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The ferry travelled across the Yarra river at Newport Power Station to Port Melbourne.
Model depicting the passenger and car ferry.
ferry car passenger newport williamstown
Painted by Enid Philip in 1922 at the National Gallery School, Melbourne for an overseas scholarship.
Painting depicts elderly woman, two young women and girl sitting around a table having morning tea. On canvas, oil paint and wooden frame
signature of artist Philip, Enid (1898-1984)
morning tea painting enid philip national gallery school
Wool painting a hobby for men - Long stitch embroidery/tapestry. Fred J Webber produced this painting when he was fourteen years old.
Wool painting of bay steamer "Coogee" passing from right to left with full rigged ship in distance off her starboard bow. Frame has ornate border. Ship has black hull and funnel - structure faded red
coogee wool painting ship
On Monday wash day at 23 Verdon Street, Williamstown a fire broke out from the wash room. On this hot and windy day the fire raged for two hours and 25 houses were destroyed
One of the few items to survive the 1909 'Great Fire' at 23 Verdon Street, Williamstown
Pewter Condiment set missing two glass containers.Floral design around the rim and base. Warped from fire damage. Survived 'Great Fire' of Verdon Street, Williamstown 1909
verdon street fire wash day salt family water
Patriotic floral tribute c1899 Seamen's hobby while on board to create a posy for 'loved ones'
Glass dome on wooden base enclosing a floral display made entirely of fish scales
seamen floral tribute fish scale
c1911 used for outdoor movie sound effects at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute and live performances in the hall
Wooden box containing mechanisms for sound effects like thunder, gunshot, wind, carriage and horses
sound effect machine theatre cimena mechanics institute
Williamstown Football club honour board 1914-1917 of those members who served in the Great War
Teal coloured wooden board surrounded by arch showing two crossed Lee-Enfield 303 rifles. On a background of 10 gum leaves and two clusters of gum nuts. The title and names appear on a board in gold paint. The board is flanked by two tapered columns.
Great European War 1914 Roll of Honour 1917 Members of the Williamstown Football club who served in the Great War
williamstown football club great war honour board
Used by Port Phillip Sea Pilots Association probably when based at Customs house Nelson Place, Williamstown
Cream coloured glazed cup, bread and butter plate, soup plate and dinner plate
A life buoy with inscription "Port Phillip Sea Pilots" badge surrounding drawing of two masted vessel Made expressly for John Dynon and Sons, Melbourne. Vitrified Globe Pottery Co. Ltd. Shelton, England
crockery globe pottery sea pilots port phillip
Miniature wooden pram with bedding
Replica of the historic immigration ship Success built in India. It was deserted at Geelong by the crew rushing to the gold fields 1853. Purchased by the Victorian Government to house prisoners until Pentridge prison was built. Internally it was given over to prison cells. On the deck it was reduced to one mast and small huts were placed to house warders and wives. Two children were known to have been born in these deck huts- one of these was Bella Guerin. She became the first Australian women to gain a Melbourne University BA and MA degree .
Replica of the famous Success sailing ship
Wooden model 3 masted barque fully rigged, brown hull, white bulwarks, varnished deck, masts and spar, three life boats up turned over deck, figure head lady in red
success model ship hulk prison
The bell was used on board the tug Eagle which operated in Port Phillip and Hobson Bay 1890-1970
material brass production method is cast
Eagle 1890 Melbourne
bell tug hobson bay
The Williamstown Council, which was formed in 1856, made an application to the Victorian Government for the Weights and Measures. Williamstown Council was the first council in Victoria to have/use these standard measures.
Used by Council Inspector of Weights and measures to all shops, businesses, hawkers and delivery vehicles to ensure that all liquid measures and weights were correct. They were used until decimal currency came in 1966.
Solid brass cylindrical measure with glass cap, which is part of the measurement system. Liquid must fill the container and penetrate the glass, lid via a central hole,to fill the well on the surface of same glass lid. Used by Council Inspector of weights and measures.
"Imperial Standard Half Gill" / Victoria / Dates of verification from 21/10/1864-17/8/1950
imperial measures, brass measures, official measures, williamstown city council.
this item was a thirteenth birthday present to Mary Beatrice Lydia Ashford from her father, Captain Charles Ashford of the Port Phillip Pilots Association in 1900. It was re-gifted to her grand-daughter on her thirteenth birthday in 1960.
Decorative glass bottle, secured glass stopper containing musk perfume presented in a floral, papered box with pink ribbon and braiding. Interior of box is lined with pink silk.
"Vinolia" is printed on the silk inside top of box
vinolia, perfume, ashford
Williamstown formed as a Municipal Government in 1856 and applied to the Victorian Government for a set of standard weights that would ensure all businesses etc would weigh their goods correctly. They arrived in Williamstown and were used from 1860 until 1966 when decimalisation was established in Australia. T
These weights were the first of their kind to be acquired in Victoria.
15 round brass Imperial standard weights in 3 timber cases, weights weighing 1/2oz to 56lbs. Numbers 1 to 11 with rounded knobs and largest 4 (12 to 15) with rounded handles. 12 smallest in timber case, next 2 weights in timber case & largest in timber case.
13 have Potter London engraved, also stamped are various verification dates.
weights, brass, imperial
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