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

27 Jun 2019

Curated By

Amy Tsilemanis, Curator, Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

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Polydor 78rpm record - Tales from the Vienna Wood

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

78 rpm recording of the Williamstown High School choir singing 'Tales from the Vienna Wood.' Also includes an mp3 version.

Inscriptions & Markings

See images above: Image 78.1.jpg - On A side of record:'Tales from the Vienna Wood' The Williamstown High School Choir. Image 78.2.jpg - On B side of record: 'Melodies of Schubert' The Williamstown High School Choir.

Sound recording - Jenny Scown - move to Cooparoo

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 wmv file

Historical information

Jenny Scown, team leader at Business Enterprises at Cooparoo, talks about she became blind and her journey through life including the move to the new office at Cooparoo.

Audio Recording - Audio Recording; 2018-12-09 Eltham Community Town Hall Meeting

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

0:37:56 duration Digital MP3 File 13.0 MB

Historical information

Second information meeting regarding the Shire of Nillumbik's proposed development/sale of 895 and 903-907 Main Road

Oral History - Williamstown Botanic Gardens - Loris Wood

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown

CD and transcript of interview with Loris Wood about her memories of Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens Loris was born and grew up in Williamstown. She lived across the street from the Gardens at 122 Osborne Street with her parents and siblings.

Significance

A primary source of information on memories of the Gardens from the 1950s until the time of the interview.

Album - Maldon Brass Band - Live in Concert 2006

Maldon Brass Band Inc., Maldon

Oral History - Williamstown Botanic Gardens - Cyril Curtain

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown

CD and transcript of interview with Cyril Curtain and his memories of the Gardens and surrounding environs.

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens Cyril Curtain was born in Williamstown in 1928. He attended North Williamstown Primary School and Williamstown High School. Shortly after marrying he purchased a house on the Esplanade, where he still lives and in which this interview took place. Cyril’s work in conservation of the natural and built heritage is highly regarded. The recently developed Cyril Curtain Reserve in Williamstown is named in his honour. In this interview Cyril discusses the Gardens and the foreshore area including the beach and L A Parker Reserve

Significance

A primary source of information on memories of the Gardens.

Oral History - Senior Sergeant Myrene Purcell

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Digital archive of oral history of former Senior Sergeant Myrene Purcell. Cut for exhibition purposes.

Historical information

Myrene Purcell is a retired Detective and Senior Sergeant with Victoria Police. In 1975 she applied for a transfer to the Criminal Investigation Branch and later trained at the Detective Training School.She was a member of the Sexual Offences Squad, which was the first squad of female officers and detectives, who were to investigate rapes and sexual offences in Victoria. In this interview, Purcell discusses her training, career and experiences of discrimination.

Oral history interview - Margaret Redmond

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

This digital oral history interview was conducted at Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch on May 29, 2018 as part of the Veterans Heritage Project.

Sound recording - Karen Knight - move to Cooparoo

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 wmv file

Historical information

Karen Knight, Regional Manager for QLD/NT for Independent Living Services at Vision Australia, talks about she became blind and her journey through life including the move to the new office at Cooparoo.

Oral History_Williamstown Botanic Gardens_Michael Wilkins

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown

CD and transcript of interview with Michael Wilkins. Michael first worked in the Gardens for the Municipality of Williamstown in 1987. He was there for eleven years. A few years after the amalgamation of Williamstown and Altona into the City of Hobsons Bay City Council he transferred from the Gardens to other sites within the City. He returned to the Gardens in 2006. Michael recalls people with whom he worked and horticultural practices over those years.

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Significance

A primary source of information on memories of the Gardens and witness to changes in the Gardens over those years.

Oral History_Williamstown Botanic Gardens_Anne Cocks

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown

CD and transcript of interview with Anne Cocks and her memories of the Gardens from her childhood through to adulthood. Anne’s family migrated from Holland in 1952 when she was three years old. The family lived in Lyons Street for a short while before moving to Altona. Her parents, Kees and Betts Huisman bought the Old Royal Hotel in Nelson Place, which was a boarding house for men in 1958. They stayed there until 1971 when they sold it.

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Significance

A primary source of information on memories of the Gardens. Anne moved to Williamstown as a small child in 1952, lived in Williamstown until her marriage and has been witness to changes in the Gardens over those years.

Oral history - Senior Sergeant Joan Paffett and Edna Meadows

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Digital archive of oral history of former police women Joan Paffett and Edna Meadows (nee Fyfe). Cut for exhibition purposes.

Historical information

Joan Paffett and Edna Meadows (nee Fyfe) are former police women. Joan Paffett was Senior Sergeant 15275. During her service she supervised other police women, including the all female squad in the early 1970s. Edna Meadows, registered number 15484, began her career as a nurse but later joined Victoria Police. Both women were the only women in their squads and began their careers with the Women Police Division at Russell St. In this interview they discuss their experiences joining the force and training

Oral History_Williamstown Botanic Gardens_Sue Murray

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown

CD and transcript of interview with Sue Murray on the founding of the Friends of Williamstown Botanic Gardens and her memories of the Gardens from her childhood through to adulthood.

