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Victorian Collections -

Another Night

9 Mar 2017

A short history of lighting, illustrated through Victoria's cultural collections

Curated By

Kitty Owens, Manager, Exhibition Services, Museums Australia (Victoria)

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Photograph (Framed)

Greensborough Historical Society,

Black and white photograph, mounted in wooden frame with glass

Historical information

View of bridge over Plenty River looking south up Main Street Greensborough

Inscriptions & Markings

Valley Picture Framing, corner Church and Grimshaw Streets

Document & photographs - Children gave the new Grace Park playground equipment the thumbs up, by Rosie Bray

Greensborough Historical Society,

4 p. text and colour photographs; with 8 colour photographs as printed in the document

Historical information

Banyule Council held a launch of the newly erected playground equipment at the Grace Park playground, corner Henry and Louis Streets, on 2 March 2016

Inscriptions & Markings

Each photograph has identifying details written on the back, of the playground and attendees at the launch on 2 March 2016

DSWAA ANNUAL REPORT 2013 NO 9

Dry Stone Walls Association of Australia (DSWAA),

Certificate - Ballarat School of Mines Endowment Plantation, Nerrina Covenant

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

Covenant in the matter of the School Endowment Plantation of the School of Mines Ballarat School Community.

Historical information

Throughout the Nerrina district numerous areas of public land were set aside as school endowment plantations as part of various schools’ educational resources. The plantations were initially established to instil through community involvement a love of forests and an appreciation of their value, and in fact many of them are well suited for regular use as a teaching resource of this nature. It was expected that this use will increase as courses embracing various aspects of environmental science are developed. Many school plantations have been planted to radiata pine, and revenue from the sale of produce used to provide amenities required by the schools. In some cases, however, these plantations have not been very successful in providing revenue, as the sites are unsuitable for economic growth or the plantations are too small or the location too far from processing centres to allow economic harvesting. In some instances, radiata pine plantations have failed due to poor management. In 1982 the Land Conservation Council believed that all the existing plantations should be assessed in order to establish their value as a teaching resource. Those not needed or that are unsuitable for teaching purposes for some reason, such as their location, should be terminated. Those planted to radiata pine that have limited value as a teaching resource although satisfactory for wood production may continue to be used for such production, but should be reviewed when the pines are harvested. (http://www.veac.vic.gov.au/reports/354-Ballarat-Study-Area.pdf, acccessed 30/03/2017)

Photographs - Mucklefest 2016

Tarrangower History, Maldon

Photographs taken at the 2016 Muckleford Mucklefest held at the Muckleford Railway Station

PHOTOGRAPHS

Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Copy of inside first page re Colin ODLUMS diary, laminated. .2) Photo Colin ODLUM on board ship. .3) Original newspaper article with 10 photos re. casualties. Article is posted on black cardboard.

Historical information

Colin ODLUM VX45898 K.I.A. 1942

PHOTOGRAPH & PAPER CUTTING

Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Photograph of Betty Bird in uniform. .2) Paper cutting re. Colin Odlum - x'mas greeting to Betty Bird

Historical information

Colin Odlum was K.I.A. in North Africa.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) "Kalma Studio Pall Mall Bendigo"

Books

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

PHOTOGRAPH AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Photograph, 2 men on racing bikes, building in background. .2) Original newspaper article re Colin ODLUM and Italian POW's, pasted on piece of black cardboard.

Historical information

The 2 cyclists in 135.1 are referred to in the newspaper article 135.2.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) on rear - faded writing re. the two cyclists (POW's?)

