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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

117230 items with images


117230 items with images

Bottle top - Half pint cream bottle cap

Cheese World Museum, Allansford


Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured photograph showing the house of Captain Lock at Rhyll

Historical information

The home of Captain Loch at Rhyll was built in the 1860s from timber from deserted cottages on the Island, one of which Capt. Loch lived in when he first came to Phillip Island about 1850.

Plan - Polwarth, 1927

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

Printed plan with hand colouring


Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x col. photograph

Historical information

Receptionist Chris Davies, welcomes Mrs Elsie Taylor to the official opening of the Low Vision Clinic and Day Centre Extensions on July 18, 1983

Inscriptions & Markings



Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Tablecloth, white with lace fringe, for a small table.

Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Colour photograph of Monica Seles holding trophy after winning Australian Open womens singles 1991 Materials: Photographic emulsion, Paper


Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Four issues of 'Tennis U.S.A.', dating from 1978. Materials: Ink, Paper, Metal

Photograph - Roundabout, Osborne and Fawkner streets, South Yarra, c.1986

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Historical information

Shire of Eltham infrastructure benchmark studies

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100-S

Souvenir Mug for Coronation June 2nd 1953 - Coronation Souvenir - Queen Elizabeth II

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

White crockery mug with portrait of Queen Elizabeth 2 flanked by lion and unicorn of Royal Coat of Arms. Remains of gold trim.

Inscriptions & Markings

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth 2; CORONATION / JUNE 2nd 1953.

Photograph - 29 Brougham Street, Eltham, July 2009

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Book - Australia in the War of 1939 - 1945 Series One ARMY Volumn IV THE JAPANESE THRUST

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Australia in the War of 1939-1945 - The Japanese Thrust ARMY Author Lionel Wilmore List of events from 1931 - 20th May 1942 Maps, Photographs and Illustrations

Historical information

WWII List of events. Part 1 - The Road to War Part 11 - South East Asia Conquered Part III - Prisoners of the Japanese

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian War Memorial

Photograph - Kew Recreation Centre, High Street [Kew], circa 1987

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Photograph of construction activities at the Kew Recreation Centre.

Historical information

The first Kew Municipal baths were built on a site in High Street (Kew) in 1925. Since then, various rebuilding have occurred, most involving extending or relocating the pool.

Inscriptions & Markings


Newspaper cutting - Miss G. V. Bramley

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Small newspaper photo of Miss G. V. Bramley.

Historical information

Not recorded. Possibly sister to Rev. W. J. Bramley?

Inscriptions & Markings

"Miss G. V. Bramley who, by the end of 1954, will have given two years of voluntary service at the Alice Springs Hostel."

birthday card

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A tan/gold coloured velvet envelope with a birthday card attached inside. The card has a birthday rhyme, a birthday wish and is illustrated with pansies and violets. The envelope is embroidered with flowers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bottom left on card 618 T.S. Indecipherable handwriting on right side of first card.

Red CFA Captain's Fire Fighting Helmet

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Red Fire Fighter's Helmet CFA (Country Fire Brigade). Color Red depicts the helmet is worn by the Station Captain. The chin strap is made of a khaki coloured cotton hessian material.

Historical information

Vintage fire fighters helmet - Red in color and depicts station Captain.


Associated with Country Fire Brigade, Red colour helmet is associated with the station Captain.

Inscriptions & Markings

Black painted inscription on the front of the helmet : CFA Captain.

Photograph- Lost and Found

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This item is part of a collection of photographs and postcards found at 'Lost and Found' market, Lygon street, Brunswick East over the period between April 2013 and September 2013.


Clunes Museum, Clunes


Historical information


Inscriptions & Markings

.1 Handwritten on reverse in blue biro; Lily Sanders

Edged Weapon Kukri

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

steel blade brass fittings wooden handle two small sharpening knives wooden and leather scabbard leather sword hangers

Photograph - The old vicarage

Mortlake and District Historical Society, Mortlake

Sepia rectangular photograph on cardboard backing

Historical information

Shows a bluestone house surrounded by lush, well-developed garden. House is in good order with 4 chimneys, a porch and water-tank. To the left, partially obscured by the shrubbery stands the bearded Rev.Wagg with hat. To the right is a girl around ?10 years old, with parasol and hat in her hands.


This was Mortlakes' Anglican Vicarage from c. 1886 to c.1916 when present one was built next to St.James church in Shaw Street. House stood in Sagnol's paddock (Waggs Lane) until 1950's when it was demolished reportedly by a group of boys using dynamite!) Rev. Wagg was a long-serving and well-regarded Anglican minister who served Mortlake from 1886 to1916. Wagg's Lane takes its name from his former residency there. A new Vicarage was built c.1916 next to the church. The old vicarage was reduced to rubble reputedly by boys using gelignite in the 1950's; the remains can be seen in the paddock on Wagg's Lane.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on the back: The Vicarage Mortlake

Photograph - Ringwood Primary School 1963 Grade 5/6D Class Photo

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

1963 Grade 5/6D: Poor Quality Photo Reprint and handwritten names. Only 4 names listed: Back Row: Sandra Taylor 3rd Row: none named 2nd Row: David Pumpa, Ian Carrington, David Grant Front Row: None named Teacher: Not Named

Historical information

Used by the Ringwood Primary School for School photos 1960 - 1964.

Photograph - Kinder 4, 1978

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Historical information

Kinder 4, 1978. Please contact to request access to this record.

Photograph - Construction of shops and offices to let, Maroondah Highway next to the Ringwood Drive In Shopping Centre. (Undated)

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Construction of shops and offices to let, Maroondah Highway next to the Ringwood Drive In Shopping Centre.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamp on back of photograph reads, "John Gallagher - photographer"

Photograph - Digital Image - Wedding of Elinor Partington and Kevin Rowe

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Historical information

The marriage of Elinor Partington to Kevin Rowe at the Greensborough Methodist Church, Main Street, May 1960. Left to right: Elinor Partington, Kevin Rowe.


One of a series of Partington wedding photographs taken at the old Methodist Church.


Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Silver medal embedded in a blue velvet box. Inscriptions read: 'A Oceania Tennis...Federation (OTF)...AGM Junio 2000', and 'Sudamerica de tenis...COSAT...confederacione'. Materials: Silver/Metal, Velvet

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 246 June 2019

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Still a Part of Our History by Jim Connor • Our Next Meeting • July Excursion – Exploring Lower Plenty • George Coop Photograph Collection by Peter Pidgeon • The Garden of the Wilderness by Alistair Knox • Alistair Knox – Author • One Hundred Years Ago by Liz Pidgeon • Our Collection • Association of Eastern Historical Societies – Regional Conference 2019 • Office Bearers 2019-2020 • Eltham Cemetery Stories by Richard Pinn o o Beatrice Wanliss Irvine o o Anton Brinkkotter • RHSV Award of Merit • Vale – David Johns • Contacts for the Eltham District Historical Society


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.


Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History, Melbourne

Colour photograph of a Bruck inhaler lying on its side on a wooden table. The metal inhaler is oval shaped with one half made of glass, and also has a vertical crosspiece. Lying next to the inhaler is a face mask and a filler for measuring ether.

Historical information

The Bruck Inhaler is a modification of the Clover Inhaler, designed by Lambert Bruck.

List - School Visits in Order of Rotation

Old Castlemaine Schoolboys Association Inc., CASTLEMAINE

Theatre Flyer - Menopause The Musical performing 13 July - 06 August 2016 at Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Dog Fees Cash Book - Shire of Keilor

Brimbank City Council, Sunshine

Dog Fees Cash Book, Faded blue covers, Tan-coloured spine, circa 1930


Clunes Museum, Clunes


Historical information


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