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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

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Lauren McAlary, Veterans Heritage Project Manager

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Audiovisual - The Outer Circle: Melbourne's forgotten railway

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

2-DVD set on Outer Circle Railway.

Historical information

Documentary on the Outer Circle Railway, which ran from Oakleigh to Fairfield, and was begun in 1891, with the last train running in 1943. Features Dr David Beardsall, Dr Crystal Legacy, Rod Atkins, Kevin O'Shaughnessy, Sr Helen-Mary Langlands

Photo, Caulfield 1995

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 14 of an event at Caulfield racecourse, and an article in The Answer.

Historical information

For many years Legacy had a "Back to Caulfield Race Day" for Legatees, widows and their families. 1995 was the 50th anniversary of the end of World War 2 and the race day was part of the "Australia Remembers" commemorations. Also a Legacy 'Lone Pine' was planted. The article in the Answer says: "Over 800 members of the Legacy family (past and present) reunite at the "Australia Remembers" Back to Caulfield Commemorative Race Day held on August 12th. It was a special day which incorporated a wide range of activities, including a display of military vehicles, a flyover, a parachute jump by the Red Berets, military bands, and displays of memorabilia when the racecourse was used as an army camp. An official ceremony also included the presentation of a Legacy 'Lone Pine' (a descendant of the Gallipoli 'Lone Pine') by the President of the Melbourne Legacy, Legatee David Millie, which was very warmly received by the Chairman of the V.A.T.C., Mr Peter Lawrence. Official guest was the Premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett Photos include ;President David Millie and Legacy Widows enjoying the day. See also photos at 01003 and 01091 and 01092.

Significance

Legacy retains a tie with Caulfield racecourse as it was once an army camp and staging post of young men going overseas to war and now it is the site of a lone pine. The annual gathering at Caulfield racecourse was an event that gets the Legacy family together.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back film number 786 No. 7A and No. 19A. Film number 787 No. 9A.

Photo, Caulfield 1995

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 14 of an event at Caulfield racecourse, and an article in The Answer.

Historical information

For many years Legacy had a "Back to Caulfield Race Day" for Legatees, widows and their families. 1995 was the 50th anniversary of the end of World War 2 and the race day was part of the "Australia Remembers" commemorations. Also a Legacy 'Lone Pine' was planted. The article in the Answer says: "Over 800 members of the Legacy family (past and present) reunite at the "Australia Remembers" Back to Caulfield Commemorative Race Day held on August 12th. It was a special day which incorporated a wide range of activities, including a display of military vehicles, a flyover, a parachute jump by the Red Berets, military bands, and displays of memorabilia when the racecourse was used as an army camp. An official ceremony also included the presentation of a Legacy 'Lone Pine' (a descendant of the Gallipoli 'Lone Pine') by the President of the Melbourne Legacy, Legatee David Millie, which was very warmly received by the Chairman of the V.A.T.C., Mr Peter Lawrence. Official guest was the Premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett Photos include the military vehicles, the stalls, and some of the racing. See also photos at 01003 and 01091 and 01093.

Significance

Legacy retains a tie with Caulfield racecourse as it was once an army camp and staging post of young men going overseas to war and now it is the site of a lone pine. The annual gathering at Caulfield racecourse was an event that gets the Legacy family together.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back film number 786 No. 7A and No. 19A. Film number 787 No. 9A.

Photo, Caulfield 1995

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x of an event at Caulfield racecourse, and an article in The Answer.

Historical information

For many years Legacy had a "Back to Caulfield Race Day" for Legatees, widows and their families. 1995 was the 50th anniversary of the end of World War 2 and the race day was part of the "Australia Remembers" commemorations. Also a Legacy 'Lone Pine' was planted. The article in the Answer says: "Over 800 members of the Legacy family (past and present) reunite at the "Australia Remembers" Back to Caulfield Commemorative Race Day held on August 12th. It was a special day which incorporated a wide range of activities, including a display of military vehicles, a flyover, a parachute jump by the Red Berets, military bands, and displays of memorabilia when the racecourse was used as an army camp. An official ceremony also included the presentation of a Legacy 'Lone Pine' (a descendant of the Gallipoli 'Lone Pine') by the President of the Melbourne Legacy, Legatee David Millie, which was very warmly received by the Chairman of the V.A.T.C., Mr Peter Lawrence. Official guest was the Premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett who is seen being greeted as he arrives. And photos of the planting of the 'Lone Pine'. See also photos at 01003 and 01092.

