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Andrew Ross Museum Kangaroo Ground, Victoria

This museum is housed in the former Schoolmaster's House (c.1880). Special exhibitions and events are staged in the adjoining school room (1878). The museum consist of three rooms of displays and a series of audiotapes of former residents of the district talking of their experiences in the 1930s and 1940s. Displays within the Museum focus on the writing of Andrew Ross, the district's first school master (1851-1876) and the region's enterprising Scottish farmers.

Contact Information

location
Main Road (Opposite General Store) Kangaroo Ground Victoria (map)
phone
+61 03 9712 0801
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Opening Hours

Thurdays 9:15am - 12pm Sundays (2nd/4th) 2:00pm - 4pm or call 03 9712 0801 to make an appointment

Location

Main Road (Opposite General Store) Kangaroo Ground Victoria

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This collection, established in 1992 in the former Schoolmaster’s House at Kangaroo Ground, focuses on the life of the district’s first schoolmaster, Andrew Ross, and the regions’ enterprising Scottish farmers.

Significance

This collection documents the local history of the Kangaroo Ground district.

Warwick Leeson 21 November 2012 11:16 AM

The ARM collection will be improved by this new cataloguing process.

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research note, A4 - Donaldson property, Waterdale Rd with sketch maps

Andrew Ross Museum, Kangaroo Ground

single sheet with 2 hand-drawn maps, annotated by Bruce Nixon. Notes refer to the Will of James Donaldson (D.1856) Could be a good photocopy with green pencil shading

Historical information

The Donalsdons of Kangaroo Ground owned property fronting Waterdale Rd West Heidelberg, used to camp cattle overnight on their way to/from saleyards in Melbourne.

Significance

Prepared and used in the writing of "Kangaroo Ground: The Highland Taken (Mick Woiwod 1994)

Furphy water cart tank end

Andrew Ross Museum, Kangaroo Ground

A cast Furphy tank end mounted on front wall of the Museum in recognition of the Furphy family. This casting was specially made for the Andrew Ross Museum in 1996 by Roger Furphy, great-grandson of John Furphy and donated to the Museum on behalf of Andrew and family.

Historical information

A Furphy tank end specially made in 1996 to celebrate the fact that the Furphy family lived in Kangaroo Ground before moving to Shepparton

Inscriptions & Markings

Pitmans shorthand which means - Good Better Best Never Let it Rest until your Good is Better and your Better Best.

Vanity Mirror

Andrew Ross Museum, Kangaroo Ground

Glass Mirror in tiltable timber frame, mounted on timber base incorporating 2 small drawers. Polished cedar. Overall height 45cm. Width 34cm

Historical information

Used typically for personal grooming needs in a bedroom. It could be placed on a wash-stand, dressing table, or chest-of-drawers.

Table Lamp

Andrew Ross Museum, Kangaroo Ground

Kerosene table lamp, pink glass base and font, brass gallery,double flat wick.

Miner's Bucket

Andrew Ross Museum, Kangaroo Ground

Heavy leather bucket with iron reinforcing and handle. Panels are stitched and joined with thonging Ironwork is hand-forged and rivetted in place.

Historical information

Dates from gold-mining period in Queenstown (St. Andrews) Caledonian Diggings. Used for lift ore to the surface by windlass in small-scale shaft mines.

Evening Gown

Andrew Ross Museum, Kangaroo Ground

Lady's blue taffeta skirt and jacket trimmed with fringe/tassels/sleeve inserts.

Historical information

Believed to have belonged to Annie Maria Victoria Margareta Bisley, mother of Dorothy Wills, a post mistress/store keeper at Kangaroo Ground during the 1950's-60's

Furphy Water Cart

Andrew Ross Museum, Kangaroo Ground

Water cart invented by John Furphy, who attended Andrew Ross's school between 1851 and 1855, and manufactured by the Furphy Foundry.

Historical information

Early Australian water cartage system, used originally in agricultural areas, later in theatres of war.

Significance

Iconic Australian company who pioneered agricultural equipment.

Inscriptions & Markings

Typical 'Good better best' and other words.

book - the highland taken

Andrew Ross Museum, Kangaroo Ground

book

Historical information

history of kangaroo ground

Significance

only book on the subject

Inscriptions & Markings

author / mick woiwod

Wooden Rocking Washing Machine

Andrew Ross Museum, Kangaroo Ground

Wooden rocking washing machine. Wooden pivoted container supported on stand. Internal sides and base have ribs.

Historical information

Hand made 1900. Pivoted rocking washing machine which has ribs on the base and sides to aid its effectiveness.