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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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WW1 Posters x 6 Unframed copies

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

See Item 723

Gold License

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Medallion

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

H M A S Canberra March 1981

Photograph - Anzac Commemoration Service, Ringwood, 1956

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue card reads, 'Anzac Commemoration Service 1956. The last post'.

Photograph - Official opening of the Karralyka Centre, Mines Road, Ringwood on 19/4/1980 -

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Official opening of the Karralyka Centre - Sir Henry Winneke and Cr. Pat Gotlib (Mayor) standing next to plaque displaying details of the opening. +Additional Keywords: Winneke, Sir Henry / Gotlib, Pat (Cr)

CREAM COLOURED LAWN NIGHTDRESS

Bendigo Historical Society, Bendigo

Clothing. Nightdress, cream coloured lawn nightdress with 3/4 sleeves.Large yolk and lower sleeve edgings made from narrow strips of lace stitched together.Neck edge and lower sleeve edges with pink ribbon inserted. Front opening with three concealed button holes and three buttons. Pin tucking detail on either side of front opening. Hand made.

Bandage, cotton

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

An unused, 1 inch ( 2.5cm ) x 6 yards ( 2metres) cotton, ‘open wove’ bandage in a cellophane wrapper sold by G.J. Coles Pty Ltd Variety Stores

Historical information

A bandage is a piece of material used either to support a medical device such as a dressing or splint, or on its own to provide support to the body; it can also be used to restrict a part of the body. G. J. Coles opened the 'Coles Variety Store' on 9 April 1914 on Smith Street in the Melbourne, Victoria suburb of Collingwood. Further expansion occurred and Coles' interest in food retailing was spurred in 1958 when it acquired 54 John Connell Dickins grocery stores. It then acquired the Beilby's chain in South Australia in 1959 and 265 Matthews Thompson grocery stores in New South Wales in 1960 .In 1960, the first supermarket was opened in the Melbourne suburb Balwyn North, at the corner of Burke and Doncaster Roads where a modernised version continues to operate. By 1973, Coles had established stores in all Australian capital cities. From 1962, its supermarkets were branded Coles New World with accompanying rocket imagery. In 1991, the stores were re-branded Coles Supermarkets and from 1998, simply as Coles. George James (G. J.) Coles learned the retail trade working for his father's 'Coles Store' business from 1910 to 1913. The store continued operating as "The Original Coles" at Wilmot, Tasmania until it was destroyed by a fire on 24 January 2014.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cellophane wrapper top: WHITE OPEN WOVE / BANDAGE / 1 X 6 YDS. / SPECIAL QUALITY / G.J.COLES

Book - The International Scientific Series Vol 64

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

The International Scientific Series Vol 64 The Origin of Floral Structures Author: Rev. George Henslow Publisher: Keegan Paul Trench & Co Date: 1888

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

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on spine with typed text PAT 580 HEN Inside front cover has a sticker that reads Corangamite Regional Library Service

Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Black & White photograph with tree dominant in foreground, bridge stretching to Newhaven in background.

Historical information

Donated by John Jansson

Rosary

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Theatre Flyer - Between the Champagne, VB and Gossip, cabaret show, performed at Melbourne Athenaeum Two commencing 18 April 1996 as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival performed by harmony group 'High on Heels'

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Article - Donald James Creighton

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

1 Page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Donald James Creighton and his service in World War 1. Donald Creighton was born in Bundoora.

Photograph - Mr. & Mrs. Gibb.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Two awards given to Gibb Bakery c.1900.|Photo of Mr. & Mrs. Gibb.

Metal Jug

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Tapered metal container with pouring spout and handle used for measuring liquids.

Historical information

Thought to be used for measuring liquids in retail premises by Council Inspectors of Weights & Measures Department of Shire of Bulla and donated by Hume Council when amalagmation of Councils took place.

Inscriptions & Markings

on side "1 GALLON" on spout "crown/15 91/VIC"

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of the students at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic School, Sunbury. 1952

School Records - Individuals - Gunter, Arthur Stanley

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Individual school records of the pupils of the Higher Elementary School, Rutherglen.

Historical information

From School records, some more complete than others. Reports should contain information on the pupil's school work and give details of what they did when they left school. They should also show the name of a parent and the occupation. All sheets are indexed on a spreadsheet at the Common School Museum.

Photograph - Two men outside POCH building

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Photograph - Digital image - Watermarc under construction: Outside view of worksite.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Outside view of worksite. The redevelopment of the Greensborough Pool into the Watermarc aquatic centre is documented in this collection of photographs from the collection of Rosie Bray.

Significance

These photographs taken on a ‘Community Consultative Committee’ walk through prior to completion of Watermarc, May 18 2012.

Photograph - Four men at the opening of the Ballarat School of Mines E.J. Tippett Library

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

Four men stand during the opening of the E.J. Tippett Library. They are, from left to right, Dick Richards (former Principal), Graham Beanland (Principal), E.J. Tippett (President) and ? (possibly Frank Newman, Chair of State Council for Technical Education).

Historical information

R.W. Richards was Principal of the Ballarat School of Mines. He was famed for his role as an Antarctic explorer. E.J. Tippett was a long serving Council member and President of the Ballarat School of Mines.

Tea Cosy and Sauce Bottle Cover

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

White, Crochet Tea Cosy and Sauce Bottle cover.

Photograph - Duchess of York, opening of Emily McPherson College, 27 Apr 1927

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph of the Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother) with Ethel Elizabeth Osborne opening the Emily McPherson College, 27 April 1927. Sir William McPherson behind the Duchess.

Book - Wool Catalogues 1948-1949 No.s 1-14 Wool & Produce Manager

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Wool catalogues produced by the woolbrokers Goldsborough Mort, titled: Wool Catalogues 1948-1949 No.s 1-14 Wool and Produce Manager.

Inscriptions & Markings

WOOL / CATALOGUES / 1948-1949 / No.s 1-14 / WOOL & / PRODUCE / MANAGER

BOOK - Letters to Ilba 1915-1919

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photo of a group of people sitting on an embankment and one man sitting on a large rock by Jackson's Creek. The men and women are dressed in suits and/or dresses. There is a waterfall behind and to the left of the party and a tree trunk in the foreground. Black and white with broad black margin on either side of the photograph.

Historical information

The photograph has been printed from a glass negative which is part of the collection held by the Sunbury and District Heritage Association Inc. It is a view of Jackson's Creek near Eadies Mill.

Soldiers posing on horses - robertson thomas087.tif

Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc, Melbourne

photo

Plaque - Red Cross Calling

Brimbank City Council, Sunshine

Dark wooden plaque with gold imitation plate

Event Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Programme: ALICE MARBLE PROFESSIONAL TENNIS TOUR SEASON 1941 Materials: Paper, Ink

badge

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

An oval shaped metal badge / pin with celluloid ribbons of green and yellow. There is a raised football in the centre.

Historical information

This badge was found underneath a house in Marlo Road. The Orbost football club players were known as the Busters and wore green and gold guernseys. An Orbost football team has participated in the East Gippsland League since the early 20th century. In 2003 in response to a dwindling population, the Snowy Rovers and Orbost Football Clubs were driven to merge into the Orbost Snowy Rovers.

Significance

Football Club through its many changes has always been an important social fabric of the Orbost community. Sport is often regarded as an important part of life in rural Australia, contributing to community identity, sense of place, social interaction and good health

Inscriptions & Markings

Orbost F.C. Patron 1950

Annual Report - Jolimont Square Social Club Annual Report 1987

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Green soft cover, Size 29cmHx21cmW, 16pages

Music Book - Chopin Valses

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Music book, Imperial Edition No. 18, Title: "Chopin Valses" Complete. Revised and Edited by Stanford Barton. Front cover pink with bold black printing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Olive N. Walker Grassmere Cavendish

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