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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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location
87 Ford Street Beechworth Victoria (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 - Biggle bee book: a swarm of facts on practical bee-keeping, carefully hives (Biggle, J.), Philadelphia, 1909

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication - Retail World's [Australasian] grocery guide. (Retail Media Pty Ltd). Parramatta, 2002-2008.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

various pages, illustrated.

Publication, e-book - The bee-keepers' guide or manual of the apiary (Cook, A. J.), Lansing, 1883

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication, e-books - Elements of beekeeping (Niswonger, H. R.), Lexington, 1919

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication - The North East Cookbook 2: a culinary guide and photographic journey of North East Victoria and beyond. (Welsh, Bindy). Indigo Valley, 2012.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

179 pages, illustrated.

Publication - 5368.0. International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia. Table 12b. Merchandise exports. (Australian Bureau of Statistics). Canberra, 2014.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

1 spreadsheet

Publication - Honey: floral source guide. (National Honey Board)., Longmont, CO, [nd].

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

4 pages, illustrated.

Personal Reference

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Typed reference letter. Personal reference for William Robinson, a foundation member of the association and a recognised pastoralist and beekeeper in the Beechworth District, written by Linton Briggs, secretary of North-Eastern Apiarists' Association (Victoria).

Publication - Nie bójmy się pszcół: No fear of bees: photo book (Gritsch, H.), Stóze, 2011

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication, e-book - Bee-culture: I. Advice to beginners. II. Practical advice. III. Bees in relation to flowers & fruit. culture IV. Bees in relation to agriculture (Hopkins, I.), Wellington, 1909

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication - Effects of logging on nectar-producing eucalypts: Spotted Gum and Grey Ironbark. (Law, B. & Chidel, M.). Canberra, 2007.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

"Wooden" Diary by Frank Lebbell Frost

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Hand-written diary containing notes, maps, drawings, charts, tables, some newspaper cuttings and financial information. It contains approximately 72 pages. The original diary was encased in wooden frames.

Historical information

This is the diary of Frank L. Frost; a beekeeper who worked in North-East Victoria. It covers from 1915 to 1924.

Significance

This diary is very significant as it gives details about the methods used by early beekeepers in Australia. As it also contains information such as location and condition of flowering plants preferred by bees in specific locations, this diary is very significant because it can be used to see how those locations have changed over the years.

Income Tax Returns

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Copies of income tax returns with details of expenditure and earnings from beekeeping for the financial years 1915 to 1931 for Frank Lebbell Frost. For the state of Victoria.

Publication - Honeybee R&D News

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Published by the Australian Government- Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. No.3 August 2009 -

Publication - The honey and other bee products market in the EU: CBI market survey. (Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries). The Hague, 2009.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

32 pages.

Beekeepers Veil

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Handmade beekeepers veil; metal mesh over front facing, cloth veil. Repaired with brown cotton. Very fragile.

Historical information

In the early days of beekeeping, protective veils were not worn. It was considered a sign of weakness if you could not put up with bee stings. This veil was made by Amy Robinson- her husband and his brother had no interest in putting up with being stung. The solid cloth at the back stops bee stings completely; the veil, while good, does not stop stings if it is pushed up against skin.

Significance

Original handmade beekeepers veil belonging to Bill Robinson. Mended many times over by his wife Amy Robinson.

Publication - Beekeeping in South Africa. (Anderson, R. H., Buys, B and Johannsmeier, M. F.). Pretoria, 1983.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

207 pages, illustrated.

Publication - The bee garden: how to create or adapt a garden to attract and nurture bees (Little, M.), Oxford, 2011

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication - Trees of Victoria (Costermans, L. F.), Frankston, 1973

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication - Form and function in the honey bee (Goodman, L.), Cardiff, 2003

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Publication, e-book - The honey-bee: its natural history, physiology and management (Bevan, E.), London, 1827

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

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.

Newspaper Extract - The Euroa Gazette

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Four page copy of original Euroa Gazette for 28th September 1943. Included in papers of Frank Lebbell Frost. On last page handwritten note "Football" Note: page 3 contains rainfall data for Euroa dating from 1883 to 1943

Honey Tin

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Metal honey tin. Front Label; "Pure Honey 7LB Net Weight" Banner Title; "Pure Honey Gathered in the Australian Bushland" Two notices on label; first detailing chemical composition of honey, "Honey at Breakfast Time", second "In Sickness and in Health" Tin has no lid. Tin is very rusty inside.

