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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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Photograph - Mrs. Wedge cutting ribbon at opening of East Ringwood railway station. Mr. Everard, MLA on left. 16 May 1925.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photograph, "Mrs. Wedge cutting ribbon at opening of East Ringwood railway station. Mr. Everard, MLA on left". 16 May 1925.

Photograph - Digital Image - Train at Greensborough Railway Station 1960s

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of a train approaching Greensborough Railway Station in the late 1960s. Note the foot crossing under the train, prior to the overpass.

Book - 40 Years at the Methodist Ladies' College 1882-1921 / by W. H. Fitchett BA LLD

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

64 page illustrated history of MLC by Dr WH Fitchett

Photograph - Ringwood Primary School 1996 Class Photo Netball Team

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

(No Student Names listed)

Mrs Potts iron

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A Mrs Potts Sad Iron.It is a double point design with detachable handle. The detachable insulated handle was designed to be always cool for ironing. The handle was detachable, so that several irons could be on the stove at one time and the handle swapped between several bodies. There is no handle with this iron.

Historical information

Mrs. Potts invented the Potts Removable Handle Iron. Her invention of the Cold Handle Sad Iron changed the clothing iron industry. The detachable insulated handle was designed to be always cool for ironing. The handle was detachable, so that several irons could be on the stove at one time and the handle swapped between several bodies.

Significance

This item is an example of an invention that was universally adopted because it meant that users could keep several irons on the stove at one time and the handle swapped when needed. The original Mrs Potts irons had handles made of wood (walnut) and this enabled the user to us the iron without sustaining burns.

Inscriptions & Markings

MRS POTTS. Rest is indecipherable.

digital photographs - Werribee Pre Olympic Swimming Pool Changing Sheds

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph of Werribee Pre Olympic Swimming Pool.

Flag - Flying Angel Mission to Seafarers flag

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Commissioned blue flag with Mission to Seafarers insignia. Mounted on long wooden pole with pointed ferrule at end, corded artificial silk with two tassels.

Inscriptions & Markings

'MISSION TO SEAFARERS'

Program - A Shire Remembers

Maldon Brass Band Inc., Maldon

Inscriptions & Markings

Mount Alexander Shire Australia Remembers 1945-11995 Committee Presents a concert

Movie film - Alan Partington home movies

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Three 8mm movie films in yellow card boxes.

Historical information

Alan Partington's hoe movies: Reel 1: Football Greensborough; Reel 2: Stawell Gift; Reel 3: Homecoming; Kids at Zoo; Geelong Heats

Cartridge

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

empty cartridge 7.62 x 51mm SLR Nato

Photograph - Colour - Greenwich Chapel and Museum, England, 2016

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph of a sculptural portrait.

Historical information

Greenwich Palace no longer exists however archaeology had added greatly to our understanding of life at the Tudor Court at Greenwich. Since 1971 there have been well over 20 digs on the site. Many wonderful and intriguing items from gold coins to tiled floors and human skeletons have been found. The first major dig uncovered the structure of the royal apartments next to the river. Not only did it clarify the floor plan but finds included some rare Tudor ceiling decorations, a hoard of gold coins and many personal items such as dice used for gaming. Perhaps the most revealing excavations have been the most recent. In 2005 while monitoring the digging of a drainage trench archaeologists found brickwork and tiles that formed the floor of the east end of the Tudor Chapel Royal where the altar once stood.

Photograph - Back to Panton Hill. L-R: Messrs. Tom McLaughlin, Sammy Cracknell, Bill Joyce and Leon Petit. Sitting: Mrs. Pat Plunkett, Mrs. Jim Shanhun, Mrs. F. Motschall, Mrs. F. Clark, c.1929

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Mrs. A.E. Motschall, Panton Hill

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.

boat model - Viking Boat Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Viking Boat Trophy Donor: J. H. Linacre Deed of Gift: No J. H (John) Linacre was a past Commodore of RBYC in 1961/64 and again in 1968/70. He sailed in a number of classes at RBYC including the Dragon class which he raced very successfully, including winning the English Speaking Union Championship at Poole, England in 1960. The trophy is awarded to the winner of the RBYC Dragon class spring aggregate. First Winner: Scarlet Runner, 1989/90

Black and white transparency

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Metal plate photographic negative image of 1964 Davis Cup team. Metal plate fixed to wood block. Materials: Wood, Metal

LETTER

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Letter, light coloured paper from the RAAF to R C Allardice thanking him for his service. Signed by Commodore Hewitt.

Historical information

Item relates to Reginald Charles ALLARDICE No 418577 RAAF. Refer Cat No 3627.5 for his service history.

Two Seater School Desk

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Wooden School Desk that seated two children

Historical information

One of the school student desks used in the now closed schools of the Rutherglen District

Digital photograph - Upper Coliban Reservoir

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Booklet - Ballarat Junior Technical School Prospectus, 1913

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

23 page soft charcoal coloured book. Contents include: Aim of the School, curriculum, compulsory drill, evening school, rules, work programme. Images include: Modelling Class, Sheetmetal Work, Experimental Science, woodwork

Historical information

The Ballarat Junior Technical School was a division of the Ballarat School of Mines. It was a school for preparatory technical work in trade, art and science. it opened in 1913 in the bluestone building adjoining Dana Street Primary School. In 1921 in moved into a custom built brick building on the Ballarat School of Mines site.

Document - Certificates Granted by the Council of the Ballarat School of Mines, Ballarat (and examination papers), 1872

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

Foolscap book of 1872 and 1873 examinations. The cover indicated certificates granted in those years.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Document - Certificate of Marriage, and, In Memory card from Australian Imperial Force.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Copy of Certificate of Marriage (15 x 40 cm); in Memory card (16 x 11 cm). Card includes a photograph of Sapper Wardrop's grave in Senlecques Churchyard.

Historical information

Various information relating to the Wardrop family.

Significance

These items were included in the estate of Shirley Fraser and are possibly relatives of the Black family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten details on card.

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph of a large group of children, in fancy dress, at a ball.

Inscriptions & Markings

At bottom of photo: "A Memento of Children's Ball, Rutherglen. 8-10-37"

Document - The training of new Legatees. 26 May 1954 (H20)

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White foolscap paper with black type x 2 pages of recommendations of training of new Legatees.

Historical information

In the report on the work of Legacy in 1953 (see item 01491) it was mentioned that the education of Legatees was seen as something that needed to be addressed and a formal induction process with proper training would be necessary. A two page report was included as attachment 'C'. This is the report. It mentions the Board of Management decided to inaugurate a course of classes, over six Monday evenings. The topics covered: 1) The structure of Legacy and the nature of contact work. 2) Welfare Committee and Welfare assistance available from statutory sources. 3) Education and Employment Committee 4) Residences, Housing and Accommodation, Camp and Holidays Committees. 5) The Medical, Dental, Boys' and Girls' Group Committees. 6) Personnel and Comradeship. The notation H20 in red pen shows that it was part of the archive project that was trying to capture the history of Legacy.

Significance

A report covering the need to train Legatees and how it was proposed to be achieved by a course of lectures.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten H20 in red pen. Handwritten 'C' in top right corner.

Plan - Architectural Drawing of 222 Drummond Street North, Ballarat, 1904

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

Framed original architectural by Percival Richards of 222 Drummond Street North, Ballarat, on the corner of Mill Street.

Historical information

Perceval Selwyn Richards (ARVIA) was a Ballarat architect who from 1900 to 1940 was responsible for innovative Edwardian and Art Deco style buildings in the district. In 1904 his office was at the Mercantile Building on the corner of Armstrong and Dana Streets, Ballarat. Perceval Selwyn Richards was born 21 July 1865 at Christchurch, New Zealand. He married Alice Emma Nicholson. Percy Richardson sailed to Melbourne, Australia in 1887 to find employment in an architect’s office. On arrival in Ballarat started as an assistant in the architectural firm of William Brazenor, where he worked for six years before continuing with the business after Brazenor's death. He taught Architecture at the Ballarat School of Mines from 1918 to 1921. As well as his work from the Ballarat and District Anglican Diocese and the Ballarat and the Western Districts. Ballarat & Clarendon College is also one of his designs.

Advertising Leaflet - 1/23 Jessop Street Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Real estate leaflet, 1 sheet, printed in colour both sides

Historical information

1/23 Jessop Street Greensborough, 3 bedroom home, sold 06/05/2012 for $435, 000; sold May 2013 for $435,000; sold 26/09/2014 for $465,000

Photograph - Demolition of Eltham Shire Offices, 895 Main Road, Eltham, August 1996

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 5 strips

Historical information

The Shire Offices opened in 1965 and were extended in 1971. The final Eltham Shire Council meeting was held in December 1994 before the forced amalgamations of municipal councils by the Kennett Government. The State-Government-appointed Commissioners (1994-1996) took the decision in July 1996 to demolish the Eltham Shire Offices. The demolition works started within 24 hours of the decision being made.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-5

Pewter spoon

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Pewter spoon on wooden frame. Saint Peter figure top of handle, crossed keys below. Spoon bowl shows market scene with dentist.

Book - Schooling, service and the Great War : a resource for Secondary Schools. (includes a CD-ROM)

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

94 p. : ill. ; 30 cm. + 1 x computer optical disc (CD-ROM)

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 9781877007880

Photograph

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Black and White photograph of the rescue of crew from H.M.A.S. Warrnambool. 70 mm x 115 mm SH 313.4 Ships T-Z

Lead

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Lead, irregular shape. 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