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The McIntyre Family

8 Sep 2017

The McIntyre brothers came home from World War I and with them they brought stories and objects that reflect their experiences during the war.

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Abbey Martin, Year 11, Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy

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Rocket Launcher

Key words

rocket
rescue

Rocket Launcher on Tripod. All metal painted grey

Historical information

Used by Queenscliff Lifeboat crew up till 1970.

Inscriptions & Markings

Schermuly Coastgaurd Engineers 70mm Line Throwing Rocket A Schermuly Product Made in England Lot 5 R 10 77

Queenscliffe Maritime Museum, Queenscliff

Photograph - Briar Hill Timber Yard, Sherbourne Road

Key words

briar hill
timber yards
sherbourne road
industries

Black and white photograph of Briar Hill Timber Yard (owner Fred Squires) from back fence.

Historical information

View of Briar Hill Timber showing sawdust pile and tower in background Duplicate of 00291

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Framed picture

Black matt painted oval frame with scalloped edge and floral decoration. Picture of 1900s+ woman singing wearing long skirt with jacket and hat. Black and white photograph.

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Racquet

Key words

tennis

A 'Sport' children's tennis racquet with concave throat, and fine-grooved handle, manufactured for New York toy retailer, FAO Schwarz. Bell trademark features on throat on obverse. Materials: Wood, Gut, Leather, Cloth, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

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POSTCARD

Key words

local history
document
postcards
greeting card

XMAS CARD WITH AN EMBROIDED CENTER PIECE OF A ROSE AND THE WORDS 'THINKING OF YOU'

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Book - Gippsland - Gate: Vol 42; No. 1; April 2015

Paper back book

Historical information

Family and business history of the Linton family, who bought the old, established business of CA Nobelius and Sons, after it began to decline in the 1920s. The Linton family grew ornamentals such as Camellias, Rhododendrons and Conifers.

Nobelius Heritage Park & Emerald Museum, Emerald

Virtuti Militari

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

Bedspread

Key words

flagstaff hill
warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village
knitted bedspread
knitting
bedspread
giles collection

Knitted bedspread and cushion, white, part of the Giles Collection.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Line marker

Key words

tennis

A hand-pushed line marker with large and small paint-distribution cogs, delivering the line paint from the paint chamber to the application wheel behind it. Materials: Metal, Paint, Wood

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photograph Album - Soltau P.O.W. Camp - Germany

Hard covers, red paper binding, white and black decoration on front. Contains ninety postcard size photographs of Allied Prisoners Of War including Concert Party, Sports Day and Soccer Team. 1917 - 1918.

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

document - Statement of the Distribution and General Account Current of the Prize Money Granted to the British Army for the Battle of Waterloo and Capture of Paris in the Year 1815

Key words

duke of wellington
waterloo
battle of waterloo
napoleon
napoleon bonaparte
british army
paris
darby
helen darby

A number of handwritten pages 48 cm.X 34.5 cm. (slightly larger than A3) which has been folded in half, and in half again. It has an 1810 watermark on the paper as well as a watermark for S&C Wise.

Historical information

Napoleonic Wars ended on the 18th of June 1815 with the Battle of Waterloo, which was fought near Brussels, Belgium. Napoleon abdicated on the 22nd of June, 1815, and Wellington's victory at Waterloo was considered a major triumph. After the battle each soldier received a share of the prize money obtained after the victorious army sold goods belonging to the captured army. The document is very large and shows how a total of £558,940/12/3 prize money was divided. Of this sum £486,246/18/1+3/4 went to the army, £35,488/17/6 was paid into some account, and £7204/16/7+1/4 went to Chelsea Hospital. The staff did pretty well out of the deal, getting £128,041. The artillery received £44,913, and then follows a list of the different regiments with their share of the prize money. A paper watermark '1810' on the handwritten document suggests it is an original, and therefore was probably in the possession of a battle participant. The provenance of the document is unknown but one possibility is through former Ballarat School of Mines staff member Helen Darby. Her maternal line boasted a Battle of Waterloo veteran.

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

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photo - Post and Telegraph Office 1895

Key words

tatura
buildings
historic
costume
male

Post and Telegraph Office Ross Street 1895; features four men posing out the front.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Document - Royal Australian Armoured Corps Bulletin No 3

Key words

armour
amphibious operations

Six page document, issued by Australian Military Forces Military Board, dealing with amphibians in amphibious operations

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Marking Gauge

Key words

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

Marking Gauge - wooden, Staff with Block secured by a Wedge and metal marker one end. "WS" crudely engraved in end of Block. L 22cm x H 6.6cm x W 5.3.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Dr Hutton's Practical Book Keeping, Improved by Ingram and Trotter

Key words

books

Light fawn, cloth covered, red on back. Red/brown leather spine binding with gold decoration. Pink title stamp on front cover. Front cover is separate. Inscription "Thomas Hastie, Book Keeping, Ballarat College."

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Photograph

Key words

ballarat
hotels

Large Black and White photograph of a hotel decorated with boxes of flowers alongfront. Caption reads "Decorations Unicorn Hotel Centenary Celebrtions March 1938". Reverse reads "Unicorn Hotel Ballarat Centenary March 1938".

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Photograph - Digital image - Elizabeth Street and Postcard to Wallace Luxford working in mattress factory

Key words

luxford family
e h luxford mattress factory

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Postcard sent to Luxford mattress factory requesting work to be completed. The E.H. Luxford factory was in Napier Street Fitzroy.

Greensborough Historical Society,

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Book - Royal Australian Armoured Corps Notes for Wireless Instructors

Key words

handbook
wireless training
procedures
number 19 set

Soft covered book of notes for wireless instructors including the Wireless Set No 19, WT & RT procedure, security use of codes, field cabling etc

Significance

Handook of equipment and procedures previously used by the Regiment

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

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Ribbon fragment

Key words

agricultural shows

Historical information

Awarded at Agricultural show.

Inscriptions & Markings

ANNUAL SHOW 1961

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Document - Bereavement McDonald

Key words

samuel mcdonald
warrnambool club

This is a small cream-coloured card with black edging. The card has printed material and a small slit in the top left hand corner indicating that it has been pinned to a notice board or wall.

Historical information

This is a card sent by the family of Samuel McDonald in 1922 thanking the Warrnambool Club members for their sympathy following a recent bereavement. The Warrnambool Club was established in 1873 as a gentlemen’s club and the Warrnambool Club building in Kepler Street which still stands today was erected in 1877. Samuel McDonald, a Justice of the Peace, died in Malvern, Melbourne, at the age of 78. His wife was Eliza Spiers McDonald. Samuel McDonald was buried in the Warrnambool Cemetery so it is presumed he was a resident of the city at one stage.

Significance

This card is of interest as it has a social history showing the type of bereavement card used in the 1920s. – a plain card with a black edging. These cards could be purchased in bulk with a blank sheet for inserting the relevant details. The connection to Samuel McDonald and the Warrnambool Club is also interesting.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘The family of the late Mr Samuel McDonald return(s) sincere thanks for kind sympathy in their recent bereavement. December 1922’

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Silver Plaque - Untitled

Key words

matcham skipper
silver
plaque
christ
donkey
horse

Rectangular silver plaque depicting Christ riding a donkey. Corresponds to mould S.41.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Montsalvat Trust, Eltham

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LABEL

Key words

local history
commerce
labels

KOMET LABEL FOR CLINGSTONE PEACHES. TWO TONE BLUE BACKGROUND - RED BORDER - RED WRITING

Historical information

PAPER LABEL USED ON TINS OF CLINGSTONE PEACHES.

Inscriptions & Markings

CLINGSTONE PEACHES

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Book - "HELLO, SOLDIER!"

Hardback rectangular book. Khaki in colour.

Historical information

Book of Poems and Verse

Inscriptions & Markings

"HELLO, SOLDIER!"on the front, with "HELLO,SOLDIER!" by Edward Dyson on the spine

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

000079 - Photograph - 000079 - Photograph - Inlet from roof of Pine Lodge - 1930 - R Young

Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch

Coat of Arms - The Bendigo Trust Coat of Arms/ Bendigo Tramways

Hand painted Sheet Metal

Inscriptions & Markings

Sign carrying the coat of arms

Bendigo Tramways (managed by the Bendigo Heritage Attractions), Bendigo

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Sketch - Pastel

Key words

head of christ
sketch
thum j
hill k
camp 13
tatura
illustrations
pastel

Black and white pastel sketch of "Head of Christ". A pieceof tissue paper is attached to cover the sketch

Historical information

Josef Thum was an Austrian artist in Camp 13, as a POW. Ken Hill was a member of AAAS - Mobile Cinema Unit 36 around 1946-47 and based at Murchison. After hostilities ceased Thum was permitted to assist Hill, in the presentation of "Pictures" as was the common term of the period, each time there was a screening at Murchison

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Snatch Block

Key words

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

Snatch Block, 1 sheave wood block with hook and locking mechanism. Wooden sheave is white inside.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

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Audio Tape.

Key words

audio
visual
technology
accessory

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Memorandum

Key words

sheep stations wool growing
dalgety and company limited
fitzgerald
mr j. j.
'menenia'
victoria
sheep stations
wool growing

Historical information

This memo and its attachment outline the gross and net proceeds from the sale of sheep and lambs' wool for the 1899-1900 season, the number of stock shorn for the yield and the weights cut per head. It covers the sheep property Menenia, owned by J.J. Fitzgerald. Menenia was one of the early stations in the Ararat district, being settled by Fitzgerald's father in 1845. J.J. Fitzgerald sold the property to Hans Irvine in 1907 and retired to Melbourne where he died in c.1936. His widow survived for a number of years and it was after her death that these documents came into the possession of the donor.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

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Glen Eira Secondary College

Key words

glen eira college
booran road
caulfield east
murrumbeena high school
prahran high school
caulfield high school
mcmullen
adele
lamb
lesley
king
robert
kennedy
chris
panakos
debbie
caulfield south

Various documents related to Glen Eira College:, Researched details by Claire Barton 15/06/2012 on beginning dates of Glen Eira College and head teachers names., Five Advertising articles from 2010 to May 2012 giving schools course outlines and other curricular activities on the schools various courses.

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield South

Publication - The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture: a cyclopedia of everything pertaining to the care of the honey-bee (Root, A. I. & Root, E. R.) [1910]

Key words

publication
book
abc
xyz
bee
culture
root
beechworth honey

575 pages, illustrated

Inscriptions & Markings

Subtitle; A Cyclopedia of Everything Pertaining to the Care of the Honey-bee; Bees, Hives, Honey, Implements, Honey-plants, etc. Facts Gleaned from the Experience of Thousands of Bee-keepers, and Afterward Verified in Our Apiary.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Photograph

Family photo three Children sitting on ground in front of the group. Photo taken outside of a building, 18 people situated in the photograph from old to very young. Grey frame with dark grey pattern around outside.

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

Newsletter - The Victorian Deaf News October-November-December 1937

Key words

a. c muir, f. e. frewin, r. h. luff, m. g.g.b. mortimer, mrs crompton, bremner, hobson, james abraham, e. r. noble, j. m. johnston, h. puddy, burnie johnson, mrs j. e. muir, betty wilkinson, alex anderson, olive minton, robert hamilton, mona stevens, j. waters, james anderson, newbury, b. chaffey, a. stokes, james ashley, j. h. cross, h. r. gillett, j. o'gormanvictorian deaf and dumb institution, w. a. paterson, s. ferguson, len treffene, g. quantock, francis owen, ossie quinton, vincent buttacavoli, byron taylor, william allen, harold ahchow, a. w. sutherland, bill donnelly, z. bragg, m. cross, margy sandon, george oakley, w. utber, w. chapman, hopkins, frank williams

Vol. 2 No. 7 (New Series), October November December 1937; Size 24.5cmHx19cmW; 12 pages

Historical information

Published by the Deaf Committee of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria

Significance

The Victorian Deaf News' Newsletter is a significant publication as an historical record giving and insight into the people, activities and events of the Deaf Community in Victoria.

