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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

165538 items


165538 items

Photograph - Digital Image - Cherry Street Macleod - Avenue of Honour

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of 3 colour photographs.

Historical information

Photographs of the Avenue of Honour in Cherry Street Macleod. Established in 1919 as a memorial to service men and women who gave their lives in World War 1, the Avenue is a single row of sugar gums, the former Mont Park hospital grounds are adjacent. These photographs show the plaque.

Programme - Theatre Blithe Spirit

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a sheet of cream coloured paper folded in two to make four pages and the pages contain black printing and two advertisements.

Historical information

This is a play staged by the Warrnambool Little Theatre, perhaps in the early 1950s. The play was "Blithe Spirit" written by the prominent English playwright Noel Coward who was very popular at the time. Scant information is available on the Warrnambool Little Theatre but it is believed that this is one of its earlier productions.


This programme is retained as a memento of the Warrnambool Little Theatre production in the mid 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings


Advertisement - Digital Image - Monty Tyres, Batteries and Brakes, 1986

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of advertisement from booklet.

Historical information

Advertisement for Monty Tyres, Batteries and Brakes of George Court Greensborough. Copied from a Diamond Valley Football League football record from 1986.

Ventilator cover

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Ventilator cover circular metal disc with convex, perforated top. Has 8 screw holes for fastening.


Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A clear glass bottle which has a broken top. The bottle is seamed.

Historical information

Dross Drossou established a cordial factory in Orbost in the 1930s. He sold his cordial manufacturing business to Phillips and Stone, a Bairnsdale company, in 1948. Glass bottles were refillable until the 1960s, creating a demand for their collection and onsale back to beverage manufacturers via ‘bottle merchants’. A deposit on the bottles was added to all sales as they left the factory. The returned bottles were washed and the old label removed. The inside was cleaned by pushing the bottle onto a revolving brush. The reusing of the bottles went on until the bottle was broken or the top became chipped.


This bottle is an example of a product manufactured by a local industry which no longer exists.

Inscriptions & Markings

Base - AGM F516 Front (written sideways) - A DROSSOU ORBOST Bottom (written around whole bottle) This bottle is the property of A Drossou Orbost M

Plan - Victorian Harbours, Warrnambool

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Plan of Port of Warrnambool 1879, showing existing Breakwater and work proposed by both Warrnambool Borough Surveyor and Sir John Coode, signed by Sir John Coode. Plan has gold coloured quarter dowel rods top and bottom and a metal ring at the top. Stamped "VICTORIAN HARBOURS WARRNAMBOOL - PLAN to accompany SIR JOHN GOODE'S REPORT - DATED 28 FEB 1879"

Historical information

This plan is of great significance to the local history of Warrnambool, in particular the Breakwater and its impact on Warrnambool's maritime and trade history. The plan shows the existing jetties at the Port of Warrnambool, plus the partially erected Breakwater and proposed works to the Breakwater by both the Borough of Warrnambool Surveyor and Sir John Coode. The plan was signed 28th February 1879 by Sir John Coode. The legend at the bottom left describes the existing works and the proposed works. The Warrnambool Breakwater Sir John Coode was a British harbour engineer. He was brought to Melbourne by the Melbourne Harbour Trust to advise on works to improve the Port of Melbourne. The Victorian Government commissioned him to present a plan to complete the Warrnambool Breakwater. His original plan was too expensive so he prepared a revised plan for a shorter structure. The work was completed in 1890. The construction proved to be too short to protect adequately from the weather and didn't allow enough depth for larger vessels to come into port. The decreasing trade was further affected by siltation in the bay due to the breakwater, and the completion of the railway line. The siltation of the harbour became a real problem that, by 1910, required continuous dredging. In 1914 the Breakwater was extended but proved to be a failure because the work began to subside and by 1920 about two thirds of the harbour was silted up. Alterations made in the 1920's increased the silting problem and by the 1940's the harbour was no longer used. More alterations were made in the 1950's and 1960's. The Warrnambool Breakwater is registered as a place of significance on the Victorian Heritage Database. REFERENCE: VHD Warrnambool Breakwater, Viaduct and Harbour. See


