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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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Book - Register of Land 1955-1956

Key words

farming and irrigation
books
irrigation
rural
industry

Beige covers, red spine, black lettering. Rodney Irrigaton and Water Supply District 28.10.1955.

Historical information

Register of Lands in Tatura district with apportioned water rights 1955-56

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Racquet

Key words

tennis

A wooden racquet with a concave throat. Inscription across throat on obverse: DRIVER. Red and yellow Reach 'baseball' trademark features on throat on reverse. Manufacturing details feature across right side of stem: A.J. REACH COMPANY/MAKERS/PHILADELPHIA, PA., U.S.A. Handwritten inscription along stem on obverse: J.B. FERGUSON. Initials across right side of handle: J B F. Materials: Wood, Gut, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Ink, Paint, Leather, String

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photograph - Approach to Eltham

Key words

main road
diamond creek
bridges
eltham
eltham south
postcards

Postcard showing approach to Main Road Bridge over Diamond Creek, Eltham South c.1930s

Inscriptions & Markings

Valentine Series No. 3197

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Racquet

Key words

tennis

A wooden, Slazenger 'Vilas' racquet with burgundy, yellow, and blue paint work, featuring the Slazenger panther emblem at the base of the stem, on both sides, and a Balmforth leather handle grip. Inscription from crown to stem, on both sides: VILAS INTERNATIONAL FRAME/SLAZENGER/.../GUILLERMO VILAS. Materials: Wood, Gut, Metal, Glue, Lacquer, Leather, Ink, Ribbon, Paint, Plastic, String

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Lexton School Bell

cast gun metal bell

Historical information

When Lexton School closed in 2001 the bell was brought to the Community Centre. Commissioned for 12 pounds in 1878

Significance

significant to the Pyrenees Shire and Lexton community

Inscriptions & Markings

Maker J. Mill Melbourne

Pyrenees Shire Council, Beaufort

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Photograph

Key words

stawell education

Historical information

Stawell Grammar School. Three colour photographs inside building.

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

Photograph - Re floating Ada

Black & white photograph of the Murray River, red gums lining the banks, with the barge "Ada" in the centre of the picture on the far bank. This was taken during a high river in October 1979. If you look closely you can see the men preparing her to be re-floated.

Historical information

The barge Ada was used by paddle steamers to bring cargo into the port of Echuca. She is seen here on the banks of the River being prepared for re floating. Obviously a good time as the river is at a very high level.

Significance

The barge Ada was towed behind the paddle steamer Adelaide mainly to bring timber into the Port of Echuca. In this picture she is on the river bank being pre pared for putting back in the river.

Inscriptions & Markings

Re-floating ADA,Oct.79 H. Coulson Collection

Port of Echuca , Echuca

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Artwork - Printmaking - 'Resting Moon' by Kaye L. Green

Key words

printmaking
gippsland printmaking teaching collection
kaye green
gippsland campus
churchill

Unframed colour lithograph with chine colle.

Historical information

The Gippsland Art School collects examples of limited edition prints to use as a teaching collection. The collection is largely unframed and comprises works from the Print Council of Australia, staff members and former students.

Inscriptions & Markings

Artist proof

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Photograph - Black and White - Portrait of a Woman

Key words

fullarton
woman

Photographic portrait of a woman

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

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IRON QUOITS

Key words

local history
recreation
sport - quoits

BOOKLET WITH SET OF RULES. HEAVY METAL CIRCULAR DISCS WITH CENTRE REMOVED TO FORM A RING TO BE THROWN IN PLAY TO ENCIRCLE A PEG IN THE GROUND OR FINISH AS NEAR TO THE PEG AS POSSIBLE.