Significance

Legacy retains a tie with Caulfield racecourse as it was once an army camp and staging post of young men going overseas to war and now it is the site of a lone pine. The annual gathering at Caulfield racecourse was an event that gets the Legacy family together.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back film number 786 No. 7A and No. 19A. Film number 787 No. 9A.

Sewing Machine

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Vintage treadle type sewing machine includes drawers across front. Folds down to create small table.

Historical information

Used by grandmother (Mrs Medbury) and mother(Mrs Jerrett) of former local resident (Grace Jerrett).

Inscriptions & Markings

Premier. Made in USA. patented 11 February 1902 to 20 May 1913.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 3 of Junior Plain Speaking contest in 1994

Historical information

Two photos of the finals of the Junior Plain English Speaking contest and President George Woodward with the finalists. One photo shows the Bendigo preliminary round with the winner Kate, she is seen in the group of finalist photo with George Woodward. The date is assumed to be 1994 as that was the year George Woodward was president. For many years from 1988, Legacy held a public speaking contest called the Junior Plain English Speaking Award. Schools were eligible to send along representatives to compete. The following was taken from a programme in 1996: "The Award aim is to promote enhanced oral communication skills for 12-14 year old students and to help young people appreciate the ideals of Legacy - voluntary service, caring and comradeship - and the need for remembrance. It began in 1988 in the Melbourne area with the support of the Ministry of Education and The Plain English Foundation. Entries have grown from 24 in the 1988 competition to over 300 in schools across the State, plus greater numbers participating in the process of selecting four contestants from each school. In 1995, a successful Interstate Championship was held with contestants from Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. On 11 November 1996 the first National final was held with contestants from six states."

Significance

A record of a Junior Plain Speaking contest that was run by Legacy from 1988 to the 1990s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Yellow paper label on one photo says "Bendigo winner Kate - red headed".

Printing set

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Wooden child's printing set in box, with letters of the alphabet and numbers. Has metal hinges. Patented 5/2/1901

Historical information

Medal was awarded in Paris Exposition in 1900.

Pencil

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Set of 12 drawing pencils, in gold coloured box. Finest opaque drawing pencils.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Kings Own". BB.

Photograph - Lady with umbrella

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of several people, lady with umbrella, man on horse back, man harvesting unknown fruit.

Historical information

One of a series of copied photographs depicting life on an orchard in 1910. Originals owned by Mrs Nancy Tyson, Merrigum, a local historian.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: no 214

Photograph - Lunch during fruit season

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of 5 men having lunch during fruit picking season, Merrigum Orchard.

Historical information

One of a series of copied photographs depicting life on an orchard in 1910. Originals owned by Mrs Nancy Tyson, Merrigum, a local historian.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Merrigum orchard lunch during fruit picking season.

Photograph - Picking Fruit

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of man picking fruit.

Historical information

One of a series of copied photographs depicting life on an orchard in 1910. Originals owned by Mrs Nancy Tyson, Merrigum, a local historian.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: picking the fruit

Photograph - Loading the Dray

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of 3 men loading cases of fruit onto horse driven dray.

Historical information

One of a series of copied photographs depicting life on an orchard in 1910. Originals owned by Mrs Nancy Tyson, Merrigum, a local historian.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Loading the dray.

Photograph - Spraying the Orchard

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of 3 men hand spraying in orchard, from horse and cart.

Historical information

One of a series of copied photographs depicting life on an orchard in 1910. Originals owned by Mrs Nancy Tyson, Merrigum, a local historian.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Merrigum Orchard, spraying.

Photograph - Picking the fruit

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of 2 men, with ladders and buckets picking fruit in Merrigum orchard, 1919. Fruit trees in background.

