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Talking Shop: Ballarat in Business and City Life at Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

27 Jun 2019

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Amy Tsilemanis, Curator, Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

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Tools, Wood Planes, handmade c1880

Key words

wood planes, spanners, early settlers, market gardeners, builders, blacksmiths, tools, building equipment, hammers, moorabbin shire, bentleigh, mckinnon, highett, cheltenham,mcewan james pty ltd, melbourne, bunnings pty ltd,

2 handmade wood planes with blades. b) has 3cm groove for molding

Historical information

Early settlers in Moorabbin Shire were self reliant and made and repaired their own equipment for kitchen,dairy, farm, horses, carts using various tools . Among the early settlers were blacksmiths who made tools for the other settlers who were establishing the homes, market gardens, farms, orchards and various businesses.

Significance

These wood planes are typical of the type made and used by early settlers in Moorabbin Shire c1880

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

Book - Untold stories : memories and lives of Victorian Kooris / Jan Critchett

Key words

western district (vic.) -- colonization.
aboriginal australians -- victoria -- western district -- history.
aboriginal australians -- victoria -- western district -- interviews
race relations - racial discrimination.
child welfare - child / parent separation - stolen generations.
history - biographies - indigenous.

xxi, 283 p. : ill., facsims., map, ports. ; 23 cm. Includes index and bibliographical references: p. 264-273.

Historical information

Wilmot was the best-known Aboriginal in the Warrnambool district of Victoria, a man who maintained the old way of life long after his people were dispossessed. Local farmers spoke of him as 'the last of his tribe'. Few were aware that his father had been a white lad working as a boundary rider on the Western District frontier; and only the Aboriginal community knew that Wilmot had barely escaped with his life from the violent seizure of his mother's people's country. Aboriginal Australians -- Victoria -- Western District -- History. Untold Stories opens our eyes to a number of remarkable individuals who managed to make a life for themselves in the interstices of the society that had dispossessed them. Their long-running battle to maintain their culture and their connection to country, in the face of a regime that seemed bent on denying their humanity, is both humbling and inspiring.

Significance

In Untold Stories, Jan Critchett presents a series of moving Aboriginal biographies from the Western District of Victoria, drawing both on the oral tradition of local Koori Elders and on official records. Wilmot's is one of the many untold stories that appear here for the first time.

Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Fairy

Photo - New Wheelchairs

Key words

junior legatee outing
donation
hdc
ddc

Colour photo x 3 of two wheelchair recipients and the presentation at Legacy House.

Historical information

Photo of Senator Barney Cooney presenting a cheque to Legacy in front of a gathering of Legacy disabled dependents. Also some of the mothers gathered to watch. Senator Cooney represented the Department of Veterans Affairs when he presented two wheelchairs and a cheque for $7,000 to President George Woodward at Legacy House. The article in the Answer newsletter mentions: 'The grant of $7,000 will greatly assist Legacy's programs by covering the cost of bus hire needed for the regular outings organised during the year and the wheelchairs will provide additional assistance allowing more Junior Legatees to participate in activities.' After the presentation the junior Legatees went to the cinema and 10 pin bowling. Every month Legacy's handicapped dependents were invited to go on outing for take part in recreational and educational activities. These programmes aimed to develop independence and thus lessen the need for reliance on others for simple routine functions. Once a year there is a two week camp this also gave the mothers some respite.

Significance

A record of the type of activities Legacy provided for the handicapped dependents of the Legacy families.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo - New Wheelchairs

Key words

junior legatee outing
donation
hdc
ddc

Colour photo x 3 of two wheelchair recipients and the presentation at Legacy House.

Historical information

Photo of Senator Barney Cooney (standing on left) with the recipients of two new wheelchairs. Senator Cooney represented the Department of Veterans Affairs when he presented the wheelchairs and a cheque for $7,000 to President George Woodward at Legacy House. The article in the Answer newsletter mentions: 'The grant of $7,000 will greatly assist Legacy's programs by covering the cost of bus hire needed for the regular outings organised during the year and the wheelchairs will provide additional assistance allowing more Junior Legatees to participate in activities.' After the presentation the junior Legatees went to the cinema and 10 pin bowling. Every month Legacy's handicapped dependents were invited to go on outing for take part in recreational and educational activities. These programmes aimed to develop independence and thus lessen the need for reliance on others for simple routine functions. Once a year there is a two week camp this also gave the mothers some respite.

Significance

A record of the type of activities Legacy provided for the handicapped dependents of the Legacy families.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

silver sugar bowl

Key words

silverware
domestic
mess
officer
military
formal
sugar bowl
scuttle

Silver Plated Sugar Bowl Scuttle presented to the officers mess of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles by an officer on his departure.

Historical information

Major Joshua Gay was Officer Commanding A Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles 1986-1988.

Inscriptions & Markings

To 8/13 VMR / OFFICERS MESS / FROM / MAJOR J GAY 1988

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

condiment tray

Key words

silverware
domestic
mess
officers
formal
entertainment

Decorative silver tray with silver bowls for condiments: bowl for mustard and bowl with inner glass liner, spoon and lid for salt.

Historical information

The regiment gathered objects of this kind for use at formal dinners and other occasions. Often the were acquired as gifts from parting officers.

Significance

Good quality objects in pristine condition.

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

Photo - New Wheelchairs

Key words

junior legatee outing
donation
hdc
ddc

Black and white photo of two wheelchair recipients at Legacy House.

Historical information

Photo of Senator Barney Cooney (standing on left) with the recipients of two new wheelchairs. Senator Cooney represented the Department of Veterans Affairs when he presented the wheelchairs and a cheque for $7,000 to President George Woodward at Legacy House. The article in the Answer newsletter mentions: 'The grant of $7,000 will greatly assist Legacy's programs by covering the cost of bus hire needed for the regular outings organised during the year and the wheelchairs will provide additional assistance allowing more Junior Legatees to participate in activities.' After the presentation the junior Legatees went to the cinema and 10 pin bowling. Every month Legacy's handicapped dependents were invited to go on outing for take part in recreational and educational activities. These programmes aimed to develop independence and thus lessen the need for reliance on others for simple routine functions. Once a year there is a two week camp this also gave the mothers some respite.

Significance

A record of the type of activities Legacy provided for the handicapped dependents of the Legacy families.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo - Junior Legatee Outing

Key words

junior legatee outing
bowling
answer
ddc
hdc

Black and white photo taken at a HDC outing at a bowling alley.

Historical information

This photo shows a few of Legacy's disabled dependents on an outing to a bowling alley. Every month Legacy's handicapped dependents were invited to go on outing for take part in recreational and educational activities. These programmes aimed to develop independence and thus lessen the need for reliance on others for simple routine functions. Once a year there is a two week camp this also gave the mothers some respite. The photos are from early 1994 as they were featured in the Answer newsletter in April 1994.

Significance

A record of the type of activities Legacy provided for the handicapped dependents of the Legacy families. Names on a slip of paper have tried to identify the dependents. 'Russell Sister, Julie Kenny (?), David Mossof (?)'

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

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Article - The Eltham Roll of Honour: Second World War

Word/PDF document file

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

silver sugar bowl

Key words

sugar bowl
entertainment
formal ocasions
mess
officers

Silver sugar bowl with four legs, two handles and a lid.

Historical information

Decorative domestic objects of this type where gathered by the regiment for use in formal occasions such as dinners, afternoon teas and suppers where guests were entertained. Often these were gifts from regimental officers as their time in the regiment ended.

Significance

Representative of the type of object in regimental officers' messes. It is in excellent condition.

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

coffee pot

Key words

coffee pot
beverage
entertaining

Silver plate coffee pot with decorative legs, handle, cap, and spout.

Historical information

This coffee pot is part of a collection of domestic objects associated with formal regimental occasions, dinners, afternoon teas or suppers.

Significance

Example of silverware collected by a regiment for use in formal occasions.

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

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Tools, Knife, curved, Sheffield c1900

Key words

knives, sheffield steel, oxley james ltd. , leatherworkers, saddles, horses, bootmakers, shoes, boots, builders, carpenters, early settlers, market gardeners, blacksmiths, tools, building equipment, hammers, moorabbin shire, bentleigh, mckinnon, highett, cheltenham,mcewan james pty ltd, melbourne, bunnings pty ltd,

Heavy duty curved steel knife with a wide blade encased in 2 thick leather straps secured with steel rivets

Historical information

John Oxley was a shoe and butchers’ knife manufacturer, who was listed in Whitecroft UK in 1822 . By 1825, he was based in Hollis Croft. John apparently died in about 1837. He had two sons – George (1808-1879) and James (1811-1881) who took over the business. George moved to Indianna, USA and in 1868 James continued to manufacture 'Cooks’ and palette knives and steels" Oxley’s trade mark was a butcher’s knife crossed with a sharpening steel (and the letters ‘JO’). The firm stayed in the family until 1960. Early settlers were self reliant and repaired their own equipment for kitchen,dairy, farm, horses, carts using various tools .

Significance

This strong steel knife is typical of the type used by early settlers in Moorabbin Shire c1900

Inscriptions & Markings

Blade ; James Oxley with Trade Mark - a butcher’s knife crossed with a sharpening steel (and the letters ‘JO’). scratched into leather handle ; J EVANS

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

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Tools, Set Square steel x2, Stanley c1900

Key words

set squares, rulers, builders, trigonometry, mathematics, stanley tools pty ltd., bolts, hinges, hardware, early settlers, market gardeners, blacksmiths, tools, building equipment, hammers, moorabbin shire, bentleigh, mckinnon, highett, cheltenham,mcewan james pty ltd, melbourne, bunnings pty ltd,

2x Steel Set Squares a) 15cm (6") with wood handle b) 19cm (7") with a slotted steel handle.

Historical information

In 1843, Frederick Stanley, started a small shop in New Britain, USA, to manufacture bolts, hinges, and other hardware from wrought iron. Among the early settlers in Moorabbin Shire were blacksmiths who made tools for the other settlers who were establishing the homes, market gardens, farms, orchards and various businesses. Early settlers were self reliant and repaired their own equipment for kitchen,dairy, farm, horses, carts using various tools . As manufacturing developed late 19thC high quality tools were imported from UK, USA and Europe

Significance

These set squares are typical of the type used by early settlers in Moorabbin Shire c1900

Inscriptions & Markings

a) STANLEY Pat 12-29-96

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

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Tools, Rule, 12-24 inch folding, graduated steel

Key words

rulers, measures, set squares, trigonometry, early settlers, market gardeners, blacksmiths, tools, building equipment, hammers, moorabbin shire, bentleigh, mckinnon, highett, cheltenham,mcewan james pty ltd, melbourne, bunnings pty ltd,

Tools, Rule, 12-24 inch folding, graduated, steel

Historical information

Tools, Rule, 12-24 inch folding,steel used by builders and mechanics in City of Moorabbin 20thC

Significance

This large graduated steel ruler is typical of the type used by residents in the City of Moorabbin 20thC

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

Architectural Drawing - 10 Zodiac Street, Burwood

Key words

artist
architectural drawings
margaret picken
camberwell
houses

Pen and ink architectural drawing drafting film of 10 Zodiac Street, Burwood by Margaret Picken

Historical information

This architectural drawing is one of a series created by Margaret Picken for a range of real estate agents in Melbourne between c.1983 and c.2003. Each work is signed and dated by the artist.

Significance

Margaret Picken's series of architectural drawings are invaluable assets for identifying styles and features of buildings, and houses in particular. The fact that each drawing is dated with the year it was created also proves a valuable record for house historians - since that date a number of the depicted properties have either been altered or demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

10 ZODIAC ST., BURWOOD / MARGARET PICKEN - 98 / WOODARDS - C'WELL

Camberwell Historical Society, Camberwell

Architectural Drawing - 11 Yeovil Street, Burwood

Key words

artist
architectural drawings
margaret picken
camberwell
houses

Pen and ink architectural drawing drafting film of 11 Yeovil Street, Burwood by Margaret Picken

Historical information

This architectural drawing is one of a series created by Margaret Picken for a range of real estate agents in Melbourne between c.1983 and c.2003. Each work is signed and dated by the artist.

Significance

Margaret Picken's series of architectural drawings are invaluable assets for identifying styles and features of buildings, and houses in particular. The fact that each drawing is dated with the year it was created also proves a valuable record for house historians - since that date a number of the depicted properties have either been altered or demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

11 YEOVIL ST., BURWOOD / MARGARET PICKEN '90 / WOODARDS - C'WELL

Camberwell Historical Society, Camberwell

Architectural Drawing - 28 Yeovil Road, Burwood

Key words

artist
architectural drawings
margaret picken
camberwell
houses

Pen and ink architectural drawing drafting film of 28 Yeovil Road, Burwood by Margaret Picken

Historical information

This architectural drawing is one of a series created by Margaret Picken for a range of real estate agents in Melbourne between c.1983 and c.2003. Each work is signed and dated by the artist.

Significance

Margaret Picken's series of architectural drawings are invaluable assets for identifying styles and features of buildings, and houses in particular. The fact that each drawing is dated with the year it was created also proves a valuable record for house historians - since that date a number of the depicted properties have either been altered or demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

28 YOEVIL RD., BURWOOD / MARGARET PICKEN - 99 / WOODARDS - GLEN IRIS

Camberwell Historical Society, Camberwell

Architectural Drawing - 21 Yeovil Road, Burwood

Key words

artist
architectural drawings
margaret picken
camberwell
houses

Pen and ink architectural drawing drafting film of 21 Yeovil Road, Burwood by Margaret Picken

Historical information

This architectural drawing is one of a series created by Margaret Picken for a range of real estate agents in Melbourne between c.1983 and c.2003. Each work is signed and dated by the artist.

Significance

Margaret Picken's series of architectural drawings are invaluable assets for identifying styles and features of buildings, and houses in particular. The fact that each drawing is dated with the year it was created also proves a valuable record for house historians - since that date a number of the depicted properties have either been altered or demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

21 YOEVIL RD., BURWOOD / MARGARET PICKEN - 2000 / WOODARDS - C'WELL

Camberwell Historical Society, Camberwell

Architectural Drawing - 2/18 Yeovil Road, Burwood

Key words

artist
architectural drawings
margaret picken
camberwell
houses

Pen and ink architectural drawing drafting film of 2/18 Yeovil Road, Burwood by Margaret Picken

Historical information

This architectural drawing is one of a series created by Margaret Picken for a range of real estate agents in Melbourne between c.1983 and c.2003. Each work is signed and dated by the artist.

Significance

Margaret Picken's series of architectural drawings are invaluable assets for identifying styles and features of buildings, and houses in particular. The fact that each drawing is dated with the year it was created also proves a valuable record for house historians - since that date a number of the depicted properties have either been altered or demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

2/18 YOEVIL RD., BURWOOD / MARGARET PICKEN - 91 / WOODARDS - C'WELL

Camberwell Historical Society, Camberwell

Architectural Drawing - 2/18 Yeovil Road, Burwood

Key words

artist
architectural drawings
margaret picken
camberwell
houses

Pen and ink architectural drawing drafting film of 2/18 Yeovil Road, Burwood by Margaret Picken

Historical information

This architectural drawing is one of a series created by Margaret Picken for a range of real estate agents in Melbourne between c.1983 and c.2003. Each work is signed and dated by the artist.

Significance

Margaret Picken's series of architectural drawings are invaluable assets for identifying styles and features of buildings, and houses in particular. The fact that each drawing is dated with the year it was created also proves a valuable record for house historians - since that date a number of the depicted properties have either been altered or demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

2/18 YOEVIL RD., BURWOOD / MARGARET PICKEN - 91 / WOODARDS - C'WELL

Camberwell Historical Society, Camberwell

Architectural Drawing - 11 Yeovil Road, Burwood

Key words

artist
architectural drawings
margaret picken
camberwell
houses

Pen and ink architectural drawing drafting film of 11 Yeovil Road, Burwood by Margaret Picken

Historical information

This architectural drawing is one of a series created by Margaret Picken for a range of real estate agents in Melbourne between c.1983 and c.2003. Each work is signed and dated by the artist.

Significance

Margaret Picken's series of architectural drawings are invaluable assets for identifying styles and features of buildings, and houses in particular. The fact that each drawing is dated with the year it was created also proves a valuable record for house historians - since that date a number of the depicted properties have either been altered or demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

Replacement sketch has been done 11 YEOVIL RD., BURWOOD / MARGARET PICKEN '90 / WOODARDS - C'WELL

Camberwell Historical Society, Camberwell

Architectural Drawing - 9 Yeovil Road, Burwood

Key words

artist
architectural drawings
margaret picken
camberwell
houses

Pen and ink architectural drawing drafting film of 9 Yeovil Road, Burwood by Margaret Picken

Historical information

This architectural drawing is one of a series created by Margaret Picken for a range of real estate agents in Melbourne between c.1983 and c.2003. Each work is signed and dated by the artist.

Significance

Margaret Picken's series of architectural drawings are invaluable assets for identifying styles and features of buildings, and houses in particular. The fact that each drawing is dated with the year it was created also proves a valuable record for house historians - since that date a number of the depicted properties have either been altered or demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

9 YEOVIL RD., BURWOOD / MARGARET PICKEN '90 / WOODARDS - BALWYN

Camberwell Historical Society, Camberwell

Architectural Drawing - 1/27 Webster Street, Burwood

Key words

artist
architectural drawings
margaret picken
camberwell
houses

Pen and ink architectural drawing drafting film of 1/27 Webster Street, Burwood by Margaret Picken

Historical information

This architectural drawing is one of a series created by Margaret Picken for a range of real estate agents in Melbourne between c.1983 and c.2003. Each work is signed and dated by the artist.

Significance

Margaret Picken's series of architectural drawings are invaluable assets for identifying styles and features of buildings, and houses in particular. The fact that each drawing is dated with the year it was created also proves a valuable record for house historians - since that date a number of the depicted properties have either been altered or demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

1/27 WEBSTER ST., BURWOOD / MARGARET PICKEN - 94 / WOODARDS - B/BURN

Camberwell Historical Society, Camberwell

Architectural Drawing - 26 Webster Street, Burwood

Key words

artist
architectural drawings
margaret picken
camberwell
houses

Pen and ink architectural drawing drafting film of 26 Webster Street, Burwood by Margaret Picken

Historical information

This architectural drawing is one of a series created by Margaret Picken for a range of real estate agents in Melbourne between c.1983 and c.2003. Each work is signed and dated by the artist.

Significance

Margaret Picken's series of architectural drawings are invaluable assets for identifying styles and features of buildings, and houses in particular. The fact that each drawing is dated with the year it was created also proves a valuable record for house historians - since that date a number of the depicted properties have either been altered or demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

26 WEBSTER ST., BURWOOD / MARGARET PICKEN - 94 / WOODARDS - KEW

Camberwell Historical Society, Camberwell

Architectural Drawing - 14 Webster Street, Burwood

Key words

artist
architectural drawings
margaret picken
camberwell
houses

Pen and ink architectural drawing drafting film of 14 Webster Street, Burwood by Margaret Picken

Historical information

This architectural drawing is one of a series created by Margaret Picken for a range of real estate agents in Melbourne between c.1983 and c.2003. Each work is signed and dated by the artist.

Significance

Margaret Picken's series of architectural drawings are invaluable assets for identifying styles and features of buildings, and houses in particular. The fact that each drawing is dated with the year it was created also proves a valuable record for house historians - since that date a number of the depicted properties have either been altered or demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

14 WEBSTER ST., BURWOOD / MARGARET PICKEN - '89 '90 / WOODARDS - C'WELL

Camberwell Historical Society, Camberwell

Architectural Drawing - 10 Webster Street, Burwood

Key words

artist
architectural drawings
margaret picken
camberwell
houses

Pen and ink architectural drawing drafting film of 10 Webster Street, Burwood by Margaret Picken

Historical information

This architectural drawing is one of a series created by Margaret Picken for a range of real estate agents in Melbourne between c.1983 and c.2003. Each work is signed and dated by the artist.

Significance

Margaret Picken's series of architectural drawings are invaluable assets for identifying styles and features of buildings, and houses in particular. The fact that each drawing is dated with the year it was created also proves a valuable record for house historians - since that date a number of the depicted properties have either been altered or demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

10 WEBSTER ST., BURWOOD / MARGARET PICKEN - 92 / WOODARDS - C'WELL

Camberwell Historical Society, Camberwell

Architectural Drawing - 203 Wattle Valley Road, Burwood

Key words

artist
architectural drawings
margaret picken
camberwell
houses

Pen and ink architectural drawing drafting film of 203 Wattle Valley Road, Burwood by Margaret Picken

Historical information

This architectural drawing is one of a series created by Margaret Picken for a range of real estate agents in Melbourne between c.1983 and c.2003. Each work is signed and dated by the artist.

Significance

Margaret Picken's series of architectural drawings are invaluable assets for identifying styles and features of buildings, and houses in particular. The fact that each drawing is dated with the year it was created also proves a valuable record for house historians - since that date a number of the depicted properties have either been altered or demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

203 WATTLE VALLEY RD., BURWOOD / MARGARET PICKEN - '91 / WOODARDS - C'WELL

Camberwell Historical Society, Camberwell

Architectural Drawing - 328 Warrigal Road, Burwood

Key words

artist
architectural drawings
margaret picken
camberwell
houses

Pen and ink architectural drawing drafting film of 328 Warrigal Road, Burwood by Margaret Picken

Historical information

This architectural drawing is one of a series created by Margaret Picken for a range of real estate agents in Melbourne between c.1983 and c.2003. Each work is signed and dated by the artist.

Significance

Margaret Picken's series of architectural drawings are invaluable assets for identifying styles and features of buildings, and houses in particular. The fact that each drawing is dated with the year it was created also proves a valuable record for house historians - since that date a number of the depicted properties have either been altered or demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

328 WARRIGAL RD., BURWOOD / MARGARET PICKEN - 99 / WOODARDS - GLEN IRIS

Camberwell Historical Society, Camberwell

Architectural Drawing - 320 Warrigal Road, Burwood

Key words

artist
architectural drawings
margaret picken
camberwell
houses

Pen and ink architectural drawing drafting film of 320 Warrigal Road, Burwood by Margaret Picken

Historical information

This architectural drawing is one of a series created by Margaret Picken for a range of real estate agents in Melbourne between c.1983 and c.2003. Each work is signed and dated by the artist.

Significance

Margaret Picken's series of architectural drawings are invaluable assets for identifying styles and features of buildings, and houses in particular. The fact that each drawing is dated with the year it was created also proves a valuable record for house historians - since that date a number of the depicted properties have either been altered or demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

320 WARRIGAL RD., BURWOOD / MARGARET PICKEN - 96 / WOODARDS - GLEN IRIS

Camberwell Historical Society, Camberwell