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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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Canula

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

canula, glass or eye dropper finely tapered at one end and at the other is the open ended bulb.

Historical information

Used to either irrigate the eye, instill medicated drops or other uses such as for wound irrigation or the evacuation of fluid under the skin, canula's or eye droppers as they are commonly called were used both in homes and hospitals during the late 1880s and the early 1900s and were commonly available at Chemists.

Booklet - The Mercury December 1953

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A 36 page black and white booklet issued in 1953 by Eltham High School. It has a stiffened paper cover with blue printing and is stapled.

Historical information

The booklet was published at the end of the 1953 school year by Eltham High School.

Significance

In the early 1950's Eltham High School was the nearest secondary school to Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some blue biro words on front cover, a number of annotations throught the booklet, a collection of signatures on the inside rear cover and 2 hand written addresses on the outer rear cover.

Photograph

Australian Army Museum of Western Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160

A wireless signal tanks on what was "No Mans Land". Digital copy of photograph from a personal album of Lieutenant General JJT Hobbs.

Photograph - Group of ladies from the Ladies Harbour Light Guild

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Glass bottle

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Small green glass bottle - Field of London.

Greeting Card - White Cloud Cottage, Main Road, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Christmas card

Historical information

Greeting card from Neville Emerson and Staff with sketch commissioned by Neville Emerson Real Estate

000733 Photograph - 1950's - Retaining Wall, Inverloch, tide out looking towards Townsend Bluff - from Bill Grieve

Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch

Photograph

Freemasons Victoria - Southern Cross Lodge No. 24 (Maldon), Maldon

Book - Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18 - Volume IX - The Royal Australian Navy Author A.W. Jose

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18 - Volume IX - The Royal Australian Navy Maps and Illustrations

Historical information

Historically depicts the operations of the Royal Australian Navy duty occasioning navy vessels in addition to the drudgery of patrol work and the search for enemy vessels. Working in isolation because of being a vessel that is under their own control.

Significance

This volume of the War Histories is concerned with the doings of an infant navy.

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Programme: Swan Premium Open Australian Indoor Tennis Championship 1987 Materials: Paper, Ink

Photograph - Page sisters at Quamby cafe

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Page sisters sitting at table in Quamby Café in 1936. LHS - Aunt Ede 80. (Edith Page) Middle - Mother 83 (Sarah Martha Dorey) RHS - Aunt Pen 85. (Penelope Page)

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photograph To Dear Lily with love from Mrs. S. M. Dorey. Aunt Ede 80 Mother 83 Aunt Pen 85 Taken 1936 Lilly Dingley

Minute Book - Pines Golf Club/Minute Book/1958-1971

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Blue and white tartan pattern exercise book with red covered spine. Map of Australia on front at top of red outlined template. Arithmetical tables on back cover. Loose foolscap size page near back of book.

Historical information

This Minute book was used to record the proceedings of meetings including the Annual General Meetings of the Pines Golf Club for the years 1958 to 1971. The Pines Golf Club became Caloola Pines Golf Club.

Inscriptions & Markings

front cover - "Embassy/ Exercise book..."

Book

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book: 'Lawn Tennis: The Great Ones'. 160 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Edition uncertain (first published 1970). Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard

Tools, steel Archimedes hand drill 'Hobbies'

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A steel hand drill with fine bit and sliding bobbin

Historical information

Archimedes drills, incorporate a bobbin sliding up and down a spiral shaft to bore a hole. Spiral-bit augers were precursors to modern drills, whose bits cleared the hole of chips as the user drilled. Some of the most beautiful Archimedean drills appear in English tool auctions replete with brass, rosewood and even ivory.

Inscriptions & Markings

'HOBBIES' on top of handle

Book - Victoria -- Institutions for children and young people, 1850-1980

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Heritage Collection, Surrey Hills

This list of Victorians institutions for children and young people has been compiled by staff of the Criminal Justice Administration Unit, School of Community Services and Policy Studies, Phillip Institute of Technology. It is intended as a service to people who are seeking information about their own or their family's history and secondly, as a contribution to knowledge about a largely unexplored aspect of social history.

Historical information

Purchased from the author when she spoke at a meeting of the Surrey Hills Historical Society.

Photograph - Group of Sailors

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white Photograph

Historical information

Group of Sailors, possibly local men

Photographs - Maldon Procession 1959

Tarrangower History (Maldon & District), Maldon

Eddie 'Chisel' Williams depicted near car in 1959 Easter Procession

Photograph - Newstead State School 1936 Grades 1-4

Old Castlemaine Schoolboys Association Inc., CASTLEMAINE

000699 - Photograph - 1997 - Bena - Ray Irving - Outhouse Toilet Dunny

Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch

Photograph - ELTHAM ARBOR DAY 1973 - Alistair Knox with school children of the Shire of Eltham, Vic, planting native trees in the Town Park, 10 October 1973

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph

Historical information

ELTHAM - ARBOR DAY, 10 Oct 1973. School children of the Shire of Eltham planting trees (previously planned to take place during the visit of Sir Rohan Delacombe to the Shire on 19th September, 1973 but cancelled that day due to inclement weather). REF: 783 SOURCE: Shire of Eltham (Eltham District Historical Society) Eltham Town Park would later be renamed Alistair Knox Park

Photograph

Old School House Museum, Frankston

Department of Health school dental service : student sitting in dentist chair being examined by the dentist and nurse

Photograph - Digital image - View over Greensborough from Sondemeyer's Hill

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01257.01772 Digital copy of sepia photograph.

Historical information

Early 20th century view of Greensborough showing the rural nature of the area at this time.

Photograph - Rail

Sunbury & District Heritage Association Inc, Sunbury

A black and white photograph with a white border in post card format of a steam train and its carriages on its side. Workmen are working to prepare the engine to be lifted back onto the tracks.

BOOK - Hooves, Wheels and Tracks

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Black hard cover with illustrated grey dust jacket, black & white image of light horse over the ages. 850 pages.

Historical information

See also 2531.14 & 2590

Inscriptions & Markings

SGT A F BUFFHAM A Squadron 4/19 Prince of Wales Light Horse Regiment 24 Oct 48 - 12 May 53

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

French Open Quotidien Officiale: 24/05/1993 Materials: Paper, Ink

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Photo depicts the George Hague and Co. wool store, western beach, Geelong.

Inscriptions & Markings

GEO. HAGUE & CO. / PTY. LTD. / WOOL BROKERS

Photograph - Digital image - Alan Partington and Teresa Marsh.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This image shows Alan Partington and Teresa Marsh on a log across the Plenty River at Greensborough. The log was the quickest access to Greensborough township from the Partington home at Willis Vale.

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

2007 Australian Open Official Program Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard

CUP, SAUCER AND PLATE.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Cup- white china with maroon line around top rim. .2) Saucer - white china with maroon line around edge. .3) Plate - white china with maroon line around edge.

Historical information

Memento from club rooms of Rats of Tobruk Association, Bendigo Branch.

Inscriptions & Markings

On all 3 items - Rats of Tobruk logo badge in maroon.

Bullet

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

5.56mm Drill Round

Negative Photographic Reproduction - E Lloyds Mill, Hoddles Creek

Upper Yarra Museum, Yarra Junction

E Lloyd's Mill, Hoddles Creek Negative Black white. Scanned at 600 dpi. There are five men at work at the mill and also a lady sitting on the front verandah of the nearest hut, possibly mending some material , there are 2 other. huts

Historical information

This looks like a typical Bush Timber Mill of the period,

Photograph - Road surface conditions around Eltham: Looking west along Franklin Street at intersection with Bible Street, 7 Aug 1996

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Historical information

Shows sections of Franklin, John and Napoleon streets were still unmade as of late 1996 and the condition of those roads with potholes at the intersections with Bible Street.

Significance

Reflects on the changing nature of the local street-scape and houses

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-5

Theatre Program - The Heartbreak Kid (play) By Richard Barret performed at the Athenaeum Theatre commencing 15 September 1989

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

black and white print flyer

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of a white painted weatherboard house with a casement window on either side of a crazy stone chimney. The pitched roof is tiled. The house has undergone changes and additions over the years as an older style chimney with a cornice top is visible on the roof. A white post and rail fence is in the foreground.

digital photographs - CHFL 2004 Grand Final

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Tube

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

Army Insect Repellant (Personal)

Field Map

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

Very old, fragile map of Becelaere, Western Front, France.

Photograph - Land and Post Fence - to be identified. Ringwood 1963 (Eastland Litigation Photo)

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Historical information

This series of SS0380 photos are part of the "Eastland Litigation" launched in 1962 by the Whitehorse Traders Co-operative Association (WTCA), against the Ringwood Council's Interim Development Order of 1960. WTCA sought "orders from the Supreme Court of Victoria that the planning scheme was invalid" - See "The Eastland Litigation" chapter in "From Horse Shoes to High Heels - Ringwood Shopping Centre and Eastland 1858-2008" by Richard Carter, Bounce Books 2009.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped on back of picture, 'Edwin G. Adamson...'. And Stamped "In the Supreme Court, 13 Aug 1963 E.W.L."

Photocopy

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

H L S POTTER/ PHOTO STORES/...

Digital photographs - Campaspe Sunrise

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Lester's Hotel

Ballarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat), Ballarat

Brace

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Brace metal with "spoford" or split chuck operated by a thumbscrew, wooden head and handle with varnished finish.

Photograph, B&W, Anna Box 1849 - 1919

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A black and white photograph of Anna Box 1849-1919

Historical information

Anna Box 1849- 1919 was born in Withyham, Sussex England had her 7th birthday en route from Liverpool to Australia. George Box 1808-1867 of Sussex England, married Mary Cripps in 1831 and with 3 three of their 4 four sons and 3 three of their 4 four daughters left Liverpool in the Sailing Ship 'Atlanta' in March 1856 to begin a new life in Melbourne, Victoria , Australia. Their baby daughter Cecilia Lydia died a few days later. Caroline Box, the eldest daughter, remained in England working as a cook until she joined the family in Australia in 1863. William Box 1834-1902, the eldest son of George Box, married Elizabeth Avis 1833- 1914 and they resided in Box Cottage 1865 -1914 where they established a market garden and raised 13 children. William and Elizabeth had emigrated in 1854 so George worked on their market garden before setting up in Patterson Road. Sadly Mary drowned in a water hole only 4 months after their arrival in Brighton. It is supposed that Elizabeth helped George raise the children while he established his market garden. George died from Tetanus following an infected broken leg caused by falling from his dray in 1867. Anna was a dressmaker and in 1881 she married Henry Pay , a painter, from London and they had 3 children . In 1907 the family lived on a 30acre property in Ringwood. which Anna bequeathed to her children. – Beatrice, Norman and Laura. In 1911 they moved to Surrey Hills where Anna died in 1919. Henry died in 1935 in Montrose where he was living with his son Norman Henry Pay, a farmer .

Significance

Box Cottage Museum, a reconstruction of an early settler hut, is named after the Box family who resided there 1865 -1913 . William Box who, with his wife Elizabeth Avis Box and 13 children, lived and farmed on the block of land in Jasper Road, East Brighton ( now McKinnon / Ormond) that was part of the Henry Dendy Special Survey 1841. George Box 1808-1867 migrated in 1856 and worked with his son William Box until he established a market garden in Patterson Rd . East Brighton ( now Bentleigh). Anna Box –Pay was the 3rd daughter of George and Mary Box.

Inscriptions & Markings

nil

yoke - carrying

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Roughly carved wooden yoke with holes at each end. Rope tied through and metal hooks for carrying.

Booklet - Holy Trinity, Kew

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

An illustrated brochure produced for Holy Trinity Church outlining its plans for the coming year. The brochure includes a short history of the Church

Significance

This work forms part of the collection assembled by the historian Dorothy Rogers, that was donated to the Kew Historical Society by her son John Rogers in 2015. The manuscripts, photographs, maps, and documents were sourced by her from both family and local collections or produced as references for her print publications. Many were directly used by Rogers in writing ‘Lovely Old Homes of Kew’ (1961) and 'A History of Kew' (1973), or the numerous articles on local history that she produced for suburban newspapers. Most of the photographs in the collection include detailed annotations in her hand. The Rogers Collection provides a comprehensive insight into the working habits of a historian in the 1960s and 1970s. Together it forms the largest privately-donated collection within the archives of the Kew Historical Society.

Badge

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Badge was almost certainly produced as part of the Federation celebrations in 1901. The couple pictured are identified as George and Mary, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary, 1910-36). They visited Australia in 1901 for the innauguration of Federal Parliament.

Photograph - Vern Marven Tatura Plant Nursey c1990s

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Vern Marven owner of Tatura Plant Nursey, c1990s.

Assaying Equipment - Roasting Dish and Cupels

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

Small ceramic containers with curved inner shape. .1) Roasting dish or scorifier - shallow curved cup of clay. .2 & .3) Cupels of cylindrical shape with shallow hemispherical top surface.

Historical information

The cupels were made by a cupel making machine that had been transferred from the Ballarat School of Mines to the Ballarat Institute of Technology in 1970. It is possibly the same machine used by the first students at the Ballarat School of Mines in 1870.

Book

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book: Play On! Report of the Masters Sport Program Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Post Card sized photo of 5 local mem seated

Historical information

Thought to included Arthur Harris, Charlie Quon, Roy Ready & George Chandler. The one on the left in the front row might be Herr Carl Pinschoff, but it is unknown if he visited Rutherglen. See: Raoul F. Middelmann, 'Pinschof, Carl Ludwig (1855–1926)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/pinschof-carl-ludwig-8052/text14049, published first in hardcopy 1988, accessed online 31 August 2017.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back: "Ian Stones" | "Back Row - Arthur Harris - 2nd from left Richard Knight" | [illegible - looks like: "Carmen Pinschoff (Madam Passover?)" | "Charlie Quon, Roy Ready, George Chandler"

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