Historical information

One of a series of copied photographs depicting life on an orchard in 1910. Originals owned by Mrs Nancy Tyson, Merrigum, a local historian.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Merrigum Orchard, fruit picking season, 1910.

Photograph - Grading the fruit

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of 2 girls hand grading and packing fruit, Merrigum 1919.

Historical information

One of a series of copied photographs depicting life on an orchard in 1910. Originals owned by Mrs Nancy Tyson, Merrigum, a local historian.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: hand grading and packing fruit, orchard, Merrigum (information taped to back).

Photograph - Packing the fruit

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of a woman packing fruit and man watching.

Historical information

One of a series of copied photographs depicting life on an orchard in 1910. Originals owned by Mrs Nancy Tyson, Merrigum, a local historian.

Photograph - Stacking the fruit

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of 2 man stacking cases of fruit onto horse and dray.

Historical information

One of a series of copied photographs depicting life on an orchard in 1910. Originals owned by Mrs Nancy Tyson, Merrigum, a local historian.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: stacking fruit cases, Merrigum Orchard, 1920.

Photograph - Loading the fruit

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of man loading cases of fruit onto dray.

Historical information

One of a series of copied photographs depicting life on an orchard in 1910. Originals owned by Mrs Nancy Tyson, Merrigum, a local historian.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: heaving full cases of fruit onto dray.

Telephone - Field - Telephone

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Khaki coloured heavy metal box with a strap holder on each end and a hinged lid. A clip to close is attached with a screw. A wide canvas strap for carrying, is attached. A clip to close is attached with a screw on the front of the box. The box is fitted out with a field telephone and instructions for use printed on a brass plate inside the lid. Two of two (L3544).

Historical information

Von Devonie Bromley was in the AWAS, signaler, driver, in Nhill, Victoria, in WW2. The field telephone (army issued) was used during her war service.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tele set S MK V 842

Telephone - Field - Telephone

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Khaki coloured heavy metal box with a strap holder on each end and a hinged lid. A clip to close is attached with a screw. A wide canvas strap for carrying, is attached. A clip to close is attached with a screw on the front of the box. The box is fitted out with a field telephone and instructions for use printed on a brass plate inside the lid. One of two (L3462).

Historical information

Von Devonie Bromley was in the AWAS, signaler, driver, in Nhill, Victoria, in WW2. The field telephone (army issued) was used during her war service.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tele set S MK V 842

Document - Leonhard Adams

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

a single plastic sleeve containing 2 sheets of paper. 1 has a photograph and life information on Leonard Adams. 2nd is a list of names, including Leonard Adams.

Historical information

Information and photograph of Leonard Adams, an internee in the Tatura Camps.

Binder - Kurt S

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 ring blue binder A4 size containing over 100 plastic sleeves each with a sheet of paper with typed information and some documents relating to Kurt S???? who was an internee in Camp. Including some lovely sketches. ALL IN GERMAN.

Historical information

Information relating to Kurt's time as an internee in Camp ?.

Labour History No. 58-59

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book (bound collection of periodicals); 2 volumes; 269 pages. Cover: red and white background; black lettering; title and series numbers.

Historical information

The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History describes the journal as follows: "The interdisciplinary nature of labour history, and its acceptance of less traditional sources, including folklore and oral testimony, make it a fascinating field, alive to past and present social justice issues. The journal, which has been appearing twice yearly since 1962, is the premier outlet for refereed, scholarly articles in its field in Australasia. Because ASSLH aims to raise historical awareness in the community, Labour History also publishes essays, reviews, and memoirs that reflect the involvement of labour historians in the making of history."

Significance

Unions, social justice and labour history.

Photograph - Tatura Water Trust

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Large mounted photograph, black and white of 16 men sitting and standing outside the Trust Office. Some would be Trust members and some staff (probably). The building is brick and window has Secretary's Office printed on it. Several hats on the ground in front.

Historical information

Members and staff of Tatura Water Trust. Identity of 3 men known: Mick Cussen (3rd from left seated), Thomas Hogan ( white beard, seated, legs crossed) and Billie Wilson snr (standing at rear left).

