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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

Curated By

Lauren McAlary, Veterans Heritage Project Manager

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Photograph - Church of Christ Church in Bedford Road, Ringwood being built in 1978

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Church of Christ Church in Bedford Road being built in 1978

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photograph, "Church of Christ, Bedford Rd. 1/5/78"

Booklet - Field Engineering & Mine Warfare Pam No 1 Basic Field Engineering

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

A soft covered booklet providing basic field engineering training for junior officers and NCO's to prepare instruction for their men.

Inscriptions & Markings

WO Code No 8503

Medal group

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Medal group court mounted comprising 1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-1918, Victory medal. 14-15 Star and BWM are authentic, however a duplicate Victory medal has been added to complete the group probably at mounting.

Historical information

Miss Elda Huf has retained these medals in memory of her 20 year old brother killed at Gallipoli. The Victory medal was lost at some time in the 50 or 60 years following their issue. She donated them to 8/13 VMR Collection prior to her death together with other memorabilia. The group has been court mounted at the Collection and the duplicate medal added for display purposes.

Significance

Part of a collection of items relating to the service of one Australian soldier in WWI which was kept by his sibling till near her death then passed to a local military collection for keeping..

Inscriptions & Markings

14-15 Star and BWM are engraved on reverse and edge "533 Sgt CW Huf 7 Bn AIF"; Victory medal is engraved "Collector's item"

000052B - Photograph - 1939 - Inverloch -Ayr's Creek - from in front of Bathing Box - KG Howsam

Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with white background and cut out of a green gum leaf

Historical information

From the album of WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion. This postcard, addressed to soldier William West, was written by his wife on behalf of their young daughter. The final line reads, 'When are you coming home Daddy dear?' This collection of postcards, photographs and clippings were sent between William and his family and loved ones during the years he was on active service. See also 207 and 220.

Significance

Cheaper and more efficient than traditional letters, postcards were an enormously popular means of communication between families and those at the front.

Inscriptions & Markings

"wishing you a speedy and safe return" "A gum leaf from Australia"

Doily

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Doily - cream linen with a crocheted edge. Embroidery on each side with yellow and orange flowers and green leaves.

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Unstrung wooden racquet with black plastic shoulder and shaft supports, gold and black string whipping, and a fine grooved handle. Inscription along throat and across shaft on obverse: VISCOUNT/DUNBAR-GIBSON/VIBERT SPORT/SHOP/PASADENA, CALIF. manufacturers details within gold diamond device on reverse: DG/DUNBAR/DUNBAR GIBSON INC./NEW YORK/U.S.A. Materials: Wood, String, Plastic, Ink, Leather, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Cloth

Photograph - Colour - Sunset over Ballarat East (looking towards Mt Warrenheip), 2008

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

MEDALLION & BADGE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Badge, copper, round with 2 lugs on rear. Front has "War Worker Australia". Centre is coat of arms. On rear is "Navies & Labourers". Stamped numbered badge. .2) Female relative badge. Metal, silver colour, round shape with crown. wreath arrangement with map of Australia centre. Rear has pin attached. Attached by two small chains is a clasp with 3 small bronze stars. Rear of badge is stamped.

Historical information

The badge (on the right) is a Female Relatives Badge from the Second World War and the stars represent the number of serving individuals related to the holder of the badge. A number of the back appears in a register that records the name of the holder. .2) Three stars denotes 3 members of the family in the army in 1939 - 1945.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) :"Issued by the department of defence, 618. .2) Front "To the Women of Australia" Rear "Issued by the C/Weath Govt. A6800

Buttons

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

10 identical round silver metal buttons with a metal shank crown and map of Australia and wording around the circumference. 2 have split pin is through the shank.

