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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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Publication - Fit and healthy kids. (National Honey Board). Longmont, CO, 2002.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

1 foldout pamphlet, illustrated.

Coin

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Round Gold One Dollar Coin

Inscriptions & Markings

"100 Years of ANZAC The Spirt Lives 2014-2018"

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

BLACK& WHITE ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF RETURNED SERVICEMAN G.A. MITCHELL,WEARING R.S.L BADGE.

Historical information

G.A. MITCHELL WAS A TRANSPORT DRIVER.

Inscriptions & Markings

TO MOTHER FROM ALICK.DRIVER G.A. MITCHELL 4.B. WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Block

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

1 sheave wood block with loop rope and chain attached

001378 - Photograph - Inverloch - Surf Beach - erosion of foreshore - from Hazel Swift

Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch

Wool Press part

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Part of Robley Hand Hydraulic Woolpress.

Historical information

Part of Robley Hand Hydraulic Woolpress, donated by Mr David Hamilton of Hamilton & McLeod, Geelong.

Photograph - Foster Valley Mill

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Drive shaft for textile machinery within the Valley Mill.

Historical information

Interior view of showing machinery at Foster Valley Mill. Shows a wall mounted drive shaft which runs the machinery.

Inscriptions & Markings

T. Lockwood Lockwood / GEELONG

Photograph - John Vergers orchard in Mullum Rd. 1967.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on backing sheet, "John Vergers orchard in Mullum Rd. 1967.

Legging

Beechworth RSL Sub-Branch, Beechworth

Brown leather cylindrical shaped gaiter with two leather straps for fastening. One strap is attached to the lower edge of the interior. This crosses over the lower exterior and passes through a leather loop at the front. The strap then wraps around the gaiter and passes through a second leather loop at the front. This strap, along with a shorter strap that is sewn into the top of the gaiter, passes through a buckle (now missing) and is tucked under two final leather loops. Interior length of gaiter is stamped with manufacturer's name. Top of gaiter also carries a small metal hook, presumably to hold layers together firmly.

Historical information

According to the UK National Archives, the firm F. C. Chamberlain & Co. was founded by Frederick Chamberlain, who made boot uppers at West Street, Wellingborough, in 1891. In 1903, he had moved to Mill Road, and by 1903, was established in Palk Road, producing boot uppers, leggings and gaiters by 1919. These gaiters are therefore presumed to be an early example of products produced by the company.

Inscriptions & Markings

Embossed manufacturer's name, "F.C. CHAMBERLAIN & CO/1913"

Acrylic on Canvas - [Spirit] by Marley Smith

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

This painting depicts the spirit of the Australian INdigenous education Conference held at the university in 2004. The central circle represents a meeting place. "It's all about ... coming together and to understand and educate one another on everyone's culture - if you have no understanding, then there's no way of learning. [Marley Smith]

Historical information

Marley SMITH A Gundijtmara woman, Marley Smith has lived in Ballarat all of her life and has strong ties with family. Marley Smith completed the Ballarat Schoo of Mines Koori Art Course in 1995. This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Photograph - Maroondah Hospital Auxiliary Ladies handing over cheques (undated)

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photograph, "Maroondah Hospital Auxiliary handing over cheques. Mrs. Gladys Purdie, Loughnan Road on right". No other women are identified and the photograph is not dated.

Ball

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson '7' tennis ball. Autographed in black marker by Pete Sampras. Materials: Felt, Rubber, Ink

The endangered brushtailed phascogale (tuan), is regularly sighted.

Round the Bend Conservation Co-operative, Bend Of Islands

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A b/w photograph of a group of men. Identified on back as: J. Benson, P. Leydon, Terry O'Brien, Fred Watts, Bill Douglas, D. Brannigan

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on back: J.BENSON, P. LEYDON, TERRY O'BRIEN, FRED WATTS, BILL DOUGLASS, D. BRANNIGAN

Artwork - Printmaking - 'Garkman' by Lin Onus

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Unframed screenprint with a limited edition of 60..

Historical information

Lin ONUS (1948-1996) Lin Onus was integral to the recognition of Aboriginal art in the contemporary Australian art landscape. His work expresses the dynamism of living culture; Onus was a prominent figure in renegotiating the history of colonial and Aboriginal Australian. An early influence of this dedication was his father, who was the founder of the Aboriginal Advancement League in Victoria and a maker of artefacts. As a young boy Onus was subsequently exposed to visiting Aboriginal artists and assisted his father in decorating artefacts. His painting Barmah Forest won the Aboriginal Heritage Award in 1994; Onus also received a Member of the Order of Australia “for service to the arts as a painter and sculptor and the other promotion of Aboriginal artists and their work.” (https://www.portjacksonpress.com.au/artists/lin-onus)

Photograph - Lady at the Park Orchards Community House

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Unknown year

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

An Oliver Bluebird Junior tennis racquet, with ribbon whipping around shoulders,and leather handle grip. Oliver logo features across base of head. Decal of stylised crown device features on throat and left side of shaft. Model name features along lower shaft. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Ribbon, Rubber, Paint, Adhesive tape

Memorabilia - Framed

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

Military Cross Citation; Military Cross; photographs x 2

Historical information

This object relates to Samuel Thompson SANDWITH. He was born on 1/06/1892 in Ballarat, VIC. Samuel Thompson served in the AIF (5219) enlisting on, 28/01/1916 in Ballarat, VIC before being discharged from duties with the 8TH BATTALION as a Army Non-Commissioned Private (PTE) on 10/09/1919. Samuel Thompson SANDWITH was not a prisoner of war. His next of kin is Jane Elizabeth SANDWITH (Mother).

Photograph - Clocktower view towards Loughnan's Hill overlooking the telephone exchange in Ringwood Street, and the Post Office, Coles Store and State Savings Bank fronting Maroondah Highway, Ringwood - 1969.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Black and white photograph of street showing old post office, Coles Stores and State Bank.

"S" Hook Buckle

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

"S" Hook Belt Buckle clip, brass and silver, 1 ¾". Artefact Reg No S/117. Recovered from the wreck of the Schomberg.

Historical information

When the ship Schomberg was launched in 1855, she was considered the most perfect clipper ship ever to be built. James Blaine’s Black Ball Line had commissioned her to be built for their fleet of passenger liners. At a cost of £43,103, the Aberdeen builders designed her to sail faster than the quick clippers designed by North American Donald McKay. She was a three masted wooden clipper ship, built with diagonal planking of British oat with layers of Scottish larch. This luxury vessel was designed to transport emigrants to Melbourne in superior comfort. She had ventilation ducts to provide air to the lower decks and a dining saloon, smoking room, library and bathrooms for the first class passengers. At the launch of Schomberg’s maiden voyage, her master Captain ‘Bully’ Forbes, drunkenly predicted that he would make the journey between Liverpool and Melbourne in 60 days. Schomberg departed Liverpool on 6 October 1855 with 430 passengers and 3000 tons cargo including iron rails and equipment intended the build the Geelong Railway and a bridge over the Yarra from Melbourne to Hawthorn. The winds were poor as Schomberg sailed across the equator, slowing her journey considerably. She was 78 days out of Liverpool when she ran aground on a sand-spit near Peterborough, Victoria, on 27 December; the sand spit and the currents were not marked on Forbes’s map. Overnight, the crew launched a lifeboat to find a safe place to land the ship’s passengers. The scouting party returned to Schomberg and advised Forbes that it was best to wait until morning because the rough seas could easily overturn the small lifeboats. The ship’s Chief Officer spotted SS Queen at dawn and signalled the steamer. The master of the SS Queen approached the stranded vessel and all of Schomberg’s passengers were able to disembark safely. The Black Ball Line’s Melbourne agent sent a steamer to retrieve the passengers’ baggage from the Schomberg. Other steamers helped unload her cargo until the weather changed and prevented the salvage teams from accessing the ship. Local merchants Manifold & Bostock bought the wreck and cargo, but did not attempt to salvage the cargo still on board the ship. They eventually sold it on to a Melbourne businessman and two seafarers. After two of the men drowned when they tried to reach Schomberg, salvage efforts were abandoned. In 1975, divers from Flagstaff Hill, including Peter Ronald, found an ornate communion set at the wreck. The set comprised a jug, two chalices, a plate and a lid. The lid did not fit any of the other objects and in 1978 a piece of the lid broke off, revealing a glint of gold. As museum staff carefully examined the lid and removed marine growth, they found a diamond ring, which is currently on display in the Great Circle Gallery. Flagstaff Hill also holds ship fittings and equipment, personal salvaged from the wreck by Peter Ronald, former director of Flagstaff Hill.effects, a lithograph, tickets and photograph from the Schomberg. Most of the artefacts were salvaged from the wreck by Peter Ronald, former director of Flagstaff Hill.

Significance

The Schomberg, which is on the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR S612), has great historical significance as a rare example of a large, fast clipper ship on the England to Australia run, carrying emigrants at the time of the Victorian gold rush. She represents the technical advances made to break sailing records between Europe and Australia. Flagstaff Hill’s collection of artefacts from the Schomberg is significant for its association with the shipwreck, The collection is primarily significant because of the relationship between the objects, as together they have a high potential to interpret the story of the Schomberg. It is archaeologically significant as the remains of an international passenger Ship. It is historically significant for representing aspects of Victoria’s shipping history and for its association with the shipwreck and the ship, which was designed to be fastest and most luxurious of its day

CARD, RATION

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Card, folds in 4, light blue colour. 1 side shows a shield with a sword 4 times. The card is a Ration Card put out by US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. The card is for items re beer, liquor, wine, tobacco & electrical. Persons details are in ink. Also signed by the issuing Officer.

Historical information

Card used by Peter James Dodd No 217842 while serving in South Vietnam. Refer 2436.2P for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

DODD, CPL, 217842m 17 Const Sqd GP Jan 71 expiry

Household - Souvenir Cup (Warrnambool’s 150th )

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a ceramic cup with a round base and larger rounded body with a round overhanging rim at the top opening. The cup is mottled green with an impressed image of a ship and lettering in white, gold and brown. There is some lettering on the bottom of the cup.

Historical information

This cup was produced by Ken Sadler as a souvenir of the 150th anniversary of the settlement of Warrnambool. Ken Sadler was a potter in Liebig Street, Warrnambool for many years (end of 20th century and beginning of 21st century). Warrnambool was founded as a planned town in 1847 to provide port facilities for the produce of squatters who had settled in the area. The town centre was surveyed by William Pickering at the request of Superintendent La Trobe of Melbourne and the first land sales were held in Melbourne in July 1847. The celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of Warrnambool included concerts, race meetings, church services and the erection of an anniversary tablet on Cannon Hill.

Significance

Ken Sadler, a well-known Warrnambool potter, made 500 of these cups which are now collectible souvenirs of the city’s 150th anniversary celebrations. This one retained by the Warrnambool and District Historical Society is numbered 189. The 150th anniversary of the founding of Warrnambool was an important event in the city’s history.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘Warrnambool 150th Anniversary 1847-1997’ ‘Sadler 97 189/500 Warrnambool’

Photograph - Rennard property, Karingal Drive, Briar Hill, 16 July 1993

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Folder and compact disc - Simpson Army Barracks

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black spiral bound folder (approx. 32 pages) with accompanying compact disc. Colour illustrations and maps. Updated 2016 in Word document.

Historical information

This document is the result of research into the history of Watsonia Barracks (now Simpson Barracks) by GHS member Marilyn Smith. It details the origin of street names in the surrounding area and includes biographical information on those after whom the streets were named. Updated December 2016.

Significance

The Watsonia Barracks has been in use since WW2 and is today home to the Defence Force School of Signals. It was built on the property formerly owned by Ainslie Meares. In 1951, surrounding land was purchased for the extension of the barracks. The suburb of Yallambie was formerly part of the Barracks.

Book - Yilpanha wiya yamathi tjapirnku =? why the goanna and the lizard are no longer friends today : the Dreamtime story of the goanna and the lizard

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Creation story.

Inscriptions & Markings

word lists, colour illustrations, CD-ROM

Book - The Mutiny of The Elsinore

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

The Mutiny of The Elsinore by Jack London Publisher Mills & Boon

Historical information

Pattison Collection 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 / LON"

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Black & white head & shoulder photo of a soldier wearing collar, tie & jacket, without head gear. Rising Sun badge on R lapel. Mounted on fawn background in a brown wooden frame with gold inner edge & glass front. Cardboard backing has a metal clip each side to attach handing strap.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in texta pen on backing: MR G L REID

Photograph - Scene in the Melbourne Botanical Gardens / by Nicholas Caire, circa 1876

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

‘Scene in the Melbourne Botanical Gardens’ : Views of Victoria (General Series) No.38 : Albumen silver photograph | Photo on card with Title and Description on reverse | Mounted 24 x 30 cm; Photo 12 x 17 cm.

Historical information

Nicholas Caire was born on Guernsey in the Channel Islands in 1837. He arrived in Adelaide with his parents in about 1860. In 1867, following photographic journeys in Gippsland, he opened a studio in Adelaide. From 1870 to 1876 he lived and worked in Talbot in Central Victoria. In 1876 he purchased T. F. Chuck's studios in the Royal Arcade Melbourne. In 1885, following the introduction of dry plate photography, he began a series of landscape series, which were commercially successful. As a photographer, he travelled extensively through Victoria, photographing places few of his contemporaries had previously seen. He died in 1918. Reference: Jack Cato, 'Caire, Nicholas John (1837–1918)', Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Significance

An original, rare photograph from the series 'Views of Victoria: General Series' by the photographer, Nicholas Caire (1837-1918). The series of 60 photographs that comprise the series was issued c. 1876 and reinforced a neo-Romantic view of the Australian landscape to which a growing nationalist movement would respond. Nicholas Caire was active as a photographer in Australia from 1858 until his death in 1918. His vision of the Australian bush and pioneer life had a counterpart in the works of Henry Lawson and other nationalist poets, authors and painters.

Inscriptions & Markings

On Reverse: ‘The subject of this illustration is taken from near the Bridge, which crosses the Garden Lake. The grassy slope in the foreground of the picture is a portion of the North-West or Lower Lawn. Portions of the “Rockery” and the small lake can be seen in the mid-distance, near which is the new Rustic Summer-house. These Gardens are under the management of Mr. Guilfoyle, with about 20 assistant botanists, florists, and general gardeners.’

Fan - S.E.C.V.

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Green metal swivel fan with base, motor and 4 cream angled 'wings' covered by 3 wire rings connected by 6 pieces of curved wire that cover the blades at the side and front. An electric grey rubber cord is attached. There is a lever in the base for moving from 'off to 1.2.or 3' (but no marks to indicate these positions.)

Historical information

Electric fans were used for cooling rooms prior to air conditioning.

Significance

This portable fan was used on the Kiewa Hydro Electric Scheme by office workers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Base: "Elcon Fan / Made in Australia"

Book - The Weekly Times Wild Nature Book

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

90 plates. Colour. Cardboard cover.

Historical information

A weekly supplement to the Weekly Times newspaper, these plates each depict a bird or animal. There is a brief written description of each accompanied by a reproduction of a watercolour painting.

Significance

A complete set of supplements, in original binding.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written inside front cover: 'Lindsay McKellar Black 1932-1934'