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Victorians and Native Birdlife

9 Jan 2018

An evolving relationship as illustrated through Victoria's cultural collections.

Curated By

Rohan Long, Technical Officer – Zoology and Collections Manager of the Tiegs Museum, School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne.

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Book - Manual of Military Law

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a hard cover book of 1068 pages. It has a red cover with black printing on the spine. The book has an Introduction, textual material on military law in three Sections and an Index. It also has several pages of advertisements printed on pink paper at the front of the book. The cover at the top part of the spine is torn away, there is evidence of silverfish damage in several places and the text has been annotated in many places, in handwriting in red ink. There is a signature of the owner in pencil on the one of the first pages and blue stamps of the Warrnambool & District Historical Society on the same page and on a back page. There is evidence of mould on the back cover.

Historical information

This book belonged to Captain Charles Rogers of the Australian Army. He was part of the Guard of Honour during the visit of the Duke of Gloucester in 1934. The visit was part of Victoria’s Centenary celebrations. Rogers was a well-known Warrnambool identity in the 1930s, 40s and 50s as a horseman and an army man. He was a long-serving Warrnambool Agricultural Show official as a judge of equine events. He died in 1961.

Significance

The book is of interest as it belonged to a well-known resident of Warrnambool in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘C.A.Rogers’

Roberts family - Genealogical document

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 00452:00714:01513 Three page handwritten quarto document outlining a brief history of the Roberts family in Greensborough during the 1939-45 war.

Historical information

Outlines the Roberts family's arrival in Greensborough, their early activities and mentions their childhood activities.

Significance

Records an era when Greensborough was starting to attract more outside people and the things people did during the war years to get by.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pencil notes on top of first page.

Newspaper Clipping - 'Woodlands': 11 Doon Court Briar Hill

Greensborough Historical Society,

Red and black print, colour photograph.

Historical information

Sale notice for "Woodlands", 1800s homestead on 8413 sqm at 11 Doon Court Briar Hill. Agent: Miles Real Estate. Home of Francis Wellington Were in the 1920's

Photograph, Ambulance Personnel

Ambulance Museum Victoria, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of two ambulance officers wearing full dress uniforms in front of ambulance

Historical information

Photograph of Tom Bennet and Tom Bryan in front of 1920s ambulance. Both appear to be wearing full dress uniforms.

Book - Greuze

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Greuze Cassell's Gems of Art 1725 to 1805 Author: Beatrice A Waldram Publisher: Cassell and Co Date; 1923

Historical information

This item is from the ‘Pattison Collection’, a collection of books and records that was originally owned by the Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute, which was founded in Warrnambool in 1853. By 1886 the Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute (WMI) had grown to have a Library, Museum and Fine Arts Gallery, with a collection of “… choice productions of art, and valuable specimens in almost every branch and many wonderful national curiosities are now to be seen there, including historic relics of the town and district.” It later included a School of Design. Although it was very well patronised, the lack of financial support led the WMI in 1911 to ask the City Council to take it over. In 1935 Ralph Pattison was appointed as City Librarian to establish and organise the Warrnambool Library as it was then called. When the WMI building was pulled down in 1963 a new civic building was erected on the site and the new Warrnambool Library, on behalf of the City Council, took over all the holdings of the WMI. At this time some of the items were separated and identified as the ‘Pattison Collection’, named after Ralph Pattison. Eventually the components of the WMI were distributed from the Warrnambool Library to various places, including the Art Gallery, Historical Society and Flagstaff Hill. Later some were even distributed to other regional branches of Corangamite Regional Library and passed to and fro. It is difficult now to trace just where all of the items have ended up. The books at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village generally display stamps and markings from Pattison as well as a variety of other institutions including the Mechanics’ Institute itself. RALPH ERIC PATTISON Ralph Eric Pattison was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, in 1891. He married Maude Swan from Warrnambool in 1920 and they set up home in Warrnambool. In 1935 Pattison accepted a position as City Librarian for the Warrnambool City Council. His huge challenge was to make a functional library within two rooms of the Mechanics’ Institute. He tirelessly cleaned, cleared and sorted a disarrayed collection of old books, jars of preserved specimens and other items reserved for exhibition in the city’s museum. He developed and updated the library with a wide variety of books for all tastes, including reference books for students; a difficult task to fulfil during the years following the Depression. He converted all of the lower area of the building into a library, reference room and reading room for members and the public. The books were sorted and stored using a cataloguing and card index system that he had developed himself. He also prepared the upper floor of the building and established the Art Gallery and later the Museum, a place to exhibit the many old relics that had been stored for years for this purpose. One of the treasures he found was a beautiful ancient clock, which he repaired, restored and enjoyed using in his office during the years of his service there. Ralph Pattison was described as “a meticulous gentleman whose punctuality, floorless courtesy and distinctive neat dress were hallmarks of his character, and ‘his’ clock controlled his daily routine, and his opening and closing of the library’s large heavy doors to the minute.” Pattison took leave during 1942 to 1942 to serve in the Royal Australian Navy, Volunteer Reserve as Lieutenant. A few years later he converted one of the Museum’s rooms into a Children’s Library, stocking it with suitable books for the younger generation. This was an instant success. In the 1950’s he had the honour of being appointed to the Victorian Library Board and received more inspiration from the monthly conferences in Melbourne. He was sadly retired in 1959 after over 23 years of service, due to the fact that he had gone over the working age of council officers. However he continued to take a very keen interest in the continual development of the Library until his death in 1969.

Significance

The Pattison Collection, along with other items at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, was originally part of the Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute’s collection. The Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute Collection is primarily significant in its totality, rather than for the individual objects it contains. Its contents are highly representative of the development of Mechanics' Institute libraries across Australia, particularly Victoria. A diversity of publications and themes has been amassed, and these provide clues to our understanding of the nature of and changes in the reading habits of Victorians from the 1850s to the middle of the 20th century. The collection also highlights the Warrnambool community’s commitment to the Mechanics’ Institute, reading, literacy and learning in the regions, and proves that access to knowledge was not impeded by distance. These items help to provide a more complete picture of our community’s ideals and aspirations. The Warrnambool Mechanics Institute book collection has historical and social significance for its strong association with the Mechanics Institute movement and the important role it played in the intellectual, cultural and social development of people throughout the latter part of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. The collection of books is a rare example of an early lending library and its significance is enhanced by the survival of an original collection of many volumes. The Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute’s publication collection is of both local and state significance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on spine cover with typed text PAT 927 WAL Pastedown front end page has sticker from Warrnambool Mechanics Institute and Free Library covered by a sticker from Corangamite Regional Library Service

bank account book

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A book with a blue cardboard cover and green/blue cloth binding. Print is black. It has si leaves inside. Inside are hand-written records of deposits and dates.

Historical information

This book is a bank account book issued by The State Savings Bank of Victoria, guaranteed by the Government of Victoria for The School Bank Department. it belonged to Marilyn Morgan who attended State School No. 2744 at Orbost from 1956 -1958.

Significance

The State Bank of Victoria was a bank that existed from 1842 until 1990 when it was taken over by the Commonwealth Bank. It was owned by the State of Victoria. the bank operated school savings accounts from 1912.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped diagonally across front cover in blue ink : CANCELLED At top right: 1597

Images - Cornish Mining

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

Photograph of a painting (copy) - The Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Sepia photograph

Historical information

Original painting found in a house at the corner of Bell Sreet and Park Lane, Torquay showing the J H Scammell on the rocks at Point Danger,Torquay in 1891.

Significance

A contemporary record of one of many shipwrecks on the south coast of Victoria.

Postcard: Musee de L'Armee (The Musée de l'Armée (Army Museum) is a national military museum of France located at Les Invalides in the 7th arrondissement of Paris.)

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

The black and white card shows a soldier standing beside a large shell. This is at the Army Museum in France.

Black and white photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A black and white photograph of the P.S Pevensey tied up to the Echuca Wharf. There is a group of school children leaning over the wire fence at the edge of the wharf. There is also one teacher supervising the children. The Steam Packet Inn and the Customs House can be seen in the background.

Historical information

The photograph shows the state of the Echuca wharf in 1973 or 1974. The P.S Pevensey looks like it has just received a fresh coat of paint. There is also a train parked on the wharf behind the school students. The river also appears to be quite high.

Significance

This photograph shows the state of the wharf in the early 1970's. It shows the fence between the wharf and Murray Esplande was relatively new. The tourism industry was very new to Echuca in the 1970's but the P.S Pevensey looks ready to take Tourists cruising on the Murray River. It also shows schools were using the port as a valuable resource for teaching History.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pevensey; Melbourne can be seen clearly written on the paddle steamer. On the back of the photograph is written "This photograph is with the compliments of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Victoria. Please acknowledge photo; Michael Cheshire. There is also a purple Port of Echuca stamp on the back of the photograph.

handing out christmas billies

Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc, Melbourne

Programme - Waiting in the Wings / by Noel Coward

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Programme issued by The Kew Repertory Players for a performance of the Australian premiere of Waiting in the Wings by Noel Coward. Performances took place in the Kew City Hall in March 1963. The 8-page programme includes a cast list, some profiles, a synopsis and advertisements for local businesses.

Significance

The Arthur Dear Collection is a comprehensive collection of theatrical ephemera relating to performances by theatrical and musical organisations from within and outside the former City of Kew who typically performed at venues in Kew during the 1950s and 1960s.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of John Huxley Carse, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 01856.01903.01943.03493 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of John Huxley Carse (died 04/10/1926) in Plot#J15 Greensborough Cemetery.

Significance

Greensborough Cemetery was created when land was given for the cemetery by Mr William Poulter, a local settler, about 1864. The cemetery holds the graves of many early settlers in the district.

Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

B/w print of Council of the City of Ballarat 1901 - 2. Names listed: "Barker, C.C. Shoppee, R. Pea??, J. Whykes, R.G. Middleton, J. Heinz, Murray, F. Williams, J.J. Brokenshire (Mayor)".

Card: Invitation to Apprentice Week 1960 CTS

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Small white card with black text, Collingwood Technical School at top, inviting a visit to the school to inspect the Apprentice Classes on Wednesday, 11th May and Thursday 12th May 1960, 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Including displays of Caraftmanship Classes at Work. J.V.Shelton, Principal.

Historical information

2 copies held

Needles, Suture

Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History, Melbourne

Folded paper packet containing curved suture needles wrapped in foil. The packet is white with green and red printed text.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped in black ink on reverse: 1/2 CIRCLE / CUTTING

Photograph - Colour - Towards Hazelwood

Victorian Interpretive Projects Inc., Redan, 3350

Bust - Samuel Mogg

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Golden head and shoulder bust of a mythical discoverer of Australia, Sir Samuel Moggs. Made of plaster on a metal pipe was originally on a concrete base with a nearby rough cairn of bricksl

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Trophy: CTS silver CTS 1966 - Silver trophy from Woodwork Instructors Association Model of the year 1966 won by Collingwood Technical School

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Silver trophy from the Woodwork Instructors Association Model of the year 1966 won by Collingwood Technical School

Inscriptions & Markings

WOODWORK INSTRUCTORS ASSOCIATION / Model of the year - 1966 / First prize Form 3 / Won by / COLLINGWOOD TECH SCHOOL'

newspaper clippings

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Three articles relating to the closure of the Bairnsdale - Orbost Railway in 1987. They are from the Snowy River Mail and The News. They contain photographs, news articles and the history of the line and its closure.

Historical information

The Bairnsdale-Orbost railway was opened in 1916 to serve the agricultural and timber industry. Because of the decline in traffic and heavy operating costs, the line was finally closed in August, 1987. The closure of this railway was a controversial issue at the time with many public protests in the district.

Significance

These articles are contemporary record of a significant event in Orbost history.

Shearing Handpiece

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Golden lister no.60695 shearing handpiece.

Historical information

Golden Lister hand piece produced in the late 1906's, part of the Lister Ace Family. Hand piece has a wide fork and is missing its comb.

Inscriptions & Markings

Golden Lister

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph of a group of people posing on the stairs outside the Memorial Hall, Rutherglen

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photo: "In W.T. Mar 10. 1954. page 54. Shire Crs. & Staff of Rutherglen. Messrs. K.P. Meekcoms (Eng.) C.A. Ricketts sec. Miss F.M. Kendall. Crs. F. Schue. A.D. Campbell. A. Forbes. J. Terrill. Mr. J.L. Bales 'Pres.' Crs. W. Jaspar. C.J.G. Morris. Pres. H.C. Gill. S.J. Prentice. S.G. Williams. J.P. Francis." At top right on back: "3/6" On back: rubber stamp with copyright details.

2 photographs of 30 Dytes Parade.

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

2 photographs of 30 Dytes Parade, Ballarat, weatherboard house - see also 0267.07. Owner - Ferguson.

