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Beechworth Honey Archive Beechworth, Victoria

The Beechworth Honey Archive is located at Beechworth Honey Discovery, 87 Ford Street, Beechworth, Victoria 3747 Australia. The Archive is open to the public and the catalogue of all beekeeping aquisitions can be searched online. The Archive opened in December 2014.

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87 Ford Street Beechworth Victoria 3747 (map)
phone
+61 03 5728 1433

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Opening Hours

9am to 4pm daily (closed 24th to 26th December) Bookings essential - please email info@beechworthhoney.com.au

Entry Fee

Gold coin donation with all proceeds being donated equally between the Wheen Bee Foundation and the Victorian Apiarists Association.

Location

87 Ford Street Beechworth Victoria

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Beechworth Honey Historic Archive and Museum - Historic Australian Beekeeping Archive & Museum

Immerse yourself in the history of Australian beekeeping in the Beechworth Honey Historic Archive and Museum. The collection features Australian beekeeping artefacts, journals and books, including an exclusive range on loan from the Victorian Apiarists Association. Guests may view items on display within Beechworth Honey Discovery, or book a research and reading session in the Historic Archive room (please note; bookings are essential).

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Publication, e-book - Bees-wax: its economical uses and conversion into money (Dennler, J.), Kings Langley, 1889

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Branding Iron

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Metal branding iron with head. Label reads R52

Historical information

This was the Robinsons family brand, registered by Alan + Keith Robinson. Heated in fire, it was used to burn an impression into a pine beebox. It has always been a legal requirement that bees be identified to a particular owner. This allows the owners to be contacted in event of complaints or disease outbreak, among other things.

Honey Tin

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Metal honey tin with metal handle and lid. Front label; "Finest Honey for you Daily Diet" "NET WEIGHT 3Kg" Two notices on label, first notice; "honey is an ideal breakfast food" second notice is general statements on use of honey.

Historical information

Honey tins were made to industry standards, and beekeepers bought tins from manufacturers. One of the largest manufacturers was Pender Bros, based in Maitland NSW. When a customer had emptied a tin, they returned it to the beekeeper when they went to buy more honey.

Queen Bee Cage

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Mesh cage stapled onto top and bottom metal bands. One metal strut running between top and bottom. Base is metal, larger than lid. Lid is wooden, with circular hole.

Historical information

The queen bee cage is designed to hold a queen bee, and up to three or four escort worker bees. The design allows for adequate ventilation, and has a spot for 'queen candy' -candied honey- to block one end. The queen is placed in her new hive inside the cage, and once the queen candy has been eaten through -allowing her access to the hive- the hive has become accustomed to her smell and accept her. Bees could be sent through the post in this cage.

Publication - Pollination Australia: biosecurity risk management. (Brous, D. & Keogh, R.). Canberra, 2008.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication - Gum: the story of the eucalypts and their champions (Hay, A.), Sydney, 2002

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

DVD - American foulbrood and small hive beetle in bees. (Somerville, Doug and Annand, Nick). Sydney, 2011.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

1 DVD

Publication, e-book - The bee-keepers' guide, or, manual of the apiary (Cook, A. J.), Chicago, 1902

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication - Honey: scientific report. (Australia. Therapeutic Goods Administration. Office of Complementary Medicines). Canberra, 1998.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

19 pages.

Income Tax Returns

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Copies of income tax returns for Arthur Frost, son of Frank Lebbell Frost, for the years 1943 and 1944. Occupation stated as Apiarist. For the state of Victoria.

Publication, e-book - British bees: an introduction to the study of the natural history and economy of the bees indigenous to the British Isles (Shuckard, W. E.), London, 1866

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication - The value-adding potential of prebiotic components of Australian honey. (Conway, Patricia L., Stern, Rosie and Tran, Lai). Canberra, 2010.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

30 pages

Publication - Mapping great change: the landscape of central Victoria. (Gill, Gerry and others). Bendigo, 2013.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

28 pages, illustrated.

Publication, e-book - A radical cure for the swarming habit of bees (Jones, H.), Preston, 1909

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication - Honey in modern wound management (Cooper, R., Molan, P. & White, R.), Aberdeen, 2009

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication, e-book - The honey bee: a manual of instruction in apiculture (Benton, F.), Washington, 1899

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Hand-Written Notes by Frank Lebbell Frost [ca 1915-1924]

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Hand-written notes on vegetation and flowering quality. Includes the areas of Rutherglen, Chiltern, Beechworth, Barnawartha, Yackandanda. Includes the trees Yellow Box, Iron Bark, Red Box, Cape Weed, Green Cabbage Box, Stringy Bark and Hill Gum. Written with black ink on paper.

Publication - The Australian horticultural statistics handbook: 1995/96 edition (Australian Horticultural Corporation), Sydney, 1995

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication - Honey: from flower to tables. (Rosenbaum, Stephanie and Kopp, Caroline). San Francisco, 2002.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

120 pages, illustrated.

Publication - Science underpinning the inability to eradicate the Asian honey bee. (Australia. Parliament. Senate. Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee). Canberra, 2011.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

134 pages

Publication - Plants for bees (Kirk, W. D. J. & Howes, F. N.), Cardiff, 2012

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Hand-Drawn Map Centred on Worouly by Frank Lebbell Frost December 1916

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Hand-drawn map centred on Whorouly and showing other towns, including Oxley, Byrne, Edi and Whitfield. Details the local flowering eucalypts. Scale is each red square equals three miles. Drawn with black pen and grey lead on paper. Grid and other features are marked in red.

Historical information

This is one of the maps drawn by Frank L. Frost while he was beekeeping in North-East Victoria. This particular map may be reference in the "Wooden" Diary on page 10.

Publication - A consumer's dictionary of cosmetic ingredients (Winter, R.), New York, 2005

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication - Honey News. (Australian Honey Bureau). Sydney, 1994-1999.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication, e-book - New observations upon bees by Francis Huber 1814. (Dadant, C. P.). Hamilton, IL, 1926.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

230 pages, illustrated (12 plates).

Publication - Australasian Beekeepers' Supplies. (Pender Bros. Pty. Ltd.) West Maitland, 1972.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

35 pages, illustrated

Inscriptions & Markings

Distributed by WJ and F Barnes Pty, Ltd. 536-556 Swan Street, Burnley, Melbourne.

Publication - Canola: pollination aware: case study 6. (Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation). Canberra, [2010].

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

8 pages, illustrated.

Publication - The use of Australian honey in moist wound management. (Davis, Craig). Canberra, 2005.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

24 pages.

Publication - The Bee Craftsman: a short guide to the life story and management of the honey-bee. (Wadey, H. J.) Chatham, UK, 1943.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

115 pages, illustrated.

Publication - Rapid method for measuring the antimicrobial activity of honey. (Black, John). Canberra, 2011.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

16 pages, illustrated.

Miscellaneous papers - Frost family papers

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Miscellaneous papers of Elizabeth A. Larkin, W. F. Frost, L. A. Frost and Sons, Frank Lebbell Frost and Alan M. Frost. The papers are in one folder labelled Frost family papers. Some of the pages are torn. For photographs see Frost Family Album.

Significance

Pages related to land valuations, mortgages, matriculation certificate of Frank Lebbell Frost, land tax income tax assessments, temporary bee farm licences, includes personal notes and sketches. Various dates from 1911 to 1950. These documents provide valuable insight into the lives of beekeepers in that time period.

Publication - Twenty ninth annual report 1991-1992 (Australian Honey Board), Sydney, 1992

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

DVD - City of the bees. (Moody Institute of Science). Chicago, 1998.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

1 DVD: 28 minutes.

Publication, e-book - New observations on the natural history of bees (Huber, F.), Edinburgh, 1806

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication - Investment opportunities in the New Zealand honey industry: part of the Food and Beverage Information Project. (Coriolis [management consulting and marketing firm]). Auckland, 2012

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

68 pages, illustrated.