Historical information

Issued to Sister Kathleen Heaphy of Australian Army Nursing service. Sister Heaphy was attached, for part of her service, to 28 Camp Hospital Internment camp 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Military Forces and a crown and map of Australia. Stokes and Sons Melbourne

Soda Sypon - Fletcher

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a clear glass soda syphon with a round sold base and a rounded body and a metal pump and valve mechanism affixed to the top opening. A glass tube is inside the bottle and is part of the pump mechanism. The top metal section is very corroded. The side of the bottle has the Fletcher trademark - the stylized letters J and F.

Historical information

This soda syphon is a device for dispensing carbonated or soda water. The valve allows portion of the contents to be dispensed whilst maintaining the pressure inside to keep the rest of the contents from going flat. The bottle is marked ‘J. Fletcher’. John Fletcher worked as a boy at Rowley’s cordial factory in Banyan Street, Warrnambool. He then worked for John Davis who had established the Union Cordial Factory in Koroit Street, Warrnambool in the 1860s. In 1885 John Fletcher bought the Davis business and operated it until 1930. John Fletcher sold the business to Ralph Reeves and as Reeves initially used Fletcher bottles and syphons, the contents of the bottle could have come from the time of either John Fletcher or Ralph Reeves.

Significance

This syphon is of interest as it comes from a mid 20th century cordial factory in Warrnambool. Cordial manufacturing was an important industry in Warrnambool for over 100 years.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘J. Fletcher Trade Mark Warrnambool’ ‘J. Fletcher’ ‘British Syphon Mfg Co. Ltd London’

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

o 64 U

Rubber Mould - Animal

Montsalvat, Eltham

Round rubber mould containing an oval design depicting a monkey with long tail.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on reverse 'Animal' along with two sketches; a decorative design and oval.

Document, statement of fees 1950

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

An original, paper, Statement of Adjustments attached to previous item 00053.3 for purchase of the house at 4 Vickery Street, Bentleigh by Mr John Herron from Miss M Marriott in 1950

Historical information

Mr John Herron and his wife Isa Mary Herron purchased the house at 4 Vickery Street Bentleigh in 1950 from Miss M Marriott. He was a descendant of John James an early settler dairyman in Moorabbin Shire and Miss M Marriott was a descendant of the early settler market gardeners Marriott family. Mr Herron lived there until 1989 and the house was then demolished and a block of flats built .

Significance

The Marriott family were early settler market gardeners from 1878 in the area of Dendy’s 1841 Special Survey and John Herron was a descendant of Philip Jones , a chair-maker, who settled in the area of East Brighton, now Bentleigh, in 1852

Inscriptions & Markings

Heading - HERRON & ANOR. From MARRIOTT / Adjustment of Rates, Taxes, etc., as at 12th May 1950 / list of costs/ typed in left hand bottom corner – E. & O.E, / Melbourne, / 10th May 1950

book - The innocents abroad ; Collins pocket classics 252

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

380 pages ; hardback ; 160 x 110 x 25 mm.

Inscriptions & Markings

Himmer Bequest

Newspaper Clipping - Greenhills Primary School's Zeke Butterworth's success magical

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text and colour image .

Historical information

Greensborough magician Zeke Butterworth has sprinkled his magic to win the Australian Junior Championship of close up magic.

Book - The journal of William Thomas : assistant protector of the Aborigines of Port Phillip &? guardian of the Aborigines of Victoria 1839 - 1867 : volume four : Kulin Language

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

This is the fourth volume in the series presenting 28 years of Thomas' journals, transcribed and annotated by Dr Marguerita Stephens (Vols 1-3). This volume provides a substantial collection of Thomas' records of Kulin Language - some reworked from earlier transcriptions by Dr Stephen Morey.

Inscriptions & Markings

b&w illustrations, word lists

Certificate - Education Department Victoria Certificate of Merit

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

White paper Certificate of Merit to certify that Albert Steane passed Grade 6 (Year 6) at Bendigo State School (no 1976). The certificate is signed by Colin H. Campbell, Inspector of Schools

Historical information

Albert Steane went on to become a teacher, specialising in Sloyd. He was the first Principal of the Ballarat Junior Technical School.

