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The Dreamer and the Cheerful Thing.

1 Jun 2017

Bob and Harold Snape in the First World War

Curated By

Walter Barber, Guest Curator

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Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson 'T2000' metal tennis racquet, with double shaft; yellow plastic shaft casing featuring 'W' logo and silver whipping. Handle wrapped with brown perforated leather. Net anchored to metal wire wrapped around head frame. Yellow plastic butt cap with white label featuring manufacturer's 'W' logo in red. Remains of a white sticker on handlegrip. Materials: Metal, Plastic, Adhesive tape, Nylon, Adhesive label, Leather, String

Trolley

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Used by wool storeman to move bales of wool. Part of Woolbroker's office equipment.

Darebin Creek near Green Street 1991

Darebin Parklands Association, Alphington

Colour photograph.

Inscriptions & Markings

Annotated on back with [near 133 Green St].

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Copied from Weekly Times Supplement.

Ear Irrigation Mug - Medical Equipment

South West Healthcare, Warrnambool

Stainless Steel utensil with handle and spout. Semi-circle shaped opening at the top.

Inscriptions & Markings

"PARAMOUNT" "STAINLESS STEEL" "K.G.LUKE" "63"

Book - Corriedale Flock Book vol. XXVI, 1973

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Corriedale Flock Book" vol. XXVI, 1973, owned by Mr R.W. Pettitt, a former breeder and judge of corriedale sheep whose father and uncle were also stud owners.

Medal

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Metal medal commemorating the 2003 Davis Cup Final Australia vs Spain, held at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 28-30 November. Materials: Metal

Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two brass coloured metal badges in shape of a propeller - one badge slightly larger appears handmade (trench art) from silver metal. and has rear clips attached.

Historical information

WW2 propeller badges - larger of the two badges has appearance of trench art; the other manufactured

Book - Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects Vol 2

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects Vol 2 An enquiry concering Human Understanding Author: David Hume Date: 1779

Historical information

This item is from the ‘Pattison Collection’, a collection of books and records that was originally owned by the Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute, which was founded in Warrnambool in 1853. By 1886 the Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute (WMI) had grown to have a Library, Museum and Fine Arts Gallery, with a collection of “… choice productions of art, and valuable specimens in almost every branch and many wonderful national curiosities are now to be seen there, including historic relics of the town and district.” It later included a School of Design. Although it was very well patronised, the lack of financial support led the WMI in 1911 to ask the City Council to take it over. In 1935 Ralph Pattison was appointed as City Librarian to establish and organise the Warrnambool Library as it was then called. When the WMI building was pulled down in 1963 a new civic building was erected on the site and the new Warrnambool Library, on behalf of the City Council, took over all the holdings of the WMI. At this time some of the items were separated and identified as the ‘Pattison Collection’, named after Ralph Pattison. Eventually the components of the WMI were distributed from the Warrnambool Library to various places, including the Art Gallery, Historical Society and Flagstaff Hill. Later some were even distributed to other regional branches of Corangamite Regional Library and passed to and fro. It is difficult now to trace just where all of the items have ended up. The books at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village generally display stamps and markings from Pattison as well as a variety of other institutions including the Mechanics’ Institute itself. RALPH ERIC PATTISON Ralph Eric Pattison was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, in 1891. He married Maude Swan from Warrnambool in 1920 and they set up home in Warrnambool. In 1935 Pattison accepted a position as City Librarian for the Warrnambool City Council. His huge challenge was to make a functional library within two rooms of the Mechanics’ Institute. He tirelessly cleaned, cleared and sorted a disarrayed collection of old books, jars of preserved specimens and other items reserved for exhibition in the city’s museum. He developed and updated the library with a wide variety of books for all tastes, including reference books for students; a difficult task to fulfil during the years following the Depression. He converted all of the lower area of the building into a library, reference room and reading room for members and the public. The books were sorted and stored using a cataloguing and card index system that he had developed himself. He also prepared the upper floor of the building and established the Art Gallery and later the Museum, a place to exhibit the many old relics that had been stored for years for this purpose. One of the treasures he found was a beautiful ancient clock, which he repaired, restored and enjoyed using in his office during the years of his service there. Ralph Pattison was described as “a meticulous gentleman whose punctuality, floorless courtesy and distinctive neat dress were hallmarks of his character, and ‘his’ clock controlled his daily routine, and his opening and closing of the library’s large heavy doors to the minute.” Pattison took leave during 1942 to 1942 to serve in the Royal Australian Navy, Volunteer Reserve as Lieutenant. A few years later he converted one of the Museum’s rooms into a Children’s Library, stocking it with suitable books for the younger generation. This was an instant success. In the 1950’s he had the honour of being appointed to the Victorian Library Board and received more inspiration from the monthly conferences in Melbourne. He was sadly retired in 1959 after over 23 years of service, due to the fact that he had gone over the working age of council officers. However he continued to take a very keen interest in the continual development of the Library until his death in 1969.

Significance

The Pattison Collection, along with other items at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, was originally part of the Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute’s collection. The Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute Collection is primarily significant in its totality, rather than for the individual objects it contains. Its contents are highly representative of the development of Mechanics' Institute libraries across Australia, particularly Victoria. A diversity of publications and themes has been amassed, and these provide clues to our understanding of the nature of and changes in the reading habits of Victorians from the 1850s to the middle of the 20th century. The collection also highlights the Warrnambool community’s commitment to the Mechanics’ Institute, reading, literacy and learning in the regions, and proves that access to knowledge was not impeded by distance. These items help to provide a more complete picture of our community’s ideals and aspirations. The Warrnambool Mechanics Institute book collection has historical and social significance for its strong association with the Mechanics Institute movement and the important role it played in the intellectual, cultural and social development of people throughout the latter part of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. The collection of books is a rare example of an early lending library and its significance is enhanced by the survival of an original collection of many volumes. The Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute’s publication collection is of both local and state significance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on spine cover with typed text RH 291.5 HUM Pastedown front endpaper has sticker from Corangamite Regional Library Service

Artwork - 'Spiritual Head' by Yasmin Williams

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Artist's Statement: Through-out life we have our own different realities of the world we exist in. From childhood to adulthood our perception of the world is reshaped constantly in every way. These pieces of ‘found object’ and earthen artworks are surreal and re-purposed reflections of the reality I have a grasp of, and each found item creates its own narrative, balance and connection with its surroundings. When viewing these works I hope that the viewer is grounded by the earth and stone and helps to create a personal link or relationship with the abandoned objects that once belonged to another person, therefore creating their own narratives and perception of the world.

Photo

Nhill & District Historical Society Inc., Nhill

22 Photograph

Sticker

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Green stickers promoting the Australian Corriedale Association, with which Mr Pettitt was heavily involved.

Book - Myths and Legends of The Celtic Race

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Myths and Legends of The Celtic Race Author: T W Rolleston Publisher: George G Harrap & Co Date: 1912

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on spine cover with typed text RH 299.16 ROL

Spectrograph, Double Prism Optical

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Double Prism Optical Spectrograph made of standing L-shaped metallic base in grey enamel which supports a brass collimator/telescope abutting a wooden box containing two prisms and camera. Tradition has it that it was designed by Laby but there is no supporting evidence.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on brass cylinder: “Adam Hilger Ltd London England” On end of brass cylinder: “Screw = 5m/m Adam Hilger Ltd London England No. F31.301/25403”

Photograph - Bulla Primary School

Sunbury & District Heritage Association Inc, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of students and their teacher who were at Bulla Primary School in 1989. The names of the students are listed on the back of the photograph.

Gloves

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Gloves, ladies, white, kid leather with fine stitching around fingers, sides and 3 decorative lines of stitching on top of glove. Underside wrist area has split with 2 buttons. Gloves are as new, as buttons have paper covering. Size 9 1/2.

Girl Guide apparel

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

A hat and two belts from a Girl Guide uniform. (.1) Blue hat (.2) Brown leather belt with silver buckle (.3) Brown leather cross strap with silver buckle.

Inscriptions & Markings

Girl Guides Association Be prepared

Oil Painting - Untitled (Man with Kangaroo)

The Dunmoochin Foundation, Cottles Bridge

Thick impasto painting depicting an indigenous man with a grey kangaroo in a landscape.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed (L.r) 'Eric L. Stewart'.

Ballarat School of Mines Carpentry Workshop

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

Hall, Hugh Percival

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield South

Three items for the creations of Hugh Percival Hall: Exhibition leaflet., Order form for Hugh P. Hall’s ballet photographs for show 27/03/1939-01/04/1939., Two programs for Hugh P. Hall’s exhibition of ballet photographs dated 13/05/1940, includes note regarding chronological order of photographs., Five flyers including photo and order form for Ballet From Pavlova To Rambert by Hugh P. Hall.

Clothing, lady's cable silk jacket

City of Moorabbin Historical Society operating the Box Cottage Museum, Ormond

A lady’s, heavy, black, long sleeved , Cable silk jacket .

Historical information

The pioneer settlers and market gardeners of Moorabbin Shire had to be self reliant and made their own clothing and utensils. This is one of the many items that exhibit the skill and craftsmanship of the women of these families

Significance

This heavy, black, Cable silk jacket is and example of the dressmaking skills and craftwork of the women of the pioneer families. The Blackburn family were early settlers in Moorabbin Shire.

Fry Pan

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Fry pan, or frying pan, metal with unpolished surface, thin metal handle welded to pan.

Untitled

Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

Album - Geitz Now & Then

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a bound folder with a yellow cover and an orange title label, containing 85 pages of photographs and photocopies of photographs. Photographs have been pasted on to buff-coloured paper.

Historical information

These photographs have been produced by an amateur photographer, John Geitz, and show photographs of Warrnambool streets and buildings from 1990 to 2005 alongside photographs of a similar nature taken many years before. This is intended to show the historical changes that have taken place over the years.

Significance

These photographs are very useful for display and research as they show the changing nature of the Warrnambool cityscape and add considerably to our collection of late 20th century and early 21st century photographs of Warrnambool

Inscriptions & Markings

Front title – ‘Warrnambool – Now and Then’

Photograph (racing car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Car with No. 11 painted on driver's door racing at Sandown. Circa 1964

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament Programme: Davis Cup 1967 Challenge Round Materials: Paper, Ink

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White postcard showing a wooden bridge on Lovers' Walk, Cowes.

Historical information

One of a collection of photographs donated by Shirley Peterson

Inscriptions & Markings

"Lovers Walk, Cowes, Phillip Island"

DVD - On our selection: the women's story

Allansford Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Full colour DVD cover featuring image of old hip-roof weatherboard house with front verandah and skillion roof to rear with stone chimney attached to outside. Corrugated iron roof is rusty. To the left is an outbuilding. Picket and wire fencing is in the foreground, background has large cypress tree to left and gum to right. At the bottom is a series of three black and white images showing (L-R) three women in working clothes and a woman holding a baby; woman chopping wood; woman milking cow with young boy standing beside her. The back cover is yellow with images of the seven women featured showing coloured images of the interviewees beside black and white images of the interviewees when young. DVD features the same images as the front cover.

Historical information

This is the story of the women of the bush, women who performed more than the traditional duties of wife and mother. They worked alongside their men, through good/times and bad and they were rare to complain. Six former country women of the Portland/Heywood district provide us with a snapshot of life as it was from the 1920's through to the 1960's. They speak about their own and their mother's lives, lives which have experienced the greatest material and personal changes in history. The story of the 'Remarkable Mary Stuchbery' details the struggles of a wife and family whose husband/father contracted polio shortly after returning from WWII service. Garry Kerr has produced a series of local history stories, initially for the Heywood [history group] and more recent items privately.

Significance

The material contained in these interviews provides a first-hand insight into the experiences of women who were involved in carving farms from virgin bush. Their recollections of work, social activities and opportunities for their children are an invaluable primary source.

Inscriptions & Markings

Garry Kerr's LOCAL HISTORY Series 5/On Our Selection/The/Women's/Story/Produced by Garry Kerr (front) WOMEN WERE THE UNSUNG HEROES OF THE BUSH/This is the story of the women of the bush [see historical information] ... Running time 74 minutes/Plus an additional 30 minutes of/'The Remarkable Mary Stuchbery'

Oil on masonite - 'Bird Lover' by Neville Bunning

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed painting of a woman in red dress with a magpie.

Historical information

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

Postcard

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Black and White postcard of the S.V.Garthpool ( SH 109 Ships F - H).

Document - David Williams Probate 1889

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a white piece of parchment paper folded in two with typed material on two pages and handwritten material on one page. The pages are ruled with red ink. The pages include the Will and Probate details of David Williams of ‘Morgrugyn’ farm near Woodford. He died in 1889.

Historical information

Tait collection: item 36 of 62 This document contains the details of the Will and Probate of David Williams of ‘Morgrugyn’ farm near Woodford. He was born in 1804 and died in 1889. He was a pioneer settler in the Woodford area, arriving, according to the Pioneer Honour Board, in 1842. His son, Ivor, was Secretary of the Grasmere Cheese and Butter Factory for some time and Secretary of the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory in 1888. David Williams left real estate to the value of £1540 and personal estate to the value of £1075. The chief beneficiary was his eldest son, David but other sons and grandsons also benefited. His wife, Mary, was left £300, a house to live in rent free during her lifetime, two cows and the right to graze them on the farm, six silver spoons, her bed and bedding, washstand and ware, a dressing table, a table in the dairy and ‘all the crockery and cooking utensils she may require’. The lawyer drawing up this document was James Fletcher who had an office in Port Fairy in the 1870s and an office in Koroit Street, Warrnambool, in the 1880s. In the 1890s and early 1900s he was in partnership with George Mackay. This document was in the possession of the lawyer Ernest Chambers who had drawn up the Williams will. It was then passed down to successive lawyers occupying legal premises in Kepler Street until it was located in 2014 in the Kepler Street building last used as legal premises by the firm of Mackay Taylor.

Significance

This document is of considerable interest as it contains the will and probate details of a prominent 19th century farmer in the Woodford district. It will be useful for researchers.

Printing block

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) , Ballarat

Photoengraved printing block. Copper plate with engraved image of Australian flag nailed to a block of wood made of laminated sheets of wood. Sheet of paper on back of block

Historical information

Formerly belonged to Renaissance Bookbinding established 1981. 493 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North

Settlers Under Sail

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

The cover is black with an image of a sailing ship below the title. It tells the story of the Loch Ard and other ships in text and photographs.

basket

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Rectangular shaped woven basket.

Historical information

Used as a dress basket. From the estate of Elsie Cook, long term librarian in Orbost. Daughter of John Cook, early settler at Brodribb.

Shell Case, Trench Art

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

Brass shell case, engraved as trench art

Inscriptions & Markings

8cm high crossed leafy plant stems in which is "Souvenir de Jeument 1919". On base - St 262, JAN 1917, Sp 255, PATRONENFABRIK KARLSRUHE

Book - Banyule Heritage Places Study. Vol. 3: Landscape Citations

Greensborough Historical Society,

127 pages, colour illus., maps. Spiral binding.

Historical information

This volume (3) of the Banyule Heritage Places Study: Landscape Citations deals significant vegetation and landscapes within the City of Banyule.

Book - Newnes Marine Engineering Volume 1 Marine Steam Engines and Turbines Marine Steam Boilers

Bay Steamers Maritime Museum, Docklands 3008

Black leather look hard cover book of 588 pages

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand wirtten in blue pen "The property of / Law Praid / S. Townhead Rd / Cotehill" Hand written in pencil ET $15 / 2 vols"

Book: Night lights: a collection of poems 2004, ed. by Pam Collings

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Book of 89 pages of poetry by varied writers and edited by Pam Collings. Published by Flat Chat Press, NMIT in 2005. Contributors include Marie Azar, Paul Northey, K. S. Doyle, Simone Chettle, Wendy Bennett, mark Leviston, David Clifford, Jenna Chandler, Pam Collings, Agnes Craig, A. T. Davidson. ISBN 0975720260

Trophy

City of Warrnambool Rowing Club, Warrnambool

Two - Silver colored trophy cup.

Historical information

Regatta trophy

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: Novice Event Upper Yarra Regatta Warrnambool D. Brodwick. One the back: Winning Crew Stroke: E. McLaren 3. G. Hassell 2. D. McDougall Bow: D. Brodwick Cox: H. Sherlock

Magazine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

ASTA Offical Magazine of the U.S. Open 1976 Materials: Paper, Ink

REFERENCE BOOK - GIFT - NOVELTIES

Clunes Museum, Clunes

MADAME WEIGEL PTY. LTD. MAGAZINE. INSTRUCTIONS FOR GIFTS, PRAM COVER, JUG COVER, DOYLEY, SLIPPERS, SHOPPING BAG & SLIPPERS.

Historical information

FASHION DESIGNERS AND PUBLISHERS, PAPER PATTERN MANUFACTURERS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED NEARLY 60 YEARS.

Photograph (Digital) Harnessing Horses - Harnessing Working Horses early 1900

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

This digitised scanned copy of an original photograph of four work horses is on 200gms Fujicolor (Fujifilm) Crystal Archive paper has a silver side on which the image has been printed and a matt reverse side.The darker slightly "blurred" image has had a white frame placed over it at the time of encapsulation to provide the finished photo with a frame. This method highlights and focuses the view into the photograph. It is a clever way to permit the eyes to focus into the image to give it a greater third dimensional aspect.

Historical information

This copy of an original photograph created in the early 1900s details the "horse and cart" era when the normal transportation of the day was, in this rural setting, exclusively by horse and cart. The importance of this particular photograph to the subjects can be seen by the formal suits worn by both subjects.The natural bush and grassed backdrop have not been "touched up". The dray behind the horses is barely visible (fog like aperture). The lad , John Cooper was 14 years old when this photograph was taken. Both were in the process of harnessing four horses to "hook up" on the dray behind them. From their attire it looks like a trip to town or "the church".

Significance

This photograph of life on a rural property in the early 1900 shows the rough and hard (physically) life in rural areas before great mechanical revolution/evolution post World War II. This was a time in the Kiewa Valley when most transportation was by horse drawn carriages and transportation routes where dirt roads with potholes. The significance of a local pioneer "family" encapsulated by this photograph cannot be reproduced as effectively in any other form.

Inscriptions & Markings

on the reverse side hand written(in pencil) "John Cooper & Paddy Cullen (itinerant worker) on grandfathers place (opposite Nesta Drews place) (orange Grove). "Grandfather emigrated from England with Ryders"

Photograph

Nhill & District Historical Society Inc., Nhill

Gallagher family

Shearing Handpiece

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Shearing handpiece. Sold in the US by Stewart Machines Chicago, Flexible Shaft Co. Sold by Cooper in Australia, model is air cooled and has no numbers or identifiable marks on handpiece. Manufactured between 1912 and 1924.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Wireless Patrol members circa 1926

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: Andy Shaw, Chas Murray?, Supt. Rear: Syd Guest

Socks (pair) & garters

Scotch College Archives, Hawthorn

1 pair long knitted socks with cream feet, red in calf area and gold and blue bands at the top. A paire of green elastic garters used for holding the socks up.

Historical information

These socks and garters were worn by the donor John (Jack) Sennitt in the APS Champions Football, where he played centre half back.

Peter WEGNER (b.1954 NZ - a.1958 AUS) - Portrait Of Danny Moynihan

Nillumbik Shire Council,

Black and white charcoal portrait drawing on paper of artist/teacher Danny Moynihan.

Significance

This work is by a local contemporary artist with a national and international reputation for figurative and portrait works. This drawing has a link to another of Wegner's work in the Collection, the lithograph 'Mandarin on a Kitchen Table'. This portrait is of Danny Moynihan, one time lecturer at Phillip Institute of Technology (now RMIT - Bundoora campus) who taught Wegner printmaking (lithography) when he was a student at the institute in the 80's. Wegner is well known for his drawings and enjoys the immediate and directness of the process. He sees the drawn image as an experience of observation, with the content revealing the process of its making. He is inspired by English artist Leon Kossoffs' drawings where the likeness of the subject is secondary and separate from the credibility of the drawing itself.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written (signature) in charcoal - lower right - 'Peter Wegner'

Brooch

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Gold backing, all around circular edge is scalloped line, plaiting in gold, inside this and centre is domed with coloured pattern of a flower with risen centre piece.

Bookplate - 'Ex Libris John Gartner'

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

The words 'Ex Libris John Gartner' appear in white on a red rectangular background. Outside this is a red outer rectangular border with an ornate scroll on each side.

Photograph - sepia - Wright Family

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

Sepia photograph of a group of four men, three of which are seated. They are all dressed in 3-piece suits. The men are Frank Wright, William Wright (the father), Alex Wright (behind) and another brother (possibly Maurice).

Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born. 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. Alex was an accomplished opera and musical comedy singer. Maurice won the Tenor Championship in New Zealand. 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.

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