Inscriptions & Markings

30 Dytes Parade.

Photograph - New York to Cape Town - S.S. 'Morgenster'

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A colour photograph of the ocean and the S.S Morgenster, sailing from New York to Cape Town, dated 19-2-48.

Historical information

This photograph is part of series of colour photographs taken by Allan Quinn while sailing to Cape Town from New York on the S.S. Morgenster. This ship is mentioned in some of Allan's letters (such as Object 0152).

Significance

This is a photograph from the Allan Charles Quinn collection which is a collection of letters and photograph depicting aspects of life at sea for a young man in the era immediately following World War II.

Car accident with shop

Ballarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat), Ballarat

Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Colour photograph of Brian Teacher holding up trophy after winning Australian Open mens singles. Materials: Photographic emulsion, Paper

Photograph - Cartoon by Eltham resident, Percy Leason.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Thos. Nelson (Aust.) Ltd., via Mr. Keith Gray, 35 Drummond St., Carlton. 3053

Significance

This photo forms part of a collection of photographs gathered by the Shire of Eltham for their centenary project book,"Pioneers and Painters: 100 years of the Shire of Eltham" by Alan Marshall (1971). The collection of over 500 images is held in partnership between Eltham District Historical Society and Yarra Plenty Regional Library (Eltham Library) and is now formally known as the 'The Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph Collection.' It is significant in being the first community sourced collection representing the places and people of the Shire's first one hundred years.

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 142 January 2002

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, Audio Presentation: Alan Marshall Speaking • February Meeting • 2002 Program • Nillumbik Then and Now • Eltham New Zealand • The Re-Dedication Day, Thursday 8, 2001 • Roger Bird • In Brief • Annual General Meeting

Significance

The Shire of Eltham Historical Society was formed in October 1967. The first newsletter of the Society was issued May 1978 and has been published continuously ever since on a bi-monthly basis. With the cessation of the Shire of Eltham in late 1994, the Society's name was revised to Eltham District Historical Society and this name first appeared with issue No. 103, July 1995. The collection of the Society's newsletters provides a valuable resource on the history of the Society's activities, office bearers and committee members, guest speakers and subjects of historical interest pertinent to the former Shire of Eltham and the Eltham District.

Chisel

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Bricklayers chisel Length 177mm Has a burred head.

Agenda - Melbourne Committee October 1981

Old Castlemaine Schoolboys Association Inc., CASTLEMAINE

Photograph - Roadworks at the intersection of Bridge Street with Main Road, during the widening of Main Road, Eltham, 1968.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital file only; created from original colour positive slide transparency

Audio recording, tape - "Legacy Week message 1977"

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Box, cardboard. Spool, plastic. Tape, magnetic

Inscriptions & Markings

"Legacy Week" message - 1977 given by David Frost. Melbourne Legacy stamped on top and bottom of box.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

VERY FADED PHOTOGRAPH FAMILY IN GIG/HORSE DRAWN VEHICLE

Historical information

UNIDENTIFIED PHOTOGRAPH DONATED BY W. GAYFORD, 20 WOLSLEY STREET, MONT ALBERT

Compass

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Compass, marine or ship's card compass, inscribed "LORD KELVIN 10.", "COMPASS GRID", "MANUFACTURED IN GREAT BRITAIN BY", "KELVIN HUGHES DIVISION", "S. Smith & Sons (England) Ltd". Housed in a gimble.

Inscriptions & Markings

"LORD KELVIN 10.", "COMPASS GRID", "MANUFACTURED IN GREAT BRITAIN BY", "KELVIN HUGHES DIVISION", "S. Smith & Sons (England) Ltd".

Photograph - Phillip Island Bridge

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Joining Girder between two sides of new Bridge. Part of crane shown. Men on the girder and each side.

Historical information

1969 Phillip Island Bridge under construction. From the Jack Jenner Collection.

Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

B/w photo of fields, large buildings and roads. Horse & wagon in centre right.

Cartoon - "Yer know, Blue, sometimes I sit back and wishes I was 'ome".

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Cartoon of soldiers in the trenches up to their waists in water wishing they were"ome". It shows the soldiers fully equipped, helmets, webbing, rifles with fixed bayonets. "Blue" was the nick name of A.J. Roddy owner of the cartoon.

Historical information

A.J. "Blue" Roddy was one of the people who set up the museum as it is today. Unfortunately the men didn't understand the need for records.

