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Collecting Fire: A new kind of practice

7 Feb 2019

“While museums have traditionally aspired to collect “the real thing” and to create repositories of tangible evidence of our collective past, the essence of this project and its emerging collection was in making real the intangible through personal stories, symbols, and metaphors – giving form to matters of the heart. A new kind of museum practice was therefore needed.” - Sites of Trauma: Contemporary Collecting and Natural Disaster

Curated By

Lauren McAlary, Veterans Heritage Project Manager

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Silicon Mould - Untitled

Montsalvat Trust, Eltham

Silicon mould of a rectangular Asian decorative design with lizard.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Photograph - Digital image - Cows on Hill Dam at Apollo Parkways

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Dam on the Partington property at what is now Apollo Parkways Greensborough.

Significance

The Partington family came to Melbourne in the 1840s and moved to Greensborough where they farmed along the Plenty River. Descendants still live in Greensborough.

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black & white reproduction, unframed, laminated. This reproduction is of the Rutherglen Court House prior to 1905. It was built in 1864 and in 1905 further extensions were made to the front of the building

Historical information

Donated by Mr Greg Thomson, a former resident of Rutherglen. This is a duplicate of the photograph on record no. 2504.004.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photo: "Court House Rutherglen, prior to 1905"

000961 - Photograph - 1914-1918 - family group on veranda - from Isobel Treadwell

Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH OF DECORATED TRUCK AT EITHER BACK TO CLUNES OR HOSPITAL FETE. PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN IN FRONT OF LUFFS GROCERY STORE

Prize dish

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Silver prize dish. Inscr: 'PACIFIC SOUTHWEST/TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS/LOS ANGELES 1930/MIXED DOUBLES/WON BY/E. VINES & H. MARLOWE'. Materials: Silver/Metal

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PRESENTATION PHOTOGRAPH TO ( BREHAUT ESQ. HON SEC )BY THE YOUNG MENS CLUBS CRICKET ASSOCIATION 1928-29

PLAQUE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Plaque, polished wood base with centre relief, crown incorporating flags at top with "Hobart" under, centre circle with a red lion with pick and shovel, under is a boomerang with 2 crossed items, at bottom is a scroll with "Sig Fortis, Hobartia Crevit", on rear is stamped makers details.

Historical information

Belonged to Arthur Georga Holley No 13556 RAN, HMAS Hobart, refer 2134 for service history also 2135.3, 2137, 2147.

document in folder - Bairnsdale to Orbost Railway Paper Delivered by Maurice Kernot 1917

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Seventeen pages of photocopied document in a black plastic folder. The pages are in separate sleeves. On the back is a price sticker $1 flat file Marbig Single - Red Orbost Authorid News.

Historical information

This item was made for the Orbost Railway 100 Years Exhibition held at Orbost in March, 2016. It is a copy of an original paper delivered by Maurice Kernot to the Victorian Institute of Engineers in 1917. Maurice Edwin Kernot was the vice president and managed the construction of the Bairnsdale-Orbost Railway in 1912. 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.

Significance

This item is associated with the history of the Orbost-Bairnsdale railway line and therefore reflects the role that the rail line played in the social and economic history of Orbost.

Badge -Life Member TPI (1984) framed & Life Member badge mounted in plaque

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

Presented to Jean Oliver for 20yrs service

Novita Resuscitation canister

Seaworks Maritime Discovery Centre, Williamstown

metal canister with valve, black body and white top, OXYGEN stencilled on both sides

Inscriptions & Markings

S.G&C LTD/ WP 1980 PS/ Hot/ PS1 1062/ OXYGEN/ CTCO/ 855536/ SCL

Book - The Hell they called High Wood: The Somme 1916 / Terry Norman.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

256 pages, illus., maps. Hard cover.

Historical information

Tells the story of the Battle of the Somme 1916.

Artwork - 'Drawing the Human Figure from Casts' by Alice Watson, 1932

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

Twelve drawings undertaken for the 'Drawing the Human Figure from Casts' class at the Ballarat Technical Art School. The works were undertaken by Edith Alice Watson

Historical information

The full folio of work undertaken while Alice Watson was a student at the Ballarat Technical Art School is held by Federation University Australia

Ledger

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Geelong Cash Expenditure ledger used at Foster Valley Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

Geelong Cash Expenditure

Book - Adam Lindsay Gordon and His Friends in England and Australia- Edith Humphris and Douglas Sladen- London- Constable and Company-1912

Adam Lindsay Gordon Commemorative Committee ,

Doily

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Doily, Maltese Cross shape, crocheted. From the 'Chamberlain Dale Lees Collection'.

Historical information

In the Words of donor, Betty Stone , … “These crocheted and embroidered articles cover a period of three generations- ie. Sarah (nee Chamberlain) Lees, Ann (nee Lees) Dale, and Daisy Elvena (nee Dale) Welsh. All three were accomplished needlewomen; also, both Sarah Lees (born 1844) and her daughter, Ann (b 1865) crocheted a wide variety of articles for use in their homes. A few examples of these items have survived the years.” Baby's Crocheted Bonnet - This finely crocheted bonnet was made by Sarah (nee Chamberlain) Lees and is at least one hundred years old. Due to the condition of the original ribbon ties, they have been replaced with new ribbon. Table Runner with insertions, Tray cover and various Doylies, sauce bottle covers etc. - These articles were made by Sarah Lees or her daughter Ann (nee Lees) Dale. Pair of Embroidered Pillow Shams, and various embroidered mats - These items were made by my mother Daisy (nee Dale) Welsh. (NOTE: For additional information please refer to my book Pioneer and Places- A History of Three Warrnambool Pioneering Families ie. Chamberlain, Dale and Lees families)

Significance

This item is associated with families of Chamberlain, Dale and Lees. These families are listed in the "Pioneers' Register" for Warrnambool Township and Shire, 1835-1900, published by A.I.G.S. Warrnambool Branch.

Book - The Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire Vol 3

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

The Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire Vol 3 Author: Edward Gibbon Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 1934

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 1945 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 937.06 GIB Pastedown front endpaper has sticker from Warrnambool Public Library covered by a sticker from Corangamite Regional Library Service Front loose endpaper has a sticker from Corangamite Regional Library Service

Photograph - Camp 1

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

"Arbiturienten Klasse" Matriculation. Camp 1.|Back: ? ; ? ; Manfred Ritter; ? ; ? ; ? ; Josef Friedrich.|Front: Raymond "Pigi" Kaufmann; Theo Habenstein; Headmaster Dr. Neumann; Heinz Meyer; ? .

School Photograph (digital image) - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1994 Grade 2 P

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour school photo

Historical information

Group photo of Briar Hill State School 1994 Grade 2 P

Microfiche - Births Register Index

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Inscriptions & Markings

1894 AUSTIN J TO 1894 BROWN A

Report Book

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Green and red covered hard cover book. Spine and corners red with small embossed design. Brown and blue mottled pattern inside front and back covers. Hand written using ink.

Historical information

Hand written reports on condition of roads and bridges, cost and materials used for repairs, successful contractors named and also reports on tree planting all within the Shire of Bulla. The reports have been written by the Shire Engineer.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Shire Hall/Bulla 14th March 1883..."

Plaque Royal Australian Infantry Corps - Royal Australian Infantry Corps

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm with insignia of Royal Australian Infantry Corps

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Australian Infantry Corps

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photograph - Hillview Court, Kangaroo Ground, looking east from end of street, c.1998

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 8 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-5

Photograph - Swinton, Swinton Avenue, circa 1960

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

"The land on which Swinton was later built was first purchased by John Bakewell in 1851 and later sold to Edmund Laskey Splatt in 1858. Splatt was a member of the first provisional committee of the National Bank of Australia in Melbourne and built the first house on the land naming it Laskey Villa. By 1863 the house was occupied by Herbert Henty. The Johnson family connection with the property began with the marriage in 1858 of Annabella Johnson to David Sym - owner of The Age newspaper and owner of the adjacent property Blytheswood. Annabella's brother, Francis Johnson, bought the villa in 1876 and renamed it Swinton after his birthplace in Yorkshire. The property was later owned by the artistic Colquhoun family. The house is one of the earliest examples of the Italianate style in Victoria - the outstanding element being the tower with its cantilevered walkway and heavily bracketed pyramidal tower. (Source: Victorian Heritage Database)

Significance

This work forms part of the collection assembled by the historian Dorothy Rogers, that was donated to the Kew Historical Society by her son John Rogers in 2015. The manuscripts, photographs, maps, and documents were sourced by her from both family and local collections or produced as references for her print publications. Many were directly used by Rogers in writing ‘Lovely Old Homes of Kew’ (1961) and 'A History of Kew' (1973), or the numerous articles on local history that she produced for suburban newspapers. Most of the photographs in the collection include detailed annotations in her hand. The Rogers Collection provides a comprehensive insight into the working habits of a historian in the 1960s and 1970s. Together it forms the largest privately-donated collection within the archives of the Kew Historical Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Swinton. Built about 1959-60. Chap.20 Swinton. Johnson - Col"

War Medals

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

1939-1945 Pacific Star, The 1939 -1945 Star, The Australian Service Medal 1939-1945 and 1939-1945 War Medal awarded to VX 69902 Horace William McDonald.

Historical information

WWII Historical significance

Inscriptions & Markings

VX69902 H.W. McDonald

Harness Ring

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Brass Harness Ring, 2" dia, slight verdigris and encrustation. Recovered from the Schomberg wreck.

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

Untitled

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Long handle metal object at the bottom

Photograph - Heritage Excursion; Maroondah Aqueduct, 3 September 2016

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Newsletter No., 229, August 2016 Heritage Excursion - Maroondah Aqueduct Walk - Saturday 3rd September The Maroondah Aqueduct was once a major link in Melbourne’s water supply system. It was built between 1886 and 1891 to transfer water from the Watts River near Healesville to the Preston Reservoir. It was 66 km in length, made up of 41 km of open channel, 10 km of tunnel through hills and 15 km of pipeline across stream valleys known as inverted siphons. The section of the aqueduct through the Eltham area has been abandoned since the 1980s but the open channel has largely been retained. A recreational path follows the aqueduct reserve. For our excursion on 3rd September we intend to walk along the section of the aqueduct adjacent to Allendale Road. This is a section not visited on previous excursions and includes the transition from open channel to the inverted siphon across the Diamond Creek valley. Apart from the aqueduct itself the main feature of the walk is the extensive views across Eltham North and Diamond Creek. Along the way we will talk about the history of the aqueduct and the area. This easy walk is about 3 km return and will take 2 to 2.5 hours. It will start at 2pm at the junction of Allendale Road with Godber Road and Zig Zag Road North, officially Diamond Creek, but on the northern boundary of Eltham. (Melway ref.12 B10).

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Photograph of Woolamai Bight - water breaking through the channel to the beach.

Historical information

One of a collection of photographs donated by Daryl Johns

Album - Premier Town, 1988-1991 Volume 1.

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Soft brown vinyl cover with plastic cover. Pages are dark cream cover paper. A sticker with the Warrnambool Premier Town logo is inside the front cover. The album consists of photographs of various buildings and streetscapes with relevant descriptive text.

Historical information

The Premier towns is an award given by the Victorian state Government. It recognises positive actions by regional communities to protect and enhance their local environment. It is based on criteria relating to litter prevention and waste management, environmental and heritage management as well as activities among community groups and leadership. The following is taken from Hansard at the announcement of the awards in 1988 That the Senate- (a) congratulates the Mayor, Councillors, the Premier Town Committee, and the people of the City of Warrnambool, Victoria, for their achievement, on Saturday, 20 November 1988, in taking out the Victorian `Premier Town Award' for an unprecedented third time; (b) congratulates the business people of Warrnambool for their efforts in helping the city to win the Victorian Industrial and Commercial Development Award, including a special award for coastline preservation and studies; and

Significance

This album is significant in that it documents an important award to the City of Warrnambool. It is also a comprehensive pictorial record of Warrnambool as it was in 1988. Volume 1. covers The Warrnambool Conservation Area, Public buildings and facilities, The houses of Worship, The Watering Places and the Major industries, all of which have played an important role in the development of the city and lives of its people.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticker inside front cover, Mr J Gietz Po Box 1007 Warrnambool Vic 3280.

Photograph - Semester 1 Tutor Party, Eltham Living and Learning Centre, 23 May 1988

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm black and white negative film, 6 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Ilford FP4

Photograph - Unveiling ceremony of the Memorial Plaque at corner of Main Road and Pitt Street, Eltham commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Eltham District Historical Society, 10 October 1987

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

L-R: Mr Joh Ebeli, Mrs Sue Law (President, Shire of Eltham Historical Society). The commemorative plaque explains the functions of the various items used in the Victorian 150th Anniversary Monument and Time capsule.

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with coloured drawing of path leading to three mountains.

Historical information

Sent to Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia from V129537 ACI Gilbert A V Group 436 RAAF Flinders Island during World War 2

Significance

Victoria's 2/24th Infantry Battalion was raised in Wangaratta in July 1940. They were welcomed with open arms by the local community as they rapidly built up their numbers. The people of Wangaratta adopted the Battalion and they became known as "Wangaratta's Own" because of the time the battalion spent in the town during its formative period prior to deployment overseas. Many of the soldiers maintained life long friendships with the people of Wangaratta. Even though the Battation was disbanded in 1946 members and their families return each year, in November, for a commemorative service at the 2/24th Battalion Memorial Wall at the Wangaratta Cemetery.

Inscriptions & Markings

top left corner - Air Mail/ACF in red star right top corner - postage stamp left side - AIF censor stamp right side - Mrs M Mac Donald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia rear - V129537 ACI Gilbert A V Group 436 RAAF Flinders Island

Photograph - Eltham War Memorial

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Postcard image of First World War Memorial (obelisk) cnr. Main Road and Bridge Street, Eltham

Historical information

Unveiled by Lieut. Governor Sir William Irvine, 3 August 1919 at 3:30 p.m.

Inscriptions & Markings

Original inscriptions obscured by large paper label stuck to rear for Nillumbik Mail publication details, Edition 26, 25 October

Fish Spear

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Fish Spear head, 2 pronged, handmade, metal. Arrow-head prongs.

Photograph - Burke Road Bridge, Kew, 1930s

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Burke Road Bridge linking East Kew and Ivanhoe. 1930s.

Saucer Ceramic

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

This item is a white ceramic saucer (tea /coffee). It is made in England and is of strong and durable ceramic. The bottom cup indent is for either tea or coffee cups of a similar ceramic structure. The 5mm thickness of the ceramic suggests this saucer belongs to a commercial kitchen environment and not domestic. The indent bottom of the saucer is 5mm deep with a side curvature ratio of 2:5. The ceramic is glazed to a commercial standard (worker's mess). See also KVHS 0128 ( A,B&D)

Historical information

This item was used by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria in their mess rooms for their workers during the construction of the Kiewa Hydro Electricity Scheme. The imprint of the year "1921" was to identify the year that the SECV was formed and relieved the private VHEC (Victorian Hydro-Electric Company). As the scheme was of such a huge, isolated and time consuming nature the feeding of its workers was quite demanding of cutlery and crockery. The use of sturdy English cups and saucers was essential. The period of construction and the isolation of the Kiewa Valley area placed heavy demand for "solid" crockery that could wear abusive handling. This period in time was one when crockery, whether for domestic or commercial use, was imported from "mother" England. This scenario was more so for governmental bodies such as rail, jails and electricity providers than domestic users. The influx of cheaper Asian crockery had not yet begun.

Significance

This type of crockery item was used by the thousands of SEC Victorian staff and construction workers involved in the building of the Kiewa Hydro Electricity Scheme, over the extensive period (1938 to 1961). This was a period when Government bodies and other semi- government organisations were still tied to the "establishments" of "mother" England. It was a period in Australia's development when the Asian influence was very weak and the established ties to England and Europe was still very strong. The majority of heavy equipment and machinery was either made in England or Europe. Local/European expertise in dam construction and water management in alpine terrain came from migrants and specialist recruited from England and Europe. The quality of workmanship from big steel manufacturing plants in England and Europe could not be matched from anywhere else in the developed world.

Inscriptions & Markings

The seal of the State Electricity Commission Of Victoria is imprinted on the top inside rim within a curved scroll. Snuggled within the borders of the scroll is a banner with the five stars of the southern cross and an arm with a closed fist projecting from the top with five lightning bolts projecting outwards. On the underside "Vitrified sold by Cafe & Hotel Supplies Pty Ltd Dunn Bennett & Co. Ltd. Burslem Made in England"

Poster: CTS 1962 Invitation to Golden Jubilee Reunion

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Large cream coloured poster with black images and writing. Heading 'GOLDEN Juvilee COLLINGWOOD TECHNICAL SCHOOL!! / ELECTRICAL TRADES RE-UNION OF OLD STUDENTS & STAFF; COLLINGWOOD TOWN HALL, / Friday, 20th July, 1962.

Historical information

The poster was sent by Maree Allen who is the granddaughter of George Thomas who is portrayed in the bottom right-hand corner of the poster. The small note from Maree is also with the poster.

Book: Colours and what they can do 1951

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Book of 214 pages Colours and what they can do, by Louis Cheskin. Published in London by Blandford Press, in 1951. It has a Presentation certificate pasted on the inside cover 'Presented to / DavidFindlay / by the / B.B.S.I. (Vic.) Group / Best Student / City & Guilds of London Institute / Footwear Higher Certificate Course / 27th July, 1967'.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PHOTO COPY OF A CHURCHES,HOSPITAL AND TOWNSHIP

Inscriptions & Markings

GREETING FROM CLUNES

Pump, blood transfusion

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Julian Smith's blood transfusion pump, for direct (person to person) blood transfusion. Included is a rotary pump, clamps, a metal cup with clamp and a metal box and lid for autoclave sterilisation. Incomplete, polyvinyl tubing missing.

Historical information

The Julian Smith direct blood transfusion pump was invented by Dr Smith in Melbourne in the late 1930s. Smith founded St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne and was known as an inventor and photographer as well as a pioneering surgeon. His blood transfusion innovations were adopted worldwide during the 1940s. This belonged to Dr Bill Rawling's and was in a medical bag that he was used in the 1940s and 1950s. It was donated by Dr Geoff Bishop.

Regalia - Methodist Order of Knights Shield and Collar

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Purple velvet with blue cross, gold braid edgeing and gold metal fringe. Gold coloured collar. Gold General Court symbol, Gold Star of Youth and silver colour Maltese Cross, Silver Deputy Commander symbol [crown and gavel]

Photograph - "Mrs. Gladys E. Machin O.B.E. J.P. Founder of the Club, President 1953-1974"

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Framed sepia toned and hand-painted photograph of Gladys E. Machin. Engraving on panel at bottom reads: 'Mrs Gladys E.Machin OBE J.P Founder of the Club, President 1953-1974'.

Historical information

Gladys Machin was the first female Councillor for the City of Caulfield. She served between 1950-1965 and was Mayor in 1955-56 and 1959-60. Machin championed the opening of the Caulfield Elderly Citizens Club in 1952 (later renamed in her honour as the Gladys E Machin Senior Citizen's Club). Machin was also President between 1953-1974, as noted on the engraving. The club now forms part of the Caulfield Senior Citizen's Centre at 8 Cedar Street, Caulfield South. Caulfield was one of the first local councils to establish an elderly citizen's club. This photograph used to hang in the main hall at Caulfield Senior Citizen's Centre alongside a photo of the Queen.

Significance

This object is considered of historic significance for its portrayal of Gladys Machin, first female Councillor for the City of Caulfield.

Publication

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

"People's War gainst U.S. Aeronaval War by General Vo Nguyen Giap Hanoi 1975."

Photograph - Colour - University of Melbourne Old Physics Building, 2010

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph of the Melbourne University Old Physics Building.

Historical information

Melbourne University Old Physics Building (1889) was designed by Reed, Henderson and Smart. It later house the Univesity's Centre for Indigenous Education and a conference centre (2010).

Nightie

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Nightie, white.

Object

Vision Australia,

Book - The Puzzle Picture Book

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Child's picture book with full colour cover depicting a mother dressed in long white spotted dress, white apron, white bonnett and black button-up shoes, sitting on a wooden armchair while dressing a young girl's hair with pink flowers. The girl is dressed in a pink frock with puffed sleeves and frill around the hem, and cream apron. She is looking in a brown wooden-backed hand mirror. A woven straw basket with pink roses sits on the floor. A framed silhouette picture is on the wall. The title is in a display typeface mimicking rose stems; a swag of pink roses decorates the top right hand corner. The publishers' names are printed on the bottom left and right hand corners at the bottom, and the printer in the centre. The inside cover has a book plate. The title page shows two boys arguing over the book. The verses are by Clifton Bingham, the pen and ink illustrations by Hilda K. Robinson. The story has a monochrome page with rhymes opposite a colour page with cut-out boxes showing four small pictures, each with a question. By pulling the tab at the bottom of the page the answer to the questions is revealed. There are six chromolithic 'dissolving scenes'.

Historical information

The book was a Sunday School prize for Ethel Henderson in 1903 from Christ Church, Warrnambool. Christ Church Anglican Church was one of the early churches in Warrnambool.

Significance

The Puzzle Picture Book is a rare 'movable' children's book from 1900. It contains 6 chromolithic dissolving scenes (also called slats/transformations). It is unusual due to its educational content. It was published by Ernest Nister in London, E F Dutton & Co in USA and is also thought to have been published in German under the title 'Ueberraschungen Aller Art'. [source: The Little Book Store]

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate: Christ Church. Sunday School, Warrnambool. 1st Prize Girls Class II. Awarded to Ethel Henderson. S M George Vicar. Warrnambool, May 1903

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Historical information

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