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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

115681 items with images


115681 items with images

Trunk & Gear

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

Steel Trunk with Hutchi, wool blanket, Insect Screen, light blanket and Lilo (includes eq200 & eq285)

Photographs - Framed x 4 Hospital Ship "Karoa"; Hospital Ship "Manunda"; Hospital Ship "Maunganui" & Troopship "Aquitania"

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

1891 Group: Matron Neilson & Nurses - in Sovereign Remedies - also in frame

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League, Ballarat



National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings


Iron - Charcoal

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

This iron is made of cast iron. It has a hinged lid so that coal embers can be put inside for heat. The lid has a curved funnel. Bellows are used to blow air into the iron and keep the coals burning. It has a wooden handle and a lever (also with a wooden handle) to open the lid. There is a 2 and a half centimetre hole at the back of the iron to check the coals. The hole has a swivel cover.

Historical information

This iron was used by women, in their domestic role, to press the clothes from the mid 19th century. Coal embers were put inside, heating the base of the iron, to press the family's clothes and linen. Small bellows were used to fire up the embers to keep the iron hot. In the Kiewa Valley the embers would have been from the local hard wood growing on the farms.


Ron White worked for the SEC on the Kiewa Hydro Electric Scheme. The iron belonged to his mother. Ron remembers being a boy of approximately 8 years of age, watching his mother do her ironing with this charcoal iron in the c1920s.

Inscriptions & Markings

There is an embossed "S" on the swivel cover.

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Victor and Mary Bonsak, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01855.01931.01966 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of Victor Bonsak (died 1891) and Mary Bonsak (died 1938) in Plot# N3 Greensborough Cemetery. Photograph taken by Noel Withers 2009.


Greensborough Cemetery was created when land was given for the cemetery by Mr William Poulter, a local settler, about 1864. The cemetery holds the graves of many of the early settlers in the district and an early set of records note that the cemetery holds approximately 250 grave sites and 350 people buried there.


Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Heavy hinge for sheds or barns

Gold locket

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Gold floral engraved 'sovereign case'/locket. Watch chain with gold tassel and centre medallion.

Historical information

Worn by Mr. W.J. Sebire.

Book - Collection of Knitting & Crochet Receipts

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Collection of Knitting & Crochet Receipts Fully Illustrated by M. Elliot Scrivenor Fourth Edition John Paton Son and Co Ltd Publisher: Banks & Co Date: 1908


Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A metal Chemold 'Tony Roche Autograph' tennis racquet with double shaft and metal bridge. Black plastic shaft casing and butt cap. Adhesive label on butt has Chemold logo. Handle wrapped with black cloth grip tape. Materials: Metal, Adhesive tape, Plastic, Adhesive label, Cloth tape

Newspaper article - Central Highlands Historical Association Expo, 2001

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Photograph - Stawell Volunteer Cadet Corps, 1903

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

.1) Stawell Volunteer Cadets - Corps - 1903. Captain Daley written underneath a number of young cadets i uniform in front of a picket fence. The back row stands, the front row crouces on one knee, .2) Stawell cadets Physical Education Team stand in front of a brick building holding hand rings. Named on verso.

Historical information

Possibly associated with Stawell State School No 502

Inscriptions & Markings

Back "Stawell Cadet Corps Capt Daley 1903 (part of detachment without rifles)

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament Programme: Davis Cup Eastern Zone Finals, 1975. Materials: Paper, Ink

Photograph - Alistair Knox designed mudbrick home, rural area Nillumbik

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 10 strips

Historical information

Designed by Alistair Knox

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-6

WWII Helmet

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Khaki in colour, with remants if yellow paint at the front. All the interior is missing. Has quite a bit of rust.

Inscriptions & Markings


Artwork - Geometry Drawings

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

Photograph - black and white - Ballarat Junior Technical School Cadet Team: Champions South Street Competition, 1918-1919

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

Twenty-three uniformed males pose with a shield and a crest - photo from "The S.M.B. Students' Magazine, 1919

Historical information

The Ballarat Junior Technical School Cadet team were the champions at the South Street Competitions 1918-1919. The Ballarat Junior Technical School Cadets were established in 1917 by Lieutenant Harold G Wakeling. According to Neil Leckie, Manager of the Ballarat Ranger Military Museum: * Originally 12 – 14 year olds went to Junior Cadets attached to their school. * From age 14 – 17 they were Senior Cadets attached to the local militia unit. * After 1 July of the year a Cadet turned 18, the Cadet left the Senior Cadets and became a member of the Citizen Military Force. * In October 1918 the AIF, Militia and Cadets were renamed to give some connection to the AIF battalion raised in the area. Ballarat saw: 8th Australian Infantry Regiment comprising: * 8th Battalion AIF renamed 1st Battalion 8th Australian Infantry Regiment * 70th Infantry Militia renamed 2nd Battalion 8th Australian Infantry Regiment * 70th Infantry Cadets renamed 3rd B, 8th Australian Infantry. 39th Australian Infantry Regiment comprising: * 39th Battalion AIF renamed 1st Battalion 39th Australian Regiment * 71st Infantry Militia renamed 2nd Bn, 39th Australian Infantry Regiment * 71st Infantry Cadets renamed 3rd Bn, 39th Australian Infantry Regiment Prior to the reorganisation in 1918 the 18th Brigade was the 70th, 71st and 73rd Infantry. It is thought that the 18th Brigade Cadet units in 1920 were those that came from the old: * 69th Infantry (Geelong/Queenscliff) * 70th Infantry (Ballarat/Colac) * 71st Infantry (Ballarat West) * 72nd Infantry Warrnambool) * 73rd Infantry (NW Vic) The next name change came in 1921!


National Wool Museum, Geelong


Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Certificate of Discharge re Henry Holmberg. Details name, rank, regt number, enlistment date, reason for discharge, service number, home and abroad time and discharge date. Frame is black wood.

Historical information

Henry Holmberg No's 334, 26673 8th L.H Regt AIF. Refer 54P for full service details re Henry and brother Carl. Also 609P

Inscriptions & Markings

"Register No 413"


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

Old style 6 pleat

Photograph - A Tait (Red Rattler ) train crosses the Eltham Railway Trestle Bridge at Panther Place, Eltham, 7-8 February 1981

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital TIFF file Scan of 35mm Ilford FP4 black and white transparency

Historical information

Eltham Central Park viewed through the bridge

Ballarat District Hospital

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.


Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Soap; Pearsons pumice soap, 14oz (ounce) wrapped in salmon coloured paper with titles description and a cartoon on the base. Paper torn and fragile.

Inscriptions & Markings

Wt 14 oz (ounces) net

Blade, vial cuttte

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Metal blade for cutting glass vials

Historical information

Item belonging to Dr Mitchell Henry O"Sullivan donated by his son David More O'Sullivan


Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A b/w photograph male portrait seated holding a newspaper.

Black and white photograph of Williamstown High School Cadets 1953

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white photograph of Williamstown High School Cadets 1953. Mr Crowl centre front

Ball games 1970s

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Copy of black and white photograph mounted on board.

Historical information

WHS boys playing basketball (?) in school grounds.

Photograph - Mrs. F. G. (Catherine) Hurst and Frances Ellen Hurst, 1882.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image


This photo forms part of a collection of photographs gathered by the Shire of Eltham for their centenary project book,"Pioneers and Painters: 100 years of the Shire of Eltham" by Alan Marshall (1971). The collection of over 500 images is held in partnership between Eltham District Historical Society and Yarra Plenty Regional Library (Eltham Library) and is now formally known as the 'The Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph Collection.' It is significant in being the first community sourced collection representing the places and people of the Shire's first one hundred years.

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White Postcard of the Main Street in San Remo. Lots of parked cars and people.

Historical information

One of a collection of 11 photographs/postcards donated by Meg Davis & Nancy McHaffie from the estate of Brenda Higgins grand-daugher of JD & Georgianna McHaffie

Inscriptions & Markings

The Rose Series P 3998. Busy San Remo, Vic.

Publication - Pollination of crops in Australia and New Zealand. (Goodwin, Mark). Canberra, 2012.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

121 pages, illustrated.