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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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Photograph

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

?Warranooke? Homestead built 1867 enlarged 1926.

Photograph

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

Brass Band Marching on Park Oval

Publication - Code of practice for assuring the quality of Australian honey (Beekeeper edition). (Australian Honey Board and Honey Bee Research and Development Council). Sydney, 1993.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

44 pages

Photo, Exercise Classes

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 2 of ladies doing light exercises seated in Legacy House.

Historical information

A group of widows at Legacy House doing light exercises. Melbourne Legacy ran an excellent exerciser program for its widows for many years at Legacy House. It is assumed to be 1999 as it was with a bunch of other photos with the label, "Legacy House 2nd Floor 1999". Names unknown.

Significance

A record of the types of activities Legacy provided as a physical and social outlet for widows.

Inscriptions & Markings

Yellow Post-it note says: "Legacy House 2nd Floor 1999".

framed black and white photograph

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A black / white photograph of a group of uniformed band members seated outside a building. In front is a large drum with "ORBOST MUNICIPAL BAND" around the circumference. The photograph is under glass in a white wooden frame.

Historical information

This is a photograph of the Orbost Municipal Band in 1973. The first Orbost Brass Band was formed in 1889. Around 1908 the town band split and the Orbost Workers' Band was formed. Eventually the two bands merged in 1913 to reform as the Orbost Municipal Band under conductorship of Charles Spink. The band continued for many years but was later disbanded and again reformed. This was to happen a number of times, the last time being in 1961 and continuing through to the late 1970's. Further info and Ref: In Times Gone By - Deborah Hall

Significance

The various Orbost bands over the years played a major role in community activities providing entertainment and musical experiences for the many members.

Inscriptions & Markings

on front - Orbost Municipal Band with a typed list of names

Certificate

Seaworks Maritime Museum, Williamstown

White certificate with black text and the logo of the AAPMA appears three times.

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Association of/ Australian Port and/ Marine Authorities/ AAPMA/ Functions of the Association:/ to facilitate the solution of port and marine problems/ To promote greater uniformity in port and marine practice/ to foster a closer relationship and the exchange of knowledge between members/ AAPMA/ Certificate of Membership/ Authority: The Melbourne/ Harbor Trust Commissioners/ State/ Victoria/ President/ Vice President/ Secretary/ AAPMA/ N/S/E/W/ Certificate no. 03/ Issued 4 Sep 1975" verso: PMA 0267

Photograph - Heritage Excursion; East of Eltham, 6 Sep 2014

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Newsletter No. 218, September 2014 September Excursion - East of Eltham Walk In Newsletter No. 197, March 2011, there was a brief history of Crown Allotment 15 Section 5 Parish of Nillumbik (CA 15) a parcel of land of a quarter of a square mile extending from Eucalyptus Road to Reynolds Road at the eastern extremity of Eltham. From the 1940s it was known as Stokes orchard. In later years it has been subdivided for residential purposes but leaving significant areas as power line and water supply reserves and bushland reserves that are habitat for the threatened For our excursion on 6th September we intend to walk through CA 15 to a bushland reserve east of Reynolds Road. The walk will traverse the boundary between suburban Eltham and the non-urban areas to the south and east. This is a pleasant walk through residential areas and bushland. Along the way we will discuss the early and more recent history of CA 15 as well as local natural history and geology. This walk is about 3.5 km in length and will take 2 to 2.5 hours. It will start at 2pm at the corner of Eucalyptus Road, Pitt Street and Nyora Road.

Book - Woollen and Worsted

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Woollen and worsted: the theory and technology of the manufacture of woollen, worsted and union yarns and fabrics" - Roberts Beaumont, 1919.

Riding Habit

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Jodhpurs, part of a three-piece, side saddle riding habit tailored for Mrs Edward Manifold, with four buttons to the front material black woolen twill the legs are cuffed below the knee with 8 buttons holes which are reinforced to the inside with fabric. Cream Satin waistband and removable chamois lining to the seat makers label Busvines Co. tailored for Mrs Edward Manifold.

Historical information

The Manifolds were a significant pioneering pastoral family in Western Victoria. The donated riding jodhpurs originally belonged to Mrs Edward Manifold, formally Beatrice Mary Synnot Anderson. Beatrice was Edward Manifold’s cousin once removed whom he married in 1900. Edward, the son of John Manifold, was born on 15 November 1868 and educated at Geelong and Melbourne Grammar schools and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge (B.A., 1891). He chose the Danedite portion of land at Purrumbete, and on the death of his bachelor brother Thomas Peter (1863-1895), after a hunting accident, he took over his allocation, Wiridgil. He also owned Boortkoi, near Hexham and on these properties, he ran merino sheep, a Lincoln stud which dated back to 1870, and Shorthorn cattle. 3000 acres were also leased to dairy farmers. Edward was a member of Hampden Shire Council in 1909-31 and three times president at Camperdown. The town was largely bordered by Manifold land and partly dependent upon the local pastoral dynasties, which benefited the local area from the families’ various business interests. Though an offer to build public baths to commemorate the Queen Victoria Jubilee in 1897 was not proceeded with, the town acquired a hospital, a reserve on Mount Leura, a clock tower and a cricket pavilion, as well as notable donations from the Manifolds to St Paul's Church and the grammar school. Edward was a keen polo player and racing man. He was also a successful owner of steeplechasers and a committeeman of the Victoria Racing Club for many years. He was also a member of many Western District racing clubs. On the 16 July 1900, Edward had married his sixteen-year-old cousin Beatrice Mary Synnot Anderson by whom he had three sons Thomas Peter, Andrew and Robert Edward Manifold. Edwards's estate at his death was valued for probate at nearly £500,000. Edward died following an operation on 14 February 1931 at a private hospital in Yarra Vale Melbourne. Beatrice passed away in 1954, aged 79 in Ballarat where she was born in 1884. Contextual historic Family background: The Manifold brothers Thomas (1809-1875), John (1811-1877) and Peter (1817-1885) were the fourth, fifth and sixth sons of William Manifold and Mary, nee Barnes, of Courthouse Farm, Bromborough, Cheshire, England. The family had decided to emigrate to Van Diemen's Land. Thomas was sent ahead, arriving in Hobart Town on 23rd January 1828 with £1500 and a letter of recommendation from the Colonial Office. Thomas acquired 1280 acres on the west bank of the Tamar River. John and Peter, with their parents and three sisters, arrived on 8th July 1831. Land grants by then had finished but William brought ninety acres next to his son Thomas’ land and on the combined properties the family built Kelso House. The Manifolds’ properties were comparatively poor and when news of the Port Phillip District, in Victoria reached Thomas, he lost no time in coming to see for himself in February 1836. He was impressed with what he saw and hurried back to Tasmania to buy lambs and ewes. With one of his brothers, on July 9th he landed his stores at Point Henry and proceeded to occupy both sides of the Moorabool River. Thomas, at the end of the year, returned to Tasmania and left Peter and John to run the new property. Thomas, however, returned to Victoria for several visits and on one of these visits he, along with his brothers, examined the country near Ballarat. In December 1838 they managed to penetrate the Stony Rises, and Peter and John reached Lake Purrumbete and the Mount Leura country. During this time, on 4th July 1838, Thomas married Jane Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Captain Walter Synnot, formerly of Ballinate, County Armagh, Ireland, and then of Van Diemen's Land. Thomas joined his brothers, and they occupied the Purrumbete run in January 1839. On the journey to Purrumbete they could not take their stock and drays through the Stony Rises, so went north of Lake Corangamite, to the neck of land between it and Lake Gnarpurt. By April the move from Moorabool area was complete. As yet they had no hut and were working day and night, but their delight in their new run was unbounded. John wrote to his mother: “We are at last got to the land we wished for it is a beautiful place, and cannot be surpassed by any I have ever seen”. The three brothers occupied Purrumbete together, breeding both sheep and cattle until Thomas went to Grassmere run on the Merri River near Warrnambool in 1844. John and Peter soon gave up breeding sheep but retained the well-known '3M' brand for the cattle. These were Shorthorns, derived from four bulls originally imported by the Boldon brothers and later improved by further importations, and were renowned for size and quality. By the time of the gold rush in 1851, John and Peter were breeding over 1000 head a year, as well as fattening stores. The diggings at this time had disorganised Grassmere by drawing away Thomas's men, and his wife decided to take her two sons and two daughters to Europe for their education. Thomas gave up the property next year, went to England to join his family, and eventually brought the family back to live in Melbourne. At Purrumbete things were different. The brothers, John and Peter, preferred black stockmen to white, so the discovery of gold upset them very little while providing the very market they required. John was on his second visit to England when the rush started, and Peter went in his turn soon after John returned. On 2 September 1856 John married Marion Thomson, at Cormiston, Van Diemen's Land. They had four daughters and five sons, from three of whom, William Thomson, James Chester and Edward, the later generations of the family descend. Through the years the brothers had to contend with the scab, fluke and footrot, depression, rabbits, bush fires and pleuro-pneumonia. In 1861 they appointed as manager Henry Manifold Matson, their nephew, who had already been with them for five years. Thomas died in Melbourne on 7 November 1875, John at Purrumbete on 3 January 1877 and Peter at Purrumbete on 31 July 1885. Devout members of the Church of England, John and Peter, during their lives, gave generously towards building St Paul's Church, Camperdown, and guaranteed part of the vicar's stipend. Peter was a member of the Hampden and Heytesbury Roads Board from 1859 and carried on into the Hampden Shire Council when it was formed in 1864. However, it was not for public works that they were known, but for their personal example. In a new land where speculators and adventurers were all too common, the Manifold brothers were among those who intended it to be their home and their children's home. Industrious, unpretentious and hospitable, they were respected in their community as men of the highest integrity.

