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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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Image - Ballarat Gold Pioneers Prior to the Issue of the Gold License, 1851

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

A number of photographs of men who were in Ballarat before the first Gold License was issued.

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat Public Library Jubilee Stained Glass Window on the Former Ballarat East Library

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph of a stained glass window on a double storey brick building.

Photograph - Colour - Former Ballarat East Library Stained Glass Window

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph of a stained glass window on a double storey brick building.

Photograph - Colour - Former Ballarat East Library

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph of a double storey brick building.

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat Town Hall Etched Windows, 2017

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Photograph of two etched windows at the Ballarat Town Hall.

Scientific Equipment - Volt Meter

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

Photograph

Ithacan Historical Society, Melbourne

A black and white print taken from a photograph of restaurant staff standing in a commercial kitchen a where there a number of pots open a large cooking range.

Medals WWI Court Mounted

Beechworth RSL Sub-Branch, Beechworth

Historical information

These medals commonly known as the World War 1 Trios comprising 1914 - 15 Star; British War Medal 1914 - 1920; Victory Medal 1914 - 1919 were issued to DVR M. Sandy 3320

Top and pants ensemble - Halter top and palazzo pants ensemble

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Cropped halter top and palazzo pants with a Pucci-style print of abstract patterns in red, pink, purple, orange and white. Top has a deep v-neck and secures with a fabric tie at the back.

Historical information

This cropped halter top and palazzo pants outfit belonged to Meredith Lenné, a lifelong Brighton resident. Produced by Melbourne designer Leon Haskin in 1972, the design was also sold in colour combinations of gold-and-brown and white-and-blue. Meredith remembers being drawn to the outfit because she liked the colours, though she only wore it a couple of times to dinner parties.

Dress

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Emerald green print midlength shift dress, sleeveless, with high neckline and high waist. Back zip. Hem has been let out, having been altered multiple times during the 1960s. Label reads "Oggi of Collins Street".

Historical information

This dress belonged to Meredith Lenné, a lifelong Brighton resident. She bought it around 1965-66 at Oggi, a fashion boutique at the "Paris End" of Collins Street, while she was working at the Royal Children's Hospital as an occupational therapist. It was her 'good' dress, worn to dinner parties, balls and lunches throughout the 1960s. The hem was taken up and adjusted several times as the fashion moved towards shorter skirts.

Photograph - Park Orchards Community Centre in 1996

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Photograph - Putting out the bin at Park Orchards Community Centre

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Book - Prosit Carl! - A Tribute to Carl (a.k.a. Charles) Walter.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

A centenary tribute to Carl (a.k.a. Charles) Walter, (1831-1907), an itinerant potographer and botanist who in his maturer years made Anderson's Creek his home. Includes photographs attributed to Walter, and anecdotes and recollections of author Murray Houghton's ancestors.

Inscriptions & Markings

"... By raising his stein in appreciation, the author herein toasts Carl Walter in the accostomed traditional method of 1850s German beer drinkers with a hearty 'Prosit!', i.e., a most warm, enthusiastic and respectful greeting, roughly equivalent to our contemporary custom of saluting a treasured friend with a rousing 'cheers!' or 'good health!'."

Photograph - Lead-light light fitting at Park Orchards Community Centre

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Photograph - Man giving a lecture at Park Orchards Community Centre

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Photograph - Lady at Park Orchards Community Centre

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Photograph - Phil Honeywood with Anne talking at Park Orchards Community Centre

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Inscriptions & Markings

Anne from Nth Ringwood on nametag

Photograph - Group of people among artwork at Park Orchards Community Centre

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Photograph - Three people talking at a birthday at Park Orchards Community Centre

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Book - Selby Store, Thomson's Gully, Warrandyte

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Full title: "Selby Store", Thomson's Gully, Warrandyte, Constructed for Daisy Hawkes, 1939; Later trading as the "Stonehouse" and today (2010) as "The Yarra Store". A three-part survey of published literatue, with introduction and historical summary prepared for the Warrandyte Historical Society, Inc.

Inscriptions & Markings

With spcial reference to Captain Alfred Selby, owner of "Selby Freehold", Warrandyte; Thomas Hawkes & Family, residents of "Greenham", North Warrandyte; Miss Daisy Hawkes, proprietor of "Selby Store".

Photograph - Three people enjoying a cuppa at Park Orchards Community Centre

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Photograph - Man giving computer instruction at Park Orchards Community Centre

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Photograph - Group of POCH people on a tour

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Photograph - Ladies showing handicrafts at Park Orchards Community Centre

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Photograph - People and a dog enjoying food at Park Orchards Community Centre

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Probably at the 10th birthday

Inscriptions & Markings

"Just a boy and his dog"

Photograph - Lady making a cuppa at Park Orchards Community Centre

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Photograph - Group of people enjoying food and conversation at Park Orchards Community Centre

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Photograph - Group of people at the 10th Birthday of Park Orchards Community Centre

Park Orchards Community House, Park Orchards

Inscriptions & Markings

Jean is a little dubious about Lorna's conversation. Vina enjoys the occasion. Pam is above it all and Pat and Allan share a quiet moment behind the poppies. Taken on 20th November 1993.

Book - David Mitchell at Anderson's Creek Goldfield, 1870-1887 - Who Dug the Pound Bend Tunnel?

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

A discussion paper by Murray Houghton, Warrandyte Historical Society, on the excavation of Pound Bend tunnel and examination of information sources suggesting David Mitchell's association with gold mining at Warrandyte.

Historical information

Suggested reading - David Mitchell, A Forfar Man - Pamela Vestey. (National Library of Australia ISBN No. 0646104977 Second edition - 1996.

Inscriptions & Markings

" ... Just what then was Mitchell's actual association with mining in the Anderson's Creek goldfield? As an initial means to determining this, a number of biographies devoted to the man's lifetime achievements have been consulted. Some two of these were found to contain rather brief references to his involvement at Warrandyte. In the 1992 booklet entitled "David Mitchell a Forfar Man" written by a Mitchell family member, viz., Pamela, Lady Vestey, of Coombe Cottage, there is included a passge which commences "Another of David Mitchell's early interests was gold mining". This is appended by the bald statement "In 1870 he formed the Evelyn Tunnel Gold-Mining Company with a capital of £16,000." The other account of a Mitchell involvement with an unnamed Warrandyte company is contained in Joan Campbell's 1974 biographical article entitled, "Mitchell, David (1829- 1916) builder, contractor and businessman, etc.", in Volume 5 of the "Australian Dictionary of Biogaraphy". Campbell mentions that "In 1890 (sic) Mitchell formed a company to mine a channel and tunnel on the Yarra River at Pound Bend, Warrandyte," i.e., at a period some 18 or so years after it is known that the Evelyn Tunnel Gold-Mining Company had actually ceased operations. She then continues with the bizarre statement that "he employed gangs of Chinese to work three miles of river bed for gold". Neither of these respective excerpts indicate evidence of having been directly referenced from a legitimate original source, from which either author's contained comments might be authenticated. For any historian with an enquiring mind these statements demand further clarification. ..." - Murray Houghton

Book - War & Warrandyte 1914-18 - Valerie Polley

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

The story of the township and its enlisted men during the Great War, by Valerie Polley, Warrandyte Historical Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

This book has been compiled from posters exhibited in the Warrandyte Historical Society's exhibition entitled War & Warrandyte 1914-18, made possible by a grant through the Anzac Centenary Community Grants (Veterans Fund) from the Victorian Government and the Victorian Veterans Council.