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Talking Shop: Ballarat in Business and City Life at Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

27 Jun 2019

Curated By

Amy Tsilemanis, Curator, Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

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Post Card - Field Service

Key words

first world war (ww1)
1914 - 1918
literature
ballarat rsl
ballarat

Historical information

This object relates to Herman Claude BENHAM. He was born on 1/07/1895 in Geelong, VIC. Herman Claude served in the AIF (3690) enlisting on, 13/08/1915 in Drysdale, VIC before being discharged from duties with the 7TH BATTALION as a Army Non-Commissioned Private (PTE) on 25/03/1919. Herman Claude BENHAM was not a prisoner of war. His next of kin is James BENHAM (Father). Herman Benham was awarded the British War Medal and the 1914-1915 Star.

Inscriptions & Markings

To "Miss Myrtle Kent, Portarlington, Victoria, Australia", From "H C Benham, 18 February 1917"

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

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Punch

punch, wad, 13

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,

Resistance Decade Box

Key words

j. l. william
decade box
electrical equipment
resistance decade box
scientific instruments

This rectangular wooden resistance decade box features four large dials for controlling resistances. The dials are mounted atop a black plastic panel, each with a square base. Three smaller dials are mounted to the right of the large dials.

Historical information

This object is believed to be associated with training at the Parkville Secondary Teaching College during the 20th Century.

Significance

Related to objects 450 and 452

Inscriptions & Markings

Embossed plaque at front: 'J. L. WILLIAM / SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS / SERIAL No 3960 / TYPE RB4DS / MELBOURNE / AUSTRALIA' Engraved and filled white on top plate from left to right: 'ABSOLUTE OHMS AT 20 C / MANGANIN' Logo reading: 'J. L. WILLIAM / SCIENTIFIC / INSTRUMENTS / MELBOURNE / SERIAL No 3960' 'ZERO RESISTANCE / 0.004 OHM' Engraved on back edge of top panel: 'SECONDARY TEACHER COLLEGE PARKVILLE' Dials are labelled underneath with unit measurements for resistance settings, engraved and in-filled white.

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Photograph Album - Diamond Valley Community Hospital. Redevelopment program 1990/91. Volume II.

Key words

diamond valley community hospital
greensborough
dvch

Photo album with black cover. 25 pages, 125 photographs of varying sizes.

Historical information

Photographs include patients, staff, internal and external buildings and garden development. The Diamond Valley Community Hospital was established in 1942 in Grimshaw Street Greensborough. Due to financial circumstances, the hospital closed in 2000. This collection of photo albums is from the 1990s and was collected by staff. Photographs are not named. Albums may be accessed at the GHS Resource Centre. This volume is numbered 7.

Significance

As the Diamond Valley Community Hospital is now closed, this collection of albums records some of the people involved.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title handwritten and pasted on cover.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Bronze Sculpture : Small Girl, Leopoldine Mimovich, 1990

Key words

artists - kew (vic)
leopoldine (poldi) mimovich

Black and white photograph of sculpture or sculptures by Leopoldine Mimovich photographed in her home at 31 Miller Grove, Kew

Historical information

The Austrian-born sculptor Leopoldine Mimovich was a prominent artist who lived and worked in Kew. Examples of her sculptures in Kew can be found in the Kew Library and in the Alexandra Gardens.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Photograph - ELTHAM ARBOR DAY 1973 - Alistair Knox with school children of the Shire of Eltham, Vic, planting native trees in the Town Park, 10 October 1973

Key words

eltham
arbor day
alistair knox
alistair knox park
eltham town park
bridge street

Black and white photograph

Historical information

ELTHAM - ARBOR DAY, 10 Oct 1973. School children of the Shire of Eltham planting trees (previously planned to take place during the visit of Sir Rohan Delacombe to the Shire on 19th September, 1973 but cancelled that day due to inclement weather). REF: 783 SOURCE: Shire of Eltham (Eltham District Historical Society) Eltham Town Park would later be renamed Alistair Knox Park

