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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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111574 items with images

Telephone Switchboard - Manual Switchboard

Maldon Museum and Archives Association, Maldon

With a timber polished frame with 20 incoming lines, a clock timer and glass fronted notice board on top with various operator instructions this stands nearly two meters tall. Indicators, patch leads and sockets are in left and right banks, with the call/speak toggles in front of them. A small timer to the right is turned on or off when required.

Historical information

Known to have been in use in 1909, when there were sixteen subscribers. Decommissioned in 1968.

horseshoe

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

An iron horseshoe which has been painted over with gold paint.

Historical information

No accurate historical information, but possibly used in the Orbost district for some ceremonial or decorative purpose.

Book - Flora of Melbourne : a guide to the indigenous plants of the greater Melbourne area

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Comprehensive book giving illustration of plants and very specific, detailed descriptions.

Inscriptions & Markings

Colour photographs, illustrations, maps

Document, report. - Review of Legacy Structure

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White foolscap paper, black type.

Historical information

The aim of this review was to take Legacy into the 1990s'. The main points to be considered were:- 1 - increase in widow numbers but an increase in the age of current Legatees. 2 - welfare/housing slight reduction in expenditure, handicapped dependants and widows activities a possible increase in costs. 3 - contacy activities should be re-organised. 4 - youth activities could be reduced due to decreasing numbers. 5 - expand youth leadership activities and take over responsibility of youth activities.

Significance

This review was important due to a growing imbalance of Legatee numbers to widow and youth numbers, and possible increase in expenditure.

Inscriptions & Markings

Various notations in blue biro.Many parts of document highlighted in different colours.

Uterine flushing tube, Bozeman's

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Uterine flushing tube, Bozeman's. page 254 Sharp & Smith medical supplies catalogue, Chicago 1932 Manufacturer unknown, may have been imported from Germany.

Historical information

Items orginally belonged to Professor Bruce Mayes, University of Sydney c1950-65. According to Professor Warren Jones the items had been in a back room of the medical facility and Professor Mayes gave them to Warren Jones, otherwise they may have been thrown out. Warren Jones took them with him to Adelaide where he practiced from 1975.

Book - Moonta School of Mines Annual Report, 1903

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

Grey soft coloured book with images of the interior of the Moonta School of Mines in South Australia, and members of Council .

Historical information

The Moonta School of Mines was intended for students who wanted to increase their knowledge of those arts and sciences which were especially important to miners and others similarly engaged. The School had subsidiary classes at Wallaroo Mines. It was the only institution on the Yorkes Peninsula furnishing technical education The School was situated close to the Moonta Mines, at that time the most important copper mines in Australia. The the mines students were able to acquire practical knowledge of the work of a miner. The close by smelting works at Wallaroo were seen to be of great service to those wanting to become acquainted with chemistry and metallurgy. Subjects taught at the Moonta School of Mines included Chemistry, Metallurgy, Steam and the Steam Engine, Magnetism and Electricity, Mathematics, Machine Design, Mine Surveying and Leveling, Drawing, Plumbing and Sheet Metal Work.

Photograph

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Black and White Photograph of the steam ship Koombana.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Col. transparencies of the Carols by Candlelight stage and crowds

Historical information

Carols by Candlelight crowds watch the stage, ablaze with light, with the Melbourne skyline in the background.

Newspaper Clipping - The Lightning May Be Burnt Again - Re-enacting Thrilling Scene of 1869

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Article about possible re-enactment of the burning of the clipper "Lightning" that occured on 31 October 1869 in Corio Bay.

Historical information

Article about possible re-enactment of the burning of the clipper "Lightning" that occured on 31 October 1869 in Corio Bay. Includies photograph of the original event.

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Spalding 'WTC' model wood tennis racquet. Frame painted white with green & yellow stripes up to top of shoulders. Model name and logo (tennis racquet with stars and two world globes) printed across throat on obverse and reverse. Manufacturer's logo features all facets of shaft. On left side of shaft is also printed: MADE EXPRESSLY FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TENNIS/BY SPALDING. Grip wrapped with leather, whcih is sealed onto racquet with black tape at one end. White plastic butt cap features maker name/logo. Maker name/logo also printed across crown on both sides of racquet. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Ink, Leather, Nylon, Paint, Plastic, Leather

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Level three facing north west into the lit and stair well where in 2015 is Casa house reception area. Taken during restoration inspection.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Row of Kawasakis lined up with riders standing lined up with riders standing beside them wearing full uniform including helmets and elbow length gloves. In the background there are young boys wearing Scout uniforms. Circa 1960

certificate/award

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A original rectangular white paper certificate. Text is inside a border- all print is black. Details are handwritten.

Historical information

Orbost and East Gippsland Agricultural, Pastoral & Horticultural Society held their annual show in the Mechanics' Institute hall in Orrbost on November 16, 1894. First Prize in Class F Section C was awarded to Elsie Price for "six buttonholes (children under 14)". At this time C.N. Henderson was President and Lauchlan Ross was Secretary. The first meeting to form an Agricultural society in Orbost was convened by the then Orbost Progress Association and held in the Mechanics Hall on Saturday, 10th October 1891. Its first show was held on 3rd March 1904, on a site alongside the Bonang Road where the present Golf Club stands. It is currently held at the Recreation Reserve at Newmerella. Ref: In Times Gone By-Deborah Hall Prior to the Orbost Agricultural Society 's Annual Show these smaller shows were held in the Mechanics' Institute hall. Elsie Price, 1886-1897, was the daughter of David J and Mary Faithfull.

Significance

This item is associated with the Orbost Agricultural Society 's Annual Show which has been a major event in Orbost for over a century.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back - many names. On front -"Mrs Price"

Architectural drawings - Port Phillip Link Proposal

RMIT Design Archives, MELBOURNE

Shovel

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Wooden Handle Trench Shovel with steel head.The head folds to reduce the length of the shovel. The shovel head and the handle are kaki there are two round holes on either side of the shovel head and a hole at the end of the handle.

Historical information

Used by members of the Military to dig trenches and fox holes.

Significance

Provides shelter to personnel when in the field.

Inscriptions & Markings

S 20 - 66 O/O-9748 DS

Photograph - Colour - Apollo Bay War Memorial

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph of the War Memorial at Apollo Bay, that features a scuplture of an Australian soldier with slouch hat and holding a rifle. It includes a list of those who served during World War One and World War Two. A characteristic figurative monument, the memorial comprises a single standing soldier, looking down the main street, a top a polished granite pedestal with honour roll set on a huge rock faced granite block.The memorial is fenced by heavy set square concrete bollards supporting heavy gauge chain between each. tBuilt by J. Wilson & Co. of Bendigo, the Apollo Bay Memorial depicts the lone soldier, a typical symbol of the sentiments of communities who had lost faith in heroism and had learnt to recognise the level of loss caused by war amongst ordinary volunteers. This recognition,which occurred throughout Australia, marked a turning point as the 'unknown soldier' was increasingly commemorated instead of military leaders as had previously been the traditional practice.

Historical information

This memorial was erected by the residents of Apollo Bay and District in 1922.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and White photograph of tented camp in bush setting at Puckapunyal

Historical information

Camp Run a Muck " was a Centurian tank camp conducted by 8/13 VMR - date???

Significance

The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Sgt. Madjeric, Camp Run - a -muck, Puckapunyal "

Photograph - The surfaced bypass for Mullum Mullum Creek, Warrandyte Road, Ringwood. Possibly 1987

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photograph, "Date ? The surfaced bypass for Mullum Mullum Creek, Warrandyte Road."

Photograph - External views of North Ringwood State School in Oban Road, including newly completed section - December 1972.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photograph, "North Ringwood State School. New section, Dec. 1972".

Carder

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Card clothing strip.

Belt & Brace

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

These men’s braces have a loop of long heavy quality elasticized cotton held at the top with a metal clip and with the loop forming two long ends made by a leather clamp near the top. The ends of the two cords have metal clips and two leather straps at each end with eyelets for attachment to buttons. The top of the loop also has two leather straps with eyelets. The cords or loops are adjustable and are woven in red, blue and cream patterns.

Historical information

These braces of the type known as ‘Police & Firemen’ were originally worn mostly by men wearing a uniform of some sort – police, firemen, members of the armed forces, postmen, other government officials etc. Later the braces were worn by men, mainly workmen, wanting a durable, good quality item to hold up their trousers. Braces are still worn occasionally by men today, mainly as a fashion item.

Significance

These braces have no known local provenance but are retained as an example of an item of clothing worn by men 100 years ago.

Inscriptions & Markings

Police & Firemen

booklet - 1958 Road Safety Colouring Competition

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A booklet of competitions - Road Safety- Victorian Section for Children It was issued by the Australian Road Safety Council. The front cover is blue, red, black and white. It contains crosswords, colouring competitions with entry forms.

Historical information

Between the 1950s and 1970s, road safety was redefined as a medical and social problem, rather than a moral and legal one. This was a time before seat belts. The Road Safety Colouring Competition was a free colouring competition for children, organised by Commonwealth Oil Refineries Ltd., started in August 1954 with the , aims of teaching road safety. There were 1,000 prizes, valued at £1,200. The winner would receive a £100 bursary and a free plane trip with one parent to Canberra to receive the prize from the Federal Minister for Transport, Senator.G. McLeay. This booklet is the one used by the children in Orbost in 1958.

Significance

This booklet was designed to promote road safety awareness, with messages and activities specifically considered for children. Its aim was to teach road safety in a fun, but educational way. This item was an important educational tool.

Letter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Letter from the Belmont Valley Woolscour, Queensland, 1949 to W.R. Lang requesting his opinion of a method of scouring.

Photograph - Reynolds Road, Research and the power transmission line easement running between Diosma Road and Main Road, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak CL 200 5093

CLEANING KIT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

For SLR 7.62 Rifle. .1) Combination tool - metal. .2) Oil Bottle - plastic. .3) Brush - Plastic handle. .4) Pull through - metal, cord and cloth. .5.) Cloth Pouch Khaki colour fabric tie.

Historical information

Souvenired by Tony Cornelius. Refer 1874.2 for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

On printed label “7.62 SLR/ T Cornelius RAASC”

Annual Report - Australian Wool Corporation Annual Report 1975-76

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Donated by Mr Leslie Rourke.

Photograph - Indian Summer Crepe Myrtle, Rivers Garden Centre, 28 Kurrak Road, Yarrambat, 11 April 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy of colour photograph

Shirt

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

Polyester short sleeve Lance Corporal (part of complete uniform U222) with Defence Ribbon

Document, programme - Junior Legacy Club Annual Demonstration 1942

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Printed programme for 1942, photocopy of a A4 page folded in 3.

Historical information

Programme of a Legacy Demonstration at the Melbourne Town Hall on 8th November 1942. Throughout the year Melbourne Legacy provided classes for Junior Legatees such as dancing, gymnastics and eurythmics, the Demonstration was an annual event to showcase their skills. Melbourne Legacy conducted Annual Demonstrations / Parades from 1928 through to 1979, usually held at Melbourne Town Hall. The beautiful costumes were made by members of the Junior Legacy Mothers' Club and the Melbourne Legacy Wives' Association.

Significance

A record of a Junior Legacy annual demonstration.

Photograph - Tree roots in main stormwater drain, Eltham Shire Council maintenance works, Lower Plenty, c.1989

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

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