This plan of the proposed works for the existing Warrnambool Breakwater is of great significance to the local history of Warrnambool, in particular the Breakwater and its impact on Warrnambool's maritime and trade history. The Warrnambool Breakwater is registered as a place of significance on the Victorian Heritage Database (VHR H2024). It is historically significant to Victoria as one of the most important maritime engineering projects in Victoria in the late 19th century. The Warrnambool Breakwater is of historical significance as one of the most important maritime engineering projects in Victoria in the late nineteenth century. It is evidence of Victoria's nineteenth century investment in regional port infrastructure and the development of Victorian coastal shipping. t is of significance for its association with the English civil engineer Sir John Coode, the most distinguished harbour engineer of the nineteenth century, who was brought to Victoria to advise on works to improve the Port of Melbourne, but was retained by the Government to advise on improvements to the harbours at Portland, Geelong, Port Fairy, and Lakes Entrance, as well as Warrnambool. His projects for Melbourne, Lakes Entrance and Warrnambool were major engineering projects of the nineteenth century. The breakwater is historically significant as a reminder of Warrnambool's early maritime history as a Western District port, and as one of Victoria's major 'outer ports'. While the Warrnambool Breakwater is a demonstration of the engineering skills of the nineteenth century, it also demonstrates the limitations of knowledge relating to sedimentology at the time and the confidence apparent in a number of nineteenth century plans which assumed that natural forces could be overcome or contained by engineering. [REFERENCE VHD Warrnambool Breakwater, Viaduct and Harbour, viewed 31/1/2017]

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped "VICTORIAN HARBOURS / WARRNAMBOOL / PLAN / to accompany / SIR JOHN GOODE'S REPORT / DATED 28 FEB 1879" Signature "John Coode"

Photograph - Hurstbridge Coaches depot and Hurstbridge rail station, Heidelberg-Kinglake Road, Hurstbridge, c.1980

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Safety 5035

Photograph - Eltham Post Office

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Sepia photograph (two copies plus two black and white enlargements) of Burgoyne's Eltham Post Office, Main Road near Bridge Street.

Inscriptions & Markings

Shop originally had a shingle roof

Crochet doily, 1959 - Neva Roeder-Bole, Crochet doily, 1959

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A white crochet doily from 1959

Program newsletter Articles - All for Mary by Harold Brooke and Kay Bannerman directed by Holly Langford

Heidelberg Theatre Company Inc.., Rosanna

Photograph - Mount Dandenong Primary School 1997

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

View of Sports Day November 1997 with parents watching and children participating.

Historical information

1997 was the school's centenary year. The first Mt Dandenong State School opened in a shed on the property of William Ferguson on the corner of Blythe and Old Coach Roads. The first teacher was Miss Ethel Gruber who opened the school on May 11th, 1897. It wasn’t until 1901 that the school shifted over the road into an old school building that was moved up to the new site from Ringwood. All the buildings were demolished to make way for a new school that opened in 1991.

Digital photograph - housing in Cotham Ward

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Shell Case

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Shell case brass 37mm calibre with inscription "SV and M" above firing point.

Digital photo - Ellen Holt in her garden at 9 Beatrice Avenue Surrey Hills

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Heritage Collection, Surrey Hills

Duldig, Karl (Artist)

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield

An article from the Gallery Magazine, dated July/August 2003 by Eva de Jong – Duldig about the Duldig Lectures and Exhibitions, detailing where Karl Duldig’s works have previously been displayed, the exhibition being held and the Duldig Studio. A black and white photograph, C. 1980, taken by Robert Dorin of Karl Duldig included


Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

Portrait - Cr. W. Whiteside c1899 (Framed Photograph)

Program newsletter articles special events - Villa for sale by Sacha Guitry directed by Elaine Robinson

Heidelberg Theatre Company Inc.., Rosanna


Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

100 page photo negative album, no negatives. Pages made of transparent paper, cover is made of hard material fabric.

Historical information

The negative holder belonged to Sgt Jack Grinton No 1043 38th Batt AIF. Part of the Grinton Collection which included hundreds of negatives and developed photos that he took in WW1. Refer 1317P, 1320P.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Eastman Negative Album Capacity 100 Size 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 Trade Mark Reg. US Pat"

Travelling Altar - Travelling/Field Altar

Ballarat Diocesan Historical Commission, Ballarat

Wooden cased travelling altar with altar stone, brass candle sconces, brass crucifix and storage for vestments, and Mass requirements.

Historical information

Accesssioned from Catholic church at Patchewollock in 2013 where it had been since the1950s before which it was used for Sunday Mass in the local hall. Tradition has it to have been a field altar used by Rev O' Sullivan Goidenach, MM at Gallipoli and on the Western Front 1915 - 1918. Associated correspondence in archive includes a letter of gratitude from General Birdwood to Monsignor Goidenach.


A rare surviving example of a Roman Catholic Mass Travelling/ Field altar from the WWI era, used in Western Victorian venues before churches were built.

Uniform Dog Tags

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

2 Aluminium Dog Tags on cord issued to an Australian Soldier

Inscriptions & Markings

3787387 T.W.Pearce C of E ( Church of England )


Clunes Museum, Clunes


Historical information


Photograph - Greek School

Ithacan Historical Society, Melbourne

A sepia photograph mounted on grey board of the children and teachers at the Greek language school. The people are standing and seated in five rows in front of a stage.

Historical information

The Greek Orthodox Community with the support of the Ithacan Community in Melbourne established a Greek Language School in the early 1930s. The aim of the school was to teach the Australian born children of Greek parents the Greek language.


The teaching of the Greek language to the Australian born children of Greek parents ensured that the language was maintained within the Greek community.


Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Two circular, white linen doilies with a crocheted border with circles. One 20 cm. diameter, the other 18 cm. diameter.

Drawing - Untitled

Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell

Charcoal on paper

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed and dated 'Bellany '83' in bottom right corner of drawing.

Australia Service Medal 1939-1946

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

Historical information

This object relates to James KELYNACK. He was born on 15/10/1914 in Bendigo, VIC. James served in the Army (VX10604) enlisting on, 06/03/1940 in Brunswick, VIC before being discharged from duties with the 1 CORPS OF SIGNALS as a Army Non-Commissioned Sergeant (SGT) on 13/02/1946. James KELYNACK was not a prisoner of war. His next of kin is Herbert & Isabella KELYNACK. James Kelynack was awarded the War Medal 1939-1945, 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, Australia Service Medal 1939-1946, Defence Medal, Pacific Star.


Vision Australia, Kooyong


Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Framed photograph, sepia, of Gunner W. Bell

Historical information

Gunner Bell enlisted from Norong Central School. Photo presented by following Head Teacher. Norong School is now closed.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Gunner W. Bell / Late Headmaster Norong Central State School No 3030 / Killed in Action France 12th Oct. 1917 / Greater Love Hath No Man Than This / That He Lay Down His Life For His Country and Loved Ones / One of Australia's Best / Presented to the School by Miss E. Mckinty / April 25, 1918"

Framed photograph - B Sqn, Guidon Presentation, Watsonia, Oct 1963

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

Black & white, framed photograph of B Squadron 4/19 PWLH members at the parade for presentation of the Guidon to the Regiment at Simpson Barracks, Watsonia, Oct 1963. Wooden frame, glass fronted

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough Swimming Pool 1

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

The old Greensborough Swimming Pool.


This Pool was demolished to make way for the Watermarc complex.

Racquet Press

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A 24-racquet 'Tunmer' press, manufactured in the United States of America, copying the style - and even the inscription - produced by F.H. Ayres, London. Materials: Wood, Metal, Glue

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