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

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Pennant

Key words

caloundra
queensland

Inscriptions & Markings

CALOUNDRA Queensland CALOUNDRA Qld.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph - Bungalow, probably Kew / by J. E. Barnes (photographer), circa 1919

Key words

josiah earl barnes, j e barnes, photography - kew, interwar housing - victoria, 1920s housing - kew
houses - kew, bungalows - kew
real estate photographs

Real estate photograph for a local agent by the Kew photographer, Josiah Earl Barnes. The photo is of a weatherboard or brick rendered bungalow with a twisted wire fence. Given Barnes' status a a Kew photographer, the house is probably locate din Kew or East Kew. Unfortunately the handwritten information on the mount bordering the photo is damaged and cannot be read. The bungalow has a gabled, tiled roof with terra cotta finials at the front of both gables. The house has a central doorway, framed by a pseudo portico supported by four wooden columns. On each side of the doorway, at the front, there are paired sash windows, which, like the half-timbered gable, are picked out in a darker colour.

Significance

Subdivision plans are historically important documents used as evidence of the growth of suburbs in Australia. They frequently provide information about when the land was sold on which a built structure was subsequently constructed as well as evidence relating to surveyors and real estate and financial agents. The numerous subdivision plans in the Kew Historical Society's collection represent working documents, ranging from the initial sketches made in planning a subdivision to printed plans on which auctioneers or agents listed the prices for which individual lots were sold. In a number of cases, the reverse of a subdivision plan in the collection includes a photograph of a house that was also for sale by the agent. These photographs provide significant heritage information relating house design and decoration, fencing and household gardens. The photograph is also aesthetically significant as it was taken by J. E. Barnes, a nationally significant photographer. He was the most important photographer to have worked in Kew. He was active as a photographer in the district from c.1906 until his death in 1921. Best known as 'the Embarkation Photographer' (see the Australian War Memorial collection), Josiah Earl Barnes was also the official photographer employed by the Borough (and later Town, then City) of Kew. He clearly also completed commercial jobs for local businesses, as is the case in this photograph of a house for a local real estate and financial agent.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten, mostly illegible description by selling agent on mount surround: " .... in Diningroom, Drawing Rooms, ... Photographers details printed on mount: "J. E. Barnes / Photo / Phone 1966 Haw KEW"

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

no image

Tin, tobacco

Rectangular metal tin with hinged lid, oval in middle of lid with text in it, coloured off-white, dark blue, red and gold.

Inscriptions & Markings

Fine Cut Cheer Up Tobacco

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra

Collage

Key words

tennis

Collage relating to British Hard Court Championships 1935, consisting of: a hand-annotated programme, and two clippings: one with title of event and one with image of Perry signing autographs with caption: '"SIGN,PLEASE"/HOW MUCH TENNIS ELBOW IS DUE, NOT TO PLAYING/TENNIS, BUT TO SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS?'. Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard, Glass, Metal, Wood

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
document
postcard
crick
shrigley
mc lennan & lazarus

SEPIA PHOTOGRAPH POSTCARDS OF CLUNES BAND AT THE CLUNES CARNIVAL JAN 8,1907

Historical information

P0STCARD SEND BY MRS. L. McLENNAN.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1 MRS. L. McLENNAN, OLIVE STATION, VIA MARYBOROUGH ROCKHAMPTON, QUEENSLAND .2 On Reverse; OLD JOE ROBERTS HIS CAN BAND AT QUEEN'S GARDEN'S CLUNES VICTORIA DECKER ON THE DRUM FRITZ WEICKHARDT & DODGER HODGE ONLY MEN IN IT, YOURS FAITHFULLY CRITIO

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Book - Maths - First Year Mathematics

Key words

education. mathematics. davies family. schools.

Faded purple cardboard cover with white writing and yellow lines

Historical information

Educational Book used by students in Victoria for studying Mathematics. Davies are a local farming family attending school in the Kiewa Valley.

Significance

Historical: Comparative study of Mathematics in different eras in Victoria. Provenance: The Davies family has been in the valley for generations.

Inscriptions & Markings

In white: First / Year / Mathematics / 2 yellow lines at right angles crossing through centre with 1 added line coming to centre at an angle. / In white: P. Adamson / D. W. Turner / In yellow Cheshire Inside front cover 'Davies'

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Football, framed - Garry 'Buddha' Hocking's Last Game

Key words

garry hocking
buddha hocking

Black frame with gold trimming, black card background with a perspex covering. To the right is a red Sherrin football signed by Gary Hocking. To the left is a colour photograph of Gary Hocking running during a football match pointing his finger in the air. Under the photograph is a gold plaque with the heading in black text "GARRY 'BUDDHA' HOCKING #32". Under the heading are statistics relating to Hocking's football career. On the back is white string for hanging.

Historical information

Garry Hocking's last game 26 Aug 2001, Geelong v Brisbane Garry ‘Buddha’ Hocking Born: 08/10/1968 From: Cobram Height: 182cm Weight: 84kg Natural kicking foot: Right Guernsey numbers: 51 (1987) & 32 (1988-2001) First senior match: Round 3, 1987 v Melbourne at Kardinia Park As one of football’s genuine tough and skilful performers, he gave the Cats magnificent service. Undoubtedly, he became one of the code’s all-time greats. His ability to make perfect position, fix eyes on the ball at all costs, seize the ball in packs, mark with vice-like fingers and dispose by hand and foot on either side of his body to bring team-mates into the play made him a nightmare opponent. He delighted in applying gorilla-like tackles and bone-shattering bumps to open up opportunities for his allies. During the last few seasons of his career a severely damaged knee saw him ignore agonizing pain to continue to contribute. He just loved footy! Total Brownlow Medal votes: 133 Captain: 21 matches (1994-95; 1999) Third in Brownlow Medal count: 1991, 1994 Club Best & Fairest: 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996 Runner-up in club B&F count: 1990, 1998 Sixth in club B&F count: 1989, 2000 Seventh in club B&F count: 1997 Ninth in club B&F count: 1995 Tenth in club B&F count: 1992 All Australian selection: 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996 GFC Team of the Century selection (ruck-rover) GFC Hall of Fame inductee (2002) GFC Hall of Fame Legend GFC Life Membership (1995)

Geelong Football Club, Geelong

Racquet

Key words

tennis

A stemless wooden racquet, featuring an open, three-pronged throat connecting the head directly to the handle. The underside of the head, continuing around and down the inside of the outside prongs, is reinforced by fibreglass strips. Inscription across the base of the head, on obverse: BLUE. Manufacturer's trademark decal features at central prong on obverse. Decal inscription on outside of right prong lists all the worldwide patents for the racquet design. Decal inscription on outside of left prong: HAZELL'S STREAMLINE/REGD. & PATENTED/MADE IN ENGLAND. Company monogram on butt cover. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Metal, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Plastic, Fibreglass, Adhesive tape, String

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Bib

Key words

flagstaff hill
warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village
bib
baby wear
babies bib
baby feeder
crochet
chamberlain
dale
lees
stone
betty stone
warrnambool pioneers
handmade
handcraft

Bib (or feeder) for baby, cream coloured, crocheted in a circle with ends provided tor fitting around neck, satin ribbon threaded through crochet border. From the 'Chamberlain Dale Lees Collection'

Historical information

In the Words of donor, Betty Stone , … “These crocheted and embroidered articles cover a period of three generations- ie. Sarah (nee Chamberlain) Lees, Ann (nee Lees) Dale, and Daisy Elvena (nee Dale) Welsh. All three were accomplished needlewomen; also, both Sarah Lees (born 1844) and her daughter, Ann (b 1865) crocheted a wide variety of articles for use in their homes. A few examples of these items have survived the years.” Baby's Crocheted Bonnet - This finely crocheted bonnet was made by Sarah (nee Chamberlain) Lees and is at least one hundred years old. Due to the condition of the original ribbon ties, they have been replaced with new ribbon. Table Runner with insertions, Tray cover and various Doylies, sauce bottle covers etc. - These articles were made by Sarah Lees or her daughter Ann (nee Lees) Dale. Pair of Embroidered Pillow Shams, and various embroidered mats - These items were made by my mother Daisy (nee Dale) Welsh. (NOTE: For additional information please refer to my book Pioneer and Places- A History of Three Warrnambool Pioneering Families ie. Chamberlain, Dale and Lees families)

Significance

This item is associated with families of Chamberlain, Dale and Lees. These families are listed in the "Pioneers' Register" for Warrnambool Township and Shire, 1835-1900, published by A.I.G.S. Warrnambool Branch.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Label - Elvie Coleston

Key words

florist
elvie coleston
josiah coleston
warrnambool

White rectangular label with green text and lines adhered to grey card

Historical information

Elvie Coleston was the granddaughter of the pioneer settler Josiah Coleston whose first wife was Sarah. Her florist shop would have been operating in Raglan Parade about the middle of the 20th century.

Significance

This label is of some interest as belonging to a 20th century business woman in Warrnambool

Inscriptions & Markings

FROM Elvie Coleston FLORIST 267 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool Telephone 2981

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Photograph/. - WW1 Nurses boarding HMAT A67 Orsova at Melbourne Pier on 12 Nov 1915

Black and White Photograph 10.5" x 8"

Historical information

AWM Accession No: PB0339 Order No: 6189542

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Hat - J H WILKINSON DFC

Key words

j h wilkinson
dfc

RAAF Officers Hat (peaked cap) Dark blue. Wings, fern leaf and crown on front Narrow belt above peak

Historical information

Worn by Pilot Officer John H Wilkinson, 400444, in the RAAF during WW2 Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross in March 1944 Killed in action over Germany 30th August 1944

Inscriptions & Markings

JH Wilkinson

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Hat

Key words

headgear
ran

Ratings hat tally band blank

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

Teapot

Key words

flagstaff hill
warrnambool
shipwrecked coast
flagstaff hill maritime museum
maritime museum
shipwreck coast
flagstaff hill maritime village
great ocean road
teapot
wedgewood blue
wedgewood teapot
tea pot
kitchen ware

Teapot and lid, Wedgwood blue with white pattern

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Gloves

Key words

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

Pair of lady's white nylon gloves.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
bridges

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING THE SUSPENSION BRIDGE IN FOREGROUND, GOVERNMENT BRIDGE IN CENTRE.

Historical information

SUSPENSION BRIDGE WAS SWEPT AWAY IN A FLOOD ABOUT 1909.

Inscriptions & Markings

MAYBE THIS IS THE SWING BRIDGE WHICH WAS SWEPT AWAY ABOUT 19099. IT WAS ABOVE EBERHARD'S CORDIAL FACTORY.

Clunes Museum, Clunes

BOOKLET - Army : The First 200 Years

Soft, cream coloured cover. Title in brown ink. Most of the cover has an image in black ink of a 19th Century soldier in helmet with Royal badge, spike & chin strap. The uniform is a high neck variety. 15 pages & illustrated with black & white photos.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

no image

Two hand written notes

Key words

lace
churchill island
janet amess
lace collection
amess
farm

Two notes written by Janet Amess: 1. Real Limeric Lace from Ireland. Valuable don't destroy 2. Grandmother about 1850 Third note; Written by my mother Janet Amess.

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Packaged with 2036 (0036)

Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Newhaven

no image

Book - Corriedale Flock Book vol. 33, 1996

Key words

corriedale sheep
australian corriedale association

Historical information

"Corriedale Flock Book" vol. 33, 1996, owned by Mr R.W. Pettitt, a former breeder and judge of corriedale sheep whose father and uncle were also stud owners.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph

Key words

textile machinery weaving
yarra falls mill david sowden & sons
weaving looms
weaving machinery
textile machinery
weaving

Photograph, black and white, of a "David Sowden & Sons" loom, no.512.