Vicdeaf, East Melbourne

Photograph - Post Card

Key words

cowes sea baths
sea baths cowes phillip island
cowes beach
meg davis
nancy mchaffie
brenda higgins

Black & White postcard of the Cowes Sea Baths with shed taken from eastern foreshore.

Historical information

One of a collection of 11 photographs/postcards donated by Meg Davis & Nancy McHaffie from the estate of Brenda Higgins, grand-daughter of JD & Georgianna McHaffie

Inscriptions & Markings

The Rose Series. P. 660. The Baths, Cowes, Phillip Is., Victoria

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

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School Records - Individuals - Matthews, Charles Richard

Individual school records of the pupils of the Higher Elementary School, Rutherglen, 421 in all.

Historical information

From Primary School records. All reports contain information on the pupil's school work and give details of what they did when they left school. All reports show the name of a parent and the occupation. All sheets are cross referenced in the Secretary's card system.

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Laundry Equipment - Wash Tub, Enamelled Metal

Key words

laundry equipment
wash tub

Worn green and black enamel oval laundry tub. A domestic laundry tub may have been used for washing clothes while using a scrubbing board, transporting wet clothes to a line, or bathing babies or pets.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

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MONROE

Electrical Keys: 10 x 10 x 20

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

ink bottle

A cylindrical brown glazed ceramic ink bottle with the neck narrowing to a pouring lip.

Historical information

An ink bottle was made of glass or ceramic and typically sat on a desk. The writer would dip the pen (or quill) into the bottle to put more ink on the pen. Because they sat on a desk, ink bottles were often decorative.

Significance

We have mostly dispensed with ink bottles and quills. This item is an example of early stationery equipment commonly used in schools, households and commercial enterprises.

Inscriptions & Markings

Towards the bottom : WYATT MOTTS LANCELEY

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Badge - children need smiles not MISSILES

Badge. Round with plastic backing. Background hand coloured with red and orange crayon in 'sunburst' radiating from centre. Black text: "children need smiles not MISSILES". Homemade.

Historical information

Belonged to Jo Vallentine who made history in 1984 when she was elected to the Australian Senate as the worlds first single-issue peace politician.

Inscriptions & Markings

"children need smiles not MISSILES". On reverse: "B.A.M."

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) , Ballarat

Book - Chemistry as Applied to the Arts and Manufactures

Key words

chemistry
book
mackenzie

Brown and leather covered book with gold and black detailing. 1008 pages. Images included.

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

PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
military

PHOTOGRAPH OF CLUNES CANNON ON WOODEN STAND- ABOUT 1938.

Historical information

THE CANNON WAS ORIGINALLY SITUATED IN VICTORIA PARK-LATER IN SHED AT TOWN HALL AND NOW KEPT IN HENRY BLAND ROOM AT CLUNES HISTORICAL MUSEUM IN FRASER STREET.

Inscriptions & Markings

CLUNES CANNON ON 'ROCKS'

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Programme

Key words

theatre
performing arts

White single sheet with black print & decorated border, "Death Of Cleopatra".

Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat

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photo - Reddie Saddler c1925

Key words

tatura
buildings
historic
costume
children
male

Wal Reddie Saddler, South side of Hogan Street, East of Ross Street, c1925. Features Wal Reddie and youth posing in front of shop, another employee at far right, with men standing behind and two young girls aside. Features saddles hanging in front of shop.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Eskdale Road, 90, Caulfield North

Key words

jones
james norman
winifred gardner
davies
winifred
eskdale road
caulfield
caulfield north
douglas
alan
barbara kathleen
livingstone-muntz
d
muntz studios pty ltd

A one page handwritten letter from Alan Douglas to the Glen Eira Historical Society, dated 19/02/04, regarding his donation of eleven professional photographs of the interior, exterior and garden at 90 Eskdale Road, Caulfield, taken by Muntz Studios, possibly in the 1920s. The letter also provides brief details of ownership of the property., Also included is a one page typed reply from the Glen Eira Historical Society, dated 23/03/2004., The file also includes the eleven black and white photographs (130mm x 202mm) of the property.

