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

27 Jun 2019

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Amy Tsilemanis, Curator, Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

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Photograph - Opening of Lionswood Retirement Village, Kirk Street, Ringwood - May, 1963. Premier of Victoria, Sir Henry Bolte.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on backing sheet, 'Opening Lionswood - Mr. H.E. Bolte, Premier of Victoria'.

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

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BANK LEDGER

Key words

local history
book
accounts
banking

UNION BANK OF AUSTRALIA LEDGER

Historical information

ACCOUNT BOOK OF THE UNION BANK OF AUSTRALIA

Clunes Museum, Clunes

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Book - Revised linguistic fieldwork manual for Australia

Key words

linguistics
language fieldwork
audio recording

Excellent fieldwork manual detailing methods of collecting and analysing Australian languages, including chapters on phonology, lexicon & semantics, grammatical categories, and syntax. Contains an English target wordlist of basic vocabulary (with scientific names of flora and fauna). Information on phonological transcription uses symbols that are now generally obsolete, but are found in many key studies conducted around the time of publication.

Inscriptions & Markings

word lists

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Hydria (Water Jar)

Key words

cypriot

The rim painted black, the top of the neck with two encircling lines, a band at the bottom, the strap handle with vertical stroke to shoulder, flanked by vertical strokes, two angled strokes below, the shoulder with two pairs of concentric circles on each side and a set of horizontal lines below.

Historical information

Cypriot White Painted Ware from the Cypro-Archaic Period

Hellenic Museum , Melbourne

Photographs - 1979-80 MMBW pipe line project at Hubbard Reserve, North Ringwood � First hole in Lot 8

Part of a 43-photo record of the MMBW�s engineering feat in drilling a 12 inch pipe line up to 40 feet deep through rock hardened by volcanic action associated with geological fault that occurs along the line. The work took place from October 1979 to May 1980 on the southern boundary of Hubbard Reserve, North Ringwood. The collection was presented to the Ringwood Historical Research Group by J Clarke on 9th June 1980.

Inscriptions & Markings

E561 N2 Feb 1980 A43 Final hole in lot 8 (no. 41) at the corner of Chalkly's

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Photograph - Diamond Valley Railway

Key words

diamond valley railway

Black and white photograph (from proof sheet of 35mm contact prints)

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Trousers

Key words

military clothing
military uniforms

Navy blue, woollen pants, plastic buttons

Historical information

Standard issue Air Force trousers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside tag: "CONWAY BROS PTY LTD" / "1969" / "A ^ F" / "SIZE 0" / "8405-66-012-3732" Inside back pocket: "J. Vaitkevics" written in blue pen, and "Wilson" has also been written in blue pen, but it has been crossed out.

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

Key - Presentation key to Mr. Cliff Young

Key words

cliff young; melbourne; sydney; key; 1983; running;

A ash presentation box from the City of Melbourne to Mr Cliff Young containing on a blue background a gold-plated 14cm key and a gold-plated badge of the City of Melbourne.

Historical information

A presentation key given to Mr Cliff Young following his victory in the Sydney to Melbourne foot race in April, 1983.

Inscriptions & Markings

On paper attached to the inside lid a logo of the City of Melbourne with the words: "With the Compliments of the Lord Mayor and the Councillors of the City of Melbourne."

Otway Districts Historical Society, Beech Forest

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Key words

police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; motor transport section; motor cycle patrol; police motorcycles; honda motorcycle; hardy, robert

Honda CB900F ridden by Robert Hardy during an exhibition. The motorcycle has a red headlight and flag. Side view. Circa 1980

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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Book, Knitting - Animal Knitwear no. 2

Key words

knitting handicrafts - history
the new idea
knitting
handicrafts - history

Historical information

This knitting book was produced by the magazine publishers, 'New Idea' in 1949 and contains knitting patterns for childrens garments with an animal theme.

Inscriptions & Markings

Animal / Knitwear / No 2 / 6d / A 'NEW IDEA' / PRODUCTION.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

BOOK - Penciling Prisoner.

Key words

books-military-history
books-biography-pows

Hard cover book with dust cover. Dust cover - blue background, Image of snow covered dark hills. Orange road in centre. Writing in yellow and black ink. Book - brown buckram. Pages - 195. Illustrated - black and white photos and maps.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Photograph - Roberts House, c. 1965

Key words

roberts house
trinity grammar school
elsinore

The central tower of Roberts House (originally 'Elsinore'), Wellington Street, Kew. Part of Trinity Grammar School since 1924.

Historical information

The Argus in November 1924 reported the purchase of Elsinore by Trinity Grammar School. "The council of Trinity Grammar School, Kew, has purchased Elsinore, the residence of the late Mr. V. J. Saddler, at the corner of Wellington street, Stanley street, and Charles street, Kew, which adjoins the property recently purchased from Mr. J. Henning Thompson (known as 'Trinity Lodge), and is directly opposite the Headmaster's house and main school grounds.

Significance

This work forms part of the collection assembled by the historian Dorothy Rogers, that was donated to the Kew Historical Society by her son John Rogers in 2015. The manuscripts, photographs, maps, and documents were sourced by her from both family and local collections or produced as references for her print publications. Many were directly used by Rogers in writing ‘Lovely Old Homes of Kew’ (1961) and 'A History of Kew' (1973), or the numerous articles on local history that she produced for suburban newspapers. Most of the photographs in the collection include detailed annotations in her hand. The Rogers Collection provides a comprehensive insight into the working habits of a historian in the 1960s and 1970s. Together it forms the largest privately-donated collection within the archives of the Kew Historical Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

4. Roberts House. Trinity Grammar School.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Photograph - Padre Oliver offering on ship

Key words

padre oliver

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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Elsternwick Congregational Church – Caulfield Union Church

Key words

elsternwick congregational church
o’donnell
j.
caulfield union church
watts
thomas
black chapel
hawthorn road
balaclava road
glen eira road
orrong road
fulton
rolfe
g.
jordan
w.f.
macartney
h.b. rev.
st. mary’s church of england
elsternwick
korong street
king street
de lacy evans
mcmurtie
mcnaughton and stewart
copland
osric rev.
day
edwin rev.
louisa
annie
jeanie
cromarty school for girls
sandham street
presentation convent
pedler
b.r.
st. john’s uniting church
clarke
graham
mcloghlin
jim
prahran grove
garden street
poole
j.l. rev.
william
old grammar school
regent street
little kids contact
st. john’s presbyterian church
mills
miss
shaw
mary
mrs.
martin
les
riddle
rev.
cromarty girls school
gregson
w. rev.
mcnaughton
mcmurtie and stewart
fincham
geo.
fletcher
rich rev.
reid
john
beauchamp
mr.
jubilee hall
st. mary’s anglican church
architectural styles
architectural features
gothic revival architecture
fonts
clergy
religious groups
sunday schools
congregational church
religious structures and establishments

A two page article Elsternwick Congregational Church by J. O’Donnell, No. 12 October 1974 describing the church’s history. Includes references and exterior photograph., Undated typed Short History of Elsternwick Congregational Church by Jim McLoghlin., Brief handwritten note dated August 1984 by Jim McLoghlin about the church’s history., Brief typed, undated, unattributed not about the church’s early history., Brief undated, handwritten note by Jim McLoghlin about the church’s history in the 1970s and 1980s., Photocopy of a page from A Coming Together, entitled Elsternwick Congregational Church:, Some Memories by Jim McLoghlin dated 01/01/1989., Two pages of undated typed and handwritten notes by Trevor Hart concerning the early history of the church including The Fincham Organ., Printout of brief biographical details of Rev. William Poole, first resident pastor at Caulfield Union Church, from a website. URL is included., Photocopy of brief article from The Southern Baptist of 26/01/1911 describing the life of Rev. John Reid, an early pastor at Caulfield Union Church after his recent death., Undated, unattributed handwritten brief note of rate book entries from 1879 and 1888 for the Caulfield Union Church site.

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield South

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Book - Flock Book for British Breeds of Sheep in Australia, Volume 51 Section 2 Shortwool Breeds 1959

Key words

sheep - british
australian society of breeders of british sheep

Historical information

"Flock Book for British Breeds of Sheep in Australia", Volume 51 Section 2 Shortwool Breeds 1959

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph - Main Road Bridge Over Diamond Creek, Eltham

Key words

bridges
main road
diamond creek
eltham
eltham south

Two colour photographs of Main Road Bridge over the Diamond Creek, Eltham: A. view from walkway below bridge B. Friday 26th October 1984, official opening of bridge after widening looking from Eltham towards Greensborough near Antoinette Street

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Book - The weaver from Meltham

Key words

(mr) geoffrey hirst
godfrey hirst & company
hirst and company (geelong vic)
wool industry
hirst family
commercial industry
factories
textile manufacturing
(mr) peter hanson
victorian woollen and cloth manufacturing company
(mr) ivan southall

Text describes the life of Godfrey Hirst who set up and established one of the first woollen mills in Victoria, in Geelong.

Historical information

Libraries Australia I.D. 8096737 Text describes the life of Godfrey Hirst who set up and established one of the first woollen mills in Victoria, in Geelong. Born in 1857 and dying at age 60, in 1917. Hirst was one of the strongest personalities among the early Australian wool industry scene. Arriving penniless from England, he was responsible for saving the woollen manufacturing industry from ruin.

Inscriptions & Markings

Endpaper: G.R.H. Hall/Jocelyn F. Hall. Signature of Jocelyn Hall inside front coverage

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Heritage Collection, Surrey Hills

Book - The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte Vol 2

Key words

warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village
shipwrecked-artefact
book
pattison collection
warrnambool library
warrnambool mechanics’ institute
ralph eric pattison
corangamite regional library service
warrnambool city librarian
mechanics’ institute library
victorian library board
warrnambool books and records
warrnambool children’s library
great ocean road
the life of napoleon bonaparte vol 2
w h ireland

The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte Vol 2 Author: W H Ireland Publisher: G Berger

Historical information

This item is from the ‘Pattison Collection’, a collection of books and records that was originally owned by the Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute, which was founded in Warrnambool in 1853. By 1886 the Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute (WMI) had grown to have a Library, Museum and Fine Arts Gallery, with a collection of “… choice productions of art, and valuable specimens in almost every branch and many wonderful national curiosities are now to be seen there, including historic relics of the town and district.” It later included a School of Design. Although it was very well patronised, the lack of financial support led the WMI in 1911 to ask the City Council to take it over. In 1935 Ralph Pattison was appointed as City Librarian to establish and organise the Warrnambool Library as it was then called. When the WMI building was pulled down in 1963 a new civic building was erected on the site and the new Warrnambool Library, on behalf of the City Council, took over all the holdings of the WMI. At this time some of the items were separated and identified as the ‘Pattison Collection’, named after Ralph Pattison. Eventually the components of the WMI were distributed from the Warrnambool Library to various places, including the Art Gallery, Historical Society and Flagstaff Hill. Later some were even distributed to other regional branches of Corangamite Regional Library and passed to and fro. It is difficult now to trace just where all of the items have ended up. The books at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village generally display stamps and markings from Pattison as well as a variety of other institutions including the Mechanics’ Institute itself. RALPH ERIC PATTISON Ralph Eric Pattison was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, in 1891. He married Maude Swan from Warrnambool in 1920 and they set up home in Warrnambool. In 1935 Pattison accepted a position as City Librarian for the Warrnambool City Council. His huge challenge was to make a functional library within two rooms of the Mechanics’ Institute. He tirelessly cleaned, cleared and sorted a disarrayed collection of old books, jars of preserved specimens and other items reserved for exhibition in the city’s museum. He developed and updated the library with a wide variety of books for all tastes, including reference books for students; a difficult task to fulfil during the years following the Depression. He converted all of the lower area of the building into a library, reference room and reading room for members and the public. The books were sorted and stored using a cataloguing and card index system that he had developed himself. He also prepared the upper floor of the building and established the Art Gallery and later the Museum, a place to exhibit the many old relics that had been stored for years for this purpose. One of the treasures he found was a beautiful ancient clock, which he repaired, restored and enjoyed using in his office during the years of his service there. Ralph Pattison was described as “a meticulous gentleman whose punctuality, floorless courtesy and distinctive neat dress were hallmarks of his character, and ‘his’ clock controlled his daily routine, and his opening and closing of the library’s large heavy doors to the minute.” Pattison took leave during 1942 to 1945 to serve in the Royal Australian Navy, Volunteer Reserve as Lieutenant. A few years later he converted one of the Museum’s rooms into a Children’s Library, stocking it with suitable books for the younger generation. This was an instant success. In the 1950’s he had the honour of being appointed to the Victorian Library Board and received more inspiration from the monthly conferences in Melbourne. He was sadly retired in 1959 after over 23 years of service, due to the fact that he had gone over the working age of council officers. However he continued to take a very keen interest in the continual development of the Library until his death in 1969.

Significance

The Pattison Collection, along with other items at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, was originally part of the Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute’s collection. The Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute Collection is primarily significant in its totality, rather than for the individual objects it contains. Its contents are highly representative of the development of Mechanics' Institute libraries across Australia, particularly Victoria. A diversity of publications and themes has been amassed, and these provide clues to our understanding of the nature of and changes in the reading habits of Victorians from the 1850s to the middle of the 20th century. The collection also highlights the Warrnambool community’s commitment to the Mechanics’ Institute, reading, literacy and learning in the regions, and proves that access to knowledge was not impeded by distance. These items help to provide a more complete picture of our community’s ideals and aspirations. The Warrnambool Mechanics Institute book collection has historical and social significance for its strong association with the Mechanics Institute movement and the important role it played in the intellectual, cultural and social development of people throughout the latter part of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. The collection of books is a rare example of an early lending library and its significance is enhanced by the survival of an original collection of many volumes. The Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute’s publication collection is of both local and state significance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on spine cover with typed text PAT 92 NAP Pastedown front endpaper has sticker from Warrnambool Mechanics Institute and Free Library Front loose endpaper has a sticker from Corangamite Regional Library Service

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Photograph - Harold Thomas

Harold Thomas in costume and fedora standing in front of car

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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Photograph - Tatura State School Grade 4

Black & white photo230 x 200 mm.

Historical information

Photo copy of School photo Tatura State School, Grade 4, c.1963.|Back: Colin Opie; Graeme Muir; Peter Connors; Tony Harding; Colin McIntyre; Robert Montgomery; Andrew Putman.|Third Row: Peter Ulich; Alan Vearing; Henry Hill; ? ; John Smith; Bruce Gross; Don Potter; Lindsay Davies; Graeme Gibb.|Second Row: Jock Hicks; Brian Dunlop; Gwenda Russell; Cheryl Robbins; Robyn Day; Helen Amery; Ann Witten; Robert Kidman; Keith Doidge.|Front: Sue Warburton; Barbara Knee; Noela Cocking; Cheryl Dunlop; Jenny Weaver; Margaret Webb; Elaine Wells; Marg O'Sullivan; Hazel Hughes; Linda Moles.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura State School Grade 4.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book - George Frederick Watts

Key words

warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village
shipwrecked-artefact
book
warrnambool mechanics’ institute
pattison collection
warrnambool library
ralph eric pattison
warrnambool city librarian
mechanics’ institute library
victorian library board
warrnambool books and records
warrnambool children’s library
george frederick watts
e. rimbault dibdin

George Frederick Watts Cassell's Gems of Art 1817 to 1904 Author: E. Rimbault Dibdin Publisher: Cassell and Co Date: 1923

Historical information

This item is from the ‘Pattison Collection’, a collection of books and records that was originally owned by the Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute, which was founded in Warrnambool in 1853. By 1886 the Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute (WMI) had grown to have a Library, Museum and Fine Arts Gallery, with a collection of “… choice productions of art, and valuable specimens in almost every branch and many wonderful national curiosities are now to be seen there, including historic relics of the town and district.” It later included a School of Design. Although it was very well patronised, the lack of financial support led the WMI in 1911 to ask the City Council to take it over. In 1935 Ralph Pattison was appointed as City Librarian to establish and organise the Warrnambool Library as it was then called. When the WMI building was pulled down in 1963 a new civic building was erected on the site and the new Warrnambool Library, on behalf of the City Council, took over all the holdings of the WMI. At this time some of the items were separated and identified as the ‘Pattison Collection’, named after Ralph Pattison. Eventually the components of the WMI were distributed from the Warrnambool Library to various places, including the Art Gallery, Historical Society and Flagstaff Hill. Later some were even distributed to other regional branches of Corangamite Regional Library and passed to and fro. It is difficult now to trace just where all of the items have ended up. The books at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village generally display stamps and markings from Pattison as well as a variety of other institutions including the Mechanics’ Institute itself. RALPH ERIC PATTISON Ralph Eric Pattison was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, in 1891. He married Maude Swan from Warrnambool in 1920 and they set up home in Warrnambool. In 1935 Pattison accepted a position as City Librarian for the Warrnambool City Council. His huge challenge was to make a functional library within two rooms of the Mechanics’ Institute. He tirelessly cleaned, cleared and sorted a disarrayed collection of old books, jars of preserved specimens and other items reserved for exhibition in the city’s museum. He developed and updated the library with a wide variety of books for all tastes, including reference books for students; a difficult task to fulfil during the years following the Depression. He converted all of the lower area of the building into a library, reference room and reading room for members and the public. The books were sorted and stored using a cataloguing and card index system that he had developed himself. He also prepared the upper floor of the building and established the Art Gallery and later the Museum, a place to exhibit the many old relics that had been stored for years for this purpose. One of the treasures he found was a beautiful ancient clock, which he repaired, restored and enjoyed using in his office during the years of his service there. Ralph Pattison was described as “a meticulous gentleman whose punctuality, floorless courtesy and distinctive neat dress were hallmarks of his character, and ‘his’ clock controlled his daily routine, and his opening and closing of the library’s large heavy doors to the minute.” Pattison took leave during 1942 to 1942 to serve in the Royal Australian Navy, Volunteer Reserve as Lieutenant. A few years later he converted one of the Museum’s rooms into a Children’s Library, stocking it with suitable books for the younger generation. This was an instant success. In the 1950’s he had the honour of being appointed to the Victorian Library Board and received more inspiration from the monthly conferences in Melbourne. He was sadly retired in 1959 after over 23 years of service, due to the fact that he had gone over the working age of council officers. However he continued to take a very keen interest in the continual development of the Library until his death in 1969.

Significance

The Pattison Collection, along with other items at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, was originally part of the Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute’s collection. The Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute Collection is primarily significant in its totality, rather than for the individual objects it contains. Its contents are highly representative of the development of Mechanics' Institute libraries across Australia, particularly Victoria. A diversity of publications and themes has been amassed, and these provide clues to our understanding of the nature of and changes in the reading habits of Victorians from the 1850s to the middle of the 20th century. The collection also highlights the Warrnambool community’s commitment to the Mechanics’ Institute, reading, literacy and learning in the regions, and proves that access to knowledge was not impeded by distance. These items help to provide a more complete picture of our community’s ideals and aspirations. The Warrnambool Mechanics Institute book collection has historical and social significance for its strong association with the Mechanics Institute movement and the important role it played in the intellectual, cultural and social development of people throughout the latter part of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. The collection of books is a rare example of an early lending library and its significance is enhanced by the survival of an original collection of many volumes. The Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute’s publication collection is of both local and state significance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on spine cover with typed text PAT 927 DIB Pastedown front end page has sticker from Warrnambool Mechanics Institute and Free Library covered by a sticker from Corangamite Regional Library Service

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

000863 - Photograph - 1994 - Inverloch - Hazel Swift and bicycle presented by Bakery of Inverloch - from Hazel Swift

Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch

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Album - Bialik College in the Press, 2011

Key words

2000s

Historical information

Album of newspaper clippings featuring Bialik, 2011. Please contact archives@bialik.vic.edu.au to request access to this record.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

BOOK - Home by Christmas. With the Australian Army in Korea.

Key words

books-military-history
korea

Dark blue hard cover with yellow dust jacket. Front of dust jacket has photo of two medals with ribbons. Title and author printed in gold lettering on front of hard cover. Author - Lt Col. NEIL C. SMITH. 28 pages.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticker on first page "FRANCIS W. DEAN DEM "CORAL" 20 Strickland Rd, Bendigo, 3550 Vic. Aust. Phone (054) 434000.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Hat

Key words

headgear
vietnam
army

US Army, officers

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

Shoulder Badges

Key words

badge/buttons
vietnam
army

Delta

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

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Key words

police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; motor transport section; motor cycle patrol; police motorcycles; bmw motorcycle; taylor, ian

Police BMW motorcycle with Ian Taylor riding it on a suburban road. Registration number DG-725. Circa 1964

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Mangle - Clothes Mangle

Clothes mangle [wringer] Wooden metal Turning Handle & rachet 2 tap screws for pressure B/N Roller

Inscriptions & Markings

Hardwood rolls No 124 Household clothes Steel Ball Bearings The American Wringer Co New York USA

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Newspaper clippings

Key words

local history
documents
newspapers
san remo
local area development by europeans
black & white newspaper clipping
newspapers- san remo
hazelwood family history
commercial activity

Newspaper clipping entitled "Pictorial History of San Remo" by Cyril Hazelwood, detailing Lou Hazelwood pioneer fisherman and Mutton Bird catching - includes photographs of Manuka Cafe, Vivien Hazelwood's fishing boat, early beach scene at San Remo and collecting Mutton Birds at Cape Woolamai.

Historical information

Early commercial activities of the Heazlewood Family at San Remo approximately 1909. Published in an unnamed newspaper

Inscriptions & Markings

Pictorial History of San Remo x Cyril Hazelwood

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photograph - Rocky Coast, South Beach, Port Fairy

Key words

beach
sea
seascape

Photograph

Inscriptions & Markings

Rocky Coast, Port Fairy

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy