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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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Caulking set.

A set of 5 caulking tools.

Historical information

Used on wooden ships for forcing oakum in between deck planks.

HMAS Cerberus Museum , HMAS Cerberus

004245 Photograph - Railway Station, Outtrim

Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch

Book - And So Today

History of Box Hill & surrounding districts published in 1956

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Book, spiral bound. - An alphabetical index to the / Register of / Traralgon P.S. 3584 / 1912 - 2012 / I - O.

Grey Street Primary School, Traralgon , Traralgon

Footwear - Green Leather Court Shoes / by Footrest, Australia

Key words

women's shoes
footrest shoes
footwear
ladies footwear

Pair of dark green leather women’s court shoes with a green fabric bow at the front, manufactured by Footrest, Australia.

Historical information

Footrest Shoes were manufactured in High Street Preston, on the west side not far up from Dundas Street, but well before Bell St. Preston is a suburb of Melbourne.

Inscriptions & Markings

Footrest, Australia. Made by Footrest /Leather Uppers Linings & Soles

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Artwork - Painting - [AMuir] by Josh Muir

Key words

josh muir
artist
artwork
aboriginal
hutchinson indigenous fellowship

Historical information

Josh MUIR (1991- ) Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara Muir's art draws on hip-hop and street art culture and often depicts the history of indigenous people and European settlers. He spent a lot of time in his teens researching and enjoying public art, especially graffiti. Inspired by the commitment of graffers he was inspired by the concepts they illustrate. He started expressing his own ideas with pen and pad and once the basic concept down and it was tangible and could be converted that to canvas or walls. Muir experimented with spray and stencil work a lot in his teens and later branched out into acrylic paints, paint pens, and digital forms of Art. In 2016 Josh Muir's work 'Still Here', projected onto the front wall of the National Gallery of Victoria was critically acclaimed. At that time he stated: "‘I am a proud Yorta Yorta/ Gunditjmara man, born and living in Ballarat, Victoria. I hold my culture strong to my heart – it gives me a voice and a great sense of my identity. When I look around, I see empires built on aboriginal land. I cannot physically change or shift this, though I can make the most of my culture in a contemporary setting and use my art projects to address current issues of reconciliation." In 2016 Josh Muir was awarded the second recipient of HMS Trust’s Hutchinson Indigenous Fellowship at University of Melbourne, based at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). The Fellowship was created to enable Indigenous artists to undertake significant projects of their choice.

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

School Photograph - Digital Image - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1971 Form 6B

Key words

watsonia high school

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1971 Form 6B

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1971 Form 6B

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

004379 - Photograph - Ripple 2 on launching frame - Newhaven - 1990 - from Bob Young

Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch

Book - The Hermits

Key words

warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village
shipwrecked-artefact
book
warrnambool mechanics’ institute
pattison collection
warrnambool library
ralph eric pattison
warrnambool city librarian
mechanics’ institute library
victorian library board
warrnambool books and records
warrnambool children’s library
the hermits
charles kingsley

The Hermits Author: Charles Kingsley Publisher: MacMillan & Co Date: 1880

Historical information

This item is from the ‘Pattison Collection’, a collection of books and records that was originally owned by the Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute, which was founded in Warrnambool in 1853. By 1886 the Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute (WMI) had grown to have a Library, Museum and Fine Arts Gallery, with a collection of “… choice productions of art, and valuable specimens in almost every branch and many wonderful national curiosities are now to be seen there, including historic relics of the town and district.” It later included a School of Design. Although it was very well patronised, the lack of financial support led the WMI in 1911 to ask the City Council to take it over. In 1935 Ralph Pattison was appointed as City Librarian to establish and organise the Warrnambool Library as it was then called. When the WMI building was pulled down in 1963 a new civic building was erected on the site and the new Warrnambool Library, on behalf of the City Council, took over all the holdings of the WMI. At this time some of the items were separated and identified as the ‘Pattison Collection’, named after Ralph Pattison. Eventually the components of the WMI were distributed from the Warrnambool Library to various places, including the Art Gallery, Historical Society and Flagstaff Hill. Later some were even distributed to other regional branches of Corangamite Regional Library and passed to and fro. It is difficult now to trace just where all of the items have ended up. The books at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village generally display stamps and markings from Pattison as well as a variety of other institutions including the Mechanics’ Institute itself. RALPH ERIC PATTISON Ralph Eric Pattison was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, in 1891. He married Maude Swan from Warrnambool in 1920 and they set up home in Warrnambool. In 1935 Pattison accepted a position as City Librarian for the Warrnambool City Council. His huge challenge was to make a functional library within two rooms of the Mechanics’ Institute. He tirelessly cleaned, cleared and sorted a disarrayed collection of old books, jars of preserved specimens and other items reserved for exhibition in the city’s museum. He developed and updated the library with a wide variety of books for all tastes, including reference books for students; a difficult task to fulfil during the years following the Depression. He converted all of the lower area of the building into a library, reference room and reading room for members and the public. The books were sorted and stored using a cataloguing and card index system that he had developed himself. He also prepared the upper floor of the building and established the Art Gallery and later the Museum, a place to exhibit the many old relics that had been stored for years for this purpose. One of the treasures he found was a beautiful ancient clock, which he repaired, restored and enjoyed using in his office during the years of his service there. Ralph Pattison was described as “a meticulous gentleman whose punctuality, floorless courtesy and distinctive neat dress were hallmarks of his character, and ‘his’ clock controlled his daily routine, and his opening and closing of the library’s large heavy doors to the minute.” Pattison took leave during 1942 to 1942 to serve in the Royal Australian Navy, Volunteer Reserve as Lieutenant. A few years later he converted one of the Museum’s rooms into a Children’s Library, stocking it with suitable books for the younger generation. This was an instant success. In the 1950’s he had the honour of being appointed to the Victorian Library Board and received more inspiration from the monthly conferences in Melbourne. He was sadly retired in 1959 after over 23 years of service, due to the fact that he had gone over the working age of council officers. However he continued to take a very keen interest in the continual development of the Library until his death in 1969.

Significance

The Pattison Collection, along with other items at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, was originally part of the Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute’s collection. The Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute Collection is primarily significant in its totality, rather than for the individual objects it contains. Its contents are highly representative of the development of Mechanics' Institute libraries across Australia, particularly Victoria. A diversity of publications and themes has been amassed, and these provide clues to our understanding of the nature of and changes in the reading habits of Victorians from the 1850s to the middle of the 20th century. The collection also highlights the Warrnambool community’s commitment to the Mechanics’ Institute, reading, literacy and learning in the regions, and proves that access to knowledge was not impeded by distance. These items help to provide a more complete picture of our community’s ideals and aspirations. The Warrnambool Mechanics Institute book collection has historical and social significance for its strong association with the Mechanics Institute movement and the important role it played in the intellectual, cultural and social development of people throughout the latter part of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. The collection of books is a rare example of an early lending library and its significance is enhanced by the survival of an original collection of many volumes. The Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute’s publication collection is of both local and state significance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on spine with typed text PAT 209.2 KIN Pastedown end page has sticker from Corangamite Regional Library Service

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Ring

Key words

camp 3
tatura
world war ii
internment camps

Small brown metal ring, with a small heart soldered to the ring.

Historical information

The ring was made for the donor by her father in Camp 3, Tatura. The Wied family were settled in Palestine upon the beginning of WWII. Being of German nationality, they were considered a threat to security by Allied forces & were interned in temporary camps, before being shipped to Australia. In Australia they were interned in Camp 3, Tatura, a family camp for enemy nationals. Many of the internees came with few possessions. This item is just one of the handmade domestic items fashioned in the camp from largely scrap materials to give some home comforts in the initially barren surroundings of the camps, particularly to those interned with families and young children.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Digital photograph - Lava Street Warrnambool - Fletcher Jones Ball

Key words

fletcher jones
factory
ball
water tower

Digital Image of the Fletcher Jones Ball.

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Brass Nozzle

Brass straight-jet nozzle which would have been screwed on to hoses. Roughly went out of production 1972.

Seaworks Maritime Museum, Williamstown

Variety of Army badges

15 x Army metal badges.

Historical information

Badges of different Army Corps and rank

Inscriptions & Markings

Various

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Photographic print

Key words

tennis

Black and white photograph of Margaret Court Materials: Ink, Paper

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Physical Culture photograph 1941

Key words

physical culture
physical education
williamstown high school
1940

Black and white photograph, copied from original and mounted on board. 2nd copy of same laminated. Original photo also held at this number.

Historical information

The photograph was taken in the 1940's, outside the quadrangle building. It shows Williamstown High School girls performing physical culture as part of the war effort.

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Digital photograph - Foundation stone Mission to Seamen Chapel 1916

Key words

foundation stone
lady margaret stanley (1875-1964)
sir arthur lyulph stanley (1875-1931)
st-peter-the-mariner-chapel
flinders street
mission to seafarers
mission to seamen building

Photograph depicting the foundation stone laid by Lady Stanley in November 1916, in 2019.

Historical information

Born Margaret Evelyn Evans Gordon, she married Arthur Lyulph Stanley, 5th Baron of Alderley, in 1905. Appointed K.C.M.G. in 1914, Sir Arthur served as Governor of Victoria from 1914-20. Lady Stanley became the first President of the Australian Red Cross, Victoria, in 1914. The trowel (see item 2074) used for the laying of the stone was gifted to Lady Stanley and ended up in Toronto, Canada, where one of her daughters, Victoria was living. The trowel was donated to the Mission in 2019.

Significance

A picture of the stone can be seen on the article of the Leader dating from Saturday 25 November 1916, page 25.

Inscriptions & Markings

missing "Greater Glory of God ..is Stone was laid by The Honourable Lady Stanley November 14th 1916" Walter R. Butler F.R.I.B.A. Architect A.B. Robertson Builder

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Charles McKay Bell

Key words

bells

Large engraved bell hanging on curved metal stand on wooden base. Bell still has its ringer.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ingraved, ‘CHARLES H. MCKAY/1962’

Seaworks Maritime Museum, Williamstown

Article - Is Don, Is good

Article from newspaper "Melbourne Weekly"

Historical information

Jacqueline Dark, a student of Halinka performed Elvira in Don Giovanni at the State Theatre, December 17, 2011.

Inscriptions & Markings

Halinka Tarczynska-Fiddian and Jacqueline Dark by Alison Barclay

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Plaque - Australia Day Plaque

Wooden plaque

Brimbank City Council, Sunshine

Photograph Album - Photograph album of Ballarat Grammar buildings and events

Key words

ballarat grammar
photo
kevin allen
kit williamson
ballarat
bqags
cegs
chapel
quadrangle
snow
ovals
sheds
rowing
boat naming
gardens
founders' wing

A flip type photo album with a red cover and gold lettering, with ten x 2 flips inside some containing photographs of buildings and people.

Historical information

This photo album was given to Kevin Allen by Kit Williamson (Kit Will), who was the Grammar School matron for many years. Some of the photos depict the naming of boats, with Michael Boyle, Miles Burke, Charlie Davis (in overcoat) and Norman Must c1960.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: NGL Flip Album in gold lettering top left hand corner. Back under photos: Handwritten "To Kevin with Grateful Thanks From Kit Will"

Ballarat & Queen's Anglican Grammar School , Wendouree

Medals 142993 H C Foster

Key words

raaf ww2
142993 h c foster

The 1939-1945 Star, the Pacific Star, the Defence Medal, the 1939-1945 Medal, the 1939-1945 Australian Service Medal, the 1945-1975 Australian Service Medal.

Historical information

142993 H C Foster served with the RAAF during WW2 these medals are the originals that were presented to H C Foster.

Significance

These medals are the originals belonging to 142993 H C Foster.

Inscriptions & Markings

142993 H C Foster.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Digital photographs - Ballarat City Oval Grandstand

Key words

ballarat
heritage
city oval
grandstand
cast iron

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Photograph - Demolition of Eltham Shire Offices, 895 Main Road, Eltham, August 1996

Key words

eltham shire office
demolition
shillinglaw trees

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 5 strips

Historical information

The Shire Offices opened in 1965 and were extended in 1971. The final Eltham Shire Council meeting was held in December 1994 before the forced amalgamations of municipal councils by the Kennett Government. The State-Government-appointed Commissioners (1994-1996) took the decision in July 1996 to demolish the Eltham Shire Offices. The demolition works started within 24 hours of the decision being made.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-5

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Book

Key words

tennis

Book: 'THE DAVIS CUP'. Hardcover. Copyright 1969. Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Spectrograph

Spectrograph with wooden stand, glass prism, small metal panel & small wooden panel. Very early, first in Department.

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Audio Compact Cassette Tape - Audio Recording; The Eltham Band after 12 months

Key words

audio cassette, audio recording, eltham band

Compact audio cassette Opus UDC60 Cassette labelled "The Eltham Band after 12 months, 0-370" (Side A) Converted to MP3 file; 30.2MB, 0:23:12

Historical information

Donated by Rita Barnes Various band tunes recordeed live with some background sounds of audience listensing and singing in to "Waltzing Matilda" Tape has suffered some degradation over years with significant levels of noise and some wow and flutter.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Journal - The School Paper; for Grades V and VI. 1922

Key words

the school paper
reading materials
partington family
education department victoria

12 issues per schoolyear (incomplete). Black and white illustrations.String binding. Front cover missing. Dog-eared and damaged edges.

Historical information

A collection of stories to enlighten children's minds, prepared by the Victorian Education Department as supplementary reading material.

Significance

Owned and used by the Partington family, Greensborough pioneers whose children attended Greensborough Primary School.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Vase

Key words

vases

Ruby red cut glass vase

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Photograph - The remains of the Eltham Barrel, Wednesday 7 June 1989

Key words

eltham
eltham barrel
kalbar road
natalie mews

Digital scan only of print held in private collection.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Map - Firenze, 1924

Key words

italy
map
firenze
florence

Map of Firenze (Florence), Italy in 1924

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office