WHS Yearbook

Wangaratta High School, Wangaratta

Purple yearbook with a space background. In the image, a black hole is pulling in a moon with an engraved WHS logo and a metallic 2003.

Inscriptions & Markings

2003

Photograph

Australian Army Museum of Western Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160

West Indian Troops with the Australian Gunners. Digital copy of photograph from a personal album of Lieutenant General JJT Hobbs.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph of the wreck of the "Speke" with two and a half masts remaining

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

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph along west side Cowes Jetty showing "Genista" departing.

Historical information

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

FLAG, ITALIAN

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Italian battle flag made of coarsely woven cotton. Left 1/3 green, right 1/3 red, centre 1/3 white with a centred white cross on red background surounded by a blue shield shaped border

Historical information

This design Italian flag dates from 1848 - 1946. This one was taken at Derna in Libya between 10th - 15th November 1942. It was brought home to Australia by Alex Archer, No 40637, 3 Sqaudron RAAF who was a Despatch Rider in the Squadron. Refer 0003, 0003A, 939.

Inscriptions & Markings

There are no inscriptions or markings. The centre piece in the white area is the Italian Naval Ensign.

DESK CALCUMETER Calculator

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

The “Standard Desk Calcumeter” consisting of metal rectangular body with six dials and a reset button. Two legs are used to stand Calcumeter at a convenient angle for manipulation..

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on front: “The Standard Desk Calcumeter” On side: “77” “120675” On side: “H.N. Morse Trenton N.J.” On long side: “Pat`d Dec.17`01”

Photograph - Colour - Headstone of Patrick Carroll in Tower Hill Cemetery, 2019

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph of the headstone of Patrick Carroll in the Tower Hill Cemetery. .

Inscriptions & Markings

by Patrick Carroll InLoving Remembrance of my beloved son Patrick Who departed this life the 20th day of April 1874 Aged 2 years and 2 months Also his beloved mother Who departed this life 15th Sept 1876 Aged 74 years Also his who died 16th November 1890 Aged 89 Years Also Patrick Carroll Who died 10 July 1906 aged 72 years Rest in Peace

Book, Knitting - Sun-glo Knitting Book series 61

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This book was owned by the late Dr Elizabeth Kerr and was donated to the Museum by the executor of her estate, Margaret Cameron. It was produced by the Alexandria Mills, Sydney, during WWII and contains knitting patterns for womens bedjackets and undergarments.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sun-glo / Knitting / Book / DESIGN No. / 2666 / PAGE 3. / Series 61 / 7d.

Booklet - Catalogue of Mount Widderin Merino Stud Dispersal Sale, 10 Sept. 1937

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Booklet / catalogue for a merino stud sale at Mount Widderin, 10-9-1937.

Historical information

"Catalogue of 'Mount Widderin' Merino Stud Dispersal Sale" - Dennys, Lascelles Limited, 10 Sept. 1937. Catalogue from the sale of stud sheep from the Mount Widderin stud near Skipton. The Mount Widderin stud was owned by Mr F.S. Austin and was founded from the Wanganella Stud, thus descending from the original Peppin Merino line. Mr Austin introduced the Carngham strain into these sheep.

Book - The School Paper for Grades 7 & 8 No 425

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

The School Paper for Grades 7 & 8 No 425 Publisher Government Printer Melbourne Date 1936

Catalogue - Catalogue no. 29, Auction of Australasian Wool, London Wool Exchange, 1957

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Catalogue No. 29 of Australasian wool to be sold at auction by The Committee of London Wool Brokers at the London Wool Exchange on Friday 29 March 1957.

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Dayton tennis racquet, with a steel head and throat, and, wooden shaft and deep-grooved handle. Racquet strings made from piano wire. Racquet head stringing continues through into the fully opened throat. Materials: Wood, Metal, Glue, Lacquer, Paint, Leather, Ink, Cord