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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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Book - The Witwatersrand Goldfields: Blanket and Mining Practice

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

Red hard covered book of 495 pages.

Photograph, Black & White ' Moorabbin News' Office c1910

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

Black & White photograph c1910 of 5 men standing outside the office of the 'Moorabbin News' newspaper

Historical information

The 'Moorabbin News' newspaper was published 1900 - 1975 covering events in the Moorabbin, Cheltenham, area.

Significance

'Moorabbin News' newspaper 1900-c1975 was one of the local newspapers that provided Moorabbin citizens with social, sporting, market, crime, council, housing, information.

Sepia Photograph

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Sepia photograph of the road to The Nobbies showing horse and trap crossing old wooden bridge with a dog in the foreground.

Historical information

This album was presented to the Earl of Stradbroke by Fathers of Soldiers on Phillip Island. The photo is of the early road to the Nobbies. Horse and trap crossing the old bridge with a dog in the foreground.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rose Series P 3427 The road to The Nobbies, Cowes, Phillip Is., Vic

Pennant

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

Queensland's GOLD COAST FUN IN THE SUN

Bottle, glass

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Round green glass bottle with wide neck and text embossed on base.

Inscriptions & Markings

Monogram of impressed capital letters overlaid on each other.(indistinct).

Photograph - View of Isle of Wight Hotel and Cowes jetty

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Large black and white photo of the Cowes jetty, boat shed, car park, band rotunda and Isle of Wight Hotel in 1974

Historical information

Isle of Wight Hotel is no longer on this site

Inscriptions & Markings

Cowes 1974

Photograph - City of Ringwood celebrations, 1960

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalogue card reads, 'City celebrations, 1960. School children taking part'.

Photograph - Rev. Colin Knox

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W photograph of Rev. Colin Knox standing next to an older woman with teddy bears

Historical information

The C&N article using the photo is headed "Caught between vocations: Colin Knox makes a choice." Faced with the tension of being a parish minister and also with a special calling to communication through photography and the media, Knox chose to focus on the parish ministry and keep his communications interest as a sideline. He hoped that one day the UCA would establish a central audio-visual unit, not dependent upon a private person with privately-owned equipment.

Inscriptions & Markings

C&N identification

Photograph - Eltham Festival, Main Road, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Three colour photographs near the corner of Arthur Street and Main Road; two looking diagonally across Main Road, Eltham towards Lyon Bros Ford dealership showing the general Festival parade; one looking directly across Main Road showing Real Estate agency (photo blurred from movement but gives a general perspective of the scene). Parade participants include Montmorency Primary School. Eltham High School

Photograph - Morrison's Store, Camperdown Vic. c1910

Camperdown & District Historical Society, Camperdown

Black and white photo of Morrison's Store, Camperdown, c1910, showing business of Morrison's Proprietary Ltd and staff.

Scientific Object - Petrographic Microscope

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

Boxed optical microscope, equipped with the following accessories: 1. Two ocular lenses, one with crosschain graticule 2. 6 objective lenses; AA, aa, a, 1/4 inch, 1/16 inch, 1 inch - cartridge only, 3/5 - lens without cartridges, Jictable frame

Inscriptions & Markings

Scratched on top of right side front leg 'CM'.

Book - Shipping Wonders of The World Vol 1

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Shipping Wonders of The World Vol 1, by Clarence Winchester. Published by the Amalgamated Press Ltd., London. Textured hard cover, bound book, burgundy colour with gold lettering. Inscription with owner's details and a list of ships inside the front cover.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription in black ink "F.J.S MORSE / S S ADELE / S S TAIROA / S S MANARI / S S JARVIS BAY"

Photograph - Kew Recreation Centre, High Street [Kew], circa 1987

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Photograph of construction activities at the Kew Recreation Centre.

Historical information

The first Kew Municipal baths were built on a site in High Street (Kew) in 1925. Since then, various rebuilding have occurred, most involving extending or relocating the pool.

Inscriptions & Markings

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Plate

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Plate metal for mixing pharmaceuticals

Book - Australian War Memorial

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

Hard cover book, 114 pp, including fold out plans of the memorial

Historical information

Guide to the Australian War Memorial as at 1945

Lighter Lift Arm

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

This Roller Beacon lift arm cigarette/pipe lighter has a chrome plated brass shell and is fueled by petrol. To operate this lighter you lift the "snuffer" arm(long roller lift arm) exposing the horizontal external flint tube, then scrape the flint wheel to create a spark (to light the wick) from the adjacent flint(resting on the brass ignition wheel).

Historical information

This cigarette or pipe lighter was in use in the mid 1900's when the majority of users were men. Ladies did smoke but mainly not in "public" The activity was still regarded as a male activity. Middle to Upper "Class" of women nearly always had a gentleman "at hand" that would "light up" her cigarette. This was seen as a "social" activity only but later in the mid 1900's onward it was quite acceptable for both sexes to "smoke" at anytime.

Significance

This type of lighter was male orientated due to the degree of lighting the flint with the horizontal movement required a strong thumb action across the lighting wheel. It is significant to rural areas such as the Kiewa Valley as the majority of men (especially during and after World War II) regarded smoking as a way to ease off the "tension" of hard work. The socio-economics of the Australian work place changed after the emancipation of women in the "workforce" after the World War II depleted the male workforce for the duration of the War and changed the Australian ethics of women in all aspects of both city and rural working "so called" male only occupations.

Inscriptions & Markings

At the base to the left of the "filler" screw "PATENT No. 485037, 818155" underneath "REG. DES. N" on the filler screw "ROLLER REG" underneath "TRADE MARK". To the right of the "filler", "THE ROLLER BEACON MADE IN ENGLAND"

Book - Telephone Diretory 1974

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a soft cover booklet with a green cover and a colour photograph of an Irish Setter on the front cover and a map of the telephone area on the back cover.

Historical information

The directory contains both White Pages and Pink Pages listings. The White Pages listings are in alphabetical order of names for the entire district.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover – ’74 Telephone Directory, Camperdown, Casterton, Edenhope, Hamilton, Portland, Warrnambool districts. STD area code 055. See back cover for area covered by this directory Spine – Camperdown, Casterton, Edenhope, Hamilton, Portland, Warrnambool districts. See the pink pages for business & trade listings. V1- 1974 Back Cover – Country directory areas. The area covered by this Directory is the coloured portion of this map. See the pink pages for business and trade listings.

Book - Warrnambool Harbour Board Ledger Book 1928

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Warrnambool Harbour Board Ledger Book 1928 Date: 1928

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on spine cover with typed text

Church St Andrews Kirk Ballarat

Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat), Ballarat

Motorbike

Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum Inc, Maldon

Two cylinder shaft drive motorbike with pillion seat on back mudguard. Restored for use in the movie "Romulus my Father". Spedometer in chromed headlight housing. Springing for front and back wheels, kick start. Black leather seat, black kneepads on petrol tank, bronze / gold petrol tank and mudguards, wire spoked wheels.

Historical information

Restored for use in the movie "Romulus my Father".

Inscriptions & Markings

On petrol tank, circular yellow enameled badge with a crown at top, central sun motif with rays and "Sunbeam" at bottom.

Pennant

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

BAY OF ISLANDS New Zealand

Trypot

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

A large cast iron cauldron about 200 gallons in capacity in which whale blubber was heated in order to remove the oil. H 76cm x W 110cm.

Toilet Brush Holder

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

White enamelled metal cylindrical toilet brush holder. An upright projection has a hole for optional hanging of the object.

Historical information

This item is from the pre-plastic days and would have contained a brush made from natural bristles.

Inscriptions & Markings

CLOSET BORSTEL (Toilet Brush) in black paint.

Gill's Part of rowing boat fleet

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.

Postcard - sepia - Decorating a Canadian on the Field of Battle

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

A Canadian Lance-Corporal receives the DCM in the field during World War One.

Publication - Native bees of the Sydney region: a field guide (Dollin, A. et al), North Richmond, 2000

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Research report - Cluny (Formerly Fairview) 34 Wrixon Street, Kew 3101: A cultural and architectural history and assessment of cultural heritage significance / Allan Willingham

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Research report, prepared by Allan Willingham for Carey Baptist Grammar School in 2006, into Cluny (formerly Fairview) 34 Wrixon Street, Kew 3101. The cultural and architectural history and assessment of cultural heritage includes a summary of the building's current heritage status, a history of the property, biographical portraits of the principal owners, an architectural history, an assessment of its cultural heritage significance, a statement of conservation policy and appendices.

Book - The First Hundred Years 1788-1900 / by Helen G Palmer & Jessie McLeod

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

2nd edition

Significance

The volume formed part of the professional library of the historian Dorothy Rogers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Owner signature: Dorothy Rogers

Horse Drawn Vehicle - Coal Box Buggy

Echuca Historical Society, Echuca

Buggy or .....

Archive File - GARDEN, Assoc. Prof. Don

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Assoc. Prof. Don Garden OAM was a Vice President of the Society. The single item file relates to the RHSV and it headquarters in the Drill Hall.

Historical information

Since its foundation in 1958, members of the Kew Historical Society have been compiling and storing information about subjects relating to the history of Kew and its environs, of which this file is an example. Typically files will contain primary and secondary sources.