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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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Tournament Programme

Key words

tennis

Tournament Programme: 1990 U.S. Open Tennis Championships Materials: Paper, Ink

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photo - Concert at First Community Hall 1950's

Children in Ukrainian traditional costumes take part in a concert at the ukrainina's first community hall in Langley Street, Ardeer, early 1950's

Ukrainian Historical Society Sunshine, Ardeer

Record of Conduct and Service (John Henry Denham)

Key words

world war 1, 1914-1918; victoria police; denham, john henry 4774

Official document

Historical information

When the First World War broke out, Australian men from all backgrounds and professions were called to serve their country.  Members of the Victorian Police force were some of the first to answer the call with twenty men joining the first convoy of soldiers who left Australian shores in October 1914. Over the course of four long years, one hundred and thirty-eight Victorian Police enlisted from stations across the state. Of these, twenty-seven lost their lives. Whilst the fate of each man was different, a deep commitment to protecting and serving the public was common to all. Victoria Police service: Joined 5/09/1899; Discharged 30/04/1916; Re-joined: December 1917 (?); Resigned: 31/01/1923; Rank: Senior Constable WW1 service: Enlisted 25 April 1916; Highest rank: Driver; Regiment: 1st Australian & New Zealand Wireless Signal Squadron; Fate: Returned to Australia 6 December 1917

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph - Cr. G. O. S. Greer J.P., Mayor [of Kew] 1964-5

Key words

mayors of kew (vic)
cr. g. o. s. greer
australian photographers - stuart tompkins studio

Framed portrait of Cr. G. O. S. Greer J.P., Mayor of Kew 1964-5. The mounting and framing of the photograph follows a typical layout or style in that each is framed in dark wood, glazed, and laid down on an inscribed board. The inscription identifies the name of the mayor and the year/s that he/she served.

Significance

This historically significant collection of civic portraits was presented by the former City of Kew to the the Kew Historical Society in 1987. It comprises 85 original photographs, and two portraits of the former Clerks covering the period from 1863 to 1969. The earliest photographs date from ca.1906, when the Town of Kew Council commissioned the noted local photographer Josiah E Barnes to make copy photographs of earlier images of Kew mayors and to photograph the current mayor for a display in its Council Chamber in Walpole Street, Kew. The photographs are large format and handsomely framed. The collection also includes photographs by other well-known photographic studios such as Burlington Studios, Melba – Melbourne, Stuart Tompkins, Spencer Shier and Talma & Co - the majority of the photographs are signed by the photographer, and have the dates of office of the mayor inscribed on the mount. There are only three missing portraits in the series. 80 photographs are housed in their original frames – the early photographs were framed by Beaument's Art Gallery, Picture Framing and Mount Cutting specialists, a business previously located next to the Hawthorn Town Hall in Burwood Road.

Kew Historical Society Inc, Kew

Photocopy of newsclipping - A band of enthusiasts trace Eltham history; 31 Jan 1984

Key words

foundation
shire of eltham historical society
shire of eltham

Photocopy of newspaper article

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Newspaper Article - Telegraphic Entertainment – 1 August 1878 – lecture and telegraphic conversazione held at Melbourne Athenaeum Hall on 1 August 1878

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Photograph - Digital image - Pioneer Children's Graves [jonquils]

Key words

pioneer childrens cemetery
whatmough
partington

Digital copy of colour photograph.

Historical information

The unmarked graves of the children of two Greensborough pioneer families lie in a private cemetery on the Plenty River. Burials occurred between 1848 and 1860. This photograph is a close up of the jonquils in bloom on the cemetery site when the original plaque was installed in 1985.

Significance

An important historical site in Greensborough.

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Yan Yean, 1988

Key words

yan yean
yan yean reservoir

Colour photograph

Historical information

Originally contained in a 'magnetic' photo album of scenic photos of Yan Yean and Warrandyte believed to be donated by Mrs Eric Stephenson, Jingalong, 110 Ryans Road, Eltham, Vic. 3095; relocated to archival safe storage.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

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Dipper

Key words

hoefer family
camp 3
tatura
ww2 camp 3
domestic
food
preparation

Galvanised iron dipper with wide handle

Historical information

Made and used by internees at Camp 3

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat College of Advanced Education, Mt Helen - 1985

Key words

ballarat college of advanced education
student accomodation
physical education
swimming pool
e j barker library
geoffrey blainey research centre

Photograph mounted on heavy white card which is then mounted onto black board. Aerial photograph of Ballarat College of Advanced Education at Mt Helen.

Historical information

Photograph of the early years of the Ballarat College of Advanced Education at Mt Helen. On the left is the first stage of the student accommodation with a bridge connecting it to the campus. The car park located near the lakes is next to the Physical Education building. This is before the swimming pool has been added. The building with large white external structure is the E.J.Barker Library before the top floor has been built. This floor is where the Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre is housed.

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

Pamphlet - Corriedales, king of the dual purpose breed

Key words

corriedale sheep sheep breeding
australian corriedale association
pettitt
mr r. w.
corriedale sheep
sheep breeding

Historical information

Pamphlet sponsored by the Victorian branch of the Corriedale Association.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph - Left to Right: Frances Ellen Hurst (Mrs. W.G. Gray), Mary Ellen Hurst (Mrs. C.E. Rankin), Mrs. F.G. Hurst (mother), Ada Alice Hurst (Mrs. C. Pizzey), 1910.

Key words

sepp
shire of eltham pioneers photograph collection
diamond creek
hurstbridge
wattle glen
ada alice hurst
frances ellen hurst
mary ellen hurst
c. pizzey
c.e. rankin
catherine e. hurst
w.g. gray

Digital image

Significance

This photo forms part of a collection of photographs gathered by the Shire of Eltham for their centenary project book,"Pioneers and Painters: 100 years of the Shire of Eltham" by Alan Marshall (1971). The collection of over 500 images is held in partnership between Eltham District Historical Society and Yarra Plenty Regional Library (Eltham Library) and is now formally known as the 'The Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph Collection.' It is significant in being the first community sourced collection representing the places and people of the Shire's first one hundred years.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Cruiser HMAS Australia - Destroyers: Anzac, Success and Swordsman

Historical information

In 1919, Anzac, along with five S class destroyers, Tattoo, Swordsman, Success, Stalwart and Tasmania, was gifted to the RAN by the British Government.

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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Photograph

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
slides
film
buildings
historic
the house - glen isla - in early years
phillip island
sepia photograph
mrs emma anderson jacobs

Two-story Weatherboard Gabled House - Glen Isla - in early years.

Historical information

Two early Photographs of Glen Isla Home in garden setting. No specific date. Taken from 2 different angles.

Phillip Island and District Historical Society Inc., COWES

Blade, Laryngoscope, Soper

Key words

soper
laryngoscope
blade
adult
light bulb

A Soper straight laryngoscope blade adult size with bulb only. The blade has minor scratches over its surface and below the arm's blade because of its use. Presence of an old sticky tape mark under the blade. The contact stud at the base of the blade is worn. The end of the blade has a perforated line as part of its design. The metallic base of the light bulb has an oxide spot on it. No inscriptions.

Inscriptions & Markings

No inscriptions

Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History, Melbourne

no image

Book, Knitting - Style vol. 10

Key words

knitting handicrafts - history
patons and baldwins (australia) ltd
knitting
handicrafts - history

Historical information

This book was owned by the late Dr Elizabeth Kerr and was donated to the Museum by the executor of her estate, Margaret Cameron. It was produced by Patons and Baldwins and contains knitting patterns for womens garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

Style / "Favourite" / See page 2 / Vol. 10 / A Patons & Baldwins' Publication - 1'-

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph - Officers in the cloister of the Mission

Key words

reverend
howard
bailey

Small monochrome photograph depicting gathering of seamen and Reverend Howard C. Bailey, at 717 Flinders Street Docklands

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph

Key words

streetscapes
shire of bulla
footpaths
flame trees
royal hotel
george evans collection

This is a b &w photograph of the Ryal Hotel onb the southside of Brook street during the Brook street beautification May 1980

Historical information

This is a b&w photograph of the Royal Hotel on the southside of Brook street at the intersection of Brook and Evans streets

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Pack

Key words

equipment
current
army

Auscam pack, large

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

Photograph - Presentations, Sir Oliver's Song, Eltham Christian School, 18 August 1983

Key words

eltham christian school
nyora road
concert

Colour photograph

Historical information

Presentations, Sir Oliver's Song, Eltham Christian School, 18 August 1983 The Stokes family settled in this area of Eltham in the 1940s and were associated with the Eltham Christian Church. In the 1970s this church had met in temporary premises in Eltham. Lots of the original 1920s subdivision remained south of Nyora Road and a number of these lots were utilized for the Eltham Christian School, which was established by the Eltham Christian Church in 1981. The school operated on this site until 2000. The premises were owned by the Nillumbik Community Church who were in operation till November 2010 when the Eltham Baptist Church commenced a lease arrangement until the site was purchased by them in April 2012. The building is constructed of brick and timber with a balcony on two sides that looks over an expanse of grass. Sources: STOKES ORCHARD – AN INCOMPLETE HISTORY February 28, 2015 http://www.elthamhistory.org.au/ Australian Christian Church Histories - Eltham Baptist Church http://www.churchhistories.net.au/church-catalog/eltham-vic-baptist/ From a magnetic spiral bound photo album featuring a series of photographs (some cropped) with captions relating to the staff, students and activities of the Eltham Christian School which operated as part of the Eltham Christian Church at Nyora Road, Eltham. See also entries for each photograph.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Image

Key words

carols by candlelight
daryl somers

B/W photograph of Daryl Somers

Historical information

Portrait photograph of performer Daryl Somers, most likely supplied for inclusion in a Carols by Candlelight program.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Calendar

Key words

flagstaff hill
warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village

Calendar printed by Terang Express for August 1923 with picture of Loch Ard Gorge and survivors of wreck and also story of the episode.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Shoe Buckle

Key words

warrnambool
shipwrecked-coast
flagstaff-hill
flagstaff-hill-maritime-museum
maritime-museum
shipwreck-coast
flagstaff-hill-maritime-village
schomberg
shipwrecked-artefact
clipper ship
black ball line
1855 shipwreck
aberdeen clipper ship
captain forbes
peterborough shipwreck
ss queen
shoe buckle hook

Shoe Buckle Hook and Clip, severe concretion, brass and silver plate. Artefact Reg No S/116. Recovered from the wreck of the Schomberg.

Historical information

When the ship Schomberg was launched in 1855, she was considered the most perfect clipper ship ever to be built. James Blaine’s Black Ball Line had commissioned her to be built for their fleet of passenger liners. At a cost of £43,103, the Aberdeen builders designed her to sail faster than the quick clippers designed by North American Donald McKay. She was a three masted wooden clipper ship, built with diagonal planking of British oat with layers of Scottish larch. This luxury vessel was designed to transport emigrants to Melbourne in superior comfort. She had ventilation ducts to provide air to the lower decks and a dining saloon, smoking room, library and bathrooms for the first class passengers. At the launch of Schomberg’s maiden voyage, her master Captain ‘Bully’ Forbes, drunkenly predicted that he would make the journey between Liverpool and Melbourne in 60 days. Schomberg departed Liverpool on 6 October 1855 with 430 passengers and 3000 tons cargo including iron rails and equipment intended the build the Geelong Railway and a bridge over the Yarra from Melbourne to Hawthorn. The winds were poor as Schomberg sailed across the equator, slowing her journey considerably. She was 78 days out of Liverpool when she ran aground on a sand-spit near Peterborough, Victoria, on 27 December; the sand spit and the currents were not marked on Forbes’s map. Overnight, the crew launched a lifeboat to find a safe place to land the ship’s passengers. The scouting party returned to Schomberg and advised Forbes that it was best to wait until morning because the rough seas could easily overturn the small lifeboats. The ship’s Chief Officer spotted SS Queen at dawn and signalled the steamer. The master of the SS Queen approached the stranded vessel and all of Schomberg’s passengers were able to disembark safely. The Black Ball Line’s Melbourne agent sent a steamer to retrieve the passengers’ baggage from the Schomberg. Other steamers helped unload her cargo until the weather changed and prevented the salvage teams from accessing the ship. Local merchants Manifold & Bostock bought the wreck and cargo, but did not attempt to salvage the cargo still on board the ship. They eventually sold it on to a Melbourne businessman and two seafarers. After two of the men drowned when they tried to reach Schomberg, salvage efforts were abandoned. In 1975, divers from Flagstaff Hill, including Peter Ronald, found an ornate communion set at the wreck. The set comprised a jug, two chalices, a plate and a lid. The lid did not fit any of the other objects and in 1978 a piece of the lid broke off, revealing a glint of gold. As museum staff carefully examined the lid and removed marine growth, they found a diamond ring, which is currently on display in the Great Circle Gallery. Flagstaff Hill also holds ship fittings and equipment, personal effects, a lithograph, tickets and photograph from the Schomberg. Most of the artefacts were salvaged from the wreck by Peter Ronald, former director of Flagstaff Hill.

Significance

The Schomberg, which is on the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR S612), has great historical significance as a rare example of a large, fast clipper ship on the England to Australia run, carrying emigrants at the time of the Victorian gold rush. She represents the technical advances made to break sailing records between Europe and Australia. Flagstaff Hill’s collection of artefacts from the Schomberg is significant for its association with the shipwreck, The collection is primarily significant because of the relationship between the objects, as together they have a high potential to interpret the story of the Schomberg. It is archaeologically significant as the remains of an international passenger Ship. It is historically significant for representing aspects of Victoria’s shipping history and for its association with the shipwreck and the ship, which was designed to be fastest and most luxurious of its day

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool

Letter - Power of Attorney Augustus Bostock

Key words

warrnambool, augustus bostock, croydon goldmines, sandhurst mines, 1888, goldmining, patrick o’neil,

White lined paper handwritten in black ink. Coomete, Hexham, Victoria printed at top right hand corner.

Historical information

Augustus Bostock was the 9th child of Robert & Rachael Bostock of Vaucluse Epping Forest, Van Diemen’s Land. He was only 4 years old when his mother died. He was inspired by his father to seek his fortune in the Western District of Victoria. He arrived around 1850. He married Margaret Aitkin in July 1865. Augustus owned several properties in the district and leased others. He sat on the court of Warrnambool, Mortlake or Hexham as required. He resided at Marramook in Hawkesdale and later moved to Vaucluse in Hopetoun Road Warrnambool, where he died in 1920 at the age of 87. He was involved in many aspects of life in the Western District, racing, cricket, and social activities to name a few. This document relates specifically to power of Attorney in relation to the Croydon goldfields in Northern Queensland which operated in the latter part of the 19th century. By 1907 it was failing although there were attempts to revive it in the 1920’s. Patrick O’Neil authorized as the agent for Augustus Bostock was a confidential mining agent for Sandhurst mines one of the larger mining companies at that period of Australian history.

Significance

This is one of a number of documents which relate to the Bostock family who were one of the most important pioneering families of the Western District. They owned and leased various properties around Warrnambool and were involved in many aspects of social and business life. This letter records one of Augustus Bostock’s many interests, being for the Croydon goldmine which is situated on the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed Augustus Bostock.

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Photograph - Hohne's Hill, Eltham Lower Park

Key words

eltham lower park
hohnes reserve

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Safety 5035

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - BP Service Station, cnr Main Road and Beard Street, Eltham, 3 May 2017

Key words

eltham
main road
beard street
bp service station

Born Digital

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

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School Records - Individuals - Booth, Patricia Margaret

Key words

pupils
students
rutherglen higher elementary school
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

Racquet

Key words

tennis

Spalding wood racquet with red and white whipping on shoulders and grooved wood handle. Leather cuff on butt. Materials: Wood, String, Gut, Leather

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

no image

Plane

plane, wood, moulding, round no 18

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,

Booklet

Key words

tennis

Booklet: 'NEEDLEPOINT PROJECTS'. Contains instructions for decorative tennis racquet covers. Softcover. Copyrighted 1977. Materials: Ink, Paper, Cardboard

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

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