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Anglesea and District Historical Society Anglesea, Victoria

The Anglesea and District Historical Society is a non-profit organisation staffed by volunteer members of the community, whose aim is to research and preserve history of the local area. We welcome new members.

Contact Information

location
5B McMillan Street Anglesea Victoria 3230 (map)
phone
+61 5263 3085

Contact

Opening Hours

Sundays 2.00-4.00pm Tuesdays and Saturdays 10.30-1.00pm

Entry Fee

n/a

Location

5B McMillan Street Anglesea Victoria

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We have a collection of articles that come from homes and businesses in Anglesea. While there are some general articles we are trying to concentrate on local history. We have many household articles from early Anglesea homes.

Significance

Records and preserves history of the European settlement of the district. Our collection includes a small amount about the local aboriginal people, the Wautherong.

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Medal, Prince of Wales, 1920

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Gilt bronze Australian Commemorative Medal with red, white and blue ribbon. In 1920 the Prince of Wales visited Australia to extend official thanks for its support during WW1 and to strengthen links to the Empire.

Inscriptions & Markings

Obverse: 3/4 left bust of Prince in uniform wearing cap; around in 2 lines, HRH PRINCE OF WALES/ WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA; in small letters below bust, STOKES. Reverse: Shield of Geelong featuring kangaroo on central shield surrounded by sheep, sailing ship and grapes 1/2 wine barrel. Above: GEELONG JUNE 1920. Below : ribbon with motto - "BY THE RIGHT USE OF GOD'S GIFTS".

Bottle

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Small glass bottle with enamel lid. Silver lid with 2 pink/purple flowers and 2 flower buds on stem with green leaves on turquoise background - enamel top.

Inscriptions & Markings

Silver hallmarks: Anchor - Birmingham. Lion - British.

Ashtray

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Bakelite brown ashtray with gold writing around outer edge (gold mainly rubbed off).

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: MCWILLIAMS CENTENARY / 100 YEARS / PROUD OF THEIR AGE / 1877 / 1977 Back: Stylecraft Promotions S SYDNEY

Brace and Drill Bit

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Iron and wooden brace for drilling holes. The U-shaped crank has a wooden spindle on it and along with the top spindle is allowed to freely turn under the hands without producing wear and tear on the hands. A drill bit is in the chuck.

Press Pass - Royal Commission on Espionage

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

On 13/4/1954 Prime Minister Menzies told parliament of the detection of Vladimir Petrov and his wife Evdokia to Australia from the Soviet Embassy. Menzies established a Royal Commission on Espionage (RCE) to enquire into and report on Soviet espionage in Australia. This item is a "Press Pass" held by Gavin K Cook and issued by M. Brne (Gov.t Public Relatons Officer).

Inscriptions & Markings

ROYAL COMMISSIUON ON ESPIONAGE / No. 111 / 1954 /The bearer 'Mr G Cook" / of "The Sun-Pictorial, Melbourne, / whose signature appears below, is an ac- / credited press representative. / (Signed: M.W. Byrne / Government Public Relations Officer.

Souvenir Mug - Australian Visit 1949

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Coronation mug souvenir of George 6th and Queen Elizabeth issued to celebrate the royal visit to Australia in 1949. White china mug with pictures of George 6th and Queen Elizabeth under crown and dated May 1937 with flags flanking them. On back marked "Issued to celebrate the royal visit to Australia 1949".

Inscriptions & Markings

Marked: BCM/Nelsonware. Made in England. Gold edging around rim and on handle.

Wash Board

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Rectangular wooden frame with glass ribbed insert used to hand wash clothes (pre electric washing machines). Early wash boards were made of wood, then replaced by metal (19th century)O. In the 20th century galvanised steel was most common. Some modern boards were made of glass as this one is.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Scabbard

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Metal sheath with a screw just below the throat and a hook or stud to facilitate wearing the sword. The blade's (absent) point is further protected by a metal extension called a drag or shoe. Brownish in colour. Has a large dent on one side.

Inscriptions & Markings

None.

Ration Coupons

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Ration cards owned by Edith D Anderson, 12 Wilson St, Moonee Ponds. 807/1 1948 Clothing Ration Card. Rg D1 - printed in red - coupons numbering 1 to 56 (B587395) 807/2 1947 Clothing Ration Card. Rg D1 - printed in black - coupons numbering from 33-38, 41-46, 49-54. Also has A - 1947, B1947, D1947, F1947 (B418440) 807/3 1947 Clothing Ration Card. Douglas Anderson, 12 Wilson St., Moonee Ponds. Nos 12 to 56 (B418442)

Inscriptions & Markings

Commonwealth of Australia. Described above - front. Back: If this rationing card is found it must be returned at once to THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF RATIONING, Cavendish House, 159 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

Book - Adrian's Panda

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Hard covered children's book called "Adrian's Panda". Inside cover - handwritten "Anglesea Presbyterian Sunday School". AWARDED TO "Jillian Murch - Junior class 1960." "Miss Heather Watruff (teacher)".

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: ADRIAN'S PANDA / JOY PARKER WHITE / CLOVER BOOKS Back: 3 leafed clover

Safety Matches

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Carton holding 12 boxes of Bryant & May's "Brymay" Special Safety Matches. The matchbox consists of paper covered wooden sleeve and drawers.

Inscriptions & Markings

One side: Bryant & May's trademarks. Top: BRITISH MADE / TRADE MARK / SECURITY / "BRYMAY" / SPECIAL SAFETY MATCH / 27 PRIZE MEDALS. Bottom: To protect their own interests and the reputation of Bryant & May's "BryMay" Safety Matches consumers should make a point of observing that B. & M.'s name and trade mark (mark) are on each box and package without which guarantee none can possibly by genuine.

Railway Spikes

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Two rusty steel railway spikes or "dog" spikes.

Inscriptions & Markings

None.

View Ware Dish

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Decorative glass surround. Plain centre with scenic view of Anglesea River, bridge and rowers. Crack across centre.

Sad Iron or Flat Iron

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Cast iron sad iron for domestic use - probably 19th century.

Spinning Wheel

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Morse Code Key

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Block of masonite with cardboard sheet "The Morse Code" attached, has metal lever with black knob, small block of masonite with reel of copper wire mounted on it and three terminals.

Spoon

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

English electroplate silver fiddleback spoon made by William Page & Co., probably from Roman silver or Silverite.

Inscriptions & Markings

WP - diamond in crown - William Page & Co. Birmingham. B - third quality 1 1/3 gm. / table spoon or table fork Rd in diamond - mimicks the registered mark from Patent Office.

Photograph Developing Dishes

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Three trays. Two white metal. One yellow plastic. One white metal tray and the yellow plastic tray have pouring spouts in one corner.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Ensign British Made" on bottom.

Steam Ship Regulations - Regulations and Suggestions as to the Survey . . .

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Book of regulations and suggestions as to the survey of hull, equipments and machinery of steam ships carrying passengers. Dated 1905 which supersedes ed. 1901.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISSUED BY THE BOARD OF TRADE / REGULATIONS AND SUGGESTIONS OF THE HULL, EQUIPMENTS, AND MACHINERY OF STEAM SHIPS CARRYING PASSENGERS / LONDON / PRINTED FOR HIS MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE BY DARLING & SON LTD 34-40 BACON STREET E / 1905

Pottery Jar with Lid

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Salt glaze pottery jar with lid. In two colours. Lid and top of jar darker brown with body of jar a beige colour. 3p. marking on shoulder of jar - meaning it will hold 3 pints of liquid.

Inscriptions & Markings

'3P' on shoulder of jar.

Pocket Phonograph

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

The Swiss made "Mikiphone", the smallest talking machine ever placed on the market folded up to the size of a large pocket watch or small cheese case. Production stopped in 1927. A total of 180,000 were made. A few were made in a luxury version with gold or silver case for a "Pretentious clientele".

Historical information

This mikiphone has an approximate manufacture date of circa 1926. It is stamped in the interior with the maker’s mark of Palliard Cie (St Croix), who partnered with the patent owners, Nicolas and Etienne Vadasz for the large scale production of the mikiphones. A Mikiphone – or Pocket Phonograph is one of the earliest versions of a portable music player. The Mikiphone was small enough to fit into a pocket for portability, and once unpacked had the ability to play 10” records. Power was supplied to the unit by a small hand crank, and sound was amplified by a small resonator. It is estimated that 100,000 to 180,000 of the units were made between 1924 and 1927. Luxury editions were also available with either a gold or silver casing. Le Corbusier is quoted as saying he could ‘see in the Mikiphone the essence of Esprit Nouveau’.

Significance

The pocket gramophone is significant for historical and social reasons. It is primarily an enabler of leisure activities due to its portability and size. The design of the object is also significant as it showcases design advancements in the early part of the 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside on dial: Mikiphone / Pocket Phonograph / Swiss made / System Vadasz. Outside: Pocket Phonograph / Mikiphone / System Vadosz / Patented in all countries.

Book - Winnie-the-Pooh

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne with decorations by Ernest H Shephard. Fifth edition.

Invitation Card

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Invitation to opening of the Old Cable Station Museum in Apollo Bay on March 19, 1988 at 2pm. The invitation is printed in black on a yellow card. Included is a pink round pin with a picture of the museum and opening details.

Inscriptions & Markings

THE APOLLO BAY & DISTRICT / HISTORICAL SOCIETY / cordially invite / PRESIDENT & SECRETARY ANGLESEA HISTORICAL SOCIETY / To the official opening of the Old Cable Station Museum / on Saturday March 19th 1988 at 2 pm. / R.S.V.P. 11 March / Sec: Joan Martin P.O Box 147 / Apollo Bay. Pink pin with picture of museum.

Tobacco Tin - J.G. Dill's Best Cut Tobacco

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Tobacco tin, badly rusted of J.G. Dill's Best Cut Plug. J.G. was once a great Virginian tobacco company, known worldwide for its Dill's Best Pipe tobacco.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lady with arms above head. DILL'S / BEST. J.G. DILL'S / BEST / CUT PLUG / RICHMOND VA USA / On sticker - red writing: 1.8.oz Net Factory Weight when packed Sides of tin: (1 & 2) DILL'S BEST CUT PLUG x 2. (3) THE BEST CUT PLUG. Celebrated for its smoking quality. (4) Notice - The manufacturer of this tobacco has complied with all requirements of law. Every person is cautioned under penalties of law not to use this package for tobacco again.

Corroded Metal Fragment

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

School Book - A School Geometry. Parts I.II and III by Hall and Stevens

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Hard back cover. Reddish orange. Black writing. School Geometry Part I Lines and Angles, Rectilineal Part II Areas of Rectilineal Figures Part III Circles First printed 1903

Souvenir Plate

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Souvenir plate commemorating Coronation May 12, 1937 of King George 6th and Queen Elizabeth - crowned in Westminster Abbey. Cream china plate with British Coat of Arms. Names of King George 6th and Queen Elizabeth in red on gold background around edge with "Crowned May 12 1937'".

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Crest - By appointment. A Perpetual Souvenir in Paragon China to commemorate the Coronation of their majesties King George 6th and Queen Elizabeth crowned in Westminster Abbey May 12 1937. Registered and copyright. Made in England.

Victorian Readers - Fifth Book Victorian Readers

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Fifth Book of the Victorian Readers (Second Edition). Hard cover

Spinning wheel

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Cream Jug

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Crown Ducal Florentine Jug. Small off-white light cream colour. The top half is embossed with Florentine pattern. Gold band around top of centre of jug. Gold decoration on handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

Crown illustration. Crown Ducal, Florentine Made in England