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Significance

A primary source of information on memories of the Gardens from 1945 to the present (2013) and the founding of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens Friends Group by Sue Murray, who is the inaugural President

Oral History_Williamstown Botanic Gardens_Helen Page

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown

CD and transcript of interview with Helen Page and her memories and experiences in lobbying for the rejuvenation and long-term viability of the Gardens. Helen was a resident of Williamstown when she contacted local Councillor, Angela Altair, in May 1999 to express her concerns about the destruction of trees in Melbourne Road and the condition of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens. The result of her communications with Councillor Altair and the Council was the formation of the Landscape Advisory Group and the Williamstown Botanic Gardens Advisory Group. Still an active member of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens Advisory Group, Helen talks of these experiences, how they led to the formation of the Friends Group and her hopes for the future of the Gardens.

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Significance

A primary source of information on the lobbying that led to master planning for rejuvenation of the Gardens and the formation of the Friends of Williamstown Botanic Gardens.

Oral History_Williamstown Botanic Gardens_Gerkens and Gleeson

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown

CD and transcript of interview with Patti Gerkens and Eileen Gleeson and their memories of the Gardens from their childhood through to adulthood. Pattie and Eileen are the daughters of Jack and Millie Gerkens who lived in Power Street, Williamstown before moving to 25 Gellibrand Street, Williamstown. Jack worked at the Newport Railway Workshops. Patti lived overseas for many years and Eileen has lived in Williamstown all her life. Patti and Eileen recall memories of the Gardens during their childhood and of taking their own children there during the 1960s and 1970s.

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Significance

A primary source of information on memories of the Gardens and witness to changes in the Gardens over those years.

Oral History_Williamstown Botanic Gardens_Shelley Wood

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown

CD and transcript of interview with Shelley Wood. Shelley was born in Williamstown, as was her mother Margaret McLean. Shelley recalls her mother telling her about spending many hours in the Gardens when she was young with her friend Chic, who was the daughter of the Curator Ernie Anderson. Shelley, who was the first female gardener appointed in the western region, served her apprenticeship at Gardens and is currently the Curator.

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Significance

A primary source of information on memories of the Gardens and witness to changes in the Gardens over those years.

Oral history interview - Joyce Barry

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

This digital oral history interview was conducted at Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch on March 21, 2018 as part of the Veterans Heritage Project.

Historical information

Joyce Barry served in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force during the Second World War. In her interview, Joyce shares what inspired her to join the services and what training was like for a young woman living in Victoria.

Oral History_Williamstown Botanic Gardens_Ken Speakman

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown

CD and transcript of interview with Ken Speakman. Also present was his daughter, Nola Wilson. His son visited part of the way through the interview. Ken’s family moved to Williamstown in 1918 when he was a baby and he has lived in Williamstown, close to the Gardens since that time. He was a keen lacrosse player, playing on Fearon Reserve. Ken was interviewed for his memories of the Gardens and its relationship to Fearon Reserve.

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, surrounding areas and Fearon Reserve

Significance

A primary source of information on memories of the Gardens and witness to changes in the Gardens over those years.

Oral History - Chief Inspector Bryan Kelly

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Digital archive of oral history of former Chief Inspector Bryan Kelly. Cut for exhibition purposes.

Historical information

Bryan Kelly is a former Chief Inspector at Victoria Police, and former president of the Victoria Police Legacy. In 1980 he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for dedication to the welfare of police families. Kelly was involved in the appointment of some of the first police women to stations outside the CBD, including Springvale. In this interview, Kelly discusses the role he played in employing more police women and reminisces about police women's experiences in the 1970s.

Oral History - Williamstown Botanic Gardens - Iris Whitehurst

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown

CD and transcript of interview with Iris Whitehurst and her memories of the Gardens from her childhood through to adulthood. Iris was born in Williamstown and has memories of the Gardens from an early age. In the interview she talks of playing on the cannons, memories of the Gardens appearance over the years and the contribution of the Friends of the Gardens.

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens. Interviewer is Lindy Wallace

Significance

A primary source of information on memories of the Gardens. Iris was born in Williamstown in 1943, has lived in Williamstown all her life and has been witness to changes in the Gardens over those years.

Recording - Dave Oliver recording on the history of Cockatoo 1995

Cockatoo History & Heritage Group, Cockatoo

Audio File, originally recorded on cassette

Significance

After the devastating fires that hit Cockatoo on February 16th 1983. Dot Griffin recorded many of Cockatoo's earlier residents so their stories weren't lost like so much of Cockatoo's written history.

Old boys Song - Recording

Old Castlemaine Schoolboys Association Inc., CASTLEMAINE

Recording of Old Boys song sung to the tune of "Home Town Week". Sung by Jim Ottery

Oral history interview - Peter Cardwell

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

This digital oral history interview was conducted at Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch on March 21, 2018 as part of the Veterans Heritage Project

Historical information

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Audio Recording - Audio Recording; 2018-10-13 Eltham Community Town Hall Meeting

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

1:28:52 duration Digital MP3 File 30.5 MB

Historical information

Meeting to discuss the Nillumbik Shire Council's proposed sale and devlopment of the former Shire Office site at 895 Main Road as well as the Eltham War Memorial including the Maternal and Infant Welfare Centre, Eltham Pre-school and Eltham War Memorial Hall and Memorial Gardens at 903-907 Main Road which also includes thje Eltham Senior Citizen's Centre. The meeting was attended by more than 300 people which considered the following: Motion from public meeting – Saturday 13th October, 2018 1. This meeting has no confidence in Nillumbik Shire Council's proposed process for the re-development of 895 and 903-907 Main Rd, Eltham and we deplore the cursory attention given to public consultation to date. 2. We call on Council: *to preserve the Eltham War Memorial building complex at 903-907 Main Rd, Eltham, and retain their existing uses in accordance with the Eltham War Memorial Trust purpose; and retain the Cenotaph and Eltham Senior Citizens' Centre. * to retain council ownership of all land at 895 and 903-907 Main Rd, Eltham for our community and future generations. * following meaningful engagement with residents of the Shire, to place sufficient planning controls on the site of the former Eltham Shire Office to ensure that any future development of that land responds to Eltham's form and character and properly protects public amenity, access and use. * to make all proposals for the development of 895 and 903-907 Main Rd, Eltham available for public inspection as soon as they are received by Council. Moved: Greg Johnson Seconder: Andrew Lemon * carried unanimously

Talking Shop Stories from Ballarat women

Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat), Ballarat

Audio file. Edited from oral histories collected at Talking Shop exhibition Community Day March 2019, featuring the voices of Heather Horrocks, Shirley Whitefield, and Isabel Gribble

Historical information

These oral histories were collected at a Talking Shop Community Day, March 2019, where the community was invited to come and share their memories on local shops and businesses. This edited piece was created for International Womens Day and features the voices of Heather Horrocks (speaking about the haberdashery business Picot and Widmer and the controversial McDonald's established on Bakery Hill in the 1970s), Shirley Whitefield (speaking about Ballarat tram and shop memories and playing local football in the 1960s), and Isabel Gribble (recalling visits to local shops and hotels). These snippets capture some of the varied and spirited lives of Ballarat women.

Boy's Costume Jacket - Παιδική στολή τσιολιά

Plutarch Project, Caulfield Junction

This is a jacket for boys that is worn as part of the six piece traditional costume. It is navy blue in color and has gold and silver embroidery along the edges. It has silver buttons and a silky orange lining

Historical information

This is part of a contemporary traditional costume worn by males in parades and theatre productions these days, however worn by soldiers in battle during war times in Greece in the 18th - 19th century

Sound recording - Gerard Menses - move to Cooparoo

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 wmv file

Historical information

Gerard Menses, Vision Australia's CEO, discusses the movement of Vision Australia (formerly Vision QLD and RBFQ) from Kent Street to Cooparoo.

Oral history interview - Gary Hadley

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

This digital oral history interview was conducted at Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch on March 21, 2018 as part of the Veterans Heritage Project.

Historical information

Gary Hadley reflects on changing attitudes towards Vietnam veterans. He recounts that during the war, military grooming standards made blending in with civilians difficult and – coupled with the widespread opposition to the Vietnam War – were a potential risk to the troupes’ safety.

Vinyl record - To Israel With Love, 1982

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Historical information

'To Israel With Love' recorded by the Bialik College Choir, 1982. See image of cover for more details. Scroll past the images above to play mp3 files from the record. Please contact archives@bialik.vic.edu.au to request access to this record.

Oral History - Deirdre Farrell

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Digital recording of an oral history interview taken by Cameron Auty with Deirdre Farrell. Supplementary files include photographs of Deirdre's father Les Campbell, a WWI veteran, Les' service record and a research file created by Deirdre.

Historical information

This interview was recorded in May 2016 as part of the Wounded Soldier exhibition. The Wounded Soldier ran in November 2016, exploring No. 11 Australian General Military Hospital (later Caulfield Hospital) and its impact on Glen Eira's community during and after the First World War. The audio file catalogued here is an edited excerpt from the larger interview, designed for use in the exhibition. Deirdre Farrell trained as a nurse at Caulfield Hospital in the 1960's. Her father Les Campbell was a First World War veteran, and Deirdre grew up on a soldier settlement farm. This interview explores her childhood, her relationship with her father, her experience of repatriation medicine and her memories of Caulfield Hospital.

Significance

This oral history is significant as the firsthand testimony of the child of a First World War veteran and for its recollections of Caulfield Hospital in the 1960's.