Significance

This riding habit is a characteristic example of the type and style of riding clothes that well-dressed ladies wore in the 1920s. It highlights the changes that were beginning in society for women. Prior to 1918 ladies still had to ride side-saddle with skirts over Jodhpurs. Society of the time regarded women riding astride as unseemly and just not done. This riding habit is particularly significant on a number of levels, it shows the beginnings of change in society's attitudes through women's fashion after the First World War. A change that was to bring a start to a more liberating societal attitude towards women after the successful establishment of the Representation of People Act 1918 that gave women the right to vote. This garments provenance is linked to one of Victoria's important pioneering families the Manifolds, one of the first families that came from Van Diemen's land to settle the Western District of Victoria in 1844. Originally the garment belonged to the wife of the great-grandson of pioneer William Manifold, Edward Manifold who married Beatrice May Synnot Anderson, Edwards Cousin in 1900. The garment was made by the Mayfair tailors J. Busvine & Co. in the early to mid-1920s (estimate) who at the turn of the century were tailors to the Courts of Europe. Their clothing is highly collectible today and examples can be found in a number of significant museum collections around the world, notably the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the FIDM in Los Angeles.

Inscriptions & Markings

Embroidered in blue on a Satin Cream label to Jodhpurs "Busvine Ltd / 4, Brook St, London. W. No." Hand written in black ink script "523/ Mrs Edward Manifold"

Postcard

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Black And White postcard of the sailing ship Passat, at Anchor. (Sh 238.4 Ships M - R)

Lathe

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Small metal lathe mounted on a metal stand. Driven by a 1/4 HP 1425 RPM electric motor. Comes with a box of assorted chucks and fittings.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Horse Shoes

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Horse equipment, various horse shoes

Image - Ballarat Teachers' College Students Playing Basketball at Gillies Street, 1966-1968

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

Black and White photograph of Ballarat Teachers' College students playing basketball on the court at the Gillies Street Campus.

Historical information

These images were used in a rolling slide show during the 2017 reunion of Ballarat Teachers' College 1967-1968.

Photograph - 1925 - Ringwood East Railway Station Estate. Photo taken from subdivisional plan land sale

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue card reads, "1925 - Ringwood East Railway Station Estate. Photo taken from subdivisional plan land sale."

Ledger - Stock Book

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Part of Collins Brothers Collection.

Heliograph. MkV.

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Brass heliograph.

Historical information

http://www.prc68.com/I/MkVHeliograph.shtml

Inscriptions & Markings

Helios. MkV . No:3075. 1914. Made by Siemens Brothers.

Photograph - The Cutting near Clarke's at Eastern View

Lorne Historical Society, Lorne

Photograph of the cutting, fence and road near Clarke's at Eastern View

Puffing Billy Memorial Wine Glass - Return to Gembrook 1900 - 1998

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Puffing Billy Memorial Wine Glass - Return to Gembrook 1900 - 1998 Made of Glass with gold edged rim Has Black Logo design and writing

Historical information

Puffing Billy Memorial Wine Glass - Return to Gembrook 1900 - 1998

Significance

Historic - Puffing Billy Railway - Commemorative Wine glass

Inscriptions & Markings

Puffing Billy Return to Gembrook 1900 - 1998

hand drill

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A Stanley hand drill with two wooden handles. The red wheel is painted metal.

Historical information

The invention of a hand drill is credited to Arthur James Arnot and William Blanch Brain of Melbourne, Australia who patented the electric drill in 1889. In 1895, the first portable handheld drill was created by brothers Wilhem & Carl Fein of Stuttgart, Germany. Hand-powered devices have been used for millennia. However, during the last quarter of the 19th century a radically improved generation of tools appeared. These tools took advantage of modern mass production machinery and processes (like interchangeable parts) and an increased availability in superior material (metal instead of wood). One of the outcomes included an array of new drilling machines. These human-powered tools were a vast improvement over earlier tools.

Significance

This item is an example of a commonly used domestic tool - pre power tools.

Inscriptions & Markings

On red wheel - STANLEY ENGLAND

Box

Seaworks Maritime Museum, Williamstown

Wooden box with metal plaque on top and green felt on bottom side

Inscriptions & Markings

on box: "Wellington Harbour Board/ Made From/ Totara Timber/ Used in/ Queens Wharf Structure/ From 1862 to 1924" Tag attached: "PMA 0302/ 63/ Lidded Wooden/ Box From/ Wellington Harbour Board/ Port Melbourne Authority" "PMA 0302"

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat East High School, Form 4B, 1962

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Black and white photograph of a Ballarat East High School class.

Toolbox

Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc,

tool box, 930 x 220 x 195

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.

Newsletter - Q Magazine: Yor place in the city!

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

A4 Printer paper. 8 pages. Navy and taupe on white. Grey scaled images throughout.

Historical information

Notice of the appointment of a new chair to the Trust, Jan Parkes.

Photograph - Lara 6th Battalion

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Black and white Photograph on A4 paper

Historical information

Photograph of the Lara Members of the 6th Battalion Defence Force Corps 1940. All members listed under the photograph.

Significance

Photo of Lara Defence Corps taken in 1940 include members from Lara Victoria. All members in the photograph named.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lara Members of the 6th Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps 1940 Members listed under the photograph

Animal Ear Marker

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Steel spring handle with one side having brand cut out and other side brand protruding to fit together when squeezed. Hole in one handle.

Historical information

Used on Sheep Farm in Coleambally, NSW to mark sheeps ears with that particular farms brand. Used approximately 1960.

Inscriptions & Markings

"W.JNO BAKER" "BAKER"

Photograph - Members of the Olinda Rifle Club

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

Hazy photograph of Olinda and Mt Dandenong men at the Olinda Rifle Range 1909.

MH1262 Lake Panorama 2

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.

Ball container

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

An empty, unsealed Slazenger (U.K.) 'Lawn Tennis' ball container. Recessed metal lid and base. Materials: Metal, Ink, Cardboard

Photograph

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

Stawell West Primary School Teachers 1979

000983 - Photograph - July 1997 - Kongwak Uniting Church - Memorial to W J Williams - illuminating address - from Nancye Durham

Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch

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