Small poster - The Comedy Club – Matt King, Tom Siegert, Jacques Barrett (The Melbourne international Comedy Festival 2014)

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Historical information

2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Honour Board - Ancient Order of Foresters Dispensation

Stanley Athenaeum & Public Room, Stanley

Made of hardwood. It is constructed to be opened by a pair of hinged doors. It has a carved additional piece affixed to the top of the honour board. On each of the doors are inscribed members of the organisation. The main panel has a decorative mission statement of the order and is behind glass

Inscriptions & Markings

"AOF" in gold lettering on the carved wooden piece on top of the board

Small poster - Reader’s Theatre – Literary Season, 4 August 2016 (actors –Don Bridges, Suzy Cato-Gashler, Sue Jones and David Tredinnick)

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Historical information

Produced by Readers Feast (Book shop)

Athenaeum safe & contents - Metal cash box #2

Stanley Athenaeum & Public Room, Stanley

This solid box has a dark purple gold & red design. There is an ornate latch & handle on the lid, and a pair of handles each end. Internal cash box has a black metal removable insert box of 3 compartments. When sitting inside cash box there is space underneath for notes/papers. There is a small lay lock on the front panel. No key was found for the box.

Inscriptions & Markings

"PATENT 4489" on the internal box

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Blue air-letter (0375) written by Allan and addressed to Mrs S Quinn. Letter headed 'New York, September 30', post-marked Brooklyn N.Y. 1948 and franked using red ink.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Air-letter has been re-addressed from 140 Brunswick Road, West Brunswick to 5 Pollington Street, St. Kilda, Victoria

Form 4B 1961

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white photograph of Williamstown High School form 4B, of 1961.

Inscriptions & Markings

See image above.

TUNICS x 2

Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Blue air-letter (0374) written by Allan from New York and addressed to Mrs S Quinn, West Brunswick. Letter, dated '21st Sept', is post-marked Brooklyn, New York 1948. It is franked 10c.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Form 4A 1961

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white photograph of Williamstown High School form 4A of 1961.

Inscriptions & Markings

See image above.

Form 3D 1961

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white photograph of Williamstown High School form 3D of 1961.

Inscriptions & Markings

See image above.

Form 3C 1961

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white photograph of Williamstown High School form 3C of 1961.

Form 3B 1961

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white photograph of Williamstown High School form 3B of 1961.

Inscriptions & Markings

See image above

Form 3A 1961

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white photographof Williamstown High School form 3A of 1961.

Inscriptions & Markings

See image above.

Pin: Organized labor the hope of the world 1909

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Pin. Round. Sterling silver.

Historical information

This pin was created by Miss Annie Emily Gardner to raise relief money to support industrial unrest in Newcastle. It was reported in the Newcastle Morning Herald that Miss Gardner was vice-president of the Women's Organising Committee of the Political Labour League. A copy of an advertisement for the pin has been uploaded here. Price of the silver pin was 2/- and gold 15/6. Photograph of the pin - to come. Donated to Ballarat Trades Hall by John Mildren.

Significance

Significant to industrial action, union organising and the labour movement in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Silver anchor superimposed over a white globe (with silver latitude and longitude lines). A safety pin is welded to the back. Blue outer circle with inscription: "Organized labor the hope of the world 1909". Inscription on the back: "USA ???" in very tiny font.

Image

Vision Australia,

2 x B/W photographs

Historical information

An unknown QIIB worker using a brush making machine.

Image

Vision Australia,

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

Merv Matthews makes a basket whilst another man looks on.

Image

Vision Australia,

2 x B/W photographs

Historical information

Women production workers at Queensland Industrial Institute for the Blind. 1 - Daphne Lawson, Eileen Henry, Barbara Harding and Rosemary Davis at their respective workstations making toilet brushes or caning chair. 2 - Another view of the room. Barbara Harding and Rosemary Davis sit making toilet brushes, whilst Daphne Lawson and Eileen Henry stand to make cane chairs.

Inscriptions & Markings

C2-6330, C2-6329

Image

Vision Australia,

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

Alf Crossthwaite, worker at Queensland Industrial Institute for the Blind, holds a tower of waste paper baskets outside the workshop.

Inscriptions & Markings

F37828, Blind Institute, 8.5.1961, Alf Crossthwaite makes WPB at Blind institute.

Image

Vision Australia,

3 x B/W photographs of workers with guide dogs

Historical information

Two workers operating mat making machines, with their respective guide dogs: George Stibbs (wearing overalls and shirt) with Rex, and Arthur Bridges (white singlet and overalls) and his dog.

Inscriptions & Markings

C2-5059 C2-5058 C2-5061, Arthur Bridges

Image

Vision Australia,

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

QIIB worker Manix O'Reagan demonstrating a matting loom.

Inscriptions & Markings

10. C7146 Manix O'Reagan (bdod)

Plan - Plan of the Ballarat and Sebastopol Gold Mines

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

Coloured plan of the Ballarat and Sebastopol mines. Includes streets. Scale is 1:23,760

Image

Vision Australia,

3 x B/W photographs

Historical information

Three Queensland Industrial Institute for the Blind workers holding raw millet (name unknown), millet brooms (possibly Snowy Willis) and working a loom (Manix O'Reagan).

Inscriptions & Markings

E18302-2622 F26922-1564 E18300-2622

Image

Vision Australia,

2 x B/W photographs

Historical information

A QIIB employee holds freshly made millet brooms, whilst production workers Danny McCartney (left) and Sean Kean take out bundles of bleached millet to the broom shop.

Inscriptions & Markings

L2-1136, L4 1136

Image

Vision Australia,

4 x B/W photographs

Historical information

Interior of the Brush shop at Queensland Industrial Institute for the Blind. Various workers construct and pack brooms ready for sale.

Inscriptions & Markings

C2-6840, C26838, C2-6839, C2-6841

Image

Vision Australia,

6 x B/W photographs

Historical information

Fives images of the workshop machinery used by the Queensland Industrial Institute for the Blind in the manufacture of various products. 1 - Pitched brooms being made by Stewart Jewell (left) and Jack Dollier (right). 2 - Unknown worker at a basket station making a cane basket, surrounded by finished examples. 3 - Snowy Willis oversees the operation of the machine that bores holes into brush heads. 4 - Unknown worker operating a coir matting machine. There were apparently 10 such machines in use at the time this image was taken. 5 - Snowy Willis checking the bobbins being filled from a giant spool. In the background are empty bobbins stacked against walls and filled bobbins on spool holders. 6 - Roy Anderson checks the wadding on a recently filled mattress, whilst in the background Ellen McDeVitt uses a portable sewing table to sew the ends of a filled mattress.

Inscriptions & Markings

C2-657: 2, Brush shop - pitch set brooms being made by blind workers C2-664: Basket shop - some of the various types of baskets made C2-654: Snowy Willis. Brush shop - a semi automatic brush stock boring machine in operation. C2-666: Matting shop - one of the ten coir matting looms in use. 1960. C2-659: Matting shop - bobbin winder and bobbin bank. C2-655: 15. 2 col wide. Bed shop wadding a fibre mattress. Also showing special sewing machine and movable table used in sewing the mouths of filled mattresses.

Image

Vision Australia,

6 x B/W photographs

Historical information

Four images taken of the Queensland Industrial Institute for the Blind by the Survey Office, Dept of Lands. 1 - The basket shop. From left to right: Merv Campbell making a linen basket, Dave Valoniti (?) making a waste paper basket, Phil Woods making a clothes basket and Bill Smith making a wastepaper basket. Examples of finished linen, cot and cane baskets sit to the left of the image. 2- The basket shop on the other side of the building. Unfortunately no individuals have been identified. 3 - Shop foreman Ron Blinco working at a brush making machine. 4-6 - Queensland Industrial Institution for the Blind truck carrying cane baskets, cots, chairs and seat frame. On the door of the truck reads: Health & Home Department. The side of the truck has the following painted on the sideboards: Manufacturers of Baskets, Bedding, Brooms, Brushes, Cane Furniture, Coir Mat & Matting.

Inscriptions & Markings

C2-5792, C2-5794, C2-5795,C2-5799

Form 2B 1961

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white photograph of Williamstown High School form 2B of 1961.

Inscriptions & Markings

See image above

Image

Vision Australia,

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

16 year old Stan Fuller of Sunnybank, commences his first day of work at the Queensland Industrial Institute for the Blind, learning how to weave a cane basket.

Inscriptions & Markings

Blind Institute, F37829, 9-5-61, 3 col x 7 1/4

Form 2A 1961

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white photograph of Williamstown High School Form 2Aof 1961.

Inscriptions & Markings

See image above.

Image

Vision Australia,

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

Possibly a new Queensland Industrial Institute for the Blind workshop, built around the 1960's. A painter makes his finishing touches on woodwork around the windows. Given the serial number on the back, this was possibly taken by the Dept of Lands.

Inscriptions & Markings

C2-6333

Form 1D 1961

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white photograph of Williamstown High School form 1D of 1961.

Inscriptions & Markings

See image above.

Image

Vision Australia,

2 x B/W photographs

Historical information

Two images taken of two different buildings. The first appears to be the workshop owned by Queensland Industrial Institute for the Blind, after restoration; and the other, given similar images at State Archives Queensland, a new dormitory/kitchen/laundry block.

Image

Vision Australia,

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

Interior view of a building owned by Queensland Industrial Institute for the Blind, and used to store cane and make cane baskets. Several examples of partially finished product sit in each of the work areas used by individuals.

Form 1C 1961

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Black and white photograph of Williamstown High School Form 1C of 1961.

Inscriptions & Markings

See image above

Image

Vision Australia,

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

Side view of brick building, possibly a workshop for the Queensland Institute for the Blind. A 1920's car stands to the rear of the building, possibly loading or unloading people or items.

Image

Vision Australia,

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

Part of a display by the Queensland Blind Institution (?) as part of a exhibition. Neither the full name of the organisation nor the exhibition are known, however a sign on the opposite wall reads "Government Exhibit 1962". Cane chairs, an ironing board cover, coat hangers, a cane cot and a cane screen are viewable to the far right of the image. The remaining view is of an empty space awaiting exhibitors.

Inscriptions & Markings

C2-4138 Reproduced by Photo Section, Survey Office, Dept. Public Lands, QLD.

Image

Vision Australia,

2 x B/W photographs

Historical information

Broom making machine at the Queensland Institute for the Blind.

Final Speech by the late Rt Hon JB Chifley MP, Sunday 10 June 1951

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper, A5, stapled, two tone (brown and white)

Historical information

Mr Chifley's last major public speech, made at the annual conference of the NSW Branch of the Australian Labor Party on the day before his passing away. Chifley spoke at the State Banquet at Parliament House, Canberra, on Tuesday 12 June 1951, and in the House of Representatives on the afternoon of the day that he died (13 June 1951), but those speeches were more formal. Ben Chifley was the sixteenth Prime Minister of Australia and a former railway engine driver. He was treasurer in the Curtin government and became Prime Minister after Curtain's death. He lost the 1949 and 1951 federal elections. The 1951 loss was due to his opposing Menzies' proposal to ban the Communist Party. The document was donated by Mr John Mildren, former federal member for Ballarat and former lecturer at Ballarat College of Advanced Education.

Significance

Rare. Significant to the history of the Labor Party and to political commentary in Australia. Pertinent to political issues in the 1950s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photograph on the front cover of JB Chifley, title and price (3D). Back cover: sketch of JB Chifley (creator of the sketch is unknown).

Decanter set

Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History, Melbourne

Glass decanter of cylindrical form with glass stopper and a pewter label which hangs over the decanter. The decanter sits on a ley pewter coaster which has three ball feet. Six crystal, sherry glasses sit on a ley pewter tray which has three ornamental feet.

Historical information

The Decanter set was originally given to Dr John Paull by Dr Geoffrey Kaye and were later donated to the College by Paull . The decanter label, coaster and tray were crafted by Geoffrey Kaye and includes his initials inscribed into each piece. "LEY" Pewter refers to the pewter containing a large percentage of lead which in this case there is 80% tin and 20% lead.

Inscriptions & Markings

[Decanter] (03) / 500ml , [decanter label] SHERRY / G.K. 1972, [under decanter coaster] G.K. 1972. / "LEY" PEWTER, [under tray] G.K. 1972 / "LEY" PEWTER

Image

Vision Australia,

4 rows of B/W negatives

Historical information

Four historical images of men important to the history of the Queensland Deaf, Dumb and Blind Institution or the subsequent organisations it became.

Image

Vision Australia,

1 x col. photograph

Historical information

Anna Bligh, Queensland Minister for Disability Services, with a Vision Queensland client.