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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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Photograph - Unveiling of the commemorative plaque on Walter Withers Rock at the corner of Bible and Arthur Streets, Eltham, 13 Oct 1990

Key words

walter withers rock
walter withers reserve
bible street
arthur street
eltham
plaques

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 1 strip

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100 N

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Aquinas College, Ringwood. Archbishop Simons 1960

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photograph, "Aquinas College, Ringwood. Archbishop Simons, Co-adjutor Archbishop of Melbourne. See 'Mail' 8/12/1960".

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Scan of Photograph - Church of England Grammar School Ballarat Football XVIII, 1934

Key words

mcivor
ballarat
1934
richards co
ballarat grammar school football
long
bayly
mcconchie
tonkin
mann
nevett
stuart
cartwright
watson
izard
hibbins
wilkinson
holland
fell
mill
roddick
johnston
dore
augustini

Sepia photograph mounted on kahki coloured card with inscription and crest above and names below.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names and inscriptions on front. Richards & Co., Ballarat Signatures on verso. Bayly, Cartwright, Hibbins, Long, Izard, Dore, tonkin, Roddick, Fell

Ballarat & Queen's Anglican Grammar School , Wendouree

2006 Program

Old Castlemaine Schoolboys Association Inc., CASTLEMAINE

Swatches

Key words

dye
linen
cotton
ink
cardboard

Dyed green linen and cotton yarn attached to cardboard tag

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed in black ink, top centre: '5g Sample/ 1% Yellow RS/ 3.4 ON 2RS/ 1% Blue 3RI/ 500 mgs Alkali'

RMIT Design Archives, MELBOURNE

Tankard

Key words

lewis nyman

Pewter drinking tankard

Historical information

Presented to the late Army Chaplain Lewis NYMAN who served during the Vietnam War

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to Chap. L Nyman By 16 LAA REGT. Officers Mess Mar73

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Transport Horses mena camp - red cliffs00139.tif

Key words

a.i.f
ww1
world war 1
australia
transport horses
horse
cairo
egypt
january
1915
mena camp

Two photographs on page from an album

Inscriptions & Markings

Transport horses 8th A.I.F. Mena camp Cairo Egypt Jan 1915 " "

Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc, Melbourne

Microfiche - Family Register Index

Key words

family
register
alphabetical

small sheet of film

Historical information

Identity the families registered with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Inscriptions & Markings

Alphabetical Index RANNE - WILLIAM A Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Australian Nursing Federation ratios campaign badge

Key words

nursing
ratios
workforce
staffing
nurses
unionism
badges
buttons
pins
campaigning
trade unions
labour history
safe patient care (nurse to patient and midwife to patient ratios) act 2015
australian nursing federation
victoria
enterprise bargaining

Circular yellow, blue and red badge. Silver metal, plastic-coated, with safety pin fastener adhered to back. Badge printed with '5-4-20' and a blue and red triangle design.

Historical information

Button distributed to and worn by Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) members and staff as part of a 2003-2004 campaign to secure minimum nurse staffing in the public healthcare sector. The '5-4-20' denotes a minimum of five nurses for twenty patients in a general medical or surgical ward. During this period, staffing ratios were secured as part of bargaining negotiations between unions and employer groups. After decades of campaigning from the ANF/ANMF, ratios were legislated for the public sector in Victoria with the passing of the Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient) Bill in 2015. This campaign was featured in ANF Victorian Branch newsletters from late 2003 to early 2004. Entitled the '5-4-20 campaign', it was officially launched on 19 November 2003. Advertisements and shirts from the time featured the slogan, '5 nurses for 20 patients. Nothing less!' along with the ANF logo and illustrations by The Age cartoonist Ron Tandberg. The campaign was to promote the role of minimum nurse to patient ratios in ensuring patient safety and encouraging nurse recruitment and retention.

Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation, Melbourne

Photograph - Cr. F. S. Sands MM, Mayor [of Kew] 1944-5

Key words

mayors of kew (vic)
australian photographers - stuart tompkins studio
cr. francis charles sands

Framed portrait of Cr. F.S. Sands MM, Mayor of Kew 1944-5. The mounting and framing of the photograph follows a typical layout or style in that each is framed in dark wood, glazed, and laid down on an inscribed board. The inscription identifies the name of the mayor and the year/s that he/she served.

