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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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Contact Information

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

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Location

Main Street Natimuk Victoria

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Fan

White lace pattern

Historical information

AHS original, local collection

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

framed drawing

Key words

frederick william kroschel 1896
natimuk
1st world war
no 6351
wwi
first world war
great war
friedrich august kroschel
dorothea martha kroschel
loyalty test
german
victoria
horsham
wimmera

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?'

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

German Bible - Die heilige schrift

Book with cover. Title page removed

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Scythe

Metal curved blade with wooden handle. Agricultural tool for harvesting

Historical information

Likely from the Emerson Estate at Clear Lake

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Leather scroll holder

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

Inscriptions & Markings

MVI

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Store sign

Light relief sign with two deer and and a pocket

Inscriptions & Markings

J Crump General Storekeeper Natimuk and Dandenong

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Doll

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).

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Fan

Black fabric fan with white painted floral pattern

Historical information

AHS original, local collection

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

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Wallet

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

Historical information

AHS original, local collection

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Hat pins

Two packets of hat pins containing 4 9 inch pins.

Historical information

Local

Inscriptions & Markings

The Queen sarbon brand

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Christmas candles

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

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Petticoats picture

Advetisement for petticoats in wooden frame

Inscriptions & Markings

Fitu

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Money belt

Striped belt with money pocket, key rings and two buckles

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Foot rule

Metal ruler

Inscriptions & Markings

H V McKay's sunshine harvesters 186, 187

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Cufflinks

8 cufflinks in black velvet rack

Inscriptions & Markings

Stratnoid made in England 383

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Glasses - Glasses and case

Wire framed spectacles in wooden case

Inscriptions & Markings

95 7

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Wall telephone

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Old radio

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Coffee Grinder

Inscriptions & Markings

MANUFACTURERS Wolverhampton

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Government Gazettes - Victorian Goverment Gazettes

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.

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Milk Separator

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

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Candlestick holder

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.

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Leather forming dies

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.

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Back to Natimuk framed photos - Back to 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

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Billy with lid

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Willow Made in Australia

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Wire Beater/ Whisk

Key words

wire beater
whisk
cook
bake
cooking
baking

House hold item,

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Knife & Fork

Key words

knife
fork

House hold item, wooden handles

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

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Soup Ladle

Key words

soup ladle

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

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Pewter Sugar Basin

Key words

pewter
sugar
basin

House hold item, owned by V. Emmett

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk

Shoes

Key words

shoes
shoe

House hold item, black hand made

Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk