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Talking Shop: Ballarat in Business and City Life at Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

27 Jun 2019

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Amy Tsilemanis, Curator, Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

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Newspaper clipping - Gifted athlete a man of integrity

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Links: 00723:00784 A photocopy of a black and white newspaper article.

Historical information

The article is an obituary for Trevor Partington who passed away in 2002.

Significance

Trevor was a descendant of the Partington and Whatmough families, both of which were pioneering families of Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pencilled date.

Photograph - Black and White - Dick Richards and his sister, Mrs V.S. Greenhalgh with the Bust of Dick Richards.

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

A man and lady inspect a bust of Richard (Dick) Richards by sculptor Victor Greenhalgh. The scultpure is at the Ballarat School of Mines. The man is Dick Richards, and the woman is his sister and wife of sculptor Victor Greenhalgh. Both Dick Richards and Victor Greenhalgh were former students and teachers at the Ballarat School of Mines. The bust of Dick Richards was Victor Greenhalgh's last work and was cast in bronze after his death. The bust was presented to the Ballarat School of Mines by Mrs V.S. Greenhalgh (widow of the sculptor and sister of the subject). At the presentation Victor Greenhagh's son said "the two men had been friends as well as brothers-in-law, were of similar age, both enjoyed red wine, beer and cricket and both were educationalists, one an artist the other a mathematician."

Historical information

Dick Richards joined the Ballarat School of Mines in 1914, and soon afterwards was granted leave to join an expedition to Antartica. In 1915 he sailed from Australia with the Antartic Exploraton Expedition, led by Sir Ernest Shackleton. Most Antarctic enthusiasts know of Ernest Shackleton's attempt to cross the continent, only to be thwarted by the sinking of the ship 'Endurance'. Dick Richards was the physicist and sled manager for Shackleton's Ross Sea Party - with the task to meet Shackleton on the other side of the continent. When Shackleton planned his transcontinental crossing he decided to use supply depots as loads of supplies were too heavy to pull. The depots would enable Shackleton's party to carry just enough to reach the Pole, relying on the depots which were to be left by the Aurora's crew every 60 miles, stowed in 2 sledge journeys in 1915 and 1916. Dick Richards spent 3 freezing years in Antarctica between 1914 and 1917. Richards' worst experience was when his ship Aurora, tethered offshore, was blown away in a gale leaving Richards marooned for two years with nine other men on the ice floe. The expedition, consisting of two teams, were attempting to cross Antarctica from opposite sides, linking up somewhere near the middle. "That was with pretty poor equipment by today's standards, and we did not make it." (Dick Richards) The Ross Sea Party arrived in McMurdo Sound aboard the Aurora in January 1915. The men planned to make two sledging trips to leave supply depots every 60 nautical miles to Mount Hope about 400 miles away. The going was tough as the sledges were overloaded. Temperatures were as low as minus 68F. In June 1916 the party crossed on foot to Cape Evans, occupied Scott's Hut (from his Terra Nova Expedition, erected in January 1911) in May 1915, for two months. On 10 January 1917 Richards was hunting for seals when he saw a ship on the horizon. It was 'The Aurora'. Picking up the relieved survivors 'The Aurora' arrived in New Zealand on 9 February 1917 to a hero's welcome. Joyce, Wild, Hayward and Richards later won the Albert Medal for their heroic devotion to duty. Later an inlet on the Antartic continent was named after Richards. Dick Richards wrote the following years after the ordeal "To me no undertaking carried through to conclusion is for nothing. And so I don't think of our struggle as futile. It was something the human spirit accomplished." Prime Minister Bob Hawke wrote in 1984 'Your incredible journey of almost 2000 miles across the Antarctic Wastelands - involving some 9 months in the field with makeshift equipment - and you're adherence to duty in the face of enormous difficulty, suffering from scurvy, and the death of comrades, will; be an inspiration to your countrymen of the future as it is to us today." After returning to Australia Dick Richards resumed his work at SMB as Lecturer in Physics and Mathematics, and developed many pieces of experimental equipment. During World War Two he acted as a scientific adviser in the production of optical apparatus in Australia. In 1946 he was appointed Principal and twelve years later he retired after a total of 44 years service. Dick Richards has been honoured through the naming of a Ballarat School of Mines prize - The R.W. Richards Medal. This medal later became a University of Ballarat prize. It has been awarded annually since 1959 to the Bachelor of Applied Science graduate considered to have achieved the most outstanding academic performance of their course. (See http://guerin.ballarat.edu.au/aasp/is/library/collections/art_history/honour-roll/honourroll_Richards,Dick.shtml )

Dinner Gong

Rye RSL Sub Branch, Rye

A commemorative Dinner Gong construted from Artillery Shell Casings of various sizes. The largest cut short at the bottom, mounted on rifle or machine gun casings cut short as 'feet'. A slightly smaller diameter inverted as the 'gong' with decorative engravings depicting, a Rising Sun emblem on a decorated back ground, 'AFC' (Australian Flying Corps) crowned wings, on the same decorated back ground. The open ends of these larger casings is 'scalloped' and decorated beautifully, while the closed ends have a 'pie crust effect around the flanged edge. There is a biforcated mount at the top to hold the 'striker' made from white metal ballastered rod with a wooden eliptical knob. On the top around the striker mount are stamped the initials of those believed to be the first Australian Aviators in the then AFC.

Historical information

Hand theatre made "trench art", utilising used artillery brass shell casings, of various calibres, hand made with such "tools" as were available at the time. They have been decoratively trimmed at the mouth of each with a "scalloped" pattern, the shallowest casing mounted on small arms casings as "feet" and the large casing inverted engraved and embossed with a depiction of the Australian Commonwealth Military Forces "Rising Sun" badge.

Significance

This "Dinner Gong" and "Striker" are significant Historically and Socially, as it is believed to be the only example of a dinner gong and striker made in theatre as contemporary "trench art" by serving members of this group. Around the top of the main part of the Gong are stamped the initials of the Australian members of the Royal Flying Corps at the time, it is of possible National historical significance, as they were such a small group at best, and a highly vulnerable group, quite likely to not survive the conflict. This group and their desendants went on to be a part of the formation of the Australian Flying Corps, the beginings of the Royal Australian Air Force. It relates to the embrionic stages of a part of the now Australian Defence Force.

Photograph - Research-Eltham District.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Mrs. E.R. Reynolds, Thompson Crescent, Research

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.

Trousers - Camo

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

Cammoflage

Photograph - One lady talking to another at Park Orchards Community Centre

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Unknown year

Badge - Returned Sailors & Soldiers Imperial League

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

Large lapel badge, an earlier version of the present R&SL badge

Inscriptions & Markings

Badge no 43781 Stokes and Son Melbourne

Bucket

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Bent Handle Sealed Shut Rusted Cemi Cycle Shape

Calendar - National Australia Bank Calendars, 1972-1987

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Incomplete set of 10 promotional calendars, spiral bound. Colour images.

Historical information

Ten promotional calendars, published between 1972 and 1987 by the National Australia Bank. Each issue is illustrated with historical images of Australia. [Missing 1978, 1980-84]

Photograph - Eltham Courthouse, Main Road, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph - Eltham Living and Learning Centre, c. Dec 1989

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 3 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GA 100 5095

Building - Slab kitchen

Old Gippstown, Moe

A small building of horizontal timber slabs. It has a verandah over the front entrance and the front porch. There is a stone chimney on the back wall and the roof is shingled

Historical information

Originally a cottage in its own right, the slab kitchen is now a part of the Bushy Park display. Originally built at Ripplebrook in the 1880s by Ada Donaldson of Deniliquin, it was removed to Labertouche.

Significance

Medium local historic significance.

Photograph - Timber salvage during demolition of former Templestowe Cool Store, c.November 1974

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital TIFF file Scan of 35mm Kodak Plus-X black and white negative transparency

Historical information

Timber beams were salvalged by George Coop and incorporated into extensions undertaken to 68 Mount Pleasant Road, Eltham. Timber collection/storage for the house extension took years and much was stored on the front lawn for nearly ten years. The renovations were undertaken c.1983.

Photograph - Sweeneys Lane, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GA 100 5095

Harness Buckle

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Horse harness brass buckle 3½" x 3" Buckle is complete and has Slight verdigris and encrustation. 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.32 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.33 Flagstaff Hill also holds ship fittings and equipment, personal 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

Photograph

Royal District Nursing Service (now known as Bolton Clarke), Forest Hill

This black and white photograph shows Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) Social Worker, Ms. Val Douglas, sitting at a desk. She has short wavy dark hair; is wearing dark rimmed glasses, and is wearing a V neck, short sleeve, white, which is patterned with small grey oblongs, dress. She is smiling as she looks at the camera. She has a pencil in her right hand which is poised over a quarto sheet of paper which has writing on it. A large blotter, clipboard and larger notepad are under this, and other sheets of paper, a notebook, and a receptacle holding several pens also sit on the dark wooden desk. Only a small section of the padded black chair she is sitting on is seen. On the right behind this, is a tall dark grey filing cabinet. On the left is a white shelf with a few books standing vertically on it; part of a window and an open long dark curtain is seen.

Historical information

In 1974 Ms. Val Douglas was appointed as the first Social Worker at RDNS. This photograph is taken in her Office at RDNS Headquarters, 452 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne. Ms Douglas graduated with her Degree of Social Work from the Columbia University in USA

Significance

The Melbourne District Nursing Society (MDNS) were the first in Melbourne, in early 1928, to recognize some patients leaving the MDNS After-Care Home, and many at home, needed further social care. They set up ‘Almoners’ from their committee to visit these patients and be intermediaries in getting them social assistance. It was late the following year before the first training of Almoners took place in Melbourne. In 1930 the Society employed a full time kindergarten teacher to visit poor children in their homes. In December 1934 the first full-time district Almoner, Miss Una Riall, was employed and did a great deal of work with the Society’s Midwifery patients. In 1935 she resigned, as she felt the amount of work required, needed more than one person. The Society were unable to obtain a replacement due to the shortage of trained Almoners so a Social Service Department was set up and a Social Service Officer, Sister Tupper, was employed at the After-Care Home; she successfully gained better housing from the Housing Commission for families living under unsuitable conditions. By 1941 conditions had improved with full employment of breadwinners and Sr. Tupper was appointed the Matron of the District Division of MDNS. In 1974, now as Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS), it was recognized the Service needed allied health workers and Ms. Val Douglas was employed as the RDNS first Social Worker.

Inscriptions & Markings

Barry Sutton LY 65 name

Pamphlet - Celebrating the past to create a better future

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

purple A4 page with black ink. Folded twice to create a pamphlet. Describing centre services and organisation background information.

Historical information

Made before opening of the centre.

Costume - Pinafore

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Hand-embroidered apron. Possibly a Semco pattern. The apron is edged in yellow fabric and has multi-coloured sprays of embroidered flowers.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 Coloured photo of Anne Merritt, Chris Durie, Judith Fawcett showing ladies riding habit, worn by Rose Fawcett .2 Card with written information, pointing out Rose Fawcett in black and white photograph .3 Black and white reprint of .2 .4 Black and white reprint of .2

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Photograph - [Main switchboard, main boilerhouse]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down

Inscriptions & Markings

31A 36/87

Photograph - A meeting at Park Orchards Community House

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Electrical Resistance

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

a. Triple-valve ratio arm. Sullivan Co. Serial No. 918/1941.

Hat

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

Officer Hat Khaki with signals Badge

Photograph - Panton Hill Living and Learning Centre and adjacent Panton Hill Tennis Court, 22 September 1988

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Historical information

Renovations to existing building and installation of partly pre-fabricated building extension

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100

Copy photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photo.

Historical information

Photo circa 1952 of Torquay Surf Life Saving "legends" Kevin "Mumbles" Walker, Vic Tantau and Mick O'Donnell in front of the TSLSC clubhouse that was later destroyed by fire in July 1970.

Significance

The Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club was formed in 1945 and was the first surf life saving club in regional Victoria.

Ferno Washington Stretcher

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Ferno Washington Stretcher (early model). Aluminum frame with cream vinyl mattress and restraining straps and patient security sides.

Early Entrance shot to Gardens

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.

Uniform - RAAF Badges

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

1179 Cloth officer's crown; 1179.1 Cloth British officer's crown; 1179.2 Cloth badge German insignia

Photograph - Grade 5, 1978

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Historical information

Grade 5, 1978. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

stamp

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A stamp with a black plastic handle. The bottom is wood and the stamp rubber. It has "BRUTHEN 1879" on it.

Historical information

This stamp was used at the Orbost Railway Station. The Bairnsdale-Orbost railway was opened in 1916 to serve the agricultural and timber industry. Because of the decline in traffic and heavy operating costs, the line was finally closed in August, 1987. Orbost Railway Station was opened on Monday 10 April 1916 as the terminus of the Orbost railway line, and closed in 1987. The station was located on the west side of the Snowy River despite the town of Orbost being on the east side of the river, in order to save on the costs of a bridge over the river, which at the time had highly variable levels

Significance

This item is associated with the history of the Orbost-Bairnsdale railway line and therefore reflects the role that the rail line played in the social and economic history of Orbost.

Inscriptions & Markings

"BRUTHEN 1879"

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