details and events are listed.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name on cover

Athletic sports meet Sep 1948

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

White paper printed in black, comprising 8 pages. This program detailed the Williamstown High School intra school Athletic Sports meet of 29th September, 1948.

Inscriptions & Markings

Student names in black and red pencil. See image.

Athletic sports meet 1950

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white booklet printed on white paper, comprising 16 pages.

Historical information

This program details the Thirtieth annual Athletic Sports Meeting organised by the Metropolitan High Schools' Sports Association and held in 1950 on the Essendon Recreation Reserve. It was a three day event and Williamstown High School competed on day three against Ballarat, Coburg, Essendon and Hampton High Schools.

Athletic sports meet 1948

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Paper, black printed booklet comprising 16 pages. Williamstown High School competed in this meet in 1948.

Historical information

This programme details the three day Athletic Sports meeting of 1948, organised by the Metropolitan High Schools' Sports Association. Williamstown High School competed on day two at the North Melbourne Cricket Ground. Other schools competing on that day were Ballarat, Coburg, Essendon and Geelong.

Inscriptions & Markings

Student name on cover.

Athletics meet program 1947

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Booklet issued on white paper with black print, comprising 16 pages.

Historical information

This program details the Metropolitan High School' Sports Association 28th annual athletic sports meeting. The event went for three days and was held on the Essendon Recreation Reserve. Williamstown High School competed on the second day, against Box Hill, Coburg,Essendon, and Geelong High Schools.

Athletics meet program 1946

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white, printed on paper, this program details an 1946 official schools swim meet. It comprises 16 pages.

Historical information

This program details the Metropolitan High Schools' Sports Association 27th annual Championship athletic sports meeting. The event was held on the Essendon Recreation Reserve. It was a 3 day meet, with Williamstown High School competeing on day two against Coburg, Essendon & Geelong High Schools.

Inscriptions & Markings

See image above.

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.

Athletic meet 1947

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Program of the Williamstown High School Annual Athletic Sports meeting of 8th October, 1947. Program consists of 8 pages, printed on white paper.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signatures on front cover. See pdf above.

athletics meet program 1946

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Souvenir programme of the intra school sports "Annual athletic sports meeting" of 9th October 1946. Programme consists of an 8 page booklet printed on paper.

Historical information

On the front cover: "To commemorate the retirement of our Headmaster, Mr Townsend."

Inscriptions & Markings

Names on front of programme. See pdf above.

Official programme swimming carnival 1948

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Official programme of the inter school swimming sports meet of Friday 18th March, 1948. Williamstown High School competed against Essendon, Geelong & Hampton High School.Programme is made up of 4 pages, printed on paper.

Inscriptions & Markings

See pdf above.

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

Document - WWII Diary Thomas H Fagan

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

World War diary typed by the diarist from notes kept at great risk throughout his imprisonment by the Japanese 1942-1945. Transcribed 2018 by Albury historian Jan Hunter and published by Albury & District Historical Society as Booklet No 31 in limited hard copy for district Libraries and Schools.

Historical information

Thomas H Fagan of Walbundrie NSW served in 105 General Transport Company during WWII. Following service in Syria and Egypt the unit sailed for home but was diverted to Java, Dutch East Indies where they became part of Blackforce. The Japanese following up their success in Singapore overran Jave and Blackforce went into captivity. Fagan spent a short time at Changi then nearly three years on the Burma Railway. He lost a leg to tropical ulcers but survived the war return to Australia at the end of hostilities.

Significance

A document worthy of preservation and public access.

School Magazine- 1960 - Ashwood High School Magazine- 1960

Ashwood High School, Ashwood

1960 School Magazine with 31 numbered pages.

Historical information

1960 Magazine of Ashwood High School with historical events of the year.

Significance

Details of the school events of 1960

Document - Unofficial History of 13th Light Horse/Armoured Regiment

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Typed document prepared by Mr Claude H Wilson, President of the 13th Light Horse Regimental Association 1987. Scanned and posted as pdf file.

Historical information

This history was prepared by Mr Claude H Wilson, President of the 13th Armoured Regiment Association in the late 1980s and draws on a diary by a member of the WWI 13th Light Horse.

Significance

Valuable historical source of a Victorian regional military unit in both WWI (1914-1918) and WWII (1939-1945).

School Magazine- 1959 - Ashwood High School Magazine- 1959

Ashwood High School, Ashwood

1959 School Magazine with 32 un-numbered pages.

Historical information

1959 Magazine of Ashwood High School with historical events of the year.

Significance

Details of the school events of 1959

School Magazine- 1958 - Ashwood High School Magazine- 1958

Ashwood High School, Ashwood

1958 School Magazine with 12 numbered pages.

Historical information

1958 Magazine of Ashwood High School with historical events of the year.

Significance

Details of the school events of 1958

Plans - University of Ballarat Arts Academy Plans

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

Copies of the plans for the University of Ballarat Arts Academy, Camp Street, Ballarat.

