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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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Illuminated Address - Camperdown Illuminated Address

Ballarat Diocesan Historical Commission, Ballarat

Historical information

Illuminated Address from the First World War period and the wording on this address makes particular mention of our boys "doing their bit". The artist was J. Hennessy of Carlton.

Book - Bogong High Plains x2 - Early History and Discovery of the Bogong High Plains

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Yellow cardboard covered book with black sketches and green print. 9 one-sided pages held together by 3 staples and taped over the staples. One - has sheets enclosed "The Three Floras of Bogong" and "General Geology of the Kiewa Area".

Historical information

The State Electricity Commission of Victoria constructed the Kiewa Hydro Electric Scheme in the north east of Victoria. Mr R.M. Duncan prepared the notes. He was a member of the S.E.C. Kiewa Branch from 1949 - 1966. This book was commissioned by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria. It consists of the early history of the Bogong High Plains and the origin of names of places and creeks in the area.

Significance

This book was researched in 1968 by Mr R.M. Duncan who worked for the S.E.C. on the Kiewa Hydro Electric Scheme from 1949 to 1966. His sources were the Melbourne Public Library, the Victorian Historical Society, the North Eastern Victorian Historical Society and the Dept. of Crown Lands & Survey, Melbourne. The book is an accurate history of the Bogong High Plains given the available records at the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

DDTS hand written on front cover "Early History and Discovery / of the / Bogong High Plains" on cover top centre. "Settlement / of the / Kiewa-Valley" on cover towards the top slightly to the right. "Published by the / State Electricity Commission / of Victoria / July, 1968" on cover bottom left. "TR-K 596-4" on cover bottom left.

HAT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Australian Women's Army Service uniform hat.

Portable Resuscitator Electric Therapy Unit

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Black wooden smooth box with clip fastener which is screwed on - 3 screws for the base and 2 for the lid. On top of the box is a leather strap for the handle fastened by steel screwed into the box. Inside: A mask with attached strap. Tap fitting loosely into steel box. Metal cylinders and a Cardboard box. A wooden lockable case, housing electrical equipment suitable for issuing high voltage shocks.

Historical information

A shock of different voltages was delivered to a person using the two metal handles or two heavy soft wire combs (missing but known of) were moved across the skin. Perhaps this was an early TENS Unit. The unit came to the donor's grandfather (Roy F. Leibig - Chief Electrical Inspector of the Brunswick (Melbourne) Electric Supply) for repair and returned to his keeping once it had become obsolete (upgraded by newer machine). Donor often helped his Pa repair electrical equipment.

Significance

Historical: The Resuscitator or Electric Therapy Unit was used in hospitals, possibly Mental hospitals. Provenance: The donor worked at Mt Beauty in the Kiewa Hydro Electric Scheme with the State Electric Commission of Victoria as an electrician.

Inscriptions & Markings

In red, middle of the side with fastener - "SPARKLETS RESUSCITATOR" Scruff marks inside the lid. A cream plastic tag is screwed on and inscribed"Manufacturers:- / SPARKLETS LIMITED / EDMONTON, LONDON, N.18 / Made in ENGLAND

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison van circa 1930s

Tie

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Royal blue RAAF tie.

Historical information

Part of RAAF Squadron Leader John Haines’unifomhn Haines

Significance

Part ifa uniformdonated by John Haines,. Former President of Eltham RSL and Monmorency RSL committeeman.

Student work

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Soft covered No 122 exercise book with sewn binding and fabric spine; patterned covers and faint-lined pages; marked wear and soiling; handwritten inscription on front cover

Historical information

This worn and solied exercise book was used by Andrew Crawford (BC 1952) to record handwritten notes and diagrams from his Leaving level wool classing classes at Ballarat College

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten inscription on front cover; Andrew Croawford / Leaving wool-classing / Ballarat College

001227 Photograph - January 1998 - Bass Bicentenary Time Capsule - Concrete to cover capsule - from P Jones

Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch

Framed Certificate

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber and gold frame with green mount containing document with rising sun and red seal

Historical information

Army 100 years

Inscriptions & Markings

Certificate of Authenticity

Tankard

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

The Official RSL Tankard Collection, four tankards, round, white, ceramic with three pictures per tankard.

Historical information

There are four tankards in this collection. Each tankard has three pictures pertaining to a specific conflict - WW1, WW2, Korean War and Vietnam War.

Significance

The pictures show particular battles per conflict.

Inscriptions & Markings

Made by Franklin Mint Pty Ltd 1983.

Program Photos Newsletter Poster - Rumours by Neil Simon directed by Dean Banova

Heidelberg Theatre Company Inc.., Rosanna

Book - History of The United States Vol 2

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

History of The United States Vol 2 From the Discovery of the Amercian Continent Author: George Bancroft Publisher: George Routledge & Co Date: 1851

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on spine cover with typed text R.H. 973 BAN Pastedown front endpaper has sticker from Warrnambool Mechanics Institute and Free Library

Folio - Fritz Mittmann.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue plastic cover, side bound with clear plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Material researched by Mittmann's daughter.

Photograph - Funeral carraige for Jame Judd 1880 approx

Nhill & District Historical Society Inc., Nhill

Ship Railing

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Part of the railing from the "Inverlochy" which wrecked in 1902 on the "Ingoldsby" reef, Anglesea River, 1902. Includes three nails protruding at right angles from the wooden piece.

Historical information

"Inverlochy" wrecked 1902.

Photograph - Eltham Local History Centre Open Day, 4 March 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Newly refurbished Eltham Local History Centre Open Day, 4 March 2017 Celebrating 50 years of the Society 1967-2017

Photograph - Eltham Living and Learning Centre, 21st Anniversary Celebrations, 1996

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 10 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 200-6

Page from catalogue

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Page from Shopell's Modern Houses catalogue of October 1886, entitled 'PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF DESIGN NUMBER 398', featuring a lithograph depicting a large house in a clearing and people playing tennis on the lawn in front of it. Photocopy of magazine cover is adhered to backing of frame. Materials: Paper, Ink, Wood, Cardboard, Glass

Photograph - Digital image - Grave of Muriel Neal, St Helena Cemetery

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph (grave)

Historical information

The Grave of Muriel Neal (died 27/05/1957), St Helena Cemetery.

Significance

St Helena Cemetery was originally the burial place of the Beale family and friends. The first burials took place in the 1850s. There are now over 200 burials.

LANTERN

Clunes Museum, Clunes

RED PAINTED LANTERN USED AT CONSTRUCTION SITES ON ROAD SIDE, OR PMG WORKS. HINGED LID, REMOVABLE FUEL BOWL. RED LAMP SHADE, AND HANDY HANDLE TO HANG LIGHT

Books (2 Vols) - Australian Argus Law Reports 1960

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

These are two volumes of hard cover books. The covers are dark red with black and blue bands and gold print. Inside on the first page are handwritten signatures in black ink and business stamps.

Historical information

These two volumes contain the 1960 reports of the High Court of Australia, the Privy Council, the Supreme Court of A.C.T. and the Federal Court of Bankruptcy. They come from the legal offices of lawyer members of the Ardlie family in Warrnambool. John Ardlie came to Warrnambool in 1852 as the Clerk of Courts and his son William was a prominent lawyer in Warrnambool for over 60 years. The stamps have been included in these volumes after the death of William Ardlie. John Ardlie, whose signatures are in these volumes, a legal practice in Warrnambool and Port Fairy during the last decades of the 20th century.

Significance

These volumes are of some interest as they belonged to the Ardlie family, members of which have been prominent in Warrnambool in the legal profession in both the 19th and the 20th centuries.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘John M. Ardlie’ William Ardlie Solicitor Warrnambool’

Photograph - Derelict house, 528 Main Road, Eltham, 13 November 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

House dates back to early 1930s. Situated adjacent to intersection of Main Road and Fitzsimons Lane

Photograph

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

Stawell Hospital Working bee on the site of the New Hospital

School Desk

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Wooden School Desk that seated four children

Historical information

One of the school student desks used in the now closed schools of the Rutherglen District

Photograph

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

Stawell Hospital Foundation Stone

Framed Award Certificate - Australasian Reporting Award 2007

Brimbank City Council, Sunshine

Australasian Reporting Award 2007, golden frame

Book - Handbook for Aboriginal and Islander history

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Jacket

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

Jacket dress blue. Signals Corps. (Part of UC041)

Hut-Model

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade model of internment camp mess hall with front section of roof removed to expose interior. (2 central heating stoves, tables and stools, ceiling lights). Has steps to entrance and windows, opened, back and front walls.

Historical information

Made by former internee of Interment camp 3

Document - Membership Certificate : Star of Kew Tent, 1915

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

A colour lithograph, following a standard Rechabite design recording that Sister Richardson (later the historian Dorothy Rogers) joined the Junior Section of the Star of Kew Tent of the Independent Order of Rechabites on 17 February 1915. The certificate features biblical scenes and figures exhorting ‘Truth and Temperance’ and ‘Love and Purity’.

Historical information

RECHABITES. The Star of Kew Tent, No. 260. This branch of the Independent Order of Rechabites was founded in September, 1882, when the following members were installed as the first officers by the district officers, viz. Chief Ruler, Bro. W. H. Bardwell; Deputy Ruler, Bro. C. 
Viney; Past Chief Ruler, Bro. J. V. Morgan; Treasurer, Bro. R. Eyre; Money Steward, Bro. A. Brown; Levite, Bro. W. H. Richardson; Guardian, Bro. J. Wathen; Secretary, Bro. T. J. Eaton. Bros. W. H. Bardwell, T. J. Eaton, and F. J. Legge 
were appointed as trustees. It is interesting to 
note that three of the foundation members, Messrs. Bardwell, Eaton, and Richardson, and still members of the tent. The first meetings were held in the Mission Hall, but for many years the meeting place 
of the tent has been the Kew Town Hall. The funds of the tent have gradually accumulated until at the last audit they amounted to £2,097. For many years past the interest on the funds has been more than sufficient to meet all claims for sick pay. The 
total membership is now 140. The following past secretaries have been mainly instrumental in placing the tent in its present position:-Bros. T. J. Eaton, W. H. Bardwell, C. B. Gray, and C. L. Churcher. The present officers are :- C.R., Bro. R. M. Jones; D.R., Bro. T. H. B. Williams; P.C.R., Bro. C. H. Green; Treasurer, Bro. W. J. Thornton; Secretary, Bro. F. C. W. Hurrell. Junior Branch. A junior branch was founded in 1883, and while its membership has fluctuated considerably according to the enthusiasm of the management, it has been the means of introducing many members to the senior tent. Its membership is now 41. Female Branch. Lily of Kew Tent, No. 20. This branch was formed in October, 1904, and has accomplished good work. Its membership is 38. Much of its success is due to the untiring energy of its secretary, Mrs. J Jaycock. Source: FGA Barnard, Jubilee History of Kew, Victoria, 1910

Significance

This document forms part of a large collection of material assembled by the Rogers family of Kew and donated by the family to the Kew Historical Society by Dorothy Rogers or by her sons. The items in the collection have social and spiritual significance and are also historically significant. Items such as this coloured lithograph have a degree of artistic and aesthetic significance as representative examples of the certificate designers art in the 19th Century.

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