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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 - Guinea Gold

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two page cream coloured newspaper with black print.

Historical information

Two page newspaper containing news from home.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Edition Guinea Gold Volume 3 No 272 Friday August 171945

Framed Item

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

Medal Collection. Chinese Communist Medals

Medicine Bottles

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

2 x glass medicine bottles, with black screw top, bakelite lids, and paper labels on each.

Inscriptions & Markings

1. "Aconite 1 x" 2. "Chamomilla 1 x"

Old Cars lower Sturt St

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.

Article - George Young Hendry

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

One page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about George Young Hendry and his service in World War 1. At the time of his enlistment, George was living at Bundoora

Publication

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

"Revolutionary Development in a pacified Provence An Giang" by Ministry of Information of the Republic of Vietnam. (Nth)

Chimney

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Glass Crimp Top Chimney for lantern. Guaranteed Fire Proof - Size B Length 6�"

Ink Well

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

Ink well, glass, rectangular hollow form. Rounded corners. With two bowls for ink, presumably red and black, and smaller recess for pens

Sound recording - Sean Quinn - move to Cooparoo

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 wmv file

Historical information

Sean Quinn, who is a Vision Australia client, talks about he became blind and his journey through life including the move to the new office at Cooparoo.

BADGES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Badge, metal, diamond shape, grey outer with red over white diamond centre. .2) Badge, metal, diamond shape, grey outer, red diamond centre with possible purple rectangular shape centre. .3) Badge, metal, oval shape, grey outer with oval purple over red centre. .4) Badge, metal, Maltese Cross style with centre laurel wreath & RAF centre.

Historical information

Items relate to the HEWSTON Family WWI & WWII. .1), .3) are Association Badges. .2) This is a 13th Australian General Hospital badge. .4) At this point unknown.

Photograph - Colour - Rees Headstone at the Franklinford Cemetery, 2015

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

"Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth W. Rees daughter of William and Margaret Rees. Yandoit Late of Chewton who died 31th (sic) 1866. Aged 3 years and 4 months. Also the aforesaid William M. Rees. Late of Gwter Fawr Gaermarthen Shie, South Wales. Who died Oct 10th 1868 aged 55 years. And Elizabeth Rees born May 9th 1866. Died March 8th 1870. Aged 3 Years and 10 months.

Historical information

William M. Rees was born at Gwter Fawr Gaermarthen Shire, South Wales

Photograph - copy - Royal Visit Tatura 1954

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of decorated archway and shops for Royal visit to Tatura in 1954

Historical information

Copy of photograph of Tatura Agricultural Society banner to welcome Queen Elizabeth 2 and Duke of Edinburgh when they visited Tatura in 1954. Looking east down Hogan Street.

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Visit 1954

Photograph - "Stanbury Royal Command" Rew. 59155-315

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph of ram "Stanbury Royal Commmand" from the Stanbury Stud Farm, Ceres, Victoria, bred and exhibited by R.E. Wettenhall.

Historical information

Photograph of ram "Stanbury Royal Commmand" from the Stanbury Stud Farm, Ceres, Victoria, bred and exhibited by RE Wettenhall.

Aperture Card microfilm - Parish Plan Beechworth (Duplicate)

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

card with a single microfilm insert

Historical information

Town layout of Beechworth

Ballarat Teachers' College Ceremonial Collar

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

Light blue grosgrain sash, bound in yellow taffeta, sewn by machine. Two mitred seams, one at each shoulder, hand sewn and two seams machine stitched on straight part of sash. A BTC insignia is placed in the centre back. The insignia is stitched in yellow, royal blue and dark blue cotton. This sash is hand sewn at the end of one side length, in order to shorten it.

Historical information

Worn by the principal of Ballarat Teachers' College over black academic gown at formal assemblies. Ellwood was the Principal of the Ballarat Teachers' College. Ballarat Teachers’ College was opened on 04 May 1926, at S.S. 33 Dana Street, with an enrolment of 61 students. Its original staff consisted of the Principal, Mr W.H. Ellwood, M.A., M.Ed. (Chairman of the Teachers’ Tribunal from its inception in 1946 until 1954), Miss A. Bouchier, B.A., and Mr A.B. Jones, BA., (lecturers). In 1927 Miss P.A. Hamano joined the staff. In 1927 the college moved to the old Ballarat East Town Hall (remodelled for their use) in Barkly Street. During 1927 the numbers in the College were augmented by 26 Manual Arts students, who had formerly received their training at Ballarat High School. Manual Art students continued till 1930 when, on grounds of economy, their training was concentrated at Melbourne Teachers’ College. During the four succeeding years, approximately 60 students annually entered the primary course. Inclusive of Manual Arts students, and private fee-paying students, exactly 400 trainees passed through the College in its brief span of life (1926-1931). Five per cent of each year’s students were granted an extension of their studentship to enable them to proceed to Melbourne Teachers’ College, and to take the first year’s course for a University degree. With the advent of the economic depression of the ‘thirties, Ballarat Teachers' College closed its doors in December, 1931. Fourteen years were to pass before the College opened again on February 2nd, 1946. The college re-commenced at SS Dana Street, under the guidance of Mr W.F. Lord, M.C., M.M., B.A., Dip. Ed., (acting, later Principal 1946-1950) and a staff consisting of Miss E.B. Hughes, B.A., Dip. Ed., Mr C.B. Bryan, B.A., B. Com., Dip. Ed., Miss Monica H. Miller, L.Mus.A., and Miss G. Kentish, Dip. Phys. Ed. The opening ceremony was performed by the Minister of Education at that time, the Hon. F. Field, M.L.A., accompanied by the Hon. T.T. Hollway, M.L.A., and the then Director of Education, Mr J.A. Seitz. It was originally intended to cater for women students only but, at the last moment, men resident in Ballarat were also accepted. A co-educational college was thus set up instead, and it has continued as such. 1951 saw the introduction of the two-year course, successful students being presented with the Trained Primary Teacher’s Certificate at the final College Assembly each year. In December 1955, College held its first Graduation Ceremony, with its own Graduation Hymn, the words of which were written by Miss C.M. (Mavis) Canty of the staff. Lord remained as principal until 1951 when he transferred to establish a teachers' college at Toorak. Tom William Turner was Lord's successor. A highlight of his term was the construction of new college buildings at Gillies Street with the students commencing their lessons there in February 1958. Turner retired in 1970, having overseen a period of substantial growth in the institution. In that year alone more than one hundred and forty students completed their primary teaching qualification to meet a severe shortage of teachers. Doug Watson commenced as principal in 1971. In 1973 Ballarat Teachers' College became the State College of Victoria at Ballarat. Three years later Ballarat College of Advanced Education was formed and the teacher education students moved to the Mount Helen Campus. In 1990 Ballarat College of Advanced Education became Ballarat University College, an affiliated college with the University of Melbourne. The University of Ballarat was formed in January 1994.

Inscriptions & Markings

Extra Muros (Beyond the Wall) on insignia BTC (Ballarat Teachers' college)

stamps

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Two stamps, one with a black handle, one with red handle. One is square and has the word CANCELLED within a circle. The other is rectangular in shape and has the words ORBOST FREIGHT DEPOT.

Historical information

Used by Victorian Railways at the Orbost Railway Station. The line to Orbost closed in 1987.

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

CANCELLED ORBOST FREIGHT DEPOT

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

James Murgatroyd worked in textile mills in England, Victoria and NSW. His son Fred worked as a loom tuner at Yarra Falls, Tweedside and Collins mills in Victoria as well as in Sydney, and studied at Leeds University.

Inscriptions & Markings

F Murgatroyd

Pencil and Watercolour - 'Body With Offerings' by Duncan Lannan

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed pencil and watercolour painting. School of Human Movement Collection

Historical information

Duncan LANNAN (1972- ) Duncan Lannan undertook a Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts) at RMIT between 1995 and 1996. A further two years study at the University of Ballarat (now Federation University Australia) saw Duncan Lannan awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) in 2000. Ge completed a Graduate Diploma od Education at the University of Melbourne in 2001. 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.

1947 Senior football team

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Copy of black and white photograph of WHS 1947 senior football team mounted on paper with photo corners.

Inscriptions & Markings

See jpg above for names of those in photo.

Photo of the first Drama group performance in 1957 - Performers of the first Slovenian drama group performance in Melbourne, 1957

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Actors of the first Slovenian Drama group in 1957, performing at the Kensington Town Hall with the comedy Županova Micka. Performers include: Ivan Jenc, Zorka Boletova, Srecko Kosir, Tinka Verbic, Tone Wergles, Ludvik Pirnat, Elka Pirnat, Erik Zdrazil

Historical information

The performers of the first Slovenian comedy in Australia performed in 1957 at the Kensington Town Hall. The actors names are as follows:

Significance

The continuation of Slovenian culture and language in Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

The costumes were are made by the members or hired

Photograph

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

Tennis Club. A minister is standing on the end right side so it may be a church club.

Trunk Cover

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Cabin Trunk Cover, white with knitted lace fringe on all sides

Photograph - Mr Charles Ansell Smith

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Heritage Collection, Surrey Hills

B&W head and shoulders portrait of a bearded man in formal attire.

Historical information

Charles Ansell Smith (c1861-1934) lived at 'Devon', 3 Vincent Street from at least 1910 but perhaps earlier until 1915. Baptised 23 April 1861 in Tintinhull, Somerset - son of William Maxwell & Louisa Claudina Smith (nee Ansell). His father was curate of the church at the time. Married Helen Malvira MacKenzie. Charles Ansell and Helen Malvina Smith’s children: 1. Kenneth Ansell – b 1892 d 3 May 1977 at Lancefield SERN 819 Enlisted AIF on 17/8/1914 giving his occupation as book seller Assigned to 8th Battalion, G company Enlisted 17 August 1914 Embarked A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914 Returned to Australia on 23 October 1918 Obituary describes him as eldest child of the late Charles Ansell & Helen M Smith of Surrey Hills and Lancefield. 2. Stanley Charles – b 1893 (Carlton) - lived Surrey Hills 3. Dorothy Louisa – b 1894 - 1988 4. Harold Maxwell Pasco – b 1897 Oakleigh SERN 3268 Educated Surrey Hills State School Religion Cof E Occupation: Clerk Served with 48th Infantry CMF, Kooyong Enlisted 23 July 1915 – parents living at Vincent Street at the time Assigned to 24th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement Embarked HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 26 November 1915 KIA 4 October 1917 at Passchendaele, Ypres No known grave. Parents at ‘Cloverdale’, Lancefield 5. Francis W D (Frank) – b 1898 – 1972 Obituary: Frank (FWD) Smith on Feb 14 (suddenly) Francis Wm Douglas Smith, son of Charles Ansell & Helen M (Surrey Hills & Lancefield) and brother of Kenneth (Lancefield), Dorothy (Mrs Cromwell), Harold (KIA) Roy & Stanley. 6. Roy MacKenzie – b 1901 – 1988 m Ruby Olive Laity in 1931 So, the children were all born before the family came to Surrey Hills but Vincent Street was where they grew up. Charles and Helen are buried in Box Hill Cemetery (CE-NS-1266)

1971 senior soccer team

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white photograph of Williamstown High School senior soccer team of 1971.

Inscriptions & Markings

Student in centre front has had face obscured.

Callipers

Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc,

callipers

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.

Object - Association for the Blind Vision Victoria signature guide

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Plastic plate with 1 rectangular space

Historical information

To assist visually impaired people using their signature, this guide was produced and could be placed over any paper or form.

Inscriptions & Markings

Association for the Blind Vision Victoria Signature template

Object - Typewriter

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

Black metal typewriter

Historical information

This typewriter was used by Sylvia Shillington (later Morris) who taught at the Ballarat School of Mines.

Book - SAVING PRIVATE SARBI(The true story of Australia's canine war hero)

Tramways/East Melbourne RSL Sub Branch - RSL Victoria Listing id: 27511, Fitzroy

Folder - William Bremmer

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on William Bremmer, Yarra Flats, 1868

Document - Mortlake Mechanics' Institute Scroll

Mortlake and District Historical Society, Mortlake

Discoloured foolscap parchment with copperplate lettering, some water damage which has caused the obliteration of the names of the Members of the Building Committee, Hon.Secretary and Architect.

Historical information

In April 1869 when the foundation stone of the Mortlake Mechanics' Institute was laid by Thomas Shaw of Wooriwyrite, this parchment scroll was sealed with other documents in the foundation stone. In 1891 when further alterations were made the hall these documents were retrieved from the stone.

Significance

This building was erected to house the local library whichup until that time had been housed in the Morllake Common School.

Inscriptions & Markings

At a Public Meeting presided over by John Grieve Esq. President of the Shire/The foundation stone/of this building/was laid by - /Thomas Shaw Junior Esquire the President of the Institute on Monday/the 29th day of March A. D. 1869 in the 32nd year of the Reign of Her/Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria Sir I. A. T. Manners Sutton/being Governor of this Colony of Victoria/With this Scroll is Deposited/A copy of The Argus Newspaper of 28th March 1869/A copy of The Warrnambool Examiner of ? March 1869/A copy of The Belfast Examiner of 17th March 1869/Members of/The Building/ Committee/Hon.Secretary and Treasurer/Architect/Contractors/Messrs Jenkins and Harvey,Mason/Mr Joseph Wyatt,Carpenter.

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