Publication - The value-adding potential of prebiotic components of Australian honey. (Conway, Patricia L., Stern, Rosie and Tran, Lai). Canberra, 2010.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

30 pages

Hand-Drawn Map Centred on Buckland Gap Road by Frank Lebbell Frost July 1916

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Hand-drawn map centred on Buckland Gap road (near Murmungee). Details the quantity and quality of flowering timber in the nearby State Forest. Scale is 1/2 mile to 1 inch. Map was drawn on the 16th July, 1916. Drawn with black pen and grey lead on paper. Features are marked in red.

Historical information

This is one of the maps drawn by Frank L. Frost while he was beekeeping in North-East Victoria. This particular map may be reference in the "Wooden" Diary on page 8.

Hand-Drawn Map Centred on Chiltern by Frank Lebbell Frost [ca 1915-1918]

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Front Side: Hand-drawn map centred on Chiltern showing the Melbourne road [Hume Freeway] and the Beechworth-Rutherglen road with detailed locations of flora in the region. Flora includes; Iron Bark, Stringy Bark, Red Box and Yellow Box. Details regarding quantity of flowers and quality of trees is included. Back Side: Some names and addresses are recorded in pencil. Drawn with black pen and grey lead on paper. A grid and other symbols are marked in red ink.

Historical information

This is one of the maps drawn by Frank L. Frost while he was beekeeping in North-East Victoria. This particular map may be reference in the "Wooden" Diary on pages 12, 13 and 17.

Beeswax Moulds

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Metal rectangular tub, joined on one side to identical tub. No lids. Rusty, shows use wear.

Historical information

These beeswax moulds are second-hand bread tins from a baker. Beekeepers would re-use anything suitable for melting blocks of wax, this is an example. These weren't so good, the wax was a bit hard to get out.

Publication - Making mead (honey wine): history, recipes, methods and equipment. (Morse, Roger A.). np, 1980.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

127 pages, illustrated.

Publication - The story of honey. (National Honey Board). Longmont, CO, [nd].

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

8 pages, illustrated.

Publication, e-book - Observations on the natural history of bees. (Huber, Francis [Francois]). London, 1841.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

352 pages

Publication - A beekeeper's diary (Norton, Alf. E. and Gulliford, Robert B (editor)), Maitland, [nd]

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication - Valuing honeybee pollination. (Gordon, Jenny and David, Lee). Canberra, 2003.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

36 pages, illustrated.

Publication - Mead: making, exhibiting and judging. (Riches, Harry R. C.). Hedben Bridge UK, 2009.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

80 pages, illustrated

Poster

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Poster of Australian Honey: Nature's Health Food. Nine copies of poster. Illustrations; honey in jar, honey bee & red flowering gum, mocha honey cheesecake, yellow flowering gum.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printer; Australian Honey Board

Antique Smoker

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Metal circular canister with spout and metal struts which connect the canister to bellows. Bellows are constructed from leather and wood. Object is broken; bellows and canister are not attached.

Historical information

Smokers are used to calm bees. This is done by putting some kind of fuel into the chamber (pine needles, hessian, anything that smokes a lot when it burns), lighting it, then puffing the bellows to bring forth the smoke. The smoke has a calming influence over the bees, and helps stop them from stinging. The guard around the outside is to prevent burns via contact with the hot chamber.

Publication - Bee health in Europe: an overview. (Opera Research Center). Piacenza, Italy, 2011.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

20 pages.

Honey Tin

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Metal honey tin, with lid and handle. Rusty, no label.

Historical information

Honey tins were made to industry standards, and beekeepers bought tins from manufacturers. One of the largest manufacturers was Pender Bros, based in Maitland NSW. When a customer had emptied a tin, they returned it to the beekeeper when they went to buy more honey.

Publication - The foodies' guide to Melbourne 09 (Campion, A. & Curtis, M.), Prahran, 2008

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth