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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

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Lauren McAlary, Veterans Heritage Project Manager

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

Small, webbing

Article - Arthur William Dineen

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Arthur William Dineen and his service in World War 1. Arthur William Dineen is commemorated on the Greensborough District Honor Board at the Greensborough RSL.

Photograph Album (part of) - Ray Pearson's Photo Album - Trams of Victorian Railways, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong

Tramway Heritage Centre, Bylands

Page 11 of Ray Pearson's Photo Album. Brown card page with four photographs (3 x landscape, 1 x portrait format) placed on page using metallic look and brown card decorative photo corners. All photographs depict trams. Hand written inscriptions are written under each photograph.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written inscription in white-out or white pen beneath phorograph on - Top left: WORK CAR ELWOOD DEPOT Top right: CROSS BENCH CAR No 23 SANDRINGHAM Bottom left: SALOON CAR No 3. V.R. TRAMS ELWOOD Bottom Right: END VIEW SMALL CAR St KILDA STATION

Cash Book - Cash Book Expenditure/Shire of Bulla

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Large red hard cover book with silver writing on front cover. Loose torn piece of paper inside.

Historical information

This Cash Book was used by the Shire of Bulla to record detail of cheques issued for expenditure in operating the Shire. All entries are hand written.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside - "Shire of Bulla/1961..."

Label

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Conjoined labels used when forwarding produce to Goldsbrough Mort.

Journal - The Pastoral Review Vol. 65 Jan-June 1955

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Bound volume of "The Pastoral Review" vol. 65 Jan.-June 1955

Artwork - 'Antique Land' by William Peascod

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Painting in mixed media.

Historical information

William PEASCOD (1920-1985) Born Maryland, Cumberland, United Kingdom. Arrived Australia 1952 The son of a coal miner, William Peascod was born in England in 1920. He worked in Dapto and Wollongong from 1953-1980. Working as a lecturer in Mining at Wollongong Technical College and Sydney University, he was also an artist, writer and accomplished mountaineer. He published his autobiography ‘Journey after Dawn’ in England in 1985. During various periods between 1953-1959 William Peascod studied painting, drawing and pottery at the National Art School, Wollongong. In 1980 William Peascod returned to England. He died in 1985, while mountain climbing in Wales. 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.

coins

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Two silver coloured coins. On one face is the image of a sailing ship and the words HM BARK ENDEAVOUR OFF POINT HICKS and on the other face is a map of Australia with a head portrait of Capt. Cook in its centre, and the words CAPTAIN JAMES COOK 1770-1970 VICTORIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT around the edge.

Historical information

These coins were made as part of the 200 year celebration of Captain James Cook's voyage on the HM Endeavour and the first sighting of Australia at Point Hicks in 1770. These two coins were presented to Orbost Historical Society by the Orbost Branch of the Bank of New South Wales in 1970.

Significance

These coins were made as part of the 200 year celebration of Captain James Cook's voyage in 1770 and reflect the importance of that historic event.

Inscriptions & Markings

as above

Serviette Ring

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Turned and polished wooden serviette ring

Historical information

Handmade by Internee at Camp 3 Tatura

Music Sheets

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

A collection of 41 music sheets. 5 - The Blackpool Walk / Angels of the Mons 6 - Love is Where you Find It / A Little Love, A Little Kiss 9 - Brown Eyes, Why are You Blue? / Poor Little Me 12 - My Dear / Why / You're as Pretty as a Picture / My Own (2 Copies) 13 - Cinderella Sweetheart / Hi-Ho Silver 14 - That Week In Paris / Two Sleep People 16 - Rock it for me / Say THat You Care For Me 17 - On The Bumpy Road to Love / There's Honey On The Moon Tonight 18 - The Same Sweet You / On Parade 21 - Cinderella / The Chestnut Tree 22 - Skating Down The Old Mill Stream / What Have You Got That Gets Me 26 - All Ashore / Sixty Seconds Got Together 32 - I Go For That / Junior 33 - The Great Waltz / Don't Wake Up My Heart 34 - Strike Up The Band / Kinda Lonesome 35 - Peace Of Mind / minute For Modern Miss 37 - The Night / Honolulu 38 - Hang Your Heart On A Rickory Limb / That Sly Old Gentleman 40 - Grandma Said / Something to Sing about 41 - Loving You / Killy-Ka-lee / I'll Still Be Loving You 91 - Waltzes From Vienna 96 - To You Sweetheart Aloha / Did I Remember 102 - At The Close Of A Long, Long Day / I Have Lost Me Heart In Budapest 111 - Man Of My Dreams / Life Is Empty Without Love 120 - Have You Ever Been Lonely / Sitting In The Dark 121 - And So I Married The Girl / Someone to Care For 122 - Thank Heaven For You / All Over Italy 123 - There's a Bridle Hanging On The Wall / You'll Never Go To Heaven 125 - There's a Lull in my Life / A Nic Cup Of Tea 138 - On Wings of a Song / Harmony Lane 149 - Swing it Here to Sway / The One Rose 150 - What Harlem is Tome 156 - Fifty Million Robins Can't Be Wrong / Nice Work If You Can Get It 162 - Sail Along, Silvery Moon / I Love To Whistle 164 - I Double Dare You / The Snake Charmer 168 - Sweet As A Song / Toodle Do 177 - I've Got A Pocketful of Dreams / When The Organ Played Promise Me 182 - This May Be The Night / I've Got A Date With A Dream 179 - At A Perfume Counter / On Linger Longer Island 183 - I Married An Angel / Spring is Here

Book - The Narrative of George Russell of Golf Hill with Russelliana and selected papers / edited by P.L. Brown

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

225 p., [25] pages of plates : ill.

Significance

The volume formed part of the professional library of the historian Dorothy Rogers.

Photograph - Frank Wright, Laura Wright (Ritchie) and Martin Cooper, 1960

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

Theatre Program - Sticks and Bones (play) by David Rabe performed by the Melbourne Theatre Company at the Russell St Theatre 26 September until 21 October 1972

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Melbourne Theatre Company Season Ten - Program; 20 pages.

Historical information

The program includes articles about the play, the actors and advertisements.

Significance

Advertisement for Athenaeum Library included in the program.

86 Victoria Street.

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Photograph of 86 Victoria Street, weatherboard house. Owner-Haymes

Inscriptions & Markings

86 Victoria Street 5 rooms bath copper etc. gas. elec light freehold allot. £400, 2272 Haymes.

Toilet Requisites

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

A small black leather case which opens out to red lining and contains toilet requisites for a male. The lid contains articles used for shaving. The base of case is set out with hairdressing requirements, glass and silver containers including original toothbrush and comb. Each piece has a number on it (previous Museum number).

Photograph - Digital image - George S Davis, Greensborough Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 01859.01936 Digital copy of colour photograph of grave/headstone.

Historical information

Grave of George S Davis (died 30/06/1942) in Plot# Q19 Greensborough Cemetery. The Davis family lived in Britnell's Road, Briar Hill.

Significance

Greensborough Cemetery was created when land was given for the cemetery by Mr William Poulter, a local settler, about 1864. The cemetery holds the graves of many early settlers in the district.

Photograph - Ringwood Primary School 1964 Grade 6C Class Photo

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

1964 Grade 6C: Photo and handwritten list of names on scrapbook page. Names are: Top Row: Greg Peters, David Pumpa, Norman Pearson, Liz Allen, Robyn Henry, Grace King, Deb Lawrence, Jenny Johnson, Linda Chegwiden, Eric Seffers 2nd Row from back: Chris Eastwood, Graham Haglan, Gary Ladegashes, Gary Mongan, Chris Eastwood, Paul Wilson, Wayne Walton, Stephen Foster, Gavin Philips, Barry McDonald 3rd Row from back: Phipls Bates, Michael Craddock, Malcolm Wiliams, Stephen Cross, Ron Saines, Robin Hagar?, Bruce Barber, Robin Hagar, Paul Martin Seated-front: Lynette German, Lorraine Tann, Linda Chegwiden, Debby Silvy, Judy Parker, Pam Williams, Julie Cook, Glenda Cooper, Jenny Buchanan, Ann Dowling, Sally Shaw On Ground: Robert SIlvy, ?, Graeme Cleator, David Kennely, Dale Ryan

Historical information

Used by the Ringwood Primary School for School photos 1960 - 1964.

Beret

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Knitting by Joyce Hucker.

Historical information

Knitting by Joyce Hucker. She began working with unspun wool and making dyes from the natural sources from her garden and the farm trees around her. From knitting and croceting articles, she progressed to felting and a 'wrapping' technique, always using unspun wool. She was a successful exhibitor at many craft shows and was always willing to pass on her experience and knowledge to others, often travelling widely to help groups requiring a demonstration.

Bottle Champagne

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Unopened bottle of champagne (green glass) bottled specially for the World Premiere of "Phar Lap" Gold foil top covering. Paper label with collage of photos of "Phar Lap" and his trainer

Historical information

See inscriptions

Inscriptions & Markings

11% alcohol. Wine of Australia McWilliams Champagne 750ml. Bottled specially for ther World Premier of "Phar Lap" August 7th 1983, Sydney, Australia

Digital photo - The Holt boys

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Heritage Collection, Surrey Hills

Professional photo of three boys

Historical information

Ray, Alan and Fred Holt of 9 Betrice Ave Surrey Hills.

Book - The English Colony of New South Wales

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

The English Colony of New South Wales Author: David Collins Publisher: T Cadell Date: 1804

Historical information

Warrnambool's Mechanics' Institute (or Institution as it was sometimes called) was one of the earliest in Victoria. On 17th October 1853 a meeting was held where it was resolved to request the Lieutenant Governor of the Colony to grant land for the erection of a Mechanics' Institutes building. A committee was formed at the meeting and Richard Osburne chaired the first meeting of this committee. The land on the North West corner of Banyan and Merri Streets was granted but there were no funds to erect the building. The Formal Rights of the Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute's encompassed its aims and these were officially adopted in1859; "This Institution has for its object the diffusion of literary, scientific, and other useful knowledge amongst its members, excluding all controversial subjects, religious or political. These objects are sought to be obtained by means of a circulating library, a reading room, the establishment of classes, debates, and the occasional delivery of lectures on natural and experimental philosophy, mechanics, astronomy, chemistry, natural history, literature, and the useful and ornamental arts, particularly those which have a more immediate reference to the colony." The Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute opened its first reading room in November1884 in the National School building at the corner of Banyan and Timor Streets. The Institute was funded by member subscription, payable on a quarterly, half yearly or yearly basis. Samuel Hannaford, the Manager of the Warrnambool Bank of Australasia, was the first Honorary Secretary of the Mechanics' Institutes, and an early President and Vice-President. He also gave several of the early lectures in the Reading Room. Another early Secretary, Librarian and lecturer was Marmaduke Fisher, the teacher at the National School. Lecture topics included The Poets and Poetry of Ireland', 'The Birth and Development of the Earth', 'The Vertebrae - with Remarks on the pleasures resulting from the study of Natural History' and 'Architecture'. In 1856 the Reading Room was moved to James Hider's shop in Timor Street, and by 1864 it was located in the bookshop of Davies and Read. In the 1860's the Mechanics' Institute struggled as membership waned but in 1866, after a series of fund raising efforts, the committee was able to purchase land in Liebig Street, on a site then called Market Square, between the weighbridge and the fire station. A Mechanics' Institute building was opened at this site in August 1871. The following year four more rooms were added to the main Reading Room and in 1873 the Artisan School of Design was incorporated into the Institute. The same year Joseph Archibald established a Museum; however it deteriorated when he was transferred to Bendigo in 1877. In 1880, with Archibald's return to Warrnambool, the Museum was re-established, and in 1885 a new building was built at the back of the Institute to accommodate the re-created School of Design, the Art Gallery and the Museum. In 1887 the Museum section was moved to the former court house in Timor Street (for some time the walls of the building formed part of the TAFE cafeteria but all is now demolished)). In 1911 the Museum was transferred back to the original building and the management of the Mechanics' Institute was handed over to the Warrnambool City Council. The Museum and Art Gallery became one and housed many fine works of art, and the Library continued to grow. The building was well patronised, with records showing that at the beginning of the 20th century there were between 500 and 800 visitors. During World War One the monthly figures were in the thousands, with 3,400 people visiting in January 1915. The Museum was a much loved Institution in Warrnambool until the contents of the Museum and Art Gallery were removed to make room for the Warrnambool City Council Engineers' Department. The contents were stored but many of the items were scattered or lost. When the original building was demolished the site became occupied by the Civic Centre, which included the new City Library. (The library was temporarily located in the old Palais building in Koroit Street.) In the process of reorganisation the Collection was distributed amongst the community groups: -The new City Library took some of the historic books and some important documents, historic photographs and newspapers. -The Art Gallery kept the 19th Century art collection and some of the artefacts from the museum. -The Historic Society has some items -The State Museum has some items -Some items were destroyed -Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village has old newspapers, Government Gazettes, most of the Mechanics' Institute Library, ledgers and documents connected to the Mechanics' Institute Library, some framed and unframed art works and some photographs. The Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute Library book collection is deemed to be of great importance because it is one of the few collections in an almost intact state, and many of the books are now very rare and of great value.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on spine cover with typed text RA 994.402 COL Paste down front end paper has sticker from Warrnambool Mechanics Institute and Free Library

Newspaper Clipping - Family remembers Pat Cronin

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

News article 1 page, black text, colour image.

Historical information

A year ago, teen footballer Patrick Cronin died after going out for a celebration after his first game of Lower Plenty Senior Football alongside his brother.

Archive File - GARDNER, Cr Charles

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Notes compiled by Miss Daisy Gardner in November 1958 and provided to the Society. The 5-page handwritten document describes Charles Gardener and his family who migrated to Australia in 1884. They moved to Kew and built a two-storey house, ‘Bassem’ on the corner of Cotham Road and Atkins Street. He and his son Edgar were managers of Messrs. Cassell & Co Ltd, publishers. A descendant, W. Gardener was an architect who built the Gardeners a house on the corner of Cotham Road and Edgevale Street in which WHS Dickinson once lived. There is some confusion in the document about the exact location of the house. On the document there is a later annotation/correction by E.L. Frazer.

Historical information

Since its foundation in 1958, members of the Kew Historical Society have been compiling and storing information about subjects relating to the history of Kew and its environs, of which this file is an example. Typically files will contain primary and secondary sources.

Photographs (copy) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1907 Arbor Day

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00975:01281:01282:01283 Copy of 2 black and white photographs of children infront of school.

Historical information

Photographs of Greensborough Primary School on Arbor Day 1907. Photo 1 is a gathering of students; photo 2 shows adults and children.

Significance

Early photographs of Greensborough Primary School.

Bottle, Beverage

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Dark green bottle possibly used for liquor.

March Cards - Once Upon a Time - music for brass band instruments

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

Small cards of sheet music, scored for all the instruments in a brass band for the music entitled 'Once upon a time'. Most likely arranged and scored by Frank Wright. As in the style of the early part of the 1900's, the music was hand written, then copied. The instruments included are - 1). Soprano cornet, 2). Repiano cornet, 3). 2nd & 3rd cornets, 4). Solo & 1st horns, 5). 2nd horn, 6). Euphonium, 7). 1st & 2nd Baritones, 8). 1st & 2nd trombones, 9).Bass trombone, 10). E flat Bass, 11). B flat Bass and 12). Drums etc.

Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born on 2 August 1901. He lived at Laura Villa, and attended Smeaton State School. His father William was a gold miner and his mother's name was Sarah. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. 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.

Photograph - Heritage Excursion; East of Eltham, 6 Sep 2014

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Newsletter No. 218, September 2014 September Excursion - East of Eltham Walk In Newsletter No. 197, March 2011, there was a brief history of Crown Allotment 15 Section 5 Parish of Nillumbik (CA 15) a parcel of land of a quarter of a square mile extending from Eucalyptus Road to Reynolds Road at the eastern extremity of Eltham. From the 1940s it was known as Stokes orchard. In later years it has been subdivided for residential purposes but leaving significant areas as power line and water supply reserves and bushland reserves that are habitat for the threatened For our excursion on 6th September we intend to walk through CA 15 to a bushland reserve east of Reynolds Road. The walk will traverse the boundary between suburban Eltham and the non-urban areas to the south and east. This is a pleasant walk through residential areas and bushland. Along the way we will discuss the early and more recent history of CA 15 as well as local natural history and geology. This walk is about 3.5 km in length and will take 2 to 2.5 hours. It will start at 2pm at the corner of Eucalyptus Road, Pitt Street and Nyora Road.

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson, Jack Kramer Flight tennis racquet. Base of head features Wilson logo. Throat features decal design of a gold crown above a black iron cross. Shaft features black 'W' trademark. Leather handle grip features multiple perforations. Name scratched into right side of throat: JIM BARNHARD. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Adhesive tape, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Plastic, Paint, Plastic

Corrugated Iron

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Piece of corrugated iron, rusted, corroded and holed, recovered from the wreck of the Loch Ard. Artefact Reg No LA/91.

Historical information

HISTORY OF THE LOCH ARD The LOCH ARD belonged to the famous Loch Line which sailed many ships from England to Australia. Built in Glasgow by Barclay, Curdle and Co. in 1873, the LOCH ARD was a three-masted square rigged iron sailing ship. The ship measured 262ft 7" (79.87m) in length, 38ft (11.58m) in width, 23ft (7m) in depth and had a gross tonnage of 1693 tons. The LOCH ARD's main mast measured a massive 150ft (45.7m) in height. LOCH ARD made three trips to Australia and one trip to Calcutta before its final voyage. LOCH ARD left England on March 2, 1878, under the command of Captain Gibbs, a newly married, 29 year old. She was bound for Melbourne with a crew of 37, plus 17 passengers and a load of cargo. The general cargo reflected the affluence of Melbourne at the time. On board were straw hats, umbrella, perfumes, clay pipes, pianos, clocks, confectionary, linen and candles, as well as a heavier load of railway irons, cement, lead and copper. There were items included that intended for display in the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880. The voyage to Port Phillip was long but uneventful. At 3am on June 1, 1878, Captain Gibbs was expecting to see land and the passengers were becoming excited as they prepared to view their new homeland in the early morning. But LOCH ARD was running into a fog which greatly reduced visibility. Captain Gibbs was becoming anxious as there was no sign of land or the Cape Otway lighthouse. At 4am the fog lifted. A man aloft announced that he could see breakers. The sheer cliffs of Victoria's west coast came into view, and Captain Gibbs realised that the ship was much closer to them than expected. He ordered as much sail to be set as time would permit and then attempted to steer the vessel out to sea. On coming head on into the wind, the ship lost momentum, the sails fell limp and LOCH ARD's bow swung back. Gibbs then ordered the anchors to be released in an attempt to hold its position. The anchors sank some 50 fathoms - but did not hold. By this time LOCH ARD was among the breakers and the tall cliffs of Mutton Bird Island rose behind the ship. Just half a mile from the coast, the ship's bow was suddenly pulled around by the anchor. The captain tried to tack out to sea, but the ship struck a reef at the base of Mutton Bird Island, near Port Campbell. Waves broke over the ship and the top deck was loosened from the hull. The masts and rigging came crashing down knocking passengers and crew overboard. When a lifeboat was finally launched, it crashed into the side of LOCH ARD and capsized. Tom Pearce, who had launched the boat, managed to cling to its overturned hull and shelter beneath it. He drifted out to sea and then on the flood tide came into what is now known as LOCH ARD Gorge. He swam to shore, bruised and dazed, and found a cave in which to shelter. Some of the crew stayed below deck to shelter from the falling rigging but drowned when the ship slipped off the reef into deeper water. Eva Carmichael had raced onto deck to find out what was happening only to be confronted by towering cliffs looming above the stricken ship. In all the chaos, Captain Gibbs grabbed Eva and said, "If you are saved Eva, let my dear wife know that I died like a sailor". That was the last Eva Carmichael saw of the captain. She was swept off the ship by a huge wave. Eva saw Tom Pearce on a small rocky beach and yelled to attract his attention. He dived in and swam to the exhausted woman and dragged her to shore. He took her to the cave and broke open case of brandy which had washed up on the beach. He opened a bottle to revive the unconscious woman. A few hours later Tom scaled a cliff in search of help. He followed hoof prints and came by chance upon two men from nearby Glenample Station three and a half miles away. In a state of exhaustion, he told the men of the tragedy. Tom returned to the gorge while the two men rode back to the station to get help. By the time they reached LOCH ARD Gorge, it was cold and dark. The two shipwreck survivors were taken to Glenample Station to recover. Eva stayed at the station for six weeks before returning to Ireland, this time by steamship. In Melbourne, Tom Pearce received a hero's welcome. He was presented with the first gold medal of the Royal Humane Society of Victoria and a £1000 cheque from the Victorian Government. Concerts were performed to honour the young man's bravery and to raise money for those who lost family in the LOCH ARD disaster. Of the 54 crew members and passengers on board, only two survived: the apprentice, Tom Pearce and the young woman passenger, Eva Carmichael, who lost all of her family in the tragedy. Ten days after the LOCH ARD tragedy, salvage rights to the wreck were sold at auction for £2,120. Cargo valued at £3,000 was salvaged and placed on the beach, but most washed back into the sea when another storm developed. The wreck of LOCH ARD still lies at the base of Mutton Bird Island. Much of the cargo has now been salvaged and some was washed up into what is now known as LOCH ARD Gorge. Cargo and artefacts have also been illegally salvaged over many years before protective legislation was introduced. One of the most unlikely pieces of cargo to have survived the shipwreck was a Minton porcelain peacock - one of only nine in the world. The peacock was destined for the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880. It had been well packed, which gave it adequate protection during the violent storm. Today, the Minton peacock can be seen at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum in Warrnambool. From Australia's most dramatic shipwreck it has now become Australia's most valuable shipwreck artefact and is one of very few 'objects' on the Victorian State Heritage Register.

Significance

Flagstaff Hill’s collection of artefacts from LOCH ARD is significant for being one of the largest collections of artefacts from this shipwreck in Victoria. It is significant for its association with the shipwreck, which is on the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR S417). The collection is significant because of the relationship between the objects, as together they have a high potential to interpret the story of the LOCH ARD. The LOCH ARD collection is archaeologically significant as the remains of a large international passenger and cargo ship. The LOCH ARD collection is historically significant for representing aspects of Victoria’s shipping history and its potential to interpret sub-theme 1.5 of Victoria’s Framework of Historical Themes (living with natural processes). The collection is also historically significant for its association with the LOCH ARD, which was one of the worst and best known shipwrecks in Victoria’s history.

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A rare collared tennis racquet with solid concave throat, fine-grooved rounded handle, small racquet head, fully leather end wrap and butt cover, and of course, a ribbon collar around shaft. Materials: Wood, Lacquer, Glue, Metal, Gut, Leather, Ribbon

Photograph - Colour - Removal of a fibre-glass chimney extension from a chimney from the former Ballarat Brewery, 2015

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

Coloured digital photographs associated with the removal of a fibreglass extension to a chimney which was part of the Former Ballarat Brewery/Carlton and United Breweries complex. Images also include the last day the chimney was in situ.

Historical information

The chimney extension on what was the former Carlton and United Breweries boiler house at Ballarat installed in 1972 and it is constructed of a special formulation of fibreglass reinforced plastics designed to operate at elevated temperature (ie boiler flue gas). It is thought to be one of 26 or 28 fibreglass boiler chimneys designed and installed in Victoria in the 1970s, and is thought to be one of the last to be removed. In its day the fibreglass chimney extension was at the cutting edge of fibreglass technology and is therefore well worth retaining. Removal of the chimney extension to the brick chimney outside the brewery building was deemed necessary to prolong the life of the chimney, and also because the fibreglass extension had reached end of life and posing a possible threat. According an Engineering assessment, fibreglass structures have a life expectancy of between 20 years (when fatigue loaded) and up to 100 years (static loaded). We don’t know when it was added to the chimney but believe it was most likely in the early 1970s. Given that it is subject to wind load and often observed to be moving in the wind it is likely that it will be at the end of its life. The chimney will be made good and we have the necessary planning approvals in place to undertake the works. The chimney extension was removed on 13 November 2015 in accordance with a planning permit obtained by the University. The extension is believed to have been added in the 1970s and was predominantly made from fibre glass. The structure was removed for safety reasons and to preserve the integrity of the historic brick chimney which supported it.

Carte de Visite (ten men with rifles)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph showing a group of ten men with rifles in a (staged) bushland setting. Eight are standing and two are crouched down on one leg.

Historical information

Image was taken just before the party set out in search for the Kelly Gang outlaws in the Strathbogie Ranges

Inscriptions & Markings

Supt Hares party (written on rear in pencil)

Fork

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Silver plated copper alloy table forks - entrèe from the wreck of the Loch Ard. Length 7⅛ " Some verdigris and silver oxide. Very light encrustation on fork. Hallmark visible.

Historical information

HISTORY OF THE LOCH ARD The LOCH ARD belonged to the famous Loch Line which sailed many ships from England to Australia. Built in Glasgow by Barclay, Curdle and Co. in 1873, the LOCH ARD was a three-masted square rigged iron sailing ship. The ship measured 262ft 7" (79.87m) in length, 38ft (11.58m) in width, 23ft (7m) in depth and had a gross tonnage of 1693 tons. The LOCH ARD's main mast measured a massive 150ft (45.7m) in height. LOCH ARD made three trips to Australia and one trip to Calcutta before its final voyage. LOCH ARD left England on March 2, 1878, under the command of Captain Gibbs, a newly married, 29 year old. She was bound for Melbourne with a crew of 37, plus 17 passengers and a load of cargo. The general cargo reflected the affluence of Melbourne at the time. On board were straw hats, umbrella, perfumes, clay pipes, pianos, clocks, confectionary, linen and candles, as well as a heavier load of railway irons, cement, lead and copper. There were items included that intended for display in the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880. The voyage to Port Phillip was long but uneventful. At 3am on June 1, 1878, Captain Gibbs was expecting to see land and the passengers were becoming excited as they prepared to view their new homeland in the early morning. But LOCH ARD was running into a fog which greatly reduced visibility. Captain Gibbs was becoming anxious as there was no sign of land or the Cape Otway lighthouse. At 4am the fog lifted. A man aloft announced that he could see breakers. The sheer cliffs of Victoria's west coast came into view, and Captain Gibbs realised that the ship was much closer to them than expected. He ordered as much sail to be set as time would permit and then attempted to steer the vessel out to sea. On coming head on into the wind, the ship lost momentum, the sails fell limp and LOCH ARD's bow swung back. Gibbs then ordered the anchors to be released in an attempt to hold its position. The anchors sank some 50 fathoms - but did not hold. By this time LOCH ARD was among the breakers and the tall cliffs of Mutton Bird Island rose behind the ship. Just half a mile from the coast, the ship's bow was suddenly pulled around by the anchor. The captain tried to tack out to sea, but the ship struck a reef at the base of Mutton Bird Island, near Port Campbell. Waves broke over the ship and the top deck was loosened from the hull. The masts and rigging came crashing down knocking passengers and crew overboard. When a lifeboat was finally launched, it crashed into the side of LOCH ARD and capsized. Tom Pearce, who had launched the boat, managed to cling to its overturned hull and shelter beneath it. He drifted out to sea and then on the flood tide came into what is now known as LOCH ARD Gorge. He swam to shore, bruised and dazed, and found a cave in which to shelter. Some of the crew stayed below deck to shelter from the falling rigging but drowned when the ship slipped off the reef into deeper water. Eva Carmichael had raced onto deck to find out what was happening only to be confronted by towering cliffs looming above the stricken ship. In all the chaos, Captain Gibbs grabbed Eva and said, "If you are saved Eva, let my dear wife know that I died like a sailor". That was the last Eva Carmichael saw of the captain. She was swept off the ship by a huge wave. Eva saw Tom Pearce on a small rocky beach and yelled to attract his attention. He dived in and swam to the exhausted woman and dragged her to shore. He took her to the cave and broke open case of brandy which had washed up on the beach. He opened a bottle to revive the unconscious woman. A few hours later Tom scaled a cliff in search of help. He followed hoof prints and came by chance upon two men from nearby Glenample Station three and a half miles away. In a state of exhaustion, he told the men of the tragedy. Tom returned to the gorge while the two men rode back to the station to get help. By the time they reached LOCH ARD Gorge, it was cold and dark. The two shipwreck survivors were taken to Glenample Station to recover. Eva stayed at the station for six weeks before returning to Ireland, this time by steamship. In Melbourne, Tom Pearce received a hero's welcome. He was presented with the first gold medal of the Royal Humane Society of Victoria and a £1000 cheque from the Victorian Government. Concerts were performed to honour the young man's bravery and to raise money for those who lost family in the LOCH ARD disaster. Of the 54 crew members and passengers on board, only two survived: the apprentice, Tom Pearce and the young woman passenger, Eva Carmichael, who lost all of her family in the tragedy. Ten days after the LOCH ARD tragedy, salvage rights to the wreck were sold at auction for £2,120. Cargo valued at £3,000 was salvaged and placed on the beach, but most washed back into the sea when another storm developed. The wreck of LOCH ARD still lies at the base of Mutton Bird Island. Much of the cargo has now been salvaged and some was washed up into what is now known as LOCH ARD Gorge. Cargo and artefacts have also been illegally salvaged over many years before protective legislation was introduced. One of the most unlikely pieces of cargo to have survived the shipwreck was a Minton porcelain peacock - one of only nine in the world. The peacock was destined for the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880. It had been well packed, which gave it adequate protection during the violent storm. Today, the Minton peacock can be seen at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum in Warrnambool. From Australia's most dramatic shipwreck it has now become Australia's most valuable shipwreck artefact and is one of very few 'objects' on the Victorian State Heritage Register. [References: Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village information sheets and documents]

Significance

Flagstaff Hill’s collection of artefacts from LOCH ARD is significant for being one of the largest collections of artefacts from this shipwreck in Victoria. It is significant for its association with the shipwreck, which is on the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR S417). The collection is significant because of the relationship between the objects, as together they have a high potential to interpret the story of the LOCH ARD. The LOCH ARD collection is archaeologically significant as the remains of a large international passenger and cargo ship. The LOCH ARD collection is historically significant for representing aspects of Victoria’s shipping history and its potential to interpret sub-theme 1.5 of Victoria’s Framework of Historical Themes (living with natural processes). The collection is also historically significant for its association with the LOCH ARD, which was one of the worst and best known shipwrecks in Victoria’s history.

The Squadron Cup

Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, St Kilda West

Spherical shaped bowl 345 mm high to lip edge, with raised grape and leaf decorations around mid-section, flaring down to thick shaped stem, thence out to shaped footing also with raised grape and leaf decorations. Has solid rectangular handles. Shaped lid with raised grape and leaf decorations around edge, surmounted with solid, shaped dome with overall height 100 mm. Bowl stands on 80 mm high, round black base with shaped footing, silver winners inscription band around diameter.

Historical information

Presented by Commodore Otto A. Meik, September 27, 1971 for a Combined Clubs Round the Bay Race. It was first sailed in the Season 1972 -73 and won by Ricky Laycock in Aquila. Traditionally, this trophy was awarded for the Squadron overnight race held in November each year. In the early 1980’s a decline in the entrants for overnight races forced the shift of the race to a long all- day Around the Bay Race. In November 1990, the race was reinstituted as a Combined Divisions Race, using V.Y.C. handicap system and was won by Ninda – Roger Townley. Prizes are also awarded for winner in C.H.S. and I.M.S. handicaps. In 2007 the Squadron Cup was confirmed as the prize for the overall winner of YV PH Division 1, 2 and 3, open to all clubs for a long race (70nm plus) with a night component. The race was decided on the results from the Big Bay Challenge race from 2007 onwards, won in 2007 by San Miguel – Russell Walton.

Inscriptions & Markings

THE SQUADRON CUP PRESENTED BY O.A. MEIK

Book - Collected Papers of the Mayo Clinic and The Mayo Foundation Vol 17

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Collected Papers of the Mayo Clinic and The Mayo Foundation Vol 17

Aperture Card microfilm - Town Plan Rutherglen (Superceded)

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

card with a single microfilm insert

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Town layout of Beechworth

Cleaning ochre

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Unopened cardboard package wrapped in red product label. Labl depicting brick fireplace with directions for use and other product details on sides and rear.

Inscriptions & Markings

Apex Packaging Coy. Pulverised Red Ochre. Specially prepared for household purposes. Handwritten price.

Photograph - Albany Woollen Mills, 1968

National Wool Museum, Geelong

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Albany Woollen Mills, 1968

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Albany Woollen Mills, 1968

Newsletter - The Gesture - The Voice of the Deaf and Dumb of Australasia January-February 1909

Vicdeaf, East Melbourne

No. 1 New Series; Pink Cover; Size 29cmHx14cmW; 24 pages

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"The Gesture" was an independent organ of the Deaf and Dumb having no direct connection with any single organisation. Its aim was to help all agencies established to promote the advancement of the Deaf and Dumb. The aim was to be the "Voice" of the Deaf and Dumb of Australasia". To educate the public as to the real condition and needs of the afflicted brothers and sisters, to bring prominently before the hearing and speaking community the peculiar difficulties and obstacles that Deaf Mutes have to encounter in the battle of life. The magazine was named "The Gesture" with the single object of impressing upon the minds of the hearing friends the uncontrovertable fact that whatever the system of instruction the Deaf Mute invariably resorts to the manual alphabet and the language of gesture as the only expedient means of communication with those similarly afflicted.

Significance

The "Gesture" is significant as the first national newsletter of the Australian Deaf.

Photograph - 49 Susan Street, Eltham, 15 July 2009

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

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WHC (Machinery Hire)

Cardboard container

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Empty cardboard box, lid section covered with printed paper. Lid depicts a woman dressed in 1890s fashion holding a racquet and a group of men and women. Materials: Cardboard, Ink, Paper

Photograph - Colour - Australian tour party at Menin Gate with Senator Michael Ronaldson, 2014

Victorian Interpretive Projects Inc., Redan, 3350

Australian Tour party at Menin Gate. The man in the red tie is Senator Michael Ronaldson, the woman in the striped shirt is Ann Gervasoni.

Photograph - Henty Railway Siding, 2015

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Panoramic view of farmlandy at Henty.

Sign - Instructions to Employees re Registration of Time Cards

National Wool Museum, Geelong

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Sign gives instructions to mill employees re: registration of their time cards. This sign was used at the Collins Bros Mill which was located on La Trobe Terrace - point 10 tells employees that they are not to enter the mill via any gate other than the one on La Trobe Terrace. This sign may have been actually in use at Collins Bros, which is why it is so faded and why the original Cardbox record states that it was framed - it was not framed when the sign was located (NB: a small modern copy of this sign has been framed and is on display in Gallery 2).

Inscriptions & Markings

INSTRUCTIONS TO EMPLOYEES / RE / REGISTRATION OF TIME CARDS / [text follows]

Article - Victor Edwin Splatt

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

2 pages, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Victor Edwin Splatt and his service in World War 1. Vic Splatt was born in Greensborough. This story was written by Val Wilson.

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Chicory growing around an early chicory kiln, Phillip Island

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This photograph was taken by the Herald & Weekly Times and donated to Audrey McFee. Chicory was first grown on Phillip Island in 1870. It was used in coffee essence and for medicinal purposes.

black and white photograph

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A small black / white photograph of several small groups of people at an agricultural show. Some are walking, others are on horseback and some are in carts / coaches. They are in an open grassed area with trees in the background.

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The first meeting to form an Agricultural society in Orbost was convened by the then Orbost Progress Association and held in the Mechanics Hall on Saturday, 10th October 1891. Its first show was held on 3rd March 1904...on a site alongside the Bonang Road where the present Golf Club stands. It is currently held at the Recreation Reserve at Newmerella.

Significance

This item is associated with the Orbost Agricultural Society 's Annual Show which has been a major event in Orbost for over a century. Agricultural shows are an important part of cultural life in small country towns and the Orbost Show is an integral part of Orbost 's agricultural history. Horse riding as transport, a recreational and sporting activity has always played a significant role in the social history of Orbost.

Folio - Excerpts from "On Macguires Punt" by Ron Michaels.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black A4 folder containing 8 pages of photocopied extracts from the book "On Maguires Punt"

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Material photocopied from the book.

Inscriptions & Markings

Excerpts from "Maguires Punt"

Hand painted china

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Small round sweet dish with decorative hand painting around border

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Miss Lucy Shaw, principal Clarendon PLC 1927-1934 hand painted this sweet dish in 1923.

Inscriptions & Markings

On base: L.S. / 1923

Gouache - 'Ideal Home Exhibition' by S.J. Allan

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

We are seeking information on this artist who studied at the Ballarat Technical Art School in the 1930s. If you are able to assist please make contact via the comments link below.

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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.

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