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Making and Using Transport on the Goldfields

28 Mar 2018

Ballarat’s coachbuilding industry and horse-drawn transport, as depicted in Victorian cultural collections.

Curated By

Carissa Goudey, Historian, Sovereign Hills Museums Association

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Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1965

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

White soft cover with black drawings on front cover, 92 pages including advertisements.

Historical information

Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1965 Let Stalk Strine, Principal's Page, Diplomas Conferred 1965, Prizes Presented, Ne Pas Classique, "Camping Daze", "The Civilising Influences of Mining", Jigging in Beds, The Srurrile, Man's Neurotic Flaw, Philosophy of Games, The Sporting Pages, School Council, Members of Staff, Roll Call 1965

Book

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book: 'How To Play Tennis'. 174 pages. Hardcover. Fourth edition (first published 1933). Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard

Book - The Popular Encyclopaedia Vol 12

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

The Popular Encyclopaedia Vol 12 Edited by Charles Annandale Publisher Blackie & Son Ltd Date 1885

Hook

National Wool Museum, Geelong

A small metal hooked tool for the "Beehive" benchtop sock knitting machine.

Historical information

A small metal hooked tool for the "Beehive" benchtop sock knitting machine.

Image - Survey Tree, Jacks Road

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Colour photograph of the remains of a survey tree, concreted into the ground

Historical information

Original blazed survey tree was removed and then replaced by Gas Workers

Inscriptions & Markings

Survey marks on tree blaze

School Report Card (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1962 and 1964 Reports

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of school report

Historical information

Greensborough State School reports for Noel Constantine, 1962, Grade 4A and 1964,Grade 6A.

Microscope rulings, 7 with box

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

7 flat discs (battery like) with diffraction gratings (55.1-55.7). surface rectangular rulings extend mostly 15mm . stored in specially converted metal hinged cigarette box (55.8) with wooden compartments

Photograph - Opening of the Kew Elder Citizens Clubrooms at Southesk, 1956

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Framed photograph.

Historical information

The orthodox version of the origins and history of the Kew Elder(ly) Citizens’ Association was established by Cr. W. D. Vaughan in his book Kew’s Civic Century (1960), when he wrote that: "When Mrs. C. H. Simpson was Mayoress in 1952 she set up the Elderly Citizens’ Association to care for the needs of ages persons in Kew. The idea was strongly supported and a start was made by providing social afternoons for elderly folk at Southesk. Visiting sick people in their homes, providing firewood where needed, and other activities were undertaken by the Association. The aid of Council was sought to further the work. It was decided that a social unit for elderly folk be established at Southesk." (p.126-7). In the following pages, he describes in detail Council’s role in formally establishing the Association. This ‘official’ version was reasserted in the later Thematic Environmental History of the City of Boroondara (2012). However the origins and gestation of community of organisations is rarely straightforward. In 1965, five years after Vaughan’s book was published, the author of East Kew Women’s Club : Twenty Years : 20-7-1945-30-7-1965, writing about the period July 1947 to July 1950, described the role the Club played in establishing the Kew Elder Citizens Association. The author wrote: "At a meeting of the Kew Community Aid, the plight of many elderly people in Kew who were dependent on pensions was raised and in order to ascertain their needs the practice was begun of serving morning tea at the Masonic Hall in Walpole Street, where pensions were then paid. From this beginning the Kew Elder Citizens Association was formed in Kew with wide support, and Club members gave willing support on the committee, in helping serve afternoon tea and in entertainment." (p.4) Photographic evidence also leads to questions about Vaughan’s version of events. A framed photograph in the Society’s Collection shows a Public Meeting to form the Kew Elder Citizens Association in a room at Southesk a year earlier in 1951. Whatever version of the origins of the Association is correct, a later framed photograph in the Society’s collection shows the opening of the completed Clubrooms of the Kew Elder Citizens at South Esk by the Hon. E.P. Cameron M.L.C, Minister of Health, on 12 November 1956. The Association is still active in Kew and is currently located at Hamer Court, opposite the Boroondara General (Kew) Cemetery in High Street, Kew.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘Opening of the Kew Elder Citizens Clubrooms “South Esk” by the Hon. E.P. Cameron M.L.C, Minister of Health, 12.11.1956. Cr. W.A. Comeadow O.B.E., J.P. (Mayor).’

Photograph - Colour - Electricity Workers

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Two colour photographs showing two men in a cherry picker working an electricity poles on the corner of South Street and Armstrong Street South, Ballarat.

Record Book - Warrnambool Lighthouse Register of Meteorological Observations 1902 Jan

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Warrnambool Lighthouse Register of Meteorological Observations 1902 Jan

Book - The library dictionary of the Eng language

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a hard cover book of 974 pages. The cover is green with embossed patterning and lettering on the front cover and gold lettering on the spine. The book has a Preface, a Contents page, the Dictionary entries and an Appendix. There are many illustrations, from engravings on wood, scattered throughout the text. The cloth binding is coming loose and there are several loose pages. The last page is missing. The inscriptions are written in pencil and in blue ink and there are red stamps of John Brass. The cover is stained and faded.

Historical information

This dictionary belonged to John Brass, an early settler in South Warrnambool. He owned several block of land and operated a lighterage business with John Young. As a lighterman and boatman he was well-known in Warrnambool. He was drowned in March 1895 while attempting to cross a temporary foot bridge across the Merri River. His house (probably in Stanley Street) was built in 1868 and remained as an interesting example of a lighterman’s cottage until1974. The dictionary probably became the property of W. Macdonald after John Brass’ death. No information has been found on this W. Macdonald.

Significance

This book is of interest as it belonged to John Brass, an important early settler in South Warrnambool.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘John Brass, South Warrnambool, Victoria, Aust- 1893’ ‘June 5 x 6 x 93’ ‘J.Brass, Jetty’ Stamps – ‘John Brass, South Warrnambool’ ‘W.J. Macdonald, Moyston, Dec.23-11-95’ ‘W.J.McDonald’

Image - Daylesford New Years Eve Parade Poster, 2017

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

PDF of the 2017 Daylesford New Years Eve Celebration

Historical information

The 2017 New Years Eve celebration was project managed by Anne E. Stewart.

Framed Certificate

Wangaratta Urban Fire Brigade, Wangaratta

certificate of appreciation to the 'brigade' from the rural city of Wangaratta council

Colour photograph - Lake Bolac township. 1963.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

Historical information

Crossroads at Lake Bolac, 1963. Junction of the Ballarat/Hamilton and Ararat/Mortlake roads. Starting centre left, the large building on the south-east side of the Ballarat road is Goodall's garage. Next door is the original Bush Nursing centre, then Dalgety's, the Bakery, the Milkbar and on the corner is the Bank of New South Wales building, Elder's, Green's drapery shop and the Lake Bolac Memorial Hall. On the traffic island in front of the Hall is the War Memorial and across the Woorndoo road is the Hotel (with the maroon roof) with stables behind. Across the road again is the Stanbury's General Store with their large warehouse behind.

Postcard: Murray Views No. 26. City Hall and Sturt Street, Ballarat. Vic.

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

The black/white photograph shows Sturt Street looking south west towards the Town Hall. There are trams and cars in the street and quite large numbers of people walking. The Town Hall is the focal point of the picture and the National Mutual still has its dome.

Photograph - G.O.R Annual Passenger Service Pass Nov 30 1936

Lorne Historical Society, Lorne

Photograph of Passenger Annual Pass for year ending 30th November 1936

Uniform Complete

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

Army Poly uniform RAAMC Lance Corporal, service ribbon, shirt (U595) , trousers & belt (U222) , lanyard (U050), Defence Service ribbon

Book - Guide to writing languages of the Kimberley

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Includes notes on pronunciation, South Kimberley orthography, and an inventary of orthographies. Has small black and white illustrations.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maps, b&w illustrations, tables

Video - Maldon - Magical Marvelous Magnificent

Maldon Brass Band Inc., Maldon

Published on May 9, 2017 Visit the magical historic town of Maldon, declared Australia's first notable town by the National Trust of Australia. Home to remarkable shops and bustling with events throughout the year, Maldon retains an old world feel that was imprinted in Victoria's Gold Rush. Drone footage courtesy of Graham Hosking. With thanks to: Mount Alexander Shire Maldon Inc. Mr. Peter Thompson Maldon Twilight Dinner Maldon Brass Band Maldon Easter Fair and the wonderful people of Maldon.

Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs

Russian Welfare Society, Dandenong

This award is a compilation of a certificate (Item no. 00006A) and a medal (Item no. 00006B). The award has a gold coloured decorative frame with a navy blue background. The medal is bronze with a small descriptive plaque beneath it. It is mounted on a blue velvet background.

Historical information

This award was presented to the Russian Welfare Society on 10 December 2003

Significance

This Award is recognition of the service the Society has provided to the Victorian community.

Inscriptions & Markings

Certificate (00006A): "Victoria's Аward for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs - Award for Meritorious Service in the Community awarded to St John of Kronstadt Russian Welfare Society Inc" It is signed by the Hon. Steve Bracks MP, Premier of Victoria and George Lekakis, Chairman of the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Medal: "Government of Victoria Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs - Meritorious Service Award" Plaque: "Awarded to St John of Kronstadt Russian Welfare Society December 10, 2003"

Book - A Starritt Family History

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tan linen finish cover. Cream letters Cream back cover.

Historical information

A record of Starrit family going back to 1864 and early origins in 16th Centure in Ireland and Australia

Cobalt Potassium Sulphate With Overgrowth Of Zinc Potassium Sulphate

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Artwork - [Treed Landscape] by David Alexander, 1981

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

A framed oil painting depicting an Australian bushscape. Gift of David Alexander, 2013

Australian Juvenile Industrial Exhibition Certificate

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Certificate from Australian Juvenile Industrial Exhibition Ballarat. Issued to Harold Welch for attending lessons in the kindergarten May 29th 1891. Large paper sheet with brown paper pasted to help support it. Design in soft grey shading with gold trim, features Ballarat Railway Station, Alfred Hall, Ballarat Coat Of Arms

Document - Internment of New Guinea Germans in Tatura.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue plastic folder

Historical information

Article by Christine Winter taken from internet

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Rawlings, John Newcombe, 'The Mark of A Pro' tennis racquet, for young players, with string whipping around shoulders and shaft, and leather handle grip with quatrefoil perforations. Rawlings logo features across base of head. Model name features across throat and along shaft. Rawlings red, black and white 'R' trademark features on lower shaft, and black 'R' on butt cap. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Plastic, Adhesive tape, Paint, Leather, String

Book - Otway Bush Humour.

Otway Districts Historical Society, Beech Forest

Otway Bush Humour. Carmen Koper. 1st ed. No imprint. vi, 54 p.; illus. Soft cover.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed. "Carmen Koper. Just like old times."

Brush

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Wire brush from Collins Mill.

Negative - The School Grounds

Deaf Children Australia, Melbourne

B&W negative of the Bluestone school building on St. Kilda rd. with the school grounds in front

Historical information

597 St. Kilda Road was built in 1866 and still exists today along with future additions.

Significance

An historic bluestone building of the 1860's that still houses the organisation for which it was built.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of George R. Campbell in Army uniform in front of an Army hut. Colours of two medals on left above pocket.

Historical information

George Campbell was generous lender and donor and great assistance and guidance for the Tatura Museum.

Photograph - Isle of Wight Fire

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia photographs or the Isle of Wight Hotel fire showing gateway - 2 pines and railed fence. Two identical photographs. Fire 23/4/1925

Historical information

One of a collection of photographs taken by Jessie Smith ("girlie") of San Remo, who owned the Penguin Cafe in Thompson Avenue, Cowes, Phillip Island.

Nurse Graduation, 1949, Ballarat Base Hospital

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League,

Photo - black & white

Historical information

Nurse Graduation, 1949, Ballarat Base Hospital

Significance

Early graduation of nurses. All names supplied

Bottle, glass.

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Rectangular bottle of clear blue tinted glass with text embossed onto three sides.

Inscriptions & Markings

'ORIENTAL HAIR TONIC', 'LANMAN & KEMP', 'NEW YORK'.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Chicory being picked by hand after the chicory had been loosened in the ground by Tractor and rip blade through a row of the crop. this was on Audrey McFee's farm.

Historical information

Photograph taken by Herald & Weekly Times, showing Malcolm McFee, Robert Bruce, Robert Eddy at work. Chicory was first grown on Phillip island in 1870. It was used in coffee essence and for medicinal purposes.

Carnival Hat (Karnavalsmuts)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Decorative hat made of a silky material in green, orange, purple and cream, finished off with wavelike band and brown koala at front of hat (see picture - also see items 6351 and 6353).

Historical information

Carnival is an important annual event in the Southern Provinces of The Netherlands with each village often having its own Carnival Club and traditions. The Dutch People from the Southern Provinces continued in many cases this tradition and formed their regional Carnavals Clubs in Australia. Each Carnaval Club has a Council of Eleven with its own colourful uniform, including a hat. There is a variety of hats for the various roles within the committee and club.

Significance

For people from the Southern Provinces of the Netherlands Carnival is an important cultural event.

Inscriptions & Markings

Has the name "Tony" on the inside

Artwork

Vision Australia,

1 art original in old gold frame

Historical information

Framed portrait of Malcolm Daubney who was President of Vision Australia Foundation 1999-2002. It is part of a series of paintings commissioned by the AFB/VAF Board to commemorate the work of past presidents of the organisation. Mr Daubney wears a navy suit, pale blue shirt and navy blue Kiwi tie. Mr Malcolm Daubney has worked closely with blind and vision impaired people for many years. In the 1980s Mr Daubney was “volunteered” by John Wicking to the Vision Australia’s Kooyong Committee. Shortly after his appointment he was posted to Singapore for business, where he served on the committee of the Singapore Association for the Blind for five years. Upon his return he rejoined the Kooyong Branch Committee. Later he was appointed to the Vision Australia Board of which he was President from 1999 to 2002, and then Chief Executive Officer from 2002-2005.

Inscriptions & Markings

The plaque at the base of the painting reads 'Mr Malcolm Daubney / President 1999-2002 / Vision Australia Foundation'.

Document

Nhill & District Historical Society Inc., Nhill

Frank Davis -Letter Vic Auto Chamber of Commerce

Sr McGregor, Sr McLeod, Dr Sanderson, Dr Gerard, Sr Earle, Sr Slater - Operating Theatre, c.1913

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League,

Photos

School Photograph (digital image) - Briar Hill Primary School BH4341 1992 Grade 4 T

Greensborough Historical Society,

Digital copy of colour school photo

Historical information

Group photo of Briar Hill State School 1992 Grade 4 T

WHISTLE

Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

Pea whistle from a Survival Kit RAAF & RAF

Historical information

The whistle belonged to Arthur Cowley No 50704, 462 Sqd RAAF. Refer 354.5, 343.3, 344.3, 346, 411P, 416.

Inscriptions & Markings

Side One "293/14/ 1795" Side Two "A.M Symbol of a Crown 23/230"

Stencil: CCOT (Collingwood College of TAFE) 1980s

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Rectangular cardboard stencil with the letters 'C.C. TAFE' which has been inked in red.

Framed picture

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Black matt painted oval frame with scalloped edge and floral decoration. Picture of 1900s+ woman singing wearing long skirt with jacket and hat. Black and white photograph.

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Dunlop 'Power Extra Long' oversize tennis racquet. Materials: Aluminium/Metal, Composite Materials, Synthetic material, Ink, Adhesive tape, Nylon, Plastic, Rubber, Paint

Kitchenware - Clever Dick [citrus juicer]

Greensborough Historical Society,

Small funnel for juicing citrus fruits, clear plastic with yellow plastic lid. In original cellophane package with instructions attached.

Historical information

The 'Clever Dick' is a small funnel for juicing citrus fruits, clear plastic with yellow plastic lid. In original cellophane package with instructions attached. The label claims that the product will keep lemons fresh until all juice is removed or seal is broken.

Significance

An example of mid 20th century kitchen gadget.

Plan - Shire of Bungaree

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

Plan of the Shire of Bungaree. Scale is 1 inch to 1 mile with the total distance approximately 40 miles. Includes Gong Gong Reservoir, Kirks Reservoir, White Swan Reservoir, Wilson's Reservois and Moorabool Reservoir.

Historical information

The former Shire of Bungaree is now part of Moorabool Shire.

Inscriptions & Markings

Purple line in purple pencil indictaes suggested scenic tour of the Bungaree Shire

Painting: Piers BATEMAN (b.1947, Perth - d.2015, NSW) - Blackboys

Nillumbik Shire Council,

Oil on canvas painting. Detail of three grass trees resting on the side of a mountain/hill. Green and gold palette throughout depicting the colours and light of the Australian landscape.

Historical information

Piers Bateman was a local artist, held in very high esteem by his peers and community. He was born in Perth in 1947, moving to Eltham in 1955 as a young child with his family. In 1966 Bateman moved to London for eighteen months to develop his craft. In 1969 he settled in St Andrews, where he built a studio. The St Andrews locale is said to have been a strong influence on his work. Bateman’s talent was such that he was promoted and mentored by such ilk as Charles Blackman, Clifton Pugh and Arthur Boyd, among others. Bateman’s work is an intimate dialogue with the environment, renowned for his paintings of the outback, wilderness frontiers and the sea. He spent a year in the mid-seventies sailing the Greek Islands and the French canals to Amsterdam. In 1980 Bateman and Marcus Skipper embarked on a trans-Australian venture to the red centre and across northern Australia from Cairns to Broome. In the mid-eighties Bateman returned to the Mediterranean, before returning to the Australian outback in the late-eighties. His international career continued on an upwards trajectory between the Australian outback and European seas, providing a unique contrast throughout the course of his career. Bateman's work questions our relationship with the natural world, and in particular, reconciling our colonial heritage with our indigenous past. This line of questioning and his genuine response to place is the key to Piers Bateman’s work, for which he is lauded and celebrated. On September 4th 2015, Piers Bateman died in a boating accident on the NSW coast line.

Significance

Piers Bateman was an instinctive painter whose inspiration came from nature. He reworked and scraped off the paint, moving it around until forms and colours of the landscape took shape. Although Bateman lived in Spain and Italy, his time in Europe made him aware of the contrast between the two continents and the bright clear light that defined the Australian landscape. At the time of this work, Bateman was living in St. Andrews, but travelled regularly to New South Wales and South Australia on painting trips. The ‘Grass Tree’ Xanthorrhoea johnsonii (commonly known as ‘blackboy’) is indigenous to these areas. It is a uniquely Australian, slow growing plant with twenty-eight species growing within Australia. Old examples of this tree are survivors of many wild fires, which can cause their blackened trunk, of one to two metres, branch into two or more heads. These heads consist of thick, rough corky bark, surrounded by long, wiry leaves and flowers that produce seed capsules with hard black seeds. The tree’s ability to be one of the first to flower after a wild fire ensures a food source for many insects and birds.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written, low right in capitals: 'BATEMAN'

Booklet - The Defence Military Training Pamphlet No 3 1943

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

Soft covered booklet issued as guidance of formation and higher commanders regarding the doctrine and rules of modern defence for sub-unit commanders

Inscriptions & Markings

Restricted

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson 'T3000' metal tennis racquet, with double shaft; metal shaft bridge; red plastic shaft casing featuring 'W' logo and silver whipping. Model name printed on metal adhesive label fitted to shaft bridge. Handle wrapped with brown leather. Net anchored to metal wire wrapped around head frame. Red plastic butt cap with white label featuring manufacturer's 'W' logo in red. Materials: Metal, Plastic, Adhesive tape, Nylon, Adhesive label, Leather, String

Book

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book: 'Glory's Net'. 296 pages. Hardcover. No edition information (Copyright 1930). Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard

Photograph - 33 Susan Street, Eltham, 15 July 2009

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

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