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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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Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black & white photograph of Mr & Mrs Lefoe and niece Mrs Maude Hayes in front of wooden house covered in creepers

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back - "Old home in Reid street fromerly owned by Mr Alfred Lefoe who used to drive a cab for the miners shifts. Approximately 1876 +. Mrs Maude Hayes was the little girl (in black because her mother, Mrs Terry had died) with her uncle and aunt Mr & Mrs Lefoe. The creeper is a dolichos." Also illegible inscription: "Your loving...Ettie Maud......."

telescope

Whittlesea Historical Society Inc., Whittlesea

Brass telescope with 1 draw tube, glass eyepiece, 1 brass eyepiece cover, thin scrap of brown leather attached to the barrel and secured with string.

Historical information

Believed to be William Henry Lockwood's telescope. William Lockwood was born in 1832 in Glossop, Derbyshire and came to Victoria in 1853 on the 'Marco Polo'. He settled in Whittlesea with his wife Naomi in 1856. He was contracted to the Whittlesea Road Board and was the Engineer to the Shire for a period of 40 years. Some instruments have markings 'JL' on them which is presumed to be Joseph Lockwood, William Henry Lockwood's father. There are 10 items in the Lockwood collection.

Significance

19th century surveying and drafting instruments used by William Henry Lockwood, Engineer of Whittlesea, Victoria, Australia.

Theatre Program - Deep Bells Ring (musical) by Nancy Wills with the Songs of Paul Robeson performed at the Athenaeum Theatre commencing 21 March 1988

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Flyer

Historical information

Study of the Life and Times of Paul Robeson

Significance

Margaret RoadKnight, Jeannie Lewis and Mark Penman

Trophy

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Large silver cup with ornate double-handles and base, fixed to wooden stand

Historical information

In 1926 three houses were established at CPLC - Cairns (Green), Kennedy (red) and Walker (Blue). Interest in inter-house competition was encouraged by the presentation of an antique silver cup, known as the Trawalla Cup. This was awarded at the end of each year to the House gaining the most points in work, sport and conduct. in some years Clarendon had inter-house play competitions as part of deciding the winner of the Trawalla Cup. From 1974-1996 the cup was presented at Speech Day to the Girls House with the best academic results. The Cup was the gift of Mrs H P MacKenzie, of 'Trawalla', a large property west of Ballarat.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stand inscribed: TRAWALLA CUP / PRESENTED BY MRS H P MACKENZIE

Photograph - original - Tatura Fire Brigade

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Original. Black and white photograph of members of Tatura Fire Brigade, on early fire truck.

Historical information

Original photograph of Tatura Fire Brigade members, possibly 1933. C. J. Mitchell, T. Hogan, N. Mitchell, K. Williams, E. Francis, R. Dick, B. Ough, Anderson, L. Brady, T. Layton, Captain Bob Barron, J. Whelpdale, J. Brady, M. Pritchard and E. Mitchell.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: names of members (see below)

Stop Watch

Echuca Historical Society, Echuca

Stop Watch, silver with cotton neck band. Large dial records seconds. Small dial records minutes.

Historical information

Used by officials of Echuca Little Athletics Association. Mid to late 20th century. Principal user was John (Mick) Weldon of Echuca. Mick Weldon was the City of Echuca's Citizen of the Year for 1991.

Significance

The stopwatch has historical because it was owned and used by a life member of the Echuca Little Athletics Association. The Association was of important social significance to the City of Echuca, in that it encouraged and promoted participation of young people in athletic activity.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A sepia photograph of a piece of memorial embroidery. It was done in memory of Alfred Hammerly. His photo is in the centre of the piece. This photo is mounted on to black cardboard.

Historical information

The memorial for Frederick and Louisa Hammerly who lost their son Alfred in an accident. The memorial is a piece of tapestry.

Envelope - OHMS Examination Papers Only

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Large brown thick cardboard envelope with traditional triangle flap for opening and broken red seal. Yellow/brown with black writing and x2 pale green 3d stamps on the top right-hand corner (green kangaroo inside white map of Australia). In black writing: OHMS Examination Papers Only / Not to be Opened till 9 am on 21-11-1916. Addressed to: The Head Teacher / School No" 3403 / Mongan's Bridge / Via Dederang" (" to " hand written in grey lead on ruled line) At bottom left of envelope: 0 x2 and underneath M x2 / Education Department / Melbourne. On back: Seemingly unrelated and hard to read writing and figures.

Historical information

In 1916 students were examined by the Victorian Education Department and not by the local school. This included small rural schools and involved mail delivery.

Significance

Mongan's Bridge was a small, remote, rural school in the Kiewa Valley.

Inscriptions & Markings

On Back: Seemingly unrelated and hard to read writing and figures.

Document, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White note paper, lined, black ink handwriting, two hole punched.

Historical information

Letter from Captain B. Frank of 24 York St, St Kilda, applying for the manager position at the Hostel. It outlines his war service in WWI (with the 1st and 2nd A.I.F), civilian career running a Ford garage for 20 years and his interests. Also the education and experience of his wife, Clare Frank, and mentions their 10 year old son. It provides referees for both of them.

Significance

Capt Frank was the successful applicant for the position and this letter provides a lot of background of his life.

Photograph - Tarrangower Pt Fairy 1905

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black & white photograph

Button

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

round brass button with a metal shank. Crown and map of Australia and wording around the circumference. A split pin is through the shanks.

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 A crown and map of Australia K. C. Luke Pty Ltd Melbourne

Photograph album

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Soldier's own diary - robertson thomas185.tif

Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc, Melbourne

Front of soldier's diary

Map - Dereel, County of Grenville, 1890

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

Geological map of Dereel in the County of Grenville featuing six colours (predominantly grey and yellow). WGS 84 Centroid Lat: 37 degrees 48 feet 50 inches S Long:143 degrees 42 feet 10 inches S N-S: 6.4 km E-W: 15.2 km

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 SEPIA PHOTOGRAPH MOUNTED ON CARDBOARD .2 COPY OF ABOVE PRINTED ON PHOTOGRAPHIC PAPER INSPECTOR FOR THE BOROUGH OF CLUNES - NOLAN, HUGH. FROM COLLAGE REG 822

PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Album - Premier Town, 1988-1991 Volume 1.

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Soft brown vinyl cover with plastic cover. Pages are dark cream cover paper. A sticker with the Warrnambool Premier Town logo is inside the front cover. The album consists of photographs of various buildings and streetscapes with relevant descriptive text.

Historical information

The Premier towns is an award given by the Victorian state Government. It recognises positive actions by regional communities to protect and enhance their local environment. It is based on criteria relating to litter prevention and waste management, environmental and heritage management as well as activities among community groups and leadership. The following is taken from Hansard at the announcement of the awards in 1988 That the Senate- (a) congratulates the Mayor, Councillors, the Premier Town Committee, and the people of the City of Warrnambool, Victoria, for their achievement, on Saturday, 20 November 1988, in taking out the Victorian `Premier Town Award' for an unprecedented third time; (b) congratulates the business people of Warrnambool for their efforts in helping the city to win the Victorian Industrial and Commercial Development Award, including a special award for coastline preservation and studies; and

Significance

This album is significant in that it documents an important award to the City of Warrnambool. It is also a comprehensive pictorial record of Warrnambool as it was in 1988. Volume 1. covers The Warrnambool Conservation Area, Public buildings and facilities, The houses of Worship, The Watering Places and the Major industries, all of which have played an important role in the development of the city and lives of its people.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticker inside front cover, Mr J Gietz Po Box 1007 Warrnambool Vic 3280.

CLOONAN FAMILY COLLECTION: WEDDING PHOTO

Bendigo Historical Society, Bendigo

Photograph - black and white. Photograph of a wedding, the bride, groom, best man, bridesmaid and probably flower girl. Wedding dress three quarter length. Groom sitting on chair, wearing one white glove on his left hand. Written on the back of photo: Wedding of Will & May Smith? June, 1926.

Photograph - Black and White - William and Sarah Wright

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

3 photos showing the same couple and cottage taken at the same time - .1) Close up black and white photograph of a man wearing a dark suit and light hat and a woman in a dark skirt and cardigan standing beside a car in front of two weatherboard cottages. The man is William Wright and the woman is his wife Sarah. .2) Black and white photograph of a man wearing a dark suit and light hat and a woman in a dark skirt and cardigan standing beside a car in front of two weatherboard cottages. The man is William Wright and the woman is his wife Sarah. .3) Black and white photograph of a man wearing a dark suit and light hat and a woman in a dark skirt and cardigan standing on the front verandah of a weatherboard cottage. The man is William Wright and the woman is his wife Sarah.

Historical information

William Wright was a gold miner and his wife's name was Sarah. They lived at Laura Villa, Smeaton. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. Frank Wright their son was born and attended Smeaton State School and was a renown resident of Smeaton. Frank was tutored by Percy Code and was awarded a gold medal for the highest marks in the ALCM examinations in the British Colonies at the age of seventeen years. He became the Australian Open Cornet Champion by the age of eighteen. A year later, Frank conducted the City of Ballarat Band, and later the Ballarat Soldiers’ Memorial Band. He formed the Frank Wright Frisco Band and Frank Wright and his Coliseum Orchestra. These bands won many South Street awards, and Frank as conductor won many awards in the Australian Band Championship contest. In 1933 Frank Wright sailed to England to conduct the famous St Hilda’s Band and was later appointed Musical Director of the London County Council, where he organized many amazing concerts in parks, in and around the London district. He was made Professor of Brass and Military Band Scoring and conducted at the Guildhall of Music and Drama. Frank was often invited to adjudicate Brass Band Championships around Europe, in Australia, including South Street and in New Zealand. The Frank Wright Medal at the Royal South Street competition is awarded to an individual recognized as making an outstanding contribution to brass music in Australia.

Article - Mary Eveline Nicholson

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse Mary Eveline Nicholson and her service in World War 1.

Bookplate - 'Ex Libris Giverny R.'

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

A dolphin is depicted on the surface of the sea under blue sky and the sun

Historical information

After a quiet period, interest in bookplates in Australia began to increase in the early 1970s, Entrepreneurial art and book collectors such as Edwin Jewell and others commissioned multiple Bookplate designs from a range of well known fine artists. At a 1997 meeting in Melbourne of the Ephemera Society of Australia Edwin Jewell and others announced the formation of the Australian Bookplate Society. The society was instrumental in promoting the art of the bookplate through establishment of the Australian Bookplate Design competition. The competition includes a design award for secondary schools students.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name in pencil on the back Giverny Rodgers

Binder - Summons Notices 2000-2014

Freemasons Victoria - Southern Cross Lodge No. 24 (Maldon), Maldon

Photograph - Colour - Buckley's Cave, Point Lonsdale

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph of William Buckley's Grave on the coastline at Port Lonsdale.

Photograph

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Black and White photograph of the sailing ship Senorita, in harbour. 165 mm x 119 mm SH 265 Ships S.

Photograph

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

North Western Woollen Mills - Framed - Northrop Loom

Cleaver

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Small meat cleaver with metal extension on handle

Book - Wool: An Introduction to Its Properties, Varieties, Uses and Production

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Wool - An Introduction to Its Properties, Varieties, Uses and Production" by W.J. Onions, 1962. Illustrates how science is used in examining fibre structure and properties and has advanced our knowledge of wool, whilst organic chemistry studies explain why 'fibres are fibrous'.

Inscriptions & Markings

With thanks & / compliments / W.J.O.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

VIEW OF ROAD LEADING TO STATION FLAT CLUNES. ANGLICAN CHURCH ON HILL IN BACKGROUND.

Historical information

VIEW OF GRAVEL ROAD FROM CLUNES TOWNSHIP TO STATION FLAT. LOWER PART OF PORT PHILLIP MINE ON LEFT OF PHOTO.

Bottle, glass

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Hexagonal clear amber glass bottle, 1/4 full of liquid with black Bakelite screw top, paper label adhered to bottle. Bottle has 3 plain sides, 2 sides with 'x' stipple pattern either side of a panel with embossed text. Base of bottle with embossed monogram, letters and numerals.

Historical information

TROVE : The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Thursday 22 August 1918 p 6 Article 'Doctors and Lodges. Malvern Medical Association. The friendly societies of Malvern have formed a medical association in connection with the Malvern and District U.F.S. Dispensary. This has been registered as the Malvern and District U.F.S. Medical Association and Dispensary. Practically all the societies have joined it. The committee has appointed as medical officer Dr. J Weir, who is now carrying on the work of the institution. Another doctor is to be appointed shortly to assist him. The committee lately purchased a property in Valetta-street, formerly used by the Church of Christ. Structural alterations have been made, and the business will be transferred from High-street to the new building early in September'. TROVE : The Prahran Telegraph (Vic. : 1889 - 1930) Friday 23 January 1925 p 6 Article 'Malvern Dispensary. ANNUAL REPORT AND BALANCE SHEET. The 16th report and balance sheet for the year ending December 31st last of the Malvern and District U.F.S. Medical Association and Dispensary signed by the president (Mr.Chas. A. W. Smith) has been issued. It is the first annual report since the erection of the new hall and dispensary in Valetta street, and discloses a satisfactory state of affairs. Mr. Smith, who is now a past president of the Dispensary, has been commended on. all sides for the active interest He at all times took in the work of the dispensary, and he has every reason to feel pleased and gratified that the erection of the new building was put in hand and completed during his tenure of office. The enterprise is a credit to the district, and shows that, those associated with friendly societies work in Malvern are imbued with a true progressive spirit. The dispensary is assured of a successful and useful future.........................................'.

Inscriptions & Markings

Embossed on side of bottle 'NOT TO BE TAKEN', '1' (near base). On base of bottle AGM monogram, over 'F1072', over 'M'. Some indistinct embossed characters on edge. Paper label with red printed text and hand writing in blue ink. Red printed text on label 'POISON NOT TO BE TAKEN', handwriting 'Use on a pad for 15 to 30 minutes. Mr. Williams', red printed text 'MALVERN & DISTRICT U.F.S., M.A. & DISPENSARY. H.H. PHILLIPS, Chemist. VALETTA STREET, MALVERN'.

Storage Jar

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Creamy/brown Pottery storage jar with lid .

Inscriptions & Markings

2Q