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Arapiles Historical Society Natimuk, Victoria

The Arapiles Historical Society is based in the small township of Natimuk (pop 500). Natimuk is located 4 hours West of Melbourne in the heart of the Wimmera.

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PO Box 199 Natimuk Victoria 3409 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 5387 1482

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Main Street Natimuk Victoria

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Fan

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

White lace pattern

Historical information

AHS original, local collection

framed drawing

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Black and white portrait drawing of a young Australian soldier in military attire framed in black and golden wooden frame.

Historical information

Friedrich William Kroschel (Fritz) was born 3rd March 1896(?) in Natimuk, Victoria. His parents were Friedrich August and Dorothea Martha Kroschel. After passing the medical examinations and the loyalty test applied to all German descendants, he went to Melbourne as Private F.W. Kroschel, Regimental No 6351. 1 Company 18th Re-enforcements, 23rd Battalion. 6th Infantry Brigade. He left Australia in November 1916 on a ship and went through Durban, Sth Africa. He was wounded during the battle of Ypres, Belgium and succumbed to his wounds (fractured skull) on the 25th September 1917. He is buried in Mont Huon Cemetery, near Le Treport, Seine-Maritime, France. On his grave is inscribed: "BE THOU FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH AND I WILL GIVE THEE A CROWN OF LIFE". The portrait was presumably completed from a photo taken in Mendelssohn photographic studio in Melbourne before he left for the war. His fiancé was named Dora.

Significance

AHS has a significant collection of items from this soldier. He was a local man who lost his life in WW1. He died of his wounds in 2nd Can: Cas: Hospital, Le Treport and is buried in Mont Huon Cemetery, near Le Treport, France. There are a number of items of correspondence to Fred/Fritz from residents in Natimuk, now in the collection of AHS.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Mendelssohn' on picture and on back 'Kroschel?'

German Bible - Die heilige schrift

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Book with cover. Title page removed

Scythe

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Metal curved blade with wooden handle. Agricultural tool for harvesting

Historical information

Likely from the Emerson Estate at Clear Lake

Leather scroll holder

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Leather document holder in a roll with two buckes and a handle

Inscriptions & Markings

MVI

Store sign

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Light relief sign with two deer and and a pocket

Inscriptions & Markings

J Crump General Storekeeper Natimuk and Dandenong

Doll

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

120 year old doll with painted face, crotcheted dress and one shoe

Historical information

Original clothes. 6th birthday present to the late Alma Korber by her grandfather Heinrich Ernst Haustorpher (1835-1921).

Fan

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Black fabric fan with white painted floral pattern

Historical information

AHS original, local collection

Wallet

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Black, used leather wallet with a pocket for noes and one for coins

Historical information

AHS original, local collection

Hat pins

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Two packets of hat pins containing 4 9 inch pins.

Historical information

Local

Inscriptions & Markings

The Queen sarbon brand

Christmas candles

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

A full set of used, coloured christmas tree candles in a labelled cardboard box.

Inscriptions & Markings

Christmas tree candles. British made JC & J Field Ltd

Petticoats picture

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Advetisement for petticoats in wooden frame

Inscriptions & Markings

Fitu

Money belt

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Striped belt with money pocket, key rings and two buckles

Foot rule

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Metal ruler

Inscriptions & Markings

H V McKay's sunshine harvesters 186, 187

Cufflinks

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

8 cufflinks in black velvet rack

Inscriptions & Markings

Stratnoid made in England 383

Glasses - Glasses and case

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Wire framed spectacles in wooden case

Inscriptions & Markings

95 7

Wall telephone

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Old radio

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Coffee Grinder

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Inscriptions & Markings

MANUFACTURERS Wolverhampton

Government Gazettes - Victorian Goverment Gazettes

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Loosely bound pages, some with maroon and grey hard cover, from various years

Inscriptions & Markings

Victorian Government Gazette, crown coat of arms, dates: 1886, 1889, 1891, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1901, 1902, 1906, 1907, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1928, 1929, 1933, 1935, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1952.

Milk Separator

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Stand with handle and turning container and mechanism

Historical information

Val Webb's family's. The Olivers from Grass Flat. Used it for the family to separate skim milk from cream.

Inscriptions & Markings

Robinson & co Agricultural implement makers Spotswood, vic

Candlestick holder

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Decorated handle joined to base and turning holder for small candle.

Historical information

Colin Webb's Great Grandmother used it to sew with. Her maiden name was Walker. She married a Hebbard and her daughter married a Smith.

Leather forming dies

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Four wooden dies, turned, with holes in the top of varying sizes. Four matching wooden stcks with round ends of varying sizes.

Historical information

Three generations back in Webb family. Colin Webb from Grass Flat's Great Grandfather's. Used for making flowers and decorate leatherwork.

Back to Natimuk framed photos - Back to Natimuk

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

9 black and white photographs set in inscribed board and wooden frame

Historical information

From photos taken for Back to Natimuk celebrations 1924

Inscriptions & Markings

Back to Natimuk Feby 28th to March 4th1924

Billy with lid

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Tin billy approx. 5 L. Rusty with hadle and lid

Inscriptions & Markings

Willow Made in Australia

Wire Beater/ Whisk

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

House hold item,

Knife & Fork

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

House hold item, wooden handles

Soup Ladle

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

House hold item, found at rubbish tip by C. Webb

Pewter Sugar Basin

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

House hold item, owned by V. Emmett

Shoes

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

House hold item, black hand made