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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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PHOTOGRAPHS - CARD

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Photo postcard, sepia, soldier, Sergeant sitting on a stool. A short note on the reverse in ink. .2) Photo, sepia, group of 7 soldiers outside a castle. Brief note on reverse in pencil. .3) Cardboard card 'For God & Country, Duty Nobly Done' from Mr & Mrs D Hamilton re the loss of their son. Lt DJW HAMILTON KIA 7.6.1917

Historical information

David James Wallace Hamilton No 329 AIF. refer 2351.5P for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Dave France 21.8.16; .2) Dear Mother Jan 1916

Book - John Norris: Anti-Tank Weapons,

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Description and characteristics of anti-tank weapons of various countries. The book concentrates on ant-tank weapons available to infantry, either directly, or as support weapons. From Brassey's Modern Military Equipment series. ISBN 1 85753 177 9

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of a lady carrying a posy of flowers accompanied by two men.

Historical information

The photo shows the arrival of the Shah of Persia and his wife, the Empress and being werlcomed by the then Premier of Victoria, the Hon. Rupert Hamer.

Book - Modern Painters Frondes Agrestes

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Modern Painters Frondes Agrestes Author: John Ruskin Publisher: George Allen Date: 1891

Historical information

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 cover with typed text PAT 750 RUS Pastedown front endpaper has sticker from Warrnambool Mechanics Institute and Free Library Front loose endpaper has a sticker from Corangamite Regional Library Service

Annual Report - Dennys, Lascelles Limited, Notice of Meeting and Annual Report to Members 1965

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Dennys, Lascelles Limited, Notice of Meeting and Annual Report to Members 1965".

Jewellery

Australian Jazz Museum, Wantirna

Costume jewellery - Silver and cut glass brooch and ear rings

Historical information

Size of box is 6cm x 4cm In 1936, young Eric Child (1910-1995) met, and squired around London's jazz night-spots, Lucille Wilson a dancer in Lew Leslie's Blackbirds stage production at the Gaiety Theatre. Although Lucille knew a few famous bandleaders she, at that time, had never heard of Louis Armstrong, THE King of jazz, according to Eric. Later, in a letter to Eric in late 1942, Lucille wrote that she had met his King - and had become his fourth wife on 7th October 1942. She had finally worked with Louis at the new Cotton Club in Harlem in 1939 where she was in the chorus line using the stage name Brown Sugar. The long platonic friendship with Lucille remained and Eric and his wife Angela (1919-2001) welcomed her and the King in Brisbane on Louis' first visit to Australia in April 1956, and on all subsequent visits here. At a dinner at the Child's Sydney home Lucille presented Angela with one of Louis' famous stage handkerchiefs, signed by the All Stars, and a her own brooch and earrings, which Angela had quite innocently admired. Following Eric's death in 1995, Angela promised the Louis handkerchief to Bill Haesler and the brooch and earrings to Jess Haesler when she died. Rather than keeping these unique items private, the Haeslers donated them, in Angela's memory to the Victorian Jazz Archive.

Significance

A unique momento of jazz great Louis his wife Lucille Armstrong,and his Australian friends Eric and Angela Child.

Photograph - Views of the Collins Bros Mills

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Views of the Collins Bros Mills.

Inscriptions & Markings

COLLINS BROS PTY LTD / WOOLLEN MANUFACTURERS GEELONG/ VIEWS OF THE WEAVING AND FINISHING MILLS/ MAKERS OF THE FAMOUS PHYSICIAN BRAND/ BLANKETS, FLANNELS, LADIES' DRESS MATERIALS

Postcard

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Postcard of Warrnambool beach and breakwater. Coloured

