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City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum) Ormond, Victoria

The Box Cottage Museum houses a collection that reflects the life of residents in the Moorabbin Area from pre-settlement of Brighton, Parish of Moorabbin, County of
Bourke in 1841 through the establishment of The Moorabbin Roads Board 1862 to the City of Moorabbin 1934 -94.The City of Moorabbin Historical Society was founded in 1960. and is a small not-for-profit organisation devoted to preserving the history of the former City of Moorabbin. It exists for the benefit of the public, as much as for its members. Among other activities, it acts as the custodian of Box Cottage Museum, allowing the cottage and its exhibits to be open for inspection by the public. The society maintains a library of the area's history, and generally acts as a resource for members of the community with an interest in local history. New members and visitors are most welcome.

Contact Information

location
CMHS PO Box 4028 McKinnon Victoria 3204 (map)
phone
+61 03 9557 4642; 0431 145 231

Contact

Opening Hours

2pm - 4pm Last Sunday of the month & by appointment

Entry Fee

Gold Coin Donation

Location

Joyce Park Jasper Road Ormond Victoria

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The City of Moorabbin Historical Society was formed in 1960 by a group of residents concerned for the preservation of the historical legacy of the district and is the custodian of the 'Box Cottage' Museum. The museum is a re-production cottage of an actual 1840s local pioneer's cottage; it does include some of the original fittings, such as convict bricks, window frames and doors. The museum houses an eclectic collection of interesting historical artefacts collected from the surrounding districts, including such items as historical photos, local land sale advertisements, vintage agricultural implements, tools, clothing, domestic items, linen, lace, furniture and artefacts reflecting an era long past. The museum provides an enjoyable learning experience for both children and adults, and also gives them a glimpse into life before the advent of electricity and supermarkets particularly in the suburbs of Ormond, Bentleigh, Moorabbin, Highett and Cheltenham. In the grounds there is also a collection of agricultural implements, and a wheelway cart resting on a length of original steel plateway. Visitors are most welcome to browse folios of historic photos as well as a good library of books relating to local history.

Significance

The 'Box Cottage Museum' contains a diverse collection of artefacts that provides a comprehensive historical view of the settlement of the area from the 1841 Dendy Special Survey of Land, through the establishment of the Market Gardens c1850, up to the Land Sales and housing development Post World War2. The reconstructed Pioneer Cottage displays early settler life, development of local industry and photography of events and prominent people from the vast
Moorabbin Area .

Joan Moore 12 April 2013 11:11 PM

Emily I have asked about the original colour of the Mangle but have no definite answer. 'Heritage green' has been put on parts of our Mangle to protect it from rust. I hope to get another photo onto site soon. Joan

Joan Moore 7 July 2013 9:05 PM

Thank you Lucy for your observation. I have checked the Teapot and the lid has indeed a different pattern. I have asked members of Historical Society if they know the Donor of this item or information about the items and am waiting for their response. Joan Moore

Joan Moore 29 July 2013 11:45 PM

Thank you for that information Arthur. I think it would be rather hard work pushing the agitator up and down amongst the washing.

Joan Moore 19 October 2013 9:19 PM

Thank you Geoff for this information Dennis will contact you.

Joan Moore 19 October 2013 9:21 PM

Sorry Jeff Joan

joan 24 May 2015 1:03 PM

Hello Fiona, all our artefacts were donated c1960 I do not know if they still make them or if they have any value other than historical.

Joan Moore 26 May 2015 9:26 PM

Hello Margaret, Thank you for your enquiry. All our artefacts were donated and we do not have any valuations.

Joan Moore 26 May 2015 9:44 PM

Hello Stephen, Thank you for your comments unfortunately we have no photographs of that site.

Linda Jones 10 July 2015 9:58 AM

Hello I have some old Bentleigh Club (Yawla Street Bentleigh) annual magazines which my father had collected as he was President for many years..Pat Chaundy was his name. It was a very important part of the landscape for decades. I think the Melbourne Football Club now own it but I know it was an historical home in the day. The booklets have lot of interesting ads in them for retailers etc around the area. I have a box full of them and was wondering if you would like them. Please email me if you are interested in adding them to your library. Regards Linda Jones

Carol 13 July 2015 11:17 PM

Linda can you please contact Box Cottage on the Victorian Collections Site ( email query and I will get back to you) re - the Bentleigh Club papers.

