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Making and Using Transport on the Goldfields

28 Mar 2018

Ballarat’s coachbuilding industry and horse-drawn transport, as depicted in Victorian cultural collections.

Curated By

Carissa Goudey, Historian, Sovereign Hills Museums Association

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Notebook - "Chatsworth House" Note Book

Key words

chatsworth pastoral co. pty ltd
lang
dr w. roy
chatsworth house stud
victoria

Historical information

Notebook produced on behalf of the Chatsworth Pastoral Co. Pty Ltd and owned by Dr. W.R. Lang.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Chatsworth House" / NOTE BOOK / With Compliments of / Chatsworth Pastoral Co. Pty Ltd.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

bottle

A flat-sided, brown, glass bottle with a threaded top. It has rounded shoulders.

Historical information

In 1852 Bosisto opened Australia’s first commercial eucalyptus oil distillery, at Dandenong Creek in Victoria, followed by others at Emerald, Menzies Creek and Macclesfield. and began selling the oil locally. Eucalyptus oil was used as a liniment.

Significance

Bosisto's bottles were generally used for eucalyptus oil. the eucalyptus oil industry was a significant early Victorian industry. Bosisto's products were commoly used in households of the first half of the 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

in rectangle on back - THIS BOTTLE IS AND ALWAYS REMAINS THE PROPERTY OF J. BOSISTO & COMPANTY LTD on base - F1196 M and 239 vertically

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Photograph - Eltham - Wingrove Park, early 1950s.

Key words

sepp
shire of eltham pioneers photograph collection
eltham
george w bell
main road
wingrove park

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Geo. W. Bell, Eltham

Significance

This photo forms part of a collection of photographs gathered by the Shire of Eltham for their centenary project book,"Pioneers and Painters: 100 years of the Shire of Eltham" by Alan Marshall (1971). The collection of over 500 images is held in partnership between Eltham District Historical Society and Yarra Plenty Regional Library (Eltham Library) and is now formally known as the 'The Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph Collection.' It is significant in being the first community sourced collection representing the places and people of the Shire's first one hundred years.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Book - Waltzing Matilda

Key words

paperback. waltzing matilda. dennis o'keeffe. australiana. favourite song.

Paperback. Swagman sitting in front of sepia bush scene.

Historical information

Dennis O'Keeffe's definitive account of Waltzing Matilda

Significance

The story of Waltzing Matilda starts in Warrnambool and the story encompasses Aust at the time of Eureka Stockade and Ned Kelly

Inscriptions & Markings

Paperback. Swagman sitting in front of sepia bush scene.

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Letter

Key words

communication

Handwritten letter on plain paper, 8 pages (joined) from Anthony Smith written 20.1.1861 to his father, written from Brown's Diggings and Smythesdale 1862

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Photograph 60 Peel St.

Key words

architecture
housing

Photograph of 60 Peel St. weatherboard house.

Inscriptions & Markings

60 Peel St.

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Book - The Encyclopedia of Surfing

Key words

encyclopedia of surfing
matt warshaw

Colour photograph on the cover featuring backlit surfer riding a longboard.

Historical information

The most concise encyclopedia of surfing produced to 2004 featuring over 1500 entries from the world of surfing including places, people, events, gear, culture and terminology. Illustrated with over 300 photographs plus a comprehensive surfing bibiography, discography and filmography.

Significance

One of the most significant surfing books ever produced. Broad and concise coverage of surfing and surf culture by Matt Warshaw, former editor of SURFER magazine

Inscriptions & Markings

Book title and author's name

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
mining

COLOURED REPRINT PHOTOGRAPH OF POWDER MAGAZINE INTERIOR. SITUATED IN A PADOCK ON SMEATON ROAD APPROX. 2 KM. FROM TOWNSHIP ON LEFT HAND SIDE. SMALL WINDOW IN LEFT HAND WALL SOLID STEP LEADING TO RECESS.

Historical information

VIEW OF POWDER MAGAZINE USED IN MINING DAYS TO STORE EXPLOSIVES. BUILDING MATERIALS SOLID BRICK

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Chocolate Box: "Old Gold"

Key words

confectionery
packaging

a square orange box with a border of navy blue and gold. inscribed in centre "23 kinds" assortment of "old gold" chocolates 1/2lb nett. no contents in box

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Photograph - Musical performance for Shavuot, Auburn Road campus, 1985

Key words

music
shavuot
auburn road
1980s

Historical information

Musical performance for Shavuot at Auburn Road campus, 1985.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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shoe, child

Key words

local history
costume
children's footwear

Black leather. Ankle strap with bead button orange fabric lining bow at front with red ribbon

Port Fairy Historical Society , Port Fairy

model

Key words

model handcraft woodwork barn

A wooden model of a three-storeyed slatted barn. The scale is approximately 30:1.The roof is corrugated cardboard painted silver. The waater tank is a tin can covered with corrugated cardboard. The down pipes are made from drinking straws. It stands on ply board.

Historical information

This model was inspired by the Morgan barn on the Marlo Road, Orbost. It was built by Chris Hodge for the launch of the book, "Barns of the Snowy River" ( Reg. No.2138)

Significance

The slatted barns are unique to the Orbost district.

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Publication - Trees for New South Wales: a handbook of trees and shrubs suitable for planting in N.S.W (N.S.W. Forestry Commission), Sydney, 1976

Wheen Bee Foundation, Beechworth

Periodical - Aboriginal history

Inscriptions & Markings

b&w photographs, maps, reproductions of old materials

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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Watch

watch, fob,

Historical information

This item is part of the Thomas Caine Tool Collection, owned by The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and curated by the Hand Tools Preservation Association of Australia.

Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc, Caulfield

BADGE

Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

Maps

Gippsland Vehicle Collection, Maffra

Medallion

Centenary of Victoria/Centenary of Melbourne

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

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Plane

Key words

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

Moulding Plane - Grecian Ogee (shape of mould). Has �" stamped on end. Marked Marples and Sons

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Somewhere Below: The Sydney Scandal Exposed

Key words

maritime history

The book has a grey, red and black cover. The red appears like rays spreading out from behind the image of a ship. The book is about the missing HMAS Sydney scandal. It has several photographs with the text.

Inscriptions & Markings

RK Scilley PO Box 103 R, Redan Vic 3350 inside cover.

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

BOMBAY BLOOMERS

Key words

uniforms - army
costume - male

Khaki shorts, worn by B. Tulip.

Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

Bird's Beak

Key words

weaving

Historical information

Birds beak used to pick up strands of fibre during the weaving process.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Uniform Complete

Key words

uniform
ww2
army

Army Officers Dress Uniform

Running Rabbits Military Museum operated by the Upwey Belgrave RSL Sub Branch, Upwey

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 14 September 1980

Key words

newsletter
eltham district historical society
shire of eltham historical society

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Gold fever with Nicholas Pelling • Eltham Community Festival • “Landscape” • Donation to the Society • The Diamond Valley Story • Old cottage, Ely Street • Kinglake Primary School No. 2188, 1879-1979; A centenary history

Significance

The Shire of Eltham Historical Society was formed in October 1967. The first newsletter of the Society was issued May 1978 and has been published continuously ever since on a bi-monthly basis. With the cessation of the Shire of Eltham in late 1994, the Society's name was revised to Eltham District Historical Society and this name first appeared with issue No. 103, July 1995. The collection of the Society's newsletters provides a valuable resource on the history of the Society's activities, office bearers and committee members, guest speakers and subjects of historical interest pertinent to the former Shire of Eltham and the Eltham District.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

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PHOTOGRAPH/ALBUM

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
photo album

BADLY DAMAGED PHOTO ALBUM - NO NAMES RECORDED ON PHOTOS, EXCEPT THREE PHOTOS, ANNIE, MARION, ERNEST WILD. ERNEST WILD POSSIBLY THE PHOTOGRAPHER ?

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Pack 1908 - Pack, Field, Large, 1908 Patern, RAAF

Key words

raaf
ww11
patern
1908
large
pack

A large pack, model 1908 made of woven cotton webbing, with 2 inner closing flaps with grommets for closing with string. The outer flap has two web straps with brass ends secures by two grommets. Two removable shoulder straps (not matching) two fixed brass C clips for securing extention straps.

Historical information

1 x extension strap marked M.W.85 Ltd 1942 found in bottom of pack This is part of Anderson uniforn collection including pants, jacket, shirt, tie, side cap, and small pack.

Inscriptions & Markings

156725, LAC Anderson, T.A.J. RAAF Terence Aloysius Joseph

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Photograph (black & White) - Major-General Sir Archibald Hunter - South Africa

Key words

second boer war
major generl
archibald hunter
natal field force
battle of ladysmith
general officer commanding
sir george white
guerrilla warfare
orange free state
brandwater basin
marthinus prinsloo
knight grand cross of the order of the bath
knight grand crossof the royal victorian order
legion of honour (france)

Individual image taken from photographed poster of tobacco and cigarette cards

Historical information

At the outbreak of the Second Boer War, Major General Hunter was on the staff of Sir George White's Natal Field Force during the Battle of Ladysmith in Natal. He led a small raid against some of the Boers' guns, disabled them and relieved the town. Promotion followed and he became General Officer Commanding 10th Division. The Division was sent to join Lord Roberts' army camped at the captured Orange Free State capital. Hunter led them in the march on Pretoria. Once Pretoria was captured they still had to deal with Guerrilla Warfare and Hunter was sent south as overall commander of five columns that converged on the Free State army camped at Brandwater Basin, forcing the surrender of 4,314 Boers led by Marthinus Prinsloo. He was awarded Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, Territorial Decoration Legion of Honour (France)

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

PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
hospital [old]

SEPIA PHOTOGRAPH OF OLD CLUNES HOSPITAL SHOWS FRONT ENTRANCE AND PART OF GARDEN.

Historical information

THE OLD CLUNES HOSPITAL WAS SITUATED ON CRESWICK ROAD. IT BURNED DOWN IN JANUARY 1944 DURING BUSH FIRE. IT WAS BUILD 1873 AD.

Clunes Museum, Clunes

cream separator

Key words

cream-separator domestic-food-preparation dairy-farming

Hand operated rusted metal cream separator with metal and wood handle.

Historical information

This item would have been very common on farms throughout the Orbost area. Prior to bulk milk, cream was the major commodity which was sold to the butter factory. This is a small separator, typical of home use.

Significance

This domestic kitchen appliance is typical of the period when food processing was done at home. It would have been before the time of mass food processing factories

Inscriptions & Markings

Front - A.O Handle-75.T.PR.MIN Back- (RHS) A.O. (LHS) Co-op in outline of Australia.

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Photographs - Colour - Interior Frieze in Zelman Cottage, Hepurn Springs, 2017

Key words

victor zelman
zelman cottage
painted frieze
hepburn springs

A number of photographs showing the frieze painted by Victor Zelman, at Zelman Cottage.

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

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Recorder

Key words

recorder
musical band
camp 3
internees
wagner
lilo
tatura
thaler
l
!
musical
instruments
wind
handcrafts
woodcarving

recorder specially made in key of F for Camp 3 recorder/accordion band. The bands on stem of recorder are made from copper pennies. Not currently playable

Historical information

Used in recorder/accordion recorder band consisting of internees from Camp 3 Tatura in WW2

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

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Image

Key words

ladies hockey team
glady warren
phyllis williams
phyllis buscall
marion chandler
annie sims
annie gunter
mrs watt
reverend watt
dolly robbins
ella thompson
ella terrill
gert owens
alice hawking
alice ready
nellie burch
nellie o'donoghue
beryl warren
jessie grantham
jessie brown
jean grantham
anne grantham
glady blowers
glady williams
gladdy morris

Black and white postcard photograph of 23 women of the Rutherglen Hockey Team pre 1920.

Historical information

Owned by Ella Thompson and donated by her daughter in law.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of card: "Hockey Team. pre 1920" Separate hand-written sheet identifies most of the players: "Back row l to r:- Glady Warren, Phyllis Williams (later Mrs Ted Buscall) Marion Chandler, Anne Sims (later Mrs Fred Gunter) Mrs Watt (wife of Rev Watt - Anglican Minister) Dolly Robbins, Ella Thompson (later Mrs David Terrill) Gert Owens, Alice Hawking (later Mrs Roy Ready) ______, ______, Nellie Burch (later Mrs Daniel O'Donoghue) ______; Front row l to r:- Beryl Warren, Jessie Grantham (later Mrs Brown) Jean Grantham, ______, ______, Anne Grantham, Glady Blowers, ______, Glady Williams (later Mrs Gerald Morris)"

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

POSTCARD

Key words

documents; letters; poetry; military

A soldiers verse letter - no information. White card with black printing. Handwritten address and message.

Historical information

From E.V. KNIGHT of Wallingham to F.H. PARKER of Worksop, England. Possibly connected to R.H. SPENCER. WW1

Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

Postcard: Rose Series P1734. St. Patrick's College, Ballarat. Victoria.

Key words

ballarat

The building has a tower which is interesting from an architectural point of view. There is a central entrance with two sets of windows above it, a tower to the left and another wing to the right. Another building stands beside this. The buildings are surrounded by trees, a rather large pine tree to the right.

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

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Needle Case

Key words

shc; sacred heart; sisters of mercy geelong; fitzpatrick; needlecraft; sewing; needle case; darning; fancy work

Red Riding Hood doll needle case. Coat opens to reveal pins. Red coated soft doll with purple cape and shoes

Historical information

Used at SHC by Marita Fitzpatrick as a boarder late 1940s to 1950s. Friday nights were set aside for mending and darning by the boarders and Saturday night for working on 'fancy work'.

Significance

Representative of the type of needlework practiced in a girls' school in the 1940s and 50s.

Inscriptions & Markings

M. T. Fitzpatrick

Sacred Heart College, Newtown

Air force association hon. member

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

Article - May Caroline Shortall

Key words

world war 1 project
may caroline shortall

1 page, text and colour images.

Historical information

A short article about Nurse May Caroline Shortall and her service in World War 1. When she enlisted, May was working as a nurse at 14 AAH Macleod.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Print

Key words

tennis

Colour print reproduction of a watercolour of female figure holding a racquet and standing alongside a male figure smoking a cigarette. Image adhered to glass. Frame made of metal chain. Materials: Ink, Paper, Metal, Adhesive label

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

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GLASS CRUET

Key words

local history
domestic items
table setting

SMALL CUT GLASS CRUET

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Photograph - Digital image - Stock Family 1909

Key words

peter blackbourn
stock family
william thomas finn
harriett stock

Digital copy of black and white studio photograph.

Historical information

Stock Family 1909. (left to right) Mary, Florence,Harriett Emma Stock, William Thomas Finn, Jane, Lillian, Jack and Ethyl. Photographs from the collection of Peter Blackbourn, a descendant of the Chapman Stock family. Annotations to photos by Peter Blackbourn.

Greensborough Historical Society,

Trousers

Key words

uniform
ww1
army

Khaki Breeches - Light Horse

Running Rabbits Military Museum operated by the Upwey Belgrave RSL Sub Branch, Upwey

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Folder - John Spencer Harris

Key words

john spencer harris

Folder of information on John Spencer Harris, Queenstown, 1860s

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Model

Key words

model
ww1
army

Skoda 30.5cm 1916 Seige Howitzer

Running Rabbits Military Museum operated by the Upwey Belgrave RSL Sub Branch, Upwey

Photo

Key words

photo
army

Pipers Lament. Long Tan

Running Rabbits Military Museum operated by the Upwey Belgrave RSL Sub Branch, Upwey

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Scarf

Key words

scarf
baumann m
weaving
camp 13
tatura
ww2 camp 13
costume
accessory
clothes
handcrafts

Woven woollen scarf in black and white pattern

Historical information

Made in Camp 13 by an internee

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Horses towing plane - robertson thomas096.tif

Key words

ww1
world war 1
aeroplane
plane
aif
a.i.f
tow
horses

photo

Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc, Melbourne

Badge - W'bool SLSC

Key words

warrnambool surf life saving club
warrnambool

This is a diamond-shaped cloth badge. It is made of brown cloth with white cotton stitching and an image of a rescue reel and rope.

Historical information

This badge would perhaps be attached to the uniform or blazer of a member of the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club. This club was established in 1930 with Fletcher Jones (President) and Bon Nutt being notable early members. A ladies’ club was also formed in 1930. As Warrnambool has a bathing and surf beach and is situated on a coastline with many popular surf beaches the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club is an important group with a proud history of service to the community. The current clubhouse, built by members and other volunteers in the 1950s, includes a public restaurant today.

Significance

This badge is interesting as a memento of the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club, an important club in Warrnambool’s community.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘Warrnambool, S.L.S.C.’

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Magazine

Key words

tennis

Davis Cup 1999 Magazine - First Round Materials: Paper, Ink

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

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Poster - Sunbeam Super Shearer

Key words

shearing machinery shearing
sunbeam corporation limited
galloway
mr ken
shearing machinery
shearing

Historical information

Advertising poster produced by the "Sunbeam" company. "Sunbeam Super Shearer"

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph - Stuart Murray

Key words

moderator
stuart murray

B & W waist length photograph of Stuart Murray

Historical information

John Stuart Macleod Murray (03/05/1933 - 18/03/2011) was a scientist who worked in forestry soil conservation before taking out a Bachelor of Theology with honours at the University of Melbourne and a Doctorate in Divinity at the University of Chicago. He was Moderator of the Uniting Church for the state of Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Stuart Murray Moderator C&N 28/8/1985 page 10 Return to UCF Office 130 Little Collins Street Melbourne"

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East