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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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Coat Hanger - Cramond & Dickson Folding

Folding coathanger with metal frame covered in brown paper with black cotton tape.

Historical information

John Glass Cramond 1829 and James Dickson 1831-1910 were founders of a large drapery store. Both were Scots and both came separately to Australia in 1852. Cramond initially came for gold but soon opened a store in St Kilda with a post Office attached and he was the first post master there. Dickson was a farmer’s son but became a draper and while he was unsuccessful on the Bendigo diggings and then returned to Melbourne where he met Cramond and soon after they opened a store on Lonsdale Street. They opened their business in Warrnambool in 1855 as a general store with groceries, drapery and ironmongery. Both partners were involved with the community and James Dickson was an original director of the Warrnambool Woollen Mill 1909 and the Warrnambool Cheese and butter factory. He also served on the committee of management of Warrnambool Base Hospital. This coathanger would have been used in their store.

Significance

An everyday item linked to one of Warrnambool’s earliest and longest running businesses.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cramond & Dickson Warrnambool stamped on the cotton tape.

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

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Photograph - Coach house at 'St Abbs', 33 York Street, Mont Albert

Key words

york street
surrey hills
'st abbs'
house names
san miguel family
ainger farm
lothian family

A black and white photograph of a wooden building with a number of doors and windows with lattice work in place of glass. There is a concrete area in front of the building and a ladder leaning up against the building at the right hand end.

Historical information

The photo is of the coach house at 'St. Abbs', 33 York Street. Dates from the early days, possibly from the time of the San Miguel family (1911-1923). Earlier this property had been part of the Ainger farm.

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Heritage Collection, Surrey Hills

Ball container

Key words

tennis

An unsealed Penn 'X-76 Extra Duty High Visibility' tennis ball can. Missing metal ring-pull seal lid and balls. Has Disney-branded plastic reclosure lid and a paper label on side of can stating:MADE ESPECIALLY FOR/WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS' above a graphical image of Mickey Mouse. Contains three Disney-branded tennis balls. Materials: Metal, Ink, Plastic, Rubber, Synthetic material

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Medallions & Booklet - National Service Memorial

Key words

awm, national service, magazine, medallions

1 x round Medallion on a wood base in a lined cardboard case 2 x round Medallion in a lined black case 1 x magazine 'Australian War Memorial, National Service Memorial

Historical information

The Medallions and the Magazine are dedicated to National Service and National Servicemen who served during the period 1951-1972. The Memorial for National Service is located at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Significance

The items are the original that were raised to acknowledge National Service and National Servicemen, 1951-1972.

Inscriptions & Markings

The large medallion has a carving of the Memorial that is at the Australian War Memorial, around the medallion 'Dedicated to all Australian National Servicemen and in Memory of those who died. Thh two smaller medallions has the tri service logo in the centre and round the outside of the medallion is Anniversary of National Service 1951-1972. The Magazine 20 page history of National Service in Australia and the history of the National Service Memorial Dedicated 8 September 2010.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Racquet

Key words

tennis

An American Pro (AmerPro) 'Jimmy Connors Sidewinder MP ' racquet. Net strings wrap over and around head frame. Non-original Wilson-branded rubber grip tape. Materials: Metal composite, Plastic, Adhesive tape, Nylon, Rubber

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Petticoat

Key words

petticoats
underwear

White lawn half slip petticoat, with deep two tiered broderie anglaise lace hem. Has blue ribbon trim.

Historical information

Worn by Mrs. Edna Parker

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Record, Gramophone - Better not roll those blue, blue eyes / You rhyme with everything that's beautiful

Key words

textile mills staff
valley worsted mill
gramophone
record
textile mills - staff

Historical information

Gramophone record used in the mending room of the Foster Valley Mill.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Newspaper article - Mt. Ophir to Bustle With Life Again

Key words

mt ophir
mount ophir
wine industry

Newspaper clipping, mounted on yellow paper, describing a change of ownership of Mt Ophir winery, and a proposal to develop it as a tourist resort.

Historical information

The undated clipping, possibly from the Rutherglen Sun or Border Morning Mail, refers to the purchase of the property in 1955 by R.K. Knight, and the plans for him to sell it to a consortium from Melbourne called Mt. Ophir Pty. Ltd.

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

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Photograph

Key words

stawell

Historical information

Portrait - William K. Thomas and Family 1898

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

1918 July, Ward 8, Female Infectious Diseases, Alfred Wing, Ground Floor, in Sovereign Remedies Book

Key words

1918, ward 8, female infectious diseases, alfred wing, sovereign remedies book

Photo

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League, Ballarat

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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

NSG

National Wool Museum, Geelong

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Document

Newspaper clipping

Nhill & District Historical Society Inc., Nhill

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Postcard Booklet - Souvenir de Chardleroi Belgium

Postcard Book - Souvenir de Chardleroi Belgium - JL McIntyre Xmas 1918

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Household Textile - Tray Cloth

Key words

tray cloths
household textiles

Rectangular white cotton tray cloth with applied commercial cotton lace

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 32 September 1983

Key words

newsletter
eltham district historical society
shire of eltham historical society

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting; Film Night featuring “The Prize” filmed in Eltham in 1959 • September meeting • Excursion to “Coolart” • Eltham Community Festival • New local history publication

Significance

The Shire of Eltham Historical Society was formed in October 1967. The first newsletter of the Society was issued May 1978 and has been published continuously ever since on a bi-monthly basis. With the cessation of the Shire of Eltham in late 1994, the Society's name was revised to Eltham District Historical Society and this name first appeared with issue No. 103, July 1995. The collection of the Society's newsletters provides a valuable resource on the history of the Society's activities, office bearers and committee members, guest speakers and subjects of historical interest pertinent to the former Shire of Eltham and the Eltham District.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

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Rack, coat

Historical information

Textile Mill furniture.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph - Colour - Evening View at Clydesdale, Victoria, 2018

Key words

clydesdale
landscape
bush

Colour photograph of the bush around Clydesdale, Victoria

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Wash stand

Key words

furniture
uebergang
allansford
domestic items
ablutions
wash stand

Pine wash stand with shelf and towel rail. it has turned legs and towel rail supports, a curved shaped back, bow shaped front and a hole cut in the top for the wash basin.

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Photograph-B&W - East Ringwood 2000-Eastwood Primary School in Alexandra Road

East Ringwood 2000-Eastwood Primary School in Alexandra Road- B&W Photo from Album 6501

Ringwood and District Historical Society, Ringwood

Booklet - Science and Industries Illustrated: The Official Organ of the Working Men's College, 30 October 1891

Key words

working men's college
rmit
brennan torpedo
edward s. prior
planet mars
wood workers' tools

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

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W.W.1 shell cases

Key words

w.w.1

Three W.W.1 shell cases, one with indented pattern worked on it.

Historical information

Three used shell cases from the first world war, German made, brought home by James Rose, who served in that war.

Inscriptions & Markings

Various letters and numbers stamped on each shell case, including : 1917, 67% CU, G, 134 ST, Sept 1917. Patronenfabrrik Karlsruhu

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

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School Records - Individuals - Perdon, Keith

Key words

rutherglen higher elementary school
pupils
students
school reports

Individual school records of the pupils of the Higher Elementary School, Rutherglen.

Historical information

From School records, some more complete than others. Reports should contain information on the pupil's school work and give details of what they did when they left school. They should also show the name of a parent and the occupation. All sheets are indexed on a spreadsheet at the Common School Museum.

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

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Book - Service and Sacrifice

Key words

murchison rsl
roll of honour
pow camps ww2

White plastic cover, blue letters title. RSL logo in centre

Historical information

Written to detail history of Murchison RSL. Includes history of POW Camps WW11 in district near Murchison. Also includes Roll of Honour.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

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Water colour - [Red & Blue Landscape]

Key words

art
artwork

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 ,

Photograph - Year 4J, 1996

Key words

class photograph
hawthorn east campus
year 4

Historical information

Year 4J, 1996. First Row: Leigh Shani, Emily Goldbloom, Stefan Himmelhoch, Kara Landau, Jonathan Zimet, Megan Goldsmith, Leah Crossman. Second Row: Liam Getreu, Nic Krasnostein, Tali Klepfisz, Jessica Cohen, Ilan Werbeloff, Guy Roseby. Third Row: Rachel Engel, Karen Czarny, Jonathon Encavey, Jonathon Shandler, Jessica Krulis, Ryder Susman, Carly Bogatin. Fourth Row: Talia Mazor, Tobey Hofman, Ashley Cohen, Vanessa Blode, Nikki Ger. Teachers (second row): Ms Helen Lieblich, Miss Jodi Reichenberg.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Table cover

Key words

local history
manchester
furnishings

Hand crocheted white small table cover with tassles around edges

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Nurses Home - 1952 - large photo

Key words

nurses home, bbh

Photo

Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League, Ballarat

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Photograph

Key words

stawell hospital

Historical information

Stawell Hospital Workmen on New Hospital Site preparing the road approach.

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

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Photograph

Key words

stawell

Historical information

Portrait - Thomas & Mary Bevan c1890?s

Stawell Historical Society Inc, Stawell

SHORTS

Baggy, khaki shorts waist held by 2 straps of same material. Buttons plain brass.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

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