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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

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Lauren McAlary, Veterans Heritage Project Manager

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Leaflet - Police report 2010

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A5 leaflet, black & white print

Historical information

Notice to residents asking for information relevant to theft of a trailer on 20/08/2010

Photograph - Maids Ball 1938

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

The "Maids" Ball, 1938. Group photo on the dancefloor.

Book - An Illustrated World History of the Sheep and Wool Industry

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"An Illustrated World History of the Sheep and Wool Industry" - South African Wool Board, Pretoria, 1970.

Mini drum carder

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Mini drum carder, assembled from kit. Carder is a natural wood colour. Has a base with two sloping sides, the right side has two cogs and a handle to drive the carders. The carder rolls are a red/orange covered in steel bristles. A hand-written tag is tied to the handle.

Historical information

Manufactured by Ashwood of New Zealand, probably sometime in the 1990s. Ashwood would produce various wool-related machines (weavers, carders, spinning wheels, etc) as kits which the purchaser could then assemble.

Inscriptions & Markings

ASHWOOD / MADE IN NEW ZEALAND

Bottle, glass

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Round clear glass bottle with stepped shoulder between body and neck of bottle. Text embossed on base.

Inscriptions & Markings

'COLGATE & CO W2 PERFUMERS 4 NEW YORK'

Dredge 'Pioneer'

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

The Dredge 'Pioneer' brought in to clear sand drift from the Moyne river caused by the South West passage sweeping through

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Semi-gloss, sepia, head and shoulders studio portrait of Rev. Mark Guy Pearce.

Historical information

Rev. Mark Guy Pearce (1842-1930) wrote a good deal of hymns and was a prolific writer. He was well known for his book titled Thoughts on Holiness. He promtoed the work of the London West Central Mission.

Photograph - copy - Marco Gazzi.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sepia coloured photographic copy of sketch depicting a head and shoulders of man with tooth brush moustache in an open necked jacket.

Historical information

Sketch made while interned in Camp 2 of Marco Gazzi, ex "Arandora Star", "Dunera", interned from Wales.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura 19?

Sheet, water meter - [Commonwealth Woollen Mills, Geelong: "Venturi" Water Meter No1255]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Photograph - Moss on Diamond Creek Trail, 24 February 2015

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy of colour photograph

Book - Facts worth knowing

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a hard cover book of 878 pages. It has a dark red cover with red lettering on a gold background on the front cover and gold lettering on the spine. There are 250 illustrations scattered throughout the text. The cover is somewhat scuffed, especially at the edges. The inscription in handwritten in pencil.

Historical information

This book belonged to Con O’Mahony (1863-1920). He was a lawyer practising in Warrnambool in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was born in Sandhurst (Bendigo) and studied at Melbourne University. In 1883 he won the University of Melbourne Bowen Prize for his essay entitled ‘The Federation of the Australian Colonies’. The Warrnambool and District Historical Society has a set of books on the lives of the British Chancellors which was given to Con O’Mahony for winning the Bowen Prize.

Significance

This book is of considerable interest because it belonged to Con O’Mahony, a prominent Warrnambool lawyer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is also a book of strong antiquarian interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘C.O’Mahony, 13.9.93,WBool’

Block

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

1 sheave wood block with loop on top. Painted brown. Two metal plates on side. Wire tied to loop

Army Haversack [3]

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Book - The Emu Vol 8

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

The Emu Vol 8, 1908-9 A Quarterly Magazine to popularise the Study and Protection of Native Birds Editors A J Campbell and Scott Morrison Publisher: Walker May & Co Date: 1909

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 1945 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 RA 598.2050 EMU Pastedown front endpaper has sticker from Warrnambool Mechanics Institute and Free Library

Photograph - Heritage Excursion; Maroondah Aqueduct, 3 September 2016

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Newsletter No., 229, August 2016 Heritage Excursion - Maroondah Aqueduct Walk - Saturday 3rd September The Maroondah Aqueduct was once a major link in Melbourne’s water supply system. It was built between 1886 and 1891 to transfer water from the Watts River near Healesville to the Preston Reservoir. It was 66 km in length, made up of 41 km of open channel, 10 km of tunnel through hills and 15 km of pipeline across stream valleys known as inverted siphons. The section of the aqueduct through the Eltham area has been abandoned since the 1980s but the open channel has largely been retained. A recreational path follows the aqueduct reserve. For our excursion on 3rd September we intend to walk along the section of the aqueduct adjacent to Allendale Road. This is a section not visited on previous excursions and includes the transition from open channel to the inverted siphon across the Diamond Creek valley. Apart from the aqueduct itself the main feature of the walk is the extensive views across Eltham North and Diamond Creek. Along the way we will talk about the history of the aqueduct and the area. This easy walk is about 3 km return and will take 2 to 2.5 hours. It will start at 2pm at the junction of Allendale Road with Godber Road and Zig Zag Road North, officially Diamond Creek, but on the northern boundary of Eltham. (Melway ref.12 B10).

Cannon

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

A 1.3 metre iron 6pdr cannon recovered from the wreck of the CHILDREN. The shape of the cannon tapers from a thick round breech to a flared muzzle, with an 8 centimetre bore, and two side trunnions for pivoting on a wooden gun carriage. It was recovered from the shipwreck site of the CHILDREN by local divers in 1963. This small muzzle-loading signal cannon is in poor and unrestored condition. The cannon’s upper profile of smooth grey metal casing has corroded off, leaving an extensively oxidised rough red surface of crumbling iron. The bottom half of the cannon remains intact although the outer smooth casing also appears to be separating from the iron core of the barrel. Original grey casting is also missing from the breech and muzzle ends of the cannon.

Historical information

HISTORICAL INFORMATION In an article dated 26 March 1963, the Warrnambool Standard reported: “A cannon which has lain on the ocean floor since the barque, Children, was wrecked at Childer’s Cove on January 15, 1839, was raised by three Warrnambool skindivers at the week-end…The cannon, weighing about 750 lb. and 4-ft. 6-in. in length…is in excellent order considering the length of time it has remained under-water”. No conservation measures were taken at that time, other than chipping off the marine growth with hammers and cold chisels. The minutes for the 4 February 1974 meeting of the Flagstaff Hill Planning Board recorded that “a cannon recovered some time ago was lying in the garden of [one of the three original divers] and that it could be picked up at any time”. Peter Ronald, past Manager and Diver for Flagstaff Hill, notes that the CHILDREN cannon would have been recovered by the other divers around 1964. When the cannon came into care of Flagstaff Hill it was given basic conservation relevant to the time. (At the same meeting the Board was advised of the recovery of an anchor from the wreck of the CHILDREN by Flagstaff Hill divers (Peter Ronald, Colin Goodall and Gary Hayden), and its interim relocation in the sea at the end of the Warrnambool Breakwater while awaiting conservation). The CHILDREN was owned by the pioneering Henty family of Portland. She was en route from Launceston to Adelaide, when she foundered in rough conditions at Childers Cove on 14 January 1839. The CHILDREN was a small three-masted barque, only 29 metres long and 254 tons weight, with 14 crew members and 24 passengers (including 9 children) on board. The ship was also carrying an awkwardly ballasted cargo of 1500 sheep, 8 bullocks, 7 horses, 5000 London house bricks, 6 whaling boats, and general trade goods. When the CHILDREN was driven into the limestone stack at the entrance to the cove, the seas smashed her into pieces within half an hour, and 16 lives were lost. The CHILDREN was an all-wooden ship, built in 1825 at Liverpool, and her shipwreck in 1839 is one of colonial Victoria’s earliest and most significant maritime disasters. There is little left to mark the tragedy on the seabed now, apart from some of the house bricks intended for the Henty’s Portland Bay settlement. Despite its poor condition, the CHILDREN’s signal cannon remains an important and interpretable record of her demise, (along with her anchor, the bottom half of her ship’s bell, and portions of a brass porthole - artefacts that are also in the Flagstaff Hill collection). In 2015 the CHILDREN cannon will undergo further conservation. (Conservation Management Plan for Victorian Guns and Cannon, South Western Victoria, May 2008, ref W/F/06)

Significance

The shipwreck of the CHILDREN is of state significance — Victorian Heritage Register No. S116.

Inscriptions & Markings

Corrosion and spalling of the upper surface layer of the cannon has removed the maker’s marks and specifications

WHS Magazine -Korrumbeia

Wangaratta High School, Wangaratta

blue folder containing colour copies of 2000 Korrumbeia

Documents - Handwritten Burns Family history including Ringwood connections of children of George Paul Burns and Mary Jane Burns up to 1999.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

4 foolscap hand written pages documenting the Burns family.

Historical information

Biography of the Burns family including Clarence Henry Burns, who with his wife Rose lived in Warrandyte Road. He was a great sportsman, part-time fireman, worked for the Ringwood Council among other things winding the clock on the clocktower. Also a member of the Ringwood Garden Club.

Trophy - Victorian Farm Entrepreneur Awards 1999

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Timber shield shape with bevelled edge, painted dark maroon with engraved brass metal plaque.

Historical information

Elmac Hydroponics operated at Allansford from 1997 to 2004, growing tomatoes hydoponically. The owners were Keith Ellerton and Graeme MacLeod. There were 2000 Square metres of hothouses with over 5000 plants. This trophy from the Victorian farm Entrepreneur Awards was for the use of a system called autopots. This system relied upon a process of automatic watering through valves at the bottom of the pots.

Significance

The growing of vegetables hydoponically was a relatively new and innovative system of agriculture. The Elmac business proved that it could be done in the climate of the region.

Inscriptions & Markings

Victorian Farm Entrepreneur Awards 1999 Regional Winner South West Elmac Hydoponics

Book - The Life of Florence L Barclay

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

The Life of Florence L Barclay A Study in Personality by one of her daughters Publisher: GP Putnams Sons Date: 1927

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 920 BAR Pastedown end page has sticker from Corangamite Regional Library Service

Book - Pictorial History of Australia at War 1939-1945 - Volume IV

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Pictorial History of Australia at War 1939-1945 - Volume IV

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

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

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Two photographs have been photocopied onto an A4 sheet. They are photos of a blustone structure, side elevation with a simple pitched roof. The top photo shows details of the stonework and the recessed window. There is a bush on the bottom LH corner. The bottom photo is a side view of the house with some detail of the garden.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

a b&w photocopy of Leake's Garage in Macedon Street

Historical information

This is a photocopy of Leake's garage which was situated next to the Sunbury library in Macedon street. It was run by Alf Leake and his wife Nancy. After his death it was purchaed by Mr James Walsh who ran it for many years.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of the Two Masted Cray Fishing Boat "Hilda Norling" tied up at the Rhyll Jetty.

Historical information

One of a collection of over 400 photographs in an album commenced in 1960 and presented to the Phillip Island & Westernport Historical Society by the Shire of Phillip Island

Tobacco Tying Twine

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

The twine was used to tie green leaf in bunches onto the sticks. There were 26 bunches per stick and 500 sticks per kiln. Spool of tying cotton used on electric sewing machine. With the bailing, the sewing needles were housed on a hook on the top edge (of the tying horse) with the correct length of string at hand - time was of the essence. A large ball of orange, scratchy, twine kept together by a piece of twine wrapped around it.

Historical information

Tobacco farming began circa 1960 in the Kiewa Valley and consequently became one of its major industries. Many of the Italian families were involved in tobacco farming.

Significance

Historical: This equipment was used on one of the first tobacco farms in the Kiewa Valley at Mongans Bridge. Provenance: This tobacco farmer came from Italy and was sponsored to visit a tobacco farmer in Myrtleford to learn how to grow tobacco so that he could transfer those skills to his own farm in the Kiewa Valley.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of the remnants of Aboriginal feasting at Cat Bay

Historical information

One of a collection of over 400 photographs in an album commenced in 1960 and presented to the Phillip Island & Westernport Historical Society by the Shire of Phillip Island

Book - Royal Australian Armoured Corps Training Pam No 1: Radio Configurations & Operating Procedures

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Soft covered loose leaf photo-copied book detailing general details, tuning drills, tests etc of RAAC radio configurations RS C42, RS B47, AN/PRC 25, AN/GRC 125, AN/VRC 46, AN?VRC 49, RS C13, AN/PRC77 and AN/GRC 160.

Significance

Handbook for equipment previously used by the Regiment

Plaque, commemorative

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Silver shield attached by one screw to an irregular oval shaped segment of varnished Australian Mulga tree trunk. Label on the back of the tree trunk segment with a map of Australia and in the middle the words, "GENUINE AUSTRALIAN MULGA. S&D PRODUCT". Head of screw visible in the middle of the back of the plaque.

Historical information

This Plaque was presented by the City of Caulfield to both Mr and Mrs E.F.S England, to commemorate their term of office as Mayor and Mayoress of the City. Councillor Egbert Frances Scott England was Mayor of the City of Caulfield in 1927.

Inscriptions & Markings

"PRESENTED TO to CR. E.F.S. AND MRS ENGLAND by the COUNCILLORS, RATEPAYERS AND CITIZENS of the CITY OF CAULFIELD TO COMMEMORATE THEIR TERM OF OFFICE IN THE YEAR 1928"

Slide - Fireworks over Lake Wendouree circa late 1950s

City of Ballarat Libraries, Ballarat

Historical information

An interesting night exposure. Unfortunately it is not known what event these fireworks were supporting. Mrs Bon Strange and her husband Bert were well known Ballarat residents. When Mrs Strange died some years ago, her extensive slide collection was sorted through and those relevant to Ballarat were gifted to the Ballarat Library.

Photograph - Geelong East Technical School 1958 Athletic Sports Day

Newcomb Secondary College Archives, Newcomb

skittles

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Four wooden skittles. They are tapered with a knob at the top. All are painted black with two red bands towards the base. Two are smaller and have rounder bases. Under the bases are T-shaped ridges.

Historical information

Skittles or Nine Pins has been played since the 4th century. It is an old European lawn game. In general, players take turns to throw wooden balls down a lane at the end of which are several wooden skittles in an attempt to knock them all over. It evolved into ten pin bowling, one of the most popular pastimes around the world. This is an indoor children's toy probably played on a carpeted passage inside. Skittles was an indoor game which could be played by the whole family.

Significance

This item reflects a time when simple games were enjoyed as a family. In rural areas where there was limited access to commercial recreation skittles would have been a popular pastime.

Badge - 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Cloth Regimental beret badge. Coloured metallic thread on black stiff fabric backing.

Historical information

From the 1960's this beret badge (in lieu of the official metal badge) was worn by officers of the Regiment as field dress. It was an individual purchase rather than official issue.

boots

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A pair of men's black leather work boots. They have steel toe caps and steel edging on the heel. There are 6 X 2 eyelets.There is a wooden sole studded leather. reinforcements.

Significance

These boots are an example of a successful Australian product which has been continuously manufactured since the early 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the sole is a shoe shape with "Rossi" on the sole and "Shoes Made by Rossiter's LTD ALL LEATHER SOLE" on the heel.

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson, Jack Kramer Cup tennis racquet. Base of head features Wilson logo. Throat features plain gold trophy cup device. Shaft features decal head and neck illustration of Kramer. Shaft and butt cap feature 'W' trademark. Leather handle grip features triangle-pattered perforations. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Plastic, Paint, Ribbon, Adhesive tape, String

Extracts from Geelong Advertiser - Legacy of the storm Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Narrates the story of the wreck of the Scammell and fate of the Deckhouse

Historical information

Description of fate of deckhouse

Book - Day of the Forest - A Tale of Box Hill

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Day of the Forest - A Tale of Box Hill

Photograph - Neil Douglas at home on his property at Bend of Islands, 1980s

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Slide - 35mm colour positive transparency

Historical information

Photograph taken by Jack Gittins of W.J. Gittins & Associates who were consulting on the property's trees.

Photograph - Former Caretaker's Cottage, Garden Hill, Kangaroo Ground, 1985

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Historical information

At Kangaroo Ground Memorial Tower

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100N

Pamphlet - Hurstbridge and District Local History Group.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Tri-fold A4 sheet of buff paper, printed in brown with sepia illustrations.

Historical information

This brochure details the purpose and activities of the Hurstbridge and District Local History Group. Operating out of Allwood Neighbourhood House, the Group offers a range of local history activities and access to the Hurstbridge collection.

Fire Mark Sept 2010 - MFB Fire Mark Magazine Sept 2010

Fire Services Museum of Victoria, East Melbourne

MFB Fire Mark Magazine Sept 2010

Postcard - Reflections, Nowa Nowa, Lake Tyers, Victoria

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

Black and white post card showing a lady in long skirt standing on the banks of a river with Australian eucalypts (gum tress) in the background and reflected in the water.

Historical information

Nowa Nowa is located in Victoria on the Princes Highway between Lakes Entrance & Orbost. Tall eucalypts stand guard as you drive into this small village.The fresh waters of Boggy Creek and the tidal waters of Lake Tyers meet here. In the past its history was of logging.

Photograph, Wangaratta ambulance control room

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph. Ambulance officer at control consol

Historical information

Mal Campbell is sitting at Consol

Flame Apparatus

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Acetylene Flame Apparatus used to demonstrate union of H2 and C in an electric arc.

Photograph - Colour - Melbourne at Night, 2017

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

A number of photographs of luminations from White Night Melbourne.

Historical information

Colour photograph of the Melbourne Arts Centre.

Book - Collected Papers of the Mayo Clinic Vol 13

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Collected Papers of the Mayo Clinic Vol 13

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A sepia coloured photograph mounted on cardboard of a race meeting at the Sunbury Racecourse with the crowd watching the horses from the fence at the side of the track. Mounted on cardboard.

Historical information

A photo of a race meeting at the Sunbury racecourse with the crowd watching the horses from the fence

Photograph - Bridge construction over the Plenty River; Greensborough Bypass construction, c.1986

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph originally located in a magnetic style album titled 'Greensborough Bypass 1990s 5' suffering significant degradation. No information contained in album or on reverse of photos except where noted. Relocated to archival photosafe storage.

Photo, Junior legatee outing

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo.

Historical information

A photo of gathering junior Legatees on horse back (same roll of film as hike). Names and date unknown.

Significance

A record of the one of the outings provided for Junior Legatees

Cartridges

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

3 X.303 Rounds reputed to have been found in a field in Syria