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Collecting Fire: A new kind of practice

7 Feb 2019

“While museums have traditionally aspired to collect “the real thing” and to create repositories of tangible evidence of our collective past, the essence of this project and its emerging collection was in making real the intangible through personal stories, symbols, and metaphors – giving form to matters of the heart. A new kind of museum practice was therefore needed.” - Sites of Trauma: Contemporary Collecting and Natural Disaster

Curated By

Lauren McAlary, Veterans Heritage Project Manager

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Photograph

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

Photo of Kettle Stand and Tray (Possibly related to Boonah Private Hospital)

Photographs - Ringwood Primary School: Staff Photos 1993-1995 (No names)

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Ringwood Primary School Staff Photos 1993-1995 (No names).; 1. 1993; 2. 1994; 3. 1995

Historical information

Staff Photos

Picture (size 5)

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

Spitfire

Plane

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Plane Jack type maker Stanley Rule & Level Co No 36, with 2 ½ inch iron, wooden base, handles and iron frame. Wood varnished, basic body black enamelled.

Book - Fruit of our labour

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White cover. Illustration of orchard. Scene in black and white. 90 pages

Historical information

Funded by Department of Employment. Giving local versions of fruit growing industry. Historical record. Work for dole project supervised by Soc Hedditch.

ENVELOPE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Yellowed & torn envelope stamped Victoria, date appears to be 31 May 16. Addressed to Regt No 3132, 60th / 57th Battery, 25th BAE, 5th Div AIF. Intermediate Depot Egypt.

Historical information

LEO HARRIS No 3132 - KIA 9.8.16. Refer 2478 for service history also 2476, 2477P, 2479.3. Letter appears to be from Ernest Hjalmar? Korintian? No 9 Plimsall St, Poplar, London, England

Inscriptions & Markings

Mrs Young Postmaster Yorktown

Document - Castlemaine North Primary School 100 year celebrations

Old Castlemaine Schoolboys Association Inc., CASTLEMAINE

Prentice Street, 3, Elsternwick

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield South

Property Review Weekly newspaper articles, dated 25/10/02 and 04/10/02, includes 3 colour photographs. Article gives brief description of house interior and remaining period features. Renovation updates and exterior features.

Photograph - Black and White - Major-General Arthur Douglas Powell

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

Photographic portrait

Historical information

Arthur Douglas was born in Ballarat on 19 November 1929, and received an Associateship from the Ballarat School of Mines in Electrical Engineering in 1953. He was appointed Chief of Supply in the Department of Defence, Canberra, in 1982.

Image - Ballarat School of Mines (Birds Eye View)

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

Birds Eye View of the Ballarat School of Mines

Photograph

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Historical information

Railway Yards Stawell looking towards Napier Street from Wakeham Street. Water tank at right of photo.

Pathology, c.1982

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League, Ballarat

Photo

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph, sepia, of a "David Sowden & Sons" loom attachment, which has been threaded with yarn.

Historical information

Photograph probably for promotional purposes, of part of a "David Sowden and Sons" loom attachment. Photograph was with other photographs in an envelope printed "David Sowden & Sons", among items from Yarra Falls Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

DAVID SOWDEN & SONS/ BRADFORD/ POWER LOOM AND JACQUARD MACHINE MAKERS

Photograph - Ringwood railway station precinct. ca 1899-1912

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Accompanying sheet reads as follows, "Shows a goods train arriving from either Croydon or Bayswater, probably the former. The Stationmaster is holding up his hand to take a large electric staff indicating that it was taken between 1899 and 1912. The signals also indicate that it was taken before 1912".

Scientific Instument - Voltmeter

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

A.C. Voltmeter, 150-600 volts non liner, semicircular scale ventilation holes. One termnal post on each side panel. Maker's name plate on top face below scale windo. Adjacent: spring-loaded contact button.

Inscriptions & Markings

Model 155. Serial Number 42339

Artwork - 6. War Memorial: Unveiled 1925 / by Joy Stewart, 1988

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

6. War Memorial: Unveiled 1925. A Handcoloured cartoon created by the artist Joy Stewart as a template for the sixth of a series of embroidered panels depicting the history of Kew. Wool colour codes at left.