Significance

The collection of photographs presented by the former City of Kew to the the Kew Historical Society in 1987 is historically and aesthetically significant. It comprises 85 original photographs, and two portraits of the former Clerks of the Kew City Council covering the period from 1863 to 1969. The earliest photographs date from c.1906, when the Town of Kew Council commissioned the noted local photographer Josiah E Barnes to make copy photographs of earlier images of Kew mayors and to photograph the current mayor for a display in its Council Chamber in Walpole Street, Kew. The photographs are large format and handsomely framed. The collection also includes photographs by other well-known photographic studios such as Burlington Studios, Melba – Melbourne, Stuart Tompkins, Spencer Shier and Talma & Co - the majority of the photographs are signed by the photographer, and have with the dates of office of the mayor inscribed on the mount. There are only three missing portraits in the series. 80 photographs are housed in their original frames – the early photographs were framed by Beaument's Art Gallery, Picture Framing and Mount Cutting specialists, a business previously located next to the Hawthorn Town Hall in Burwood Road.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Photograph - J.K. McCaskill, City historian, and unknown man (undated)

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photograph, "J.K. McCaskill, City historian (left)". Other man not identified.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Photograph - Research Industrial Centre, Main Road, April 1988

Key words

main road
research vic.

Colour photograph showing the Research Industrial Centre, Main Road, April 1988

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Skis Snow Competition

Key words

snow skiing
cross country skiing
falls creek winter tourism

These snow skis were made in Finland. They are wooden (hickory) skis and made from four strips (glued and shaped) pieces of wood that are not laminated. There is a painted blue flash on the top of the skis that extends the full length of the skis. The face of the underside of the skis is flat and is coated in black Stockholm tar. Glider or grip wax was applied onto this base. The top body of the skis is tapered from shoe position to both front and back tips.Tapered curvatures from foot radiating to all sides provides the required aerodynamics. Metal boot bindings consisting of a toe plate with adjustable toe clip and a heel plate, both of which are screwed onto the skis.

Historical information

The post World War II migration of European "snow skiiers" into Australia combined with the construction of Hydo Electricity Schemes in both the N.S.W.and Victorian Alps regions, opened up these winter snow areas to a greater influx of tourists and holiday adventurers interested in "winter" sports. The ability to project, on a global scale, skiing facilities of international standards to those in the northern hemisphere during their summer has opened up the Australia ski resorts and their facilities to a much greater winter sport orientated population.

Significance

These cross country skis were purchased by a member of the Bogong Ski Club and were part of a bulk ski stock consignment from Finland in 1966/67. They were introduced into the Victorian Alps to encourage skiers to take up cross country skiing both at Falls Creek and Mount Buller. This initiative spurred on the now annual 42 kilometre cross country "Kangaroo Hoppet" race at Falls Creek. This race is currently the biggest cross country snow skiing race in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

"KILPA, KARHU URHEILUTARPEITA SPORTART1KLAR, Karhu-Valtz Finland. Hickorypohjin"

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Clothing, baby's jacket / cape

Key words

clothing
craftwork
brighton
moorabbin
pioneers
dressmaking
early settlers

A baby’s cream, silk, jacket / cape with lace trim

Historical information

This baby's cream silk jacket / cape with lace trim is an example of the dressmaking skills of the women of the pioneer settlers families in Moorabbin Shire c1900

Significance

Early settlers and market gardeners established their families in Moorabbin Shire and this item shows the skill and craftsmanship of the women of these families

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

Badge - Stan U Thomas

Key words

badge/buttons

Canadian Return from active service badge. Stanley Uren Thomas No 80840

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

Digital photograph - Near Edinburgh, 2016

Key words

edinburgh, scotland, 2016

Historical information

Near Edinburgh, Scotland where many families left their homes and emigrated to the Victorian gold fields.

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Photo, Legacy Appeal 1992

Key words

legacy week

Colour photo x 3 of Legacy Appeal in 1992.

Historical information

A photo of President G. M. Swann with a group of school boys with Appeal tins. Also a police band on Swanston Street and a trading table set up by the Legacy Widows outside Legacy house. The widows clubs ran a craft stall outside Legacy house for many years to help with fundraising during Legacy Week. Of note is that the Queen Victoria Hospital has been demolished and the new QV shopping centre has not yet been built.