Historical information

IRON QUOITS WEIGH ABOUT 9LBS. OR 4.1KG. TWO IRON PEGS ABOUT 2'.6" LONG AND 1" IN DIAMETER. TWO CLAY PITS WERE DUG ABOUT 30' APART, 3' LONG AND ABOUT 2' 6" WIDE. THESE PITS WERE FILLED WITH RED CLAY AND THE IRON PEGS PLACED UPRIGHT IN THE CENTRE. EACH PLAYER TAKING A TURN AT THROWING THE QUOIT TO FINISH CLOSEST TO THE PIN. SCORING WAS COUNTED OVER SEVERAL ENDS.

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Newspaper

Key words

tennis

9 Sept. 1927 issue of the 'The Des Moines register', featuring a page 7 article about the progress of the 1927 Davis Cup Challenge Round. Materials: Ink, Paper

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Medallion

Key words

ephemera
boer war-home
army

Front - Good luck to the Australian Bushmans Contingent 1900. Rear - To aid the NS Patriotic Fund Transvaal War Souveneir

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

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Folder - Mr Lang

Key words

lang

Folder of information on Mr Lang, Eltham 1862

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Swimming Pool, Eltham

Key words

eltham
central park swimming pool
eltham central park

Postcard showing old swimming pool, Eltham Central Park.

Inscriptions & Markings

Valentine Series postcard No. 3198 In hand writing on back - Eltham 1st Swimming Pool, W.J. Burges, 1st caretaker. Also 'Return to Garnet Burges, Judge Book'

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Original Ringwood Police Station built 1988 (undated)

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on backing sheet, Old Police Station 1888, 32 Mt. Dandenong Rd. Used as private residence. Sold this year (1974) for 20.000. Originally cost 20 pounds (land only)."

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

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BAYONET & SCABBARD

Key words

arms - edged weapons
metalcraft

.1) Bayonet for SLR Rifle ( AUST ) .2) Scabbard metal to suit the above

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Sketch Rock Core Display

Key words

alternate energy supplies
alpine feasibility studies temperature
rainfall
sec
kiewa hydro scheme
electricity

This framed and glass front rock core display sketch has type written information of the rock samples displayed in KVHS 0279 (A). It has a softwood stained and glossed frame with a fixed(nailed) back board and a brass fixture for mounting onto a wall.The paper and type are slighted faded (sunlight affected).

Historical information

This framed sketch details, in graphic form, where the core samples in the display cabinet were removed. The drilling was a precursor to the decision where to locate, in this case, the McKay Creek Power Station. The information gained by structural engineers from the core samples would be used also for the placements of underground tunnels entry and exit points and the overall effective size of the plant. This would have included drill and blast techniques(rock characteristics play an import part of explosion control), requirements for support structures and reinforcing cement/steel forms. The use and replenishment of diamond drill bits(the strongest available, see KVHS 0280) was dependent on the "type" of rock found. Support beams for reinforced ceilings and floors was also a necessity.

Significance

The visual derails of where the rock core samples were removed is very significant in the formulation and placement of the underground Power Stations and their maze of tunnels(in and out) for a successful implementation of the Hydro Scheme. The amount of pre-planning and scientific studies required for such a large scheme must be undertaken to ensure that a "white elephant" was not the result.

Inscriptions & Markings

The sign heading "ROCK CORE SAMPLES RECOVERED FROM DIAMOND DRILLED BORE" underneath this "BORE NO: 883" and below this "LOCATION: McKAY CREEK POWER STATION AREA" to the left a sketch incorporating the ground level point "GROUND LEVEL R.L.3493", and the core depth point "CORE DEPTH 40' 7". In between and representing( in visual form) the core location areain question.

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

Catalogue - Melbourne Annual Stud Sheep Fair, 1959 Catalogue of Merino, Corriedale and Polwarth Rams

Key words

agricultural shows merino sheep corriedale sheep polwarth sheep
melbourne woolbrokers' association elder
smith and co.
agricultural shows
merino sheep
corriedale sheep
polwarth sheep

Historical information

Melbourne Annual Stud Sheep Fair, 1959 Catalogue of Merino, Corriedale and Polwarth Rams. Owned by donors uncle, J.P. Swanton, who ran a small merino stud called 'Spring Hills' at Koriella.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

BADGE

Key words

numismatics-badges, military
metalcraft-brassware

Blackened brass badge "Returned from Active Service". Depicts crown and rising sun with outstretched wings, anchor and boomerang underneath. Rear has two pins/clips.

Historical information

Item belonged to Victor Henry Evans No 418655 RAAF. Refer 1760.4.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Photograph

Black and White photograph of armoured vehicle of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles moving through thick shrub. Crew Commander is watching for falling branches overhead.

Historical information

*/13 VMR were equipped with M 113 Armoured Personnel Carriers in 1970s for reconnaisence purposes.

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Photograph - Digital image - Pile of discarded artillery and wagon wheels

Key words

charles marshall
world war 1

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

This photograph shows a pile of discarded artillery and wagon wheels.

Inscriptions & Markings

This photo has no caption

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Ball container

Key words

tennis

A sealed Wright & Ditson by Spalding domed-top can of three 'Championship Tennis balls'. Key attached to base of can. Materials: Metal, Ink, Rubber, Natural fibre, Synthetic material

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photograph - 72 Bible Street, Eltham, 1989

Key words

fred mitchell collection
bible street
houses
streets
1989

Digital copy of colour photograph

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph

Key words

men
unidentified
clothing and dress
george evans collection

A small black and white photograph of two men sitting on a bench on a porch near a doorway and behind an arched entrance. There is a creeper growing around the arch. A person is silhouetted in a distant doorway.

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Armstrong St Nth near City Baths, men working

Key words

ballarat
armstrong st nth
1960s

Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat), Ballarat

Photograph - Sydney Street Looking South

Key words

shopfronts
storefronts
retail stores

12.5cm x 20cm black and white photograph looking south on Sydney Street. Can be seen is original building which are now demolished. Also can be seen is: Morrissey Butchers, J.Loft Railway Hotel, Bullivant, some unidentified building and the Red Lion Hotel. Also in the picture are horse drawn vehicles and people walking on the footpaths, and power poles. One copy of the image is mounted on archival board.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on the back of the mounting: 104/1.22 20486/1-22 Looking South Sydney St Kilmore Shops now demolished on left From right Morrissey Butchers, J. Loft Railway Hotel, Bullivant ?, ?, ?, Red Lion Hotel. R.J. Fagg. 17 Link Avenue, Kilmore 3601 Written on the back of one copy: 104/1.22 22 200486/1 22 P.C. Sydney Str. looking south 1912 Kilmore Historical Society

Kilmore Historical Society, Kilmore

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DVD - Djinang-djaa : (footprints)

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

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Photograph

Key words

stawell

Historical information

Stawell Golf/Bowls Bowling Club Division 2 Premiers 2000

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

CERTIFICATE, MOUNTED

Key words

documents - certificates
military history - army
civic mementoes

Coloured certificate - The Call to Arms. From Borough of Castlemaine paying tribute to Leslie Raymond HUGHES who served in the World War 1939 - 1945. Top of certificate has a photo of King George between a Union Jack & Australian flag. Regimental badges are around the border & a red seal is bottom L. Signed by the Mayor, Councillor & Town Clerk. Certificate is attached to metal backing with heavy clear plastic.

Historical information

Item relates to Leslie Raymond HUGHES. He initially enlisted in the CMF No V56193. Stationed in Geraldton he then transferred to the 2nd AIF No VX88615 age 23 years on 22.7.1942. He was discharged from the Army on 22.3.1946 ad a Pte in 2/1st Aust Gaurd Regt.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Printing block

Key words

textile design fashion textile industry - history
alexander lau pty ltd
lau
mr alexander - alexander lau pty ltd
textile design
fashion
textile industry - history

Historical information

Swiss block, used for handprinting on fabric

Inscriptions & Markings

From.../Alexander Lau Pty Ltd./ "NICHOLAS BUILDING"/....

National Wool Museum, Geelong