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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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Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Label - Walter Davies

Key words

walter davies
newsagency
book shop
stationers
warrnambool

Buff coloured label with blue text and decorative border .The label is adhered to a piece of pink card.

Historical information

Walter Davies came to the Warrnambool area in the mid 1850's and established a newsagency, book shop and stationery business. After his death the business continued into the 20th century with family members and others using the same business name.

Significance

This is a significant label as it was used by a prominent business in Timor Street, Warrnambool.

Inscriptions & Markings

FANCY . GOODS. DEPOT. WALTER DAVIES. Bookseller and Stationer. NEWS VENDOR AND ADVERTISING AGENT. Timor Street, Warrnambool "ARGUS" AGENCY MODERN PRINT, WARRNAMBOOL

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Picture

Key words

picture
ww2
ran

Ship into Heavy Sea

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

Gramophone cylinders - Scatter Seeds of Kindness

Key words

flagstaff hill
warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village
gramophone cylinders
edison amberol record
national phonograph co
scatter seeds of kindness

Gramophone cylinders, black. 6 grooves on interior stored in cardboard round container with detachable lid. Edison Amberol Record, made and sold by National Phonograph Co. at Orange N.J. U.S.A. Song: 4M-231 Scatter Seeds of Kindness. Mixed Quartette

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Photographs - original

St Catherine's School, Toorak

Booklet - Funeral service for Trevor Partington

Key words

partington
funeral service
greensborough
trevor partington

Links: 00723:00784 16 pages, includes death certificate, eulogy and newspaper clippings. In clear plastic folder.

Historical information

A record of the funeral service of Trevor Partington, a well known Greensborough identity.

Significance

Relates to descendents of the Partington family, Greensborough pioneers.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Ithcan Picnic

A black and white photograph of a large group at a picnic standing and sitting around and enjoying a picnic meal which has been spread out on the ground. Three cars are parked in the background under the trees.

Historical information

From its earliest days, the Ithacan Philanthropic Society have conducted an annual family picnic which took place at country towns on Melbourne's urban fringe. For many years Bacchus Marsh was a popular venue where this picnic group was photographed.

Significance

The annual Ithacan Picnic has been a very important event on the society's yearly calendar. They gave families a chance to relax and to catch up after the working week. As many of the families conducted family businesses such as fruit and fish shops and cafes, Sunday was the only break they had away from their work.

Ithacan Historical Society, Melbourne

HAT, SLOUCH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Painting: Herman PEKEL (b.1956 Aus) - Queenscliffe Shop Study

Nillumbik Shire Council,

Book - Reminiscences- Adventurous and Chequered Career- Alexander Tolmer- Volume 2- Sampson Low, Martson, Searle, and Rivington 1882-Gilbert and Rivington

Adam Lindsay Gordon Commemorative Committee ,

Newspaper Article - The Burning Light (play) performed at Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre on 5 July 2014

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Image

Key words

rutherglen higher elementary school
rutherglen show
andree buscall

Colour photograph of two of the people gathered for a reunion of former Higher Elementary School students.

Historical information

Former students of Rutherglen Higher Elementary School meet on Rutherglen Show day. This gathering was in the Eastern Palace Chinese restaurant at the Star Hotel on 21st October 2012. On the left is Andree (Buscall), to the right is her nephew, Andrew McDonald youngest son of Jean (nee Buscall) and Reg McDonald (Boorahman)

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Photograph - Colour - Gough Whitlam Speaking at the Old Colonists' Hall, 1997

Key words

gough witllam
old colonists' hall
old colonists' association ballarat
eureka stockade memorial trust
eureka luncheon

Photograph of The Hon. E.G. Whitlam addressing guests at the Old Colonists' Club.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Eureka Stockade Memorial Trust 2nd Annual Eurela Luncheon - 30 Nov 1997 Pictured: Key note speaker, The Hon. E.G. Whitlam, AC, QC Addressing guests at the Old Colonists' Club

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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book - Garden of memories : a history of the Phillip Island Cemetery Trust

Key words

garden
memories
phillip island cemetery trust

23p. : ill. ; 29cm.

Historical information

Dedicated to the memory of her husband A.R. (Bob) Jeffery who gave many years of faithful service to the Trust. Matilda Richardson was the first person to be buried in this cemetery in 1873.

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

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Template

template, mitre

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,

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Folder - Chapman family (James Chapman)

Key words

chapman family
james chapman
susan palmer

20-page plastic binder, spiral bound, clear cover. Contains documents relating to the James Chapman family.