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield South

Document

Key words

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

Reproduction of a page of the log book of HMS Euryalus recording Nelson's famous signal at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Booklet and form - Collingwood Football Social Club Constitution and Rules

Key words

collingwood football club
black family

30 p. booklet black & white print on white paper, with blank membership nomination form printed on both sides

Historical information

Constitution and Rules booklet of Collingwood Football Club 1963; and, Collingwood Football Club Social Club application for membership circa 1940s.

Greensborough Historical Society,

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Folio - The First Eighty Years. Book 2

Key words

wilson family
documents
biography

Folder containing autobiography of Miss May Wilson 1911 - 1991. Book 2

Historical information

History of early Hospital life in Mooroopna, then Melbourne and Sydney

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Surgical Kit

Key words

flagstaff hill
warrnambool
shipwrecked coast
flagstaff hill maritime museum
maritime museum
shipwreck coast
flagstaff hill maritime village
great ocean road
dr w r angus
dr ryan
surgical instrument
t.s.s. largs bay
warrnambool base hospital
nhill base hospital
mira hospital
flying doctor
medical treatment
medical history
surgical kit
j. ludbrooke and sons
operating frame
abdominal retractor set
abdominal surgery
alimentary surgery

Surgical Kit containing operating frame and abdominal retractors, part of the W.R. Angus Collection. Kit cover is brown kid leather lined with navy cotton, 6 leather pockets inside and cotton flaps to close. Contains Sir Hugh Devine operating frame and abdominal retractors, stainless steel, made by J. Ludbrooke and Sons, Melbourne. Note with instruments "Sir Hugh Devine, surgeon at Royal Melbourne Hospital” c. 1920’s

Historical information

This H.B Devin’s operating frame and abdominal retractor kit is named after its designer, Sir Hugh Berchmans Devine, 1878-1959, son of a Werribee district grazier in Victoria, Australia, surgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. A text book diagram of H.B. Devine’s Abdominal Retractor shows the frame and retractors set up for a pelvic operation. The accompanying text reads “Devine’s retractor is so designed that there are no screws, yet the retractors and “mechanical hands” by a jamming action remain firmly on the frame in whatever position they are placed. This is accomplished by a system of inclined planes incorporated in the frame and in the single and double hooks, retractor blades and handles of the “mechanical hands”. Set comprises 3 “mechanical hands” 5 retractor blades. (Pg 72, The 1948 Catalogue of Surgical Instruments, published by Felton, Grimwade & Duerdins Pty Ltd of Melbourne). Devine became a general surgeon who later gained an international reputation for his for his contribution in the advancement of abdominal surgery. Devine was educated in Ballarat and later became an Honourable Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. During his career he became Senior Surgeon and Dean of the Medical School at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. He served in the Australian Army Medical Corps in WWI and developed techniques in gastro-intestinal surgery. He was instrumental in the foundation of the Australasian College of Surgeons in 1927, retiring from the council in 1948. A survey on needs for operating room equipment notes that “In the past some surgeons associated themselves with particular instrument makers… The Melbourne surgeon [Hugh Devine] had his special abdominal retractor made by a small firm in South Yarra…” Hugh Devine writes instructions for inserting the Operating Frame in his book “The Surgery of the Alimentary Tract”. He says “ … the author’s operating frame is inserted into the wound … for exposure of the stomach … and exploration of the abdomen” and adds a note that the frame is “obtainable from J. Ludbrooke & Son, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia”. He accompanies his text with a diagram of the frame set into the wound. This surgical kit was donated to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village by the family of Doctor William Roy Angus, Surgeon and Oculist. It is part of the “W.R. Angus Collection” that includes historical medical equipment, surgical instruments and material once belonging to Dr Edward Ryan and Dr Thomas Francis Ryan, (both of Nhill, Victoria) as well as Dr Angus’ own belongings. The Collection’s history spans the medical practices of the two Doctors Ryan, from 1885-1926 plus that of Dr Angus, up until 1969. ABOUT THE “W.R.ANGUS COLLECTION” Doctor William Roy Angus M.B., B.S., Adel., 1923, F.R.C.S. Edin.,1928 (also known as Dr Roy Angus) was born in Murrumbeena, Victoria in 1901 and lived until 1970. He qualified as a doctor in 1923 at University of Adelaide, was Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 1924 and for a period was house surgeon to Sir (then Mr.) Henry Simpson Newland. Dr Angus was briefly an Assistant to Dr Riddell of Kapunda, then commenced private practice at Curramulka, Yorke Peninsula, SA, where he was physician, surgeon and chemist. In 1926, he was appointed as new Medical Assistant to Dr Thomas Francis Ryan (T.F. Ryan, or Tom), in Nhill, Victoria, where his experiences included radiology and pharmacy. In 1927 he was Acting House Surgeon in Dr Tom Ryan’s absence. Dr Angus had become engaged to Gladys Forsyth and they decided he further his studies overseas in the UK in 1927. He studied at London University College Hospital and at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and in 1928, was awarded FRCS (Fellow from the Royal College of Surgeons), Edinburgh. He worked his passage back to Australia as a Ship’s Surgeon on the on the Australian Commonwealth Line’s T.S.S. Largs Bay. Dr Angus married Gladys in 1929, in Ballarat. (They went on to have one son (Graham 1932, born in SA) and two daughters (Helen (died 12/07/1996) and Berenice (Berry), both born at Mira, Nhill ) According to Berry, her mother Gladys made a lot of their clothes. She was very talented and did some lovely embroidery including lingerie for her trousseau and beautifully handmade baby clothes. Dr Angus was a ‘flying doctor’ for the A.I.M. (Australian Inland Ministry) Aerial Medical Service in 1928 . Its first station was in the remote town of Oodnadatta, where Dr Angus was stationed. He was locum tenens there on North-South Railway at 21 Mile Camp. He took up this ‘flying doctor’ position in response to a call from Dr John Flynn; the organisation was later known as the Flying Doctor Service, then the Royal Flying Doctor Service. A lot of his work during this time involved dental surgery also. Between 1928-1932 he was surgeon at the Curramulka Hospital, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. In 1933 Dr Angus returned to Nhill and purchased a share of the Nelson Street practice and Mira hospital (a 2 bed ward at the Nelson Street Practice) from Dr Les Middleton one of the Middleton Brothers, the current owners of what previously once Dr Tom Ryan’s practice. Dr Tom and his brother had worked as surgeons included eye surgery. Dr Tom Ryan performed many of his operations in the Mira private hospital on his premises. He had been House Surgeon at the Nhill Hospital 1902-1926. Dr Tom Ryan had one of the only two pieces of radiology equipment in Victoria during his practicing years – The Royal Melbourne Hospital had the other one. Over the years Dr Tom Ryan had gradually set up what was effectively a training school for country general-practitioner-surgeons. Each patient was carefully examined, including using the X-ray machine, and any surgery was discussed and planned with Dr Ryan’s assistants several days in advance. Dr Angus gained experience in using the X-ray machine there during his time as assistant to Dr Ryan. When Dr Angus bought into the Nelson Street premises in Nhill he was also appointed as the Nhill Hospital’s Honorary House Surgeon 1933-1938. His practitioner’s plate from his Nhill surgery is now mounted on the doorway to the Port Medical Office at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool. When Dr Angus took up practice in the Dr Edward and Dr Tom Ryan’s old premises he obtained their extensive collection of historical medical equipment and materials spanning 1884-1926. A large part of this collection is now on display at the Port Medical Office at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village in Warrnambool. In 1939 Dr Angus and his family moved to Warrnambool where he purchased “Birchwood,” the 1852 home and medical practice of Dr John Hunter Henderson, at 214 Koroit Street. (This property was sold in1965 to the State Government and is now the site of the Warrnambool Police Station. and an ALDI sore is on the land that was once their tennis court). The Angus family was able to afford gardeners, cooks and maids; their home was a popular place for visiting dignitaries to stay whilst visiting Warrnambool. Dr Angus had his own silk worm farm at home in a Mulberry tree. His young daughter used his centrifuge for spinning the silk. Dr Angus was appointed on a part-time basis as Port Medical Officer (Health Officer) in Warrnambool and held this position until the 1940’s when the government no longer required the service of a Port Medical Officer in Warrnambool; he was thus Warrnambool’s last serving Port Medical Officer. (Masters of immigrant ships arriving in port reported incidents of diseases, illness and death and the Port Medical Officer made a decision on whether the ship required Quarantine and for how long, in this way preventing contagious illness from spreading from new immigrants to the residents already in the colony.) Dr Angus was a member of the Australian Medical Association, for 35 years and surgeon at the Warrnambool Base Hospital 1939-1942, He served with the Australian Department of Defence as a Surgeon Captain during WWII 1942-45, in Ballarat, Victoria, and in Bonegilla, N.S.W., completing his service just before the end of the war due to suffering from a heart attack. During his convalescence he carved an intricate and ‘most artistic’ chess set from the material that dentures were made from. He then studied ophthalmology at the Royal Melbourne Eye and Ear Hospital and created cosmetically superior artificial eyes by pioneering using the intrascleral cartilage. Angus received accolades from the Ophthalmological Society of Australasia for this work. He returned to Warrnambool to commence practice as an ophthalmologist, pioneering in artificial eye improvements. He was Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist to Warrnambool Base Hospital for 31 years. He made monthly visits to Portland as a visiting surgeon, to perform eye surgery. He represented the Victorian South-West subdivision of the Australian Medical Association as its secretary between 1949 and 1956 and as chairman from 1956 to 1958. In 1968 Dr Angus was elected member of Spain’s Barraquer Institute of Barcelona after his research work in Intrasclearal cartilage grafting, becoming one of the few Australian ophthalmologists to receive this honour, and in the following year presented his final paper on Living Intrasclearal Cartilage Implants at the Inaugural Meeting of the Australian College of Ophthalmologists in Melbourne In his personal life Dr Angus was a Presbyterian and treated Sunday as a Sabbath, a day of rest. He would visit 3 or 4 country patients on a Sunday, taking his children along ‘for the ride’ and to visit with him. Sunday evenings he would play the pianola and sing Scottish songs to his family. One of Dr Angus’ patients was Margaret MacKenzie, author of a book on local shipwrecks that she’d seen as an eye witness from the late 1880’s in Peterborough, Victoria. In the early 1950’s Dr Angus, painted a picture of a shipwreck for the cover jacket of Margaret’s book, Shipwrecks and More Shipwrecks. She was blind in later life and her daughter wrote the actual book for her. Dr Angus and his wife Gladys were very involved in Warrnambool’s society with a strong interest in civic affairs. He had an interest in people and the community They were both involved in the creation of Flagstaff Hill, including the layout of the gardens. After his death (28th March 1970) his family requested his practitioner’s plate, medical instruments and some personal belongings be displayed in the Port Medical Office surgery at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, and be called the “W. R. Angus Collection”. [References: The 1948 Catalogue of Surgical Instruments; hospital supplies and guide to instruments for operatons, published by Felton, Grimwade & Duerdins Pty Ltd, 21 Alfred Place, Melbourne; Sir Hugh Berchmans Devine, Royal College of Surgeons, http://livesonline.rcseng.ac.uk/biogs/E004999b.htm; Equipment, What Surgeons Want in Operating Rooms, https://mpatkin.org/op_room_planning/what_surgeons_want.htm ]

