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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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110214 items with images

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of the Calder Freeway construction showing the early stages of construction. The existing road and excavation work recede into the distance. The Gap Village site is on the LHS of the photo and Bald Hill is in the distance.

Historical information

The Calder Highway between Sunbury and gisborne was originally a two lane road. In 1993-94 work started on this section to construct a duplicated freeway which was completed in the mid 1990s.

Photograph-B&W - East Ringwood 2000-Eastwood Primary School in Alexandra Road

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

East Ringwood 2000-Eastwood Primary School in Alexandra Road- B&W Photo from Album 6501

Label, Blanket

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Retsol rug label from the RSS mill.

Historical information

Blanket label from the RSS Mill, Geelong for a Retsol rug.

Inscriptions & Markings

THE GEELONG R.S.&S. WOOLLEN MILLS / PURE / WOOL / RETSOL RUGS

Photograph - Shire of Eltham display at the 1987 Eltham Community Festival, 7 November 1987.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 2 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GA 100 5095

Pottery (mug): Alma Shanahan (b.1923 - d.2015 Vic, AUS) - Green Mug, pressed decoration

Nillumbik Shire Council,

Prison record (Muriel Butler)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for Muriel Butler, prisoner registered number 7400, giving details of the prisoner, her crimes and the dates and places of her trials.

Historical information

Muriel Butler stole a black coat and a fox skin fur in Melbourne in January 1918. She was arrested when getting off the train in Ballarat. She was also wanted by the police for circulating valueless cheques. She had committed previous crimes of stealing and false pretences between 1914 and 1918, sometimes under the name of Agnes James.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH AND COPY OF BOY SCOUTS. CLUNES. DRUMMER INFOREGROUND.

Manufactured Glass, bottle tomato sauce c 1910

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

A clear glass machine-made tomato sauce bottle. The neck of the bottle indicates that the contents were originally sealed with a cork at the top. The glass appears to be of poor quality as air bubbles are evident and was moulded, not hand-blown. The bottle is embossed on the front with the manufacturer's name, and location.

Historical information

From the 1860s, colonists in the Moorabbin district discovered tomato growing was very successful. Tomatoes and tomato products from the Moorabbin District won prizes as far afield as NZ., London, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, India as well as in Melbourne. Two particularly successful growers were Henry Comport of Cheltenham, and Edward Zorn at Clayton. As a result of this extensive tomato growing many factories 'sprang up' in the Moorabbin district to process the produce, one of which was the "Tom Smith Pty Ltd" factory. An Advertisement on the 29th August c1912, in the Brighton Southern Cross newspaper for Tom Smith's Tomato Sauce states that it is - "Superior. From absolutely Pure Locally Grown Tomatoes. Put up in our own bottles. A High-Grade Article. Manufactured at Highett Railway Station. Smith & Lambert Manufacturers" Phone Cheltenham 206.

Significance

This item is significant because it relates to the prize-winning major industry of tomato growing that the Moorabbin colonist market gardeners commenced in the 1860s. Many tomato processing factories also sprang up in the district at that time. Because the tomato industry was virtually wiped out by a virus that attacked the plants in the very early 1900s very few tangible artefacts now remain that relate to what was once an important industry.

Inscriptions & Markings

The glass embossing on the bottle reads Tom Smith Pty Ltd, Highett Railway Station, Moorabbin, Victoria.

Correspondence - Air-India to Ballarat School of Mines, 1966

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

Three pieces of correspondence relating to International Students studying at the Ballarat School of Mines in1966.

Book - Fifth reading book

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a soft cover book of 414 pages. The original front cover has been lost and a piece of grey cardboard has been used as its replacement. The back cover was originally a brown colour. The spine is now covered with a piece of grey material stitched on to part of the original spine. Some front and back pages are missing. The text has three sections and these contain prose extracts, stories, poems, hymns and work exercises. There are some black and white illustrations. A couple of pages are loose. Pasted in at the front and back pages are cuttings from newspapers. The handwritten material is in blue ink and pencil. There are two blue stamps of the Warrnambool and District Historical Society.

Historical information

This book is an early school reader for the Fifth Grade. It appears to be a British publication and has no Australian content (except for a brief biography of Captain Cook). The name ‘Matilda F.’ from Mailors Flat can probably be identified as Matilda Freckleton as the Freckleton family members were prominent settlers in the Mailors Flat area in the early 20th century. Matilda Freckleton (1886-1957) was the daughter of Francis and Catherine Freckleton. She married Calvin Chambers in 1906.

Significance

This book is of minor interest as it is an example of an early school reader and it probably belonged to an early Mailors Flat resident, Matilda Freckleton.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘M.E.F., Mailors Flat’ ‘Matilda F., Mailors Flat’

Top hat

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Collapsible black top hat, leather band inside, lined.

Historical information

Worn by Pastor Steiniger.

Inscriptions & Markings

gold symbol of man walking on globe in top hat on inside top of hat.

Hat

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

Hat US multicam Crye precision Operational Combat Uniform. RA Inf. 7th RAR. 236/7) (Part UC015)

Photograph - Diamond Valley Railway, 24 February 2006

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy of colour photograph

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A wooden racquet with enamel-painted shoulders, throat, and stem, and leather handle grip with trefoil perforations. Amongst a black and yellow background are a number of decals advertising Slazenger, and the quality of the racquet. Decals across base of head, throat, and along stem on obverse: MATCHPOINT/THE CHOICE/OF CHAMPIONS/SLAZENGER. Throat on reverse features illustration of a sword through a crest, with inscription 'SLAZENGER' above. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Ribbon, Adhesive tape, Ink, Paint, Glue, Lacquer

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

POST CARD PHOTOGRAPH OF REAR VIEW OF CLUNES RAILWAY STATION - CENTENARY 1839-1939. POST ANS RAIL FENCING ENTRANCE.

Inscriptions & Markings

1839-1939 CLUNES.

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson Jimmy Connors Sentry tennis racquet. Base of head features Wilson logo. Throat and shaft features model name. Lower shaft and butt cap feature 'W' trademark. Leather handle grip features X-formation perforations. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Glue, Metal, Lacquer, Paint, Adhesive tape, Ribbon, Plastic

Book - Archaeologia Britannica, 1707

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

Oversize book. Includes the original languages of England and Ireland, Amoric Grammar, Amoric-English Vocabulary, Welsh words ommitted from Dr Davies' dictionary, Cornish Grammar, Ancient Scottish language, Irish-English Dictionary. Four page index which includes the errata, has the list of subscribers, mainly 3 columns per page. Includes a Cornish Grammar and dictionary of the Irish language, Archaeologia Britannica, Giving Some Account Additional to What Has Been Hitherto Published, of The Languages, Histories and Customs of the Original Inhabitants of Great Britain: From Collections and Observations in Travels Through Wales, Cornwal, Bas-Bretagne, Ireland and Scotland. Chapters on: The comparative Etymology, The comparative Vocabulary, The Armoric Grammar and Vocabulary, Dr Davies's Dictionary, Cornish Grammar, Catalogue of British Manuscripts in Welsh and Latin, Essay towards a British Etymologicon, The Introduction to the Irish, Irish Dictionary etc.

Historical information

Printed at the Theater for the author, MDCCVII . And sold by Mr . Bateman in Pater -Noster-Row, London: and Jeremiah Pepyat bookseller at Dublin. Lhuyd [Lhwyd; formerly Lloyd], Edward (1659/60?-1709), was a naturalist and philologist and the Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum. Lhuyd was a pioneering linguist. In the late 17th century, Lhuyd was contacted by a group of scholars, led by John Keigwin of Mousehole, who were trying to preserve and further the Cornish language and he accepted the invitation to travel to Cornwall to study the language. Early Modern Cornish was the subject of a study published by Lhuyd in 1702; it differs from the medieval language in having a considerably simpler structure and grammar. In 1707, having been assisted in his research by fellow Welsh scholar Moses Williams, he published the first volume of Archaeologia Britannica: an Account of the Languages, Histories and Customs of Great Britain, from Travels through Wales, Cornwall, Bas-Bretagne, Ireland and Scotland. This book is an important source for its linguistic description of Cornish, but even more so for its understanding of historical linguistics. Some of the ideas commonly attributed to linguists of the nineteenth century have their roots in this work by Lhuyd, who was "considerably more sophisticated in his methods and perceptions than [Sir William] Jones’’. Lhuyd noted the similarity between the two Celtic language families: Brythonic or P–Celtic (Breton, Cornish and Welsh); and Goidelic or Q–Celtic (Irish, Manx and Scottish Gaelic). He argued that the Brythonic languages originated in Gaul (France), and that the Goidelic languages originated in the Iberian Peninsula. Lhuyd concluded that as the languages had been of Celtic origin, the people who spoke those languages were Celts. From the 18th century, the peoples of Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales were known increasingly as Celts, and are regarded as the modern Celtic nations today. (Wikipedia)

Forceps

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Ovum forceps, metal, chrome plated, with screw hinge. No 6 stamped on shaft

Photograph - Colour - Arch of Victory, Ballarat, 2011

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph of the Rising Sun on the Ballarat Arch of Victory.

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Colour photograph of two of the people gathered for a reunion of former Higher Elementary School students.

Historical information

Former students of Rutherglen Higher Elementary School meet on Rutherglen Show day. This gathering was in the Eastern Palace Chinese restaurant at the Star Hotel on 21st October 2012. On the left is Andree (Buscall), to the right is her nephew, Andrew McDonald youngest son of Jean (nee Buscall) and Reg McDonald (Boorahman)

Card - On your retirement

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a buff-colured card folded over to make a leaflet with a sheet of white paper folded over in the middle of the leaflet. The front cover has gold ornamentation and gold printing. There are a printing of a verse and eleven signatures in blue on the inside paper.

Historical information

This card was presented to Bruce Morris on his retirement as editor of the Warrnambool Standard newspaper in 1968. The signatures on the card are those people who worked closely with him (the editorial staff?) on the newspaper. Bruce Morris (1903-1986) was the grandson of George Lance, well-known in Warrnambool in the 19th century as an artist, writer and musician who was deeply involved in the establishment of the Warrnambool Art Gallery. Bruce Morris was the staff training superintendent at Myer in Melbourne during the 30s and 40s. In 1946 he became the editor of the Warrnambool Standard and remained there until 1968. For 22 years he observed and recorded the events that affected the lives of the local people. He was noted for his historical articles (mostly with the initials BBM) and continued to write these articles for the Standard until the year he died.

Significance

This card is of interest as a memento of Bruce Morris, one of Warrnambool’s important historians.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘Ron Oakley, E. Fitzhenry, Eileen T, Horne, Don Burnett, Mac Jeffers, Peter Robertson, Terry Daffy, David Ferguson, Bruce Johnson, Ron Armstrong, Jim Ewing.’

Shovel head - Fainter Falls

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Rusty metal shovel head curved on each side and rounded at the front. At the back of the blade it is attached on top with 3 nails to the top piece. The top metal piece overlaps the blade by 6.5 cm longitudinally x 5 cm across. On the back the metal piece overlaps the blade by 12 cm both longitudinally and across the handle end but tapers to a point. It has 6 nails attaching it. Both metal pieces are attached to the blade and curve parallel and around so that a wooden handle would fit between them. This would have 2 nails passing through both metal pieces and the handle. (The handle is missing.)

Historical information

The Fainter Falls Walking Track was originally accessible via a fire fighting access trail, which was used by fire-fighters putting out spot fires caused by lightening strikes. The fires in the summer of 2003, highlighted the beauty of this area and provided the residents with the opportunity to consider the redevelopment of the trail. Work to establish a 700 metre grade 2 walking trail with a 50 metre grade 3 extension trail to the Falls began in 2005. It also includes 3 observation decks, a bridge over a creek crossing, car parking and interpretative signage.

Significance

The shovel was found during work on the Fainter Falls track. It was left there some time ago by a previous visitor to the Falls indicating that the Falls were accessible and attracted visitors many years ago.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

SEPIA COPY OF PHOTOGRAPH OF MR. T. KING

Historical information

BOROUGH OF CLUNES 1896, PHOTOGRAPH OF MR. T. KING TAKEN FROM A FRAMED COLLAGE OF COUNCILLORS AND OFFICERS. LOCATION OF COLLAGE O6.03

MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medals, court mounted, set of (3) re C Hendry. 1. 1914-15 Star, replica not engraved. 2. War Medal 1914-19, replica not engraved. 3. Victory Medal.

Historical information

Charles Hendry served 2 years in Jnr Cadets prior to enlisting on 19.8.14 No 326 in D Coy 10th Batt AIF aged 20 years 9 months. Embarked for Eygpt 20.10.14, embarked for Gallipoli 2.3.15, hospital 10.9.15 with Gastro Enteritis, returns to Gallipoli 6.11.15. Transfers to 50th Batt 26.2.16, promoted L/Cpl 20.3.16, embark for France 5.6.16, promoted Cpl 1.7.16, hospital 15.10.16 sprained ankle while on duty, promoted T/Sgt 9.3.17, KIA 2.4.17.

Inscriptions & Markings

"326 T/Sgt C Hendry 10 Bn A.I.F"

Crockery - Cup, saucer and plate crested

Ballarat & Queen's Anglican Grammar School , Wendouree

White china cup, saucer and plate each with School crest in colour and each with gold rim, with gold decoration on cup handle

Historical information

There were two distinct Chapman Staffordshire china companies. One is David Chapman & Sons of the Atlas Works, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire - founded 1889 and continued only until 1906 so cannot be the maker of the cup, saucer and plate with the Grammar crest. It is more likely to be from the other company, Chapmans Longton Ltd of Albert Works, Longton which was established in 1916 and continues through to modern times with their 'Standard' pottery mark amongst others. Godden says D. Chapman & Son continued until 1906 when it's name was changed to Atlas China Co Ltd. Prior to that there was a shift of name in 1904 to "Chapman & Sons (Stoke-on-Trent) Ltd. After 1906 Goddens says it has records of the Atlas pottery mark (man with globe on his back) being used until 1910 on tableware and then also on 'The Atlas Tile Works' of Vine Street, Hanley 1907-1920. There is no mention of the pottery mark being transferred to Grimwades / Winton. In a separate entry it lists 'Atlas' as being a pottery mark associated with Grimwades / Winton. When the Grimwades / Winton entry is cross referenced, however, only one mark for 'Atlas' is evident dating from 1934 to 1939 - and it is not the classic 'man with globe on his back'. See http://www.figurines-sculpture.com/staffordshire-china-david-chapman-sons-atlas-pottery-mark-and-grimwades-winton.html

Inscriptions & Markings

Atlas China Stoke on Trent Grimwade England

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 62 November 1988

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, Film Night • September Meeting • Spring Gardens Trip • Other Forthcoming Activities • Other Brief Items

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.

cutlery

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Five items of silver plated cutlery. 2133.1 is a small knife, 2133.2 is a fork and 2133.3 is a spoon. These three pieces are children's cutlery. 2133.4 is salt spoon and 2133.5 is a butter knife. All but 2133.1 have metal handles. The knife handle could be celluloid plastic.

Historical information

Nickel silver first became popular as a base metal for silver-plated cutlery and other silverware, notably the electroplated wares called EPNS (electro-plated nickel silver). Nickel silver is named for its silvery appearance, but ironically it actually contains no elemental silver. Items inscribed with WEARS WHITE meant that the metal stays white even as it wears.

Inscriptions & Markings

nickel silver WEARS WHITE

Fur

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

One mink key hole collar. Brown.

Souvenir Postcard Folder – Falls Creek Ski Village

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Colour postcard folder (unused) containing 13 photographs of the Falls Creek ski area and surrounds. Inside cover has a brief description of the area and the services available to visitors

Historical information

After World War II, the Kiewa Hydroelectric Scheme was started in the Kiewa River valley by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria. On land previously used only for summer cattle grazing in the natural alpine grasslands, the first ski lodge was built in 1948 by workers from the scheme. The first lift, a rope tow, was built in 1951 and the first chairlift in Australia was constructed there in 1957. Falls Creek Post Office opened on 9 June 1958 (with telegraph and telephone facilities only until 1964) .Despite strong opposition from the head of the Kiewa scheme, who didn't want tourists clogging up his roads and destroying his "dry" construction camps by bringing in booze, Falls Creek boomed as much as Hotham, partly owing to its relatively good access road. Early lodges included Bogong (c.1946), Skyline (1947), Albury (1949), Myrtleford (1949) and Dawn (c.1950).

Significance

The souvenir postcard photographed and produced by an enterprising local businessman Mr S K Pearce, was produced as a memento for skiers and other visitors to the Falls Creek and Mt Beauty area to send to family and friends as a reminder of their visit to the region, or to keep as a personal souvenir. It presented an excellent promotional opportunity for enterprising local businessmen to promote the area to skiers and tourists near and far. It also presents an excellent pictorial history of the falls creek area around the late 1950’s to early 1960’s

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on front cover- FALLS CREEK SKI VILLAGE. Your Souvenir Folder Photo of skiing slopes of the village Inside front flap - a brief description of the Falls Creek area and the services available to visitors 1. Diana Lodge parking area and Spion Kopje 2. Winterhaven Lodge 3. Ski Hirage Centre and skiing slopes 4. Ski Lodges from main road 5. Nelse and Arundel Lodges 6. Day visitors’ shelter and parking area 7. Summit T-Bar lift 8. Spur T-bar looking towards Village and Spion Kopje 9. T-bar lower station and Snow Crystal Inn 10. ‘Akja’ rescue sled in use 11. Falls Creek road and Grand Coeur Lodge annex 12. Rope tows and beginner slopes 13. Back cover- Published by Nucolorvue Pty Ltd Mentone Vic. Printed in Australia For S.K.Pearce Pty Ltd Tawonga and Mt Beauty

Photograph - Eltham for Greensborough Road, No. 1

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Sepia postcard photograph of Eltham from Greensborough Road, looking east

Inscriptions & Markings

Notations in biro 'A. Petrie', rest in pencil as follows St Margarets N end Shows Wesleyan Church Small Bank Double Storey on Hotel's south end Pearsons house Note roof structure Surface damage to lower left corner

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