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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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Document - Digital Image - John Carmody. Hall of Fame Citation

Key words

greensborough football club
gfc hall of fame
john carmody

Links: 05243:04705 Digital copy of Citation and photographs

Historical information

Hall of Fame Citation for John Carmody 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.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - Olive Isabel Laycock

Key words

world war 1 project
olive isabel laycock

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Olive Isabel Laycock and her service in World War 1.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Memoir of Legacy widow, Xanthoula Wrigley - Slim Wrigley [Bert's story]

Key words

memoir

Two .pdf files

Historical information

The story of Herbert (Slim) Wrigley who fought in Greece in 1941 before being injured and captured. He escaped from a PoW camp near Thessaloniki and was sheltered by the Papadopoulos family in Ritini where he met Xanthoula who he ultimately married. His exploits as a partisan are detailed before he returned home to Melbourne in 1944. Xanthoula's life and family are also recorded in detail. Bert and Xanthoula were married in 1951; Bert died in 1995 and was survived by his wife who became a Legacy widow and is still with us in 2018.

Significance

Brings to life the story of one of the people Legacy was set up to help, as well as giving an insight into the consequences of WWII for the people of Australia.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

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Theatre Program - Robert Devereux (opera) by Donizetti presented by Melbourne opera commencing november 11 at The Athenaeum Theartre

Key words

melbourne opera
athenaeum theatre
robert devereux
donizetti tudor trilogy

colored program

Historical information

The completion of Donizetti Tudor Trilogy this opera was first performed at the Teatro Di San Carlo, Naples on October 28 1837

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

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Theatre Flyer - Six Ribbons ;remebering Jon English by Peter Cupples commencing producuction at the athenaeum theatre on the 19th of March 2017

Key words

jon english

coloured flyer

Historical information

Jon English was one of few Australian performers to combine a stellar career in music,television and stage. For over four decades he remained one of this country's most successful.loved, and enduring recording and performing artists.Jon sadly and unexpectedly passed away on the 9th of march 2016,just as he was about to record a new album and embark on a national tour . on the first anniversary of Jon's passing we present 'Six Ribbons'' - a two and a half hour tribute show to an extrodinary man who.over the coursr of his long professional life, brought such joy and entertainment to so many in many genres

Significance

tribute show

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Document

Historical information

Batch of 2 scanned documents relating to Angus C Pettigrew, used in WWI project.

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Annual Report - University of Ballarat Annual Report, 2013

Key words

university of ballarat
federation university australia
annual report
david battersby
todd walker
paul hemming

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.

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

Speech Day Program 1945

Key words

williamstown high school
1945
speech day

Pamphlet of white paper, printed in navy blue. School logo has been part coloured using red biro.

Historical information

Program for Speech Day of Williamstown High School on Friday, 14th December, 1945.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top right hand corner has been cut off.

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Newspaper clippings - Happy Hollow articles from Trove (past owners)

Key words

happy hollow farm
francis oxley
daymond family

2 p. transcription of newspaper articles

Historical information

Obituaries of three residents of Happy Hollow, Francis Oxley, John Henry Daymond and May Daymond

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - William Henry Thomas

Key words

world war 1 project
william henry thomas

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William Henry Thomas and his service in World War 1. William Henry Thomas lived in Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

High Tide 1950

Key words

williamstown high school
1950
high tide
yearbooks

Black and white printed publication. Buff cover printed in black and red. 48 p. : ill.

Historical information

Year book for the 1950 school year. Contains staff and management listing, prefects, team photographs and sports results, student work.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover, 'Rita Blackstock V'. Inside back cover, student signatures.

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

1958 choir

Key words

williamstown high school
1958
choir
form 3c

Black and white photograph of Williamstown High School choir of 1958. Copy of photograph and laminated copy of photograph also at this number.

Inscriptions & Markings

See images above

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Article - George Henry Poulter

Key words

world war 1 project
george henry poulter

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about George Henry Poulter and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Richmond Victoria, he was related to the Poulter family of Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Publication - A beekeepers' guide to understanding control measures for European foulbrood. (Goodman, R., McKee, B. & Kaczynski, P.). Canberra, 2004.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

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Genealogical Document - Edward Bernard Green - Greensborough

Key words

greensborough
edward bernard green
green family

2 typed pages.

Historical information

A short history of Edward Bernard Green, after whom Greensborough was named. Describes his various business activities including his purchase of property on the Plenty River and his contract for the carriage of mail overland between Melbourne and Sydney. Author unknown.

Significance

Background on the origins of "Greensborough".

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Publication, e-book - New observations upon bees by Francis Huber 1814. (Dadant, C. P.). Hamilton, IL, 1926.

230 pages, illustrated (12 plates).

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Article - William John Thompson

Key words

world war 1 project
william john thompson

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about William John Thompson and his service in World War 1. William Thompson lived in Montmorency in the inter-war period.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Article - John Granville Evans

Key words

world war 1 project
john granville evans

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.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Publication - Flowering ecology of honey-producing flora in south-east Australia. (Birtchnell, M. J. & Gibson, M.). Canberra, 2008.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Newsletter - September 2013

Mount Alexander Vintage Engine Club Inc., Castlemaine

Oral History - Brian and June Roberts at 'Blackjack'

Key words

june roberts
brian roberts
briar hill
blackjack
hume street

11 typed pages.

Historical information

Brian and June Roberts moved to Hume Street Briar Hill as newlyweds. June's story recounts the development of their home on the Plenty River and the friendships with neighbours.

Significance

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

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

School Magazine- 1961 - Ashwood High School Magazine- 1961

Key words

school magazine
ahs
magazine
1961

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

Ashwood High School, Ashwood

Annual Report - 61st Report of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria 1945

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julius bruche, r. f. sanderson, f. w. spry, edgar h. peacock, c. r. b. james, dr boyd penfold, dr w. j. craig, dr selwyn sutton, h bedggood, e. j. l. bremner, m. j. hoath, s. g. hobson, j. f. hunt, c. r. b. james, e. r. noble, w. ross, g. w. sweetland, i. trescowthick, j. e. vincent, douglas abraham, e. a. reynolds, e. r. empson, j. m. johnston, h. blackmore, b. grayden, t. d. mcrae, h. g. campbell, c. monahan, h. ludbrook, alice c. graham, rev f. a. hagenauer,

Cream/tan Cover, Size 21.5Hx13.5W, 20 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.

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Article - Reginald Harold McDowell

Key words

world war 1 project
reginald harold mcdowell

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Reginald Harold McDowell and his service in World War 1. Reg McDowell was born in Greensborough and at the time of his enlistment he was living at Diamond Creek

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newsletter - The Gesture - The Voice of the Deaf and Dumb of Australasia Oct-Nov-Dec 1912

Key words

deaf newsletter, vicdeaf newsletter, australian deaf newsletter, deaf and dumb newsletter, deaf and dumb society of victoria

Pink Cover 29cmHx14cmW, 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.

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

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Newsletter, City of Moorabbin Historical Society No. 9 Vol. 3 October 1963 - City of Moorabbin Historical Society Newsletter No. 9 Vol. 3 October 1963

Key words

city of moorabbin historical society 1961, sheehy t.a., newsletters, east brighton, south brighton, moorabbin, bentleigh,

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

Historical information

Topics : CMHS AGM; Mr R Ashley Pres. ; new Mayor Cr Brian Stuart-Jones; Moorabbin News - Local newspaper; East Brighton Hall 1894; St Peter's Hall 1862; removal of 'South Brighton' signs replaced with 'Moorabbin" This is Newsletter No 9 Vol . 3 produced in October 1963 by Mr T. A. Sheehy CMHS for members and visitors 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. 3 of the CMHS October 1963 CMHS obtained a Kingston City Council Community Grant 2016 for the digitization and preservation of these Original CMHS Newsletters commenced in 1961