Significance

A record of Legacy Week in 1992.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back "707 0131 N N N 1 2" and 708. On Kodak paper.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Digital Photograph - Stonemason's marks, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

Key words

mason's marks
st giles cathedral

Colour photographs of tonemason's marks, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

Historical information

St Giles, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh is the principal place of worship for the Church of Scotland. It is very interesting for the mason's marks found on its many stone columns inside the church, and for its connections to the graveyard outside. According to wikipedia, "There is record evidence of a church here, very likely on the present site, in the year 854. In 1120 King Alexander I, rebuilt the church in the Norman style. Of this building characteristic features survived until 1798. During the fourteenth century, Edinburgh was captured and plundered by the English under Edward II. and Edward III., and twice St Giles was laid waste. After restoration, the church was more thoroughly ruined at the Burnt Candlemas in 1387, when Richard II. sacked the city. The western part of the fabric was soon in use again ; but the restoration of the choir and transepts, which were much enlarged, lasted on into the sixteenth century. In 1467 the city endowed St Giles as a collegiate church. It now became usual to speak of the nave, where the stonework was ancient, as the Old Kirk, while the eastern part of the building was called the New Kirk. When the movement for reform drew large crowds to St Giles, separate services began to be regularly held in the Old and New Kirks. Soon this was not enough, and the great church was partitioned off into smaller sections. In 1571 St Giles was seized by Kirkcaldie of Grange, and held by him as a stronghold for Queen Mary. This resulted in serious damage to the structure.

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Photograph - Maldon Easter Fair 1995

Tarrangower History (Maldon & District), Maldon

Newspaper - Diamond Valley Local, 13 Apr 1954

Key words

newspaper
local newspapers
diamond valley local

Local newspaper (complete); 12 pages

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Documents - Information sheet

Framed document in green and white speckled wooden frame. Hand written in black on white paper. Subline is written in red.

Historical information

The information on this document shows the inspiration and planning for the building of the aquarium at the Warrnambool breakwater. The instigator was Mr. John Doull, builders Fotheringham Constructions and architects, B. Auty and D Jenner. The Aquarium was opened in December 1971 by The Hon Ian Smith MLA. There were four separate exhibitions and galleries listed on the document. The Aquarium closed around 1998.

Significance

A local landmark in the latter part of the 20th century with the domes being easily recognized. The people involved in its construction were an important part of Warrnambool’s history.

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Framed coins

Hand made timber block with insert containing three brown coins on red background

Historical information

In memory of Raymond "Snowy" CLARK VX 705365

Inscriptions & Markings

In memory of The late Raymond "Snowy" CLARK VX70535 - 1977

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Sepia Photograph

Key words

phillip island
cape woolamai
rocky cliffs at cape woolamai
earl of stradbroke

Photograph of rocky cliff at Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island.

Historical information

This album was presented to the Earl of Stradbroke by the Fathers of Soldiers and Returned Soldiers 16/02/1923. Photo of rocky cliff at Cape Woolamai with Bass Strait in background.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rose Series P 3439. The Rocky Cliff, Cape Woolamai, Phillip Is., Vic.

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Racquet

Key words

tennis

A Garcia Dreadnought Driver tennis racquet, with plastic ribbon whipping around shoulders and shaft, and leather handle featuring X-formation perforations. Company logo features across base of head. Model name features along shaft. Garcia 'G' trademark features on plastic butt cap (now missing). Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Plastic, Ink, Adhesive tape, Glue, Lacquer, Metal

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photo - Turning of the Sod at Mount Helen, 1967

Key words

mount helen
ballarat institute of advanced education
ballarat school of mines
john
casey
trudinger
barker
turning the sod
mt helen campus opening
lord casey

A set of black and white photographs of the turning of the sod ceremony at Mount Helen.

Historical information

The Mount Helen site was selected for the tertiary division of the Ballarat School of Mines, known as the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education. The turning of the sod for the first buildings took place on 19 October 1967 By Lord Casey.

