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

27 Jun 2019

Curated By

Amy Tsilemanis, Curator, Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

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Family Hisory - Alday- Lionel & Molly Merinee

Millewa Community Pioneer Forest & Historical Society, Meringur

Photograph - Hal Bissett

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B&W head and shoulders photograph of Hall Bissett.

Historical information

Hal Bissett was a Baptist layman who investigated the future directions of the Box Hill Baptist Church.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Hal Bissett C&N 25/3/1987 page 18"

Booklet - Australian National Football Council. Laws of the Australian National Game of Football.

Otway Districts Historical Society, Beech Forest

Laws of the Australian National Game of Football. Australian National Football Council. Victorian Football League; Melbourne (Vic); 1956. i, 40 p.; map. Soft cover.

Historical information

The 1956 laws of the national game of Australian football are reasonably brief covering only 33 rules with a maximum of eight subdivisions of each. As well as the Australian National Football Council and its affiliated bodies, it spells out the rules of the game, definitions of the laws, and an outline of the positions and plan of the playing field.

Hobby Horse

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden hobby horse with mane made from twine

Historical information

Used by internee at Camp 3

Book - Parliamentary Debates Senate 22nd May to 21st June 1956

Bendigo Trades Hall Council & Literary Institute Inc., BENDIGO

Book

Inscriptions & Markings

Commonwealth of Australia Parlimentary Debates Senate 22nd May to 21st June 1956 5 Eliz 11 Vol S. 8 Pages 841-1846 22nd Parliament 1st Session (First Period) Hon. P. J. Clarey, M.P.

Photograph

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Book - English - English Assignments

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Grey book with 2 lines around the perimeter, the outside one thicker than the inside one. Black writing. Cover is of thin cardboard.

Historical information

English Education in the 1950s. Roy Davies who grew up and lived on a dairy farm in the Kiewa Valley.

Significance

Historical: Comparison of education in Victoria. Provenance: The Davies family and their education living in an isolated valley, attending local country schools.

Inscriptions & Markings

In black: English / Assignments / for Senior Classes / By / L. G. Mahony / small coloured in black diamond / Pellegrini & Co. / Pty. Ltd. / 543 George St Sydney / In the Myer Emporium, Melbourne / 370 Queen St., Brisbane / 68 Gawler Place, Adelaide / 820 Hay St., Perth Roy Davies 4 B in smudged blue ink on inside cover page. And stamped below 'The Assembley Book Shop / 44 Margaret Street / Sydney

statement sheets

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Three statement sheets used by Charles Mehlert, a butcher in Orbost. They are in duplicate form with perforations between the copies. The top copy being for the customer and bottom copy for records. Two hole have been punched into the side for filing.

Historical information

These statement sheets were intended for use at the wholesale and retail butchery of Charles Mehlert which operated in Nicholson Street, Orbost.

Significance

This item reflects the history of a business in Orbost that no longer exists.

Photograph - Watsonia High School WaHIGH 1975 Form 4A

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1975 Form 4A

Historical information

A photograph of Watsonia High School 1975 Form 4A

Photograph - Cardboard Souvenir Pendant sold to finance G.O.R constuction

Lorne Historical Society, Lorne

Photograph of a cardboard pendant sold by the G.O.R. Trust to help finance the construction of the road. and used on the occasion of the opening of the first section in 1922

black and white photograph

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A black / white photograph of a family group with the mother seated on the left and the father on the right and twin girls standing between them. Three smaller children are seated in front. It is mounted on a grey buff card with the names written at the bottom.

Historical information

James Hossack and his wife, Penuel, arrived from Scotland to Geelong on Christmas Day 1852. James and Penuel had one daughter, Penuel who married Robert Pullar Cameron at Orbost. They had two sons, James(1858) and George(1860). James Hossack farmed "Brooklands" which he bought from John Cameron

Significance

The Hossack family was a prominent Orbost family with strong ties to the Presbyterian Church in Orbost. This item is a part of the Hossack family history.

Inscriptions & Markings

on front - "Charlotte, Jessie, Lizzie, James, Alex, Penuel & Jim Hossack"

Photograph - Post Card

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia postcard of Seals on Seal Rocks, Phillip Island

Historical information

One of 5 postcards donated by G. Haywood.

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Rose Series P 652" "On The Seal Rocks, Phillip Island, Vic."

gaiters

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

2 non matching webbing gaiters 1908 pattern

Photograph Tobacco seedlings - Pulling tobacco seedlings for Planting

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Coloured photograph pasted onto a thick wood chip backing. Two galvanised eyelets at the top of the frame, 50mm from each end, with a twine cord stretch from each, for hanging purposes. See also KVHS 0054A, KVHS0054C to KVHS 0054F

Historical information

This promotional photograph by the Tobacco Growers Association was in response to a 1935 meeting of tobacco growers from Victoria, South Australia and Queensland which produced four major resolutions for the industry covering the remainder of the 1900s. These four resolutions were: (1) Adequate tariff protection (2) Control of pests and diseases (3) Orderly marketing (4) The formation of an advisory council of growers. History has produced the following results. (1) adequate tariff protection was never achieved,(2) control of disease through benzol vapour (CSIRO) breakthrough, was later identified as carcinogenic, (3) orderly marketing was achieved through (4) the establishment of the Tobacco Growers Association(19840. In October 2006, by way of Government buy back of tobacco leases from growers, resulted in the end of Tobacco farming in Australia (after 136 years of planting the first crop). It was also significant that the major tobacco companies such as Philip Morris and The British American Tobacco Australasia advised the industry that it would source its tobacco requirements overseas by 2009.

Significance

The death of the tobacco industry(2006) resulted in the expansion of the dairy , sheep, beef cattle, venison and lama wool producers in the Kiewa Valley and surrounding regions. The remnants of the Tobacco Industry can still be viewed throughout the Kiewa Valley and adjacent regions on the former tobacco farms which still have the tobacco drying sheds and now converted into hay sheds. The problems from the large quantities of carcinogenic infused soil of farmlands in the region, still remains a problem now and for future generations. This particular photograph shows the lack of understanding by farmers and the contracted labour, at that time, and is demonstrated by the lack of protection of hands when handling seedlings and attached soil. Hand and foot protection was rarely used, even when later warnings were issued of the carcinogenic toxicity of the soil. The majority of farm owners, up until Health authorities stepped in the later stages of 1900s, were skeptical of city scientists' "carcinogenic" health warnings and it was only after the younger generation of farmers, who had graduated from Agricultural colleges, encompassed the scientific approach to farm management. The "she'll be right mate" attitude of the farming/rural community has since the 1970s been slowly dissipating. Stricter controls of herbicides and pesticides used in agriculture are now in force.

Inscriptions & Markings

A sign, which has been removed from the picture at some previous point in time is "Pulling seedlings for planting"

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1944

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

White, blue, green and gold soft covered magazine of 66 pages including advertisements. Artworks Mr Heseltine - By Ruth Mole Mack - By Beryl Grinter Frederick - By Beryl Grinter Stan - By Ruth Mole Scotty - By Joan Walter Jenko - By Ruth Mole Dagwood - By Ruth Mole Along the track - By Neville Reeve Kanga - By Ruth Mole Nev - By Ruth Mole Charlie - By Joan Walter Shergold - By Joan Walter Very friendly people at this beach, everyone's waving at me - By John Procter At the crest of the hill - By Joan Walter Joyce - By Beryl Grinter Mr Procter - By Ruth Mole Phyllis - By Neville Reeve Gwen - By Beryl Grinter Doreen - By William Bates Laurel - By Joan Walter Lorna - By Ruth Mole Ah! an important discovery! wireless poles on Mars - By Frank Daykin Barbara - By Joan Walter Winsome - By Beryl Grinter Kath - By Joan Walter Lola - By Ruth Mole Amy - By Beryl Grinter Laurel - By Beryl Grinter Gwen - By Beryl Grinter June - By Beryl Grinter Peggy - By Beatrice Burgess Winifred - By Ruth Mole Elaine - By M.D Iris - By Ruth Mole Iris - By Ruth Mole Isobel - By Joan Walter Betty - By Joan Walter Nancy - By Neville Reeve Charlie - By Ruth Mole Harold - By Joan Walter Sammy - By Joan Walter Brokie - By Ruth Mole Dick - By Joan Walter Mac - By Ruth Mole Mac - By Beryl Grinter Willie - By Beryl Grinter Deany - By Beryl Grinter Ducky - By Ruth Mole Fitzy - By Joan Walter

Historical information

List of Full Course Students' 1944, Editorial, News and Notes, Obituary, The Literary Society, Fumes from the Lab, Our Sojourn in Port Pirie, Arts & Crafts Gossip, Sport, Commercial Notes, The Junior Techs, List of Junior Technical School Students' 1944

Badge

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

Cap badge - Auxillary Teritorial Service.

Printmaking - Etching - 'Burning Land' by Christopher Croft

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed etching

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.

Nightshirt, inmate's

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A calico nightshirt with a blue stripe woven into the material. Round neckline with tacking stitches still present. Short sleeves. Back opening from neck to shoulder blades, fastened with two metal (brass) buttons.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on upper left breast in black ink "Calico Nightdress".

Rank Stripes

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

Numerous miscelanous rank stripes of various era's

Envelope - Packet: Ringwood Citizen Advisory Service 1968-1973

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Early Newsletters, rosters, promotion photo from newspaper 1968-1973; Ringwood Citizens Advisory Service (Maroondah Citizens Information Bureau)

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PHOTOSTAT SEPIA COPY - A VIEW FROM THE SCHOOL HILL, CLUNES, VIC.

Ink Jug

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Ink jug metal black with long spout & metal handle

Photograph - colour - Department of Mines: Geological map of Victoria

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

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph included in book "Victoria: Gold and Minerals" issued by Mines Department Victoria, 1935

Article, Journal - Lower Plenty State School LP1295

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

4 p. photocopied article from Australian Home Beautiful 1 June 1929, with 2p.handwritten history of the school 20/06/1921-11/04/1925 and page of photographs of building and people.

Historical information

The Australian Home Beautiful article on the Heidelberg and Eastern Golf Club indicates that its clubhouse comprised two buildings, "Bryn Teg" built by Mrs Thomas, one approximately 1849, the other 40 years later. The club moved into these buildings about 1928. The stables were converted for use in 1921 by Frederick Henry Gilsenan as the Lower Plenty State School No. 1295 which was open from 20/06/1921 to 11/04/1925. Mr. Gilsenan married Margaret Mar Cornall in 1923. They lived in Heidelberg, had a daughter, Verna in 1924. Mr Gilsenan was transferred to Mt Moriac SS No. 1608 in 1925. The handwritten account is written by Verna.

Significance

Historical significance about the premises of both the Lower Plenty State School and the Heidelberg Golf Club.

Limerick Lace Collar

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Hand embroidered Limerick style lace (Lace Group Embroiderers' Guild 1/3/12)

Historical information

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

Significance

The Amess family owned Churchill Island from 1872 to 1929. This lace collection was owned and contributed to by four generations of Amess women, see above.

Inscriptions & Markings

Packaged with note: "Limerick Lace Collar"

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of large group of unknown soldiers in four rows, standing and sitting on the ground in front of open structure with corrugated roof.

Historical information

Soldiers of the 2/24th Battalion C Company.

Significance

The 2/24th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army, which served during World War II .A unit of all-volunteers, it was formed in July 1940 from primarily Victorian volunteers and was known as "Wangaratta's Own" because of the time the battalion spent in the town during its formative period prior to deployment overseas. It served in North Africa in 1941–1942 as part of the 26th Brigade, which was assigned to the 7th Division, before being reassigned to the 9th Division. In early 1943, the battalion returned to Australia and later took part in campaigns against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1943–1944 and Borneo in 1945, before being disbanded in 1946. The 2/24th suffered the highest number of casualties of any 2nd AIF infantry battalion. The Unit was granted the Freedom of the City by the Rural City of Wangaratta in 1990 and one of the first, if not the first, to receive this type of honour.

Inscriptions & Markings

Partial C Company

Scrapbook

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Scrapbook of advertisements, newspaper articles and photographs about woollen mills in Geelong.

Historical information

Scrapbook of advertisements, newspaper articles and photographs about woollen mills in Geelong.

Inscriptions & Markings

Scrapbook

Booklet - Shire of Rodney - Building Regulations

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soft red cover with black lettering.

Historical information

Building regulations adopted by the Council of the Shire of Rodney, 24 May 1924

Untitled

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

Publication - Methods of breeding honeybees: intra-racial selection or inter-racial hybrids? (Ruttner, F.), London, 1968

Wheen Bee Foundation, Beechworth

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