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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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Leaflet - Digital Image - Springthorpe Local History Project

Key words

springthorpe project

2 p., black text on blue background, black and white images.

Historical information

An invitation or advertising flyer to a meeting of the Springthorpe Heritage Project on 21/02/2017

Significance

Show the historical significance of the area surrounding the Springthorpe estate.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Tournament Programme

Key words

tennis

Tournament Programme: Davis Cup 1960 Challenge Round Materials: Paper, Ink

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Framed print - RIVERCLYDE 1918

Framed print by Thailes depicting the ship RIVERCLYDE under fire. Plaque on frame centre bottom.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque

Kyneton RSL Sub Branch, Kyneton

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Army cap - Australian Army Officer's cap.

Australian Army Officer's khaki wool barathea peaked hat with brown leather chin strap, with 'Rising Sun" cap badge.

Historical information

Worn by Warrant Officer Jim Trevaskis from Tatura, during W.W.2

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book - Rank and Badges

Key words

flagstaff hill
warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village
rank and badges
book

Rank and Badges Date: 1934

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Photograph - The Rock, Olinda

Key words

the rock
olinda
fred dorey
alice dorey
mary dorey
postcard
l.a.bach

Postcard showing "The Rock' at Olinda with a man standing at centre top. It appears to be #2 in a series and is titled The Rock, OLINDA. L.A. Bach PHOTO 2. The postcard has been sent from Mary Dorey to her sister Alice Dorey. "The Rock" is located adjacent to the old Olinda Golf Course.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on reverse in black ink. Miss A Dorey 10 Princes St Fitzroy This is the rock at Olinda I have told you about I think it is taken very well the first they have ever taken off it If you send up some money I will get you a set of the postcards they are all lovely love to Auntie May Fred and all the family they have not the snowflakes yet: of course this is only a miniature size of it Yours lovingly Mary. Handwritten at a later date in blue ink: The Rock Olinda

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

fishing reels

Key words

fishing-reels

Four wooden fishing reels. They have brass fittings and nylon(?) line. 2443.2 has one handle missing. 2443.1 has K A scratched int the wood.

Historical information

Wooden Fishing Reels are the earliest reels ever made, with most wooden reels dating between 1800 and 1920. They were very simple reels and the design stayed basically the same for the entire period of manufacture.

Significance

These reels represent a large part of common fishing history. Fishing is a significant recreational activity in the Orbost area.

Inscriptions & Markings

2443.1 has K A scratched in the wood.

Orbost & District Historical Society , Orbost

Photograph, B&W, Eliza Box Gurr 1850 - 1911

A black and white photograph of Eliza Box 1850 - 1911 who married Jabez Gurr 1831- 1903

Historical information

Eliza Box was born in Withyham, Sussex England 1850 and came to Australia with her parents George and Mary Cripps - Box and siblings. George Box 1808-1867 of Sussex England, married Mary Cripps in 1831 -1856 and with 3 three of their 4 four sons and 3 three of their 4 four daughters left Liverpool in the Sailing Ship 'Atlanta' in March 1856 to begin a new life in Melbourne, Victoria , Australia. Their baby daughter Cecilia Lydia died a few days later. Caroline Box, the eldest daughter, remained in England working as a cook until she joined the family in Australia in 1863. William Box 1834-1902, the eldest son of George Box, married Elizabeth Avis 1833- 1914 and they resided in Box Cottage 1865 -1914 where they established a market garden and raised 13 children. William and Elizabeth had emigrated in 1854 so George worked on their market garden before setting up in Patterson Road. Sadly Mary drowned in a water hole only 4 months after their arrival in Brighton. It is supposed that Elizabeth helped George raise the children while he established his market garden. George died from Tetanus following an infected broken leg caused by falling from his dray in 1867. Eliza Box married Jabez Gurr in 1876 a Wheelwright and had 1 son Tasman who died 1889 aged 5 years. Jabez Gurr born 1831 Essex England came to Tasmania, Australia with his parents Henry b 1797 and Mary Ann Taylor-Gurr b 1819 and 6 siblings on the SS ”Charles Kerr” 1835. Jabez married Priscilla Thompson in 1854 in Tasmania. Eliza and Jabez were devout Christians and set up a night school teaching English to the Chinese market gardeners of Bentleigh.. After Tasman died they sold their house and went to China as missionaries where Eliza’s niece, Rebecca ‘Faith’ Box Viloudaki was also a missionary. On their return from China they lived in Prahran.. They are buried in Brighton Cemetery with their son Tasman.

Significance

Box Cottage Museum, a reconstruction of an early settler hut, is named after the Box family who resided there 1865 -1913 . William Box who, with his wife Elizabeth Avis Box and 13 children, lived and farmed on the block of land in Jasper Road, East Brighton ( now McKinnon / Ormond) that was part of the Henry Dendy Special Survey 1841. George Box 1808-1867 migrated in 1856 and worked with his son William Box until he established a market garden in Patterson Rd . East Brighton ( now Bentleigh). Eliza Box Gurr was the daughter of George and Mary Box.

Inscriptions & Markings

FERRY 49 Elizabeth St. Melbourne

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

Photograph - Willsmere, circa 1965

Key words

arthur wills
willsmere
belford road
willsmere road
dorothy rogers
green acres golf club
mayors
kew

Willsmere, the home of the Wills family of Kew, designed by the architect Arthur Wills, circa 1896.

Historical information

The historian Dorothy Rogers records (A History of Kew, p.5) that "In 1888 he [Arthur Wills] took over his estate, 'Willsmere', and conducted it as a dairy farm. He was an architect by profession, and having established the farm he rented it, and returned to live in Barry Street, Kew, where his only child, Dorothy was born in 1889. He entered Kew Council in 1891, and three years later built a new house in Fellows Street, on land that Thomas had purchased at the 1846-47 sales. He became Mayor of Kew in 1896-97, and during his term of office sold this house and built the present 'Willsmere' [pictured] on the corner of Willsmere and Belford Roads. ... Never a house of great distinction, it has now been demolished to make way for a freeway."

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.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Photograph - Group of seamen and Ladies Harbour Light Guild

Key words

lhlg
picnic

Small monochrome photograph of large group of seamen and LHLG members in a park

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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Icing set

Rectangle boxed set of icing tools.Tala Icing set, box contains five metal pipping nozzles that attach to leather piping bag, three plastic piping nozzles, one acrylic piping bag, one leather piping bag one. Box is predominately Blue and Yellow with graphic of a person holding a piping bag..

Inscriptions & Markings

blue and Red graphic writing, Tala, Icing Set. no 1703. Printed in England.

Cobram Historical Society Inc, Cobram

Photgraph - Lilydale Football Club 1935

Key words

sporting clubs
football
lilydale

Black and White photograph of the Lilydale football team when they defeated Warburton at Lilydale in 1935.

Historical information

Lilydale football club defeated Warburton at Lilydale.

Inscriptions & Markings

Liydale Defeated Warburton at Lilydale

Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale

Shell

Key words

ammunition
ww1
army

QF 75 mm Mountain Gun Model II Shell

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

American Army Meritorious Unit Citation

Key words

american army meritorious unit citation ribbon

American Army Meritorious Unit Citation Ribbon Red Center with gold edge.Rear of Metal clap letters "A. G."

Inscriptions & Markings

Rear of Metal clap letters "A. G."