Spreadsheet - Beauglehole Flora Collection Spreadsheet

Federation University Herbarium, Ballarat

Newsletter - November 2018

Mount Alexander Vintage Engine Club Inc., Castlemaine

CERTIFICATE - Certificate of Service as Engine Driver

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 Original of Certificate .2 Photocopy of the front page of the certificate .3 Photocopy of the back page of the certificate

Inscriptions & Markings

Certificate number 1367 licensing William Bennett as an engine driver (mines) by the Board of Examiners for Engine Drivers, Victoria, Australia. Certificate issued by G Maynard Secretary, 18 Nov 1891 and signed by Robert Fulton (Chairman), John Naylor, Benjamin Brown and John Coats, members of this licensing board.

Artwork - 'Thursday at 10' by Millicent Reed

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Woven tapestry in eight panels, each with seven images. Artist's Statement: "Every Wednesday at 10 o'clock in the morning, from the beginning of Winter, 2011 to the end of Autumn, 2012, I photographed the same scene in my Ballarat garden. While the main subject is the weather of the moment, it includes a walnut tree killed in the recent drought, and a deciduous ornamental plum. There are 52 Wednesdays recorded in the tapestry; and 4 franes showing the seasonal changes in the plum tree. The colours bordering each panel are those of deciduous leaves on trees in my garden that week. It is said we only know eternity in the pulse of the moment; and permanence in the cycle of the seasons."

Folder of documents - Nepean Street - fact or fiction?, by Peter Simmenauer

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photocopies of four Certificates of Title and other land documents, with summary of land ownership 1916-1997

Historical information

Record of ownership of 216 Nepean Street Greensborough 1916-1997, Grace Park area

Audio / Transcript - Mabel Badenhop

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

mp3 audio tape interview conducted by John Lundy-Clarke with Mabel Badenhop runs for16.33 minutes. 8 page transcript of tape.

Historical information

Thomas, Eliza and eight children (Kate, Eva, Eliza, Florence, Mabel, Alice, Frederick and William) lived at Mountain Grange. Thomas was employed as an engineer for Lillydale Shire, but died suddenly in 1888, aged 42. About 1910, Eliza and her daughter Florence opened the Kalorama Post Office. Eliza died in 1918. Born in 1881, Mabel Badenhop nee Hand was the youngest child of Thomas and Eliza Hand of Mountain Grange. She was 7 years old when her father died. Mabel married Ernest Badenhop in 1905 – Pete the Swede played violin at the wedding. Ernest Badenhop was a builder & built Halcyon and Hygeia for the Dunbars as well as many other homes in the area.

Article, and Newspaper clipping - Jenny McGuirk, by Rosie Bray; and, My meaning and purpose, by Jenny McGuirk

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 p. typescript, col. photographs; 3 photocopied photographs, and article from Heidelberg Leader 25/9/2018

Historical information

Jenny McGuirk has been a Bundoora resident since 1971 and a prominent community worker and volunteer in a number of different fields

Article - Puffing Billy, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 p. typescript with col. photographs

Historical information

Short history of the Puffing Billy Railway, from the 1900 Upper Ferntree Gully - Gembrook railway line to its rebirth in 1955, operating between Belgrave and Menzies Creek, later extended to Gembrook. Written to commemorate the 20th anniversary and the official re-opening of the Lakeside to Gembrook line on October 18, 2018.

School Magazine- 1961 - Ashwood High School Magazine- 1961

Ashwood High School, Ashwood

1961 School Magazine with 32 un-numbered pages.

Historical information

1961 Magazine of Ashwood High School with historical events of the year.

Significance

Details of the school events of 1961

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Historical information

Batch of 5 photographs relating to the Grapevine Star Hotel.

Annual Report - Melbourne District Nursing Society. Annual report. 1949-1950

Royal District Nursing Service (now known as Bolton Clarke), Forest Hill

Grey paper cover with red cross in centre and includes title and printers details. 33 pages with black text and 6 black and white photos in centre pages

Historical information

The 65th Annual report includes details of the Committee of Management and Honorary Governors . Reports from the President, Matron of the After-Care Hospital, Matron of MDNS, the Social Service Officer and Honorary Obstetricians. There are also financial, Auxiliary and donor reports. Centre pages contain black and white photos for the After-Care Hospital.

Significance

MDNS published annual reports from 1885. The reports document the people, social conditions, events and achievements of the Society from that time.

Article, Journal - More than just 'Peaceful and Picturesque', by Rebecca Le Get

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

8 pages, scanned from Journal, covering email.

Historical information

Copy of article from Victorian Historical Journal (Issue 289, Vol.89, No.1, June 2018). The article "More than just 'Peaceful and Picturesque: How Tuberculosis control measures have preserved ecologically significant land in Melbourne', by Rebecca Le Get, looks at nature conservation reserves and the re-use of properties including the former Macleod, Gresswell and Janefield tuberculosis hospitals. Includes covering email from Rebecca to GHS.

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