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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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111643 items with images

Photograph - black and white - Ballarat Junior Technical School Students - Group

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

Formal group photograph of students from Ballarat Junior Technical School. If you have information about the students/date, please use comments section below

Inscriptions & Markings

Photographers stamp on back - 1215 13

Rug, Framed - Chinese Floral Design

South Gippsland Shire Council, Leongatha

Framed decorative woollen rug with fringe. Features Chinese design with two birds, flowers and branches. Green, brown and white colours. Green and white border with white fringe. Brown timber frame with red felt backing. Carpet is fixed to backing with five silver pins across top and bottom.

Newsletter - The Journal - Lord Somers' Camp and Power House - Vol.30 No.6 JULY, 1978

Power House Rowing Club, South Yarra

The Journal - Lord Somers' Camp and Power House - Vol. 30 No.6 JULY, 1978

Inscriptions & Markings

Registered at G.P.O. Melbourne for transmission by post as a periodical The Journal LORD SOMERS' CAMP and POWER HOUSE CAMP CHIEF Gordon Trinca 29 Tintern Avenue, Toorak, 3142. Telephone 24:4171. MANAGER SECRETARY Les. Phillips, Box 4, P.O. , St.Kilda, Club House 51:7066 Private 94:3486 Vol. 30 No.6 JULY, 1978

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Historical information

Photograph of Bill Hotson and Jack Gray.

Image - McKenna

Ballarat and District Irish Association, Ballarat

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

"Rogers Cottage" showing the rear section. circular saw in foreground. Note guard on saw.

Historical information

Rogers Cottage was built by John Rogers on the hill on Churchill Island in the early 1860s. It is believed he first built the Bakehouse in 1865 and shortly after built the 2 roomed dormitory which was originally lined with calico and plaster - later with hand split boards.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of a military camp at Sunbury.

Historical information

Military camps were held in Sunbury during the 1880's.

Report - Backing Australian languages : review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Initiatives Program : final report

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Final report from this body, looking at the effectiveness of Language maintenance programs, a systematic approach to language loss, nature of relationship between languages etc.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

black and white photograph of a man and lady standing in the middle of a court with some young people mwith skateboards wearing suitable att9irstanding around them.

Historical information

The photograph was taken on 3 August 1980 when thw Sunbury Skateboard Park was officially opened by CR. R.F. Buckland.

Object - John Wicking farewell medal

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Medal chain with metal plate attached upon which paper images are pasted, either side of the plate is plastic gold braiding holding white painted wicker upon which 'Rara Avis' and 'Nil Taurus Excretis' has been Dymo labelled.

Historical information

In 1987 a farewell was held for John Wicking, former President of the AFB. The presentation of a medal "Rara Avis" (rare bird) and on the reverse 'Nil Taurus excretis' (no bull excretement) was made to the bemused honouree. Upon the front face of the plate is an image of Mr Wicking wearing a name plate 'The Guiding Light', as he climbs an 'Association for the Blind' sign to reach the guiding light at the top. On the reverse is a drawing of a bull snorting.

Student report June 1973

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Single sheet of white paper printed with school name and a table. Individual teachers filled in details of their subjects, scores and personal comments and signed. Also contains principal's comments and signature and form teacher's signature.

Historical information

Mid year report presented to students with results and teacher comments. A tear off slip was included at the bottom of the document that was signed by parents and returned to school.

Inscriptions & Markings

See attached JPG

Brochure - Manifesto Australian Democratic Labor Party

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Brochures for the Manifesto of the Australian Democratic Labor Party (DLP).

Historical information

These brochures were kept by Vince Gervasoni of Yandoit Creek, who at one time was a candidate for the DLP.

Chest

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Chest metal with hinged lid and 2 metal handles each end, painted red inside green outside Has broken brass lock on front. Has 6 studs on top. 580mmL x 380mmW x 350mmH

Container

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Cardboard container with tin lid and base. Yellow, with black printed label. Made by the Nyal Co, Sydney. Contains Boracic Acid, 2 oz size.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured photograph - back view of white timber house taken from left hand rear end showing white painted fence and the gates. Water tank shown in foreground.

Historical information

Woolamai House was built in approx 1869 on part of Capt Cleeland's property which covered most of the eastern end of Phillip Island. He maintained the Beacon Light on Woolamai Point close to his house. Owned and occupied by family since 1869.

Newspaper Clipping - Tom Lane Pharmacy

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Newspaper clipping, black and white text and image.

Historical information

An advertisement for Tom Lane Pharmacy, 100 Main Street Greensborough

Book - Greatheart of Papua

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Greatheart of Papua (James Chalmers) Drawings by Ernest Prater Author: W P Nairne Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 1913

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on spine cover with typed text RH 922.5 CHA Pastedown front endpaper has sticker from Warrnambool Mechanics Institute and Free Library Front loose endpaper has a stamp from Warrnambool Mechanics Institute Front loose endpaper has a stamp from Corangamite Regional Library Service

PLAQUE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Plague, made of black painted timber with silver coloured metal scroll on top & rectangular plate on bottom. In the centre is a round dome bearing a raised badge in silver coloured metal, surmounted by blue enamel map of Australia. On bottom of badge is a plain banner with blue enamel.

Inscriptions & Markings

On metal scroll: We Honour You On shield: For Service 1936-45 On blue metal: Tullamore On name plate: In Memory of TPR L G Younghusband

Bottle of ethyl chloride and original packaging

Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History, Melbourne

The ethyl chloride was packaged in a glass bottle with increments measuring volume in milliletres printed on the galss surface in black. The bottle is sealed with a with metallic spray nozzle secured by a cork and moulded red plastic.The original cardboard packaging has red print on white background. The text reads 'Woolwich Elliott 100ml. Ethyl chloride B.P. for General anaesthesia - Woolwich-Eliott Chemical Company Pty. Ltd. Sydney Made in Australia.'

Inscriptions & Markings

'BORONIA' stamped on the packaging in blue ink. It is located below the packaging text.

Photograph

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Black and White photograph of the sailing ship Springburn. 106 mm x 155 mm SH 274 Ships S.

Photograph

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Black and White Photograph of 4 masted steam auxiliary barque Kaiou Marie. Built 1930.

digital photographs - 2017 Museum Awards - Victoria

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Attestation Paper

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Australian Imperial Force. Attestation Paper of Persons enlisted for Service Abroad. #2839A / V27336 Dugald Cameron.

Historical information

WW1 Historical significance

Inscriptions & Markings

V27336 Dougald Cameron Attestation Paper of Persons enlisted for Service Abroad

Folder

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

Letters, Poems etc.

Tin

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Historical information

The camp pocket candle stick tin contained 2 candles a box of matches and could be purchased by Australian troops prior to their departure overseas dry.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Camp pocket candlestick a Soldiers Friend"

Photograph - Hume and Hovell Monument, Barjarg, Spring Excursion, Hume and Hovell's 1824 expedition (Part 2), 26 October 1997

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

[article by Diana Bassett-Smith in EDHS Newsletter No. 117, November 1997:] MONUMENT HUNTING THE HUME AND HOVELL WAY - Sunday October 26 1997 dawned bright and very warm. Some twenty-five members, complete with picnic baskets, met outside the Eltham Library awaiting the Cobb and Co. large coach which would be taking us on the second leg of our travels along the route of the early explorers Hume and Hovell. Stephen West was our very good driver for the day. He would be guided around the circuitous route by Russell Yeoman who had made a detailed study, not only of the intended route, but of the story of these two explorers. During the trip Russell regaled us with poetry, quotations from the Journals and the History of the Shire of Seymour, "The New Crossing Place" by Martindale, 1982, (now Mitchell Shire due to the recent amalgamations). We headed towards the Hume Highway via Greensborough and Cooper Street and proceeded north to our first stop, noting on the way Monument Hill in the distance which is near Kilmore and, according to Russell, well worth the effort to visit as the view across the valley is magnificent. Past Sunday Creek Valley, Mt Piper and Mt Disappointment, all traversed and noted and named by them. We passed through Tallarook, then onto Seymour where we took photos of the monument telling us that Hume and Hovell had passed through on the 28th of October 1824. We also deviated down Hume and Hovell Road viewing deer and emu farming and the Bellbourie property now a sanctuary. Leaving Seymour behind we travelled up the Avenel Road to the Avenel monument, pyramidal in design of four reducing square blocks with a sharply pointed peak, erected in 1924 in memory of the 1824 exploration. The day was warming up and the countryside showing the dryness of the current drought. A parallel note had been made in their journal too of 1824 of the drought appearance of the country they were traversing. At Seven Creeks, Euroa we stopped for some minutes to check the monument placed 20th November 1924 to commemorate their passage on the 29th December 1824. More photos. Russell had pointed out the abrupt termination of the distant ranges which is noted in their journal. The next monument is beside the road at the entrance to Honey Suckle Creek Caravan Park, Violet Town. The squarish shaped monument some eight feet high is topped with a simple steel cross, and was to mark the date of 28th December 1824 and built for the 20th November 1924. By now it was 12.20 and nearly lunchtime as we drove along the Warranbayne Road to Roach's Road, monument hunting without success. Though there is a large, what appears to be an old timber sign which was hard to read, maybe this was the lost monument. In many of the paddocks hay had been cut and baled or was being cut, what a contrast to the rugged country they had passed through which was smoky from the fires of the natives burning off. By 1.00 pm we were at Benalla and pulled up beside the park where abundant beds of roses filled the air with their scent and the smell of barbecued food twitched the nostrils whilst the cheerful sounds of other picnickers could be heard throughout the park. We left the bus and collected up our picnics, dispersed to the various tables and enjoyed the shade from the various European trees. 2.00 pm and we were on the road again driving along the Benalla, Mansfield, Yea road. The Swanpool monument states that they passed four miles south and returned three miles north. Then we stopped at the Barjarg monument which notes that they camped near this spot. It is again a pyramidal monument and this time topped with a steel arrow indicating their route of the 29th November 1824. Half an hour later we came to another monument, again with a steel arrow marker on top and the plaque dated the 2nd of 12th 1824. Erected on the 12th of 12th 1924. "They blazed the way that we might inherit the land." Another square based and needle topped monument appeared at Yarck near Yea and this plaque records the date of 3 December 1824. Near McGuigans Road Russell related that the expedition had lost a dog but it had found them next day, the dog was apparently torn by a kangaroo. A short while later Russell reminded us here of the problems they encountered in crossing the Goulburn River near Molesworth where banks were high, water deep and wide. "Good coat of grass but quite dry due to drought". At Yea we stopped for afternoon tea and raided the last of our picnics and looked at the monument to their journey of 1824, situated at a corner of the gardens near the bowling green. No photo – we were out of film. We returned home via Kinglake West and Whittlesea past the Yan Yean Reservoir, not full. 5.00 pm back at Eltham we emptied out of the bus and everyone, including Joan Cole, collected their things, Joan also had the major souvenir of the day, a large carp she had picked up from the river bank, her cat was in for a great feast. The day was made so interesting by the informed commentary which Russell provided. His background knowledge of the route and nature of the journey could only have come from many hours of reading and driving the area. Thank you to Russell and to everyone who made the day so informative and pleasurable.