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

digital photographs - Ceiling at the Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne

Key words

heritage
melbourne
ceiling
rendezvous

Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office

Newsletter - The Victorian Deaf News July-August-September 1937

Key words

john montgomery mclean, may clarke, mrs e. bryan, rev w. h. johnson, a. aird, alice cove, t. a. nelson, ellen whitlow, rose dow, rowe, james, edgar h. peacock, international congress of the deaf and dumb, basketball, lorrie ellis,george mcguinness, bernice cardwell, clarence r. jose, j. m. johnston, w. a. ross, alice c. graham, blackburn home, sllen adcock, hobson, white, ian anderson, rivers, norman may, muriel smith, james, jack reid, ray kemble, ambrose moloney, norma rawlins, j. boortz, taylor, ernest reynolds, e. sturcke, w. duncan, ian hinton, betty doyle, dick white, claude lyfield, alex collins, jack stewart, willie chapmanw. crush, harry puddy, d. scott, alice guest, cove, thomas alexander nelson, ellen whitlow,

Vol. 2 No. 6 1937; Size24.5cmHx19cmW; 16 pages

Historical information

Published by the Deaf Committee of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria

Significance

'The Victorian Deaf News' Newsletter is a significant publication as an historical record giving and insight into the people, activities and events of the Deaf Community in Victoria.

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Photograph, Black & White, J L Smith, H Higgins Overloaded Ford Truck at Chaff & Grain Store and Mill Bentleigh c1926

Key words

higgins,herbert, dairy farmer, allnutt victoria (queenie), smith j l; smith mary ann, stanley helen, smith vic, smith harry redvers, chaff cutter, horse drawn carts, toll gates brighton, motor cars 1900, steam engines, early settlers, bentleigh, parish of moorabbin, city of moorabbin, county of bourke, moorabbin roads board, shire of moorabbin, henry dendy's special survey 1841, were j.b.; bent thomas, o'shannassy john, king richard, charman s, highett william, ormond francis, maynard dennis, market gardeners, vineyards, orchards, methodist church bentleigh, milk,

Black & White photograph showing an upended Ford truck that has been overloaded with bags of grain with Herb Higgins and 2 men and a boy. They are outside J L Smith Chaff & Grain Store Centre Rd Bentleigh c 1926

Historical information

J.L.Smith was an early settler in East Brighton now Bentleigh and established successful Wood cutting, Grain & Chaff cutting and Motor garage businesses in Centre Road . He was elected Councillor of the Shire of Moorabbin and, with Mary Ann, his family were involved with local Church, Red Cross, and other community organizations. Herbert John Higgins ran a dairy farm with 40 cows on some acres fronting Jasper Rd ( Higgins Rd today ) he grew corn crops to feed his herd and also bought grain from J L Smith.

Significance

Herbert Higgins , Dairy farmer, along with the Allnutt, and Long families were members of the Methodist Church Bentleigh from 1880s and involved in community organizations, J.L.Smith was an early settler in East Brighton now Bentleigh and established successful Wood cutting, Grain & Chaff cutting and Motor garage businesses in Centre Road . He was elected Councillor of the Shire of Moorabbin and, with Mary Ann, his family were involved with local Church, Red Cross, and other community organizations.

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
photography
photographs

PHOTOGRAPH OF UNKNOWN AIRMAN

Inscriptions & Markings

ON BACK OF PHOTO CPL A CAREY D.COY 5 BATTALION A.T.E. FORCES

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Bed and Patchwork Quilt

Key words

bedding
beds
quilts

White painted single iron bed with silver ornaments on bed head and end. Has wheels on the legs of the bed. Some paint scratched off. Has a colourful patchwork quilt and pillows on it.

Historical information

Iron bed from home of Wandin Sebire, with ticking mattress and pillows and frilled hemstitched pillowslips. Patchwork Quilt mad by Local CWA for Mont De Lancey.

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Oil on canvas - Maribyrnong River

Oil on canvas

Significance

James worked as a tutor in art with Sunshine community arts program.

Brimbank City Council Art Collection, Deer Park

Cartridge

Key words

ammunition
2000
army

20MM Dummy Cartridge

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

Photograph - Archbishop Sir Frank Woods with daughter Clemence Tapin (nee Woods), All Saints Day, 1 Nov 1987. Clemence was later Assistant Priest 2006-2016

Key words

church of england
churches
eltham
st margarets church
archbishop sir frank woods
clemence tapin (nee woods)

Digital scan of photograph - Original Source Copy: St Margaret's Parish Archives.

Historical information

Frank Woods emigrated 1957 to Australia with his wife and 4 children to become Archbishop of Melbourne. Clemence was his daughter.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
document
postcard

STAGE PLAY PHOTOGRAPH

Inscriptions & Markings

WITH COMPLIMENTS FROM HARD TIMES 1916 [SIGNED] J.HORNBY.

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Bristol Beaufighter (scale model)

Key words

beaufighter

1/72 scale model of a Bristol Beaufighter Mk 21 as built by the Australian Dept of Aircraft Production in 1944.

Historical information

The aircraft depicted is a DAP MK 21 Beaufighter of 93 Squadron RAAF. The squadron formed in January 1945 and was disbanded in August 1946. It saw little combat in WW2.

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

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Certificate - GL Certificate - Ronald William Bryant

Freemasons Victoria - Southern Cross Lodge No. 24 (Maldon), Maldon

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Sheet Music - Who ?

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

Photograph - Huntsman chemical plan in distance

Huntsman Chemical Plant in distance. Quarry now a tip to the right. Taken in South Sunshine near Kororoit Creek - AR0036

Significance

Local Scene

Brimbank City Council Art Collection, Deer Park

Doily

Key words

household textiles.
doilies
table linen.

Cream-coloured, circular doily with machine lace and a floral pattern throughout. There is a single flower in the centre with a square border around it.

Mont De Lancey, Wandin North

Bottle - Soft Drink

Key words

glass
bottle
domestic
household
albury
zedmanfg co.
drinks
lemonade

Clear glass bottle. Bottom half has straight sides. Upper half tapers to the top where a metal crimp fits over the lip. Manufacturer's name is heavily embossed in cursive script diagonally across the lower half. The place 'Albury' is embossed below the diagonal script, in capital letters.There is heavy embossing at the base and at the bottom of the sides. All in capital letters. It has a crown seal - AGM

Historical information

Soft drink came in bottles bought at the local grocery store or at a larger city store on a shopping expedition. The shape of the bottles changed as did the stopper used to seal it. Bottles were re cycled remaining the property of the manufacturer. The history of Zedmanfg Company, Albury.

Significance

Historical: Change of bottles - shape, glass, stopper, embossing, use. Aesthetic: Display showing embossing & shape especially if in good condition.

Inscriptions & Markings

ZedManfg Co. Albury - across the bottom half of the bottle. At the base on the sides around the circumference 'This bottle is the property of the Zedmanfg Co. Albury. On the Base: F1486, GM inside A, M 113

Kiewa Valley Historical Society, Mt Beauty

First Field Dressing - open

Key words

guaze
bandage
cotton bandage

First Field Dressing open cotton pouch containing one dressing

Historical information

Item carried by Corporal William Charles CLARK VX34546 whilst on active service

Significance

Item carried by Cpl William Clark whilst on active service

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on cotton package containing the First Field Dressing. Inside a printed box is printed the following: / FIRST FILED DRESSING / To Open... /Outer Cover. Break thread holding flap / Inner Waterproof Cover/ Tear apart at the uncemented corner (indicated by arrow). /CONTENTS:/ Two dressings in Waterproof Covers, each consisting of a gauze pad stitched to a bandage, and / a safety pin./ DIRECTION FOR USE -Take the folded ends of the / bandage in each hand, and keeping bandage / taut, apply the gauze pad to the wound and fix the / bandage One dressing to be used for each wound. / In the case of head wounds when respirators have to / be worn, care should be taken to adjust the pad so / it does not interfere with the fit of the facepiece. / DO NOT HANDLE THE GAUZE OR WOUND / Outside the printed box is; Johnson & Johnson Pty. Ltd. Sydney. / OCTOBER 1942

Beechworth RSL Sub-Branch, Beechworth

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