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

Photograph, Black & White, Cheltenham State School Grade 3 5/3/1917

Key words

box george, box william, box elizabeth, pickering ada, city of moorabbin, county of bourke, moorabbin roads board, parish of moorabbin, shire of moorabbin, henry dendy's special survey 1841, were j.b.; bent thomas, o'shannassy john, king richard, charman stephen, highett william, ormond francis, maynard dennis, cheltenham state school no.84, methodist chapel cheltenham, methodist school cheltenham, beaumaris west state school, meeres frederick, meeres walter, education, early settlers,

Black & White photograph of pupils at Cheltenham State School No.84 Grade 3 1917 with Ada Pickering a descendant of the Box family early settlers

Historical information

Ada Pearling Pickering ( G Box ) Stephen Charman, 1821-1906 a market gardener, donated land for the first Methodist Chapel, Cemetery and School in Charman Rd Cheltenham 1855. The enrolment was 36 pupils with Mr Frederick Meeres as Teacher. 1863 the school is called Beaumaris Common School No 84 with 70 pupils and Walter Meeres as Teacher. 1869 another 2 acres in Charman Road were granted by the Education Board and brick building built . 1872 State School 84 Beaumaris was increasing enrollments and 1878 a new brick school was built to accommodate 174 pupils and the name changed to Cheltenham State School No.84 1894 Mentone State School No.2950 amalgamated with Cheltenham SS No.84. 1910 the buildings were in disrepair, overcrowding was increasing and renovations were made 1912 with further additions in 1925 and 1937. Post WW11 extra prefabricated Classrooms were added as enrollment increased to 1038 in 1955.. Cheltenham East State School 4754 was opened as housing development spread over the City of Moorabbin . (J.Larson Sandringham HS)

Significance

Ada Pearling Pickering was descendant of the George Box Family who migrated in 1850,s and established market gardens in the Brighton area of Dendy's Special Survey 1841 . 1855 Stephen Charman donated land to the Methodist Church so that a School could be established to educate the children of the early settler market gardeners and farmers in the Cheltenham area . Education was valued by the general community and as well as schools they established mechanics Institutes and Libraries in Moorabbin Shire. Cheltenham State School No. 84 was among the first schools in Melbourne

Inscriptions & Markings

hand written Ada Pearling Pickering

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

Image

Key words

carols by candlelight
brian naylor

Col. photograph of Brian Naylor.

Historical information

Brian Naylor stands behind a podium on stage as he hosts an undated Carols by Candlelight performance.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Book - Barnes Notes on the Four Gospels

Key words

margaret davidson
history of warrnambool

This is a hard cover book of 53 pages. The cover is brown with an ornamental pattern impressed into the front cover and gold lettering on the spine. The book has a Preface, an Introduction, 21 chapters of text by Rev. Albert Barnes and an Index. It has a colour fold-up map of Palestine. There is a stamp of the Warrnambool & District Historical Society on the first page and an inscription in black ink. The cover is partly broken away and torn.

Historical information

This is a book given in 1860 to Miss M. Davidson by L.H.R Miss M. Davidson would most likely be Margaret Milne Davidson (1839-1928) who was born in Kirremuir, Scotland and was the daughter of James and Isabella Davidson of Woodend near Cassadys Bridge on the outskirts of Warrnambool. She never married. The identity of ‘L. H. R.’ is unknown.

Significance

This book is significant firstly because of its antiquarian interest (an 1857 publication) and secondly because of its connection to Margaret Davidson. Her father and uncle and their families were pioneer settlers in Warrnambool and thus of great importance in our history.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘Miss M. Davidson from L.H.R. Warrnambool 4 May 1860’.

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Postcard - The Port of Liverpool : Canida and Huskisson Docks, Looking South

Key words

postcards
george and edith weir
the port of liverpool

The Port of Liverpool. Coloured postcard. The postcard was probably purchased by George and Edith Weir on a trip to England and Scotland, circa 1928.

Historical information

Collection of thirty-nine postcards donated by Jillian Rigby which had been owned by her grandparents, George and Edith Weir, who from c.1917 lived at 84 Princess Street, Kew. The mostly 'mint' postcards were purchased in Victoria and while travelling overseas. The sole dated postcard is dated from 1929. The postcards are numbered sequentially from 2017.0058.01-39. The remainder of the collection donated by Jill Rigby which was once owned by the Weirs of Broken Hill and Kew consist of costumes, costume accessories, photographs, and documents.

Significance

The postcards in the Weir collection, especially those purchased on a trip or trips to the mother country, i.e. United Kingdom, represent a representative sample of sites that were considered significant to those Australians undertaking a reverse grand tour by member of the erstwhile colonies. Those postcards which are early views of Melbourne must have been produced commercially for some decades from the early part of the 20th century.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Hat

Key words

flagstaff hill
warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village

Grey gentleman's Bowler Hat. Has grey band around hat. Hat has white linen lining. Size 56cms

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool