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18 Apr 2017

Institutional care through Victoria's cultural collections

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Rachael Cottle, Guest Curator

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St. Georges Road 76, Elsternwick

Key words

st. georges road
elsternwick
dumas
geo a.
scott
arth h.
architectural features
liscard street
glen eira road
criswick
harold e.

This file contains two items., Newspaper article on forthcoming sale of property, dated 14/07/2000. Includes coloured photograph., Hand-written research by Claire Barton from SANDS AND MCDOUGALLS on property occupiers.

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield South

Collection of William Alexander Dargie

Key words

william alexander dargie
war artists

WWII Easel, working sketch (1942), trunk and officer's cap of William Dargie (VX 93433)

Historical information

As an official war artist, Dargie produced works in the Middle East, New Guinea, India and Burma. At war's end Dargie was sent to Greece to 'make good, the discrepancies in art coverage of the disastrous campaign that took place in 1941.'

Inscriptions & Markings

Trunk marked "Wanted on voyage".

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright outside 118 Doveton Street South, Ballarat, 1921

Key words

frank wright
vernon holt
118 doveton st south
ballarat

Black and white photograph of a young man dressed in a dark three piece suit, with one hand resting on his hip. He is standing outside the bay window of a weatherboard house. The man is Frank Wright and the place is 118 Doveton Street South, Ballarat.

Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born on 2 August 1901. He lived at Laura Villa, and attended Smeaton State School. His father William was a gold miner and his mother's name was Sarah. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. Frank was tutored by Percy Code and was awarded a gold medal for the highest marks in the ALCM examinations in the British Colonies at the age of seventeen years. He became the Australian Open Cornet Champion by the age of eighteen. A year later, Frank conducted the City of Ballarat Band, and later the Ballarat Soldiers’ Memorial Band. He formed the Frank Wright Frisco Band and Frank Wright and his Coliseum Orchestra. These bands won many South Street awards, and Frank as conductor won many awards in the Australian Band Championship contest. In 1933 Frank Wright sailed to England to conduct the famous St Hilda’s Band and was later appointed Musical Director of the London County Council, where he organized many amazing concerts in parks, in and around the London district. He was made Professor of Brass and Military Band Scoring and conducted at the Guildhall of Music and Drama. Frank was often invited to adjudicate Brass Band Championships around Europe, in Australia, including South Street and in New Zealand. The Frank Wright Medal at the Royal South Street competition is awarded to an individual recognized as making an outstanding contribution to brass music in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in pen on the back - Frank Wright, at the age of 19 years, taken at 118 Doveton St. South, Ballarat, by Vernon Holt, 23-7-1921

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

minute book

Key words

minute-book orbost-mechanics'-institute

A heavy minute book with faded black covers and brown binding. The edges of the pages are marbled as are the end covers. Pages inside are blue with hand-written black ink records. It contains minutes from the Orbost Mechanics Institute.

Historical information

A Mechanics’ Institute hall was constructed in 1885 and opened as Orbost's first library. It was situated in Browning Street, Orbost. The hall is still in use today as a community venue. Mechanics' Institutes are the forerunners of public libraries and adult education in Australia. The origin of mechanics' institutes is attributed to Dr George Birkbeck, who in 1799 gave a series of free lectures for the working men of Glasgow. At the time, 'mechanic' meant artisan, tradesman or working man. The movement spread quickly throughout the British Empire. The first Victorian Mechanics' Institute was the Melbourne Mechanics' Institute established in 1839. From the 1850s, Mechanics' Institutes quickly spread throughout Victoria wherever a hall or library, or a school was needed. This ledger was used by the Orbost Mechanics' Institute from 1884 until 1926. The item was donated to Orbost & District Historical society from P.R.O.V. as a Place of Deposit (POD) item for safe keeping by a local history group or museum.

Significance

The Mechanics' Institute was a very early feature of the Orbost community. The building became a community facility used for a variety of essential civic needs in particular a library. It also provided a suitable venue for community social requirements and functions.

Inscriptions & Markings

on spine on red leather in gold lettering: "MINUTE BOOK"

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

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Photograph - Clyde barge 1980

Black & white photograph showing the bargeClyde

Inscriptions & Markings

Clyde Barge 1980

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Annual report - 1882 Annual Report Victorian Seamen's Mission

Small grey booklet with black ink printed on front cover with ornate printed border.

Historical information

Small grey booklet including the report from the Executive Committee, the Chaplain's report, Treasurer's report and a list of subscriptions for 1882. The report encompasses both the Victorian Seamen's Mission and Sandridge (No. 1) Sailors' Rest.

Significance

The 1882 annual report outlines all the major activities involving the Mission over the course of the year as well as included names of those involved, participating, making decisions or donating time or money.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in pen on top left hand corner: "Rev N.J. Danne"

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Book - Shire of Diamond Valley Community Handbook 1991

Key words

shire of diamond valley
greensborough
handbooks

36 pages, col illus., maps. Front cover is a collage of scenes from Diamond Valley, back cover illustration of a copy of "Summer Panorama, Tabletop, NSW" by Max Dimmack, from the Shire of Diamond Valley Art Collection.

Historical information

Guide to services provided by Shire of Diamond Valley. The Shire of Diamond Valley was a Local Government Area located about 20 kilometres northeast of Melbourne. The shire covered an area of 74.38 square kilometres and existed from 1964 until 1994.

Significance

Annual guide to services in Shire of Diamond Valley

Greensborough Historical Society,

Racquet

Key words

tennis

A Pastime tennis racquet, featuring: solid convex throat; gut stringing; fine-grooved handle; and leather end wrap and cloth butt cover. Decal of model name features across throat, on obverse. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Leather, Gut, Cloth, Ink

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

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Compass

Compass used by Australian Army personnel during the Vietnam conflict. This compass has a circular alloy metal body with a hingeing lid of the same material painted in drab jungle green.

Inscriptions & Markings

The compass lid has the following stamping: "ENGINEER", "DIRECTIONAL COMPASS"

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Photograph - Digital image - Greensborough near Plenty River bridge and football ground.

Key words

robinson family
plenty river
blackjack

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

Greensborough near Plenty River bridge and football ground. The BlackJack property, house and acres of fruit orchards ran down to the Plenty River off Hume Street Greensborough and was the home of the Robinson family to late 1956. The photographs were taken as slides by Frank Robinson and digitised by his son James in 2015.

Greensborough Historical Society,

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Masonic Hall St Georges Rd, 17, Elsternwick

Key words

masonic hall
st georges road
scott
wv
maskell fj
glenhuntly road
churches
baptist church
caulfield council
land values
property values
elsternwick
halls

A typed valuation by W.V Scott dated 4/08/1964 of the Masonic Hall at 17-19 St Georges Road, Elsternwick on behalf of EJ Maskell. It includes land measurements, details of the rooms and their features as well as the final valuation and additional note as to the cost of the valuation. Handwritten notes of the valuer included.

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield South

Texta sketch - [Flower Bowl] by Sybil Craig

Key words

art
artwork
sybil craig
craig
texta
flowers

Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Genealogical document - The Maygar family in Australia

Key words

maygar family
grimshaw family
willis vale

16 pages, printed double sided. Contains copies of articles and photographs of the Maygar family.

Historical information

Family history of the Maygars

Significance

Maygar family lived at Willis Vale circa 1840-59

Inscriptions & Markings

Pencil markings on front page of some family contacts, pencil markings throughout giving further details

Greensborough Historical Society,

Medal - Warrnambool City Council Citizenship Award -Joyce Hayward

Key words

joyce hayward
warrnambool city council

This is a bronze-coloured medallion presented to Joyce Hayward as a citizenship award in 1970. It is circular in shape with the crest of the City of Warrnambool on one side and a laurel wreath with inscriptions on the other. It has a metal ring at the top for hanging the item. It is in a black leather box lined with red velvet and white silk and includes a small metal stand to display the medallion.

Historical information

Joyce Hayward and her husband, Cyril came from England to Warrnambool in 1955. For 30 years she and her husband were dominant figures in the performing arts organizations in Warrnambool. Joyce was the Director of the Warrnambool Theatre Company from 1955 to 1985 and directed more than 80 plays and musicals. She founded the Warrnambool Calisthenics Club, helped develop the Holiday Actors Company and was a key figure in the revival of the Warrnambool Arts Council in the 1970s. She was a Life Member of the Theatre Group. Along with her husband she helped to develop and build the Warrnambool Performing Arts Centre. She was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the arts in Warrnambool in 1981. Warrnambool City Council gives Citizenship Awards annually.