Badge

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

Royal Flying Corps badge, Kings crown.

Pillow Slip

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Pillow slip White linen large with tatted lace border two buttons on open envelope side

Sepia Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia photograph of the beach at Rhyll known as The Nits

Historical information

This album was presented to the Earl of Stradbroke by Fathers of the Soldiers 16/2/1923. The photo is of the Rhyll beach known as "the nits".

Inscriptions & Markings

Rose Series P 3418 The Beach, Rhyll, Phillip Island, Vic

Knife Handle

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Stag Carving knife handle, slight encrustation. Artefact Reg No S/69. Recovered from the wreck of the Schomberg.

Historical information

When the ship Schomberg was launched in 1855, she was considered the most perfect clipper ship ever to be built. James Blaine’s Black Ball Line had commissioned her to be built for their fleet of passenger liners. At a cost of £43,103, the Aberdeen builders designed her to sail faster than the quick clippers designed by North American Donald McKay. She was a three masted wooden clipper ship, built with diagonal planking of British oat with layers of Scottish larch. This luxury vessel was designed to transport emigrants to Melbourne in superior comfort. She had ventilation ducts to provide air to the lower decks and a dining saloon, smoking room, library and bathrooms for the first class passengers. At the launch of Schomberg’s maiden voyage, her master Captain ‘Bully’ Forbes, drunkenly predicted that he would make the journey between Liverpool and Melbourne in 60 days. Schomberg departed Liverpool on 6 October 1855 with 430 passengers and 3000 tons cargo including iron rails and equipment intended the build the Geelong Railway and a bridge over the Yarra from Melbourne to Hawthorn. The winds were poor as Schomberg sailed across the equator, slowing her journey considerably. She was 78 days out of Liverpool when she ran aground on a sand-spit near Peterborough, Victoria, on 27 December; the sand spit and the currents were not marked on Forbes’s map. Overnight, the crew launched a lifeboat to find a safe place to land the ship’s passengers. The scouting party returned to Schomberg and advised Forbes that it was best to wait until morning because the rough seas could easily overturn the small lifeboats. The ship’s Chief Officer spotted SS Queen at dawn and signalled the steamer. The master of the SS Queen approached the stranded vessel and all of Schomberg’s passengers were able to disembark safely. The Black Ball Line’s Melbourne agent sent a steamer to retrieve the passengers’ baggage from the Schomberg. Other steamers helped unload her cargo until the weather changed and prevented the salvage teams from accessing the ship. Local merchants Manifold & Bostock bought the wreck and cargo, but did not attempt to salvage the cargo still on board the ship. They eventually sold it on to a Melbourne businessman and two seafarers. After two of the men drowned when they tried to reach Schomberg, salvage efforts were abandoned.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