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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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Spanner

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Spanner metal one ended hex with broad arrow symbol stamped & possibly Motor Boat Queen stamped on

Book - The tin shed and beyond; a history. Watsonia RSL Sub-branch.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Paperback book, 148 p., illus, Black cover with illustration of RSL building.

Historical information

A history of the people and events that shaped the Watsonia RSL Sub-branch, from 1952 to 1993. Published in 1995.

Significance

Includes a full history of the development of the Watsonia RSL.

Inscriptions & Markings

On first page "Shirley Fraser-Balck. See page 10"

Calendar - Banyule Community Calendar 2004: faces and places.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

28 pages. Colour illustrations of local people and activities.

Historical information

This community calendar is distributed to residents of the City of Banyule each year. Each year it focusses on an aspect of the local community. The 2004 calendar contains photographs of local people and activities. Some council services are detailed in the back pages.

Significance

The annual report is a record of the activities and services in the Banyule City Council area

Case, Leather, for Vickers Machine Gun Clinometer

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Light brown coloured stitched leather case with rounded ends for housing a Clinometer, brass and steel, for a Vickers machine gun. The rear of the case has two short leather straps and steel buckles, attached with a metal rivet. The strap has 6 holes for attachment to the buckle. The front of the case has a steel buckle attached by a small leather strap attached by stitching. The top lid of the case is missing a leather strap.

Historical information

Used for WWII

Significance

Used for WWII

Inscriptions & Markings

SIGHT CLINOMETER SPARE Q.F 13 & 18 PR. M. H. & Co. R.C.D. IL 1942

knobkerrie

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A short brown wooden knobkerrie club which has a thin handle and spherical club on one end. It has a leather thong threaded through a hole at the end of the handle.

Historical information

A knobkerrie is a form of club used mainly in Southern and Eastern Africa. The large knob at one end can be used for throwing at animals in hunting or for clubbing an enemy's head. It would have been carved from a branch thick enough for the knob, with the rest being whittled down to create the shaft. The name is Afrikaans and comes from 'Knop', meaning knot or ball and 'Kierie', meaning cane.

Cigarette swap card

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Churchman's cigarette card featuring W.M. Johnston. Materials: Paper, Ink

Photograph - Heritage Excursion; Eltham Lower Park Walk and Talk, 1 July 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Newsletter No., 234, June 2017 Heritage Excursion - Saturday 1st July - Eltham Lower Park - Walk and Talk Eltham Lower Park has played an important part in the history of our area since the early days of European settlement when it was used by local residents as an informal racecourse. Prior to that its location at the junction of the Diamond Creek and the Yarra River made it an important meeting place for the Wurundjeri people. The park combines formal elements and sporting facilities with remnant bushland that is of environmental significance. It is home to sporting and horse riding clubs, popular play spaces and the Diamond Valley Miniature Railway, which attracts large numbers of visitors. The park will be the venue for our July excursion which will comprise a walk of about 3.5 km around the park and adjacent areas. Along the way we will discuss the history and natural history of the area. The path along the creek and the river provides a pleasant and scenic walk. This walk on Saturday 1st July is about 3.5 km in length and will take 2 to 2.5 hours. It will start at 2pm at the Main Road car park at the front of the park. (Melway ref 21 H 10).

Photo, Olive Tree 1973

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo x 2 of an olive tree planted at the Shrine.

Historical information

A photo of the Olive Tree of Peace planted by Legacy in the Western Lawn of the Shrine of Remembrance in 1973. The plaque reads "1923 1973 / This olive tree symbolising peace marks fifty years of Legacy service to the widows of ex-servicemen and their children." 1973 was the Golden Jubilee year of Legacy Another photo showing members of Legacy and officials standing near the newly planted olive tree. Another copy of this photo had the following inscription on the reverse: 'Silver (sic) anniversary of Melb Legacy at Shrine 1973 / Frank Doolan has just planted the tree and is shaking hands with President Handbury. In the graph / Dame ? Herring / Norton Doig? / Sir Fred Schenger / Don Simonson / George Cowan (Chairman Coordinating Committee / with Anne / and myself Kennedy The photos came from a Legacy envelope marked "P1" in red pen, with assorted photos of major events such as 1973 Federal Conference, 1983 Morwell, 1973 Legacy march Anzac Day, 50 year celebration inclusion in Anzac Day March, with authority of RSL (some are items 00440 to 0442).

Significance

A record of events to commemorate the golden jubilee of Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten 'The Olive Tree of Peace planted on the Western lawn of the Shrine of Remembrance 1973', written in blue pen. Stamped 'Compliments of Ministry of Tourism Government of Victoria, please acknowledge Michael Cheshire' in black ink.

Hairdresser's Singer

Myrtleford and District Historical Society, Myrtleford

A green-coloured metal cylinder containing white dropless tapers (candles) which were used to singe freshly-cut hair to prevent "bleeding ends".

Historical information

The hairdresser's singer was used in the local hairdressing and tobacconist shop owned by Hugh Jones from 1947-70, until such treatments were abandoned. Mr. Jones retired in 1976.

Significance

Knowledge of the use of such hairdressing aids assists in the understanding of progress made in modern hair treatments.

Inscriptions & Markings

Black painted signage on the cylinder: "Ship Brand" "Price's White Dropless Tapers" "Manufactured by Price's patent Candle Co. Ltd., London & Liverpool"

Plaque

Running Rabbits Military Museum operated by the Upwey Belgrave RSL Sub Branch, Upwey

HMAS Onslow

Scrap book

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

Blue hardback scrap book containing a roll of members of the 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF Association, some newspaper clippings about Light Horse in the Middle East campaign, collection of return-thanks cards for deceased members of the regiment pasted in, and hand written letter to Matthew (Matt) Maynes thanking him for his sterling service as secretary of the association.

Historical information

The 8th Light Horse Regiment was raised at Broadmeadows Camp in 1914 and served at Gallipoli, Sinai, Palestine, Transjordan and Syria. At Gallipoli the regiment took part in the ill-fated charge at the Nek on 7 August 1915 and suffered horrendous casualties including the Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Alexander White. Following the evacuation the regiment was brought up to full strength under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Maygar VC and went on the participate in all the major actions of the desert campaign culminating in the capitulation of Turkey in October 1918. The regiment was in reserve at Beersheba and came under air attack resulting in the death of Lieutenant Colonel Maygar. The post-war regimental association met regularly until the late 1970s when dwindling numbers brought about its closure.

Significance

A rare document relating to a Victorian mounted regiment of World War 1 (1914-1918) with the thank-you cards providing a unique method of recording the passing of this proud regiment into history.

Plaque 2/8 Armoured Regiment Association - 2/8 Armoured Regiment Association

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm with insignia of 2/8 Armoured Regiment Association

Inscriptions & Markings

2/8 Armoured Regiment Association

Photograph - Ringwood Primary School 1964 Basketball Team

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

1964 Basketball: Photo and handwritten list of names on scrapbook page: Top Row L-R: Lorraine Tann, Julie Cook, Meg Flowers, Rhonda McLeod, Lynette Milne Middle Row: Deb Lawrence , Barbara Donald, Rosemary Weaver, Anne Downey, Ann Hagar, Susan Simpson Front Row: Jean Carruthers, Pam Williams, Cheryl McLaughlin, Vicki Munro, Kay Langford, Jenny Flaherty, Jenny Buchanan

Historical information

Used by the Ringwood Primary School for School photos 1960 - 1964.

Photograph - Buildings in Canterbury Road Heathmont, February 1960

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Framed photograph of buildings in Canterbury Road Heathmont, February 1960.

Historical information

Peter Le Get found three framed photos of Heathmont view in a Heathmont Opportunity Shop. Previous owners unknown.

Inscriptions & Markings

Heathmont, February 1960, Canterbury Road

Record of Conduct and Service (Charles Henry Stanbury)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Official document

Historical information

When the First World War broke out, Australian men from all backgrounds and professions were called to serve their country.  Members of the Victorian Police force were some of the first to answer the call with twenty men joining the first convoy of soldiers who left Australian shores in October 1914. Over the course of four long years, one hundred and thirty-eight Victorian Police enlisted from stations across the state. Of these, twenty-seven lost their lives. Whilst the fate of each man was different, a deep commitment to protecting and serving the public was common to all. Victoria Police service: Joined 28/09/1911; Granted extended leave: 27/06/1915; Resumed duties 30/10/1919; Highest rank: Sergeant; Retired 14/09/1947 WW1 service: Enlisted 19 July 1915; Highest rank: Lieutenant; Regiment: 8th Light Horse Regiment; Fate: Returned to Australia 17 July 1919; Medals: Military Medal for bravery in the field; 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals

Hat badge - 1940's

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Round metal hat badge with enameling in red black and yellow. Depicts the Williamstown High School logo of the 1940's with fish across anchor. Badge has a loop to allow for sewing onto hat bands.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of badge; 374. Also very small makers make that is indecipherable.

Page from Magazine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Page from magazine featuring Doris Hart Materials: Paper, Ink

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W photo of Rev. Paul C. Blacker at the time of ordination 1987.He is bearded and wearing a dark jumper.

Historical information

Paul C. Blacker served at Daylesford, Eaglehawk, Presbytery Minister for Loddon Campaspe Presbytery, Synod Office position, Minister at Hoppers Crossing, and (2018 onward) at Melton.

Inscriptions & Markings

Paul C. Blacker

HAIR DYE

Clunes Museum, Clunes

2 HAIR DYE BOTTLES IN CONTAINER .1 BOTTLE BROWN GLASS - RED STICKER 'INECTO' HAIR DYE FULL PARTICULARS OF ADVICE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE ARE CONTAINED IN THE ACCOMPANYING PAMPHLET WHICH SHOULD BE CAREFULLY FOLLOWED ACM S42 ON BASE. CONTENTS 1/2 FL OZ NET .2 THE 'A' LOTION PACKED IN THIS BOX CONTAINS PARAPHENYLENE. LIAMINE IN THE PROPORTION OF 4 1/2 GRAINS TO THE FLUID OZ. ACM S42 MARKINGS ON BASE OF BOTTLE

Historical information

PREPARATION LABELLED POISON IN CONFORMITY WITH THE POISONS ACT, BUT IF USED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DIRECTIONS IT IS NOT DANGEROUS

Photograph - Framed Harold Robert George MARSHALL

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

Historical information

Ser No - 58722, 42 Battn, Joined Ballarat RSL 30/6/1920

Bronze Medallion - Untitled

Montsalvat, Eltham

Round bronze medallion depicting two lovers embracing.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Uniform Complete

Running Rabbits Military Museum operated by the Upwey Belgrave RSL Sub Branch, Upwey

Army Summer drill uniform Korea Jacket U086, Pouch EQ112, Trousers U275a, Shirt U275,( Gaiters U146, Boots U136 Belt U088 Woollen cap H031,Scarf MS004,stored separately)

Photo, Ceremony at the Shrine

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo.

Historical information

A Legacy ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance. Probably one of the annual "Anzac Commemoration Ceremony for Students" events, usually held just prior to ANZAC Day. The photo shows Legatee Graham Riches interviewing group of students with wreaths on the steps of the Shrine. Date unknown.

Significance

A record of a ceremony at the Shrine.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in black ink on the back E7

Equipment

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Web shoulder with brass buckles

Photograph, Black and White - Frank Wright in Columbo, Ceyon, 1933

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

Frank Wright in Columbo, Ceyon, 1933 1). Black and white photograph of a man dresses in a suit sitting on a rickshaw being pulled by a man dressed in shorts, short sleeved shirt and sandals. In the background is a two storied building with arched verandahs on both levels. The man is Frank Wright and the place is Columbo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). 2). Black and white photograph of a man dressed in a suit and carrying a light hat, standing beside two Sinhalese men, one of whom is sitting on the steps of a building whilst the other is looking down. Further along the steps a couple of other men are watching. The man is Frank Wright and the place is the 'native quarter', Columbo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). 3). Black and white photograph of a man dressed in a suit and carrying a light hat, standing in front of the white dome and spire of a Buddist temple. The man is Frank Wright and the place is Columbo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born on 2 August 1901. He lived at Laura Villa, and attended Smeaton State School. His father William was a gold miner and his mother's name was Sarah. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. Frank was tutored by Percy Code and was awarded a gold medal for the highest marks in the ALCM examinations in the British Colonies at the age of seventeen years. He became the Australian Open Cornet Champion by the age of eighteen. A year later, Frank conducted the City of Ballarat Band, and later the Ballarat Soldiers’ Memorial Band. He formed the Frank Wright Frisco Band and Frank Wright and his Coliseum Orchestra. These bands won many South Street awards, and Frank as conductor won many awards in the Australian Band Championship contest. In 1933 Frank Wright sailed to England to conduct the famous St Hilda’s Band and was later appointed Musical Director of the London County Council, where he organized many amazing concerts in parks, in and around the London district. He was made Professor of Brass and Military Band Scoring and conducted at the Guildhall of Music and Drama. Frank was often invited to adjudicate Brass Band Championships around Europe, in Australia, including South Street and in New Zealand. The Frank Wright Medal at the Royal South Street competition is awarded to an individual recognized as making an outstanding contribution to brass music in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

1). Written in pencil on back - Frank Wright in Rickshaw drawn by Dan Barry, Columbo, Ceylon, Sept 1933 2). Written in pencil on back - Frank Wright in native quarter, Columbo, Ceylon, Sept 1933 3). Written in pencil on back - Frank Wright at Buddist temple, Columbo. Ceylon, Sept 1933

Commemorative Stamps

RusCare Ltd. (formerly known as St John of Kronstadt Russian Welfare Society), Dandenong

A sheet of 20 stamps issued by Australia Post during the celebration of the Russian-Australian Bicentenary in 2007, and the visit by the Grand Duchess Maria of Russia.

Historical information

The year 2007 marked two occasions for Russian migrants living in Australia, especially those who associate with the "White Movement" - the 200th year of diplomatic relations between Australia and the (then) Russian Empire (now the Russian Federation). These stamps also commemorate the first official visit of Grand Duchess Maria of Russia - heir of the Romanoff dynasty - to Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Grand Duchess Maria of Russia" "Russian-Australian Bicentenary Official Visit 2007"

Reticule - Raffia purse

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Woven, lidded raffia straw reticule with dried raffia lowers used as decoration.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of group in mess building at Buna Barracks Albury on Cambrai Day 30 November 1986. From left : seated Corporal Cook Bruce Bullock, majors Robert Morrison, Ian Docking and Max Oates. All were former members of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles.

Historical information

Cambrai Day is celebrated annually by Armoured Corps regiments of the British Commonwealth. It marks the anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 when a force of more than 400 British Mark IV Tanks broke the defences of the German Hindenburg Line, It was the first large-scale, effective use of tanks in warfare. Cambrai turned from a battle of great success to failure, but it heralded a new type of warfare and changed the nature of the battlefield forever.The gathering at Buna Barracks Albury, Beersheba Barracks Wangaratta, Bapaume Barracks Benalla and Salamaua Barracks Cobram on 30 November 1986 was the inaugural meeting of the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Association.

Bracelet

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Cream bracelet with green, yellow and pink flowers.

Newspaper Clipping - Angel of highest order

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Reg Shiel of Lower Plenty volunteers to fly for Angel Flight Australia. They fly non-emergency patients to medical appointments.