Significance

This is a significant item as it was an important award received by Joyce Hayward, a prominent person in the Warrnambool arts scene for 30 years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Medallion – City of Warrnambool, Dieu et Mon Droit, By These We Flourish Citizenship Award, J.T.H.Hayward, 1970, Stokes Melb.

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Wooden Henri Winterman's Cigar Box

Key words

a23.14

Wooden Box with Cream and Gold and Red Bows

Inscriptions & Markings

Henri Winterman's - 5 Cigars

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

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Photograph. - Camp 3 Band.

Key words

camp 3
music
photography
photograph
slides
film

Sepia photo pasted to foam core backing showing three men- kettle drum, flute & cello, lady ("Wally") with piano accordian.

Historical information

Photo taken in Camp 3, and donated to Museum by "Wally" Wagner.

Inscriptions & Markings

On backing- Camp 3 Band- "Wally" Wagner, piano accordianist (later "Liebeskind" Sydney NSW.)

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Racquet

Key words

tennis

A Spalding 'Aero Smasher' racquet. Materials: Composite Materials, Plastic, Nylon, Adhesive tape

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Interchangeable Hypodermic Syringe, "Top" Syringe Mamufacturing Co., Boxed and with Guarantee

Key words

interchangeable, hypodermic, syringe, top, syringe, mamufacturing, boxed, guarantee

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League,

Nurses Home, BBH

Key words

nurses home, bbh

Photo

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League,

Doily

Key words

flagstaff hill
warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village

Ecru coloured doily for dressing table. Oval shaped

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

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Booklet - Dielmoth for Durable Mothproofing

Key words

textile dressings
mothproofing

Historical information

"Dielmoth for Durable Mothproofing" - Shell Technical Bulletin, 1971.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

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Document

3 Maps

Nhill & District Historical Society Inc., Nhill

Postcard: The Flight From Pompeii, Botanic Gardens, Ballarat

Key words

ballarat

The Flight from Pompeii depicts three figures fleeing the volcano. The male figure protects the female and child with a large flowing garment held over them as they flee.

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Photograph Album - The Melbourne & Metropolitan Board of Works Water Supply, Sewerage, etc. Photographic Views

Key words

mmbw
weirs
dams & pumping stations
reservoirs
aqueducts

Photographic images, landscape dimensions, hardboard cover, grey green colour

Historical information

In 1908 the Melbourne & Metropolitan board of Works published this book to illustrate its many constructions to provide Melbourne with its reticulated water and sewerage systems.

Significance

This is now is a rare copy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

cap

Key words

headwear baby's-clothing bonnet

A crocheted baby's cap. It is hand made in ecru cotton with a scalloped edge.

Significance

This is a handmade item reflecting the style of baby wear in the early 20th century.

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Plane

Key words

flagstaff hill
warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village
plane

Plane Moulding type marked Elsmoor and stamped JB

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Book - Student Register 6000-6053

Key words

deaf children australia
deaf education
student register
register of pupils
registry of inmates

Black leather cover with red leather over spine and corners alphabetically indexed book containing handwritten entries of students and their Admission number (?) from 6000 to 6053

Historical information

As children were admitted to Victorian Deaf and Dumb Institution, The Victorian School for Deaf Children and Deaf Children Australia, their details were recorded and they were given a registration number. Information included Medical Information.

Significance

The Registers document where children came from, their family details and medical information, all relating to the time they were admitted and reflect the society of the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front Cover: "Student Register/6000-" printed on sticky label

Deaf Children Australia, Melbourne

Dried Chicory

Key words

local history
rural industry
agriculture
chicory industry
chicory
phillip island
mcfee
n & j archibald
chicory root

Dried Chicory Root grown on McFee's property, Rhyll, dried in McFee's Kiln.

Historical information

Dried Chicory Root dried in McFee's Kiln and grown on property.

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Medals, WW2

Australian Service Medal 1939 - 1945, Defence Medal 1939 - 1945, War Medal 1939 - 1945.

Historical information

WW11 Medals

Inscriptions & Markings

50054 R.S. Wright

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Photograph

Key words

textile machinery textile mills weaving mills textile mills
collins bros mill pty ltd tweedside woollen mills yarra falls mill
murgatroyd
mr fred murgatroyd
mr james
textile machinery
textile mills
weaving mills

Murgatroyd Photograph Collection

Historical information

James Murgatroyd worked at Warrnambool Woollen Mills, Federal Mill, Tweedside, Collins Mills and set up looms for Alexander Spinning Mills Sydney, his son Fred Murgatroyd worked as a loom tuner at Yarra Falls, Tweedside and Collins mills in Victoria as well as in Sydney, and studied at Leeds University.

Inscriptions & Markings

F Murgatroyd KODAK PRINT

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Cushion

Key words

"barone" 9 moule avenue brighton
cushion

A hand painted and hand embroidered cream silk cushion. Date and use unknown. This cushion features a delicate hand painted floral design, enhanced with highlight embroidery. It also features a silk rope binding around its edges and a cream silk bow. It appears to have enclosed something as it has a button and loop to secure it in half.

Historical information

This item is from the "Barone" Collection. “Barone” was a stately Brighton home demolished in 1986. One of the former owners presumably either Mrs Cora Doris Halkyard or Mrs B Brandt donated the various goods in the “Barone” collection. Owners of “Barone” Circa 1840’s. Certainly built prior to 1859 – owners unknown. 1859 – 1872 Edward Elgin Browne (first Melboune tea merchant) 1872 – 1874 Ralph Gore Brien (Occupier 1873 The Reverand Henry G. Brien) 1874 – 1879 Edward (or Edmund) Johnson (possibly a retired military man.) 1880 – 1885 Archibald Black, formerly an Army captain from Scotland. 1886 – 1915 Isabella M. Black widow of above. 1916 – 1951 Amy Elsie (nee Black) Chalk 1951 – 1970 Cora Doris Halkyard, niece of the above and grand-daughter of Archibald and Isabella Black. 1970 – 1986 Mrs B Brandt – unconfirmed.

Significance

“Barone” (previously “Seaview”) was one of Brighton’s finest colonial homes. It’s neighbors included “St Ninians” owned by the Ward- Cole family, “Seacombe” owned by the Moule family, and the home of James Grahame and his family.

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

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Ribbon

Key words

agricultural shows
ballarat agricultural and pastoral society
ballarat
victoria

Historical information

Awarded at Agricultural show.

Inscriptions & Markings

BALLARAT A. & P. SOCIETY - SPRING SHOW 1968 Best MALE STANDARD HEAVY BREED

National Wool Museum, Geelong

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Correspondence - Sculptor Paul Beadle to the Ballarat School of Mines

Key words

paul beadle
sculpture
goldfields costume

Letterhead from Paul Beadle Sculptor and Designer, and response from Dick Richards from the Ballarat School of Mines.

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

Navigation Chart - North-East Coast of New Guinea with Bougainville, New Britain, New Ireland & Admiralty Islands

Key words

warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village
shipwrecked-artefact
british admiralty navigation chart
navigation chart
new guinea
bougainville
north-east coast of new guinea
new britain
new ireland
admiralty islands

British Admiralty Navigation Chart - North-East Coast of New Guinea with Bougainville, New Britain, New Ireland & Admiralty Islands

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Photograph - Digital image - Hetta Bosch

Key words

hetta bosch
johannes bosch
bosch family
bush family

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of Hetta Bosch. Johannes Bosch and family migrated from Southern Germany to Greensborough district c1889. They farmed along the Plenty River having purchased land from Flintoff. They later changed their surname from Bosch to Bush.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Poster - Good Grief .. Not another SMB Dance! ..., 1966

Key words

ballarat school of mines
dance
corbould hall

Original Poster for a Ballarat School of Mines Dance. The poster features Snoopy and is black ink on cream paper

Inscriptions & Markings

Good grief ... Not another SMB Dance! I suppose it will be on the 5th at Corbould Hall with an admission of 50c ...

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

rate books

Key words

water-rates cann-valley-water-board

Seven rate books for the Shire of Orbost, Mallacoota and Cann River Water Trust. 2554.1 with records from 1977-1978 has a brown cardboard cover and string binding. 2554.2 has a brown cardboard cover with a hand-written title and green string binding. Records are from 1978 -1979. 2554.3 has a brown cardboard cover with a hand-written title and green string binding. Records are from 1919 - 1980. 2554.4 has a white cardboard cover and taped spine. In black print on the cover is 1980/1981. 2554.5 has a green cover with a metal fastening clip. Records are from 1980 -1981. 2554.6 has a white cover, taped binding and metal clips.Records are from 1982 -1983. 2554.7 has a white cover and metal rings. It is dated 1984.

Historical information

These items were donated to Orbost & District Historical society from P.R.O.V. as a Place of Deposit (POD) item for safe keeping by a local history group or museum. The shire covered an area of 9,347 square kilometres and existed from 1892 until 1994 when it became part of the East Gippsland Shire Council. The East Gippsland Region Water Authority was constituted on January 1, 1995. The new Authority assumed responsibility for the services previously provided by the Mitchell Water Board, the Tambo Water Board, the Orbost Water Board and the Mallacoota Water Board. East Gippsland Water is the registered business name of the East Gippsland Region Water Authority. (info. from P.R.O.)

Significance

These items are a historical record of Orbost Shire transactions with water management authorities which no longer exist.

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Subdivision Plan - Lodged Plan No.6518

Key words

subdivision plans - balwyn

Reconciling this hand-drawn subdivision plan with a modern map of the area is initially a challenge due to a change of street names. Argyle Road in the centre of the subdivision was to be renamed Deepdene Road, and the street named Deepdene Road on the plan was to become Deepdene Place. Of interest is the nursery on the corner of Argyle and Whitehorse Roads. During this period there were a number of nurseries servicing the Kew and Balwyn areas.

Historical information

Pru Sanderson, in her groundbreaking ‘City of Kew Urban Conservation Study : Volume 2 - Development History’ (1988), summarised the periods of urban development and subdivisions of land in Kew. The periods that she identified included 1845-1880, 1880-1893, 1893-1921, 1921-1933, 1933-1943, and Post-War Development. These periods were selected as they represented periods of rapid growth or decline in urban development. An obvious starting point for Sanderson’s groupings involved population growth and the associated economic cycles. These cycles also highlighted urban expansion onto land that was predominantly rural, although in other cases it represented the decline and breakup of large estates. A number of the plans in the Kew Historical Society’s collection can also be found in other collections, such as those of the State Library of Victoria and the Boroondara Library Service. A number are however unique to the collection.

Significance

The Kew Historical Society collection includes almost 100 subdivision plans pertaining to suburbs of the City of Melbourne. Most of these are of Kew, Kew East or Studley Park, although a smaller number are plans of Camberwell, Deepdene, Balwyn and Hawthorn. It is believed that the majority of the plans were gifted to the Society by persons connected with the real estate firm - J. R. Mathers and McMillan, 136 Cotham Road, Kew. The Plans in the collection are rarely in pristine form, being working plans on which the agent would write notes and record lots sold and the prices of these. The subdivision plans are historically significant examples of the growth of urban Melbourne from the beginning of the 20th Century up until the 1980s. A number of the plans are double-sided and often include a photograph on the reverse. A number of the latter are by noted photographers such as J.E. Barnes.

Kew Historical Society, Kew

Dixie with cover

Dixie has a foldable metal handle. The lid fits snugly over Dixie.

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Pattern

Key words

flagstaff hill
warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village

Pattern-hound span round wooden object with three spokes one at top and two at either side

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
hotels
the bull & mouth

SEPIA COPY OF PHOTOGRAPH OF J. BRAY'S BULL & MOUTH HOTEL,HORSE AND WAGGON WITH TWO HORSES, FIVE PEOPLE STANDING IN FRONT OF BUILDING.

Historical information

THE BULL & MOUTH HOTEL WAS IN FRASER STREET, CLUNES.

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Book - Wanya ngangung ngabang =? where's my mother

Key words

butchulla
stories

Short story for children in Butchulla language translated by Jeanie Bell and Joyce Bonner.

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Vehicle, motor, Ambulance, Holden Commodore VS, 1998

Key words

ambulance
motor vehicle
holden
holden commodore vs 1998
light ambulance vehicle (lav)
sale
lakes entrance

Four-wheeled motor vehicle fitted out as an ambulance. Bodywork painted white with strips of red and silver diagonal stripes along the sides of the bonnet and side panels. A red/white/blue light strip is attached to the roof above the front windscreen.

Historical information

This vehicle is known as a Light Ambulance Vehicle (LAV) and is used for long distance , single patient transport. It provides a better ride and greater comfort for the patient. This vehicle was based at Sale-Lakes Entrance, Victoria and was operated by the Rural Ambulance Service.

Inscriptions & Markings

Registration number PIH229

Ambulance Museum Victoria, Bayswater

Pump

Key words

flagstaff hill
warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village

Pressure Pump metal painted red with steel hose attachments & long metal lever. Is bolted to wood plank. Ajax imprint. 1240mmL x 400mmW x 460mmH & 850mmH at handle

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

glove stretcher

Key words

glove-stretchers silver costume-accessories

Silver glove stretcher. Angular handles with knobs and pointed tongs.

Historical information

These were used to smooth out gloves after they had been washed.

Inscriptions & Markings

A & LL - anchor,lion? on both handles - back and front.

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Mulberry Tree Branch

A dead branch from a mulberry tree grown at Sericulture Farm, Mt Alexander, in the early 1870s. This long limb's bark has cracked with age, forming a pattern of brown cracks. Remnants of smaller branch axilla are clearly visible. An inscription on paper is pasted around the branch

Historical information

An unsuccessful attempt was made to set up a silkworm industry at Mt Alexander, to be an occupation for ladies of the district as well as to introduce the silk industry to Victoria. An attempt by women to enter the business world was beaten by difficulties: (1). Road access to the property (2). Heavy frost damage to mulberry plants. (3). Disease of silkworms. (4). Lack of quantity of leaves. (5) drought and rabbits. Experiments proved silk harvested and woven was superior to overseas products, but the venture was defeated by the climate and the surviving trees were relocated to Corowa NSW

Significance

A relic of the far-sighted venture by the Victorian Ladies Sericulture Co, promoted by the charismatic Mrs Bladen Neill , who was anxious to generate employment opportunities for women..

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed: "Part of a limb of a mulberry tree from the Sericulture Farm on Mt Alexander which was started by Mrs Bladen-Neill in early 1870s, finally closing in 1878. Mrs Bladen-Neill died in September 1884 at the residence of Dr Barker, Melbourne" "Courtesy of Keith Henderson, Harcourt"

Harcourt Valley Heritage & Tourist Centre, Harcourt

Photograph - Post Card

Key words

guesthouses cowes phillip island
continental private hotel cowes
t h hill

Black & White postcard of The Continental Private Hotel, Cowes, Phillip Island

Historical information

One of a collection of 6 postcards donated by T. H. Hill

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Continental" Cowes, Phillip Island. On Back: A letter from Dorrie to Mavis wishing her well and telling of her and Bill's time in Cowes.

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

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Family History - Harmer AEP

Millewa Community Pioneer Forest & Historical Society, Meringur

Pamphlet - "Stanbury" - Ceres- Geelong (Auction, 1992)

Key words

corriedale sheep sheep breeding
australian corriedale association
pettitt
mr r. w.
stanbury corriedale stud
victoria
corriedale sheep
sheep breeding

Historical information

Auction brochure for "Stanbury" - Ceres- Geelong, for 3rd Dec 1992. Executor's auction of the estates of J M, D R & G R Wettenhall.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Book, Knitting - Lincoln Knitting Book no. 145

Key words

handicrafts - history knitting
lincoln mills (australia) limited
handicrafts - history
knitting

Historical information

This book was produced by the Lincoln Mills in Coburg, Victoria. It was owned by Billie Rech, the aunt of the donor, who was a great knitter.

Inscriptions & Markings

LINCOLN / Hand Knit / STYLE LEADERS / for / Milady / BOOK No. 145 / 6D. / LINCOLN / Model No. L1008

National Wool Museum, Geelong