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Prisoner of War & Internment Camps: Tatura and Rushworth

1 Oct 2018

During the First World War, the theatres of Europe felt worlds away for Australians on the home front. The Second World War’s Pacific stage brought war closer to home. For some Victorian country towns, the repercussions of war arrived right on their doorstep.

Curated By

Alana Bennett Mazzilli, Work experience student, Academy of Mary Immaculate

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Bottle

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

A brown glass quart bottle with inscription etched into the glass. A cork stopper . At the base of the bottle it is inscribed with the following "This bottle is the property of W.J.Gorman Pty Ltd Yarrawonga."

Inscriptions & Markings

"This bottle is the property of W.J.Gorman Pty Ltd Yarrawonga." W.J.Gorman Pty Ltd Merchants Yarrawonga - Imperial Quart.

Book - The Victoria Government Gazette 1853 2 Vol 5

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

The Victoria Government Gazette 1853 2 Vol 5

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Medium sized black and white photograph. Sugarloaf Reservoir pay day / R. Burns, Senior Constable Waters, P. Descrimes, G Robinson and other men grouped around the short-sleeved paymaster / Pay books on trestle table on construction site / Timber chute running down hill beyond men / All men wearing hats.

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

One of two black and white photographs, photocopied onto a single sheet of A4 paper. This one is of construction work on a dam, with scaffolding above a partially completed wall. Water is flowing through several valves in the wall.

Historical information

Photocopies of Hume Weir photographs 1928-29

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on paper next to photo: "Valves etc. at Hume Weir Oct '29"

Newspaper Clipping - History comes home

Greensborough Historical Society,

Newspaper clipping, text and photographs.

Historical information

Local newspaper article about a social history exhibition at Bundoora Homestead in 2014. The exhibition traces the history of Bundoora Homestead as Bundoora Repatriation Hospital from the 1920s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on clipping DV Leader 15-10-2014

Leaflet - Maritime Museums of Victoria

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Program Photos Reviews Newsletter Poster Articles - Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward by arrangement with Origin Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French Ltd directed by Wendy Drowley

Heidelberg Theatre Company Inc.., Rosanna

toiletry kit

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

An every-day toiletry kit issued by the Air Force . It is a brown leather zippered case. It contains a mirror, shoelaces, a razor blade, an oblong container, a clothes brush, a hair brush, two cylindrical containers and a metal soap container with rounded corners.

Historical information

This kit belonged to Roy Basil Cope an Orbost jeweller. He was in the Air Force. Roy was an instrument maker in the air force. He was born on 14 Aug 1907 at Korumburra, Victoria, Australia and died in 1985 at Orbost. He was married to Emily Ruth Powell who was born in Orbost in 1907. .

Inscriptions & Markings

On the fornt of the brown leather zippered case is R.B.C. 41738 made in England

Postcards

Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc, Caulfield

post cards, 3

Historical information

This item is part of the Thomas Caine Tool Collection, owned by The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and curated by the Hand Tools Preservation Association of Australia.

Postcard

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Coloured Postcard of S S Christian Radich being escorted through the Caribbean by United States Navy. (SH 054 [1] Ships C - E)

BOOK - Re Establishment Benefits for National Servicemen

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Green cardboard covered book, 22 pages listing 20 points for servicemen in the move back into civilian life.

Historical information

Issued to Wayne Forbes 3176337 1 Field Sqd RAE. Refer 754 for service history also 2586.

Drawing - red ink on paper - Street in Ballarat, 1954

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Banner - Traralgon SS 3584

Grey Street Primary School, Traralgon , Traralgon

framed photograph - Orbost From "Grandview"

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A black/white photograph in a frame. The frame has a stand. The frame is card padded over a metal frame. It is covered in plastic. The photograph is of the Orbost flats with the river and the town in the background.

Historical information

This photograph was taken from Grandview overlooking the Orbost flats.

Inscriptions & Markings

in white - "Orbost From "Grandview"

Document - Rules and Constitution for an Arts Council for Ballarat, c1963

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

Two double sided typed pages.

Plane

Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc, Caulfield

plane, wood, moulding, side bead 3/4" no 6

Historical information

This item is part of the Thomas Caine Tool Collection, owned by The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and curated by the Hand Tools Preservation Association of Australia.

Photo - Hamilton.W.T. - Mr. W.T.Hamilton,Learmonth ANA Branch N0 75, 1912.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Black and white photo,(oval),is of Mr. W.T. Hamilton.It is set in a brown woodgrain look mount and is surounded by decorative features painted in white. His name and position held is inscribed at the base of photo.It is in the fourth row and third from right and is part of a collection of photos showing all 1912 members of the Learmonth ANA Branch No 75.

Historical information

In 1912 Mr. W.T.Hamilton was a serving member of the Learmonth ANA Branch No 75,and held the position of Auditor.

Significance

This photo is a section of the original collection of photos showing all 1912 members of the Learmonth ANA Branch No75.

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.

Block

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

3 sheave metal block and hook bolted to sides of block.

Gouache Painting - Hospital Suite, Foot and Flowers

The Dunmoochin Foundation, Cottles Bridge

Painting depicting a male leg and foot with patterned pajamas and wires attached with hospital table and bouquet of white flowers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed (L.r) 'Clifton 6.10.77'.

Book - Australian wool classing: a text for the modern professional

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Australian wool classing: a text for the modern professional" - Australian Wool Corporation, 1990. Includes Code of Practice for the preparation of the Australian wool clips July 1989, Woolclasser registration scheme terms and conditions of registration.

Photograph - Sir Rohan Delacombe meeting members of the Shillinglaw Cottage Preservation Society, 19 September 1973.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Shire of Eltham

Significance

This photo forms part of a collection of photographs gathered by the Shire of Eltham for their centenary project book,"Pioneers and Painters: 100 years of the Shire of Eltham" by Alan Marshall (1971). The collection of over 500 images is held in partnership between Eltham District Historical Society and Yarra Plenty Regional Library (Eltham Library) and is now formally known as the 'The Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph Collection.' It is significant in being the first community sourced collection representing the places and people of the Shire's first one hundred years.

Domestic Item

Nhill & District Historical Society Inc., Nhill

First Flour Bag of Lowan Whole Foods

Sewing Kit

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small complimentary sewing kit supplied by Sheraton Motor Hotel, Spring St., Melbourne. Sewing items contained plastic "bag" which is stapled to folder of card. Contents:buttons pins, safety pins and threads

Photograph - Annie May Medhurst [as infant]

Greensborough Historical Society,

2 photographs of infant Annie May Medhurst. Smaller photo is a studio portrait of child sitting in hay. Larger photo is a postcard of infant sitting on small chair.

Historical information

Studio portraits of Annie May Medhurst as an infant.

Significance

Annie May was born into the Medhurst family and later married into the Partington family, both pioneer Greensborough families.

Inscriptions & Markings

Small photo, front: Allan 270 Smith Street Collingwood. On backAnnie May Medhurst (Partington) 1884-1965. Faye's G'mother Larger photo, back: Annie May Partington. Auntie Dolly. Melinda's G.Grandmother.

Equipment Small Pack

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Pattern 37 Small Side Pack

Historical information

WW2 Service

Inscriptions & Markings

VX 35006 BHCL 1941

Photograph - High Jump Olinda Sports Carnival 1909

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Scene from the Easter Monday Olinda Sports Carnival in 1909 with Alan Dodd clearing the high jump bar and Ernie Schneider standing to the left of the bar. The descriptive text on the reverse of this photograph was hand written by John Lundy-Clarke.

Inscriptions & Markings

1909 Alan Dodd clearing the bar. Ernie Schneider to the left of the bar.

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Slazenger Royal Cup, wood/fibre composite squash racquet, with string whipping around shoulders, and cotton handle grip still sealed in original plastic wrap. Materials: Wood, Fibre, Ink, Cotton, Nylon, Plastic, String, Adhesive tape, Bamboo

000155 Photograph - Ripple II - R Young

Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch

Photograph - Phyllis Mactier

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Phyllis Mactier and ?

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Part of set of 53 photographs taken of exterior and interior of Godfrey Hirst Ltd Mill.

CERTIFICATE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Discharge Certificate No 21266 re TX4672 Pte Flood, Harold Douglas 2/29 Battalion, POB Cygnet Tasmania .2) Poor quality photo of Pte Flood.

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Colour photograph of a large piece of machinery inside a building

Historical information

This photograph is a view from the lower side of the stamper, showing amalgam table, box and stampers. This is one of a series of photographs of the Rutherglen Gold Battery. The battery's purpose was to crush quartz from nearby quartz reefs and extract gold from within. The battery was erected in 1908 and consists of a five-head battery, Wilfrey table, Bergin pan, portable steam engine and shed. The battery was restored in 2011/12 and can be viewed daily between 9.00am and 5.00pm. See website for details.

Prospectus

National Wool Museum, Geelong

HONOUR BOARD - They Died for King and Country

Kyneton RSL Sub Branch, Kyneton

Wooden Honour Board with gold lettering , three panels, largest with three columns, two outer panels have one column, with oblong, bronze small plaque underneath.

Historical information

The names entered on the Honour Board were selected from enlistments in WW1 who were born in Kyneton.

Significance

This Honour Board commemorates those servicemen who enlisted from the Kyneton district and made the supreme sacrifice for their country.

Inscriptions & Markings

Enlistments from the Kyneton District who died as a result of active service in WW1. Inscription on brass plaque below the Honour board reads: Presented by Miss LENNON of the CLUB HOTEL, 23 Feb 1922 Unveiled by Lt. Colonel Geoff HURRY DSO, MHR 11 Nov 1923 Plaque below the board reads: GRUNDY & CO Brunswick

Book - Non Fiction History - Honour Roll - South Africa 1899 - 1902 Albury-Wodonga and District Residents Who Served In The Boer War

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

This book has a bright red soft cover and is bound with bright yellow tape. There is a drawing of two Australian soldiers on the front, one on horseback

Historical information

Historical information of soldiers from the Albury-Wodonga district who fought in the Boer War in South Africa 1899 - 1902. In 1996 the then curator for the 8/13 VMR Museum, the Hon Colonel John Neale, commissioned the author to research a group of returned servicemen and women from the Boer War and had lived within 100 km radius of the Albury/Wodonga townships.The Boer War was the second war in South Africa and was the result of heavy taxes and non voting rights of the local white Boer population. Colonial forces including the Australian Light Horse contingent where called upon by England to overthrow the rebellion. This War was the first engagement of Australian troops fighting on foreign soil.

Significance

This Honour Roll details the pay rates, the battle highlights, weapons used and maps covering the first Australian contingent of soldiers who fought in the Transvaal (Boer War).. Listed are the names of those soldiers who lived within 100klms of Albury and Wodonga.The soldiers are listed by Location, Rank, Initial,Name and Unit. The significance of both the War and those who served in it is two fold. Firstly it demonstrates that the tie between the Colonial outreaches of England's Empire to "the Motherland" were extremely strong at this point in time. This union remained strong up until the middle of World War II when England could not help Australia to defend itself against possible invasion by Japan. The alliance between Australia and the United States of America replaced the British/Australian pact. Secondly the attitude of, and the high degree of horsemanship of those from the Albury and Wodonga area. The degree of adaptability, by these servicemen, to suit the environment in which they fought provided the first real insight into the Australian psyche "of those living and surviving on the harsh Australian outback"

Inscriptions & Markings

Author's complimentary inscription "To Mount Beauty Museum with compliments" signed Ian R Docking

Advertising Leaflet - 1 Ardmore Court Macleod

Greensborough Historical Society,

Real estate advertising leaflet, 1 sheet, printed in colour both sides

Historical information

1 Ardmore Court Macleod. 3 bedroom home, sold October 2010 for $695,000

Photograph - Snow on currant bushes at Kamanange

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Snow on currant bushes at the Robinson family property Kamanange in Scenic Cres. Kalorama.

Photograph- West Sydney

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This photograph is part of the West Sydney Collection which depicts the period around Second World War in Australia from the perspective of a young unknown woman.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mary, Mum, me 1936 Valerie Studios C12 Hr Majesty's Arcade Sydney

Brent's Bathgate House, Rotorua'.

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

B/w card advertising 'Brent's Bathgate House, Rotorua'. Front has pictures depicting N.Z. Reverse - typed description of accomodation.