Significance

The W.R. Angus Collection is significant for still being located at the site it is connected with, Doctor Angus being the last Port Medical Officer in Warrnambool. The collection of medical instruments and other equipment is culturally significant, being an historical example of medicine, administration, household equipment and clothing from late 19th to mid-20th century. Dr Angus assisted Dr Tom Ryan, a pioneer in the use of X-rays and in ocular surgery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Impressed into instruments “J. LUDBROOKE AND SONS”, “PATENT 12990/28”, “83”,

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Small crochet round pieces x 4

Key words

crochet
churchill island
janet amess lace collection
amess
lace

Hand crochet (Lace Group Embroiderers Guild 1/3/12) See photos (4)

Historical information

The names of the Amess women who owned the lace are: Jane Amess (nee Straughan) – donor Unity’s great grandmother (pet name Janet, but not used as it will confuse with Unity’s mother). Jane was the wife of Samuel Amess, first Samuel Amess to own Churchill Island. Frances Amess (nee Turnbull) – grandmother, married Robert Lisle Straughan Amess, 4th child of Samuel and Jane Janet Jickell (nee Amess) – mother, 2nd of two children of Robert and Francis, married James Jickell Unity Mary Bright (nee Jickell) was the donor, 2nd of two children of Robert and Francis.

Significance

The Amess family owned Churchill Island from 1872 to 1929. This lace collection was owned and contributed to by four generations of Amess women, see above.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

Photograph - Upper Yarra Dam, Spring Tour, 22 Oct 1995

Key words

shire of eltham historical society
activities
upper yarra dam
henley bridge

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 3 strips

Historical information

EXPLORING THE UPPER YARRA (Newsletter No. 105, November 1995, by Bettina Woodburn) We enjoyed the Spring Excursion, this year "Exploring the Upper Yarra" - in spite of the constant rain and the countryside under the cloud cover, especially in the valleys, being mainly shiny shades of green. The occasional fields of buttercups, clumps of arum lilies and splendid rhododendron and other flowering bushes became very special. The Cobb and Co coach was warm and a cosy retreat as we zig-zagged on the highways and byways to glimpse the Yarra River, upstream and down, its secret places, and particularly the many bridges. Russell excelled as 'Poet Laureate', reading from Dacre Smyth's book. This 1979 publication includes paintings of all the bridges along the river with poems and brief descriptions of each one. Some of the bridges are in out of the way places and are not very well known. We looked forward to hearing the poetry as much as seeing the ' constructions'…Big Pat (was he short or tall, lean or fat? He did win the two hundred pound reward for discovering gold and had the creek named after him), about the 'Eddies'?, and the disliked 'meccano' bridge in Warburton, etc. etc. The hot roast lunch in the old Reefton Hotel was also most welcome. It was easy to imagine it peopled by miners and early settlers. Starting by crossing the new (1974) concrete bridge at Warrandyte we headed through Wonga Park with views to the Christmas Hills and to the escarpment of the Yering Gorge, which causes flood waters to back up through the Yarra Glen plain, so avoiding disasters downstream. At the end of a long driveway we found the wooden, privately owned Henley Bridge (1935 after the 1934 floods). This facilitates access to different parts of Henley Farm and to Lilydale. Everard Park, named after Blanche Shallard's father, a State Member for 17 years, below the Highway Yarra crossing was in need of care. It is 10 miles from Yarra Glen by road but, as "Yarra Marra” canoeists well know, 32 winding miles down by water. After more delightful countryside scenes we joined the Warburton Highway at Woori Yallock. From the old Railway Station at Launching Place the Centennial Trail for walkers, cyclists and ' horse riders has replaced the rails. The line from Lilydale was opened in 1901, and the last diesel freight train ran to Warburton in 1965. It continued to rain as we had morning tea in Warburton in a shelter between footbridges. From here we continued upstream past the Bridge to O'Shannasy Lodge and Reservoir, Starvation Creek, and the Peninsular tunnel (miners dug it as at Pound Bend) which we visited (scrambling down those steps!) on our return after lunch. Our furthermost point was the Upper Yarra Dam Reserve (and vast catchment area). Finished in 1957 after ten years work and 100 years after Yan Yean, it supplies much of Melbourne's water. After crossing the 30m Launching Place Bridge to the Eltham side of the Yarra and Healesville, we saw in the distance the Yarra Glen Timber Trestle Bridge over the river flats "the longest for years in the land it was said!" Harry's dream of "better weather over the Divide" unfortunately didn't come true, but I'm sure we 36 members will retain happy memories of a day that was wet and green and filled with Bridges. Bettina Woodburn - October 1995

Significance

Record of the Society's history of activities - Spring 1995 excursion

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 200-4

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham