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18 Apr 2017

Institutional care through Victoria's cultural collections

Curated By

Rachael Cottle, Guest Curator

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Plastic Connections - Graduated

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League,

Photograph - South Beach Port Fairy

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

Wave breaking over rocks at South Beach

Significance

Early view of South Beach

Glider – Sailplane – Pelican 2 - Pelican 2 – Registration VH-GFY. Originally named Kite III

Australian Gliding Museum, Parwan

Wooden 2 seat glider sailplane with fabric covering. Distinctive features include the pod and boom fuselage with side by side seating for pilot and a second person. The canopy of perspex supported by aluminum framing opens with port and starboard segments separately folding upwards and forward. The instrument panel includes altimeter, airspeed indicator, slip indicator and variometers. In addition to the usual controls, there is a trim operated by a small wheel mounted centrally, at head height, on the bulkhead at the rear of the cockpit. Incorporated in the skid under the fuselage pod are two wheels (one approximately midships and the other at the rear end). It has a three piece cantilever wing of approximately nearly 17 metres. The ailerons run almost full length of the outer wing segments. A Gottingen 426 section has been used changing to M6 at the tips. Outer wing segments are joined to the centre section to give about 300 mm of dihedral at the tips. The glider is equipped with airbrakes. The colour scheme consists of orange fuselage with black nose and skid. The tailplane / elevator and rudder are painted white. The wing is predominantly white with an orange leading edge.

Historical information

This unique aircraft was conceived in 1943 as a two seat trainer. A very large part of the design work can be attributed to Jock Barratt and Harold Bradley. The general layout adopted is similar to the Kite I and Kite II single seat sailplanes of Martin Warner and Allan Campbell. Having regard to this heritage, the glider was originally named Kite III but renamed Pelican 2, perhaps because it was the second two seat training glider built by the Waikerie Gliding Club – the first being the Pelican, a reconfigured Pratt Utility glider. Pelican 2 was first flown in 1952 and regularly since then, at least until about 1992. The Pelican 2’s performance was found to be very good for sailplanes of its era and was often used for more advanced flying in addition to training new pilots. Very few changes have been made to the Pelican 2 over the years. The undercarriage was modified after its initial testing to improve the placement of the wheels. The trailing edge of the rudder (originally straight) was rounded adding to the surface area. The twin shoulder tow line bridles were replaced with a belly hook when aviation design rules declared shoulder bridles dangerous and a nose hook has since been added to allow for aero-towing. When the Pelican 2 was originally finished, it had an orange and silver colour scheme. The silver elements of the colour scheme were subsequently repainted white when silver dope became unavailable.

Significance

To be assessed

Inscriptions & Markings

Registration VH-GFY On each side of rudder – “Pelican II” in black lettering on a rectangle of silver On each side of fuselage pod the letters ‘FY’ On each side of the fuselage, below the edge of the cockpit opening – “WAIKERIE” in black paint.

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Pool 1

Greensborough Historical Society,

Links: 02014.02015 Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

The old Greensborough Pool behind Main Street shops, now the site of Watermarc.

Programme

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Green double sheet with black print and Melbourne advertisdments. Walsh & King in "The Old Kentucky Home", "Konfooshon" & "Finished Education".

John Caulfield

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield South

Photograph of John Caulfield, a pioneer builder in the 1840’s

Pamphlet - ... Will you answer?

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Large sized paper folded three times to create a four columned pamphlet - coloured images throughout.

Historical information

Donation/nomination pamphlet made for the shilling wall project

Book - Reference Cooking - Mount Beauty Souvenir Cookery Book

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

This recipe book consists of eighty nine pages in black and white print. It contains black and white sketches, recipes of local domestic cooks and advertisements covering local traders. The cover is approximately 280 g/m2 in weight and the pages are at 90 g/m2 in weight. The cover has a design in the style of Abstract Expressionism (period 1950-1960s) of identifiable (clock,jug,fruit,window) and abstract objects in tints of blue and shades of black. This was designed by Cheryl Ryder of the Mount Beauty High School, under supervision of Mr I Baker (Art Teacher)

Historical information

This cookery book was printed in the early 1960s for the purpose of obtaining the necessary funds for the construction of the Mount Beauty swimming pool. The advertisements within this book covers local traders of this time frame, for example, the Bogong Hotel which is no longer operational. the culinary measurements are in Imperial measures(pounds and ounces). The book has sections for continental dishes and sweets (Australian flavour), special dishes for Lent, cakes (farmhouse fruit cake), jams, marmalades (home made), marrow and apple chutney. Some of these recipes are early 20th Century related and in the 2000s are not sought after. The food "take away" lifestyle has been responsible for the demise of a lot of the recipes in this book. The swing away from home grown produce has been not only a lifestyle change but also the faster pace of living in rural areas. The specialisation and redefined development of the local produce store (previously provided everything the rural shopper needed) was a forced move due to larger and cheaper city born fresh food supermarkets. Although there are still some local produce store within the region these will in time vanish.

Significance

This cookery book was produced just after Mount Beauty was released from an SEC "closed" community in 1961(see KVHS 0134) and the town then had to fend for itself. This book was compiled and produced because the town needed a swimming pool (which possible would have been provided had the SEC still been responsible). The book demonstrates the strong rural psyche of rallying together for the good of all and united for something which would be of benefit to all. The period 1961 to the 1970s was one of great change for Mount Beauty. The SEC protective cage was a blessing for some but a goal for others. The independence that was gained after the SEC left provided for a drastic "make over" in regards to the facilities provided for the "locals" and that for the tourists. An increase in tourist related industries such as snow skiing in winter, hang gliding and gliding, mountain bike rallies, bush walking and horse riding, all of which have supply outlets in the town, has provided a more cosmopolitan atmosphere. These activities and the greater interaction with populations outside of the region has reduced the "hermit" type feel of the town psyche.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the foreword(page two and page three) "Mt. Beauty Souvenir Cookery Book First Edition" . This foreword was presented by Rosa Kinnear, President, Ladies' Auxiliary

Calendar - Sketch of Watson's Eltham Hotel, cnr. Main Road and Pitt Street, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photocopy - Ref to P111 of Pioneers and Painters

Folder, sample

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Weaving sample folder: "RANGE 4" contains sheet detailing 3 "CURTAINING (PIECE DYED)" patterns with 3 blue cloth samples.

Inscriptions & Markings

TED. WAATERS (ink) RANGE 4 (ink) CURTAINING (PIECE DYED)

Postcard: Lydiard Street Methodist Sundays School

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

The black and white card shows the Sunday School on the corner of Lydiard Street and Dana Street hill. It has a picket fence around it and a lamp stands at the entrance. The photograph is surrounded by a white edge which is larger at the bottom.

Book and CD - Investigating Gallipoli : a resource for secondary schools

Greensborough Historical Society,

Book: 80 p., illus. (some col.), maps, worksheets. Includes 2 discs: Disc 1 (video) Australians at War Episode 2; Disc 2 (DVD-ROM) Interactive activities and ABCs Gallipoli: the First Day website.

Historical information

Educational worksheets and activities used to teach children about Australia's role in the Gallipoli Campaign.

Photograph - black and white - Frank Wright Playing Tennis

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

1). Black and white photograph of a man dressed in light coloured trousers and a white short sleeve shirt, serving a tennis ball. Situated on a tennis court with buildings in the background. The man is Frank Wright. 2). Black and white photograph of a young man dressed in tennis whites and a jacket, holding a tennis racquet and leaning against the net on a tennis court. In the background is a hedge topped timber fence with the roof of a house behind. The man is perhaps Frank Wright or a friend.

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.

Scales, kitchen

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Old cast iron upright kitchen scales painted green. Dish for measuring on top painted sheet metal, large circular face with pointed hand made of brass. Round base with decoration.

Inscriptions & Markings

Salters Approved Family Scale', 'no. 50' on the face, Salter trademark, 'to weigh 14 lbs by one oz'

Grand Youth Concert 1992

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

B5 size booklet with brick red cover. Program for the Grand Youth Concert held at Melbourne Concert Hall in 1992. Williamstown High School participated in the event through the soul band The Wet Reeds and also several students were part of the Combined Secondary School Concert Band.

Historical information

The Finn Koren Collection

Significance

The Finn Koren Collection.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Heinrich Mattis, Hitler Youth Leader, Plauen, Vogtl, Germany. Shot down over North Africa. Camp 13 1941-1947.

Historical Caulfield to 1972, photo album by Jenny O’Donnell, Kambrook Rd

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield South

1 photo of single storey Edwardian house with veranda

Book

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book: '1986 Official USTA Tennis Yearbook'. 692 pages. Paperback. Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard

Photograph - Colour - Coimodai near Bacchus Marsh, 2007

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

A number of photos taken to create a 360 degree view of Coimadai

chimney

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Glass chimney for lantern. "Kosmos" type. Has AIG Prima Buheems Glas Base 1�" Height 5�"

Cover

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wright & Ditson racquet cover. Materials: Felt, Wood

Ship Model

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Ship model of 3 masted frigate the “Arethusa”, made by George Lance and Peter Diggins in 1894. Ship is painted black and white with varnished deck and masts. A British flag is flown at the stern. The ship is displayed in a glass case with timber frame and 4 legged stand.

Historical information

George Lance was Director of the Warrnambool Art Gallery 1892 – 1901. He and Peter Diggins, an ex-sailor, made this model of the “Arethusa” in 1894. The model took three months to build, with Lance making the hull, masts, yards, blocks, boats and other woodwork, and Diggins making the rigging. They donated it to the Warrnambool Art Gallery in October of that year. It was reported in the Standard, December 22, 1996, that Lance drew out the lines of his work with strict accordance with the rules of naval architecture; “It evokes old memories of England’s naval prowess and is a very fine exhibit, every detail of mast and spar, shroud and brace, is scrupulously exact.” In the hold of the vessel was placed a sealed document, a handwritten message by George Lance, with the inscription:- “This model was made by George Lance and Peter Diggins, both of Warrnambool, in the Colony of Victoria, Australia, in the year 1894 and presented by them to the Art Gallery in order that the young Australians may see what sort of ships England won her victories with.” The inscription was followed by the names of the Victorian Governor, the Premier, the Mayor of Warrnambool and those on the Committee of the Mechanics Institute. The message was published in the Standard, October 18th, 1894, not long after the ship model had been presented to the Art Gallery. The Art Gallery included the Arethusa in a special exhibition of ship models in 1901. It was displayed on a table in the entrance passage of the old Public Library for many years. George Lance was actively involved in the Warrnambool community including teaching Sunday School in the Baptist Church, the first bandmaster in the Volunteer Corps, District Corresponding Secretary for the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows and a member of the Warrnambool Bowls Club. He also contributed many articles to the Warrnambool Standard, under the pen name of “The Seer”. Len Asling of Warrnambool was concerned about the deterioration of the ship model. In 1964, with permission, he took the Arethusa home and used his self-taught skills to restore it as near as possible to its original state. He took two months of his spare time to complete the work, replacing wood and rigging and adding fresh paint, then returned the model to the Library. Len Asling re-discovered the handwritten message of George Lance, sealed in a bottle, when he was restoring the model. (References include: The Standard newspaper; copy of documents presented to Flagstaff Hill by a female descendant of his family, 20th March 2014; The Great Warrnambool Exhibition 1896-1897 by Elizabeth O’Callaghan 2002 )

Inscriptions & Markings

Outside the glass case, across the front, printed in black script on a gold strip “Model of the “Arethusa”. A famous frigate, taken from the French by the British, on the 18th of May 1759 and lost on the French coast in 1779. – Made and presented by G. Lance & P. Diggins, October 1894”

Line-throwing Rocket

Seaworks Maritime Discovery Centre, Williamstown

Metal frame containing line which is attached to the rocket and grappling hook.

Inscriptions & Markings

WMA 13 (on line box) Remains of orange sticker with logo of some kind and the word '..ISTOL' visible/ On rocket the words 'SCHERMULY INTERNATIONAL/N0 2/ 41 MM LINE-THROWING ROCKET/A SCHERMULY ICARUS PRODUCT/MADE IN ENGLAND/ WARNING/ DO NOT FIRE WITHOUT A LINE ATTACHED/REGULATIONS REQUIRE TIME EXPIRE.../ROCKETS TO BE DUMPED UNDFIRED AT SEA/THEY SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR PRACTISE.

Record - The Weaver from Meltham

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Light green record slip containing a double sided record of the radio play of The Weaver from Meltham

Historical information

This recorded play of the book 'The Weaver from Meltham' - The story of Godfrey Hirst was made circa 1951 and aired on ABC radio. It was handed down to Ken Hirst from his father Ivan Hirst, grandson of Godfrey Hirst. At the end there is an additional recording . It is a speech and presentation to HRH Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of the birth of Princess Anne of a baby blanket made by the employees of Godfrey Hirst woollen mills circa 1951

Inscriptions & Markings

AWA custom long play Microgroove recording

Cover

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson racquet head cover. Materials: Vinyl, Metal

Photograph.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Newspaper clipping - Pioneers planted the seeds of history, by Marguerite Marshall

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black & white photocopy of newspaper article

Historical information

Article about the origins of what is thought to be the Batman apple tree

Inscriptions & Markings

From Diamond Valley News 29 September 1981 p. 4

Digital photograph - Tapestry, Building view from Reading Room, Supreme Court, London, 2016

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Historical information

The large tapestry of the royal arms (in the reading room accessed via the library) dates from the early years of George III's reign (1760-1820), and is usually covered to protest it from sunlight.

School Photograph (digital image) - Watsonia Primary School 1974 Grade 3A

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph of school class

Historical information

Class photograph from Watsonia Primary School, 1974 Grade 3A

Publication - Honey bee pathology (Bailey, L. & Ball, B. V.), London, 1991

Wheen Bee Foundation, Beechworth

Trowel

Ballarat Fire Brigade, Ballarat East

hand engraved sterling silver ceremonial trowel. engraving is floral design on blade. handle is hollow, octaganol with leaf pattern and greek meander pattern

Historical information

Trowel was presented to Captain Spark by honourable secretary Mr Charles Dyte on 1/1/1864 to lay the foundation stone of the watchtower and belfrey of the Ballarat fire station. Trowel was made by Mr. Bennett of Bridge street and fashioned on the trowel used by Mr. Fraser M.L.C. when laying the foundation stone of the St. Kilda town hall

Inscriptions & Markings

Hallmarked on underside - emu, "WE" (letters), kangaroo

Brochure - For the time of your life Warrnambool

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a small booklet (1975) containing 39 pages. It has local Warrnambool advertisements, maps, photographs, printed material and details of 9 tours that tourists could take by car around Warrnambool. The pages are stapled. The front cover has a blue-tinged image of a surf boat patrol and the back cover has a black and white photograph of Warrnambool’s beach. There is one loose page with a summary of the tourist spots in Warrnambool and a map.

Historical information

Tourist brochures have been produced in Warrnambool since the 1890s and this one has been published by the Warrnambool Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Some of the photographs for this brochure come from the Warrnambool Standard newspaper and the information on the car tours was provided by the Warrnambool Tourist Information Centre. Tourism in the Warrnambool region has always been of major importance to the town/city and a local Chamber of Commerce or Tourists’ Association has been active in the area for over 100 years. Today the official tourist guides are produced by the Warrnambool City Council.

Significance

This brochure is a good example of local tourism promotion in the 1970s and will also be useful for display.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front Cover: ‘For the Time of Your Life – Warrnambool’.

Book - A learner's guide to Warumungu

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

Maps, word lists

Newspaper Clipping - Death notice of Mrs Ellis 16 October 1883.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Print of death and funeral notice from The Argus.

Historical information

Death and funeral notices for Mrs Maberly Ann Ellis, wife of Frederick William Ellis of Greensborough Hotel.

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Dunlop 'Graphite' tennis racquet, with Dunlop trademark on netting. Materials: Graphite, Leather, Adhesive tape, Nylon, Ink, Plastic

Plaque - Ozone Hotel

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a rectangular marble slab with incised gold lettering (now somewhat faded). The bottom lettering is contained in a slight groove in the marble. There are four holes at each corner and six smaller holes along the edges of the tablet for attachment by screws to a building. The slab has some staining and a little rust.

Historical information

The building to which this tablet was attached was erected in 1890 as the Grand Ozone Coffee Palace. It was at the corner of Koroit and Kepler Streets in Warrnambool and was the most splendid edifice ever erected in Warrnambool. Initially it was a Temperance Hotel but in 1891 it gained a colonial wine licence. Thomas Randall was the lessee and proprietor of the building from 1894 to 1907 and from 1895 on it was called the Ozone Hotel. Mrs Lillias Euphemia Thom was the proprietor from 1907 to 1910. The tablet described herein has her name incised on the tablet ‘L.E.Thom’. The hotel was closed in 1915 and re-opened in 1920 with the new name of Hotel Mansions. The proprietor at that time was Howard Lawson. In 1923 Hotel Mansions gained a full hotel licence but in 1929 the building was destroyed by fire. The present day Hotel Warrnambool now occupies the site of the Hotel Mansions.

Significance

This tablet is of great significance as it is an important memento of the Grand Ozone Coffee Palace/Ozone Hotel/Hotel Mansions. This building was the most elegant building ever to be erected in Warrnambool and, as such, a reminder of the type of luxury accommodation offered to visitors to Warrnambool in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This was a time when Warrnambool was promoted as a spa resort with hot and cold sea baths and bracing sea breezes. The marble tablet is an indication of the splendor of the hotel’s furnishings and accoutrements.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘Ozone Hotel’ ‘L.E.Thom’

Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photo featuring Darlene Hard Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion

Photograph

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Black and white photograph in China from Arnott Rogers Collection showing Lan Chu Muslim Pagoda

Album - Photograph

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Dark maroon leather cover with lined pattern embossed on front and back, with gold highlights on front cover. Brass metal clasp. Cream water-waved paper inside front and back covers.

Historical information

Many of the photographs in this album have photographers from areas near Nottingham, England. There are a couple of photographs by Daniel Clarke who was one of Warrnambool’s earliest and most prominent photographers.

Significance

This album is typical of many of early settlers to Australia who brought a collection of photos from home or alternately were sent photos of family members.

Inscriptions & Markings

Vickers in blue pen inside front cover.

Lifejacket- Prop

Seaworks Maritime Discovery Centre, Williamstown

Intact fabric lifejacket.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed On side1:'CORD TRAM' degraded words of 'BOARD OF TRADE' /'LIFE JAKCET' Printed on side 2: undecipherable printed words Possible KT 5 readble?

Book, Knitting - Villawool Knitting Book no. 100

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This knitting pattern book was published by the Villawood Textile Company, Sydney and contains knitting patterns for mens knitted garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

BOOK 100 / MAN'S DESIGNS IN / CORTINA, MOHAIR, / LLAMA & 8 & 12 PLY / BY / Villawool / 2'9

Razor Strop

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Leather strop double sided, hanging hooks from top, hand grip at bottom, gold label top and bottom

Screwdriver

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Screwdriver flat. 250mm long Top of handle is missing

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

TOM WICKHAM & FRANK HARRIS ERECTING B.B.Q. IN COLLINS PLACE FRASER STREET CLUNES 1987-88

Invitation - It's the 10th ANNIVERSARY of the Queen Victoria Women's Centre Trust!

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Thin carboard double sided document. Orange, purple and white colour scheme. On the front right side of item is a purple 'grey scape' of the QVWC building. on the back Provides details of the event.

Historical information

For an event held for the 10th anniversary of the QVWC Trust.

Photograph

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

B/w portrait photograph of Cr Emil Braun wearing glassses, a light grey suit, white shirt and dark tie.

Historical information

One of 11 similarly presented b/w half portrait photographs showing various councillors within Glen Eira City Council. Copyright for this image is unknown, although likely commissioned by Council. It has been digitised and published here for educational and research purposes. If you believe that you have copyright to this image and would like it removed from the site please contact us through the 'Leave a Comment' tab below.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on verso in black ink pen: "Cr Emil Braun" and below written in black pen and crossed out with blue pen "Elected 23/6/84" Sticker with red ink print in lower corner, lhs: "VAN DER TOORREN / Block Arcade Studios / 4th Floor, Block Arcade, 282 Collins St. 03 - 8648 / DATE..............REF................."

Booklet - The True Story of Gundagai's Dog on the Tuckerbox: The History of the Dog on the Tuckerbox

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Razor

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Cut-throat razor, part of the W.R. Angus Collection. ‘The Invicta’ model razor, in red cardboard box with silver embossed text, has black Bakelite handle with rounded end; blade swings inside the handle. Made by E.W. Dickinson in Sheffield, England in the early 1900’s.

Historical information

This cut-throat razor 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” , which 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

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Box embossed in silver "The Invicta Razor", "Manufactured by E.W. DICKINSON LTD / SHEFFIELD ENGLAND" Embossed on handle "INVICTA". On blade "INVICTA" and "E.M. DICKINSON / SHEFFIELD ENGLAND"

Distant Homes, or the Graham Family in New Zealand

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Book entitled “Distant Homes, or the Graham Family in New Zealand.” Hardback children’s novel on an English family’s life in New Zealand. Cover in red with illustration of house in black. Text in gold. Some illustrations.

Photograph - Tulloh: last passenger train to Beech Forest.

Otway Districts Historical Society, Beech Forest

B/W. Locomotive G42 with the sign "Australian Railway Historical Society, Last Train to Beech Forest, 30-6-62", an NC guard's van, a NU louvred van and many NQR open wagons, at a photostop near Tulloh. Several passengers taking photos while the driver is waiting to proceed.

Historical information

The last train ran to Beech Forest on 30 June 1962. It had a particularly motley look: 180 passengers were loaded into a series of NU goods wagons hastily fitted with temporary seats and, given the time of year, tarpaulin covers. The G42 locomotive had patched-up repairs and cannibalised G41 parts. Intending travellers faced up to the trip with some trepidation but the train made it with no problems. On this cold, gloomy day when it got back to Colac it signalled the end of narrow gauge operations in the Otway Ranges.