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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

170647 items


170647 items

Newspaper (digital) - Caulfield Contact - 1976

Glen Eira City Council History and Heritage Collection, Caulfield

Scanned digital files of Caulfield Contact from 1976 includes 4 volumes: Vol. 1, no. 1 (July 28, 1976) -vol. 2 no. 2 (December 6, 1976). Issues are organised by registration number-year-volume number-issue number-month-day

Historical information

The Caulfield Contact was the official newspaper of the City of Caulfield from 1976-1994. The City of Caulfield was the Municipal Council for an area of the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, including Brighton East, Carnegie, Caulfield, Elsternwick, Gardenvale, Glen Huntly, McKinnon, Murrumbeena, Ormond and St Kilda East. Following the amalgamation of City of Caulfield and parts of the City of Moorabbin in 1994, the municipality was renamed the City of Glen Eira. The Caulfield Contact was replaced by the Glen Eira News. Twenty-fifth (25th) anniversary of home help service; Profiles on Councillors Ray Mann, David Nolan; Murray and Wells call out for historical material; Resident's proposal for ward boundary changes accepted by Council, Profiles Councillor Bert Caldwell, Stan Hunter Town Hall Reprieve, History of Caulfield First Caulfield Arbor Day, Results of Council Elections held on 26 August 1976

Saw Logging

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

This saw is a Warranted Superior One/Two Man Logging Saw. It has 68 teeth and is 42 inches long. At a position of one inch (2.5cm) from the end is a hole one inch down from the leading edge. There is another hole 45 cm in front of the handle. Both these holes are for a "helper handle" which when in use renders this logging saw fit for a two man operation. This is a cross cut saw for cutting down vertical trees (horizontal cut) The handle is made from wood and fastened to the blade by three heavy duty screws. The one helper handle stands 150mm high and has a 150mm wooden hand grip.

Historical information

This item can be seen as a hand piece belonging to a logger or farmer spanning over one hundred or more years. The equipment was made to perfection as a hand tool and has not been improved upon since its introduction into the logging industry or farming fraternity. It can be used by one person or two (husband and wife or father and child). Its versatility is ageless. It can be used for domestic clearing of the paddocks, or for domestic fire places and stoves or commercial logging up until the 2000s (introduction of specific logging trucks that cut and treat the trees in one process).


This item is very significant to the rural and logging regions within the Kiewa Valley. It has been used for domestic wood cutting and for industrial logging in the mid to late 1900s. It was used when clearing land for the SEC Hydro scheme and to allow for the introduction of the Mount Beauty construction workers' village (later developed into the town) The great advantage of this saw was that it uses only muscle power and can be located where ever a lumber "Jack" or property owner can venture. either by foot or by horse.

Inscriptions & Markings

The central screw has 25mm manufacturers' identification logo stamped "WARRANTED SUPERIOR".

Photograph, 1916 William Henry Thomas in WW1 Uniform - 1916 William Henry Thomas in WW1 Uniform

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

Photograph is black and white. William Henry Thomas is standing straight and tall in the centre of the photograph, looking directly at the photographer while holding a weapon in his right hand. He is in his military uniform (WW1) .

Historical information

1916 William Henry Thomas of Keys Road , South Brighton (now Moorabbin ) in WW 1 1914 -1918 1st AIF uniform. William was born in 1894 , Christened at the Wesleyan Church. (Methodist), Wickham Road, South Brighton and attended Moorabbin State School. . Private Thomas was a market gardener in Moorabbin prior to his enlistment in the Australian Imperial Force on 19 July 1915. Both his parents wrote separate letters giving their consent for their son to serve overseas due to " the pressing request of my son William Henry, also the urgent need of recruits do give my consent that he shall go to the front." September 29th 1915 he left Australia with the 5th Reinforcements of the 24th Battalion for Egypt. March 1916 he was hospitalised with Mumps and shortly after left Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force for France where he transferred to the 6th Australian Machine Gun Company.. Whilst on leave in England he received medical attention before returning to France and 13 November 1918 he spent a week in the care of the 7rh Field Ambulance suffering with influenza . Private Thomas returned to Australia on the hospital transport Castalia 13 April 1919 and his enlistment was terminated 26 September 1919


Private William Henry Thomas and his family are examples of the patriotism exhibited by the market gardeners, and indeed throughout Australia, during the World War 1 1914-1918.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front of Mount : Ainor Studio Auburn Back of Mount : William Henry Thomas / 1st World War 1916 / Keys Rd., Moorabbin / Born 1894 / Christened at Wesleyan ( Methodist ) Church / Wickham Rd., / South Brighton / now Uniting Church unsigned undated

Aperture Card microfilm - Parish Schedule Chiltern

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

card with a single microfilm insert

Historical information

Parish Schedule of Chiltern

soldier posing on horse in camp

Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc, Melbourne


Book - What house is that?: a guide to Victoria's housing styles

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Heritage Collection, Surrey Hills

It includes a timeline when styles emerged, details of styles including paint colours and tips for sustainable renovation.

Historical information

This publication is a joint project between Heritage Victoria and the Building Commission to celebrate the Year of the Built Environment 2004, and our built heritage.

Photograph - Black and White - William Durant

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

Photographic Portrait

Book - Koorie

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Paperback; 57, [3] pages : illustrations, maps, ports ; 30 cm.

Historical information

Oldest culture - Yarra River and Port Phillip - Religion - Serpents - Fire - In 1830 - First contacts - Massacre map - Survival - Identity - Resistance and rights (Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls) - Land rights - From hand-out to hand-back - Aborigines in war - Sportspeople - Cultural heritage.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0724198105


Seaworks Maritime Museum, Williamstown

Set of four identical medallions in different cases

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to J.B.King by Mayor of Ningbo and Zhejiang Province. PMA A0221

Photograph of a wooden barn and man

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph of a large wooden barn and a man walking with a large wooden barrel on a hand trolley

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photographic collection dating from the nineteenth century. This series of photographs was probably taken at a Farm in Kyneton and shows a similar historic farm to Churchill Island

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number written on reverse in pencil.

Identity card - William Hall Robertson's identity card

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

Double sided card with handwritten details on a printed card

Historical information

This card was witnessed by Elizabeth Ann Robertson of 1004 Mair St, Ballarat. It most probably has something to do with security during World War 2.

Book - Brief History 1925-1975, East Kew Presbyterian Church

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Historical information

Kew Historical Society, founded in 1958, has an extensive reference library, of which this book is a part. Volumes in the library are used by members for research into aspects of local history and/or to support the Society's collections of pictures, maps, fashion and artefacts. Reference books have entered the collection through donation, presentation, collection and purchase.

Motbok (Passbook) - Motbok for Allan Charles Quinn

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A small book with pale blue covers, stained with dark blue ink. There are six pages held together with two staples.

Historical information

The entire passbook is written in Swedish. It was used between the 28 of Febuary 1945 and the 30th of November 1945 and seems to record Allan Quinn's wages. Allan visited Sweden many times, and eventually learnt the language.


This is a passbook belonged to Allan Quinn, and is part of a collection of letters and photograph depicting aspects of life at sea for a young man in the era immediately following World War II.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: STARBOARD BOAT NO P. (typed) / MOTBOK / FOR (printed) / JUNGNAN (handwritten)/ UPPASARE (crossed out) ALLAN CHARLES QUINN (typed). In the top right hand corner is a paragraph of writing in Swedish. Reverse: PRINTED IN U.S.A U92260 printed in black ink.

Artwork - sketch - A Rustic Corner at White Flat by Enid Johnston

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

Line drawing with a tree as the central focal point. I post and rail fence runs from the left to the centre and a number of miners cottage are in the mid and back ground.

Historical information

Enid Johnston was an student at the Ballarat School of Mines Technical Art School. The work depicted was reproduced in the Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1939. White Flat is in close proximity to the Ballarat School of Mines so would have been a favoured site for drawing 'en plein air'.

Military on March Melbourne 6

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.

1996 Tennis Australia Annual Report

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

1996 Tennis Australia Annual Report Materials: Paper, Ink


National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings


Photograph - Breezy day at Point Henry, near Geelong, Walter Withers (c. 1900)

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Bicentennial/Heritage Week Display, "The Eltham Tradition", Eltham Shire Office, 17-22 April 1988 Purchased by the NGV 1958

Collar - Faux Astrakhan Collar

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Brown imitation astrakhan fur collar

Photograph - Tower at back of mudbrick house, possibly St Andrews area

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour print 10 x 15 cm

Photograph - Deb. Ball incl Jenny Young and David Young (undated)

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photograph, "Jenny Young and David Young partner, deb. ball". The inscription does not indicate which couple are Jenny and David Young. Also on back of photograph, "Peter Payens of Ringwood Studios"

8th Light Horse at railway station

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and White photograph mounted on fluted plastic card of large group of soldiers, civilians and children on railway station.

Inscriptions & Markings

" 8th Light Horse B Squadron on North Williamstown Station "

Book - Lowan Lodge By-laws

Nhill & District Historical Society Inc., Nhill

Forceps, Naegele's

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Forceps, Naegele's, with ebony handles with cross-hatch pattterning, no manufacturer's stamp.

Historical information

Possibly collected by Dr Frank Forster. Examined and identified by Bryan Hibbard.


Clunes Museum, Clunes



Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W copy of studio portrait of Miss Rhoda Ransom.

Historical information

Sr Rhoda Ransom, born Maryborough Victoria, 29 Dec 1887, worked as a nursing sister with the Methodist Mission in New Guinea from July 1912 until March 1913 when she returned to Australia suffering from malaria and rheumatic problems in her legs. Rhoda lived on the island of Ulu, which was across the channel east of Rabaul. Married George Frederick Cornwell 2nd February 1924. Died 30th May 1968.

SPOCA, Annual Dinners

St Patrick's Old Collegians Association (SPOCA), East Melbourne

2088 Michael Cooper

Photo - Light Horse

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

B&W photo of Light Horse returning to the lines. Kilmore Camp. Easter 1911

Inscriptions & Markings

Light Horse returning to the lines. Kilmore Camp. Easter 1911 48

45 R.P.M. Record - A Silver Star

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a circular 45 R.P.M. black disc with silver-coloured printing in the centre. The cove has a black and white photograph of the singer on the front with white and blue printing, an image of a star and the logo of the recording company. There are also two pink labels from the retail shop where the record was purchased. The back cover has black and blue printing

Historical information

This item was made by Crest Records, a Melbourne company established by Marcus Herman that recorded pop, jazz, folk, liturgical and other music from the early 1960s to the mid 1970s. The music and words of ‘A Silver Star’ were by Glorie Attrill nee McLean(1911-1998) who was born in Glenormiston, Victoria. She lived and farmed for some years at The Sisters and in her later years lived at Terang. She wrote several songs, with ‘A Silver Star’ being her best-loved composition. Her two autobiographical booklets are ‘Sunset Serenade’ and ‘At Twilight’. John McSwain was the son of an acquaintance in her childhood days.


This record is of interest as the one of the songs was written by a local woman, Glorie Attrill and the disc was recorded in Warrnambool in the 1970s.

Inscriptions & Markings

A Silver Star John McSwain Crest

Booklet - Field Engineering Pam 7 Booby Traps Parts 1 & 2

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

A soft covered booklet providing a basic knowledge of the principles involved and the mechanisms used in booby traps.

Inscriptions & Markings

DSN 7610-66-048-1189

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