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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

131454 items with images


131454 items with images

Booklet - Adult Deaf Society of Victoria Future Policy

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

26cmHx21.5cmW, 6 pages

Historical information

Paper No.3 Floor Plan and Description of the Community Centre of the Adult Deaf Society of New South Wales produced 26th April 1977.

Article - Alan John Ely (1940- )

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 p., photos and information.

Historical information

Alan John Ely (known as John) was born in Greensborough and was associated with the Greensborough Football Club from an early age. Includes photographs of him as mascot and later trainer with GFC and a selection of his membership tickets, 1949, 1950 and 1958. Information collated by Marilyn Smith in 2019.

Publication - Bee Craft (British Bee-Keepers' Association), Chatham, 1970

Wheen Bee Foundation, Beechworth


Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph of 5 schoolboys in uniform. From left: Canon Clark (Manning's older brother), Stephen Smith (older brother to Harold & son of Jessie Smith), unknown, Manning Clark and Harold Smith. Photo believed to be taken early 1920's, maybe 1923.

Historical information

Photograph of schoolboys donated by Jessie Smith

Inscriptions & Markings

Names on back of photograph (directly behind the person on the front)

Digital photographs - ANZAC Day at the Shrine - dawn service

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph depicting ANZAC day at the Melbourne Shire of Remembrance..


Koroit & District Historical Society , Koroit

Book - Diamond Creek Basin Study. Part 1, A Compendium of Factors Relevant to Stormwater Flows

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Spiral Bound. 157 leaves in various foliations (some folded) : illustrated. (some colour.), maps (some colour.)

Historical information

Basin Studies are studies to evaluate water supply and demand and help ensure reliable water supplies by identifying strategies to address imbalances in water supply and demand.

Barrel Sling

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Barrel sling, made from hemp and used for hoisting barrels onto ships.


Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A man is standing near a clothes line with a table and washtub nearby and a pail is on the ground. There are two outdoor toilets in the background on the right hand side. Unmounted black and white

Historical information

The original photo is part of an album taken by W.Walls, the front page of which is inscribed "The Hill/Sunbury/April 1897". Whilst most of the photos relate to the environs of the asylum, there are others taken around Sunbury and elsewhere. The original album is held as part of the Mental Health Collection. During 2000 this was transferred from Mont Park to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Photograph - Colour - Villa Parma, Hepburn Springs, 2005

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

View from the second storey window of Parma House, Main Road, Hepburn Springs.

Historical information

Parma House was bult by Italian born Fabrizio Crippa. It was restored from a burnt wreck to Villa Parma by Richard Rigby and Franchek. Walls were scraped back to the original, and burnt umber detailing added. The garden was created by Richard Rigby and Kevin Flintoff.

BOOK - Soldiers pay

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Pay book, yellow covers, No C575736 re VX25221 Maskell Alfred Robert, 24 pages. .2) Pay book, yellow covers, No C582405 re VX25221 Maskell Alfred Robert, 24 pages.

Historical information

Alfred Robert Maskell VX25221 4th Anti Tank Regt 2nd AIF. Refer 2485 medals and service history also 1076, 1100.2, 2484P.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) "RECOVD PW AMF" (Recovered Prisoner of War)


Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Gloss colour photograph of the Rev Alistair Macrae wearing traditional Scottish Moderator's dress outside St. Michael's Church, Collins Street Melbourne.

Historical information

Rev. Alistair Macrae, born 1950. Macrae was ordained in 1984 and served in rural, regional and inner city congregations in Victoria, at Mt Beauty, Portland and West Brunswick. He served as Moderator of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania (2000–2003) and as Executive Director of the Uniting Church Centre for Theology and Ministry (2004–2009) in that synod. He was a member of the board of Wesley Mission Melbourne and chaired its social policy committee. Macrae was an inaugural member of the Victorian State Government's Community Support Fund and served on the advisory committee of the Community Alcohol Action network of the Australian Drug Foundation. Macrae became President of the UCA in July 2009, at the 12th Assembly. In September 2013 Macrae commenced as Minister of Wesley Uniting Church, Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.


Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Medallion, brass commemorating the coronation of their Majesties, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, May 12 1937.

SPOCA, Annual Dinners

St Patrick's Old Collegians Association (SPOCA), East Melbourne

2015 End of Dinner Cleaning out by Kevin & Nada Lane, Michael & Margaret Cavanagh, Gavin Wayland and John Curry

Ladies yellow mediume heeled shoes

Numurkah & District Historical Society, Numurkah

Ladies medium heeled shoes with yellow and white "reptile-skinned" pattern. Shoes covers toes, side and ankle only. Stored in shoe-box

Inscriptions & Markings

Simone, elegance in fashion


Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

australian wartime battle maps rectangular frame,

Inscriptions & Markings

the battle of maryang san,

Photograph - "Zones of France"

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

Inscriptions & Markings

On back - "R.A.F. aircrew escape map in World War II, printed on silk, carried in trousers knee pocket, and used with compass built into brass button (left-hand thread). The object was to set the aviator in the right direction for ne

Card game

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

'Wimbledon' card game . Contains felt playing area, two sets of cards and an instruction sheet. Appears complete. Materials: Cardboard, Ink, Glue, Felt, Paper

Conversion table of pounds and ounces to kilograms

The Royal Children's Hospital Archives, Parkville

Framed chart showing the conversion of ounces and pounds to kilograms

Gouache - 'Vi-Lactogen' by Gilda Gude

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

WHS Yearbook -Korrumbeia

Wangaratta High School, Wangaratta

Black and white bound photocopy of the 1988 yearbook featuring a full page drawing of a brick wall spray painted with the words THAT WAZ '88'. Near the bottom of the drawing is a girl with a marker pen, paint tins and a stepladder

Inscriptions & Markings


Cap Cover

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

Cap cover, service, Sgt Hunt (on U447L)

Document - Warrnambool Post Card

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

These are folding post cards with scenes of Warrnambool. One has a kangaroo and a bush landscape on the front cover and one has seven kookaburras and a gum tree on the cover. There are 15 of the same black and white photographs in each (taken about the 1920s). The covers are buff-coloured with a space on the front cover to write and address and affix a stamp.

Historical information

Folding post cards were popular as tourist souvenir of visits to places in Australia throughout the 20th century. Many thousands of the same photographs were reproduced and the Warrnambool and District Historical Society has several examples of these photographs.


These folding post cards are kept as examples of the souvenirs tourists bought in the early and mid 20th century and the photographs themselves give a good indication of what Warrrnamool and district looked like at the time. The photographs also indicate what were considered at the time to be tourist spots worth a visit and a photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front Cover – Photographic Souvenir of Warrnambool, Victoria On one (VC000803.2) – in pencil – ‘late 1920s’ and on back cover on affixed sheet, ‘ from Horsham H.S., 17.3.96’

Object - 1933 Melbourne University examination badge

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 coloured badge

Historical information

Hugh Jeffrey attended the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University, graduating in 1940. This examination pin was given to him in September 1933. It is a round copper badge with gold coloured filigree running around the outer edge. Inset into the shield is an Australian coat-of-arms granted by King George V, with a white and blue torse supported by a kangaroo and emu on a grassy field. It features the Commonwealth Star on top, and the motto "Advance Australia" underneath. It is engraved with "University Examination" acoss the top, with "won by Hugh Jeffries sic Sept. 1933" acoss the bottom. It features a loop on the top with a short fine chain and safety pin.

Inscriptions & Markings

Advance Australia University Exam won by Hugh Jeffries (sic) Sept. 1933

Carver's Tattersalls hotel Doveton St

Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat), Ballarat

Historical information

This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Photo - Carnival dance - Pustni ples 1955

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photograph Masquerade ball held at Broadmeadows Town hall

Historical information

Slovenians love Shrovetide carnivals. People come dressed in costumes and masks, dance, select the best masks and are preparing for the Lent

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 134 September 2000

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, Speaker Panel: Personal Projects • September Meeting • Eltham Cemetery Visit • Kangaroo Ground Boundaries • Chronology • ‘Not Just a Pretty Place’ • Family Histories of Eltham • Other News Items


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.

Safety Certificate - Numurkah Railway Station

Numurkah & District Historical Society, Numurkah

Wooden framed certificate to Numurkah Railway Station / Glass covered

Historical information

Part of a railway collection from the closed Numurkah Railway Station

Inscriptions & Markings

as per photo

Photograph - Framed

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

UNK soldier Photographer - Fraser - Ballarat Picture Framer - J A Reynolds, 28 Sturt St., Next Courier Office. Wall Paper and Paintine Warehouse. Art Studio

000397 - Photograph - 1937 - Wyeth's farm - Randolph Keith Evans (Ark) - Geoff Muldoon - Bill Evans - from Noelle Green

Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch