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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

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Lauren McAlary, Veterans Heritage Project Manager

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Photograph

Key words

steam powered vehicles
steam engine
traction engines
machinery
mckenzie
charles
oakbank farm
diggers rest
farm and garden equipment
george evans collection

A black and white copy of a traction engine towinga thresher machine.

Historical information

This photo os of Charles McKenzie's Fowler steam traction engine towinga thresher machine. Charles McKenzie owned 'Oakbank' at Diggers Rest and travelled the district working with the engine.

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

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PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
fire brigade

FRAMED SEPIA PHOTOGRAPH........DEMONSTRATION OF CLUNES FIRST FOR........1907 THIRTEEN UNIFORMED FIREMEN

Historical information

FIRST DEMONSTRATION OF CLUNES FIRE BRIGADE TEAM 1907

Clunes Museum, Clunes

receipt

Key words

receipt-book-keeping orbsot-club-hotel archer-w. cameron-r.p.

A white paper receipt with black print and hand-written details. It is from W. W. Archer at the Orbost Club Hotel to R.P. Cameron, Shire President. It is for 12 dinners and has a blue stamp of the Orbost Club Hotel.

Historical information

Robert Pullar Cameron was a Shire Councillor for many years. He married Penuel Hossack and had a family of James, Flora, Penuel and Alex.

Significance

This item is an example of early 20th century book-keeping in Orbost and is a useful research tool.

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

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Printmaking - Etching - 'The Kiss' After Rodin

Key words

art
artwork
james bryant

Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

DVD Video - Beech Forest Centenary 1984

Video of parade through town

Significance

This is a video of the Beech Forest Centenary Clebrations in 1984

Otway Districts Historical Society, Beech Forest

Photographs: The Maroondah Dam Wall Under Construction

Key words

melbourne metropolitan board of works
mmbw
melbourne water
photograph
water
maroondah dam
construction
wall

These images are part of a series of eight photographs which document the construction of the Maroondah Dam in the 1920s.

Historical information

The Maroondah System was first and foremost developed as a functional component of Melbourne's Water Supply System. In addition to functionality, the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW) envisioned the Maroondah Reserve to be enjoyed aesthetically and recreationally by the public. This souvenir illustrates the realisation of the Maroondah System as a local recreational and tourist attraction in the early 20th century. The Maroondah Reserve gardens were landscaped with English-style ornamental stonework, exotic trees, flower beds and rose gardens. All features of the water supply system became widely celebrated as beauty spots that continue to be very popular to this day with tourists and locals alike. This souvenir is a product of that flourishing tourist trade. These water supply sites continue to enhance Melbourne’s charm and liveability and are now recognised as places of cultural and historic significance

Significance

These photographs are invaluable in providing insight into many aspects of the Maroondah Reservoir’s early development. The dam wall is a distinctive example of early engineering techniques, with its gravity arch design and concrete construction. The construction of the dam wall represents an important advancement in the technology of dam-building.

Melbourne Water, Docklands

Book - Yarnin up : Keerray Woorroong

Key words

keerray woorroong
pronunciation
place names
kinship terms
feelings
body parts
country
animals
weather
counting

Words and phrases in Keerray Woorroong.

Inscriptions & Markings

maps, word lists, colour illustrations

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Flag - Shire of Bulla

Key words

sunbury
shire of bulla
flags
george evans collection

A large dark blue flag with a faded isignia in the centre.

Historical information

This flag with a Shire of Bulla insignia in the centre and was flown outside the Shire Offices in Sunbury.

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Advertising Leaflet - 7 Banfield Terrace Greensborough

Key words

banfield terrace greensborough

Real estate advertising leaflet, 1 folded sheet, printed in colour both sides.

Historical information

7 Banfield Terrace Greensborough Four bedroom home, sold for $1,200,000 in December 2016. Previous sales, January 2007 for $240,00 and November 2004 for $220,000.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Book - Federation University Annual Report, 2016

Key words

paul hemming
andy smith
helen bartlett
lynne mclennan
honorary doctor
todd walker
rick chew
bonnie chew
eileen harrison
samuel carrol
cherll henry
susan scott
rana stollery
denise wright
pauiline williamson
danielle squire
mal vallance
erica smith
george fong

Brown covered book.

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

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Text - RVIB Murtoa Auxiliary papers

Key words

royal victorian institute for the blind

Letters -- bank books -- various loose papers

Historical information

The Murtoa RVIB Auxiliary was formed on May 8, 1932. This small collection contains correspondence to and from RVIB head office ranging between 1990 -2008 and also includes a brief history of the Auxiliary.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

"The Bungalow" above Darebin Parklands c1912

B&W photograph. Image of houses. Mounted on board.

Historical information

Closest house is at the corner of Waverley Avenue and Rockbeare Grove. The house is still standing and is heritage listed.

Inscriptions & Markings

Annotated on back [10].

Darebin Parklands Association, Alphington

Photograph

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
slides
film
st pauls training school
schools
phillip island
sepia photograph
ken pound

Inside - showing the Dining Hall.

Historical information

Photo showing the interior of the Dining Hall of the now completed building.

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Document - Invitation to the Opening of the Parliament of the Commonwealth

Key words

commonwealth parliament - australia, federation 1901, royal exhibition building - melbourne, james maitland campbell

An invitation, mounted on card for Mr & Mrs James Maitland Campbell to an evening reception at the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on 9 May 1901, to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall as part of the celebrations of the opening of the first Federal Parliament. A figure of Britannia, in red dress and mailed vest holding a shield like the Union Jack, is on the left of the invitation; she reaches out her hand towards a younger female figure, representing Australia, who is dressed in blue and holds a shield which is white with a blue cross decorated with stars. The writing is on a scroll in the centre of the certificate, and there is a border of vines and vine leaves. The royal crest is at the base of the certificate. James Maitland Campbell of ‘Ramornie’ in Pakington Street was mayor of Kew on three occasions

Historical information

The correspondent of the Argus on 10 May 1901 wrote: "The Parliament of the Commonwealth was opened yesterday by the Duke, of Cornwall and York, under a Commission signed by Queen Victoria and subsequently endorsed by King Edward VII. The ceremony was marked by the splendour and solemn impressiveness which befitted its historic importance. An immense assemblage of spectators, drawn mainly, of course, from this state, but in part also from each of the other federated states, and including representatives of other portions of the British Empire and of foreign powers, thronged the spacious, stately, and joyously decorated edifice. The picture was magnificent. It must have printed itself indelibly on the sensitive minds of the thousands of Australians who were privileged to behold it. We may assume that artists will reproduce it in worthy and imperishable forms, and that from generation to generation it will be familiar in the households of the Commonwealth. Our children's children, we may gladly say to-day, will not be ashamed of the function which inaugurated the self-governing rights of the southern British Nation. Nothing was omitted which could add to the grandeur and significance of the occasion. In a broad sense the proceedings were perfectly intelligible to the vast and sympathetic gathering, though the natural limits of a single human voice had to be accepted. The King's son, with his consort and the Governor-General and Lady Hopetoun by his side, and supported by the Governors of the states and other eminent personages, fulfilled his doubly-attested Commission with a simple dignity and a modest manliness altogether admirable. The ceremony was a brilliant spectacle, and, in its sentiment and suggestiveness, an inspiration to a loyal and patriotic people."

Significance

The document design has artistic and aesthetic merit. While it is not rare, it is representative of the kinds of formal designs used for the Australian Commonwealth celebrations at the time of Federation, and is in excellent condition. Such items as this invitation have local, state and national historic significance as mementoes of a key moment in Australia's history. Locally, the invitation is part of a group of Federation-related items issued to James Maitland Campbell (and his wife). Campbell was three times mayor of Kew in the second half of the 19th Century and the owner of Ramornie in Pakington Street, one of the significant extant mansions in Kew.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front, printed. gold ink: "His Majesty's Ministers of State for the Commonwealth of Australia request the honour of the presence of / Mr & Mrs J. M. Campbell (handwritten) / In the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on Thursday, 9th May, 1901, to witness / the Opening of the Parliament of the Commonwealth. / Edmund Barton / Prime Minister." Front, bottom left, printed: "The Young Queen / Her hand was still on her sword hilt - the spur was still on her heel ... (and further text) KIPLING'S COMMONWEALTH ODE."

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Photograph Album (part of) - Ray Pearson's Photo Album - Trams of Victorian Railways, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong

Page 9 of Ray Pearson's Photo Album. Brown card page with two photographs (landscape format) placed on page using clear plastic photo corners. Both photographs depict trams around Bendigo. Hand written inscriptions are located beneath each photo. The brown paper has some minor damage to top and bottom right corners from what appears to be the removal of adhesive photo corners.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written inscription in biro - Between top and bottom photograph: GOLDEN SQUARE 4/3/72 At base of page: QUARRY HILL TERMINUS 4/3/72

Tramway Heritage Centre, Bylands

Oil on linen - 'Work' by Maryanne Coutts, 1999

Key words

art
artwork
maryanne coutts
coutts
thesis
phd
doctorate

This work by Maryanne Coutts was undertaken during her Doctorate undertaken at the University of Ballarat (a predecessor of Federation University). Here thesis. 'Using narrative strategies in contemporary figurative painting', applies an analysis of narrative, its elements, strategies and devices to figurative painting within the practical project of producing visual narrative fiction.

Historical information

Maryanne COUTTS Maryanne Coutts studied at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), The University of Melbourne, 1979 -1981, the University of NSW (UNSW),1984 and achieved a PhD at Federation University Australia in 1999. She has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and internationally including UK, Spain and Thailand and is currently Head of Drawing at the National Art School, Sydney. Dr Maryanne Coutts was the first successful Visual Arts PhD from the Federation University Arts Academy. This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Photograph

Black and white photograph of line of light horsemen formed up on edge or horse lines. Photograph is part of 20th Light Horse collection.

Historical information

The 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) was raised in 1920 as part of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Citizen Military Forces, with Headquarters at Seymour and depots along the Goulburn Valley from Mansfield to Tocumwal in southern NSW. In December 1941, 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) converted from horse to mechanised, initially as 20th Motor Regiment. In 1943 the Regiment was deployed to Merauke, Dutch New Guinea. Upon its return in April 1945, the Regiment was redesignated 20th Pioneer Battalion. It was disbanded following the end of the war. 20th Light Horse was the only light horse regiment to serve overseas in WWII.

Significance

This is one of a collection of photographs featuring a Light Horse regiment drawn from rural and regional Victoria in the period immediately prior to mobilisation for World War 2 (1939-1945).

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

Photograph - Chateau Tahbilk Winery; 9 Oct 1994

Key words

shire of eltham historical society
activities
chateau tahbilk winery
major mitchell trail

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Historical information

Brief visit of the Major Mitchell Trail. This car based trail follows the route of the famous explorer right across Victoria. It crosses the Goulbum River near Chateau Tahbilk and Mitchelton Wineries and passes through Nagambie.

Significance

Record of the Society's history of activities - Spring 1994 excursion

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-4

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

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Stencil

Key words

wool transportation
wool sales
export wool
wool brokering
wool - transportation
export - wool

Inscriptions & Markings

VPC/ MAC

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph - Digital image - View from Greensborough Lower Oval

Key words

greensborough
lower oval greensborough

Digital copy of black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph of the Greensborough Lower Oval in Main Street Greensborough opposite St Helena Road. The village of Greensborough can be seen In the background.

Significance

An early view of Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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Wooden Shield

Key words

education
school
morongo
geelong
girls

Wooden shield with a decorated edge in the shape of oak leaves

Inscriptions & Markings

The crest of The Geelong College is in the centre

Morongo Old Collegians' Association, Geelong

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Stencil

Key words

wool sales export - wool wool - transportation wool brokering
wool sales
export - wool
wool - transportation
wool brokering

Inscriptions & Markings

AFM

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Newspaper Clipping - Older kitties will shower you with love

Key words

cat protection society of victoria

News clipping, black text, colour image.

Historical information

This article encourages people to adopt a cat or kitten from the Cat Protection Society of Victoria in Elder Street Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Saw Set

Key words

flagstaff hill
warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village
saw tooth set

Saw tooth set metal Atlas

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Postcard

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
derby
monkey
jockey
horse racing

Colour postcard with a scene of two monkeys, a pig and set of scales. One monkey is wearing a jockey's cap and carrying a saddle and whip. No message on back.

Historical information

From the album of WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion. This collection of postcards, photographs and clippings were sent between William and his family and loved ones during the years he was on active service. See also 207 and 220.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "Gran'pop weighs in for the derby."

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph - Para Road, c.1969

Key words

streets
lower plenty
para road
russell yeoman collection

Digital file only; created from original colour positive slide transparency

Historical information

Looking north from behind the Lower Plenty shops at Main Road and Para Road.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Bullets

Key words

ammunition
ww2
army

.303 bullets in five round charger

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

Photograph

Key words

first world war (ww1)
1914 - 1918
photo/pictures
ballarat rsl
ballarat

Historical information

This object relates to William David WILLIAMS. He was born on 23/05/1907 in Ballarat, VIC. William David served in the Army (VX139193 V103196) enlisting on, 10/05/1943 in Ballarat, VIC before being discharged from duties with the 2/9 FLD COY as a Army Non-Commissioned Sapper (SPR) on 30/01/1946. William David WILLIAMS was not a prisoner of war. His next of kin is W WILLIAMS.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photo - "Gunner Alf Madsen - Ben's old friend"

Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Invermay Park

fridge magnet

Key words

fridge-magnet advertising-orbost

A small, rectangular, flat fridge magnet. One side is dark blue with white print - "K.B.& J.E. HEYNE Quality Butchers ORDERS TAKEN PRIVATE STOCK CUT & PACKED TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS Phone orders welcome Local DElivery No Charge 111 Nicholson St Orbost Ph 541921". The reverse is grey/black.

Historical information

Used as publicity/advertising item by Ken Heyne, butcher in Orbost.

Significance

Fridge magnets are popular as promotional items because they are relatively cheap to manufacture, very portable and long-lasting. This item advertises a local business no longer operating.

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Historical Caulfield to 1972, photo album by Jenny O’Donnell, Rosecraddock Ave

Key words

caulfield north
rosecraddock ave
rosecraddock
houses
o’donnell
jenny

11 photos of number 10, Rosecraddock

Glen Eira Historical Society, Caulfield South