Historical information

Kew Tapestry The eight panels depict the history of Kew. This was a 1988 Australian Bi-Centennial Project carried out under the auspices of City of Kew Council and the Kew Historical Society Incorporated. Nearly 600 citizens including many children participated in the production by adding a few or more stitches. A book records their names and the panels upon which they worked. Artist: Joy Stewart Co-ordinator: Dorothy Benyei

Significance

Joy Stewart was born in Melbourne 1925. She studied at Swinburne Technical College Art School from 1941-1945, then the National Gallery Art School 1946-1948. Her career included employment positions as a display artist, designer/painter, gallery assistant, and art teacher. Joy relocated to Cairns in 1981. Solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Cairns, including 'Done By Me' at Cairns Regional Gallery in 1999. Group exhibitions at Cairns Regional Gallery, 'The Fish John West Regrets, 1993' and 'Facets of Life' 1994.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription: "WAR MEMORIAL: Unveiled 1925. Post Office, Court House and Police Station erected 1888. ... The Junction of High Street and Cotham Road became the commercial heart of Kew." Signed by the artist "(c) JStewart, 1988"

Photo - Ryan. - Councilor M.Ryan J.P.1911-12.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia photo,oval in shape,of Councilor Matthew John Ryan J.P.Set in pinkish/tan mount with some decorative features surounding photo.It is on left side of middle row of collection of photos of all councilors for 1911-12.

Historical information

Councilor Matthew John Ryan was first elected to council in1897-1915 and 1918-53.He was appointed Shire President in 1902-08-14-23-32-38-44-50

Significance

Original Historic Photo

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to the Ballarat Shire Council.J.Dickie Esq.J.P.President, 1911-12.

magazine - The Gap 1922

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A 68 pp magazine with a paper cover - back cover only - which is olive green in colour with black print. It is titled " The Gap 1922". It contains advertisements, school happenings, b/w photographs of historic events.

Historical information

This is the third annual edition of this magazine. The first edition of this magazine was produced by associated elementary schools in the Omeo Shire. The magazine was published from 1920 to 1927 and 1963 to 1969. There was a special issue in 1985. In all issues there is writing by children from schools that have since closed down.

Significance

This item reflects the changes in education in East Gippsland and is a useful comparison tool for literacy teaching. It also has historical articles for research.

Container

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Toilet article; container lid, porcelain, with gold and crimson decoration on white background

Railway Sign - Victorian Railways - Terminal stop Board - End of electrification sign

Puffing Billy Railway, Menzies Creek

Railway Sign - Victorian Railways - Terminal stop Board - End of electrification sign metal star shaped enamel sign with Black dot in centre

Historical information

Victorian Railways - Terminal stop Board - End of electrification sign This ‘star’ sign signified that beyond this object there was no further powered overhead to operate on the Melbourne suburban rail network.

Significance

Historic - Victorian Railways - Terminal stop Board - End of electrification sign

Inscriptions & Markings

Black Dot

Wash stand

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Wash stand wooden with 4 carved legs. Table top has hole for basin, base has shaped shelf. Back of table top has towel rack

TShirt: Ride to Work TShirt with NMIT Centenary Log 2012o - TShirt: Ride to Work TShirt with NMIT Centenary Logo 2012

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Predominantly navy and white TShirt with NMIT Centenary Logo on front and back.

Davey Lamp

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

d.&e. Davey Lamps. Bonnetted and Clanney types.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Wards beds in one view. One row of 7 beds along the backwall and there are three rows of beds running the length of the room.

Historical information

The original photo is part of the photo library of the Mental Health Library, which late in 1999 was transferred to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Copying of photo was by the photography department of the Royal Children's Hospital in Parkville.

Water colour - [Red & Blue Landscape]

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Book - A Material World: fibre, colour and pattern

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"A Material World: fibre, colour and pattern" - Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 1990. Catalogue from an exhibition of the same name held at the Powerhouse. Primarily an overview of the main aspects of the Powerhouse textile collection.

1st Penicillin Batch at Hospital, BBH, Sr P O'Keane & Dr Trudinger - Medical Supervisor

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League, Ballarat

Photo

Photograph - Year 4J, 1996

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Historical information

Year 4J, 1996. First Row: Leigh Shani, Emily Goldbloom, Stefan Himmelhoch, Kara Landau, Jonathan Zimet, Megan Goldsmith, Leah Crossman. Second Row: Liam Getreu, Nic Krasnostein, Tali Klepfisz, Jessica Cohen, Ilan Werbeloff, Guy Roseby. Third Row: Rachel Engel, Karen Czarny, Jonathon Encavey, Jonathon Shandler, Jessica Krulis, Ryder Susman, Carly Bogatin. Fourth Row: Talia Mazor, Tobey Hofman, Ashley Cohen, Vanessa Blode, Nikki Ger. Teachers (second row): Ms Helen Lieblich, Miss Jodi Reichenberg.

Trench Craft - Sword replica

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved " Souvenir" "World War"

Hat

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Khaki heavy cloth beret with 'Rising Sun' badge and 13th Armoured Regiment colour patch.

Historical information

In August 1940, 13th Light Horse (Gippsland) converted from horse to mechanised initially as 13th Motor Regiment then 13th Armoured Regiment. Trained in Victoria and as the Japanese threat to the mainland declined the regiment was disbanded in October 1943.

Significance

This object is well provenance and, in its condition and completeness, is a fine example of unusual headgear worn by Australian armoured corps soldiers in World War 2 (39-45).

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