Inscriptions & Markings

Secretary's Office

Labour History No. 56-57

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book (bound collection of periodicals); 2 volumes; 229 pages. Cover: red and white background; black lettering; title and series numbers.

Historical information

The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History describes the journal as follows: "The interdisciplinary nature of labour history, and its acceptance of less traditional sources, including folklore and oral testimony, make it a fascinating field, alive to past and present social justice issues. The journal, which has been appearing twice yearly since 1962, is the premier outlet for refereed, scholarly articles in its field in Australasia. Because ASSLH aims to raise historical awareness in the community, Labour History also publishes essays, reviews, and memoirs that reflect the involvement of labour historians in the making of history."

Significance

Unions, social justice and labour history.

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of Light Horse officer wearing peak cap and Sam Browne belt believed to be Lieutenant William McGrath, 8th Light Horse Regiment.

Publication - Bees and Honey (Department Of Agriculture New South Wales) Fourth Edition

Victorian Apiarists Association , Beechworth

Soft cover , slighlty smaller than A5 size. spine of book has been taped. On the front cover is a photo of 2 Beekeepers tending a hive, on the back is a photo of a bee on a flower

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written - Jack Rufford Sharpe, Apiary Inspector, Department of Agriculture, Murphy St, Wangaratta

Publication - Beekeeping In Victoria (Dept of Agriculture Victoria)

Victorian Apiarists Association , Beechworth

Softcover A5 size, Red flowers on the front with blue writing, the back is cream

Publication - Beekeeping - a Seasonal Guide (Ron Brown)

Victorian Apiarists Association , Beechworth

Hardcover slightly smaller than A4 size. Inner cover is red, outer cover is shiny green paper with red & white writing & two pictures on the front, one of a bee on a flower & the other a beekeeper tending his hives. On the back is drawings of 3 hives. On the inner front cover is a blurb about the book & on the inner back cover is a short blurb about the Author & a list of other books published by Batsford

Bomb Release Quadrant - Partial Bomb Release Quadrant

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

The item has 50% of it's body missing.Quadrant base and operative lever.Quarter circle casting with operating handle attached,base is squared off with rivets attaching both parts.

Historical information

Created for the purpose of bomb delivery from B-24 Liberator aircraft. The item was originally fitted to RAAF Liberator 72-176. During salvage and disposal operations it was damaged losing 50% of the body. The item was used as a reference to manufacture a complete example.

Significance

An example of late 1930's engineering practice in an endeavour to modernise aircraft technology.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bomb doors, 32-F-7523 (part number) three times, closed, open, safe, select.

Publication - In Search of the Best Strains of Bees (Brother Adams)Second Edition

Victorian Apiarists Association , Beechworth

Hard Cover A5 Size, Orangey mustard in colour with gold writing 206 pages

Publication - Queen Rearing (Harry H Laidlaw, Jr & J E Eckett)

Victorian Apiarists Association , Beechworth

Hardcover, A5Size book. Tan cover with gold writing 147 pages

Inscriptions & Markings

Authors - Harry H Laidlaw - Assistant professor of Entomology and assistant Apiculturist in the Experiment Station,University of California at Davis J E Eckett - Professor of Entomology and Apiculturist in the Experiment Station, University of California at Davis. Dedication - The Authors respecfully dedicate this book to those who have advanced the knowledge of the fundamentals underlying the production of good Queens

Labour History No. 48-51

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book (bound collection of periodicals); 539 pages. Cover: red background; gold lettering; title and series numbers.

Historical information

The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History describes the journal as follows: "The interdisciplinary nature of labour history, and its acceptance of less traditional sources, including folklore and oral testimony, make it a fascinating field, alive to past and present social justice issues. The journal, which has been appearing twice yearly since 1962, is the premier outlet for refereed, scholarly articles in its field in Australasia. Because ASSLH aims to raise historical awareness in the community, Labour History also publishes essays, reviews, and memoirs that reflect the involvement of labour historians in the making of history."

Significance

Unions, social justice and labour history.

Cigarette tin

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Quasi-square, blue and gold cigarette tin with hinged lid

Inscriptions & Markings

On lid: "Imperial Club Virginia Cigarettes" plus a gold coronet. "Made in Holland" on front edge of lid. Inside the lid: A gold coronet, "Imperial Club Virginia Cigarettes. The Anglo-American cigarette company".

Cigar tin

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Oblong-shaped, yellow AGIO Wilde Cigarillos tin with a vertical cigar, a tobacco leaf and a compass on the lid.

Inscriptions & Markings

On lid: "AGIO Wilde Cigarillos, also, written in Spanish, a declaration and guarantee of the high quality of both the tobacco and its manufacture. Also on the lid are a compass, a vertical cigar and a tobacco leaf. All the above are also repeated inside the lid.

Brief Case

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a brown leather brief case or satchel. The compartment on one side has a metal catch and holders inside for pencils and pens. This side also has another compartment with a zip fastener and two extra pockets with flaps on the top held by metal catches. There is another compartment on the other side with an extra pocket enclosed with a zip folder. There is a leather handle on the top of the satchel and inside one of the pockets is an extra leather strap to extend the handle length. The handle has a maroon-coloured airways tag attached with information on the satchel’s owner. There is some scuffing near the top handle. The satchel contains a newspaper cutting and an information sheet regarding the charity sale of the item.

Historical information

This satchel belonged to John Malcolm Fraser (1930-2015), the 22nd Prime Minister of Australia from 1975 to 1983. Malcolm Fraser was educated at Melbourne Grammar and Oxford University and lived for many years on the family property, Nareen in the Western District. He was the leader of the Australian Liberal Party and was the Federal member in the seat of Wannon in the Western District, an area which included Warrnambool. As the Prime Minister he took a particular interest in foreign affairs. This satchel was donated by Malcolm Fraser to a charity auction held in Warrnambool in 1997 in aid of the Red Cross and the purchaser of the satchel at that time has since donated the item to the Warrnambool and District Historical Society.

Significance

This satchel is of considerable significance as it belonged to Malcolm Fraser, the Prime Minister of Australia from 1975 to 1983, the local member in the Federal seat of Wannon and a property owner and resident in the Western District of Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

F. Rvnci Roma QANTAS First Class Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser 44th Fl. 55 Collins St. Melbourne Victoria Tel 03 65 41 822

Paliamentary letter.

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Document addressed to Mr. Knyvett Signed by R.J. Menzies.

Historical information

Contains the original signature of Robert Menzies, then opposition leader. Later to be Prime Minister of Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

House of Representatives, The Parliament of the Commonwealth. Leader of the Opposition, Canberra, A.C.T., Dated 28th March, 1946. Dear Mr. Knyvett, Thank you for your letter of the 25th instant. I will give consideration to the proposals you have put before me and I appreciate your very real interest. With all good wishes to you, I am yours sincerely, signed (R.J. Menzies).

Book - Port Fairy – The Town That Kept Its Character

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a hard cover book of 295 pages. The cover is grey with gold lettering on the spine. The dust cover has white printing and an illustration with a green background with a multi-colour design of sailing ships, trees and harbour entrance. The pages of printed material are in five parts with a bibliography and an index. The book has black and white photographs, maps and other illustrative material.

Historical information

This book by Marten Syme is a history of Port Fairy from 1835 to 2018. The earlier histories of Port Fairy do not cover most of the 20th century and none of the 21st century. This book is a scholarly work and offers fresh perspectives on many aspects of Port Fairy history and questions some long-held views, especially on the early years of the town. Port Fairy, 293 kilometres west of Melbourne, has a rich history and is one of the earliest places in Victoria to be settled by Europeans. The author Marten Syme has written extensively on both maritime and local history and is a resident of Port Fairy.

Significance

This book is of considerable significance as it is a comprehensive history of Port Fairy and complements and adds to the earlier histories of this town. It will be a very useful addition to libraries and will be a great aid to family history and local history researchers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signature of author (Marten A. Syme)

Nightdress

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a white cotton nightdress with an opening to the waist which is enclosed with two white buttons. There is a frill of lace on one side of the opening. The white collar also has a large white frill of lace. The long sleeves are inset and have a band of lace at the wrists. There are some stains on the dress.