Inscriptions & Markings

signed Quincay// Cartoon quotation; "yer know Blue, sometimes I sits back and wishes I was 'ome'// (hand written) one of the boys left it under my pillow 1940

Photo of the Finale of the play Divji lovec - The Poacher - Finale photo of the play Divji lovec - The Poacher, 1968

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of the Finale of the play Divji lovec - The Poacher, performed in 1968. Director was Ivan Valenčič.

Photographs

RMIT Design Archives, MELBOURNE

Photograph featuring students in 'Designs Performing' exhibit. Students are from the RMIT Industrial Design course.

High Tide 1981

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Williamstown High School yearbook for the 1981 school year. Coloured card cover, 36 pages the yearbook contains reports from all departments, sport results, student work and many black and white photographs.

Horse Brass

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Horse Brass, irregular, has verdigris and sections corroded away. Recovered from the wreck of the Schomberg.

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. 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. 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

Photograph - Tree Planting, Hurstbridge Primary School students, Fergusons Paddock, Hurstbridge, c.1999

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph – Framed - Geelong Gliding Club primary glider - Geelong Gliding Club primary glider flying at Tower Hill at Easter 1931

Australian Gliding Museum, Parwan

Framed black and white photograph

Historical information

The photograph was taken at the first big inter-club gliding rally in Australia that was run by the Victorian Gliding Association at Tower Hill, Koroit, over the four day Easter holiday weekend in 1931. For more information about this event see Allan Ash, Gliding in Australia, Hudson, Hawthorn, 1990, pp 20-21. The glider shown is a Zogling that was built in 1929 by the Geelong Gliding Club under the supervision of Percy Pratt who had obtained the constructional plans from Germany. The glider was flown on this occasion by Tom Thompson, a founding member of the Geelong club.

Significance

This photograph is significant for the Geelong Gliding Club (as it shows its original primary glider in flight at this legendary event) and for Australian gliding in general as it captures the pioneering spirit of those times with the sight of a primary glider in flight off the edge of the Tower Hill volcanic crater and the interest it evidently generated amongst the local public as indicated by the many spectators.

Inscriptions & Markings

G.G.C. Primary Glider Tower Hill, Koroit – Easter 1931 Pilot T.W.Thompson (17/6/1908 – 13/6/1988)

Letter, First ANZAC CORPS 1917.

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Laminated letter. Typed on a typewriter.

Historical information

WWI letter regarding Lewis Guns of Cyclist Battalion at First ANZAC Corps School.

Inscriptions & Markings

"First ANZAC Corps / 8th March 1917 / 94/1/141 ... / O.C., First ANZAC Cyclist Battalion. / Commandant, First ANZAC Corps School .... / Lewis Guns of Cyclist Battalion at Corps School. / In reply to First ANZAC Cyclist Battalion memo. 653 of 7th march, the lewis guns belonging to that unit which are now at the corps school will be returned if a party, with the necessary transport, can be sent to the school at BOIS d'ESCARDON-NEUSE to collect them / Brigadier-General, / General Staff, / First ANZAC Corps"

Photograph - Fire Aftermath, Laughing Waters Area

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph of bushfire aftermath Laughing Waters Road Eltham 1965.

Model Engine

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Model 3 Cylinder Engine.

Program Photos Review Newsletter Poster Articles - Little Murders by Jules Feiffer directed by Paul King

Heidelberg Theatre Company Inc.., Rosanna

Photograph - 107 Bible Street (southwest corner Arthur and Bible Streets), Eltham, June 1999

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 10 strips

Significance

The Margaret Ball (Pre 1960s Houses) Collection was a personal project initiated to mark the year 2000 and arose as a result of the disappearance of many pre-1960s parts of Eltham due to development. Approximately 200 pre-1960s style houses that were left in Eltham between Main Road and east to Bible Street, between Cecil Street to the north and south to Dalton Street were photographed in late 1999. Not all of the houses could be photographed; some because the garden or trees blocked the view of the house, others because of rubbish or cars were in the way, some because people were working on the house or in the gardens at the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 200

Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright and companion in an empty music bowl

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

Two black and white photographs of two men dressed in suits standing together and shaking hands in one photo. They are standing in a music bowl with a ceiling consisted of six arches descending in size toward the back. Around the stage is a tiered platform of seating. Workmen can be seen working in the background. The man on the right is Frank Wright.

Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born. 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.

Vial

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Glass vial containing Haemostop - stops bleeding."Pharma" Chemical Laboratories NSW. Vial has cork stopper. 3" long