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Dark brown & silver colour timber frame with glass, silver grey coloured mount. Black & white formal group portrait photo of soldiers in uniform of the Reinf 7/38 Batt. AIF. Photo No 117 - 1917. Framed information, photocopy, handwritten in white ink on black paper below photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten below photo: Reinf 7/38 Batt. AIF Torpedoed on HMAS Ballarat on ANZAC Day 25.4.1917. These troops when torpedoed upheld the best traditions of the race & their conduct was beyond praise. These were the recipients of the warmest praise from His Majesty The King, General Birdwood KCSI, KCMG, CB CIE DSO; and the Commonwealth High Commissioner, The Hon Andrew Fisher. On printed white label: ALBERT HENRY McKELVIE Enlisted 13.1.1917 REO's 38th Ball AIF, No 3125, aged 21. Embarked 19.2.1917. WIA GSW to arm 5.6.1918. Discharged from the AIF 21.2.1920. McKELVIE is on the R, centre row. Donated by the McKELVIE family. Handwritten in black felt tip pen on back of frame: McELVIE Family.

Photo - Colour - Paris, France, 2014

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

SUMLOCK Adding Machine

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

keys: 12 Plaque: ‘Supplied by Bell Punch A’sia Ltd / 160 Castlereagh St., Sydney / 27 Little Collins St., Melbourne / Agents and Services in all states / BPC / Cash Control Systems, Adding Machines, Ticket Registers, Charge Machines / Ticket Printers, Gum Tape, Scaling Machines etc. /’ good working condition

Brabham tie

Gippsland Vehicle Collection, Maffra

Dark green terylene man's tie with 4 Brabham white and red badges one concealed woven in it, made of polyester fibre.

Historical information

This tie was given to Murray and Eva Noble of Boisdale by Jack Brabham in 1968. Their family donated it to The Maffra Shed for auction by Bill Welwood during a visit to the Vintage Drivers' Club to the Gippsland Vehicle Collection for a dinner at The Maffra Shed in 2005. Anne Phillips was the successful bidder and donated it to the Gippsland Vehicle Collection

Book - Practical treatise of chemical analysis including tables for calculations of analysis: Vol 2, Quantitative

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

Green cloth (embossed) hard covered book, 857 pages.

Historical information

The book was presented to the Ballarat School of Mines Library in 1873 by Dr Richard Bunce. Bunce was born in 1816 and died in 1885. He was in practice in Ballarat East and at times acted as Coroner. His was buried in the Ballarat Old Cemetery. The book has been translated from the French and from the fourth German edition.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed 'Richard Bunce' Stamped "Ballarat School of MInes Student's Library" Sticker - Presented by Dr Bunce, October 1st 1873 Thomas Jones, Medical Bookseller

Brass Cigarette Lighter

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brass Cigarette Lighter

Historical information

Brass cigarette lighter - early issue

Inscriptions & Markings

PJK inscription on top

Zulu necklace

Warrnambool Art Gallery, Warrnambool

A beaded rope necklace. The rope is made from cloth and plant fibre with glass beads. It has a brass fastening. There are five colours: white, green, black and red with a pink band at the top. In the Zulu culture beads and jewellery were used as a means of communication. Generally they were used to convey messages about whether someone was married, engaged or single. The colours had different meanings but when placed next to white, the meaning would always be positive. white: purity and love black: marriage and rebirth red: also love green: contentment pink: denoted high status Beadwork was almost solely the work of women but men would also wear the jewellery.

Historical information

It is unknown how this specific item made its way into the Warrnambool Museum. However, many South African artefacts came to the museum through men who served in the army during the Boer Wars of 1880-81 and 1899-1902.

Suppository mould

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Proctological suppository mould.

Book - Yan Yean : a history of Melbourne's early water supply /​ Tony Dingle and Helen Doyle, Monash University.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Paperback; vii, 127 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.), ports. ; 23 cm.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 1876677899 [written on flyleaf] To Eltham District Historical Society, best wishes Helen Doyle

Doll

Seaworks Maritime Museum, Williamstown

Tall Japanese doll with purple traditional dress standing upright supported by black, square base. Hair is arranged in traditional style with ornaments.

Inscriptions & Markings

"WMA 56" Japanese writing on base

Brooch

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Silver coloured metal brooch of an soaring eagle with pin at back

Historical information

Air Force brooch

Inscriptions & Markings

On rear of tail stamped STG SIL - sterling silver

Razor

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Ladies "Nymph" razor blades (x 6) ground in England from Swedish steel. In cardboard box.

Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Rectangular shaped metal badge with white glazed enamel border containing purple centre

Historical information

Unit colour patch badge

boxer - robertson thomas084.tif

Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc, Melbourne

photo

Photograph - 20 Henry Street, Eltham, Nov-Dec 1999

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Significance

The Margaret Ball (Pre 1960s Houses) Collection was a personal project initiated to mark the year 2000 and arose as a result of the disappearance of many pre-1960s parts of Eltham due to development. Approximately 200 pre-1960s style houses that were left in Eltham between Main Road and east to Bible Street, between Cecil Street to the north and south to Dalton Street were photographed in late 1999. Not all of the houses could be photographed; some because the garden or trees blocked the view of the house, others because of rubbish or cars were in the way, some because people were working on the house or in the gardens at the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-6

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

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

Journal - ArtStreams: Banyule, Darebin, Manningham, Nillumbik, Whittlesea & Yarra; Vol. 7, No. 4, Sep-Oct 2002

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour front and back cover with feature articles and literary pieces with photographs and advertisements printed in black and white. 36 pages, 30 cm. Vol. 1, no. 1 (Nov. 1996) - Vol. 10, no. 5 (summer ed. 2005/​06)

Historical information

Vol. 7, No. 4, Sep-Oct 2002 CONTENTS Comment 2 War Heroes: the blood and the glory 3 Geoff Todd tells it all in paint John Patrick on trees and environmental survival 8 Pam Dougherty Short Story: Treading water 10 David Fettling Rivers of Life: Paintings by Kerry Kaskamanidis 13 Jill Orr: performance artist 14 John Jenkins Making Art with Liz Nettleton 16 Book review: Contemporary Aboriginal Art 18 Susan McCulloch Poetry News and Reviews 20 John Jenkins CD Reviews 22 Geoff Achison, Mirth, King Kadu On Various Bards 24 John di Mase Artin'about 27 Wining and Dining 30 Poetry by Ian McBryde 32

Significance

"Peter Dougherty has been involved in the local art scene for many years. As publisher and editor of the arts magazine Artstreams, his comments on the various branches of the arts are widely respected. His "The Arts" column in the Diamond Valley Leader presents a brief summary for a much wider cross section of the local community. Peter also operates his own gallery and the Artstreams Cafe at the St Andrews market. Peter has a wealth of knowledge about present day and historical aspects of local art and artists." - Eltham District Historical Society Newsletter No. 161, March 2005

Photograph

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

Infantry in tall grass

Photocopy - Certificate of honour - Second - Victory - Loan

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

H L S POTTER/ PHOTO STORES/...

Book - Surrey Hills: in celebration of the centenial 1883-1983

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Heritage Collection, Surrey Hills

A pictorial history of Surrey Hills based on information collected and based at the Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre. It includes early rural properties and diaries, the coming of the railway, land sub-division and early homes, schools, parks and recreation.

Historical information

A pictorial history of Surrey Hills based on information collected and based at the Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre. It includes early rural properties and diaries, the coming of the railway, land sub-division and early homes, schools, parks and recreation.

Inscriptions & Markings

1992

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Prince Longbody 'Thunder Strike Titanium' oversize, demonstration tennis racquet, with Prince 'Duraperf' synthetic handle grip, and Prince 'DNA Helix 16' synthetic gut strings. Materials: Graphite, Titanium, Paint, Synthetic Gut, Ink, Synthetic material, Plastic

Photograph - Musselcrag

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Photograph of "Musselcrag"

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