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Collecting Fire: A new kind of practice

7 Feb 2019

“While museums have traditionally aspired to collect “the real thing” and to create repositories of tangible evidence of our collective past, the essence of this project and its emerging collection was in making real the intangible through personal stories, symbols, and metaphors – giving form to matters of the heart. A new kind of museum practice was therefore needed.” - Sites of Trauma: Contemporary Collecting and Natural Disaster

Curated By

Lauren McAlary, Veterans Heritage Project Manager

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Postcard, Colour - New Gantries, Harland & Wolffs, Belfast, Ireland

Key words

chatham family archive
belfast
ireland
new gantries
harland & woffs

Two photographic postcards showing the new gantries, Harland & Wolffs, Belfast, Ireland

Historical information

Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries is a heavy industrial company, specialising in shipbuilding and offshore construction, located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Harland & Wolff is famous for having built the majority of the ships intended for the White Star Line. Well known ships built by Harland & Wolff include the Olympic Class trio: RMS Titanic, RMS Olympic and RMS Britannic, the Royal Navy's HMS Belfast, Royal Mail Line's Andes, Shaw Savill's Southern Cross, Union-Castle's RMS Pendennis Castle, and P&O's Canberra. Harland and Wolff's official history, Shipbuilders to the World, was published in 1986.

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

Album - Scrapbook / compiled by or for Alick Kirkland Goulburn Gipps, 1930s

Key words

manuscripts - kew historical society
rosemary vaughan-smith
vaughan-smith collection
alick kirkland goulburn gipps
scrapbooks - 20th century

Hard cover, 50-page album covered in red cloth and red leather corners and spine, the latter embossed with the words 'SCRAP BOOK' in gilt lettering. On the inside front cover, top left is an oval green label with retailer information - "WEDDING CHRISTENING / R. E. PENN. / Bible Warehouse / 213 REGENT St / BIRTHDAY PRESENTS". The paper used for the pages are in alternating blue, cream and green-coloured sections. The front pages of the scrapbook include the signature of the owner as Alick Kirkland [Goulburn] Gipps (1928-2014). Items pasted into the scrapbook include black and white and coloured illustrations, photographs, and extracts from books. Items selected for the scrapbook fill a single page or are arranged in groups. The oldest items in the scrapbook appear to date from 1859 and include a colour cover of the Illustrated London Almanack and pictorial handbills of electoral results for the seat of Holmesdale and Filmer in Kent, England. While other items in the book are of later periods, most can be classified as sentimental Victorian-era illustrations. The biblical scenes in the scrapbook reflect one aspect of the values of the Gipps family. The focus in the album on material about or published in Great Britain also suggests a preoccupation with, and a valuing of, traditional British culture. This is confirmed by the memberships of Alick and his sister Rosemary (Gipps) Vaughan-Smith in the English-Speaking Union Club, for which they welcomed guests at an 'Elizabethan party and barbecue' during the Coronation festivities of June 1953. (The Age, 3 June 1953, page 5). The album entered the collection of the Kew Historical Society as part of the Raymond and Rosemary (Gipps) Vaughan-Smith donation.

Historical information

Alick Gipps (1928-2014) was the son of Richard Brook Woodthorpe Gipps (1872-1946) and Mary Alys Kirkland (1889-1981), and the older brother of Christopher David Gipps (1930-52) and Rosemary Alison Gipps (1930-2013). While many scrapbooks of the period were created by, and or added to by their child owners, it is believed that "scrapbooks were considered by later Victorian parents to be an educational tool to teach children how to organise and classify information and to develop their ‘artistic’ senses" (Margaret Simpson, MAAS, 2008), and that the scrapbooks may have been compiled by the parent, rather than the child.

Significance

The textile is part of a large and significant collection of items donated by Rosemary Vaughan-Smith, past member and office-bearer of the Kew Historical Society. between 2005-12. The collection includes costumes, scrapbooks, autograph books, artworks and objects.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

digital photographs - Former Standard Brick Works

Key words

box hill
surrey
surrey drive
brickworks
factory
industrial heritage
ruin
standard brickworks

The buildings of a brickworks in Box Hill, Victoria.

Historical information

The site includes a Hoffman kiln, clay mill building, grinding pans and brick presses, relics of the downdraught kiln stack, office, former locomotive shed, and quarry.

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

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Photograph - Rolland House courtyard

Key words

rolland house
courtyard

Photo shows two groups of women under the colonnaded veranda in the courtyard of Rolland House.

Historical information

See L481 for Rolland House information.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil.

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Book - Literary and Social Judgements

Key words

warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village
shipwrecked-artefact
book
literary and social judgements
w r greg

Literary and Social Judgements by W R Greg

Historical information

Pattison Collection 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 with typed text "PAT / 824 / GRE"

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Menu - Kneller Hall Club Annual Dinner, 1965

Key words

royal military school of music
frank wright
fanfare melba
kneller hall club

This cream card with blue print folded in half, is both a menu and a programme of music. On the front cover is the coat of arms of the Royal Military School of Music. It is to celebrate the thirty-third annual dinner and ball of the Kneller Hall Club. On the back cover one of the fanfares is "Melba" by Frank Wright.

Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born. He lived at Laura Villa, and attended Smeaton State School. His father William was a gold miner and his mother's name was Sarah. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. Frank was tutored by Percy Code and was awarded a gold medal for the highest marks in the ALCM examinations in the British Colonies at the age of seventeen years. He became the Australian Open Cornet Champion by the age of eighteen. A year later, Frank conducted the City of Ballarat Band, and later the Ballarat Soldiers’ Memorial Band. He formed the Frank Wright Frisco Band and Frank Wright and his Coliseum Orchestra. These bands won many South Street awards, and Frank as conductor won many awards in the Australian Band Championship contest. In 1933 Frank Wright sailed to England to conduct the famous St Hilda’s Band and was appointed in 1934 as the Musical Director of the London County Council (the GLC or Greater London Council), where he organized many amazing concerts in most of the 150 parks, in and around the London district. He was also responsible for some of London’s major concerts at Kenwood, the Crystal Palace and Holland Park. He was made Professor of Brass and Military Band Scoring and Conducting and was a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Frank was often invited to adjudicate Brass Band Championships around Europe, in Australia, including South Street and in New Zealand. Frank was awarded an M.B.E. in 1967. The Frank Wright Medal at the Royal South Street competition is awarded to an individual recognized as making an outstanding contribution to brass music in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Only printed information

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

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Book - Federation University Annual Report, 2017

Key words

annual report
federation university

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Book - The Medical Annual and Practitioners Index 1902

Key words

flagstaff hill
warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village
the medical annual and practitioners index 1902
book

The Medical Annual and Practitioners Index 1902

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

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Document - Unofficial History of 13th Light Horse/Armoured Regiment

Key words

military history
13th armoured regiment
13th light horse

Typed document prepared by Mr Claude H Wilson, President of the 13th Light Horse Regimental Association 1987. Scanned and posted as pdf file.

Historical information

This history was prepared by Mr Claude H Wilson, President of the 13th Armoured Regiment Association in the late 1980s and draws on a diary by a member of the WWI 13th Light Horse.

Significance

Valuable historical source of a Victorian regional military unit in both WWI (1914-1918) and WWII (1939-1945).

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

Personal Records - S. Ellis Identity Card

Key words

civilian registration card samuel ellis 1942

Cardboard Card

Historical information

Civilian Registration Card issued to Samuel Warren Ellis of Lara in 1942. This card may be needed under national emergency conditions.

Inscriptions & Markings

Identity Card Civilian Registration ( British Subjects) Post Marked Geelong 1942 Samuel Warren Ellis Pound Road Lara Number V7 M 83 6650

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Photograph - Captain John Marshall and Family / Mayor of Kew 1872-73

Key words

john marshall
maryvale (cotham road, kew)
maryfield (cotham road, kew)
webster marshall, maud marshall, austin marshall, mary marshall, may marshall, andrew marshall, polly marshall

Albumen Silver photograph on card of “Captain John Marshall and family / Mayor of Kew 1872-73”. In addition to the title (above) the following names are inscribed beneath the photograph on the mount: Webster - Maud - Austin - Mary Marshall - John Marshall - May - Andrew - Polly / Residence “Maryvale” 197 Cotham Road.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

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Photograph

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
slides
film
school group 1904
san remo
black & white photograph
miss elms
schools

Group of seventeen children with teacher outside front of school. John Dickie II in middle of front row.

Historical information

Single-fronted wooden school building behind picket fence. Porch at front, brick chimneys on each side of corrugated roof. Two single windows either side of porch. 17 children in front of picket fence with teacher. Mostly hatted or capped - teacher behind children.

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Photo, Legacy Demonstration

Key words

junior legatee
annual demonstration

Black and white photo of girls in sports outfits with the Legacy logo carrying a totem pole into a venue.

Historical information

A photo of a group of female junior legatees in sporting outfits entering the Annual Demonstration with a prop of a totem pole. There are 14 young girls and part of the audience is visible. Legacy clubs ran classes for junior legatees for many years such as gymnastics, swimming or dancing classes. It was part of providing for the children of their deceased comrades. The skills they learned were show cased in an annual demonstration usually at the Melbourne Town Hall. It appears to be photo taken professionally, as there are several photos of different classes (see 00862 - 00873) perhaps to record Legacy classes for promotion purposes. A note with the photo identifies two young ladies; "Kneeling at the front Michelle and Anne O'Connor.

Significance

A record of a way Legacy provided classes for junior legatees and the skills learned were displayed in the Annual Demonstration.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten 'Legacy P2' in blue pen and 'Annual Demo 1963' in pencil.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Dog Tags

Dog Tags are on a white string with carefully spliced join.

Historical information

Tags are hand written with black texta. Inscription says "42333 Wood ST RAAF M???"

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Racquet

Key words

tennis

A PK-15 tennis racquet with open throat and handle wrapped with leather. Vinyl strings & plastic butt cap. Handle wrapped in plastic packaging wrap. Adhesive label on wrap marked with: 'PK-15...50/50'. Reinforcement strip along crown. Materials: Graphite, Leather, Vinyl, Ink, Adhesive tape, Adhesive label, Plastic

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book - Chaos Enthroned

Key words

warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village
shipwrecked-artefact
great ocean road
book
warrnambool library
warrnambool mechanics’ institute
mechanics’ institute library
victorian library board
warrnambool books and records
warrnambool children’s library
warrnambool public library
chaos enthroned
james crockett

Chaos Enthroned Author: James Crockett Publisher: Wyatt & Watts Date: 1945

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on spine cover with typed text R.A. 823.914 CRO Pastedown front endpaper has sticker from Warrnambool Public Library

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

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Document, certificate

Key words

junior legatee

Printed Junior Legacy Membership Certificate on cream card under glass in wooden frame.

Historical information

A certificate issued to Dulcie Saker to certify she has been accepted into membership of Junior Legacy Melbourne, and has undertaken to accept it's obligations.

Significance

A record of the formalisation process of Junior Legacy membership in 1944.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed to Dulcie Saker, dated 26th August 1944 and signed T. M. Cosh (Legacy president in 1944)

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Folder - Evan Nolan

Key words

pte evan nolan
carboor
wwi
59th battalion

Black leather bound folder with gold coloured writing in centre front of border. Folder contains a tribute document and photograph of soldier.

Historical information

Tribute of honor from the Carboor Welcome Home Committee and surrounding district, to Mr and Mrs John Nolan in appreciation of the service rendered to the Empire by their son Pte Evan Nolan who made the supreme sacrifice.- dated 1st February 1921. Service number 3436 Pte Evan Nolan aged 21 years died of wounds on September 20th 1918 in hospital at Rouen France. He served with the 59th Battalion and is buried at St Sever Cemetery in Rouen.

Inscriptions & Markings

To Mr & Mrs John Nolan Carboor 1st February 1921.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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PAMPHLET

Key words

local history
documents
pamphlets
aboriginal history

BROCHURE PRODUCED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Photograph - Gellibrand after closure, 1964.

Key words

gellibrand; railways;

Colour. After closure of the railway line, Gellibrand looking towards Beech Forest on 26 April 1964. The station buildings and water tank are still standing as well as clear impressions left by the tracks. Telephone lines are marked. A person is near the water tank.

Otway Districts Historical Society, Beech Forest

Photograph

Key words

walls
w.
sunbury asylum
walls album
george evans collection

Five men are seated and one man is standing in front of a bluestone building which has an open door and five windows.Unmounted - black and white.

Historical information

The original photo is part of an album taken by W.Walls, the front page of which is inscribed "The Hill/Sunbury/April 1897". Whilst most of the photos relate to the environs of the asylum, there are others taken around Sunbury and elsewhere. The original album is held as part of the Mental health Collection. During 2000 this was transferred from Mont Park to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Letter Book - G.S. Mackay.

Key words

warrnambool
g.s. mackay letter book
solicitor
g. s mackay councillor.

Dark green fabric cover with light brown suede spine and cover edges. Hard cover. Green patterned paper inside front and back covers. Alphabetical index at front. Pale fine yellow pages numbered up to 502.

Historical information

This book contains private letters which G. S. Mackay wrote to his daughter, Meta? and his aunt in the 1920’s. G. S. Mackay was born in Sutherlandshire Scotland in 1850. He qualified as a solicitor and came to Australia in 1884 and later to Warrnambool in 1893. He served as a Warrnambool City Councillor and also held a number of important positions within the Presbyterian Church. He was one of the earliest and strongest supporters of the Warrnambool High School. Many of the letters within this book are to his daughter who studied medicine in Glasgow in the early 1900’s.

Significance

G. S Mackay was prominent in legal, civic and religious life in Warrnambool almost from the time of his arrival in 1893 until his death in 1926. Many of these letters are of a religious nature and as such display that aspect and personal thoughts of Mr Mackay’s personal life.

Inscriptions & Markings

L. ****Queen Douglas, Newpark West Calder, MidLothian 14 miles from Edin’h Ry Stn Newpark. Meta Selby The Calouda(?) Club 35 St Georges Square London S.W.1

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

School Photograph (digital image) - Greensborough Primary School Gr2062 1974 Grade Prep A.

Key words

greensborough primary school
greensborough state school

Digital copy of black and white group photograph.

Historical information

Class photograph from Greensborough Primary School No.2062. Student names are not identified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Class name marked on photograph.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Lloyds Register of Shipping 1958-59 Vol 1

Key words

flagstaff hill
warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village
lloyds register of shipping 1958-59 vol 1
book

Lloyds Register of Shipping 1958-59 Vol 1

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Photograph

Key words

evans street grasslands
grasslands
native vegetation
wildflowers
george evans collection

A coloured photograph of small yellow and tan native flowers growing in the Evans Street grasslands.

Historical information

The Evans Street Grasslands are situated on former railway land and contain many unique varieties of Australian Wildflowers and native grasses as well as insects, birds and animals.

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

microfiche sheet - Township of Beechworth

Key words

plan
town
boundries
lots
roads

5 Aperture Sized microfilms on a single microfiche in a paper sleeve

Historical information

Town layout of Beechworth

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Photograph - Miss McPhee in Snow Laden Garden

Key words

kalorama
fiveways
snow
tea rooms
mcphee

Miss McPhee, proprietress of Five Ways Tea Rooms in snow at Kalorama. Note partial sign in top RH corner of photograph.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

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Photograph

Key words

defence forces
world war 2
returned servicemens league
nixon
william edward.
george evans collection

A black and white photo of William Edward Nixon, a World War 2 serviceman.Photograph mounted on white board with biographical details printed below the photograph

Historical information

The photo is one of a series of images which was compiled by previous Jeff Cossum for a special exhibition featuring the servicemen and women from Sunbury who fought in World War 2. This is a photograph of Corporal William Edward Nixon of Sunbury who enlisted with the AIF in October 1939.

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

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Photograph

Key words

walls
w.
sunbury asylum
walls album
rupertswood
george evans collection

A group of men in uniforms mounted on horses in formation, holding their swords in their right hands to the right shoulder.Unmounted black and white photograph.

Historical information

The original photo is part of an album taken by W Walls, the front page of which is inscribed " The Hill /Sunbury/April 1897". Whilest most of the photos relate to the environs of the asylum, there are othrs taken around Sunbury and ? elsewhere. The original album is held as part of the Mental Health library Collection. During 2000 this was transferred from Mont Park to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

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Common Seal

Seal of the Water Commission of Clunes (headed by Peter Lalor) enamel covered convolulus flower pattern, off white, gold coloured leaves

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Clunes Museum, Clunes