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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

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph, black and white, of a "David Sowden & Sons" loom, No160.

Historical information

Photograph probably for promotional purposes, of a "David Sowden & Sons" loom No 160. Photograph was among items from Yarra Falls Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

160

Violin Bow

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Dark brown timber violin bow with brass on both ends. Horse hair strings and mother of pearl inlaid end. Bow is in tact with horse hair strings complete. String around small end to hold strings to bow.

Annual Report - Geelong R.S.&S. Co. Ltd; 43rd Annual Report, 1963

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Geelong R.S.&S. Woollen and Worsted Co-operative Manufacturing Coy. Ltd. 43rd Annual Report 1963".

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of three men seated at a table with papers and folders in front of them. A wooden cabinet is against the wall behind them. Rounded corners.

Historical information

The photograph was taken when the Shire of Bulla councillors met for a special meeting at the former council chambers in Bulla in August 1975. Ken Webster, Michael Donoval and W. Sorraghan were shire councillors at the time.

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Historical information

Batch of 5 photos from the 1940s Friendship Club and Committee.

Photograph - Maroondah Aqueduct, 1927

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photos sourced from MMBW archives - location unknown

Lamp

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Lamp square brass & glass with cage on outside, inside parts intact. Has metal swivel handle & hinged top the number 5 written in texta pen inside lid.Measurments 6" x 6" x 13".

Book - Montmorency: The Farm on the Plenty by Maureen Jones

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Historical information

This book lays out the history of Montmorency from its earliest years as a hunting ground the Wurundjeri willam people, through its uptake by white settlers. Ownership of the land remained in the hands of one family for four generations spanning seventy years, before the land evolved through small farmlets into a suburb once part of the former Shire of Eltham, now part of Banyule City Council.

Significance

Little has been written on the history of this hidden suburb of Melbourne. This book is significant in that it is the first major local history publication devoted to the suburb gathered particularly from local historical society archives and oral histories.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 9780980807912

Certificate

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Certificate from The Sport Australia Hall of Fame, awarded to 1953 Davis Cup team. No glass in frame. Materials: Wood, Paper, Ink

Photograph - Demolition of the former Shire of Eltham Offices, 895 Main Road, Eltham, 12 August 1996

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Demolition of the former Shire of Eltham Offices, 895 Main Road, Eltham, 12 August 1996. Originally mounted as a group of 9 photos on 42 x 55 cm display card.

Folder - Richard Goulding

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on Richard Goulding, Teacher, Panton Hill, 1868

Badge

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

Shirt Badge US Navy Fighter Weapons School

Photograph - Digital image - John Turner, son, Mrs Turner.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Part of a collection of photographs owned by Dorris McLaughlin who was born in Greensborough, in 1899 to John McLaughlin and Rosalie Ellen Whatmough. The collection contains photographs of friends and relatives from the Greensborough and Eltham areas. This photograph shows John Turner and family by the river.

Slide

National Wool Museum, Geelong

brooches

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Two jet bead brooches. One is in the shape of a butterfly and the other a fan.

Historical information

These items are from the Temple estate. George Temple (1832-1916) started Temple's store opposite Post Office. Packed stores to Bendoc area gold fields.

Significance

This item is an example of a popular piece of jewelry worn by women in the early 20th century.

Book - The Third Fleet Convicts

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A 126 page hard cover book with coloured outer covers.

Historical information

Lists all the convicts in the Third Fleet alphabetically and names the ships on which they were transported.

Significance

It also gives information such as birth place, length of sentence and date of conviction.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pencilled words on inner flyleaf.

Radiator Cap

Gippsland Vehicle Collection, Maffra

Solid brass, screw-on radiator cap with Vauxhall Griffion emblem attached. Griffion missing end of left front leg.

Historical information

Radiator cap from a 1914 Wolseley owned by Maffra architect Steven Ashton and featured in a photo of Maffra Post Office and Court House, just prior to the Great War, held by the East Gippsland Historical Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed "REG No 729889" under leading edge and "JOSEPH FRAY LTD, BIRMINGHAM" under trailing edge.

Plaque 466 Squadron RAAF - 466 Squadron RAAF

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm with insignia of 466 Squadron RAAF

Inscriptions & Markings

466 Squadron RAAF

Book - Index to journal articles on Australian history

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

This volume covers the period to 1973.

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Chemold 'Elite' tennis racquet, endorsed by Rod Laver. Facsimile of Laver's signature features along shaft. Materials: Wood, Ink, Lacquer, Glue, Leather, Nylon, Adhesive tape

Book - Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon Edited by Frank Maldon Robb Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 1950

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 cover with typed text PAT 819.91 GOR Pastedown front endpaper has sticker from Warrnambool Public Library covered by a sticker from Corangamite Regional Library Service Front loose endpaper has sticker from Warrnambool Public Library Front loose endpaper has a stamp from Corangamite Regional Library Service

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Historical information

Batch of 5 photos relating to the Murray family including George, Angus, Norman and Taylor. Used in WWI project.

Photo Dowler R. - Mr. R. Dowler.Learmonth ANA Branch No 75.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

This black and white photo (rectangular in shape) is of Mr. R.Dowler. It is in a brown woodgrain mount with his name inscribed in white at the base.It forms part of a collection of photos showing all Learmonth ANA branch No 75 in1912 and is at the left of the third row.

Historical information

In 1912 Mr. R.Dowler was a member of the Learmonth ANA Branch No 75.

Significance

Photo is part of Original photo of all Learmonth ANA Branch No 75 members in 1912.

Inscriptions & Markings

LEARMONTH ANA BRANCH NO 75. PRESENTED TO C.MEDWELL ESQ. BY HIS FELLOW MEMBERS AS A MARK OF ESTEEM & APPRECIATION OF VALUABLE SERVICES RENDERED TO THE BRANCH AS SECRETARY. LEARMONTH 1912.

Photo - Dickie - J.Dickie Esq.J.P. President 1911-12.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia photo, of President J.Dickie Esq.J.P.Oval,set in pinkish tan mount with shaped border around photo and decorative flowers in white,blue and brown in centre of mount.It is situated in the centre of all Photos of councilors for 1911-12.

Historical information

J.Dickie Esq.J.P. was elected to council in 1896 until1899,and 1908 until 1914.He served one term as Shire President in1911-12.

Significance

Original Historic Photo for 1911-12.

Inscriptions & Markings

J.Dickie Esq.J.P. -President 1911-12.

Indicator Lamps Radio

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

Photograph - Trestle Railway Bridge, Eltham, 1999

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Black And White Photograph of the Laira, Very Low In water at wharf . 202 mm X 253 mm Sh 162 Ships I - L

Pen and wash - Keilor Pub

Brimbank City Council Art Collection, Deer Park

pen and wash

Historical information

Keilor Pub- recent view

Significance

Local scene and local artist

Correspondence - Correspondence on Australian Military Forces, 1971

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

Foolscap letter on Australian Military Forces Letterhead

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Number 210/2000 Millennium Limited Edition Wilson 'Jack Kramer Autograph' tennis racquet, featuring Wilson 'Sensation NXT 16' strings, and Balmforth 'Fairway' leather handle grip. Autograph of Jack Kramer features along length of handle grip, on obverse. Racquet comes with: a vinyl cover with strap; protective cover for racquet cover; and a two piece box. Box features inscription on lid: THE JACK/KRAMER/AUTOGRAPH. Materials: Hyper Carbon, Graphite, Kevlar, Nylon, Paint, Plastic, Ink, Adhesive tape, Leather, Cardboard, Glue, Vinyl, Metal, Cellair