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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

Curated By

Lauren McAlary, Veterans Heritage Project Manager

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Photograph - Colour - Locarno Spring in the Hepburn Springs Reserve.2019

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph of the Locarno Spring at Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve.

Photograph - Colour - Anticline on the Hepburn Springs reserve, 2019

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Colour photograph of an anticline at Hepburn Mineral Springs reserve, in close proximity to the Sulpher Spring.

Photograph - colour - Daylesford and District Hospital Historica Plaques, 2019

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Stairwell in the old section of the Daylesford Hospital.

Photograph - colour - Stairway om the Daylesford Hospital, 2019

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Stairwell in the old section of the Daylesford Hospital.

Photograph - Children at Church of Holy Spirit Watsonia c1968

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Holy Spirit Church of England Sunday School Watsonia c1968 Back row: Ian Hatfield, Front row: Julie Mullinger? Mark Miller, Mark Ballard, Ken Willimott & Ann Hogan. Behind the children are the Watsonia Road shops, corner Watsonia Road and Morwell Avenue.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Holy Spirit C of E Sunday School Watsonia 1968? Back row Ian Hatfield Front row Julie Mullinger? Mark Miller, Mark Ballard, Ken Willimott & Ann Hogan"

Photograph - Anne Paul and Jenny Macklin, 2019 Jaga Jaga Australia Day Community Awards

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Colour photograph

Historical information

Anne Paul receives her Jaga Jaga Australia Day Commmunity Award from Jenny Macklin, 26/01/ 2019

Inscriptions & Markings

"Anne Paul and Jenny Macklin, 2019 Jaga Jaga Australia Day Community Awards"

Map - City of Heidelberg, - excluding the North Ward, 1959

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Blue print map

Historical information

Map of City of Heidelberg showing municipal and ward boundaries; North Ward is excluded from this map.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Scale 20 chns to an inch. G.M.H. 27.5.59"

Poster - Parliament House Victoria: Main entrance. Portico, vestibule and dome.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Facsimile poster, printed in colour on one side.

Historical information

A facsimile of the original main entrance, portico, vestibule and dome for Parliament House Melbourne. An illustration by Peter Kerr, architect, 1879. The dome above the vestibule was never built.

Photograph - colour - Daylesford Hospital Benevolent Asylum Memorial Plaque for Female Wards, 1897

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Marble plaque on the stairwell in Daylesford Hospital.

Inscriptions & Markings

Daylesford Hospital and Benevolent Asylum Female Wards The funds for the erection of these two wards for the use of females only were provided out of a legacy left for that especial purpose by the Hon. William Edward Stanbridge M.L.C. who departed thislife 5th April 1894 after residence in the district of upwards of 40 years and having represented it in the Legislative Council from the 15th December 1881 to the 26rh August 1892 opened on the 26th May 1897 by the Hon Sir W.A. Zeal M.L.C. President of the Legislative Council of Victoria.

Poster - Parliament House Victoria: Vestibule: Encaustic tile floor

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Facsimile poster, printed in colour on one side.

Historical information

A facsimile of an original floor tile design for Parliament House Melbourne. An illustration by Peter Kerr, architect, of the vestibule pattern using encaustic tiling imported from England in 1879.

Map - Melbourne, topographic map

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Map, printed in colour on one side.

Historical information

A topographic map of Victoria with Melbourne as the centre. Provisional edition showing contours in feet. International map of the world [scale] 1:1,000,000. Prepared by the Department of Minerals and Energy, Canberra in 1970.

Significance

A pre-metric map, shows the Hume Highway travelling through towns such as Seymour and Benalla, now by-passed by the Hume Freeway.

Poster - Time Chart of Australian History [to 1980]

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Set of 4 laminated posters, printed in colour on one side.

Historical information

A timeline of Australian history from the first Australians, European exploration and discovery to 1980. Prepared by Ila Brown for The Age. Includes timeline, maps and photographs

Poster - Caring for our Country

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Laminated poster, printed in colour on one side.

Historical information

A timeline of land management including indigenous care and the impact of European settlement from 1988 to 1987. Includes maps showing present land use and vegetation coverage in 1788. Prepared by Tim Gurry for the National Farmer’s Federation

Supper cloth and serviettes

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Cream linen supper cloth square, with cutwork eyelets and surface stitching. (missing).. 8 matching square serviettes with cutwork (applique') pattern in one corner and scalloped edges

Doily

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Antique white ova, linen with doily with 3 cm. crocheted border. The centre linen piece has 3 embroidered orange tulips, green leaves and a brown embroidered vase.

Sewing kit

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Set of 3 antique white, crocheted sewing equipment items: Scissors bag, tape measure holder and a thimble bag, each with a different crocheting pattern. The scissors bag has a crocheted button closer, the tape measure holder has 3 crocheted flowers and 3 small crystal beads on the lid and a toggle-shaped crystal closer and the thimble bag has a cotton drawstring closer with 2 pearl beads on either side and 2 crocheted flowers on front side of bag.

Historical information

Worked by Edna Parker (nee Rouget)

Hand towels

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

2 white damask linen hand towels with 10 cm. end cross stitch borders, On one towel, one end has completed red and white cross stitching, the other end has an incomplete cross stitch pattern. Both ends are fringed

Inscriptions & Markings

Red and white cross stitching at both ends.

Badge - Returned from Active Service badge: Royal Australian Army

Clayton RSL Sub Branch, Clayton

Brass Returned from Active service badge

Inscriptions & Markings

Front Returned from active service Back A0077

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Four page letter written on both sides of two sheets of unlined buff-coloured paper (0843.a1-2). Each page is stamped with the letterhead of the Hotel Campbell, Poughkeepsie, New York. The hotel coat-of-arms is displayed top centre of the page and in the left upper corner is a picture of the hotel. Written underneath is Louis W. Parsons, Owner and Manager. The letter is from William F Preston, Pensjon Lindstow, Sven Bruno Gate 9th Oslo and dated 8 July 1950. The non-matching envelope (0843.b) bears a red Norwegian stamp and is postmarked Oslo. It has been post-marked twice.

Historical information

The writer says it is very difficult to get accommodation in postwar Oslo, especially during the tourist season. He is paying four kronor a night for a shared room in the Pension whereas he was paying $4 a week for a room in New York. There is no shortage of work although there is food rationing and fruit and meat is scarce and expensive. People live on fish and potatoes.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Letter is addressed to Allan and signed 'Bill'.

Plaque - Battalion Plaque

Clayton RSL Sub Branch, Clayton

Timber plaque with 2/2nd Battalion insignia

Inscriptions & Markings

Battalion insignia 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion A.I.F in scroll

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

The Netherlands self-folding letter (0842) is addressed to Allan C/- Mongabarra, headed The Hague and dated the 23/06/50. The overall colour of the letter is pale green. There is a fine blue pattern on the outside except for part of the middle section where the address, return address and a printed notice are displayed. The sender's name and return address is J. Holsheim, 65 van Hassell ladn (spelling tbc), Apeldoorn. The letter is postmarked S'Gravenhage.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

The letter commences "Dear Allan!" and is signed "........ John."

Table runners

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

3 white damask table runners, with 1 inch fringed borders on both short sides and along one long side and embroidered with flowers and leaves and plants the whole length and width.

Inscriptions & Markings

Embroidered plants, flowers and leaves.

black and white photograph

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

A black / white photograph of a group of men standing at a campsite in the bush. Two tents are in the background.

Historical information

This is a surveyors' camp in the McCulloch Ranges April, 1897. Surveyors were among the first European settlers to arrive in Australia. A Surveyor-General was present on the First Fleet, as well as the first two ships which landed in South Australia. These men were issued with instructions to record observations in a journal that included the country’s general appearance, its soil, flora and fauna and the customs and language of local inhabitants. The conditions they worked in were harsh and they embarked on journeys with drays carrying cumbersome surveying and camping equipment, spending months camping out in the bush and mapping the land. It was not until well into the second half of the nineteenth century that the professional training of surveyors became mandatory in Australia.

Significance

This is a pictorial record of a surveyors' camp in the late 19th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

on the front - "Surveyors Camp, McCulloch Ranges" Some names have been added for identification - Bates, Thorn and others which cannot be read.

Leather case - Small camera case

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Tan leather case which would house a small camera with a small strap in same colour attached with studs at either side.The sides are reinforced with thick cardboard which is stitched to the middle section with thick cotton. The cardboard section is lined with majenta coloured fine velvet fabric It fastens with a tan coloured stud.

Historical information

This camera was donated along with a number of cameras and it is unknown what sort of camera it housed. Donated by a member of the Toleman family

Significance

This camera case is of little significance as an individual piece but has more when placed in the continuum of camera development over the 19th and 20th centuries.

Inscriptions & Markings

There is a name inside which has been covered with red ink making it unreadable.

Teak memorabilia taken from HMS Ship "Iron Duke", Admiral Jellicoe's flag ship.

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

a Piece of wood (teak) taken from the ship HMS Iron Duke Admiral Jellicoe's flag ship, in 1916 (Jutland).

Historical information

HMS Iron Duke was a dreadnought battleship of the Royal Navy, the lead ship of her class, named in honour of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. She was built by Portsmouth Dockyard, and her keel laid in January 1912. Launched ten months later, she was commissioned into the Home Fleet in March 1914 as the fleet flagship. She was armed with a main battery of ten 13.5-inch (340 mm) guns and was capable of a top speed of 21.25 knots (39.36 km/h; 24.45 mph). Iron Duke served as the flagship of the Grand Fleet during the First World War, including at the Battle of Jutland. There, she inflicted significant damage on the German battleship SMS König early in the main fleet action. In January 1917, she was relieved as fleet flagship. After the war, Iron Duke operated in the Mediterranean as the flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet. She participated in both the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War in the Black Sea and the Greco-Turkish War. She also assisted in the evacuation of refugees from Smyrna. In 1926, she was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, where she served as a training ship.

Significance

WW1 HMS Iron Duke in the Battle of Jutland 1916.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brass plate attached to wood reads as follows: From the Teak of HMS Iron Duke Admiral Jellicoe's Flag Ship Jutland 1916.

Bullet Spitzer 1888 issue Cupro Nickel

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

1 x 1888 issue Spitzer bullet 8 x 50mm R. Lebel Model Cupro Nickel lead core. Inscription on the bottom CAG V1 8 17.

Historical information

Pre WW1 and WW1 1888 onwards

Significance

Used before WW1 by the French Army and used continuously through the Boer War (African Campaign) and into WW1 1914-1918.

Inscriptions & Markings

CAG V1 8 17.

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A two-page letter written on two pages of buff-coloured, lined paper (0841a1-2) is headed 802 Macleay Regis, Macleay Street, Potts Point and dated 13/06/50. The matching envelope (0841.b) bears a one and sixpence Australian stamp, is postmarked Sydney and stamped with the slogan 'Road Carelessness Kills'. It is addressed to Mr Allan Quinn, M.S. Mongabarra, C/- Transatlantic Shipping Co., Gothenberg Sweden. Enclosed in the letter is an undated newspaper clipping (0841.c).

Historical information

The writer mentions some of Allan's family members. He also comments on the extremely wet weather Sydney has been experiencing and encloses a newspaper clipping with a cartoon of the Rugby League first Test match between England and Australia and a photo of two very muddy players; Australian front-row forward Douglas Hall and England's captain Ernest Ward. The match was played at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

The letter commences "Dear Allan" and is singed "Your sincere friend Jim".

Photograph - Greensborough Plaza 1990.2

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Colour photograph

Historical information

Greensborough Plaza. 1990

Significance

Photographs taken in 1990, many businesses have changed and there have been extensions and renovations to the shopping centre.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Greensborough Plaza 1990 (photo taken by Ian Bennetts)"

Photograph - Greensborough Plaza 1990.1

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Colour photograph

Historical information

Greensborough Plaza. 1990

Significance

Photographs taken in 1990, many businesses have changed and there have been extensions and renovations to the shopping centre.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Greensborough Plaza 1990 (photo taken by Ian Bennetts)"

Photograph - Were Street Montmorency Shops 1990.2

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Colour photograph

Historical information

Shops in Were Street Montmorency. 1990

Significance

Photographs taken in 1990, many businesses have changed but the buildings remain in 2019.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Montmorency. .Were St. 1990 (photo taken by Ian Bennetts)"