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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

161961 items


161961 items

Photograph - Colour - View from the Balcony of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall, 2017

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Newspaper clipping - Rose remembered as a suburb blooms.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

A one page multi coloured newspaper article.

Historical information

It is based on the history of St Katherine's Anglican Church, St Helena.


The church in the article was originally erected in memory of Katherine Rose Beale, wife of Major Anthony Beale an original pioneer of Greensborough.

Inscriptions & Markings



University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Chassis B

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

This letter is written on a single sheet of unlined buff-coloured paper. The paper has been folded in half, in book form (0852.a). It is headed The Meadows, Epsom and is dated 7/12/50. The off-white envelope (0852.b) is addressed to Kip Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria. There are two United Kingdom stamps in the upper right hand corner, an air mail sticker on the left and is post-marked Epsom, Surrey.

Historical information

The correspondent writes "'.... I am sending ........a little Xmas gift of 100 pounds Sterling that should be worth 125 pounds at the rate of exchange when it reaches Australia"


Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

The letter commences "Dear Kip..." and is signed "Jim".

Baby shoes

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

A pair of white leather baby button slippers with button and pattern on the front.

Historical information

Baby shoes worn by Bev Andrews in 1942.

Sampler - framed

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A colourful sampler showing numbers and letters, a house and garden in plain gold/brown frame. Sampler is in a wooden frame with glass front.

Historical information

A colourful sampler worked in Scotland about 1820 by Ursula Blair, who was only 12 years old. Donated from the estate of Elsie Cooke. Elsie Cooke lived all her life in Gippsland,. She was born at Brodribb in 1895 and died in 1970, Elsie Cooke lived at Bruthen for a short time and, in 1937, moved to live with her aunt, Miss Jean Munro. Miss Cooke was Librarian at the Mechanics Institute for many years. Kindness and consideration for other were Miss Cooke’s attributes and she endeared herself to all who knew her. She was a loyal member of the Presbyterian Church and a stalwart of the Ladies’ Guild, an energetic worker for the Municipal Auxiliary and a member of the Red Cross. The Blair connection is from the Munro family -maternal side.


This item shows the needlework skills which were being taught to young girls in preparation for their duties as wives.


Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc,

plane, wood, moulding, rebate, scew 3/4"

Historical information

This item is part of the Thomas Caine Tool Collection, owned by The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and curated by the Hand Tools Preservation Association of Australia.


Tennis Australia, Melbourne

ITF Davis Cup 2002 First Round Materials: Paper, Ink

Photograph - The Stag Hotel(Seacombe House)

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Black and white Photograph

Historical information

After closing as The Stag Hotel the building became known as Seacombe House a boarding house and later a boarding school. First Licensee was a Captain John Turner Sanders in 1848.

Allison Road, 78A-78B, Elsternwick

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield South

One black and white photograph of the exterior of the house at 78A-B ALLISON RD, Elsternwick; at corner with Meaney St., Photographer: Kerr Bros, 533 Collins St, Melbourne., Photograph taken 1937 (from back of photograph).

Costume - Swimsuit by Miss Jantzen, 1970s

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

A woman's size 12 red and white swimsuit manufactured by Miss Jantzen, and made in Australia.

Sketch - Sketch by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Adam Lindsay Gordon Commemorative Committee ,

A pencil sketch by Adam Lindsay Gordon who had a habit of making sketches and giving them to friends.

Textile - Lace

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Piece of very finely constructed coffee-coloured lace probably removed from the bodice of a dress.

Image - Dugout Canoe, c1939

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

Dugout canoe


Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc,

plane, wood, bench, jack, continental

Historical information

This item is part of the Thomas Caine Tool Collection, owned by The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and curated by the Hand Tools Preservation Association of Australia.

groups of soldiers in a desert

Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc, Melbourne


Book - Draft Document for Reconciliation (folder containing loose leaflets)

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

1 portfolio (various pieces) ; 31 cm.

Historical information

Draft document for reconciliation for discussion by the Australian people.


Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Colour photo of G Murray with captured weapons. Label at bottom details time, place and weapons. Frame is brown stained wood.

Historical information

Geoff Murray No 3411521, Vietnam 3 Cav Regt 27.11.67 to 22.10.68, Survey Corp 15.10.69 to 15.10.70. Refer 638P.

Photograph- Bus tour to Murray 2 Power Station

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Black and white photograph mounted on buff card Bus tour to Murray 2 Power Station showing 2 buses and group of Kiewa Valley residents

Historical information

The Murray Region Hydroelectric Power Stations are two of seven hydro power stations, located near Khancoban in NSW. The two power stations are part of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electricity Scheme, which is an extensive hydroelectricity and irrigation complex constructed in south-east Australia between 1949 and 1974 and now run by Snowy Hydro. Although both power stations are located in NSW, since 1 July 2008 all power generated has been allocated to the Victorian region of the National Electricity Market. Murray 2 Power Station was the first in the Snowy Scheme to use Japanese supplied large electrical and mechanical components


Photographs demonstrate local Kiewa Valley residents enjoying an educational visit to Murray 2 Power Station which holds significance to the early history of the Hydro-electric Scheme in the area. Also demonstrates a pictorial history of social activities undertaken during this period

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in blue ink above photo "Snapshots Clare Roper' Handwritten in black ink below photo "Bus tour to Murray 2 Power Station'

Envelope - Packet: Tintern Church of England Grammar School - Foundation Stone Laying 1950, Plans, Letters, Clippings to 1994

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Tintern Church of England Grammar School invitation to laying of foundation stone 1950; Booklet of plan for Tintern school; Letters, newspaper clippings to 1994


Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of garden, fountain made by prisoners.

Photograph - Ringwood's first post office showing first postmistress, Miss M. Thompson. 1890

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed below photograph, "Ringwood's first Post Office showing first Postmistress, Miss M. Thompson and her mother. 1890". (South side of Main Street (Maroondah Highway), approximately 300 meters west of Ringwood Railway Station). Writing on back of original photograph reads, "Grandma and Auntie Martha Thomson 1890". Stamps on back of photograph read, "Wall Bros. Photographers ... St. Kilda". Other stamp reads, "R.J.T. Futcher, Geelong, Victoria, Australia".

Photograph - East Ringwood Football Club: Lionel Johnston (Coach) receiving presentation from Mr. T. Reddish (Pres.)

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photograph, "Lionel Johnston coach of East Ringwood Football Club receiving presentation from Mr. T. Reddish (Pres.)"

Soldier posing in camp - red cliffs00142.tif

Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc, Melbourne

Hymn book

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows a timber jinker owned by the Bubb family travelling along the Anglsea Road circa 1950.


The Bubb family was one of the prominent pioneer families of Bellbrae.

Book. A New Bendigo. - A New Bendigo.The Story of Gold and Silver Mines in St.Arnaud

St Arnaud and District Historical Society , St Arnaud

A soft cover book, A New Bendigo The Story of the Gold and Silver Mines of St.Arnaud by Ralph W. Birrell. 257 pages, includes photographs.and map.

Article: Town's Social Centre Has A Second Life

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Full page of Bendigo Advertiser including article

Historical information

David Gordon Collection.

Photograph - Antimony Mine, Ringwood 1920

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Black and white photograph showing mine building and poppet head. Gum trees to left of picture. (3 copies, various sizes)

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed below photograph, "Antimony Mine, Ringwood - 1920". Catalogue card reads, "Main antimony mine, 1920. Now Civic Centre site. Mullock heaps ("tailings") around place used extensively in making roads in Ringwood in early days."

Envelope - Packet: Ringwood Jaycees - Art Show Programmes 1975; Development Project 1962-1963

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Packet 1 (of 2) Art show 1975; Packet 1 (of 2) Community Development Project 1962-1963

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