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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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barbed wooden spear with angled tail extension

Bunjil Park Aboriginal Education & Cultural Centre, Neilborough

This wooden spear has separate tip, barb and tail extensions bound by sinew and resin. The spear head is flattened on the barb side and sharpened to a fine point. The side opposite the barb is convex. The shaft has a tail extension which is 25cm long and bound with resin and sinew to the shaft at an angle of 20 degrees.

Inscriptions & Markings

The head has a subtle cross hatch design between the barb and the neck.

Photograph - Digital image - John and Rosalie McLaughlin [grave]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of the grave of John and Rosalie McLaughlin. The McLaughlin family came to Greensborough circa 1840 from Belfast. In 1865 the family moved to Whittlesea. McLaughlins Lane Plenty is named after the family. The McLaughlin family was related to the Black family of Watsonia by marriage. Rosalie died 30/09/1953.

Book

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book: 100 YEARS OF THE WIMBLEDON TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS Materials: Ink, Paper

Magazine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

18 issues of 'World Tennis' magazine, dating from 1983. Materials: Ink, Paper, Metal

Book - Museums and their visitors

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Heritage Collection, Surrey Hills

incl. bibliographical references; 213p;

Historical information

Museums are changing from being static storehouses for artefacts into active learning environments for people. New forms of museums, new ways of working with objects, new attitudes to exhibitions and above all, new ways of relating to museum publics, are emerging. At the end of the twentieth century, old structures are being replaced to prepare for anew century. Many social institutions are reviewing their roles and potentials, and museums and galleries are among them.

Inscriptions & Markings

endpaper: Susan Barnett

Book - Historical Records of Australia Series 1 Vol 4 1803-June1804

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

"Historical Records of Australia Series 1 Vol 4 1803-June1804" Governors Despatches to and from England Publisher: Library Committee of the Commonwealth Parliament Date: 1915

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover has a sticker that reads Warrnambool Mechanics Institute and Free Library

Hammock

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

Hammock light green

Magazine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

'Pro Tennis' - publication for The Queensland Open and the Australian Indoor Tennis Championships 1991 Materials: Paper, Ink

Photograph - Sewing/dressmaking class, Eltham Living and Learning Centre

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph

Tension nut stock and die

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Maintenance tool for Wolseley and Lister handpieces.

Historical information

Maintenance tool for Wolseley and Lister handpieces. Handpieces size 10 marked 722 and 24.

Inscriptions & Markings

01 722 24 24 722 0 0 10 0

Newspaper Clipping - Trial to judge the need for road to reopen

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News clipping, black text and colour image.

Historical information

Banyule Council will consider reopening an area near Reichelt Avenue and Buena Vista Drive Montmorency

Photograph - Colour - Sovereign Hill Colonial Bank and Gold Office, 2008

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph of the Main Street of Sovereign Hill.

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 114 May 1997

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, guest speaker; Jill Barnard: The Theme of the Place • May Meeting • Now Hear This • Office Bearers for 1997 • Subscriptions • Autumn Excursion • Some Other Brief Items • Andrew Ross Museum

Significance

The Shire of Eltham Historical Society was formed in October 1967. The first newsletter of the Society was issued May 1978 and has been published continuously ever since on a bi-monthly basis. With the cessation of the Shire of Eltham in late 1994, the Society's name was revised to Eltham District Historical Society and this name first appeared with issue No. 103, July 1995. The collection of the Society's newsletters provides a valuable resource on the history of the Society's activities, office bearers and committee members, guest speakers and subjects of historical interest pertinent to the former Shire of Eltham and the Eltham District.

Digital photograph - Coburg Railway Gates, 2017

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph of a Coburg railway boomgate down, and preventing Bell Street traffic from crossing the railway line.

Photograph - North Kew Village Shopping Centre, 2017

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

North Kew Village Shopping Centre, Willsmere Road

folder

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A manila folder containing plans for Marlo Aerodrome.

Historical information

Orbost Aero Club began in 1969 with Basil Dowie as Chair, David Nixon as Secretary/Treasurer. The group went into recess from 1977-1991 closing in 1997. The mid 1960s were boom years in flying training in Australia and the number of Aero Clubs grew rapidly. The Club played a significant role in the establishment of the small airport at Marlo and in the ongoing operation and development of the airport over the years particularly for patient transfer by aerial ambulance.

Significance

The Orbost Aero Club Club played a significant role in the establishment of the small airport at Marlo and in the ongoing operation and development of the airport over the years.

Inscriptions & Markings

On label on front - MARLO/ORBOST AERODROME PLANS

newspaper - The Argus

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A complete 32 pp newspaper, titled The Argus - Melbourne. It is dated Saturday January 12 1946.

Historical information

The Argus was a morning daily newspaper in Melbourne that was established in 1846 and closed in 1957 and was considered to be the general Australian newspaper of record for this period. Widely known as a conservative newspaper for most of its history.

Significance

Newspapers reflect the contemporary society at the time of print i.e. post-war Australia. This item is a useful reference for that history.

Form 3A 1963

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white photograph of Williamstown High School form 3A 1963

Inscriptions & Markings

See image above

Photograph: CTS 1926 Football team - Photograph of Collingwood Technical School 1926 Football team with trophy cup

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Photograph, unframed, of Collingwood Technical School Football team 1926 with trophy cup.

Inscriptions & Markings

On football in the photograph: 'CHAMPIONS / 1926'. On the reverse side there is an arrow at centre top and underneath 'MR. G.E.WHITAKER / AT C'WOOD 1923 - 1946'

Publication - Honey: BeesOnline recipe collection. (Maxwell, Maureen). Auckland, 2003.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

120 pages, illustrated.

Letter - [Squatter]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Associated documents from Mr R Lloyd provide further information

Inscriptions & Markings

L Batten

Coffin

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Coffin polished wood with metal decoration at top.

Photograph - Thrashing the wheat

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Thrashing wheat; horses; children in old style dress

Sturt St looking west from post office

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.

Photograph

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

Photo of HMAS Australia (Picture frame made from timber off HMAS Austratia deck.

Glass

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Piece of glass for a clock face, shaped like an arched window. Width 6?" Length 7?"

Microfiche - Births Register Index

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Inscriptions & Markings

1865 SWANSON J TO 1866 APPLEBY J

Photograph - Wedding, 1952. Mr. Edward Dennison and Miss Lois Margorie Haslam

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue card reads, 'Wedding, 1952. Mr. Edward Dennison and Miss Lois Margorie Haslam. Left to right: Mr. Rodney Jones, groomsman, the groom, the bride, Miss Winnie Haslam, Mr. Tom Haslam who gave the bride away'.

Document - A bite on the Beechy. Norman Houghton.

Otway Districts Historical Society, Beech Forest

A bite on the Beechy. Norman Houghton. Norman Houghton; Geelong (Vic); c.2011. 7 p.; refs. Paper.

Laryngoscope Holder

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League, Ballarat

Used for biopsies - support instruments.