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Talking Shop: Ballarat in Business and City Life at Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

27 Jun 2019

Curated By

Amy Tsilemanis, Curator, Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

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Book - Federation University Annual Report, 2018

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

Blue soft covered book. Includes images of Chancellor Terry Moran, Vice-Chancellor Helen Bartlett, University Council

Furniture, spindle-leg, wood table

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A small wooden occasional table with 4 turned legs with 4 rails running around the base

Object - Framed Bamboo Fan

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

Rectangle wooden framed bamboo fan with picture of trees and fishing boats and backed with patterned and black paper.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph - Excavation, Ringwood baths 1934

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on front of photograph, "Excavation, Ringwood baths".

black and white photograph

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A black / white photograph of a partially constructed brick building. A man is standing on the roof. There is a ladder leaning against a wall on the left and there are tiles on the ground.

Historical information

This appears to be a photograph taken during the construction of Orbost High School taken on the western side.

Significance

Orbost High School / Orbost Secondary College has played a significant part in the education of senior students in the Orbost district . It is the sole senior educational institution. This item is representative of its history.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back - "M.Gilbert 1924"

Fork

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Silver plated copper alloy table fork from the wreck of the Loch Ard. Some very little verdigris but silver oxide present. Heavy encrustation on fork. Fork tine is bent

Historical information

HISTORY OF THE LOCH ARD The LOCH ARD belonged to the famous Loch Line which sailed many ships from England to Australia. Built in Glasgow by Barclay, Curdle and Co. in 1873, the LOCH ARD was a three-masted square rigged iron sailing ship. The ship measured 262ft 7" (79.87m) in length, 38ft (11.58m) in width, 23ft (7m) in depth and had a gross tonnage of 1693 tons. The LOCH ARD's main mast measured a massive 150ft (45.7m) in height. LOCH ARD made three trips to Australia and one trip to Calcutta before its final voyage. LOCH ARD left England on March 2, 1878, under the command of Captain Gibbs, a newly married, 29 year old. She was bound for Melbourne with a crew of 37, plus 17 passengers and a load of cargo. The general cargo reflected the affluence of Melbourne at the time. On board were straw hats, umbrella, perfumes, clay pipes, pianos, clocks, confectionary, linen and candles, as well as a heavier load of railway irons, cement, lead and copper. There were items included that intended for display in the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880. The voyage to Port Phillip was long but uneventful. At 3am on June 1, 1878, Captain Gibbs was expecting to see land and the passengers were becoming excited as they prepared to view their new homeland in the early morning. But LOCH ARD was running into a fog which greatly reduced visibility. Captain Gibbs was becoming anxious as there was no sign of land or the Cape Otway lighthouse. At 4am the fog lifted. A man aloft announced that he could see breakers. The sheer cliffs of Victoria's west coast came into view, and Captain Gibbs realised that the ship was much closer to them than expected. He ordered as much sail to be set as time would permit and then attempted to steer the vessel out to sea. On coming head on into the wind, the ship lost momentum, the sails fell limp and LOCH ARD's bow swung back. Gibbs then ordered the anchors to be released in an attempt to hold its position. The anchors sank some 50 fathoms - but did not hold. By this time LOCH ARD was among the breakers and the tall cliffs of Mutton Bird Island rose behind the ship. Just half a mile from the coast, the ship's bow was suddenly pulled around by the anchor. The captain tried to tack out to sea, but the ship struck a reef at the base of Mutton Bird Island, near Port Campbell. Waves broke over the ship and the top deck was loosened from the hull. The masts and rigging came crashing down knocking passengers and crew overboard. When a lifeboat was finally launched, it crashed into the side of LOCH ARD and capsized. Tom Pearce, who had launched the boat, managed to cling to its overturned hull and shelter beneath it. He drifted out to sea and then on the flood tide came into what is now known as LOCH ARD Gorge. He swam to shore, bruised and dazed, and found a cave in which to shelter. Some of the crew stayed below deck to shelter from the falling rigging but drowned when the ship slipped off the reef into deeper water. Eva Carmichael had raced onto deck to find out what was happening only to be confronted by towering cliffs looming above the stricken ship. In all the chaos, Captain Gibbs grabbed Eva and said, "If you are saved Eva, let my dear wife know that I died like a sailor". That was the last Eva Carmichael saw of the captain. She was swept off the ship by a huge wave. Eva saw Tom Pearce on a small rocky beach and yelled to attract his attention. He dived in and swam to the exhausted woman and dragged her to shore. He took her to the cave and broke open case of brandy which had washed up on the beach. He opened a bottle to revive the unconscious woman. A few hours later Tom scaled a cliff in search of help. He followed hoof prints and came by chance upon two men from nearby Glenample Station three and a half miles away. In a state of exhaustion, he told the men of the tragedy. Tom returned to the gorge while the two men rode back to the station to get help. By the time they reached LOCH ARD Gorge, it was cold and dark. The two shipwreck survivors were taken to Glenample Station to recover. Eva stayed at the station for six weeks before returning to Ireland, this time by steamship. In Melbourne, Tom Pearce received a hero's welcome. He was presented with the first gold medal of the Royal Humane Society of Victoria and a £1000 cheque from the Victorian Government. Concerts were performed to honour the young man's bravery and to raise money for those who lost family in the LOCH ARD disaster. Of the 54 crew members and passengers on board, only two survived: the apprentice, Tom Pearce and the young woman passenger, Eva Carmichael, who lost all of her family in the tragedy. Ten days after the LOCH ARD tragedy, salvage rights to the wreck were sold at auction for £2,120. Cargo valued at £3,000 was salvaged and placed on the beach, but most washed back into the sea when another storm developed. The wreck of LOCH ARD still lies at the base of Mutton Bird Island. Much of the cargo has now been salvaged and some was washed up into what is now known as LOCH ARD Gorge. Cargo and artefacts have also been illegally salvaged over many years before protective legislation was introduced. One of the most unlikely pieces of cargo to have survived the shipwreck was a Minton porcelain peacock - one of only seven in the world. The peacock was destined for the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880. It had been well packed, which gave it adequate protection during the violent storm. Today, the Minton peacock can be seen at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum in Warrnambool. From Australia's most dramatic shipwreck it has now become Australia's shipwreck artefact and is one of very few 'objects' on the Victorian State Heritage Register most valuable.

Significance

The LOCH ARD shipwreck is of State significance – Victorian Heritage Register S 417 Flagstaff Hill’s collection of artefacts from LOCH ARD is significant for being one of the largest collections of artefacts from this shipwreck in Victoria. It is significant for its association with the shipwreck, which is on the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR S417). The collection is significant because of the relationship between the objects, as together they have a high potential to interpret the story of the LOCH ARD. The LOCH ARD collection is archaeologically significant as the remains of a large international passenger and cargo ship. The LOCH ARD collection is historically significant for representing aspects of Victoria’s shipping history and its potential to interpret sub-theme 1.5 of Victoria’s Framework of Historical Themes (living with natural processes). The collection is also historically significant for its association with the LOCH ARD, which was one of the worst and best known shipwrecks in Victoria’s history.

Book with CD - Kaurna palti wonga =? Kaurna funeral protocols

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

A four-part guide on Kaurna Language and descriptions of Kaurna funerals. Includes hymns and psalms.

Inscriptions & Markings

CD, cards, b&w photographs, song lyrics, b&w illustrations

Certificate - Chatham-Holmes Collection: Marriage Certificate, Karl Aumuller and Frances Harriet Holmes, 1876

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

Very poor condition - writing badly faded.

Historical information

Karl Aumuller and Frances Harriet Holmes were married on 20 July 1876 at the home of her uncle, "Echo Hills" Station, Queensland Frances' parent were Edward Carter Holmes and Sarah Holmes, nee Kitching, of Ascot Victoria. On the certificate it indicates that Frances lived on "Echo Hills" Station doing home duties.

Book - Why Should Their Honour Fade

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Why Should Their Honour Fade The history of John and Charles Mills Author: Olive Mills Publisher: The Hawthorn Press

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on spine with typed text R.A.994.57 MIL

Manual

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

Green covered booklet, thermal bound, 32 pages, being Standing Orders for the Operation of Amphibious Vehicles. Published by Royal Australian Armoured Corps, Australian Army. 1973

Historical information

8/13 VMR was issued with M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers in 1973. These vehicles had an Amphibious capability Technical manuals and User Handbooks were essential equipment for Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) tradesmen permanently attached to Armoured Corps regiments as Light Aid Detachments (LAD) or AFV Workshops and were responsible for repairs and maintenance of a nature beyond the expertise of AFV crewmen and just short of major rebuilds undertaken by Base Workshop detachments.

Significance

Part of a collection of workshop manuals and user handbooks relating to equipment on issue to 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles during the latter half of the twentieth century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ink stamp on title page " 8/13 VMR Regimental Collection ". Inside back page list of names and numbers.

WTS Staffing Office book

Wangaratta High School, Wangaratta

Black book with silver WANGARATTA TECHNICAL SCHOOL heading and WTS logo, containing records from the staffing office from 1992-1996

Photograph - Colour - Dr David Haymes

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

Colour photographed used in the book "Honorary Doctorates from the University of Ballarat" by Marie Kau

Historical information

In 2014 University of Ballarat became Federation University Australia.

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Robert C. Littlewood

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Bookplate featuring a couple wearing crowns

Photograph - Pedestrian access upgrade, Pryor Street, Eltham, c. Oct 1987

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Looking down Pryor Street towards the intersection with Main Road, Mac's Liquor on left. Shows upgraded footpath area with new paving and planter boxes. Date based on other similar display panels visible in images of the Shire of Eltham display at the Eltham Community Festival, 7 November 1987.

The Practice of Divine Love.

Kilmore Historical Society, Kilmore

Green cloth-bound hardcover book, embossed decoration to front and back covers. Cover totally detached from body, tear to spine. Foxing throughout. 140 pp. Fair condition.

Historical information

The Practice of Divine Love; Being an exposition upon the Church Catechism: to which are added directions for prayer.

Inscriptions & Markings

On 2nd flyleaf, 'Mrs. Hanniford/With Walter's, Best and/Kindest Wishes/May 25, 1859'.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of Major Ian Docking, 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles, leading the Anzac Day march in Albury 1989. He is mounted in a heritage Ferret Scout Car.

Historical information

The 8/13 VMR provided soldiers to Anzac Day marches and services in NE Victoria and Southern NSW..The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment.

Photograph - Club Hotel, Ringwood from Whitehorse Road. Mt. Dandenong Road to old East Ringwood looking south. Taken about 1900-10.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue card reads, "Club Hotel, Ringwood from Whitehorse Road. Mt. Dandenong Road to old East Ringwood looking south. Taken about 1900-10". Label below photograph is dated 1904.

Flagon

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Clear brown glass flagon with straight sides two thirds up from the base. It tapers into the neck, and comes out over a lip, then in again and up to the opening. Screw top below on which 2 twin glass handles are attached. It could have been used by a chemist in his dispensary eg. to store sulphuric acid. The glass is joined longitudinally on each side.

Historical information

Flagons were used by chemists to store liquids used for dispensing medicines to customers. Chemists made / mixed the medicines on their premises.

Significance

Historical: Used in the Kiewa Valley showing change in the way chemists store their medicines as pharmaceutical companies now produce medicines already mixed. Aesthetic: Display - shape & in good condition.

Inscriptions & Markings

3 numbers or letters on base (too small to read)

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson 'Hammer 4.0' racquet. Handle sealed with clear plastic. Materials: Graphite, Plastic, Nylon, Adhesive tape, Rubber

Slide - "Kangaroo Hall" (c.1843-1969), Donaldsons Road, Kangaroo Ground, which was destroyed during the January 8, 1969 bushfire; c.1975

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

35 mm colour positive transparency Mount - Agfacolor Service (Blue)

Historical information

Built by James and Isabella Donaldson at the centre of their 1 square mile property southwest of the present day Presbyterian Church. The Donaldsons first arrived in Port Phillip on 17 December 1841. Their first house was a bark hut which was replaced by this substantial brick home around the mid 1840s. James Donladson died 1856. Kangaroo Ground Presbyterian Church http://kgpc.pcvic.org.au/history-2.html Pictures of the farm and homestead (rented by Mr E. Hobson) were published in The Weekly Times, 18 March 1911, p27 1911 'MR. E. HOBSON'S FARM AT KANGAROO GROUND.', Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954), 18 March, p. 27. , viewed 29 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article222243528 A letter from Mr Hobson published in the following edition clarified that he only rented the property and that the owner was Mr John Donaldson of Sandringham 1911 'KANGAROO GROUND.', Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954), 25 March, p. 47. , viewed 29 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article222241179

Cap

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

U.S. Forage

Photograph - Mrs Florence Grant and daughters

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Heritage Collection, Surrey Hills

A black and white photograph of a lady and two young girls dressed in Edwardian clothes.

Historical information

Florence Jane McDouall Stuart (1867 - 1936) married George Hudson Grant (1864 - 1910) in 1899. He was a surveyor and they lived in Albany Crescent, Surrey Hills.

red satin sash - Marcela Bole - Mother of the Year 1989 sash

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Red satin sash with gold tassle

Historical information

Every year the Slovenian Association Melbourne selected Mother of the Year. Sometimes the school children wrote essays and the author's mother of the best essay became Mother of the Year, receiving a sash and flowers

Inscriptions & Markings

1989 S.D.M. (Slovensko društvo Melbourne - Slovenian Association Melbourne) Mother of the Year

Book - Introduction To Sally

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Introduction To Sally Author: Countess Von Arnim Publisher: MacMillan & Co Ltd Date: 1929

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 1942 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 with typed text PAT FIC INT Pastedown end page has sticker from Corangamite Regional Library Service

Year 11 1995

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Colour photograph of the Year 11 class of 1995 at Williamstown High School. Mounted on card, the teacher and students' names are also included.

Advertising Leaflet - 8 Glengala Court Greensborough

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Colour page from real estate magazine.

Historical information

Advertising for 8 Glengala Court Greensborough, 3 bedroom house, sold October 2018 for $790,000; previous sales: February 2014 $552,500, April 1982 $68,000 and September 1977 $14,500.

School Photograph - Digital Image - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1975 Team Netball.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour group photograph.

Historical information

Sports team photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. 1975 Team Netball. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Group name marked on photograph.

Photographic print block

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Interior of hall with a group of teenage girls and boys.

Historical information

Glen Iris Presbyterian Church on the corner of High Street and Allison Avenue.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: "14"

Photograph - Wilsons Promontory, 1998

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 6 strips Also photographic prints 10 x 15 cm

Significance

Probably taken in January 1998 on a sight-seeing excursion when the Society hosted visitors Margaret Taylor and Clifford Crate from the Eltham Society in Eltham, England.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 200-6