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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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Opera Glasses

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Mother of pearl and gilt opera glasses. Metal support pieces around front lenses and connecting focus adjustment fitting and connecting top section have beaded edges

Inscriptions & Markings

L/H top inscribed "W. GREGORY * 51 STRAND" R/H top inscribed "W. GREGORY * LONDON"

Kodak Camera and Brown Case - No 1A Folding Pocket Camera

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

This black folding Pocket Kodak camera comes with brown leather case and was on the market fron 1899 to 1905 and cost 12.00 US dollars. It uses film size A116.

Inscriptions & Markings

EKc on clasp. Case: KODAK CASE - MADE IN AUSTRALIA T.B. 25, 50 No.1. EKc - on top of lens. Shutter made in: ROCHESTER N.Y. USA by EASTMAN KODAK CO. - on bottom of lens 27258 F 7.9, 11, 16, 22, 32, 45 No 1A POCKET KODAK made in USA by EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY ROCHESTER N.Y. USE FILM SIZE A116 - on back

Log Books - VAOC Observer's Log Books

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Five Log Books from Victorian Air Observer's Corp. (handwritten) in: 1. June 1942 - blue cover / red spine (cloth) 2. March 1943 - green cover / red spine (leather?) 3. 1943 - roster book from 29/4/43-13/8/44 (Post No. WJ6) 4. August 1944 (Post No. WQ1) 5. February 1945 (Post No. W21). 3. 4. and 5 - plain cardboard with black spine (plastic?). Lists names of Chief Observer, regular observers and emergencies.

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

Portrait - Col. John Purdue O.B.E.

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Oil portrait of Col. John Purdue O.B.E. in full army uniform with 5 campaign medals on left breast painted on canvas stretched over hardboard in ornate gilt wooden frame.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque affixed to bottom of frame reads: COL. JOHN PURDUE O.B.E. 24-5-1890/25-3-1980. / FIRED THE FIRST SHOT IN W.W. I FROM FORT NEPEAN ACROSS BOW OF / GERMAN STEAMER "PFALZ' MERCHANT RAIDER ON AUG 5 - 1914 AT 12.50 PM.

Leather Coin Case

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Red leather spring loaded coin dispenser. Brass inside lined and marked 5, 10, 15, 20. Top of leather holder marked 20.

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

Piece of Slate

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Piece of slate from the wreck of the "Victoria Towers" off Torquay. Cargo included building materials and roofing slate.

Inscriptions & Markings

None.

Wagon Wheel

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Wooden wagon wheel from a farm wagon used in the early 1900's. The wheel is wooden with wooden spokes and an iron tyre. Restored at Anglesea Mens Shed and painted by Ryan McKnight. Jim Tutt secured it on a concrete pad with a galvanised post for display.

Crown Ducal Plate

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Dinner size plate with photograph of St Paul's Cathedral, London. Plate has gold.... Picture in rich taupe brown. "Avon shape" plate.

Inscriptions & Markings

MADE IN ENGLAND Crown Ducal Made in England

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.

Washing Machine

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Hand operated washing machine. Works on same principal as our model on display. Made of a metal drum with supporting metal legs. It includes a metal handle with an agitator. A piece of wood is bolted to the side of the washing machine for mounting a hand wringer. Such a machine was ideal for homes that did not have electricity.

Book - The Tale of Jemima Puddle-duck

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

By Beatrix Potter. Author of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit". Original publisher Frederick Warne. First publisher 1908.

Inscriptions & Markings

A Farmyard Tale for Ralph-Betsy.

Singer Sewing Machine (Black)

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Class/Model: 15K. One hundred thousand made between 1890-1957. From Serial No. EH23584 we know the class and model No. How many were made and the date of manufacture. The 15K was used for domestic and industrial sewing. Threads left to right and has a vertical oscillating shuttle.

Inscriptions & Markings

EH 13584. Top: SINGER MANUFACTURING CO (gold) - with wooden base. Side: SINGER. LIGHT - SINGER. Back: SINGER SEWING MOTOR. 230-250 VOLTS 03 AMPS / 25-75 CYC's AC-DC / CAT NO. BRK12-5 /NO. K7003527.

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.

Brownie Safelight Lamp

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Orange cone-shaped lamp with bulb and box (missing electrical connection). Suitable for use with Kodabromide, Kodak Bromesko and other photographic contact and enlarging paper. Stock Item No. 2523. (Directions for use inside box).

Inscriptions & Markings

Bottom: (in black) - KODAK (AUSTRALASIA) PTY. LTD. / BROWNIE SAFELIGHT LAMP / USE GLOBE NOT EXCEEDING 15 WATTS.

Barbed Wire & Fence Wire Cutters

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Examples of barbed wire used for fencing.

Cassette Recorder

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Six key portable cassette recorder/player with rotary volume control. It can be operated directly from batteries or AC power (cord included). Also has Automatic Recording Level Control Circuitry (ALC), thus no need to adjust volume while recording. In original box with instructions and power cord. (Purchased at Waltons for 29.99).

Inscriptions & Markings

Auto Stop / GAC - logo Top: Condenser mic Rec / Play / Rewind / FF / Eject Left side: Ear O / Remote Mike 00 / Volume Bottom markings: Model No. SW-201 AC: 240V 50HZ 6W DC: 6V (UM - 2x4) Made in Hong Kong Warning: To prevent fire or electrical shock hazard, do not expose this appliance to rain or moisture, do not remove cover, no user serviceable parts inside, refer servicing to qualified service personnel.

Permit

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Stamped - initialled receipt being for camping fees for 52 weeks to 31/12/1959. 15 pounds received from Mrs. J. Murch on 12/3/1959.

Inscriptions & Markings

Committee of Management / Anglesea Marine and River Frontages and / Recreation Reserve / No 4990 - 12/3/1959 - Mrs J.Murch. 15 pounds to occupy a camp to 31/12/1959. Signed J. Ken Hughes / Ranger.

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.

Opera Glasses

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Mother of pearl and silver coloured metal opera glasses. Metal top section and connecting focus adjustment fitting has finely beaded edging on all circular areas.

Inscriptions & Markings

L/H top inscribed "K.U.K. HOF U. UNIVERSITATS OPTIKER WIEN". R/H top inscribed "F. FRITSCH ALSERSTRASSE 17".

Railway Spikes

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Two rusty steel railway spikes or "dog" spikes.

Inscriptions & Markings

None.

Souvenir Postcards

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Folder of 9 photographs of Anglesea and Great Ocean Road. 5 in colour and 4 black and white with provision for note to be written if posted and description of location of Anglesea and amenities and attractions to be found there.

Inscriptions & Markings

ANGLESEA & Great Ocean Road, VIC / SOUVENIR VIEWS

Shoe Care Kit

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Circular tin containing two brushes, one tin shoe polish, one polishing cloth.

Inscriptions & Markings

Keep lid on. Made in England under licence Kiwi Polish Co. Pty. Ltd. Distributed by Silver Crane Co. Crane Logo.

Wertheim Sewing Machine

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Inscriptions & Markings

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

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.

Cigarette Lighter

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

White metal miniature lighter. Screw closure on bottom of inside for fuel.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Picturol Projector. Model Q

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Vintage SVE Picturol Model Q Film Strip Projector with case and 3 film strips. Circa 1940. Film format 35mm. Projector includes cord with bakelite switch (Garling Hartford Conn) and plug - made in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

On side: "PICTUROL PROJECTOR MODEL Q 120 VOLTS 100 wATTS NO 26999 MANUFACTURED BY Society for Visual Education Inc. Lens - S.V.E. Special Series 00-3"

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.

Hesma Adjustable Roll Film Developing Tank

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Black cylindrical tank with lid. Inside is a spool with cylindrical core with which to wind film. Orange box with label "Hesma Adjustable Roll Film Developing Tank". "Made in Australia".

Inscriptions & Markings

Lid: HESMA. OPEN. SHUT. 35m/m - 15 oz / 1-5/8 x 2-1/3 - 19oz / 2 x 3" - 25oz / 2-1/4 x 3-1/4 - 24oz / 2-1/4 x 4-1/4 - 27oz /