Historical information

This handmade woman’s nightdress comes from the Kinnear family of Allandale, Allansford. In the early 1840s William and John Allan took up a large tract of land to the east of the Hopkins River and in the late 1840s William Allan took over the Allandale section of the run and John Allan took the Tooram section. In 1906 the Kinnear family acquired a portion of Allandale which included the homestead. The nightdress came from the estates of the donor’s great aunts.

Significance

This item is retained as an example of an early 20th century woman’s nightdress and it has the provenance of coming from the Kinnear family of Allandale Allansford.

Feathered Hat

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a woman’s hat – a spherical-shaped piece of dark blue felt or velvet curved to fit a head. The headpiece is covered with layers of small feathers in brown, yellow, black and white tonings. The label of the maker is on the inside of the hat.

Historical information

This item comes from the great aunts of the donor, women of the Kinnear family of Allandale, Allansford. In the early 1840s William and John Allan took up large tracts of land to the east of the Hopkins River. In the late 19840s the run was divided, with William taking the Allandale section and John taking the Tooram section. In 1906 a portion of the Allandale section, including the homestead, was acquired by the Kinnear family.

Significance

This hat is retained as an example of a woman’s hat from 80 years ago – stylish and eye-catching. It is also of interest as coming from the Kinnear family of Allansford.

Inscriptions & Markings

Urbi et Orbi Custom Hats Yokohama

Book - Soldiering On – Caramut and the Soldier Settler Movement

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a soft cover book of 315 pages. It has a buff-coloured cover with black and white photographs and white printing on the front cover and black printing on the spine. The book includes printed material, black and white photographs, maps and plans.

Historical information

This book records the history of the post World War Two soldier settlement farms in the Caramut area. Soldier Settlements in Victoria were established by the State Government to provide farming opportunities for returned soldiers. Some of the land allocated was Crown Land and some was obtained by sub-dividing larger estates. Caramut is a town in Western Victoria in the Shire of Moyne on the Hamilton Highway, 55 kilometres north of Warrnambool. The book incorporates a reprint of the booklet, ‘Plenty of Possums’ produced in 1988 by the Caramut Bicentennial Group. The author, James Affleck, has produced several books dealing with local history in the Warrnambool area.

Significance

This book is of considerable importance as it is a comprehensive record of the history of the post World War Two Soldier Settlement in the Caramut area. It will be very useful for local researchers.

Inscriptions & Markings

James R.R. Affleck 9th November 2018

Correspondence – Louis Buvelot

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

.1 A sheet of paper folded in two containing three pages of writing handwritten in black ink and pasted on paper. .2 A sheet of paper folded in two containing one page of writing handwritten in black ink and pasted on a sheet of paper. .3 A sheet of paper with handwriting in black ink pasted on a piece of paper. .4 One sheet of paper folded in two to make four pages of writing, handwritten in black ink. .5 .6 .7 A sheet of paper with handwritten material in black ink pasted onto another sheet of paper .8 A sheet of paper folded in two with three pages of handwritten material pasted onto another sheet of paper. .9 A sheet of paper folded in two with one page of handwritten material pasted onto another sheet of paper.

Historical information

One of these items is an 1894 letter written by the artist Tudor St George Tucker regarding one of his artworks in the Warrnambool Art Gallery collection. The other eight letters were written between 1889 and 1897 and document the controversy of the time when the authenticity of the art work by Louis Buvelot, The Waterhole at Coleraine, in the Warrnambool Art Gallery collection, was questioned. The Warrnambool photographer Daniel Clarke was querying the authenticity of the art work in the Art Gallery but evidence in the form of letters from George Folingsby of the National Gallery in Melbourne and from Louis Buvelot’s widow, Caroline-Julie, confirmed that there was confusion over the number of art works that Buvelot had executed with a similar theme. It was eventually proven that the Buvelot art work was genuine. The public spat was largely played out in the Warrnambool Standard but these original letters fill in the gaps of our knowledge on the subject. The letters came into the possession of George Lance who was involved with the Warrnambool Mechanics Institute /Art Gallery in the 1880s and 1890s and was the secretary of these institutions from 1892 to 1901. The letters were then handed on George Lance’s grandson, Bruce Morris, a well-known Warrnambool historian who was the editor of the Warrnambool Standard from 1946 to 1968.

Significance

These letters are of great significance as eight of them are the original letters written in connection with the 19th century controversy in Warrnambool over the authenticity of a Louis Buvelot art work owned by the Warrnambool Art gallery.

Documents – Art Gallery

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

These are 19 pieces of correspondence relating to Warrnmbool Art Gallery grants and purchases from 1886 to 1911. The letters are written on different size pieces of paper (mostly foolscap size), with thirteen of them being handwritten and six being typed. All letters have original signatures. The earliest letter (1886) is very tattered.

Historical information

All but two of these letters came from the office of the Chief Secretary of the Government of Victoria and concern the grants allocated to the Warrnambool Art Gallery from 1886 to 1911. At that time the Art Gallery was under the control of the Warrnambool Mechanics Institute Committee and managed by the Secretary/Treasurer of that group. The Government funding for the Art Gallery at the time represented a sum of money equal to the value of the works of art donated locally to the Art Gallery in any given year and frequently the estimated value of these art works were queried by the Warrnambool Secretary of the time. Two notable Secretaries of the Mechanics Institutes during this time were Walter Cockman (1880-1892) and George Lance (1892-1901). The correspondence under review here was retained by George Lance and his family and came into the possession of Lance’s grandson, Bruce Morris who was the editor of the Warrnambool Standard newspaper from 1946 to 1968 and was a well-known local historian.

Significance

These letters are of considerable importance as they are original and document the struggle of the Warrnambool Art Gallery over the years 1886 to 1911 to secure funding from the Victorian Government.

Booklet - Sunday Sport – Has the Church an Answer?

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a booklet of four pages. It has a pale blue cover with dark blue printing and a decorative edging around the printing. The pages are loose within the cover.

Historical information

This booklet was written by the Rev. J. E. (Eric) Owen in response to the campaign regarding the playing of Sunday sport in Warrnambool in the 1960s. The specific point of contention was the playing of football on Warrnambool City Council-managed grounds. The article written by the Rev. Owen concluded that there was nothing inherently wrong with the playing of Sunday sport. The Rev. Eric Owen served as the Presbyterian Minister at St. John’s Church in Warrnambool from December 1960 to 1965, dying in office in the May of 1965. Today Sunday sport, both organized and recreational, is an acceptable and common occurrence.

Significance

This booklet is of interest as one written by a local Warrnambool person in the 1960s and as a memento of the time when the playing of Sunday sport was a contentious issue.

Trophy - 1930s Trophies

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

1930s Trophies Donor: Deed of Gift: Details: Left to Right A1 Class ‘Acrospire’ 1936 Young Frothblowers Corella 1930 Corella and Royalist 1930/ 34

Swap Card Albums (2)

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

.1 & .2 These two albums are similar in size and design. Both have grey/pale green covers with red printing on the front cover. Both are bound with two staples and both contain 10 pages with inserts to hold three cards each side of the page. The inserts are edged with a green decoration. Both albums contain 60 coloured cards. There is evidence of silverfish damage on the front covers of both albums.

Historical information

The 120 cards in these two albums are very varied in content. There are many of birds and animals, some of great artwork reproductions, some of famous places and buildings, a couple of V.F.L. footballers, two from the Melbourne Olympic Games, some matching pairs and a couple of Australian aboriginal art work. They are all of high quality and many are very beautiful. Swap card collecting was a popular activity for young girls throughout the 20th century and cards were swapped with friends and sometimes sold. Usually the cards, bought from newsagents and fancy goods shops, were kept loose in a school bag or pocket and so the number of cards and the type varied from week to week. Boys also often saved cards of a particular nature – sports cards, nature cards etc though the idea of ‘swapping’ was not so prevalent among the boys. Card collecting, usually promoted by a business concern or a toy company, is still a pastime for young people today.