Historical information

Photograph probably for promotional purposes, of a "David Sowden and Sons" loom No 512. Photograph was among items from Yarra Falls Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

512

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph - Dedication of new sign at front of Local History Centre, 728 Main Road, Eltham, 13 Dec 2000

Key words

eltham
main road
police residence
local history centre
eltham district historical society
activities
cr. diane bullen
dedication

2 colour photographs

Historical information

Held in conjunction with Christmas break-up BBQ Newsletter No. 136, January 2001 President's Report At our break-up barbecue local Nillumbik Councillor, Diane Bullen of Mt Pleasant Ward, unveiled the sign. She spoke briefly on the history of the building's use since 1860 and also reminded us that the National Trust has recognised the building as being one of two oldest known police residences in the metropolitan area (the other being at Heidelberg).

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photo - Photo of the very first meeting of Slovenians in Melbourne, St Albans 1954

Key words

first slovenian club
slovenians in melbourne
slovenian club
regulations of first slovenian club

A sepia photo of the Slovenians attending the first meeting in St. Albans, 1954 Some in attendance included: Ljubo Pirnat, Paule Postarenko, Ivan Gerbec, Tinka Verbic, Zladko Verbic, Viktor Ferfolia, Tusek, Joze Pekolj, Mrs Potocnik, Joze Potocnik, Janezic, Fanc Novina, Joze Golenko.

Historical information

On Sunday 19 December 1954 at 3.30 pm, 52 people attended the inaugural general meeting, which was held in the Catholic church hall at Theodore Street, St Albans. Slovenians at the meeting were enthused at the prospect of developing closer ties and a committee was formed to organise the next dance. This humble beginning laid the groundwork for the establishment of the first Slovenian organisation in Melbourne, Victoria.

Significance

On 5 December 1954 the first meeting of the club’s preparatory committee was held at 36 Prentice Street, East St Kilda with 26 people in attendance. The group prepared a list of regulations and decided on the name Slovenski klub Melbourne – Slovenian Club Melbourne (SCM). The first Minutes of the Meeting announced the club’s statement of purpose: • to assist migrants of Slovenian origin; • to assist assimilation to the Australian way of life; • to help Slovenian migrants in every possible way, especially financially; • to help Slovenian refugees in Europe, especially those who wanted to find a a new and free life in Australia; • to offer members and their friends healthy intellectual and physical activities in the cultural, social and sports arenas; and • to cultivate a Slovenian cultural heritage while also making contributions to their Australian community.

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Uniform Shoes RAAF

Leather shoes upper non leather sole.

Inscriptions & Markings

111191 7578 84

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Ashtray - Warrnambool Hopkins River

Key words

tourism in warrnambool
history of warrnambool

This is a small white china dish made in an oval shape and slightly raised from the surface on which it sits. The ends of the dish have four gold coloured indents for stubbing cigarettes. There is a gold rim around the edge of the dish and a coloured image of the old boat shed and jetty on the Hopkins River in Warrnambool. On the base of the dish is the logo of the maker and printed details.

Historical information

This item was bought as a souvenir of Warrnambool in the mid 20th century when cigarette smoking was more widespread and was socially acceptable. Tourism in Warrnambool has been an important industry for over 100 years. In the late 19th century Warrnambool was promoted as a spa resort with its mild climate, sea bathing and its hot and cold sea water baths complex. Today visitors come in winter for the May Racing Carnival and to see the Southern Right whales at Logans Beach and in summer they come for a beach holiday. The image on the dish shows the Warrnambool Hopkins River near its mouth. The boatshed is no longer there with sections of the building being relocated to a site in Henna Street and used for indoor recreational purposes.

Significance

This ash tray is retained as an example of a local tourist souvenir sold to tourists in the 1960s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Warrnambool Hopkins River Alka Kunst Bavaria

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool