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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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Photograph - 60th Anniversary of Gallipoli Veterans 1915-1975

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson Monterey tennis racquet. Wilson logo and model name, feature across base of head and throat, surrounded by decorative swirl devices. 'W' trademark features on lower shaft and butt cap. Leather handle grip features patterned perforations. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Adhesive tape, Ribbon, Plastic, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Ink, String

Black and white digital print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Framed collage featuring a two page letter written by Tilden to 'Bratto' (Arthur Anderson), associated envelope postmarked July 13, 1949, and a reproduction of photograph of Tilden in action during tennis match. Photograph has panel embedded in it featuring signature by Tilden and '1927'. First leaf of letter: obverse displayed next to reproduction of reverse. Second leaf of letter is displayed below, next to envelope used to send letter. Letter mostly discusses Anderson's tennis game and refers to current Davis Cup team. The Anderson's were close friends of Tilden who supported him during a 10 month period of incarceration in 1949. Materials: Paper, Metal, Glass, Cardboard, Photographic emulsion, Lead, Glue, Ink

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 x col. photographs

Historical information

041 - Gift of a table to Tinker for $100,000 donation from Werdouna Charitable Fund. L to R: Peter Duffy (manager Australian Timber), Vern Robson (Chief Commissioner, City of Ballarat) and Rex Hollioake (appeal chairman). 042 - Donation of $100,000 from the Timber Charitable Fund to the Kelaston Centenary Appeal. L to R: Clark Chester, Hugh Morrow, Neil Titheridge, Peter Duffy, Rex Hollioake and Jim Selkirk.

Ganger's Lamp

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Ganger's Lamp made of metal, brass and glass

Historical information

Ganger's Lamp

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Permanent Way and Works - track equipment - Ganger's Lamp

Inscriptions & Markings

V.R ( and Arrow symbol ) AL 14

Quoin Key

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Quoin Key, used for tightening Quoins.

Ballarat Railway Station Lydiard St North Ballarat

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.

Postcard - Moyne Bridge

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Postcard

Photograph - Reverend C.W. Reeves officiates at a service of Holy Communion in the Schiedam Mission

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

medium sized rectangular b/w photograph in landscape format

Historical information

Reverend Reeves was chaplain in the Schiedam, a city part of the Rotterdam metropolitan area, from 20/09/1961 to 11/09/1966

Inscriptions & Markings

description typed on paper and stuck to back of photo: "The Rev. C.W. Reeves, Chaplain at Schiedam Mission (20.9.61 - 11.9.66) officiates at a service of Holy Communion in the Mission Chapel."

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Colour photograph of the side of a corrugated iron building

Historical information

This photograph is of the side of the Gold Battery building, and is one of a series of photographs of the Rutherglen Gold Battery. Its purpose was to crush quartz from nearby quartz reefs and extract gold from within. The battery was erected in 1908 and consists of a five-head battery, Wilfrey table, Bergin pan, portable steam engine and shed. The battery was restored in 2011/12 and can be viewed daily between 9.00am and 5.00pm. See website for details.

Jean Harris Collection - 3 pages

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League, Ballarat

Photos - 3 pages

Victorian Railways Broad Gauge model railway

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Models of Victorian Railways Broad Gauge rolling stock - Hand Made - plastic and cast metal

Historical information

Model of Victorian Railways Broad Gauge - Dalhouse Station The Models were hand made including electric motors and cast metal by Desmond Henry Ramsay over 40 years - from the age of 15 ( 1930 ) until his death in 1970. The locomotives and carriages are all replicas of Victorian Railways Broad Gauge. The Dalhouse Station and station yard were inspired by victorian railways design. This Model of Victorian Railways Broad Gauge was kindly donated to the Puffing Billy Railway Museum by the family of Desmond Henry Ramsay - Elwyn Stankiewicz - Vanessa Bourke - Roger Ward. (plaque afixed on case)

Significance

Historic - Hand made Model of Victorian Railways Broad Gauge by Desmond Henry Ramsay

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

58 digital files of photographs.

Historical information

Sister Elizabeth Lindsey worked at the RVIB Nursery from it's inception in 1933. During this time, she took photographs of the children, whom she had care of, documenting their life at RVIB as well as the wartime displacement to Olinda when the army took over the St Kilda Road building. Adopting one of her orphan charges, Sister Lindsay left RVIB in 1945.

Photograph - Writing the War exhibition, Eltham Library, 10 August 2016

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Photograph - Colour - Federation University Manufacturing Technology Training Centre under construction, 2012

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

Federation University Manufacturing Technology Training Centre under construction, taken from the Grant Street Bridge.

Conical Graduated Measuring Flask

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A medium sized conical shaped glass measuring flask. Graduated from 10 to 100mls on one side.

Historical information

The measuring instruments which were used in the Pharmacy Department at the Sunbury Asylum were collected by a former curator of the GEM and members of the GEM before the Asylum also known as Caloola closed down in the early 1990's.

Inscriptions & Markings

"CCG/44 -70..."

Photograph - Bark Hut School

Charlton Golden Grains Museum Inc, Charlton

Sepia photograph of students and their teacher Mr Nicholson standing in front of Charlton's first school in 1875. Teacher:

Historical information

On January 18, 1875, Mr R.A. Nicholson opened Charlton's first school. On the first day of school he wrote to the education department stating that 42 children were in attendance and also sent in a request for the Minister of Education to supply the "much needed accommodation" which had been promised to him some time ago as there was only a bark hut 18 feet by 10 feet for present purposes. Three weeks later, Mr Nicholson wrote again to the Education Department, sending in the above photograph of the bark hut as a photographer had recently been in the area. He once again stressed his need for a more suitable building.

Pamphlet

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Pamphlet advertising Cooper shearing plant equipment.

Historical information

Pamphlet advertising Cooper shearing plant equipment.

Internet Article - Richard Flanagan (author): Does Writing Matter? The inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture, Melbourne Writers Festival 2016 1st September 2016 held at Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Programme: Le Quotidien Officiele Roland Garros 03/06/1990 Materials: Paper, Ink

Photograph - Rurric & Harry De La Haye Phillip Island Brass Band

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & white photogragh of two men in uniform. Rurric on left, has a cornet, Harry has a tenor horn.

Inscriptions & Markings

L-R “ DeLaHaye” Harry(cornet), Rurric(jnr) (Tenor horn) Phillip Island Brass Band. Rurric(snr) & Fannie’s 2 sons - Born French Island

Photograph - Painting of Alan Marshall by Jan Hassall

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Bicentennial/Heritage Week Display, "The Eltham Tradition", Eltham Shire Office, 17-22 April 1988

Photograph - Everlastings on Iron Bark Road, Diamond Creek

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Originally contained in a 'magnetic' photo album of scenic photos of Yan Yean and Warrandyte believed to be donated by Mrs Eric Stephenson, Jingalong, 110 Ryans Road, Eltham, Vic. 3095; relocated to archival safe storage.

Book - Whalemen Adventurers

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Whalemen Adventurers Author: W J Dakin Publisher: Angus & Robertson Date: 1934

Jacket

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

RAN Blue Serge

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

3 x col. photographs

Historical information

In 1985 the Kelaston Auxiliary celebrated it's 60th anniversary. A special event was held at Kelaston, with Mrs Di Jones congratulating Mrs Hamill (the oldest past auxiliary member), who later cut a cake marking the event.

Inscriptions & Markings

1985 Auxiliary's 60th anniversary

Galvanometer

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Rectangular frame with coiled metal wires on two opposite sides. Symmetrical placement of screws with connecting wires and terminals between the two sides. Removable cylindrical pin through center of top plate. Four smaller coils of wire secured to underside of top plate. Object rests on ends of three screw feet, two forward and one rear.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved at center of top plate: ' H. TINSLEY & CO. LONDON S. E.' Engraved at lower centre of top plate: 'NO 16949' Engraved on top of cylinder pin: 'NO 19908' Front side of top plate engraved with: 'DEFLECTING COILS' Engrave on center base of front side: '10 / VOLTS' Left side of top plate label: 'NAT. PHIL. LAB. / NO 65 / UNIV. OF MELB.' Associated label separate to object also has inscription on recto: 'Schering & / Schmidt / Galvanometer' and upside down on verso: 'A. C / [r] [e] [...] Gold[l]ing / p.p. 245' (writing unclear)

Gas Producer from Talbot

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

This Gas Producer unit appears to be home-made mild steel construction for a specific purpose. The assembly sits on a welded frame, the hopoper on one side, the filter drum on the other and the radiator in between.

Historical information

According to Les Solomano this unitoriginally belonged to the Hendricks brothers of Talbot. It was mounted on the front bumper of their 6 ton truck used for general cartage.

Significance

The Unit shows the wide range of Gas Producers constructed during the war years to drive with charcoal fuel.

Inscriptions & Markings

there are no specific markings visible

Plaque 2 Airfield Construction Squadron - 2 Airfield Construction Squadron

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm with insignia of 2 Airfield Construction Squadron

Inscriptions & Markings

2 Airfield Construction Squadron

Book - Shipping Wonders of The World Vol 1

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Shipping Wonders of The World Vol 1, by Clarence Winchester. Published by the Amalgamated Press Ltd., London. Textured hard cover, bound book, burgundy colour with gold lettering. Inscription with owner's details and a list of ships inside the front cover.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription in black ink "F.J.S MORSE / S S ADELE / S S TAIROA / S S MANARI / S S JARVIS BAY"