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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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Accessory

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

'Tennis Ball Caddy'. Ball-holding bracket for wear during tennis play. Holds five balls and is intended to be worn around the waist. Materials: Cardboard, Ink, Plastic, Synthetic material, Paper

Accessory box for a No 6 Director Mk I

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Leather accessory box with shoulder strap and metal buckles. Flip open lid.

Historical information

Possibly related to the range-finding equipment sent from England for dismantling during the 1940s so University of Melbourne Physics staff could develop their own equipment. Related to object 463.1

Inscriptions & Markings

Embossed in lid: 'CASE NO 6 DETECTOR MK 1 / COOKE, TROUGHTON & SIMMS, LTD / 9 / 22 / A.F.A' and broad arrow symbol.

Accessory Purse

Kyneton Museum, Kyneton

Small black pouch shaped drawstring purse Woven with ribbed effect and pink and green chevron stripes Metal ring gathers top and two metal rods and linked chain handles

Historical information

Collection item from Kyneton Museum

Accident outside Gears Chemist

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.

Accordion

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Accordion made of black wood with silver painted anchors; the end of box has come away from the actual body, there are also six keys missing, the condition is poor. Name painted in silver on box "Fabrik Marke"

Accordion - Regal Melodeon Accordion

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Accordion; wooden frame with black leather bellows, maker's name Regal Melodeon, Made in Germany. Has pressed metal corners with pictures of a bugle with the word sport in the centre.

Accordion - Kalbe's Imperial Accordion

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Black and silver accordion The names "Victoria the Good" and "Edward VII" are printed above the brand name "Kalbe's Imperial, Gold Medal Melbourne". There are pictures of Edward VII and Queen Victoria on either side of the instrument.

Accordion - Meteor Accordion

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Black and silver box accordion Meteor Accordion, registered, made in Germany

Accordion

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Mezon Accordion manufactured for Lyons, Melbourne. Made in Saxony. Has nameplate on front "T H Betts". Accordion in wooden box with red interior. Two clips on front. Lock cover loose. Thin wire handle on top. Length 13½" x 7¼" x 12½"

Inscriptions & Markings

Has nameplate on front "T H Betts"

Accordion

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Black wood accordion Menzon Accordions inside lid. Black wood carry case with red lining. Instrument has Accordion Lyons Bourke St Melbourne, Made in Saxony

ACCOUNT

Clunes Museum, Clunes

AN ACCOUNT FOR REPAIR OF SPOUTING AND DOWNPIPE AND GLAZING WINDOWS. REPAIRING ROOF OF WESLEY CHURCH.

Historical information

REPAIRS TO THE WESLEY CHURCH

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A white paper account with black print and red lines. Hand-written from Lancelot Herbert of Snowy River Stores to R.P. Cameron.

Historical information

Lancelot Herbert came to Orbost in 1886, taking up a partnership with local store-owner George Temple. After Mr Temple’s death in 1891, Lancelot took over the store and progressively developed Herberts Snowy River Stores which grew into a department store of several shops along Nicholson St. He also had small shops at Cann River, Noorinbee and Genoa which were run by members of his family, as well as a carrying business and fuel outlets. Lancelot died on 2/6/1911 and his wife Martha [died 1945] are buried in a joint grave in Orbost Cemetery. (info. Noreen and Lindsay Thomson) Robert Pullar Cameron was a Shire Councillor for many years. He married Penuel Hossack and had a family of James, Flora, Penuel and Alex.

Significance

This item is associated with a well-known Orbost business which started in 1888 and finally closed in c.1970. it is an example of book-keeping in the early 20th century and is a useful research tool.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A large white paper account with black print and red lines from W.J. Mierisch, grocer and general merchant, to R. Cameron. There is a green duty stamp.

Historical information

Robert Pullar Cameron was a Shire Councillor for many years. He married Penuel Hossack and had a family of James, Flora, Penuel and Alex.

Significance

This item is an example of the book-keeping of a n Orbost business in the early 20th century. It is a useful research tool.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A large white paper account with black print and red lines from Feely & Co., saddlers and harness makers for R. Cameron.

Historical information

Robert Pullar Cameron was a Shire Councillor for many years. He married Penuel Hossack and had a family of James, Flora, Penuel and Alex.

Significance

This item is an example of the book-keeping of an early 20th century business and is a useful research tool.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A white paper account with red lines and black print. It is from J.S. Tomlinson, Newsagent and Stationer to Mr Cameron.

Significance

This item is an example of the book-keeping of an early 20th century Orbost business. It bis a useful research item.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A white paper account with black print and red lines hand-written from J. Lamont, tailor and mercer to Mr R. Cameron. It has a yellow duty stamp.

Historical information

Robert Pullar Cameron was a Shire Councillor for many years. He married Penuel Hossack and had a family of James, Flora, Penuel and Alex.

Significance

This item is an example of the book-keeping of an Orbost business in the early 20th century and is a useful research tool.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A very stained shite paper account with black print and red lines from E. Swan, Orbost Tank Factory, to R. Cameron.

Historical information

E. Swan (of Bairnsdale) purchased the Orbost Tank Factory from Mr E. F. Reynolds. Swan was a tinsmith, coppersmith, plumber, zinc and iron worker who specialised in repairing tanks. Robert Pullar Cameron was a Shire Councillor for many years. He married Penuel Hossack and had a family of James, Flora, Penuel and Alex.

Significance

This item is an example of the book-keeping of an Orbost business in the early 20th century and is a useful research tool.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A small white paper account with black print from Maldon Private Hospital to Mrs Lovell. It has a yellow tax stamp.

Historical information

There were several small private hospitals in Orbost in the early 20th century. Babies were born at these private hospitals and mostly only a midwife attended as the doctor could be away on horseback treating another patient. As the new Orbost and District Hospital ( officially opened June 30th, 1930) developed and its facilities grew private hospitals closed.

Significance

By the 1930's in Victoria there was an increase in the demand for beds in public hospitals by those who found private hospital costs prohibitive and wanted the higher standard of care provided in public hospital . This meant that many small private hospitals closed. Maldon Hospital in Orbost was one of several which could not compete with the new Orbost public hospital.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A white paper account with black ink and blue lines from Haycox & Mc Henry, wholesale and retail butchers to R. Cameron. There is a duty stamp.

Historical information

William Haycox was a wholesale and retail butcher who was a cash buyer of hides, sheepskins and tallow. The Haycox Butcher shop was near the Club Hotel. Robert Pullar Cameron was a Shire Councillor for many years. He married Penuel Hossack and had a family of James, Flora, Penuel and Alex.

Significance

This item is an example of the book-keeping of an early Orbost business and is a useful research tool.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A white paper account with blue print. It is from H.C. Slatterie, Draper, Outfitter and Boot Merchant. There is a large purple receipt stamp in the centre. Handwritten date is for 4th March 1918. Receipt stamp shows 4th March 1915.

Historical information

H. C. Slatterie was a draper, outfitter and boot nerchant in Orbost. This account is for "sox" and a collar.

Significance

This item is an example of the early 20th century book-keeping of an Orbost business.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A white paper account from T. McCoy to Mr R. Cameron. It has black print and handwritten details. In the top left-hand corner is a black drawing of a carriage and in the top right-hand corner is a black drawing of workers shoeing a horse. a green duty stamp is attached.

Historical information

The Orbost Coach Factory was in Wolseley Street OIrbsot, opposite the police station and was owned by Thomas John McCoy. Its business was coach-building, undertaking, blacksmithing and as a farrier. Robert Pullar Cameron was a Shire Councillor for many years. He married Penuel Hossack and had a family of James, Flora, Penuel and Alex.

Significance

This item is an example of the early 20th century book-keeping of a business in Orbost. It is a useful research tool.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A white paper account with red lines and black print. Details are hand-written. There is a pink sticker attached. It is from Miss B. Morgan to Mr R. Cameron.

Historical information

Miss B. Morgan owned a stationery, fancy goods and tobacco shop in Orbost. Robert Pullar Cameron was a Shire Councillor for many years. He married Penuel Hossack and had a family of James, Flora, Penuel and Alex.

Significance

This item is an example of trhe early 20th century book-keeping of an Orbost business. It is a useful research tool.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A white paper account with red lines and black print. Details are hand-written in blue ink. It is from J. Russell to R. P. Cameron.

Historical information

John Russell Senior was a blacksmith, wheelwright, farmer and later chairman of the Orbost Butter Factory, makers of Sunny South Butter (today part of Murray Goulburn Co Ltd). His blacksmith business was in Nicholson Street, Orbost. Robert Pullar Cameron was a Shire Councillor for many years. He married Penuel Hossack and had a family of James, Flora, Penuel and Alex.

Significance

This item is an example of the book-keeping of an early 20th century Orbost business and is a useful research tool.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Two white paper accounts. They are typed in black and are statements of receipts and expenditure for the Presbyterian Church in Orbost. On one sheet is an alhabetical list of subscribers for the year ending June 30, 1891. On the other is a general account of receipts and expenditure.

Historical information

The first Presbyterian Church service was conducted at the Orbost Station Homestead in 1885, during a visit by Sir William Clarke, who was accompanied by two ministers. The organist was resident Grace Jennings Carmichael. Services were later held in Mr J. W. Borland’s shop and the Mechanics Hall. In 1887 the land on which the church now stands was purchased from Mr James Hossack snr, for £50 ($100). The trustees were Mr John, Peter and Hugh Cameron, Mr John A Watt and Mr James Hossack Jnr. Timber from Richardson’s Tabbara Mill was used by builder Mr R. P Cameron and at a cost of £ 311.3.7 ($622) the church was opened January 9th 1898. This item is from the estate of Elsie Cooke. Elsie Cooke was a librarian in Orbost for many years. She was the daughter of John Cooke early Brodribb settler. Elsie Cooke lived all her life in Gippsland,. She was born at Brodribb in 1895 and died in 1970, Elsie Cooke lived at Bruthen for a short time and, in 1937, moved to live with her aunt, Miss Jean Munro. Miss Cooke was Librarian at the Mechanics Institute for many years. Kindness and consideration for other were Miss Cooke’s attributes and she endeared herself to all who knew her. She was a loyal member of the Presbyterian Church and a stalwart of the Ladies’ Guild, an energetic worker for the Municipal Auxiliary and a member of the Red Cross. (ref. Mary Gilbert

Significance

This item is associated with the Presbyterian Church in Orbost. It is an example of early book-keeping and is also associated with Elsie Cooke.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A white paper account form. It has black print, blue ruled lines and is unused. t the top is "Orbost Motor Garage" in black capital letters.

Historical information

This account form was made for the Orbost Motor Garage owned by George Nixon. George Nixon (1862-1941) selected land in Bete Bolong in the 1890's. He married Emily Warren in 1889 in Orbost. He was a shire councillor. He was a prominent breeder of Clydesdales and after a serious fall off a horse walked with a walking stick and special boot for the rest of his life. He was well-known for his interest in cars, horse-racing and politics.He was married to Emily Warren in 1889 in Orbost. Mrs Nixon (Emily)was the first Red Cross president during WW1. They had ten children.both George and Emily are buried in the Orbost Cemetery. (ref:From White Knowle to Pumpkin Point by Hon Peter Nixon A.O.)

Significance

This item is associated with a prominent Orbost family. George Nixon was the son of James and Alice Nixon. The Nixon families were among the earliest settlers on the Snowy River. It is an example of the early book-keeping of an Orbost business in the early 20th century.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A white paper account with black print. It has a green duty stamp on the front and is from Dr James Kerr M.B.C.M. to R. Cameron. The form has been filled in by hand.

Historical information

Dr James Kerr practised medicine in Orbost from 1889 -1928. He was the first doctor to settle in Orbost. He served the Orbost community for 40 years travelling everywhere on horseback. He married Hilda Constance Temple in Orbost on November 30, 1893. On April 29th 1931, three glass windows were dedicated to "Dr James Kerr. Beloved Physician of Orbost" in St James Church of England , Orbost. ( Ref Orbost Hospital, History, Personalities and Stories by Margaret Hollands) Robert Pullar Cameron was a Shire Councillor for many years. He married Penuel Hossack and had a family of James, Flora, Penuel and Alex.

Significance

Dr James Kerr was the first doctor to settle in Orbost. He was an integral part of the Orbost community for over 40 years. Robert Pullar Cameron was a councillor on the Orbost Shire Council for many years.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A white paper account with blue lines and black ink . It has a pink receipt attached as well as a yellow duty stamp. It is from W. Cumming, butcher, to R.P. Cameron.

Historical information

Robert Pullar Cameron was a Shire Councillor for many years. He married Penuel Hossack and had a family of James, Flora, Penuel and Alex. William Cumming was a prominent Orbost identity. He was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, in 1866 the son of William Cumming and Mary Ann Montgomery. He came to Australia, aged 28, and to Orbost in 1890. He farmed at Bete Bolong and during WW1 ran a butcher's shop on his farm. He was a shire councillor and served as a South Riding representative for 38 years. He was a keen Newmerella football supporter, a member of the Orbost Bowling Club as well as a director of the Orbost Butter Factory. Cumming was married to Ellen Louise Mundy and had four children ( Harold, Mary, William and Gordon).

Significance

This item is an example of a hand-written account for a local early 20th century business in Orbost. It is a useful research tool.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A white paper account with black print, red lines and handwritten pencil information. It has a yellow duty stamp and a large pink receipt sticker.

Historical information

Robert Pullar Cameron was a Shire Councillor for many years. He married Penuel Hossack and had a family of James, Flora, Penuel and Alex. Peter Kerr bought the butchery from William Cumming in 1921.

Significance

This is an example of a hand-written account from an early Orbost business and is a useful research tool.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Historical information

This account was sent fro H. James & Co to Robert Pullar Cameron. Henry James (1860-1932) was a well-known identity in the Orbost district. He was a stock agent and auctioneer who helped to establish the seed bean industry in Orbost. He was the second secretary of the Snowy River Shipping Co. as well as a shire councillor and prominent member of MUIOOF. Robert Pullar Cameron was a Shire Councillor for many years. He married Penuel Hossack and had a family of James, Flora, Penuel and Alex.

Significance

Henry James (1860-1932) was a well-known identity in the Orbost district. This item is an example of a hand-written document used by an early Orbost business. It is a useful research tool.

Inscriptions & Markings

Two white paper accounts , red lines and black print. It is from H. James & CO - Freighters to R. Cameron.

account

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A white paper account with black print and green lines for Luckin Bros, Cartage Conbtractors & General Carriers to R. Cameron. It is headed "Eastern Transport Services".

Historical information

Robert Pullar Cameron was a Shire Councillor for many years. He married Penuel Hossack and had a family of James, Flora, Penuel and Alex.

Significance

This document is an example of early book keeping records and is a useful research tool.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back left hand corner -"Cheque Corner......."

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