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 - 89th annual conference, 29-31 May 2002: conference papers: AFB reduction policy presentation 29 May 2002. (NSW Apiarists' Association Inc.). [np], 2002.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

1 volume, various paginations.

Publication - Australian food statistics: 2004. (Australia. Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry). Canberra, 2005.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

165 pages.

Publication - Australian liquid honey in commercial bakery products. (D'Arcy, Bruce and others). Canberra, 1999.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

85 pages, illustrated.

Publication - Honey: nature's wonder ingredient: 100 amazing uses from traditional cures to food and beauty, with tips, hints and 40 tempting recipes. (Fleetwood, Jenni). London, 2009.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

96 pages, illustrated.

Publication - Code of practice for assuring the quality of Australian honey (Beekeeper edition). (Australian Honey Board and Honey Bee Research and Development Council). Sydney, 1993.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

44 pages

Publication - Understanding the spread of honeybee pests and diseases: an agent-based modelling approach. (Arundel, Jonathan). Canberra, 2011.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

19 pages.

Photograph

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Black and white photograph of Beryl Robinson. Photograph by Dawn Studios, 59a Murphy St, Wangaratta.

Historical information

Beryl Robinson was the winner of Australian Honey Queen, 1965. The dress she is wearing is home-made.

Publication - Icons of grocery: the grocery buyer's guide to Australia's icon brands. (Icon Publishing Pet Ltd). Westleigh, 2003.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

141 pages, illustrated.

Publication - A study of existing and prospective markets and marketing activities for Australian honey. (Kneebone, Martin). Canberra, 2010.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

42 pages

Publication - Honey: a connoisseur's guide with recipes. (Opton, Gene). Berkeley, CA, 2000.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

120 pages, illustrated.

Publication - Demographics of the European apicultural industry. (Chauzat, Marie-Pierre and others). np, 2013.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

13 pages, illustrated.

Publication - Pollination of crops in Australia and New Zealand. (Goodwin, Mark). Canberra, 2012.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

121 pages, illustrated.

Publication - Bees, hives, honey!: beekeeping for children (Rowe, Tim), 2012

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

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

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

8 pages, illustrated.

Publication - Nectar and pollen sources of New Zealand. (Walsh, R. S.). Wellington, 1978.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

59 pages, illustrated.

Publication, e-book - Mysteries of bee-keeping explained (Quinby, M.), New York, 1857

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

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

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

19 pages.

Publication - 97th annual conference, 20-21 May 2010: conference papers. (NSW Apiarists' Association Inc). [np], 2010.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

1 volume, various paginations.

Publication - Report of the inquiry. (New South Wales. Inquiry into Beekeeping in Urban Areas). Sydney, 2000.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

35 pages.

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.

Antique Smoker

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Circular canister, metal, with spout attached. Connected by metal struts is bellows. Bellows have wooden front and back, joined by leather that is attached by metal.

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.

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.

Antique Wax Foundation Mould

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

Rectangular box with base and no lid. Constructed from wood, joined with metal nails in the corners. Inside box is a metal mould base with hexagonal imprint and metal mould lid with hexagonal imprint.

Historical information

To use this foundation mould, melted beeswax was poured , the lid was placed on top, and the wax allowed to cool. The mould was then separated, and the beeswax foundation sheet taken out. Once placed in a hive, bees used the honeycomb impression created by the mould to draw out honey comb cells to store honey and polen. This mould was used by Bill Voigt, a beekeeping friend of the Robinson family. It was donated by Wilma, Val and Richard Voigt.

Significance

This is antique equipment used by known beekeepers.

Publication - Fit and healthy kids. (National Honey Board). Longmont, CO, 2002.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth

1 foldout pamphlet, illustrated.

Publication - The economic value and environmental impact of the Australian beekeeping industry: a report prepared for the Australian beekeeping industry. (Gibbs, D. M. H. & Muirhead, I. F.). Canberra, 1998.

Beechworth Honey Archive, Beechworth