Significance

The cards in these two albums are of considerable interest as they are of good quality and are aesthetically pleasing. They also are good examples of a popular hobby of girls in the 20th century.

Pen and Nib

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a pen with a brown-coloured wooden body tapering to a point at its end. It has a metal band at the other end with a metal nib inserted. The end of the pen is slightly broken and the nib is rusted.

Historical information

This item has come from the business of J.P.McMeekin of Warrnambool. It would have been sold or given to clients of the business for promotion purposes. The father of James McMeekin, with his brother, William, established their business in Warrnambool in the early 1880s with land, estate and insurance agencies and a produce store, including a dairy produce trade exporting butter to South Australia, South Africa and England. The business was initially in Fairy Street Warrnambool and then moved to Kepler Street. James McMeekin’s son, also James Parker McMeekin (1885-1935) continued on with the business until his death.

Significance

His pen is of interest as an example of the type of promotion item issued by business men in Warrnambool in the 1930s.

Inscriptions & Markings

J.P.McMeekin Produce Merchant Warrnambool Phone 263

Biscuit tin

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Pink and brown clover-shaped ornamental biscuit tin decorated with pictures of a girl (central panel), 2 dogs (lower section), 2 rabbits (upper left-side panel) and 2 birds (upper right-hand panel. It has floral designs around the outer edges of both the tin and the lid which is hinged at the top of the tin.

Historical information

Biscuit tin: late 19th century Swallow & Ariell operated continuously in Port Melbourne from 1858 to 1991. The former Swallow & Ariell’s factory buildings, now The Anchorage, continue to add interest and pleasure along Stokes, Rouse and Princes Streets. Thomas Swallow, born in Reading, travelled to California and Ballarat before setting up a business making ships biscuits in Port Melbourne. His business partner Ariell died in 1877. He then went into partnership with Frederick Derham, his son in law. Company farms around Shepparton provided much of its wheat, and after 1889 most was ground into flour on the Port Melbourne premises. For the year ending 1 May 1920, the factory used 51 tons of butter, 2,740 eggs and produced more than 66 lines of biscuits. They also made puddings, elaborate cakes and ice cream. S & A was a significant employer – locally referred to as S & A College. At the height of the South African war it employed 1900 workers but even in 1991 it employed 450 people.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside the lid: "Swallow & Ariell, Ltd. Biscuit Manufacturers, Port Melbourne. Prizes received at all international & inter-colonial exhibitions"

Cameras (2)

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

.1 This is a Canon Elph Camera. It is rectangular in shape and mainly silver-coloured with a black lens. A black cord for holding the camera is attached. The camera is in a grey cloth bag. .2 This is a Canon Sprint camera. It is rectangular in shape and has a black body. A black cord for holding the camera is attached. The camera is in a buff-coloured cloth bag. This is slightly scuffed.

Historical information

These cameras were made in Japan by the Canon Company which dates from the 1930s. Canon cameras were, and still are very popular as they are compact and have a simple ‘point and shot’ mechanism. The taking of family photographs has been a hobby for over 100 years.

Significance

These cameras have no known local provenance but are retained for display purposes.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1 Canon Elph Canon Inc. Made in Japan 3104104 .2 Canon Sprint Approved JC11

Engish Document

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Document signed by the Accountant-General, War Office London 1901 in regards to a legacy for 17 pounds and 10 pence.

Historical information

Historical due to date shown on the form. Possibly Sgt Mooney served in the Boer War.

Inscriptions & Markings

F. 6-Form 45. War Office, London, SW., 3rd April 1901. Madam, I am directed by the Secretary of State for War to inform you that Messrs. Cox & Co., Army Agents, of 16, Charing Cross, London, SW., have been authorized to issue to you 17 pounds and 10 pence, being you share of the sum that appears to be due on the final settlement of the accounts of the late Sergt. J. Mooney, Ist Bn, West Surrey Regiment, including the amount produced by the sale of his effects. Should no communication on this subject be received from Messrs. Cox & Co., application for payment should be made to them, but not until ten days after the receipt of this letter. I am, Your obedient Servant, Frank T. Marzials, Accountant-General. Form is addressed to Mrs L. Barker, New Zealand