Book - The Explorers - Printed 1978 by Time-Life Books

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

The Explorers - Printed 1978 by Time-Life Books

Book - Selections from the poetical works of Robert Browning

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled 'Cowes Free Public Library', 'Phillip Island Historical Society, Cleeland Bequest'.

Projectile, Practice

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

P.I.A.T. practice projectile. 380mm x 85mm, tin, 4 tail fins surrounded by metal band band 80mm diameter, cylindrical shaft 190mm length 30mm diameter housing propellent, explosive housing 380mm diameter, 190mm from top of shaft to detonator cap.

Inscriptions & Markings

Yellow band half way up explosive housing signifying practice round. "INERT" on explosive housing. "LOT 532" on tail fin "H&S" on tail fin

Saw

Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc, Caulfield

saw, rip, 28"

Historical information

This item is part of the Thomas Caine Tool Collection, owned by The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and curated by the Hand Tools Preservation Association of Australia.

Camberwell City RSL Roll of Honour

Camberwell RSL Sub-Branch., Camberwell

Marble and Bronze Plaque listing the 187 Camberwell and district residents who died in WW1 between 1914-1918.

Inscriptions & Markings

187 names listed

000327 - Photograph - 1978 - Inverloch - beach end of Pymble Avenue showing backwater - N Durham

Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch

Tray Cover

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Tray Cover, elliptical in shape with scalloped crochet edge, white with white floral embroidery, From the 'Chamberlain Dale Lees Collection'

Historical information

In the Words of donor, Betty Stone , … “These crocheted and embroidered articles cover a period of three generations- ie. Sarah (nee Chamberlain) Lees, Ann (nee Lees) Dale, and Daisy Elvena (nee Dale) Welsh. All three were accomplished needlewomen; also, both Sarah Lees (born 1844) and her daughter, Ann (b 1865) crocheted a wide variety of articles for use in their homes. A few examples of these items have survived the years.” Baby's Crocheted Bonnet - This finely crocheted bonnet was made by Sarah (nee Chamberlain) Lees and is at least one hundred years old. Due to the condition of the original ribbon ties, they have been replaced with new ribbon. Table Runner with insertions, Tray cover and various Doylies, sauce bottle covers etc. - These articles were made by Sarah Lees or her daughter Ann (nee Lees) Dale. Pair of Embroidered Pillow Shams, and various embroidered mats - These items were made by my mother Daisy (nee Dale) Welsh. (NOTE: For additional information please refer to my book Pioneer and Places- A History of Three Warrnambool Pioneering Families ie. Chamberlain, Dale and Lees families)

Significance

This item is associated with families of Chamberlain, Dale and Lees. These families are listed in the "Pioneers' Register" for Warrnambool Township and Shire, 1835-1900, published by A.I.G.S. Warrnambool Branch.

Tea Towel - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 Centenary

Greensborough Historical Society,

Linen tea towel, bright blue with sketch of Greensborough Primary School in black.

Historical information

Created to celebrate the Greensborough Primary School centenary in 1979, this tea towel is decorated with a sketch of the original school house which is still standing on the site.

Significance

A piece of memorabilia in mint condition (never used).

Inscriptions & Markings

Greensborough Centenary stencilled on item.

Photograph - Diamond Street Bridge, Eltham, c. August 1977

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Poster - Costumes of Europe in Wool- Holland

National Wool Museum, Geelong

"Costumes of Europe in Wool- Holland" - Dept of Education, International Wool Secretariat, part of the "Costumes of Europe in Wool" Series.

Historical information

"Costumes of Europe in Wool- Holland" - Dept of Education, International Wool Secretariat, part of the "Costumes of Europe in Wool" Series

Inscriptions & Markings

Prepared by the Department of Education, International Wool Secretariat, Dorland House, 18-20 Regent St London

A Lady's Visit To The Gold Diggings Of Australia in 1852 - 1853

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

A first-edition of the diary, written on the spot by Mrs. (Ellen) Charles Clacy. Hardcover book, dark brown with embossed decorative front and back covers. On the spine the title is written in Gold lettering, as is the publisher's name. Also there is a figure of Gold of a Miner cradling.

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