Inscriptions & Markings

NEWSLETTER / City of Moorabbin Historical Society. / Vol. 3 No. 9 OCTOBER 1963

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

Copper Sheet

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flagstaff hill
warrnambool
shipwrecked coast
flagstaff hill maritime museum
maritime museum
shipwreck coast
flagstaff hill maritime village
great ocean road
loch line
loch ard
captain gibbs
eva carmichael
tom pearce
glenample station
mutton bird island
loch ard gorge
sailing ship
copper sheet
manutacturing materials
metal imports

Large heavy sheets or panels of copper metal raised from the wreck of the LOCH ARD. The 10 sheets are of roughly similar dimensions and rectangular shape. They bear signs of prolonged submersion in seawater, with various degrees of limestone accretion, adhered marine growth, and green oxidisation. Three of the sheets are severely buckled, demonstrating the force of underwater explosives used in their salvage. One sheet appears cut or severed in a diagonal line downwards from its top left hand corner. One sheet has a 10cm X 10cm square cut out of its top right hand corner. All sheets are in sturdy, stable condition. No maker’s marks are visible.

Historical information

In 1984 the Commonwealth Government made available to Flagstaff Hill a collection of lead ingots and copper sheets recovered from the wreck-site of the LOCH ARD. They were presented to the Warrnambool City Council by the Hon. Tom Uren MHR, Minister for Territories and Local Government: “The Commonwealth recognises that shipwrecks like the LOCH ARD are our national heritage with important educational, recreational and tourist applications” (The Standard, Tuesday 8 May 1984). The LOCH ARD was wrecked in 1878. Unsuccessful salvage operations were then undertaken with the 90 ton paddle steamer NAPIER. In sudden bad weather this vessel too was sunk. The precise position of the LOCH ARD in the exposed and dangerous waters off Mutton Bird Island became lost to memory. The underwater location of the LOCH ARD was rediscovered in 1967 by a Warrnambool skindiver, Stan McPhee. In the two years following his find, the vessel was systematically pillaged by unauthorised salvagers. This led to the State and Federal Governments’ intervention in 1969. A roundup and seizure of recovered lead ingots and copper sheets was conducted by Commonwealth and Victorian Police. Offenders were charged and convicted. The “repossessed loot of the Tassie Boys” was placed into secure storage (Jack Loney, 1978, Wrecks & Reputations). The LOCH ARD manifest of cargo lists “Pig lead 50 tons, 994 pig & 37 rolls” and “Copper 33 plates, 53 bolts”. While the lead ingots have been subsequently described as “ballast”, the copper sheets are unlikely to have been associated with the ship’s normal complement in that way. Similar product lines in the cargo manifest are “Bar and rod iron 102 tons”, “Plate iron 3 tons” and “Zinc 12 tons”. These raw materials were used by colonial artisans such as blacksmiths and metal smelters to fashion, and repair, agricultural implements and industrial machinery. Copper was valued for its non-corrosive properties and its malleability, or ease of working. Both these qualities were useful, for example, in laying underground gas pipes that supplied lighting to residences, businesses and streetscapes in the mid-nineteenth century. As the nineteenth century progressed, the metal was also increasingly valued for its conductivity, with copper wiring linking colonial communities to each other, and the wider world, via the Telegraph system.

Significance

The ship wreck of the LOCH ARD is of state significance. Victorian Heritage Register S417. Flagstaff Hill’s collection of artefacts from LOCH ARD is significant for being one of the largest collections of artefacts from this shipwreck in Victoria. It is significant for its association with the shipwreck, which is on the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR S417). The collection is significant because of the relationship between the objects, as together they have a high potential to interpret the story of the LOCH ARD. The LOCH ARD collection is archaeologically significant as the remains of a large international passenger and cargo ship. The LOCH ARD collection is historically significant for representing aspects of Victoria’s shipping history and its potential to interpret sub-theme 1.5 of Victoria’s Framework of Historical Themes (living with natural processes). The collection is also historically significant for its association with the LOCH ARD, which was one of the worst and best known shipwrecks in Victoria’s history.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

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

Key words

lou hubbard
guirguis
guirguis new art prize
sculpture
horse
animal
installation artwork

'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.

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Photograph - Camp 13 Sergeants Mess

Key words

photograph
people

Sgt. Lesock centre row, 5th. from left.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura