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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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Display Case - with glass

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

Historical information

This object relates to Edward Gerald CAMPION. He was born on 30/10/1924 in Liverpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND. Edward Gerald served in the RAN (R40903) enlisting on, 31/08/1951 in Auburn, VIC before being discharged from duties with the HMAS SYDNEY as a on 22/02/1952. Edward Gerald CAMPION was a prisoner of war. His next of kin is Josephine CAMPION (Mother). Edward Campion was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975, Defence Medal, France and Germany Star, Korea Medal, UN Medal for Korea, War Medal 1939-1945.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved plaque - "Edward Gerald CAMPION R40903 RAN 1950 - 1956 Set of Medals Korean War Medallion in cover 55th Anniversary Medallion - Debarkment of Normandy 1944-1999 Buttons x 2 Returned from Active Service badge Ribbon bar

PHOTOGRAPHS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Photo , colour,framed showing "Rats of Tobruk." Memorial window" in St Johns church forest st Bendigo. Image shows a dove of Rats of Tobruk badge with the lord under frame is wood stained with gold edge. .2) Sepia colour photo showing large military cemetery.

Historical information

.2) Certain it is the military cemetery in Tobruk North Africa

Framed photograph

Kew RSL, Kew

framed black & white photo of the opening of the Kew War Memorial 1925

Historical information

The Kew War Memorial was opened by the Governor of Victoria, Earl of Stradbroke & Mayor J Carnegie 30th August 1925

Lecture - I Am Freemasonry

Freemasons Victoria - Southern Cross Lodge No. 24 (Maldon), Maldon

Argus camera

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Camera owned by Dr Harry Jenkins with original box

Historical information

Possibly used to take photos of island activities which are held in archive

Significance

Used by Harry Jenkins to take photos of activities at this time.

Inscriptions & Markings

"argus/ seventy-five" at top on lens: ARGUS LUMAR 75mm MADE IN AUSTRALIA at side of front: INST/TIME

Photograph - Colour - Myer (Ballarat) Christmas Window Display, 2016

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Horse Brass

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Concretion containing Horse Brass. Artefact Reg No S/39. Recovered from the wreck of the Schomberg.

Photograph - Birds of Phillip Island

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Colour Photograph -two young and eggs of Eastern Swamp Hen in nest. Bryant West Album

Historical information

One of a collection of thirty-six photographs selected for representation in the National Photographic Index of Australian Birds

Hutchie

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

Hutchie with some holes

PAYBOOK, RAAF

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Royal Australian Air Force Members Pay Book. Blue buckram cover, black print. Pay Book No 149120.

Historical information

Item relates to Arthur Thomas MANLY No 431130 RAAF. Refer Cat No 3710 for his service details.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on front in black: Official No: 431130 Surname: MANLY Christian Name: Arthur Thomas Stamped across front in blue: DISCHARGED

Photograph - Digital image - Sideboard at Blackjack

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The dining room sideboard at "Blackjack", Hume Street Briar Hill. The Roberts family moved here in 1957. These colour photos are from late twentieth century.

Photograph - East Beach, Port Fairy - Looking north

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Post Card

Historical information

This photograph shows the East beach from Battery hill to the right is part of the walkway to the pier that was built to accommodate ships loading and discharging cargo and passengers but was next to useless because it was too shallow and dangerous for the ships trying to berth.

Inscriptions & Markings

East Beach, Port Fairy

Book - Birds of the Rutherglen District

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

1 of 2 copies of a light green paper covered booklet. Printed on paper with soft cardboard cover. "The Birds of the Rutherglen District by Allen McEvey / Curator of Birds, National Museum of Victoria"

Historical information

Reprinted from the The Emu, Vol. 65. Part August 1965, pp 1-56

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on first page: "With Compliments from A.R. McEvey"

Phonograph Record - Primrose Selection

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Phonograph record, black shellac with red "His Master's Voice" label. A&B sides: Primrose Selection Part 1 & Part 2. Artist: Mayfair Orchestra.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cat. No. C 1180

Program Photos Newsletter Poster - The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright by special arrangement with Dominie Pty Ltd directed by Chris Baldock

Heidelberg Theatre Company Inc.., Rosanna

Footwear - Child's shoes

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

A pair of leather maroon shoes with front straps which fasten in the front with a button. The inside of the shoes is cream in colour. The upper leather is quite soft . The sole is a harder substance possibly leather. Both shoes look to have pin holes in the soles.

Historical information

These shoes which would have been a child's first shoes are soft leather and possibly date from around the late 19th or early 20th century. We have no knowledge unfortunately as to whom they may have belonged. Baby's first shoes are often kept as a keepsake .

Significance

These little shoes have significance from a social and historic viewpoint.

Inscriptions & Markings

There is the remains of a small label inside one shoe.

WALLET & PHOTOS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

The wallet is a dark green in colour. It consists of three layers of material. The outer cover and inner section are both cotton and sewn together around the edges. Where the photos sit there is a fine layer of felt that sits over the photo to protect it. The photos are Post Card style copies of the originals for display purposes.

Historical information

Angus Mackay enlisted on 22.4.1915 in the 7th Reinforcements 5th Battalian AIF No 2486. He later transfered to the 57th Battalian AIF. Wounded in action and while being treated in the field a shell burst overhead killing him instantly on 19.8.1916. The wallet and photos belonged to his best mate George Freeman No 2485. They joined up together both aged 18 years and went wherever the other went.

Inscriptions & Markings

The wallet has no markings or inscriptions. The grave photo on the Cross has the following; IN LOVING MEMORY, KILLED IN ACTION, No 2486, SIG ANGUS MACKAY, HQ S. The rest is hidden under the flowers. The photo of Mackay himself has a seal or stamp in the right hand corner at the bottom; W.Vincent Kelly Bendigo

Becquerel Phosphoroscope (incomplete)

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

The phosphoroscope consists of a round metal chamber with a pair of rotating discs inside, arranged so that no light can pass directly through the chamber. The discs have cut-out windows spaced equally at regular angular distances and are turned by the hand crank linked to a gear mechanism. The sample is placed in a specially designed holder into the small opening near the gearing, and it is exposed to the light source through the large rear condensing lens.

Historical information

The phosphoroscope was invented by Alexander Edmund Becquerel and used to measure the amount of time that a phosphorescent substance will glow after being irradiated by a brilliant source of light.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on chamber: 'Phosphoroscope de E. Becquerel / J. Duboscq a Paris

WW2 Helmet

Kyneton RSL Sub Branch, Kyneton

Camouflage green outer, webbing chin strap, black fabric adjustable lining. Metal rim around outer edge. Appears unused..

Historical information

This is an example of the British Brodie Pattern Mark 11 steel helmet. This style of helmet was worn during WW2 by all three services, Army, Navy and Air Force although colour schemes did vary.

Significance

An example of standard issue WW2 equipment worn by all branches of the Australian services.

Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia High School Pool Construction 1976. Ground work - the deep end 2.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph, scanned from slide. Slide set at Item 6513.

Historical information

The swimming pool at Watsonia High School was commenced in 1976 and opened in 1977. This photo shows groundwork for the pool, with the deep end of the pool in view.

Significance

While the school has gone, the pool remains in 2019, operating as Yarra Swim School, Liat Way Greensborough

Photograph - Transport diorama by Lance Glasby, c.1970s

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Lance Glasby was a member of the Shire of Eltham Historical Society who made dioramas: this is an example of his work.

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Photograph of two men, one in army uniform (could be father & son), sepia, unframed, cardboard. Soldier believed to be Duncan Baker. Slight silverfish damage

Historical information

Donated by Mrs Carracher, Gael

Inscriptions & Markings

On mount below photo: "The Empress Studio, 225 Chapel Street, Prahran"

Fork

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Silver plated copper alloy table forks - entrée from the wreck of the Loch Ard. Length 7⅛ " Some verdigris and silver oxide. Hallmark visible.

Historical information

HISTORY OF THE LOCH ARD The LOCH ARD belonged to the famous Loch Line which sailed many ships from England to Australia. Built in Glasgow by Barclay, Curdle and Co. in 1873, the LOCH ARD was a three-masted square rigged iron sailing ship. The ship measured 262ft 7" (79.87m) in length, 38ft (11.58m) in width, 23ft (7m) in depth and had a gross tonnage of 1693 tons. The LOCH ARD's main mast measured a massive 150ft (45.7m) in height. LOCH ARD made three trips to Australia and one trip to Calcutta before its final voyage. LOCH ARD left England on March 2, 1878, under the command of Captain Gibbs, a newly married, 29 year old. She was bound for Melbourne with a crew of 37, plus 17 passengers and a load of cargo. The general cargo reflected the affluence of Melbourne at the time. On board were straw hats, umbrella, perfumes, clay pipes, pianos, clocks, confectionary, linen and candles, as well as a heavier load of railway irons, cement, lead and copper. There were items included that intended for display in the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880. The voyage to Port Phillip was long but uneventful. At 3am on June 1, 1878, Captain Gibbs was expecting to see land and the passengers were becoming excited as they prepared to view their new homeland in the early morning. But LOCH ARD was running into a fog which greatly reduced visibility. Captain Gibbs was becoming anxious as there was no sign of land or the Cape Otway lighthouse. At 4am the fog lifted. A man aloft announced that he could see breakers. The sheer cliffs of Victoria's west coast came into view, and Captain Gibbs realised that the ship was much closer to them than expected. He ordered as much sail to be set as time would permit and then attempted to steer the vessel out to sea. On coming head on into the wind, the ship lost momentum, the sails fell limp and LOCH ARD's bow swung back. Gibbs then ordered the anchors to be released in an attempt to hold its position. The anchors sank some 50 fathoms - but did not hold. By this time LOCH ARD was among the breakers and the tall cliffs of Mutton Bird Island rose behind the ship. Just half a mile from the coast, the ship's bow was suddenly pulled around by the anchor. The captain tried to tack out to sea, but the ship struck a reef at the base of Mutton Bird Island, near Port Campbell. Waves broke over the ship and the top deck was loosened from the hull. The masts and rigging came crashing down knocking passengers and crew overboard. When a lifeboat was finally launched, it crashed into the side of LOCH ARD and capsized. Tom Pearce, who had launched the boat, managed to cling to its overturned hull and shelter beneath it. He drifted out to sea and then on the flood tide came into what is now known as LOCH ARD Gorge. He swam to shore, bruised and dazed, and found a cave in which to shelter. Some of the crew stayed below deck to shelter from the falling rigging but drowned when the ship slipped off the reef into deeper water. Eva Carmichael had raced onto deck to find out what was happening only to be confronted by towering cliffs looming above the stricken ship. In all the chaos, Captain Gibbs grabbed Eva and said, "If you are saved Eva, let my dear wife know that I died like a sailor". That was the last Eva Carmichael saw of the captain. She was swept off the ship by a huge wave. Eva saw Tom Pearce on a small rocky beach and yelled to attract his attention. He dived in and swam to the exhausted woman and dragged her to shore. He took her to the cave and broke open case of brandy which had washed up on the beach. He opened a bottle to revive the unconscious woman. A few hours later Tom scaled a cliff in search of help. He followed hoof prints and came by chance upon two men from nearby Glenample Station three and a half miles away. In a state of exhaustion, he told the men of the tragedy. Tom returned to the gorge while the two men rode back to the station to get help. By the time they reached LOCH ARD Gorge, it was cold and dark. The two shipwreck survivors were taken to Glenample Station to recover. Eva stayed at the station for six weeks before returning to Ireland, this time by steamship. In Melbourne, Tom Pearce received a hero's welcome. He was presented with the first gold medal of the Royal Humane Society of Victoria and a £1000 cheque from the Victorian Government. Concerts were performed to honour the young man's bravery and to raise money for those who lost family in the LOCH ARD disaster. Of the 54 crew members and passengers on board, only two survived: the apprentice, Tom Pearce and the young woman passenger, Eva Carmichael, who lost all of her family in the tragedy. Ten days after the LOCH ARD tragedy, salvage rights to the wreck were sold at auction for £2,120. Cargo valued at £3,000 was salvaged and placed on the beach, but most washed back into the sea when another storm developed. The wreck of LOCH ARD still lies at the base of Mutton Bird Island. Much of the cargo has now been salvaged and some was washed up into what is now known as LOCH ARD Gorge. Cargo and artefacts have also been illegally salvaged over many years before protective legislation was introduced. One of the most unlikely pieces of cargo to have survived the shipwreck was a Minton porcelain peacock - one of only seven in the world. The peacock was destined for the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880. It had been well packed, which gave it adequate protection during the violent storm. Today, the Minton peacock can be seen at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum in Warrnambool. From Australia's most dramatic shipwreck it has now become Australia's shipwreck artefact and is one of very few 'objects' on the Victorian State Heritage Register most valuable.

Significance

The LOCH ARD shipwreck is of State significance – Victorian Heritage Register S 417 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.

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Dunlop Hire, wooden squash racquet, with string whipping around shoulders, and leather handle grip. Materials: Wood, Enamel, Nylon, Ink, String, Adhesive tape, Leather, Plastic, Lacquer, Glue

Pocket Knife

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Pocket Knife from the Schomberg wreck Pocket knife has very bad concretion and is unstable

Historical information

When the ship Schomberg was launched in 1855, she was considered the most perfect clipper ship ever to be built. James Blaine’s Black Ball Line had commissioned her to be built for their fleet of passenger liners. At a cost of £43,103, the Aberdeen builders designed her to sail faster than the quick clippers designed by North American Donald McKay. She was a three masted wooden clipper ship, built with diagonal planking of British oat with layers of Scottish larch. This luxury vessel was designed to transport emigrants to Melbourne in superior comfort. She had ventilation ducts to provide air to the lower decks and a dining saloon, smoking room, library and bathrooms for the first class passengers. At the launch of Schomberg’s maiden voyage, her master Captain ‘Bully’ Forbes, drunkenly predicted that he would make the journey between Liverpool and Melbourne in 60 days. Schomberg departed Liverpool on 6 October 1855 with 430 passengers and 3000 tons cargo including iron rails and equipment intended the build the Geelong Railway and a bridge over the Yarra from Melbourne to Hawthorn. The winds were poor as Schomberg sailed across the equator, slowing her journey considerably. She was 78 days out of Liverpool when she ran aground on a sand-spit near Peterborough, Victoria, on 27 December; the sand spit and the currents were not marked on Forbes’s map. Overnight, the crew launched a lifeboat to find a safe place to land the ship’s passengers. The scouting party returned to Schomberg and advised Forbes that it was best to wait until morning because the rough seas could easily overturn the small lifeboats. The ship’s Chief Officer spotted SS Queen at dawn and signalled the steamer. The master of the SS Queen approached the stranded vessel and all of Schomberg’s passengers were able to disembark safely. The Black Ball Line’s Melbourne agent sent a steamer to retrieve the passengers’ baggage from the Schomberg. Other steamers helped unload her cargo until the weather changed and prevented the salvage teams from accessing the ship. Local merchants Manifold & Bostock bought the wreck and cargo, but did not attempt to salvage the cargo still on board the ship. They eventually sold it on to a Melbourne businessman and two seafarers. After two of the men drowned when they tried to reach Schomberg, salvage efforts were abandoned.32 In 1975, divers from Flagstaff Hill, including Peter Ronald, found an ornate communion set at the wreck. The set comprised a jug, two chalices, a plate and a lid. The lid did not fit any of the other objects and in 1978 a piece of the lid broke off, revealing a glint of gold. As museum staff carefully examined the lid and removed marine growth, they found a diamond ring, which is currently on display in the Great Circle Gallery.33 Flagstaff Hill also holds ship fittings and equipment, personal effects, a lithograph, tickets and photograph from the Schomberg. Most of the artefacts were salvaged from the wreck by Peter Ronald, former director of Flagstaff Hill.

Significance

The Schomberg, which is on the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR S612), has great historical significance as a rare example of a large, fast clipper ship on the England to Australia run, carrying emigrants at the time of the Victorian gold rush. She represents the technical advances made to break sailing records between Europe and Australia. Flagstaff Hill’s collection of artefacts from the Schomberg is significant for its association with the shipwreck, The collection is primarily significant because of the relationship between the objects, as together they have a high potential to interpret the story of the Schomberg. It is archaeologically significant as the remains of an international passenger Ship. It is historically significant for representing aspects of Victoria’s shipping history and for its association with the shipwreck and the ship, which was designed to be fastest and most luxurious of its day

Book - Ballarat School of Mines Handbook, 1968

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

Blue, black and white covered handbook for the Ballarat School of Mines.

Historical information

Ballarat School of Mines is a predecessor instution of Federation University Australia

List - List of Head Teachers 1878-1976 Greensborough State School Gr2062

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Typed list copied on white paper, black text

Historical information

A list of Head Teachers of Greensborough State School from 1878 to 1980.

Form 1B 1956

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Copy of black and white photograph of Williamstown High School form 1B of 1956.

Inscriptions & Markings

See image above

magnifying glass

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A small brass pocket magnifying glass with resting arm. The cardboard box is blue / black in colour.

Historical information

A pocket magnifying glass was a versatile scientific tool. It was ideal for situations in which the specimen was too small to be observed under a magnifying glass and access to a larger microscope would have been impossible.It could be taken on field expeditions and used to examine botanical, zoological and mineralogical specimens. This small magnifying glass could be used for examining specimens of plants or rocks or jewellery.

Significance

Simple,pocket microscopes had a significant impact on the the general public’s appreciation of both science and the natural world by making the microscopic world accessible and exciting.

Racquet & cover

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Slazenger 'Challenge No.1' racquet with nylon net strings. Black vinyl racquet head cover with zipper. Materials: Wood, Plastic, Leather, Adhesive tape, Nylon, Vinyl, Cloth