Historical information

History of the origins of this Greensborough family and the family tree of James Chapman (1805-1875) and Susan Palmer (1808-1895). James Chapman, his wife Susan and all his family including his son-in-law William Poulter left the Port of London in November 1848 on board the 'Francis Ridley' of 536 tons on her maiden voyage to Australia and Bombay India. The Master of the ship was Henry Hudson. James Poulter owned the land between Greensborough Railway Station and Plenty River before selling it to William Poulter.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Colour - Dead Whale at Warrnambool

Key words

warrnambool
whale
death
sea
shore
southern right

Three images of a dead whale washed ashore at Warrnambool.

Historical information

The dead whale washed ashore at Warrnambool and has been in the photographed position for around a month when the photograph was taken. Warrnambool is Victoria's Southern Right Whale Nursery and whales have been visiting for hundreds of years. They were hunted almost to the point of extinction, but after whaling was outlawed in 1935 the numbers have been growing. Southern Right Whales live in the sub-Antarctic and migrate to warmer waters around southern Australia in Winter. Female whales migrate to the "nursery" areas close to the shores to bear their calves staying in the nursery for many weeks, allowing claves to feed and gather strength for the return journey to sub-Antarctic waters. The Southern Right Whale can be recognised but its smotth, black back with no dorsal fin. A number of crusty outgrowths, called callosities, are found on the head.

Victorian Interpretive Projects Inc., Redan, 3350

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BANK PASSBOOK

Key words

local history
commerce
banking
knitting mill
interknit hosiery co.

UNION BANK OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED PASSBOOK FOR INTERKNIT HOSIERY CO. LTD. DIVIDENT ACCOUNTS NUMBERED 3 - 9.

Historical information

PASSBOOK WAS USED BETWEEN DECEMBER 1942 UNTIL MARCH 1951

Clunes Museum, Clunes

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Envelope - Packet: Town Planning Act 1944 and Greater Melbourne Printed Matter and Correspondence

Packet 2 (of 2); Town Planning Act 1944 Municipal Administration Institute Pamphlets and minutes of general meetings; Correspondence

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Jug cover

Key words

lace
ellen brown
milk
crochet
jug cover
home duties
blue wren
beads

Square white beaded jug cover in ecru colored cotton. Crocheted central bird pattern with triangular pattern top and bottom. White beads attached on perimeter.

Historical information

Covers were used to place over a jug to keep insects out of the liquid (usually milk). This sort of item was used in days before refrigeration. It also demonstrated womens ability to make items for the home.

Significance

Part of Ellen Brown collection. Ellen Brown lived her whole life in Bacchus Marsh - she died aged 103 in 2007. She never married and excelled at home duties, eg., needlework, cooking. She won prizes at local shows for cakes, jam making, and preserves. She was a well known identity in the town.

Blacksmith's Cottage and Forge , Bacchus Marsh

Photograph

Tarrangower History (Maldon & District), Maldon

Photograph - Matcham Skipper Jewellery and Sculpture

Key words

matcham skipper
photograph
jewellery
bracelet
ring
cufflinks
necklace

Black and white promotional photograph for Matcham Skipper jewellery and sculpture displaying a bracelet, pair of cufflinks, a ring and pendant necklace.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Montsalvat, Eltham

Book - The Emu Vol 5

Key words

shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
warrnambool
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village
shipwrecked-artefact
book
warrnambool library
warrnambool mechanics’ institute
warrnambool city librarian
mechanics’ institute library
victorian library board
warrnambool books and records
warrnambool children’s library
great ocean road
the emu vol 5
a j campbell
c f belcher

The Emu Vol 5 - 1905-6 A Quarterly Magazine to popularise the Study and Protection of Native Birds Editors A J Campbell and C F Belcher Publisher: Walker May & Co Date: 1906

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 with typed text RA 598.2050 EMU Pastedown front endpaper has sticker from Warrnambool Mechanics Institute and Free Library

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Auroscope & Ophthalmoscope

Key words

auroscope
ophthalmoscope

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League, Ballarat

Photograph - Looking south across Mullum Creek from Wildwood Grove, 1972

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on backing sheet, "Looking south across Mullum Creek from Wildwood Grove, 1972".

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Snow in Ballarat 22 June 1887

Key words

ballarat
snow
june
1887

Historical information

This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat), Ballarat

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Sheet Music - Cadet (See Superb), The

Thompson's Foundry Band Inc. (Castlemaine), Castlemaine

Steel Sample

Key words

julia percy
leeuwin
steel
boiler
steam ship
t.h. osborne
metal testing
western steam navigation co.
flagstaff hill
warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village

A sample of the steel from which the boiler of the "SS Julia Percy" (later named Leeuwin) was made. The piece of steel is a ‘C’ shape with the ends almost meeting. A luggage ticket is tied onto the steel and has an inscription on it. The steel is rusty.

Historical information

The sample of steel from which the S.S. Julia Percy’s boiler was made has been tested, according to the attached label. The test involved heating the steel to blood red temperature (or dark red colour) then dipping it into water and bending it when it was cold. A “very severe test for quality” was written on the ticket by T.H.Osborne. (Mr Thomas Hamilton Osborne was the secretary for the Western Steam Navigation Co, established in Warrnambool in 1886. The company’s office was on the corner of Timor and Liebig Streets in Warrnambool and its north-western wall is now part of the current Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery. ) Cold bending of steel in a press or through rollers is the typical method of curving steel for construction. The steel needs to be manufactured in such a way that it is strong enough yet still flexible enough not to crack when bent or rolled. The boiler on the Julia Percy could have been a Scotch Boiler, a design introduced in the 1870’s and still being used today. This design was more robust that previous boilers, generating higher working steam pressures. The design incorporate greater ability to roll iron plates, leading to greater strength, thicker plating and fewer riveted joints. They were originally made of iron then later incorporated steel sections until they were entirely constructed of steel. Many examples of this type of boiler can be found on wreck sites. Shipping was the cheapest and most practical means of carrying produce and goods during the period 1840-1890. Regular domestic steamer services commenced in the Warrnambool district in the late 1850’s and by 1870 the passenger trade was booming. Produce was loaded from the jetty into ‘lighters’ (small boats), which took it to the ships at anchorage in the bay. Passengers were taken to the ship’s side then climbed aboard up ladders or gangways. The coming of the railway in October 1889 meant the gradual decline and end of the steam shipping era. Originally the ship was known as the SS Julia Percy and was later renamed as the Leeuwin. She was an iron passenger-cargo steam ship built in Glasgow by Thomas Wingate for the Warrnambool Steam Packet Company, which commissioned the ship for the steamship trade in Victoria’s western district. She was first registered in Warrnambool, Victoria in 1876. At one point in time the Julia Percy would sail from Warrnambool to Melbourne every Friday and return from Melbourne to Warrnambool every Tuesday. The cost of a return ticket for a Saloon Fare was £1.0.0. She would sail “if practical and weather permitting”. The Julia Percy changed hands several times. Her next owner was the Western Steam Navigaiton Co of Melbourne (1887). It was the manager of this company, Mr. T.H. Osborne, who tagged ths steel sample above. Melbourne Steamship Co became the next owners (1890), followed by William Howard Smith and Sons (1901) for use in Queensland coastal trades, then she was bought by George Turnbull in 1903 and used for local mail contract in Western Australia. She was sold to the Melbourne Steamship Company Ltd. (1906) and re-named the Leeuwi but continued in her Western Australian coastal run. She was converted into a coal hulk in Melbourne in 1910 as a result of damaged caused when she was driven against the jetty at Dongara during a gale. The ship was eventually dismantled and scuttled in Bass Strait on 28 December 1934.

Significance

The steel sample is significant for its association with the wreck of the Leeuwin (Julia Percy), which is on the Victorian Heritage Register. It is historically significant for being a rare artefact that has potential to interpret aspects of western Victoria’s 19th century steamship trade and Victorian cultural history, including the testing and manufacturing process associated with steam power. Leeuwin is listed on the Victorian heritage Register as being historically significant ‘as one of only four wrecks of steamships in Victorian waters associated with the western district of Victoria’s coastal steamship trade. Her registered number is VHR S413.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ticket with typed information “Steel of which the Boiler of the “Julia Percy” (Warrnambool Steam Navigation Co) was made. TEST: Made Blood hot or Dark Red then dipped into water and bent cold. A very severe test for quality T.H. Osborne. Below these words is the hand written inscription in black “FM 151 / 9.75”

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Book - Field Service Pocket Book 1932

Key words

book field service pocket 59 bn 2/14 trng bn

Brown imitation leather covered book oblong in shape.

Historical information

This book belonged to Australian Army Officer Major W.A. Cronk.

Significance

This book is designed for Officer's on Active Service and at manoeuvres and on instructional exercises in conjunction with operations.

Inscriptions & Markings

W.A. Cronk 59 Bn on front cover. Inside first page Major W.A. Cronk 2/14 Trng Bn. J.W.B. Anderson B Coy. 59th Infantry Coburg. On the spine FSPB 1932.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Theatre Progam - Antigone (play) performed by Melbourne Theatre Company commencing 1 July 1981 at Melbourne Athenaeum 2

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne