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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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LACE TRIM

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Length white lace trim with selvidged edge and scalloped edge with picots at outer edge. Undulating pattern on net ground. Machine made.

Historical information

The names of the Amess women who owned the lace are: Jane Amess (nee Straughan) – donor Unity’s great grandmother (pet name Janet, but not used as it will confuse with Unity’s mother). Jane was the wife of Samuel Amess, first Samuel Amess to own Churchill Island. Frances Amess (nee Turnbull) – grandmother, married Robert Lisle Straughan Amess, 4th child of Samuel and Jane Janet Jickell (nee Amess) – mother, 2nd of two children of Robert and Francis, married James Jickell Unity Mary Bright (nee Jickell) was the donor, 2nd of two children of Robert and Francis.

Significance

The Amess family owned Churchill Island from 1872 to 1929

Tongs

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Blacksmiths Round Nose Tongs, metal, Forged steel, Length 33cm.

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Three-page, single-sided letter on unlined paper (0364a1-a3) written to Allan dated 10/12/47. The letter is from Seus Somberg, on board H.M.Tylgia, at sea, with airmail envelope (0364.b).

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

"Hello Allan! . . . . . . .Your old shipmate Seus Somberg".

Women's Clothing - Cape

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Black silk chiffon or georgette fitted evening cape, entirely covered in silver metal rectangles and black sequins. The cape gives the appearance of being joined at the front, however it is made in one piece. The cape has open scalloped sections bordering the lower band of silver metal rectangles. The cape was owned and worn by Doris Mercy Bennett (nee Willmott) [1896-1980], and donated to the Society by her grandaughter.

Historical information

Doris Mercy Willmott was born in May 1896 in Stamford Hill, London, the eldest of three daughters of Albert and Minnie Willmott. The family lived in various parts of north London until the beginning of the First World War, when they moved to Redhill in Surrey. It was in Redhill that Doris met her future husband, Frederick John (Jack) Bennett. Jack had met Eric Mercy, a cousin of Minnie’s, in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and visited the Wilmotts with him whilst on leave from France. Although Jack Bennett returned to Melbourne in March 1919, he and Doris continued to correspond and they were engaged in March 1923. She came to Melbourne on her own, and was married in the Congregational Church in Canterbury on 23 December 1923. By 1931 Doris and Jack and their three sons - John Willmott, Winfield Robert Curtis and Peter Reginald Dane - moved to 21 Tooronga Road, Hawthorn but moved back to his father’s home, Therapia, 2 (now 6) Hepburn Street, Auburn, shortly before his father’s death. In 1937, the Bennett family moved back to the United Kingdom, spending the war years in Uxbridge and Torquay. The family returned to Melbourne in October 1946, after the deaths of Doris’ parents. The family lived at 12 Stanhope Grove, Camberwell and 51 The Ridge, Canterbury before Jack died in February 1952. After this Doris moved to 12 Stanley Grove, Canterbury, her home until c. 1970 when she moved to 25 Corhampton Road, North Balwyn. She died in May 1980 in Princeton Nursing Home, 3 Bellett Street, Camberwell. (Adapted from notes provided by Sue Barnett, the donor).

Significance

The collection of evening clothes owned and worn by Doris Mercy Bennett, of which this item is one, date from the 1930s and may have been purchased in Australia or in the United Kingdom. Each of the items, apart from the evening dress, which has a few minor tears in the lace, is of fine quality and evidences Doris Bennett’s love of glamour and style. While the evening dress and the mantilla are of the same fabric, the two capes might have been worn with the dress as alternative fashion accessories. None of the items has a maker’s mark, however each displays evidence of fine dressmaking skills. It is however probable that the two fitted capes were commercially made.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Audio CD - Beyond the bars 8 : 3CR's prison broadcasts : NAIDOC week 2011

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

The CD is the 8th in a series of prison broadcast productions. The Beyond the Bars 8 broadcasts took place in NAIDOC week 2011. Includes interviews, songs, poems, messages from Indigenous inmates at Port Phillip Prison, Fulham Correctional Centre, Barwon Prison, Marngoneet Correctional Centre and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre. Program Coordinator Meg Butler; production assistance Elanor McInerney; project coordination support Juliet Fox.

Inscriptions & Markings

CD

Photograph

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Black and White Photograph of the steam ship HMAS Brisbane, 114mm x 69mm. SH 029 Ships A - B.

Photograph - Hospital Ward, Kew Mental Hospital, 1956

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Black and white photograph of a hospital ward in the Kew Mental Hospital.

Historical information

This photograph is one of approximately 43 original photographs and photocopies of buildings, patients and staff assembled in a red covered, spirally bound photograph album (the album itself is now discarded and the images stored separately). The images in the album cover the period from the 1870s to 1965. A few photographs have inscriptions on the reverse; others had later separate labels in the album. The album was presumably compiled as a public record. It and other items came from the collection assembled by Dr Fred Stamp, the last medical superintendent of Willsmere Hospital before its closure in 1988. Original photographs have been uploaded to and described on Victorian Collections. The album itself is listed and linked separately showing the photographs in situ.

Significance

A number of the photographs from the Willsmere Hospital album are confronting, especially given the condition of the buildings and facilities depicted, as well as the casual photographs of patients, which some viewers may find distressing. The album and its photographs are however an historically significant visual record of the Kew Mental Hospital, especially in the years 1951-1965.

Inscriptions & Markings

"1956"

Inhaler, Probyn Williams

Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History, Melbourne

Ovoid shaped metal ether inhaler device with a dark brown leather fask mask attached.

Historical information

In 1896 Robert James Probyn-Williams was appointed first honorary anaesthetist to the London Hospital and joined a select band of fulltime anaesthetists (26) in Great Britain. The Probyn Williams inhaler was a further modification of the Clover inhaler with narrow airways and rebreathing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Moulded into inhaler: MAYER & MELTZER / LONDON

Photograph - black and white - Lieutenant James Charles Roberts

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

Digital portrait from "In Memory of the Gallant Officers and Men of Victoria in Transvaal War, 1899-1900".

Historical information

James Roberts was born at Rushworth, Victoria, in 1872. He matriculated and graduated from Melbourne University in Civil Engineering. He had recently re-entered university to study medicine. While in university he was a lieutenant of the University Corps of Officer and then obtained a commission in the Victorian Mounted Rifles. At the outbreak of war, Roberts immediately volunteered for service in South Africa. He was in the first contingent - mounted infantry unit. He was mentioned in dispatches. Lieutenant Roberts was killed at Rensburg on 12 February 1900.

Bike

Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc,

bike, wheels, 3 spare

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.

Photograph - Ringwood State School circa 1910-1915.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

No identification written on photograph.

Painting: John YOUNG (b.1956 HK, arrived 1967 AUS) - Conquest of Abundance, Summer 2000, 2001

Nillumbik Shire Council,

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Coloured photograph of Strawberry Farm house situated on Reid Road overlooking the Rhyll Inlet.

Historical information

The house situated on CAI - 2 Rhyll was called Mot Pena. Probably built by William Richardson c1900 for John Squire (Jack) Underdown. This house is still standing and was recently carefully restored. Once owned by Naturalist Graham Pizzey.

Poster

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

ANZAC Spirit

Digital photograph - train between Flinders and Spencer Street

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Horse Brass

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Horse Brass, rectangular with corners rounded out, heavy encrustation on front and back, 2⅛" x 1⅝". Artefact Reg No S/126. Recovered from the wreck of the Schomberg.

Historical information

When the ship Schomberg was launched in 1855, she was considered the most perfect clipper ship ever to be built. James Blaine’s Black Ball Line had commissioned her to be built for their fleet of passenger liners. At a cost of £43,103, the Aberdeen builders designed her to sail faster than the quick clippers designed by North American Donald McKay. She was a three masted wooden clipper ship, built with diagonal planking of British oat with layers of Scottish larch. This luxury vessel was designed to transport emigrants to Melbourne in superior comfort. She had ventilation ducts to provide air to the lower decks and a dining saloon, smoking room, library and bathrooms for the first class passengers. At the launch of Schomberg’s maiden voyage, her master Captain ‘Bully’ Forbes, drunkenly predicted that he would make the journey between Liverpool and Melbourne in 60 days. Schomberg departed Liverpool on 6 October 1855 with 430 passengers and 3000 tons cargo including iron rails and equipment intended the build the Geelong Railway and a bridge over the Yarra from Melbourne to Hawthorn. The winds were poor as Schomberg sailed across the equator, slowing her journey considerably. She was 78 days out of Liverpool when she ran aground on a sand-spit near Peterborough, Victoria, on 27 December; the sand spit and the currents were not marked on Forbes’s map. Overnight, the crew launched a lifeboat to find a safe place to land the ship’s passengers. The scouting party returned to Schomberg and advised Forbes that it was best to wait until morning because the rough seas could easily overturn the small lifeboats. The ship’s Chief Officer spotted SS Queen at dawn and signalled the steamer. The master of the SS Queen approached the stranded vessel and all of Schomberg’s passengers were able to disembark safely. The Black Ball Line’s Melbourne agent sent a steamer to retrieve the passengers’ baggage from the Schomberg. Other steamers helped unload her cargo until the weather changed and prevented the salvage teams from accessing the ship. Local merchants Manifold & Bostock bought the wreck and cargo, but did not attempt to salvage the cargo still on board the ship. They eventually sold it on to a Melbourne businessman and two seafarers. After two of the men drowned when they tried to reach Schomberg, salvage efforts were abandoned. In 1975, divers from Flagstaff Hill, including Peter Ronald, found an ornate communion set at the wreck. The set comprised a jug, two chalices, a plate and a lid. The lid did not fit any of the other objects and in 1978 a piece of the lid broke off, revealing a glint of gold. As museum staff carefully examined the lid and removed marine growth, they found a diamond ring, which is currently on display in the Great Circle Gallery. Flagstaff Hill also holds ship fittings and equipment, personal salvaged from the wreck by Peter Ronald, former director of Flagstaff Hill.effects, a lithograph, tickets and photograph from the Schomberg. Most of the artefacts were salvaged from the wreck by Peter Ronald, former director of Flagstaff Hill.

Significance

The Schomberg, which is on the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR S612), has great historical significance as a rare example of a large, fast clipper ship on the England to Australia run, carrying emigrants at the time of the Victorian gold rush. She represents the technical advances made to break sailing records between Europe and Australia. Flagstaff Hill’s collection of artefacts from the Schomberg is significant for its association with the shipwreck. The collection is primarily significant because of the relationship between the objects, as together they have a high potential to interpret the story of the Schomberg. It is archaeologically significant as the remains of an international passenger Ship. It is historically significant for representing aspects of Victoria’s shipping history and for its association with the shipwreck and the ship, which was designed to be fastest and most luxurious of its day

TOOL

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

7.62 SLR Rifle tool, metal with 3 sections that swivel from a central point. Used for adjusting rifle sites & gas settings.

Historical information

Item issued to Wayne William Forbes No 3176337 RAE. Refer 754 for service history also 2586. Part of an extensive collection including his fathers.

Photograph - Black and white - Ballarat Teachers' College Resident's at 130 Victoria Street, Ballarat East, 1960s

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

A number of female student teachers of the Ballarat Teachers' College pose at the front of their hostel at 130 Victoria Street, Ballarat East. Mavis Canty stand centre right in dark dress with a rose on the collar.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back "Ballarat Teachers' College, Mavis Canty with girls of the Ballarat Teachers College Hostel, 196-"

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PHOTOGRAPHS (COPIES) 1 SEPIA & 1 BLACK AND WHITE - OF THE REV. JOHN DOWNES. HE WAS THE FIRST MINISTER OF THE CLUNES PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, INDUCTED IN JULY 1862 AND DIED IN 1866.

Historical information

ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OWNED BY MRS. ISOBEL FOX. REV. JOHN DOWNES WAS INDUCTED AS THE FIRST MINISTER OF THE CLUNES PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN JULY 1862. REV. DOWNES DIED 1866 AT THE AGE OF 63.

Porthole Glass

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Porthole Glass, edge has rough chipped finish with some sections grounded smooth. Dia 37cm x 2.5cm thick.

Plan - Lease Applied for by R.M. Serjeant, c1890

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

Plan of a lease showing streets around Skipton and Windermere Streets, Redan. Scale 4 chains to 1 inch (!:3168)

Photograph - Grantville - Birds Bakery

Grantville History Group U3A, Grantville

The Bird family built and conducted the bakery on the highway at grantville diagonally opposite the General Store, circa 1930s. Ron Tilley married eldest daughter, Gloria Bird (Tops) in 1945.

Letter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Letter from C E Woolcock of G H Michell & Sons Limited dated 18th June 1942, to W R Lang. Describes experiments on "neutralising" wool during wool processing.

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

R/C ELDERS G.M.

black & white photograph - Opening of the 1st Tennis Court at Lake Bolac, 1896.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

Historical information

Some local people in attendance at the opening of the first Public Tennis Court at Lake Bolac on January 1st, 1896. Those shown are - Louis Murray, Kitty Murray, Lil Veale, William Hargreaves, Ewen Graham, Tuck Howlett (with racquet) Ethel Veale, Fred Leach, Billy Leach, Thomas Archer.

Photograph - Kinglake National Park, Fern Gully.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Mrs. McMinn, Kinglake.

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.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Yvonne BIRCH - Landscape, Smiths Gully

Nillumbik Shire Council,

Photo, Legacy Appeal 1989

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 13 of a junior legatee and Ron Barassi abseiling.

Historical information

Photos of abseiling down the Gas and Fuel building that were on the corner of Flinders St and Swanston St. See also the training that occurred prior to the event - photos 00486. Event for Legacy Week 1989. Ron Barassi abseils for Legacy joined by staff member Carol Shaw and Legatee Peter Heeney. A label states it "was a Legacy versus Radio personalities abseiling challenge". Media team was Fox's Wally Weissel and Ken Kavanagh and Triple M's Andy McLean. Aided by Williamstown Commando Company with training at Nidrie Quarry. Ron Barassi participated in many events for Legacy over the years, he had been a young Legatee after his father was killed in action at Tobruk in World War II, aged 27.

Significance

A record of a promotional event.

Photograph - Battery Hill

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Battery Hill, looking towards south west passage.

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