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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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ceramic - Vessels: the world within

Bayside Gallery - Bayside City Council Art & Heritage Collection, Brighton

slipcast white stoneware, airbrushed glazes and oxide, multi-fired decals, wax resist, enamel

Historical information

Bayside City Council Art and Heritage Collection. Purchased 2017. © Garry Bish

Ballarat Legacy Endowment Plan, "Student Nurses Association Ballarat Base Hospital" - ?1956

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League, Ballarat

Certificate

SOCKS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

two pairs khaki socks - wool

Photograph - Maroondah System Centenary, Maroondah Dam, 17 Feb 1991

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Peter Glass (b.1917-d.1997) - Bush at St. Andrews, Winter Light, 1978

Nillumbik Shire Council,

PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

B&W photo showing a group of captured Japanese soldiers with local people crowding around looking on. Crinollated edges around photo and writing on the rear.

Historical information

In collection belonging to Keith David Livingston VX136969 2nd AIF. Refer 1911P for service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Japs rounded up at Kuching, capital of Sarawak Borneo 1945"

Photograph - Colour - Avebury World Heritage Site, Prehistoric Monuments, England

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph of Avebury World Heritage Site.

Historical information

Colour photograph of the Silbury Hill, an immense Neolithic man-made mound part of the Avebury World Heritage Site. The Avebury World Heritage Site is a complex of outstanding prehistoric monuments comprising Windmill Hill (Early Neolithic enclosure and Bronze Age burial mounds); Silbury Hill; West Kennet Long Barrow; Avebury Stone Circles and West Kennet Avenue; The Sanctuary (site of stone and timber circles). It is part of National Trust and English Heritage. Visitors may walk to sites.

Mincer

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Food mincer, metal, clamp on bench style, with rotating wooden handle. Inscriptions stamped on metal.

Inscriptions & Markings

"PAT.JAN.30.88 AP'L 19 - - " and "PAT.JUNE 5.88"

Photograph - Herman Pump, A.F. Sugden, Bert Richards outside Club Hotel, Ringwood. (undated)

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed below photograph, "Left-Right... Herman Pump, A.F. Sugden, Bert Richards outside Club Hotel.

Baby Clothes

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Baby clothes, handmade baby clothes. Silk dress, smocking across front, pointed tips on collar, embroidered detail. Made by Gladys Angus, part of the W.R. Angus Collection. c.1930

Historical information

This baby dress was donated to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village by the family of Doctor William Roy Angus, Surgeon and Oculist. It is part of the “W.R. Angus Collection” that includes historical medical equipment, surgical instruments and material once belonging to Dr Edward Ryan and Dr Thomas Francis Ryan, (both of Nhill, Victoria) as well as Dr Angus’ own belongings. The Collection’s history spans the medical practices of the two Doctors Ryan, from 1885-1926 plus that of Dr Angus, up until 1969. ABOUT THE “W.R.ANGUS COLLECTION” Doctor William Roy Angus M.B., B.S., Adel., 1923, F.R.C.S. Edin.,1928 (also known as Dr Roy Angus) was born in Murrumbeena, Victoria in 1901 and lived until 1970. He qualified as a doctor in 1923 at University of Adelaide, was Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 1924 and for a period was house surgeon to Sir (then Mr.) Henry Simpson Newland. Dr Angus was briefly an Assistant to Dr Riddell of Kapunda, then commenced private practice at Curramulka, Yorke Peninsula, SA, where he was physician, surgeon and chemist. In 1926, he was appointed as new Medical Assistant to Dr Thomas Francis Ryan (T.F. Ryan, or Tom), in Nhill, Victoria, where his experiences included radiology and pharmacy. In 1927 he was Acting House Surgeon in Dr Tom Ryan’s absence. Dr Angus had become engaged to Gladys Forsyth and they decided he further his studies overseas in the UK in 1927. He studied at London University College Hospital and at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and in 1928, was awarded FRCS (Fellow from the Royal College of Surgeons), Edinburgh. He worked his passage back to Australia as a Ship’s Surgeon on the on the Australian Commonwealth Line’s T.S.S. Largs Bay. Dr Angus married Gladys in 1929, in Ballarat. (They went on to have one son (Graham 1932, born in SA) and two daughters (Helen (died 12/07/1996) and Berenice (Berry), both born at Mira, Nhill ) According to Berry, her mother Gladys made a lot of their clothes. She was very talented and did some lovely embroidery including lingerie for her trousseau and beautifully handmade baby clothes. Dr Angus was a ‘flying doctor’ for the A.I.M. (Australian Inland Ministry) Aerial Medical Service in 1928 . Its first station was in the remote town of Oodnadatta, where Dr Angus was stationed. He was locum tenens there on North-South Railway at 21 Mile Camp. He took up this ‘flying doctor’ position in response to a call from Dr John Flynn; the organisation was later known as the Flying Doctor Service, then the Royal Flying Doctor Service. A lot of his work during this time involved dental surgery also. Between 1928-1932 he was surgeon at the Curramulka Hospital, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. In 1933 Dr Angus returned to Nhill and purchased a share of the Nelson Street practice and Mira hospital (a 2 bed ward at the Nelson Street Practice) from Dr Les Middleton one of the Middleton Brothers, the current owners of what previously once Dr Tom Ryan’s practice. Dr Tom and his brother had worked as surgeons included eye surgery. Dr Tom Ryan performed many of his operations in the Mira private hospital on his premises. He had been House Surgeon at the Nhill Hospital 1902-1926. Dr Tom Ryan had one of the only two pieces of radiology equipment in Victoria during his practicing years – The Royal Melbourne Hospital had the other one. Over the years Dr Tom Ryan had gradually set up what was effectively a training school for country general-practitioner-surgeons. Each patient was carefully examined, including using the X-ray machine, and any surgery was discussed and planned with Dr Ryan’s assistants several days in advance. Dr Angus gained experience in using the X-ray machine there during his time as assistant to Dr Ryan. When Dr Angus bought into the Nelson Street premises in Nhill he was also appointed as the Nhill Hospital’s Honorary House Surgeon 1933-1938. His practitioner’s plate from his Nhill surgery is now mounted on the doorway to the Port Medical Office at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool. When Dr Angus took up practice in the Dr Edward and Dr Tom Ryan’s old premises he obtained their extensive collection of historical medical equipment and materials spanning 1884-1926. A large part of this collection is now on display at the Port Medical Office at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village in Warrnambool. In 1939 Dr Angus and his family moved to Warrnambool where he purchased “Birchwood,” the 1852 home and medical practice of Dr John Hunter Henderson, at 214 Koroit Street. (This property was sold in1965 to the State Government and is now the site of the Warrnambool Police Station. and an ALDI sore is on the land that was once their tennis court). The Angus family was able to afford gardeners, cooks and maids; their home was a popular place for visiting dignitaries to stay whilst visiting Warrnambool. Dr Angus had his own silk worm farm at home in a Mulberry tree. His young daughter used his centrifuge for spinning the silk. Dr Angus was appointed on a part-time basis as Port Medical Officer (Health Officer) in Warrnambool and held this position until the 1940’s when the government no longer required the service of a Port Medical Officer in Warrnambool; he was thus Warrnambool’s last serving Port Medical Officer. (Masters of immigrant ships arriving in port reported incidents of diseases, illness and death and the Port Medical Officer made a decision on whether the ship required Quarantine and for how long, in this way preventing contagious illness from spreading from new immigrants to the residents already in the colony.) Dr Angus was a member of the Australian Medical Association, for 35 years and surgeon at the Warrnambool Base Hospital 1939-1942, He served as a Surgeon Captain during WWII1942-45, in Ballarat, Victoria, and in Bonegilla, N.S.W., completing his service just before the end of the war due to suffering from a heart attack. During his convalescence he carved an intricate and ‘most artistic’ chess set from the material that dentures were made from. He then studied ophthalmology at the Royal Melbourne Eye and Ear Hospital and created cosmetically superior artificial eyes by pioneering using the intrascleral cartilage. Angus received accolades from the Ophthalmological Society of Australasia for this work. He returned to Warrnambool to commence practice as an ophthalmologist, pioneering in artificial eye improvements. He was Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist to Warrnambool Base Hospital for 31 years. He made monthly visits to Portland as a visiting surgeon, to perform eye surgery. He represented the Victorian South-West subdivision of the Australian Medical Association as its secretary between 1949 and 1956 and as chairman from 1956 to 1958. In 1968 Dr Angus was elected member of Spain’s Barraquer Institute of Barcelona after his research work in Intrasclearal cartilage grafting, becoming one of the few Australian ophthalmologists to receive this honour, and in the following year presented his final paper on Living Intrasclearal Cartilage Implants at the Inaugural Meeting of the Australian College of Ophthalmologists in Melbourne In his personal life Dr Angus was a Presbyterian and treated Sunday as a Sabbath, a day of rest. He would visit 3 or 4 country patients on a Sunday, taking his children along ‘for the ride’ and to visit with him. Sunday evenings he would play the pianola and sing Scottish songs to his family. One of Dr Angus’ patients was Margaret MacKenzie, author of a book on local shipwrecks that she’d seen as an eye witness from the late 1880’s in Peterborough, Victoria. In the early 1950’s Dr Angus, painted a picture of a shipwreck for the cover jacket of Margaret’s book, Shipwrecks and More Shipwrecks. She was blind in later life and her daughter wrote the actual book for her. Dr Angus and his wife Gladys were very involved in Warrnambool’s society with a strong interest in civic affairs. He had an interest in people and the community They were both involved in the creation of Flagstaff Hill, including the layout of the gardens. After his death (28th March 1970) his family requested his practitioner’s plate, medical instruments and some personal belongings be displayed in the Port Medical Office surgery at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, and be called the “W. R. Angus Collection”.

Significance

This garment is an example of the beautiful handmade clothing produced in Australian homes in the early 20th century. The W.R. Angus Collection is significant for still being located at the site it is connected with, Doctor Angus being the last Port Medical Officer in Warrnambool. The collection of medical instruments and other equipment is culturally significant, being an historical example of medicine from late 19th to mid-20th century. Dr Angus assisted Dr Tom Ryan, a pioneer in the use of X-rays and in ocular surgery.

Shot Gun shell reloader

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a metal tool, with part of it painted green and containing a brass section. The top part of the tool has a round hollow section open at one end. The tool has a handle at one end (made of composite material) and a wing nut screw in the lower middle section. This enables the tool to be attached to a bench for stability. At the other end is a tapering piece of metal with a sharp end. This mechanism is attached with a screw and is able to be moved so that a section of it touches the open end of the hollow part on the top.

Historical information

A tool such as this one would have been used by many householders in the past and those using guns in their occupations or hobbies – shooters, farmers, policemen etc.

Significance

This item is retained as an example of a tool used in the past to re-load shot guns.

framed photograph - portrait of Sister of D.J. Hower

Morwell RSL Sub Branch, Morwell

Portrait black and white, Nursing Sister 2nd Leiutenant D.J. Hower framed in uniform, with nurses vail, cloack(white Collar) rising sun badge at neck, uniform underneath cloak, australia shoulder badges, details underneath the photo

Historical information

Portrait black and white, Nursing Sister 2nd Leiutenant D.J. Hower framed in uniform, with nurses vail, cloack(white Collar) rising sun badge at neck, uniform underneath cloak, australia shoulder badges, details underneath the photo miltary-portrait, photo, framed, 1942, 2/2-Army-General-Hospital, 2nd-A.I.F., Sister-D.J.-Hower, WW2, a4-sized, gold-painted-frame, military, nurse, world-war-2,inscription under photo. 112012 Sister 2\2 A.G.H/ 1942 2nd A.I.F./ D.J. Hower Died 31.1.1974

Inscriptions & Markings

inscription under photo. 112012 Sister 2\2 A.G.H/ 1942 2nd A.I.F./ D.J. Hower Died 31.1.1974

Magazine - The Australian Women's Weekly, March 10, 1954

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Single issue of the Australian Women's Weekly, published on March 10, 1954, picturing Queen Elizabeth II and the Australian Prime Minister, The Hon Robert Menzies, on the cover. This 63-page edition was published during the Royal tour of Australia. It contains photographs, articles, stories, letters, advertisements etc.

Armament

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

Bomb Travel Plug

Hat Badge

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

North Vietnam Hat Badge PAVN Hat Badge

Newspaper Clipping - Call to protect homes from slithery intruders after snake sightings

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

An unusually hot spring has seen snakes out to bask in the sun in Nillumbik and Banyule backyards.

Display Board - Dennys Lascelles Ltd Concrete Building

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Display board from 1913 giving details re: the construction of the Dennys Lascelles concrete building (the Bow Truss building), adjacent to their wool store and offices.

Historical information

Display panel giving details re: the construction of the Dennys Lascelles concrete building (the Bow Truss building) adjacent to the Dennys Lascelles wool offices and store (now NWM) in 1911-13. The building was designed as a show floor for wool bales, thus the lack of columns and roof supports was significant in providing free space. It was designed by Mr E.G. Stone and construction was supervised by Laird and Buchan. It was demolished in the 1990s. This display board / text panel may have been created for use in the concrete building.

Inscriptions & Markings

DENNYS LASCELLES LTD. / CONCRETE BUILDING. / Building Commenced in 1911. Finished in 1913. / Is 4 Storeys High. / The Show Floor covering almost an acre / of ground, is the largest flat roof space / in the world without visible supports ... / The suspended Roof weighs 1200 Tons. / The Building was Designed & Erected by / MR. E.G. STONE, C.E. / The Construction Absorbed:- / 8000 Casks of Cement. 3250 Loads of Sand. / 475 Tons of Steel. 2250 Yards of Crushed Stone. / 1100 Was Expended on Timber for Casing the Concrete Moulds. / 94 Cases of Nails & 432 Gallons of Oil / were required for the Concrete Casing. / The building was constructed entirely of Day Labor / at a cost of Over 40,000. / The Building Construction was supervised / by Messrs Laird & Buchan, F.R.A.I.A. / Architects - Geelong.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PHOTOGRAPH COPY OIL ON CANVAS PAINTING. BY SIR JOHN LONGSTAFF, EARLY SPRING - SUSSEX 1916

Historical information

THIS PHOTOGRAPH IS A COPY OF PAINTING BY SIR JOHN LONGSTAFF -NOW HANGING IN CASTLEMAINE ART GALLERY & HISTORICAL MUSEUM. ,EARLY SPRING SCENE IN SUSSEY 1916.- SIR JOHN LONGSTAFF WAS BORN IN CLUNES IN 1862, AND HAD HIS FIRST PAINTING LESSONS FROM A DR. BRUHN IN CLUNES AT A VERY EARLY AGE.

Newspaper Clipping - Food Truck park plan

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text.

Historical information

A food truck park would be added to a drive through café if Banyule Council gives it the green light.

Photograph - Balaclava Open Cut Mine near Whroo Historic Reserve; 9 Oct 1994

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Historical information

Whroo Historic Reserve contains a number of interesting features relating to the former township and gold workings.

Significance

Record of the Society's history of activities - Spring 1994 excursion

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-4

Book - The Day they shot Edward

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a soft cover book of 120 pages. It has a light grey cover with black print and red lines on the front cover and critics’ comments in black print on the back cover. The book has a prologue and the rest of it is a novella set in World War One Australia.

Historical information

This is a novella by Wendy Scarfe. She is a novelist and writer who lives in Warrnambool with her writer husband Alan Scarfe. She graduated from the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Secondary Teachers’ College and has taught in Australia, England and India. Her final teaching post was at Warrnambool High School. She has published many novels, biographies, volumes of poetry and other books dealing with social issues.

Significance

This book is important because it was written by a local Warrnambool author, Wendy Scarfe. She has twice been awarded an Australian Council Literature Board Special Purpose Grant and has a fine reputation as a writer.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signature inside first page: ‘E.Douglas 8 McKiernan Rd Warrnambool 1992’

gold panning dish

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A circular dull metal panning dish which has a wide rolled top lip which tapers down to a smaller diameter for the base which is flat. The pan has been made from ironmetal which has a coating of another metal with a matte grey finish. It has a small hanging hole and a reinforcing ring all around the top.

Historical information

Panning dishes were used for washing fine gold from river sediments or from the residue trapped in cradles and puddling tubs. They were often used on the edge of streams/rivers to sift gold from alluvial soil or crushed quartz. This simple pan would have been filled with sand and gravel which might have contained gold. The pan was submerged in the water and shaken to sort the gold from the gravel and other material, with the lighter material gradually being washed over the lip until only the heavy deposits, such as gold, remained at the bottom. (ref. Museum Victoria) This pan was used by George Henry Douglas Russell Snr. As a young man prior to his enlistment in WW1 he panned for gold using this dish. During the war he became a vet sergeant in charge of horse lines.

Significance

Gold panning is the oldest and simplest method of extracting gold. Gold pans had widespread use in alluvial gold fields where water is available. This item is an example of the type of pan commonly used on Victorian gold fields.

Photograph - Digital image - Plaque - A. H. W. Webb

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photographs.

Historical information

Plaque on Plenty River Trail at Greensborough: "To perpetuate the memory of Mr A. H. W. Webb for services over 25 years in founding and developing this park".

Significance

Sign from the early development days of the Plenty River Trail.

Hat

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

Khaki heavy cloth beret with 'Rising Sun' badge and 8th Cavalry Regiment colour patch.

Historical information

In December 1941 8th Light Horse (Indi) converted from horse to mechanised initially as 8th Reconnaissance Battalion then in July 1942 became 8th Cavalry Regiment. Served in Northern Territory. As Japanese threat to the mainland declined the regiment was disbanded March 1944.

Significance

This object is well provenance and, in its condition and completeness, is a fine example of unusual headgear worn by Australian armoured corps soldiers in World War 2 (39-45).

Trousers

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

khaki colored trousers with five pockets

Historical information

Field trousers

Inscriptions & Markings

label with inscriptions: 'R. Lapidos', '1951', 'size 11', 'made in Australia' Stamp: 'DAD' Stamp: '224' with arrow

Theatre Programme - A Country Girl / performed by the Manresa Musical Society, 1957

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Souvenir programme issued by the Manresa Musical Society for a performance of A Country Girl, performed in 1957.

Book - Kenilworth

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Maroon calf binding with decorative gold embossing on cover and spine; gilt title and publisher statements on spine and school crest on front cover; book plate on front cover verso; marbled endpapers; pages gilt-edged and sight foxing; black and white frontispiece;

Historical information

Prize awarded to Raymond Percival Thomas Oxlade, Dux of Remove Upper 1932. Raymond entered Ballarat College 1932. Raymond was born 24 June 1917 at Ballarat, the son of Percy Alfred and Ruby Evelyn (Davies) Oxlade. He enlisted in the Australian Armed Forces in 1940. He transferred to the RAAF in 1942 and was discharged 1946. Raymond's grand-daughter Jessica Oxlade entered the school in 2007, achieving Dux of the school in 2010.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate: school crest / Ballarat College / Remove (Upper) Form / Dux Prize / Awarded to / R P T Oxlade / A Richardson / December 1932 / Principal

Fork

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Contains objects: 531, 657, 840, 841, 842, 843, 844, 845, 846, 955, 956, 957, 958, 959, 960, 961

Inscriptions & Markings

GP B Q

Photocopy - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photocopy

Historical information

Pride sisters -Margarets Aunties

Photograph - Colour - Garage at Lismore, Victoria

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph of a building at Lismore.