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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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Gaiters

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Matte, black and white, head and shoulders studio portrait of Rev. Reginald Kenneth Heriot on board.

Historical information

Rev. R. K. Heriot(?) was the son of F. L. Heriot. Was a chaplain in the Royal Australian Navy in 1950.

Helmet

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

Brodie British. Type.

Photograph, Optical Munitions (Duplicate)

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photograph of inner column of equipment. Duplicate of no

Photograph - Presbyterian Girls Fellowship c1930s

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Presbyterian Girls Fellowship, late 1930s.|Back row standing: Win Leckie; Jean Gibb; Wilga Ough; Marj Collins; Hilda Conley; Audrey Maxwell; Dorothy Layton.|Seated: Jean Duke; Mavis Dixon; Ruth Collins (school teacher); Mrs Shaw (Presbyterian Minister's wife); Isabel Maskell; Phyl Bunnett.|On floor: Val Ough; Joan Chalmers; Roma O'Brien. Four copies, held together.

Book - Deep Down

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green hard cover book, decorative scrolling in blue around edge of front cover and spine. Title in gold letters. Sketch of mining scene. 416 pages

Historical information

Tatura Presbyterian Sunday School 3rd prize awarded to Edgar Mitchell, December 1917. Teacher Mrs Officer.

Costume Accessories - School of Mines Ballarat Tie

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

These two green polyester ties have a small SMB crest set within two gold diagonal pin stripes (5cm apart) in the middle of the wider front and one on the narrower end. (Men's polyester tie made In Australia under licence By Hollygreen)

Historical information

This was a School of Mines Ballarat tie. The School of Mines was established in 1870, making it Australia's third oldest tertiary institution. The School of Mines had two divisions - a tertiary division and a technical division. The tertiary division provided higher education courses such as mining engineering, geology, education and business studies, while the technical division provided such programs as wool classing, plumbing and bricklaying. The organisation remained in that form until the 1967 when it was split into three institutions, Ballarat School of Industries, Ballarat Technical School, and Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education. They remained three entities until 1976.

Inscriptions & Markings

On a label tag at the back - Hollygreen, 100% polyester, Dry clean only, Made in Australia

Holder

Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc,

holder, metal type set

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.

Soldiers Handbook

Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Sub Branch,

TBA

Historical information

TBA

Significance

TBA

Inscriptions & Markings

TBA

Medallion - W.H.Mathews

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

ANZAC Medallion Badge issued in memory of W.H. Mathews

Historical information

Every Anzac soldier who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, or in direct support of operations there - or his family if he did not survive until into the late 1960s - was entitled to be issued with the Anzac Commemorative Medallion. The Medallion was issued in 1967. The medallion was sent by registered post and comes in a presentation case with a moulded velvet base to receive the medallion, with a silk lined hinged lid.

Significance

Medallion presented to all army personnel serving at Gallipoli

Inscriptions & Markings

The obverse of the medallion depicts Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded soldier to safety. It is bordered on the lower half by a laurel wreath above the word ANZAC and the date 1915 above the donkey. The reverse shows a map in relief of Australia and New Zealand superimposed by the Southern Cross. The lower half is bordered by New Zealand fern leaves and the name W.M. Mathews

Trophy

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Two part (bottle & lid) glazed ceramic trophy for 'CLINT EASTWOOD/INVITATIONAL/CELEBRITY TENNIS/TOURNAMENT'. Trophy is also a bottle of Beam whiskey, as per label on base: 'BEAM/100 MONTHS OLD/KENTUCKY BOURBON WHISKEY/86 PROOF/ BOTTLED BY JAMES B. BEAM DISTILLING CO. CLERMONT- BEAM, KENTUCKY'. Sticker on front stating:'OKLAHOMA/LIQUOR TAX PAID/12 GALLON'. Text on rear of vessel states: 'PEBBLE BEACH/JULY, 1973'. Text embossed under base states: 'CREATION OF JAMES B. BEAM/DISTILLING CO./KY-DRB-230/GENUINE REGAL CHINA 1973/C.MILLER/REGAL CHINA CORPORATION/145/LIQUOR BOTTLE'. Materials: Ceramic, Cork, Adhesive label

Slate

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Circular piece of slate, broken in two and glued. Linear markings scratched onto surface.

Hurricane Lamp

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A small rusted hurrican lamp with dirty glass chimney.

Historical information

Hurricane lamps were used for illumination. Found in Sunbury.

Inscriptions & Markings

on glass chimney "DIETZ SPORT/NY USA"

Photograph

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

Joel Joel Primary School No 1702 Plaque on school site unveiled by Mrs Mathews 1989

Mulberry Tree Branch

Harcourt Valley Heritage & Tourist Centre, Harcourt

A dead branch from a mulberry tree grown at Sericulture Farm, Mt Alexander, in the early 1870s. This long limb's bark has cracked with age, forming a pattern of brown cracks. Remnants of smaller branch axilla are clearly visible. An inscription on paper is pasted around the branch

Historical information

An unsuccessful attempt was made to set up a silkworm industry at Mt Alexander, to be an occupation for ladies of the district as well as to introduce the silk industry to Victoria. An attempt by women to enter the business world was beaten by difficulties: (1). Road access to the property (2). Heavy frost damage to mulberry plants. (3). Disease of silkworms. (4). Lack of quantity of leaves. (5) drought and rabbits. Experiments proved silk harvested and woven was superior to overseas products, but the venture was defeated by the climate and the surviving trees were relocated to Corowa NSW

Significance

A relic of the far-sighted venture by the Victorian Ladies Sericulture Co, promoted by the charismatic Mrs Bladen Neill , who was anxious to generate employment opportunities for women..

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed: "Part of a limb of a mulberry tree from the Sericulture Farm on Mt Alexander which was started by Mrs Bladen-Neill in early 1870s, finally closing in 1878. Mrs Bladen-Neill died in September 1884 at the residence of Dr Barker, Melbourne" "Courtesy of Keith Henderson, Harcourt"

Document (2 copies) - Band Uniform (Notes Only)

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

A folder containing submission to the Commanding Officer by Lt L O Evans to consider recommendations to improve the dress of the Regimental Band - covering both winter and summer dress and that of the Drum Major

Historical information

The dress for members of the Army is prescribed in the Dress Manual. The CO would not have a been a free agent to modify the Band's dress.

Domestic - Glasses

Nhill & District Historical Society Inc., Nhill

Glasses x 5 Shire of Lowan 1876-1976

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PHOTOGRAPH OF CLUNES CENTENARY 1939 HOSPITAL FLOAT.

Historical information

PHOTOGRAPH OF FLOAT TAKEN AT THE PROCESSION DURING THE CENTENARY AT CLUNES

Inscriptions & Markings

1839 - CLUNES - 1939

Tunbridge's timber Yard

Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat), Ballarat

Historical information

This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A white utility decorated with balloons and streamers in a street parade.

Historical information

This is a photograph of a utility decorated with stereamers and balloons carrying girls from the Sunbury Brownie Guide Pack during the 1983 Sunbury Fair street parade.

Aperture Card microfilm - Parish Plan Beechworth (Superseded)

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

card with a single microfilm insert

Historical information

Town layout of Beechworth

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of two men shaking hands and holding a small plaque.

Historical information

In the photograph, The Shire President, David McEwen, is at a function where the Sunbury Red Cross Society was presented with a plaque in 1983.

Framed photographs - UN Peacekeeping Mission

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

brown timber frame with off white mount containing six photographs and camouflage lanyard

Historical information

United Nations peace keeping mission - F324093 Sgt C A Frawley 'Kookaburra' ASC IV UNOSOM 19 May 1994 - 25 Nov 1994

Inscriptions & Markings

F324093 Sgt C A Frawley 'Kookaburra' ASC IV UNOSOM 19 May 1994 - 25 Nov 1994

CROSS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Metal cross.

Inscriptions & Markings

The cross has 5 small pyramid shapes

Pottery - Bowl

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Pottery bowl with lid and handles with flowers under lid. White.

Historical information

Part of collection of hand and wheel pottery by Mrs. Annette Lord - 1953. Bisque fired.

Brass blotter

Sebastopol & District Historical Society, Sebastopol

This rocking-style blotter has an unusual artistic handle of brass, with a punched panel and fine decorative trim.

Photograph

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

Portrait - Tom Goldsworthy & Bella Goldsworthy

Book - The great navigators of the eighteenth century

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Tan cloth covered book with gold and black lettering and illustration on cover and spine.

Historical information

Presented to the Ballarat College in 1939 by old collegian D S Humphreys. David Stanley Humphreys attended Ballarat College 1934 - 1939. he was School Captain 1939, member of winning rowing 1st crew 1939 and served on the Ballarat College Council 1969-73

Significance

Example of ongoing commmunity support of the school. The Weatherly Library was opened in 1936 and its collection significantly established by donation or bequest of old collegians and members of the college community and associates.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Crest / Ballarat College / Library / Presented by / D S Humphreys 1939...

Plaster Mould - Untitled

Montsalvat, Eltham

Oval plaster mould of a decorative design

Inscriptions & Markings

None

NEWSPAPER CUTTING

Clunes Museum, Clunes

NEWSPAPER CUTTING. BACK TO CLUNES CELEBRATIONS AT EASTER 1982

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