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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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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

Portrait Photograph

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Framed reproduction of sepia photograph of Pte. Alfred John Evans in full WW1 Australian Army uniform printed on canvas - timber frame has gold-toned insert.

Inscriptions & Markings

Metal Plaque attached reads "3139 Pte. Alfred John Evans, 58th Bn. A.I.F / Born, Anglesea River, 20 January 1893 / Died, Ville-sur-Ancre, France, 4 July, 1918".

Trivet for Iron

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Wrought iron metal stand for flat iron or charcoal iron. Open pattern with handle and three legs to keep iron off surface when hot.

Golliwog doll (sitting)

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Golliwog dolls were enormously popular in the first half of the 20th Century but became socially incorrect during the civil rights era of the 1960's. A lot of people had them in their childhood and remember them with affection. The stories of "Little Black Sambo" and "Epaminondas" similarly were books loved by children but have disappeared from the shelves for the same reason.

Inscriptions & Markings

Blue and white striped trousers and bowtie. Red jacket, hellow shirt.

The Rainbow Readers First Series - Billy's Best Engine

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Soft back cover. Yellow with red and green printing including a drawing on front reprint 1943.

Inscriptions & Markings

Oxford University Press on back cover. Edited by Herbert Strang.

Teapot Carrier

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Teapot holder for travelling made with yellow, flower patterned, vinyl material covering and thickly padded red striped felt lining has cavity to fit teapot or hot water container. Gold metal trim around opening with loops on metal handle to rest two gold balls on other side when holder is closed - similar to a large purse. Red vinyl base has four gold metal balls on corners.

Historical information

Estimated date when used 1950's

Book - School Text - Introductory Course of Mechanics and Physics

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

A course for technical students by W.M. Hooton M.A. (Oxon.) and Alfred Mathias, Science Master, Middleborough High School.

Label

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Probably luggage labels from Geelong C. of E. Grammar School. P. - Western District.

Inscriptions & Markings

Geelong C. of E. Grammar School / CORIO, VICTORIA P. Western District. School crest - Shell brand around hole in label.

Model Ship

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Model of two masted sailing ship "Surprise".

Ship's Timber

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Wooden railing with spike.

Animal Ear Punch

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Animal ear punch (for identification).

Inscriptions & Markings

No discernable markings.

Ilford Rapid Chromatic Plates

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Two glass lantern slides of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Post 1932 on Cardboard Box. Ilford used the word "chromatic" to show their plates had a degree of multiple colour sensitivity but is not fully panchromatic. May have a lower blue sensitivity - to be used in mountain scenery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed instructions for use in early photography attached to top of box holding plates.

Butter Churn

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Butter churn, wooden, hand operated with wood and metal turning handle. It has a detatchable wooden lid. Called the bentwood box churn. Outside is an x shaped wooden rack which is joined to an exterior metal hand crank through a hole in the box.

Inscriptions & Markings

Side: E. Cherry & Sons, Gisborne

Bust - Samuel Mogg

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Golden head and shoulder bust of a mythical discoverer of Australia, Sir Samuel Moggs. Made of plaster on a metal pipe was originally on a concrete base with a nearby rough cairn of bricksl

Inscriptions & Markings

None

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.

Coin, 'Cartwheel' Twopence

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

COIN, "CARTWHEEL" TWOPENCE, GEORGE III (1760-1820), copper alloy, struck at the Soho Mint, Birminghm, England, 1797. Round twopence coin, plain edge. On the obverse is a central effigy of George III with olive crown facing right, surrounding legend 'GEORGIUS III. D. G. REX". On the reverse is the central effigy of a draped female figure in helmet and carrying a trident (Britannia) seated on a shield facing left. She sits above waves and a ship is to the left in the background. The legend is '"BRITANNIA/179".

Inscriptions & Markings

See above

Mirror

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Bevelled mirror in an oval frame supposedly from a Hansom Cab - wooden frame painted cream with two wooden pegs in back.

Game Token

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Game token, nineteenth century, brass imitation Spade Half Guinea. On short length of chain. Thin, with milled edge. On the obverse is a central effigy of King George facing right, surrounding legend "GEORGIUS I [?] DEI GRATIA"... On the reverse is a central shield. The legend is 'WCB. ET. CO. DG. REX F.O. B.I.R.M./1790".

Inscriptions & Markings

(As above)

Linocut Rollers (Brayers)

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

1. Blue metallic Brayer - 100mm x 150mm x 20mm. 2. Wooden handle Brayer - 160mm x 130mm x 20mm. 3. Wooden handle Brayer - 120mm x 140mm x 30mm.

Inscriptions & Markings

1. "Gilkon / SYDNEY" across top.

Book - My First Pet: by Beverley R Eggins. Illustrated by Gillian Tomblin.

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

A Paul Hamlyn Learning Book

Purse

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

German silver (nickel silver) mesh purse. "Drawstring" top through hoops attached to body of purse. Decorative "nut" terminals on end of two chains (one each side of body). Single layer mesh lower edge border with 11 small balls suspended. Two holes in border.

Book - Tennyson in Memorium

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

"In Memorium" consists of 131 smaller poems of varying length. The stanzas are isometric with the rhyme scheme ABBA, a form that has become known as the "In Memorium Stanza". Tennyson wrote this book after he learned that his beloved friend Arthur Henry Hallum had died suddenly and unexpectedly of fever at 22. It was written over the course of 17 years (1833-1849).

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: In Memorium (gold with gold leaf) / Tennyson Also on spine.

First Aid Kit - General purpose Army pattern combat D:D

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Plastic bag (khaki colour) with yellow printed list of contents and directions. Brown shoe lace to tie. Note: Contents incomplete.

Inscriptions & Markings

D:D6545-66-019-9800 First Aid Kit

Nutmeg Grater

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Tin nutmeg grater.

Primus Printing Frame

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

The wooden frame uses a flat metal spring to secure the paper and plate in. The frame is hinged at the bottom.

Inscriptions & Markings

Back: "Primus" / British Made"

Saw Setting Tool - Atlas Brand - Antique Vintage Pistol Grip Saw Setting Tool

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Two handles give pistol grip. Centre cylinder pushes against plate to set angle of saw tooth. Two screw adjustments allow settings of angle and depth. "Atlas" brand stamped in top.

Inscriptions & Markings

Atlas

Kitchen Scales

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Kitchen scales comprising of six separate pieces - a heavy metal stand supporting a moving section with circular piece at one end to take the weights (of which there are four - 4oz, 8oz, 1 lb and 2lb) and a two-pronged cradle at the opposite end to support the tin receptacle for holding ingredients to be weighed. Ornate pattern around foot and weights stand.

Inscriptions & Markings

Weights with numbers on top. 1lb weight also has a 2lbs in centre circle and Imperial Standard around inner circle.

Linesman's Test Phone

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

This linesman's handset has an earpiece, a mouthpiece, a dialling interface and a set of test leads for connecting to the telephone circuit. This handset has a rotary dial and a hook for hanging the set from a toolbelt. Made of black bakelite. Patent - for improved number dial.

Inscriptions & Markings

Large dial with numbers 1 to 9 + 0. Small dial with letters A, B, F, J, L, M, U, W, X, Y around outside. Telephone No. . . . . . . Listen for dial tone AUS PAT 5338122 BRIT PAT 289244

Mourning jewellery

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Three pieces of Black Jet Mourning Jewellery - one small and one larger bracelet and one brooch. 1. Small bracelet narrower and overlapping at back, with ornately carved thistle centrefront in same black jet material. 2. Larger bracelet with gap at centre back, same ornate thistle on front as on smaller piece. 3. Carved black jet brooch, oval in shape depicting spray of flowers with metal clasp on back.

Animal Ear Punch

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

"U" shaped ear punch to identify farm animals (pigs).

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Forestry Branding Hammer

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Old logging stamp hammer, double-sided, iron head on wooden handle. F.C. on one end. Arrow on the other end. Probably used to mark trees on public land.

Inscriptions & Markings

F.C. on one end of head. Arrow on other end of head. Metal head painted grey.

Cup and Saucer

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Torquay Pottery cup and saucer with motto glazed earthenware with blue green and brown hand printed decoration with incised wording.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Du E Ave a Cup of Tay"

Knitting Needle Case

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

10 vintage double pointed metal knitting needles in wooden case/tube. (Selling on E-bay - 3.99).

Inscriptions & Markings

9 lines etched into each end of wooden tube.

Cutlery

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

1. Fork: Fiddle pattern eagle in shield shape; R in circle; 2 in circle; ? in circle; ? in diamond (on back) ? silver (on shaft). 2. Knife: Firth's stainless blade (diamond). Made in Australia - plastic handle. 3. Spoon: WP in diamond over heart; B in lozenge; RD in diamond (on back) - fiddle pattern.

Victorian Reader - Third Book

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Third Book of the Victorian Readers (First Edition). Fabric covered cardboard cover. Printed 1930.

Enamelled Air Observers Corps Badge

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Enamelled VAOC Observer badge. Single pin on back. Colours: red circle in centre overlaid with stylised eagle in gold; white surrounding ring and blue outer ring with gold lettering.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: (Centre) stylised eagle / Observer; (Edge) Volunteer Air Observers Corps. Back: This badge is the / property of the / Department of Air / 27582 / Stokes.

Wertheim Sewing Machine

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Inscriptions & Markings

Black with gold writing. Arm: " W--heim". Badge: "Wertheim Francfort" With wooden base

Notebook - Ivorine

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Case with brass clip containing six ivorine moveable slides for notes.

Army Badge Display

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Display of army badges (14) metal, mounted on teal fabric board with wooden uprights. 3 with ' Rising Sun' and 'Australian Commonwealth Military Forces'. 4 with 'Australia' 7 with motto 'Tria Juncta in Uno' inscribed.

Book - Holy Bible

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Large illustrated Bible with elaborately tooled leather binding. Full page illustrations protected by "tissue" paper. Front and back covers are moulded in relief. Posted illustrations and wording on front and back covers is gilded.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to "Mrs D Urquhart" / by "Mr D Urquhart" / "December 7th 1885".

Victory Pin

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Metal Victory Pin from WW2. Morse code dots and dash for letter 'V" across centre. Pin is attached to piece of ribbon,striped red, white and blue to hang from safety pin. Victory Pin is upside down, presumably to represent Anzac badge.

Radio - Breville Gem

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Model 903 - Broadcast Receiver - past WW2 Tuner. Valves and tubes - GAN7, EBF35, GM5, 6x4 Principle: Super-Heterodyne ZF/IF 452KHz Wave Bands: Broadcast only (MW) Power: AC 220/240 Volt Loudspeakers: Permanent Magnetic Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil) Colour: Red

Inscriptions & Markings

Back: Internal Aerial Socket Model 903 Front: Left Dial - OFF VOLUME. Front: Right Dial - AK, MAAW, C SDB, LO, CO, G1, AR UZ, KZSR, XY BN CV; BATR HA UL WV

Writing desk

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Oak writing desk - central kneehole - 4 fine dovetailed lockable drawers to left plinth with brass handles - doument slide above - right hand plinth lockable cupboard with 2 shelves.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brass plaque attached to r/h cupboard door (150wx40) THE ANGLECREST DESK. Donated by B & B Butterworth / In 2001.

Tin - Leather Dressing

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Coacholine leather dressing used as softener, preservative, cleaning and preventing rust and waterproofing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: Coacholine Leather Dressing (coach - trademark) / Proprietors - Charles Markell Company Pty. Ltd. / Sydney NSW Back: Coacholine - a quality leather dressing / Coacholine softens and preserves / Coacholine will prevent rust. Directions: Wipe surface and apply freely. Rub thoroughly into leather and allow to dry for a few hours / 9-1/2 oz - Net when packed / Norton Can / (trademark removed 1966).

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.

Corroded Metal Fragment

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Set of Draughts used by Troops in WW2.

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Set of draughts from Australian Comforts Fund. Each draught marked 'Australian Comforts Fund' in wooden box.

Inscriptions & Markings

Box has "ACF" inscribed on it.

Camera "Exakta VX 1000"

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Black and silver film (35mm) camera including bottom of case (leather). The lens is Carl Zeiss Jena - Tessar. 2.8/50. The EXAKTA camera is from Dresden and is a pioneer brand camera produced by Ihagee Kamerawerk. This camera is a small format 135 EXAKTA VX1000 camera.

Inscriptions & Markings

EXAKTA VX1000 aus Dresden

Framed Certificate - Australian Natives' Association

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Ex-president's Certificate from the Australian Natives' Association with details of recipient's details in central circle - an Australian emblem on the top - female figure on one side of circle holding flag in one hand and male figure on other side / symbolising bushman? Smaller circle underneath encloses star with map of Australia in centre and six state emblems in points. Scenes either side depict native Australian first fleet and Canberra Parliament House. All decorated with wattle and in a wooden frame.

Inscriptions & Markings

Certificate reads: Branch No 311 / EX PRESIDENT'S / CERTIFICATE / This is to certify that / J.W. Read / occupied the position of President of / this branch from 20.11.45 / to 25.2.47 / faded signature of President / faded signature of Secretary.

Ironstone Mug - Ironstone Mug in celebration of HM Queen Elizabeth 2 - 1952-1977

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Souvenir mug in white ironstone with black painting of London scenes headed "London Celebrations 1977" on one side and "The Queen's Silver Jubilee" on the other. Card attached with list of dates and occurrences in the Queen's life from 21 April 1925 to 14 November 1973.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamp of "ADAMS - Real English Ironstone. Made in England. / Established 1657" - on bottom of mug.