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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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Bottle, medicine

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Group of two medicine bottles. 00208.1 : Thick pale green glass medicine bottle, rectangular, tapered shape with a sheared top. Several cracks. 00208.2 : Thick clear glass medicine bottle, rectangular, tapered shape. Cracks in glass.

Book - The Historians History of the World Vol 4 set 1

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

The Historians History of the World Vol 4 set 1

Photograph

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Black And White Photograph of A Painting of Loch Katherine By S.A. Mayor 1898. 197 mm X 155 mm Sh 160 Ships I - L

Book - Lavers Hill Choir recalls end of World Wart II

Otway Districts Historical Society, Beech Forest

The Otways remembers World War II. Display and concert. Lavers Hill Choir. Lavers Hill (Vic); Lavers Hill Choir; 1995. 4 p. Soft cover.

Historical information

A programme for the Choir covering songs during World War II with spoken word interludes.

Artwork - 'Drawing the Human Figure from Casts' by Alice Watson, 1932

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

Twelve drawings undertaken for the 'Drawing the Human Figure from Casts' class at the Ballarat Technical Art School. The works were undertaken by Edith Alice Watson

Historical information

The full folio of work undertaken while Alice Watson was a student at the Ballarat Technical Art School is held by Federation University Australia

Magazine - Banyule Banner March April 2016

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

20 pages (approx.), colour illustrations.

Historical information

The Banyule Banner is published quarterly by Banyule City Council to advertise upcoming events in the City of Banyule and to report on past events. This edition includes information on Exhibitions,Community events, and the Banyule Festival.

Significance

A record of events within the City of Banyule.

Booklet - Fine Papers - Number 1

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Green cover, 30cmHx21cmW, 16 pages

Historical information

This collection of papers funded by the International Literacy Year Small Grants Program,Victoria and published by Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council Inc.

Photograph

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Black and White Photograph of sail ship Bay of Panama. 253mm x 204mm. SH 041 Ships A - B.

Plan

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Square shaped original plan of the Mt Buffalo Chalet. paper is attached to cloth backing. Floor plan shows layout of main floor and first floor.

Historical information

Plans were corrected to 1st July 1947

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten text on back of plans describes "hours of staff" and "hours of guests...."

Photograph Folder

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Souvenir Colour Folder of 12 colour postcards of Cowes and Phillip Island. Photographs Include: Cowes Beach, Cowes Pier, Koalas, Cowes Township, The Nobbies, Summerland Surf Beach, Suspension Bridge, Thompson Avenue, Cowes, Penguin Parade, Seal Rocks, The Isle of Wight Hotel and The Blowhole.

Historical information

Coloured Souvenir folder of 12 postcards donated by M Arnell.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: A Souvenir of Picturesque Cowes. A Special selection of Scene in Full Colour.

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Historical information

Batch of 5 photos of the Trackless Train 1928 and the Tractor and Trailor 1950.

Dolls Leg

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

China Dolls Leg (Small - 3"). Recovered from the wreck of the Loch Ard. Artefact Reg No LA/68

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 nine 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 most valuable shipwreck artefact and is one of very few 'objects' on the Victorian State Heritage Register.

Significance

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.

Bowl

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Hand-molded blue and white ceramic bowl. Outside of bowl has underglaze blue decoration of flowers, leaves and Chinese characters. Saw toothed decoration, with one line underneath, around outside rim. Half moon shape lines, with two lines through them, decorate inside rim. Two lines around inside base with one Chinese character in centre of inside base.

Historical information

Ceramic bowl found in hut belonging to Georgie Ah Ling, who operated a market garden for about 70 years on the edge of the township of Donald.

Inscriptions & Markings

One Chinese character on inside base of bowl. Four Chinese characters and five plant symbols on outside of bowl.

Music - Music Sheet Love Comes Down at Christmas

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a sheet of paper folded in two to make four pages. The pages contain the music for a song called ‘Love Came Down at Christmas’. The pages are torn at the edges with some small sections missing. The front page is stained. The inscription is handwritten in black ink.

Historical information

The words for this song come from a Christmas song by Christina Rossetti. The poem was first published in 1885. The words have been set to music many times but the composer of this piece is James A. Steele, a well-known Australian music teacher and composer in the mid 20th century.

Significance

This sheet music is retained as an interesting piece of music from the mid 20th century. As well, the owner of the music appears to have been Shirley Goldstraw, a descendant of the Goldstraw family that settled in the Naringal/Nullawarre area in the mid 19th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘S. Goldstraw’

Painting: Isobel CLEMENT - Two Vases and Two Cups

Nillumbik Shire Council,

Painted in monochrome the artwork depicts two vases (with decorative edges) and two cups on a table in a row. Each of the four objects are slightly different in scale and shape and parallel to the picture plane.

Historical information

Isobel Clement has been practising since the 1980's. She completed her post graduate diploma at Phillip Institute (RMIT) in 1990. She paints, draws and uses installation for creative discourse. She has had more than ten solo exhibitions. Her work is included in collections such as National Gallery of Australia, the Australian Print Workshop Archive, Art Bank Australia and The Bundanon Trust. She has been shortlisted for the contemporary painting prize, the Bayside Art Award, on three occasions in recent years and was the winner of the Nillumbik Prize in 2009.

Significance

Isobel Clement is a local artist who won the 2008 Nillumbik Prize.

Inscriptions & Markings

N/A

BERET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Beret, cotton, jungle, with WW2 colour patch, vertical rectangle black and red denoting 57th/60th Batt 2nd AIF.

Historical information

Beret belonged to Douglas Charles Sharp VX92490 2nd AIF. Enlisted 27.5.43 age 18 years. At discharge on 22.10.46 he held th rank of Pte in 57th/60th Batt.

Wetlands near BBQ area. 1982

Darebin Parklands Association, Alphington

Colour photograph

Inscriptions & Markings

Annotated on back. [Wetlands near BBQ area 1982]

Finger Stalls, leather

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League, Ballarat

Leather and a variety of them.

Photograph - 13 and 15 Brougham Street, Eltham, September 2009

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

1255 CHH - Richards Teflon Piston, 5mm, Slim Shaft .6mm Diameter, Richards Manufacturing Co, Memphis Tennessee, in Case with Description Card

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League, Ballarat

Photograph - Raising the Flag at Shakespeare Grove Opening Ceremony, 1962

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Historical information

Shakespeare Grove Opening Ceremony, 1962. Principal Pixie Ernest pictured with young child raising the flag.

views of england

Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc, Melbourne

Four photos on a page from an album

Washing board

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Wooden framed washing board with clear glass insert. One side of glass is corrugated while the other is flat. Wooden frame has two legs and supports on the bottom and top of the glass insert and wooden panel on top with wooden plank that extends past board.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings.

Cap - Sailor cadet cap

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Stiffened size 17 white nylon-covered cap with air-vents and leather and black felt headband, with navy-blue woollen chin strap; lined with fabric and calico and stitched and printed nylon label.

Historical information

Donated or possibly left behind by a cadet who stayed at the Mission in the 20th C. The Mission was host to both Officers and Cadets during much of the 20th C.

Significance

An example of trainee cadet clothing produced in the 20th C (ID No. 8405.66.075.6069).

Inscriptions & Markings

Combination of printing and hand-written; see image attached. Hand-printing "Reynold/ATC" (which possibly stands for Australian Trainee Cadet).

plans

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Architectural plans for a two-storey house with 4 bedrooms to be built on the corner of Gladstone and Tennyson Streets in Orbost. On a white background with coloured drawings ( water colour).

Historical information

These house plans were drawn up for James Nixon. James Nixon was born in Orbost on 15.11.1912. He married Joyce May Thompson on 2.2.1937. He was a well known Orbost identity, serving a record 47 years as a Commissioner on the Snowy River improvement Trust, as well a director of Snowy River Seed and th Bean Board. He died on 21.12.2002.

Significance

James Nixon, a third generation Nixon, father of Peter Nixon A.O., was an involved and respected Orbost identity. This item is a significant research tool.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured copy of a postcard showing a man and dog on beach near McHaffie's Reef.

Historical information

One of a collection of photographs donated by Bruce Bennett

Inscriptions & Markings

"Scene McCaffey's Reef, Cowes"

Framed Statement of Provenance - Dockers Plains State School Number 1962 Honour Roll

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing a statement of provenance with Australian Coat of Arms above black writing over RSL logo.

Historical information

The statement reads as follows:- "The ornamental shield with a casket giving the History of all the pupils who offered for War service in the 1914 - 1918 War was made by the pupils of the Sloyd (woodwork) class and Mr Kidman headmaster. He also wrote the honour book in fine calligraphy. A framed collection of their photographs was donated by Mrs. J.B. Richardson. These were unveiled in a special ceremony at the school on the 17th October 1921. Also in 1921 an Avenue of Honour of gum trees was planted by schoolchildren and residents, along both sides of the Boorahaman road in front of the school. I do not know the exact date most of these trees remain. When the school was closed in 1949, local residents were invited to remove what ever they fancied, so Mr W.B. Richardson chose the two above mentioned items. After the death of both parents - last one in 1977 - Clarice Tobias and her Husband Jim took care of the shield and the photo`s. During 2002 the photo`s were presented to Wangaratta R.S.L. Sub/Branch, and the shield went to Brisbane where it was beautifully restored by Wallace Richardson and his son-in-law Reg Townsend shortly before he passed away. The shield returned to Wangaratta in July 2003 and is now in the care of Wangaratta R.S.L. Sub/ Branch Inc".

Inscriptions & Markings

Docker Plains State School Number 1962 Honour Roll

Navy Cap Band.

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

British hat band from HMS CAMBRIDGE.

Bakery Hill looking west

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.

In a transpiration bed realn drains, screenings, sand and soil filter the water which is then expired by the plants.

Round the Bend Conservation Co-operative, Bend Of Islands