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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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Advertisement - Digital Image - Chicken Fair 1972

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of advertisement from booklet.

Historical information

Advertisement for Chicken Fair of Watsonia Shopping Centre. Copied from a Diamond Valley Football League football record from 1972.

Records - 14 Gramaphone Records

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Photograph - original - Tatura Museum - Opening 1988

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of R. Donaldson and A. Crawford in front of Tatura Museum opening 6 November 1988

Historical information

Photograph taken at official opening. Museum and visitors in background.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Museum opening 6 November 1988

Packaging - Sungold Milk pillow pack

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

12 sheets of white plastic wrap with blue writing

Historical information

Plastic sheeting used to make sachets of milk which were inserted into a reusable jug. Sungold Dairies has operated in Warrnambool initially from a site in Kepler Street before moving to Verdon Street. They remained there until 1988 when the site was sold to MacDonalds and a part share in the company was purchased by Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory at Allansford , where it remains to this day.

Significance

Packaging from a local business.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sungold Dairies 60 Verdon St Warrnambool, Victoria Phone 62 2477. Sungold Milk 2 litre pack.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Wireless Patrolmen and drivers for 1952/53. At retirement function for S/Const. Angus McVicar, front row, 4th from left.

Photograph - Dance Marathon at Geelong Palais 1922

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Image produced in 1922

Inscriptions & Markings

Dance Marathon at Geelong Palais 1922

Sheet Music - My Grampian Rose

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is sheet music of four pages (two pages printed back to back) with the printed music on three pages and the cover having a multi-coloured illustration of the Grampians mountain range in Victoria. It is in good condition and has an old catalogue number ‘94’ on the back page.

Historical information

This is a waltz piece of music with words and music by Ruby Wharrie. Mrs Wharrie is best known for her doll-making business which she operated in Stawell, Victoria with her husband and son. Mrs Wharrie was the designer of the dolls which were made in the 1940s and 50s. One doll was named ‘Shurl’ to cash in on the popularity of the child actress Shirley Temple and the consequent popularity of the Shirley Temple doll. Stawell is a provincial city situated close to the Grampians mountain range and the title of the music reflects Mrs Wharrie’s interest in the area. ‘My Grampian rose’ is a person and the theme of the music is the fulfilment of love - ‘I am coming back to you, my little Grampian Rose’.

Significance

This music is of interest as it has been written by a person who lived in western Victoria. It has Ruby Wharrie’s signature inside the front cover, making it more valuable. It is also an example of the sweet and sentimental music produced during the 1940s and 50s as a foil to the sadness and brutality of the world war.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: ‘My Grampian Rose, Words and Music by Ruby Wharrie, 2/6’ Inside front cover: ‘Ruby Wharrie’

Rosaline lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

Historical information

Bobbin made lace with needle made flower centres. Use: Costume trimming

Photograph: CTC First female Plumbing Apprentice student in Victoria 1978

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photograph of Lisa Howden, the first female Plumbing apprentice student in Victoria, at Collingwood Technical College 1978. (Scott p.78).

Property Illustration - 8/30 Wellington Street, Kew

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Pen and ink architectural drawing on drafting film of 8/30 Wellington Street, Kew by Margaret Picken.

Historical information

This drawing is one of a series created by Margaret Picken for a number of real estate agents in Melbourne between 1983 and 2005. Each work is signed and dated by the artist.

Significance

The series of drawings in the Picken Collection are invaluable assets for identifying architectural features and styles. The year in which the drawing was created is also a valuable record for house historians, as a number of the properties depicted have either been altered since that date or demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

8/30 WELLINGTON ST., KEW / MARGARET PICKEN ~98 / WOODARDS ~ HAWTHORN

Book - St Patrick's College Annual Magazine, 1930-31

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

School Magazine of St Patrick's College, Ballarat. Includes a boarders' Roll Call. Articles include: Ballarat Still a Golden City, What Shall I Be? Images:S.P.C. From the Air, Senior Dormitory, A Scene in the Botanical Gardens, Ballarat, dining rooom, Christian Brothers' Novitate and Training College, Strathfield, N.S.W. Advertisements: Ballarat Trustees, Heinz Brothers Butchers, Middleton and Morris, National Trustees, F. Cannon Hairdresser, G. Werner & Co, Clegg, Miller and Morrow, Rowlands, Gordon Brothers, Loreto Convent, St Alysius Junior Boys' School Portland, Coghlan Boase and Co, Briant's Red Shop Tea Rooms, Ballarat Supply Stores, Stephen Wellington furnishing undertaker, W. Cornell, Eden Photographs, W.E. Longhurst Bread, Sacred Heart Boarding School, St Anes' Ladies' College Geelong, Ballarat Brewing Company, J.S. Young Suit Builders, George Smithm, Kearns Brothers Fish and Oyster Saloon, T.G. Skewes Pharmacy, J.A. Reynolds Wal paper Wahehouse, Walter Gude Music Teacher, Snows, Auldana Wines, J. Ewins Book Store, Cowdell, Tonner and Ellis, Richards and Co, Kruse's Fluid Magnesia, Jago's Ballarat Boot Palace, R.J. Miller Undertaker, W.C. Thomas and Sons Flour Millers, Broadbent Bros, W.E. Thomas American Dentist, Harry Davies and Co., Permewan Wright, William P. Linehan, Tyler's Clothing Arcadem C. Marks and Co, Coad and Hewitson Chaff Cutters.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on first page Walsh, Vectis South, Horsham.

Property Illustration - 2 Cole Avenue, Kew East

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Pen and ink drawing on drafting film of 2 Cole Avenue, Kew East by Margaret Picken.

Historical information

This drawing is one of a series created by Margaret Picken for real estate agents in Melbourne between 1983 and 2006. Each work is signed and dated by the artist.

Significance

The drawings in the Picken Collection are invaluable assets for identifying architectural features and styles. The year in which the work was created is also a valuable record for house historians, as a number of the properties depicted have either been altered since that date or demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

2 2 COLE AVE., E.KEW / MARGARET PICKEN ~93 / WOODARDS ~ KEW

Photograph - Demolition of Eltham Shire Offices, 895 Main Road, Eltham, August 1996

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 10 strips

Historical information

Print copies originally located in a small pink (with decorative flowers) album, suede spine, 18 x 18 x 6 cm, 50 page inserts, 100 photo capacity. The Shire Offices opened in 1965 and were extended in 1971. The final Eltham Shire Council meeting was held in December 1994 before the forced amalgamations of municipal councils by the Kennett Government. The State-Government-appointed Commissioners (1994-1996) took the decision in July 1996 to demolish the Eltham Shire Offices. The demolition works started within 24 hours of the decision being made.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-5

Stencil - RUNIC

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Wool bale export stencil - RUNIC

Historical information

This stencil was used as a ship identifier stamp for the transportation of wool bales. SS Runic was the largest refrigerated cargo liner during its time. In 1961 the ship struck the Middleton Reef on route from Brisbane to Auckland. The ship was unable to re-float due to weather conditions and was declared a constructive loss. All wool bales stamped with RUNIC would be transported on the SS Runic ship.

Inscriptions & Markings

RUNIC

Bayonet & Scabbard

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

Boat building shed photographs

Queenscliffe Maritime Museum, Queenscliff

Assorted photos of QMM activities: the construction of the Boat Building Shed in 1993, construction of couta boat and other miscellaneous photos

Historical information

Record of construction of the Boat Shed within the Queenscliff Maritime Museum

Aerial view of estuary

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Black and white aerial photograph of estuary. Plane wing is visible in bottom left corner. White border.

Historical information

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has a large photograph collection dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the last decade. This series of photographs show events and people from the Churchill Island precinct and the enormous amount of collaboration and work that went into the development of the heritage area and making it accessible and interactive for visitors of all ages.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue number in pencil on reverse. "EJ4/29" on reverse in pencil

Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright at Smeaton

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

Small black and white photo of Frank Wright dressed in suit standing outside Family home at Smeaton

Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born. He lived at Laura Villa, and attended Smeaton State School. His father William was a gold miner and his mother's name was Sarah. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. Frank was tutored by Percy Code and was awarded a gold medal for the highest marks in the ALCM examinations in the British Colonies at the age of seventeen years. He became the Australian Open Cornet Champion by the age of eighteen. A year later, Frank conducted the City of Ballarat Band, and later the Ballarat Soldiers’ Memorial Band. He formed the Frank Wright Frisco Band and Frank Wright and his Coliseum Orchestra. These bands won many South Street awards, and Frank as conductor won many awards in the Australian Band Championship contest. In 1933 Frank Wright sailed to England to conduct the famous St Hilda’s Band and was later appointed Musical Director of the London County Council, where he organized many amazing concerts in parks, in and around the London district. He was made Professor of Brass and Military Band Scoring and conducted at the Guildhall of Music and Drama. Frank was often invited to adjudicate Brass Band Championships around Europe, in Australia, including South Street and in New Zealand. The Frank Wright Medal at the Royal South Street competition is awarded to an individual recognized as making an outstanding contribution to brass music in Australia.

Significance

Photo outside his home in Smeaton

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PHOTOGRAPH OF FRANCIS AND JANE CLARKE (NEE RANKIN)

Historical information

FRANCIS AND JANE CLARK (NEE RANKIN). FRANCIS BORN IN NAIRN, SCOTLAND. HE ARRIVED IN CLUNES 1855, AGED 15 YEARS. DIED IN CLUNES APRIL 1921. JANE DIED IN MAY 1921.

Leaflet - "Remembering Richard" Article re Richard Pirrie, First D-Day casualty. (undated)

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Copy of a typed article with B&W photo on the front. +Additional Keywords: Pirrie, Michael

Historical information

Written by Michael Pirrie as an article for the 50th Anniversary of D-Day, 6-Jun-1944, in memory of his uncle Pirrie, who was killed on D-Day.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Remembering Richard' one first D-Day casualty.

Booklet - Flowers of Western Australia

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

Paperback booklet with painted wildflowers on the front cover and blue-grey back cover. 22 leaves of plates.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped in gold inside front cover: With Compliments A.H.A. Western Australian branch 1967 National Conference

Suppository mould

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Proctological suppository mould.

Photograph - Park Orchards, unknown street

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Image - Assembly line

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x black and white photograph

Historical information

RVIB assembly line workers putting together fire engine toys for children.

Inscriptions & Markings

No 3061

Membership Ticket - Linton Brass Band, 1910

Linton and District Historical Society Inc, Linton 3360

Small oblong blue & beige cardboard ticket. Probably unused (space for member's name is not filled in). Ticket is for year ending 31st December1910, to be issued to [non-playing] band member on payment of 2/6 subscription. Ticket authorised by W.J. Todd, Hon Sec. A small hole has been punched through upper left corner.

Inscriptions & Markings

Text: Linton Brass Band. / MEMBER'S TICKET / Issued to / For Year ending 31st December, 1910. / SUBSCRIPTION, 2s 6d. / W.J. Todd, / Hon. Sec.

Pamphlet - Hemmer Kombi II

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Pamphlet / catalogue for the Kombi II Scouring Machine by L.Ph. Hemmer Maschinefabrik, Aachen, c.1970.

Historical information

"Kombi II Scouring Machine" - L.Ph. Hemmer Maschinefabrik, Aachen.

Oral History - Stan and Hazel Amos

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

3 pages, includes photographs.

Historical information

This oral history relates the family history of Stan and Hazel Amos, living in Greensborough from the 1950s. As told to Marilyn Smith 2011.

Significance

A story of harsh conditions and the development of Greensborough in the second half of the 20th century suburb.

Inscriptions & Markings

Copy 2 #716

Field Equipment - WWI Gas Mask

The Wark VC Club, Moonee Ponds

WWI German Gas Mask made of Tan rubberised canvas, with metal canister and cellophane eyes. Elastic straps for the wearer to fit to head and a long cotton strap to wear around neck when mask is not in use. Hand written text on head straps.

Historical information

Used by German Soldiers to protect against chemical weapons

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written text on head straps - indescribable.

Racquet & cover

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A two-piece object, comprising of: a Rayco 'Ruler' graphite tennis racquet, with a split shaft, and synthetic handle grip (1); and, a vinyl cover, featuring model name and measuring ruler device along the length of cover (2). Racquet is accompanied by a copper screw, sealed in a small transparent bag. Materials: Graphite, Synthetic material, Plastic, Ink, Paint, Adhesive tape, Nylon, Vinyl, Ink, Metal

Photograph - Single Motor Carriage 473M (Red Rattler) Tait train heading from Eltham to Hurstbridge, possibly near Eltham North, 3 July 1983

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital TIFF file Scan of 35mm Ilford FP4 black and white transparency

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