Joan Moore 19 June 2016 10:13 PM

Marylou we have no stock. All artefacts were donated by residents of the City of Moorabbin Joan Moore

Kathryn 21 September 2016 10:15 AM

Hello I purchased a marriage certificate from 1854 and couldnt make out the residence. I finally found out it is Two Acre Village. It fits in with other family members being in the area

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1068 items

Library Book Armchair Memories. - Armchair Memories by Mary Henshelwood Davenport

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A soft covered book dark blue book, dark blue pages with white writing on each page. Also on the cover is a photo of Mary Henshelwood Davenport ( in her latter years) sitting in a chair (which has a brightly coloured patchwork quilt over it) looking towards the camera.

Historical information

This is a auto biography of Mary's life from birth 1920 till her 90th. birthday in 2000.Compiled by the author as a record of her life for herself and and her descendants. The time covered is from her birth and early childhood in Tasmania, then to Caulfield in Victoria while still a child, then after her marriage in 1944 Bentleigh in Victoria.

Significance

An insight into a period of time 1920 --2000 covering different events in the authors life and her perception of them.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the inside page is a dedication to my friends my family and especially my great grandchildren.

Clothing, girl's dress

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

c1900 girl's dress is made of cotton and is all hand-worked, with cutwork

Historical information

This girl's white cotton dress is typical of the craftsmanship of the home dressmakers among the pioneer settlers and market gardeners of the Moorabbin Shirec 1900

Significance

The pioneer settlers and market gardeners of Moorabbin Shire had to be self reliant and the women made most of the clothing for their families.

Personal Effects, lady’s Pince-nez ½ with fine gold chain

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

One half of a pair of lady’s Pince-nez eyeglasses with 1 gold rimmed glass lens , a gold style bridge and a fine gold chain that is attached to the side of the lens frame and to a shaped over- ear metal piece.

Historical information

Glasses, also known as eyeglasses or spectacles, are frames bearing lenses worn in front of the eyes. They are normally used for vision correction or eye protection. Pince-nez is a French style of spectacles, popular in the 19th century, that are supported without earpieces, by pinching the bridge of the nose. The name comes from French pincer, "to pinch", and nez, "nose". Although pince-nez were used in Europe in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, modern ones appeared in the 1840s and reached their peak popularity around 1880 to 1900 A solid bridge piece is moulded to fit the curvature of the bridge of the nose. They are anchored onto the bridge of the nose via two small spring-loaded clips terminating in special nose-pads made from bone or tortoise shell on metal called plaquettes, which are tweezered apart for placement on the face through applying pressure to two small lever-like finger-pieces located on the front of the bridge. Plaquettes could be either hinged and flexible, permitting a better fit, or static as in the older examples of this type.. They were popular from the 1890s through to the 1950s,

Kitchen Equipment, candles 'Electrine'

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

6 candles, in original box, made by 'Electrine' Co. 2 candles broken when brush tailed possum entered Cottage via chimney 27/4/2014

Historical information

Prior to the installation of gas and electric light pioneers used candles for lighting after sunset.

Ornaments, Green Vase

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A shallow factory made, frosted green glass vase. The central "frog" is a figurine in the shape of a draped lady, with ten holes at her base to hold flowers. The lady's shape is poorly moulded, indistinct and would have been cheaply made.

Historical information

The Cambridge Glass Company was chartered in 1873 by a group of Cambridge, Ohio businessmen. But it was not until 1899, when the site was purchased by the newly formed National Glass Company, that funds became available to start the construction of this new glass factory. n 1901, The Cambridge Glass Company was organized by the owners of the National Glass Company of Pennsylvania Arthur J. Bennett, a native of England, was hired to manage this new factory. Having experience in the china and glass trades. Many of the patterns were of Mr. Bennett's own design. Sometime around 1903-1904 the company's first trademark came into being, the words "Near Cut" pressed into the glass. Cambridge Glass soon became known worldwide for quality in both "crystal and colours, pressed and blown’. 1984. The National Cambridge Collectors purchased many of the moulds, all of the etching/decorating plates and other assets of Cambridge Glass from Imperial. The Cambridge Glass factory building was demolished in 1989

Inscriptions & Markings

No Makers Mark. Appears to be similar to vases made by Cambridge Glass Co, Ohio, America, (1901 - 1958), during the Depression.

Personal Effects, lady's purse

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A lady's dark brown pigskin purse with 7 sections, a short strap handle across the top and a metal fastening stud

Tools, small brass water tap

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

c1900 Water tap, small brass

Significance

This Water tap is typical of those used by early settlers in Moorabbin Shire

Clothing, lady’s half petticoat

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A lady’s white cotton half petticoat with crocheted flounce,

Historical information

Laura and Bernard Ashley began printing fabric in their London kitchen in 1953. Commencing with head scarves and place-mats they gradually developed table-ware and bed sheets. In 1960 they entered the Fashion world with blouses and smocks . The ‘swinging sixties’ saw them in great demand for the feminine florals and flounces of the ‘maxi’ fashions and they opened in smart South Kensington, London. In 1970 they opened franchises in Australia, Canada, Japan, San Francisco that sold their range of fabrics, dresses and accessories. In 1980 home furnishings were added to the range. Laura died in an accident 1985, Bernard retired in1993 and the company is now Public Listed on Stock Exchange.

Significance

‘Laura Ashley’ clothing, fabric and accessories were very popular in Melbourne in 1970’s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Laura Ashley Pty Ltd

Haberdashery, pillow-shams

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A pair of white, decorative pillow-shams with beautiful embroidery and the initials A&G. Possibly made for a ‘Glory Box’

Historical information

This pair of white decorative pillow-shams is an example of the dressmaking skills of the women of the pioneer settlers families in Moorabbin Shire c1900

Significance

Early settlers and market gardeners established their families in Moorabbin Shire and this item shows the skill and craftsmanship of the women of these families

Inscriptions & Markings

A & G embroidered on centre of each piece

Library Book Australia - Australia by R.M. Crawford

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A small hard cover dark blue book.

Historical information

This book tells the early migration and settlement of Australia up to 1952. The land, the aborigines, the Empire, Colonization, Pastoral Society,the gold rush, the Commonwealth.The book was written by R.M. Crawford Professor of History in the University of Melbourne.

Inscriptions & Markings

The front end paper and back end paper has a drawn map of Australia, the front showing places mentioned in the book, the back showing selected industries.

Newsletter, City of Moorabbin Historical Society No. 10 Vol. 6 November 1966 - City of Moorabbin Historical Society Newsletter No. 10 Vol. 6 November 1966

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

2 x L 26cm x W 21cm printed both sides

Historical information

Topic ; Cheltenham ANA 1891 The Aims of the CMHS are ‘to record the history of the City, and register something of the Australian Atmosphere, which the necessary speed-up in post-world-war two (WW11) immigration has caused to be lost; to produce a magazine at regular intervals, featuring the work of pioneers and the changing Australian scene; to work constantly with a long range view towards building a hall where records and exhibits can be housed’ (1961) The Original Newsletters reflect the history and heritage of the former City of Moorabbin — derived from Mooroobin, ‘a resting place’ in the Bunurrung spoken language. In 1994, the City of Moorabbin was integrated into the Cities of Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston and Monash

Significance

This is Newsletter No. 10 Vol. 6 of the CMHS November 1966 CMHS obtained a Kingston City Council Community Grant 2016 for the digitization and preservation of these Original CMHS Newsletters commenced in 1961

Inscriptions & Markings

CITY OF MOORABBIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY / AFFILIATED WITH THE ROYAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF / VICTORIA AND THE CHELTENHAM ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY/ President Mrs N. Blackman… Secretary Mrs F.Neville......... / VOLUME 6 No.10 NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 1966

Manufactured Glass, jar of Mustard Ointment 'Rawleigh's;

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A clear glass jar with a metal screw lid containing Mustard Ointment made by W.T. Rawleigh Co. Ltd. .Melbourne

Historical information

WT Rawleigh (1870-1952) Freeport USA began in 1889 the direct selling method to sell his products, travelling around on horse and cart in the early days from house to house selling his medicines and other lines. Rawleigh's wide range of products includes: Medicinal, Nutritional, Gourmet, Homecare, Personal Care, Animal & Plant Care Since 1889, millions of families around the world have learned to rely upon and keep Rawleigh's reliable medicines and other products on hand ready for emergencies to relieve sickness, pains, injuries and for their daily needs. By 1920, young Rawleigh had built the biggest manufacturing organisation in the world. Mr Floyd George Rawleigh who was the son of David Rawleigh, W.T.Rawleigh's brother, came to Australia, with Mr Jackson, in 1931 and set up the Rawleighs Company Business . Generations of Australians, Canadians and Americans grew up waiting for The Rawleigh Man to arrive at their front door with his sample case of goodies to add spice to their life and to heal their ailments. In World War II, most Australian soldiers posted overseas carried a tin of Rawleigh Antiseptic Salve in their kits to treat wounds and ward off infection The Rawleigh Man brought to family front doors the best materials money could buy from around the world: spices from Sumatra, Java, China, India, Africa, the West Indies; black pepper from the island of Ponapai; lemon and orange oils from California and Sicily and Vanilla from Madagascar and Java; high grade coffee beans from the Andes. Most of the herbs, roots, barks and buds used in making cough medicines and tonics came from Europe, India, Ceylon, China, North America, the West Indies, Jamaica, Honduras and Asia. From Japan came camphor and menthol for making medicines. From Tavenui, the Garden Island of Fiji, came the food grade coconut oil for Rawleigh's gold medal winning Coconut Oil Soap. Rawleigh products are still only available from Rawleigh men and women who carry on the time-honoured tradition of the Rawleigh company to give individuals a go at developing their own business supplying products to people in their homes. Only now they are also doing it in cyberspace.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lid ; Rawleigh’s Front ; Rawleigh’s / Net WT. / 1 ½ oz / COMPOUND / MUSTARD OINTMENT / WILL NOT BLISTER /preferable to Mustard Plaster / MNUFACTURED BY / The W, T. Rawleigh Co Ltd / MELBOURNE. / Left side ; DIRECTIONS …….. , / Right side ; Useful

Library Book - Bentleigh Secondary College a History 1950's to 2002 compiled by Sandra Eldridge ( 2000- 2002)

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

This is a medium soft cover book with a vertical wide green stripe down the front,on this green stripe is a sepia style print ( black) of school children in a large group, at the top of the cover is the title of the book in black and white writing,at the bottom of the cover are four badges depicting the four name changes the school had over that time frame, the back cover is the same as the front the only writing is a small acknowledgement to the compiler in the bottom left hand corner.

Historical information

This book depicts the establishment of a High School in Bentleigh in 1956,the name changes and the expansion that this school went through till 2002.

Newsletter, City of Moorabbin Historical Society Oct 2007 - October 2007

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A4 paper printed both sides x1. Issue 4 of the bi-monthly, City of Moorabbin Historical Society Newsletter produced by Society member and Secretary, Mrs Helen Stanley in October 2007 Dr G Whitehead’s talk on October 28 has been cancelled because the official ‘Re-opening of Joyce Park’ will be at 2pm that day and large crowds are expected. More volunteers at Box Cottage will also be needed that day. The excerpt from the CMHS Newsletter of March 1963 by Tom Sheehy, President, continues with ‘Higinbotham and the reshaping political scene of 1890’s’

Historical information

The City of Moorabbin Historical Society was formed c 1960 by a group of Moorabbin residents who were concerned that the history of the area should be preserved. A good response to a call for items related to the historical area of Moorabbin Shire brought donations of a wide variety of artefacts which are now preserved by the current members of CMHS at Box Cottage Museum . Helen Stanley, Secretary of CMHS, began producing a Newsletter for members in April 2007 to provide current information and well researched items of historical interest.

Significance

Helen Stanley has produced a bi-monthly Newsletter, 2007 - 2013, for the members of the City of Moorabbin Historical Society that contains well researched interesting historical items, notification of upcoming events, current advice from Royal Australian Historical Society , Museums Australia Victoria and activities of Local Historical Societies. The Newsletter is an important record of the activities of the CMHS. Tom Sheehy, past President of CMHS, was an Historian and Author of 'Battlers tamed a Sandbelt'.

Inscriptions & Markings

CITY of MOORABBIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY / OCTOBER 2007 NEWSLETTER

Photograph, Black & White, Caroline Box c1855

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

Black and white photograph of Caroline Box taken in Tunbridge Wells England c 1855

Historical information

George Box, of Sussex England, his wife Mary Cripps Box and 3 three of their 4 four sons and 3 three of their 4 four daughters left Liverpool in the Sailing Ship 'Atlanta' in March 1856 to begin a new life in Melbourne, Victoria , Australia Their baby daughter Cecilia Lydia died a few days later. Caroline Box, the eldest daughter, remained in England . working as a cook until she joined the family in Australia in 1863

Significance

Box Cottage Museum, a reconstruction of an early settler hut, is named after the Box family who resided there 1865 -1913 . George Box was the father of William Box who with his wife Elizabeth Avis Box and 13 children lived and farmed on the block of land in Jasper Road, East Brighton ( now McKinnon / Ormond) that was part of the Henry Dendy Special Survey 1841

Inscriptions & Markings

Album inside cover ; Donated to / Moorabbin / Historical Society / by / Avis Box Leigh

Clothing, lady's white cotton nightdress with lace yoke

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A lady's long white cotton nightdress with lace yoke back and front and lace cuffs on the short sleeves. Possibly maternity wear.

Historical information

This lady’s cotton nightdress is an example of the dressmaking skills of the women of the early settlers families in Moorabbin Shire in the early 20th C

Significance

Early settlers and market gardeners established their families in Moorabbin Shire and this item shows the skill and craftsmanship of the women of these families

World War 1914-1918, Medal Alonzo Sheldrake Box

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A gold metal medal with top crest , 2 attachment rings, engraved on both sides presented to Alonzo Sheldrake Box 'For God King and Country. Aus. 1914 '

Historical information

World War 1 1914-18 affected most families in Moorabbin Shire with large numbers of young men enlisting in the Australian Infantry Force. Alonzo Sheldrake Box , a pavier of Oakleigh, Victoria served at Gallipoli, France and Somme . When he returned home Oakleigh, like many Australian Towns, celebrated his safety and courage by presenting him with this Gold Medal. Each town also mourned the loss of so many soldiers and collected money from the residents to build War Memorials on which were engraved the names of the deceased soldiers. Alonzo Sheldrake Box (1851 - 1958) was the nephew of William and Elizabeth Box who lived in Box Cottage , East Brighton - now Ormond -. He married Mary Louisa Closter on June 12th 1918 at Holy Trinity, Church of England, Oakleigh.

Significance

Alonzo Box was the son of John Box, who migrated from Sussex, England with his brother William Box c1855 , and established a market garden in East Brighton that was part of the Henry Dendy ' Special Survey Brighton 1841'

Inscriptions & Markings

Front ; outer circle - FOR GOD KING AND COUNTRY AUS. 1914 inner circle - tableau of a woman, rising sun and fighting soldiers Back : outer circle - PRESENTED BY THE CITIZENS OF OAKLEIGH centre - IN / RECOGNITION OF / SERVICE RENDd./ A.S.BOX / AIF / laurel wreath

Clothing, Bowler Hat black

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A black felt Bowler hat with cream silk lining and black ribbon band

Historical information

The Bowler hat, characterised by its dome-like crown, was invented in 1849 by a pair of hat-makers: brothers Thomas and William Bowler. They were commissioned by the famous London hat retailer “Lock & Co” to invent a close-fitting, low-crowned hat for their customer Mr. Edward Coke. It would be sturdy and not easily knocked or blown off the wearer’s head. The difference between a Bowler hat and a Derby hat is simply that Bowler hats are British, Derby hats are American. The Bowler / Derby hat was devised in London during a time when the top hat was the upper-class men’s hat of choice and the lower social class wore soft, cloth caps. However, the top hat was impractical and inconvenient for those on horseback as it easily toppled over and was easily damaged. Bowler hats were termed “stiff” hats– they were given a coat of shellac in the construction process and therefore never conformed to the shape of the wearers head. While very stiff, the hat is lined in a beautiful, soft silk to ensure comfort. The Bowler hat marked the first middle ground between formality and casual wear. c1900 The Derby hats were very popular for all classes in USA including criminals like Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid and c1920 many fashionable women also wore them. In England and Commonwealth the Bowler hat remained popular throughout the 1800s and through the first half of the 1900s, being worn by everyone from politicians, actors, accountants, bankers, and the 'everyman' on the street.

Significance

The family of Nance Blackman were early settlers in Moorabbin Shire

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside Crown & Band ; The Cobweb Felt / easiest/ fitting / extra light / Inside Band Best Quality / 6111

Gold Mining, prospector's "rocker"

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

This gold miner's rocker is very old, and very well-used. It is a large wooden rocking- box or cradle used by gold prospectors. A handle on the rocker is pushed back and forth, as gravel is put in the top part of the box so that finer and heavier particles drop through a screen.. The bottom part of the device had slats, that caught the heavier metals. i.e gold particles. The water passed through the shute at the base back into the creek or river.

Historical information

Gold was discovered in Victoria c1850 and people came from all over the world to seek their fortune at Ballarat and Bendigo and surrounding gold fields. This large wooden rocking- box or cradle was used by gold prospectors. A handle on the rocker is pushed back and forth, as the miner put gravel into the top part and finer and heavier particles dropped through a screen, helped along by buckets of water. The bottom part of the device had slats, that caught the heavier metals. After many shovel loads of gravel were pushed through the rocker, the miner would then use his gold pan to sort out the heavy minerals to find gold. Most of the pioneer settlers in Moorabbin Shire left the area to try their luck at gold mining and there was a desperate shortage of workers to maintain the market gardens and supply food to the ever increasing population of Melbourne.

Significance

This gold prospector's 'cradle' is hand made and typical of those used by many hopeful Moorabbin Shire pioneers as they abandoned their market gardens to try their luck at finding gold in the Ballarat and Bendigo minefields c1850

Newsletter, City of Moorabbin Historical Society No. 5 Vol. 4 May 1964 - City of Moorabbin Historical Society Newsletter No. 5 Vol. 4 May 1964

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

1 x Foolscap paper printed on 2 sides folded for 4 pages

Historical information

Topic ;Moorabbin Library Statement The Aims of the CMHS are ‘to record the history of the City, and register something of the Australian Atmosphere, which the necessary speed-up in post-world-war two (WW11) immigration has caused to be lost; to produce a magazine at regular intervals, featuring the work of pioneers and the changing Australian scene; to work constantly with a long range view towards building a hall where records and exhibits can be housed’ (1961) The Original Newsletters reflect the history and heritage of the former City of Moorabbin — derived from Mooroobin, ‘a resting place’ in the Bunurrung spoken language. In 1994, the City of Moorabbin was integrated into the Cities of Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston and Monash.

Significance

This is Newsletter No. 5 Vol. 4 of the CMHS May 1964 CMHS obtained a Kingston City Council Community Grant 2016 for the digitization and preservation of these Original CMHS Newsletters commenced in 1961

Inscriptions & Markings

CITY OF MOORABBIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER / Vol. 4 No. 5 May 1964 /

Clothing, baby's dress

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

Home-made, infant's short, long-sleeved, cream silk dress. With inset machine-made lace panels and ribbon inserts on bodice and on the sleeve cuffs. Small buttons down the back. .

Historical information

This baby's dress is an example of the clothing made for their children by the families who had settled in the Moorabbin Shire in mid 19th C

Significance

The skill and craftsmanship shown in this baby's dress is an example of the clothing made by the pioneer settlers and market gardeners in Moorabbin Shire who had to be self reliant and made their own clothing and utensils.

Toiletries, hair curling tongs

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A pair of steel, hair curling tongs

Historical information

Curling irons, also known as curling tongs, create waves or curls in the hair. Clipless wands have no clamp, and the user simply wraps hair around a rod and squeezes the two parts together. The metal curling irons were heated on the fire or the stove and then the hair could be clamped between these 2 rods to create a curl in the hair .

Inscriptions & Markings

Eveready England

Dolls, china 20thC

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A china doll with auburn hair in a white machine embroidered nylon dress with pink ribbon threaded through a white lace hem. A pink crocheted choker with a crocheted pendant holding 3 pearls around the neck. A headpiece of white ribbon and lace.

Historical information

This doll is used as an educational toy to help visitors imagine life c1900

Photograph, B&W, a son of Henry Box 1839 -1913

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A black and white photograph of a boy who could be a son of Henry Box 1839 -1913

Historical information

Henry Box ,who was born in Withyham, Sussex in 1839 , was the 3rd son of George and Mary Cripps Box and came to Australia in 1856 with the family. Henry paid his own fare so was not ‘bound’ to any employer. Henry helped his brother William establish his market garden on the site of Box Cottage, Jasper Road 1865 and by 1970 was purchasing property in East Brighton (Bentleigh.). He continued to purchase land, which he rent / leased to family members, and at his death in 1913 owned property in East Boundary Road, Murrumbeena and Elsternwick. Henry married Elizabeth ‘Emma’ Ward in 1868 and they had 9 children but 2 died in infancy. ‘ Emma’ was the daughter of William Ward 1820- 1908 who was born in Norfolk and emigrated with his wife Ann Ostler in 1853. Henry was a member of the Court Pride of St George AOF, and a lay preacher at the Bentleigh Baptist Church.. Surviving Children were - Caroline Alma Box 1863-1943, Mary Anne Box 1865- ?, Lydia Elizabeth Box 1867- 1957, William Henry Box 1869- 1945, Emma Elizabeth Ellen Box 1875 – 1964, Olivia Christina ‘Chrissie’ Box 1878 – 1963, Archibald Ward Box 1882 -?

Significance

Box Cottage Museum, a reconstruction of an early settler hut, is named after the Box family who resided there 1865 -1913 . William Box who with his wife Elizabeth Avis Box and 13 children lived and farmed on the block of land in Jasper Road, East Brighton ( now McKinnon / Ormond) that was part of the Henry Dendy Special Survey 1841 . Henry Box, a brother of William Box, was born in Withyham, Sussex and came to Australia with his parents George and Mary Box and siblings in 1856. He purchased property and helped the family establish market gardens in East Brighton (Bentleigh). Henry and his wife Elizabeth Emma Ward Box had 9 children, Henry was a lay preacher for the Baptist Church Bentleigh. Inscribed in Album “ The early photos in this album were found by Mr (Laurie) Lewis when he was demolishing the Old Box Cottage. He gave them to Mrs Avis Box Eldridge who in turn gave them to me. They were not identified. I believe they rightly belong in the Cottage. I have attempted to identify them and present them in a way they can be preserved as a historical record of the era.” A B Leigh

Inscriptions & Markings

BENSEN & STEVENSON PHOTOS / 108 Elizabeth Street Melbourne/ COPIES CAN BE OBTAINED AT ANY TIME

Photograph, Alfred Amos , Gertrude Emma Box 1941

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

Black & White photograph of Alfred Amos and Emma Gertrude Box c1941

Historical information

William and Elizabeth Box migrated from Sussex England c1850 and established a market garden in the area of Henry Dendy's 'Special Survey Brighton 1841' in the Parish of Moorabbin, County of Bourke. William's parents, George & Mary Box followed in 1856 bringing 6 of their 10 children and joined William in East Brighton ( Bentleigh) Gertrude Emma Box is a descendant of this family.

Significance

The Box family were pioneer settlers in the area of 'Henry Dendy's Special Survey 1841' Brighton and established market gardens .

Manufactured objects, wood from SS 'Hygea'

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

Bowl and lid made from the wood of the SS 'HYGEA'

Photograph, postcard, colour, St Michael & All Angels Church Withyham, Sussex

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

Colour postcard of the Box family Parish Church in Withyham, Sussex

Historical information

Many Box family members attended and were married in this Parish Church in Sussex,

Significance

This is the Parish Church of the Box Family in Withyham, Sussex, England

Inscriptions & Markings

Judges Postcards Ltd. Hastings England c 1990

Craftwork, leatherwork marking tool

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A leather working marking tool with a steel wheel and shaft and a carved wooden handle.

Historical information

This leather marking tool is rolled along leather to mark the spacing of stitches for smooth, even results. Early settlers and pioneers had to be self reliant and made and repaired their own equipment eg Saddles, reins, as well as wallets, pouches and bags.

Sewing equipment, darning mushroom

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A timber 'mushroom' shaped darning tool

Historical information

Darning 'mushrooms' were used to repair any woollen garment, such as socks, jumpers and ladies cotton or Lyle stockings.

Significance

This darning tool was an essential item in pioneer household as the early settlers had to make and repair all their clothing.

Books, birthday diary, red, leather

City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond

A red leather covered diary for recording Birthday dates with inspirational verses for each day. c1945

Historical information

Birthday Diaries were a popular gift in 20th century and usually contained verse suitable for the date They were used to remind the owner of upcoming birthdays of relatives and friends

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover BIRTHDAYS Inside cover a signature ‘W M Biche’ / ‘ Rosemary that’s / for remembrance / 1915 – 1945 / ‘ Dad died 1946 / 21st Nov / ‘Vale beloved’ BIRTHDAY / BOOK / CONTAINING / A CHOICE / SELECTION OF / QUOTATIONS / FOR EVERY / DAY OF THE / YEAR / CROMWELL / SERIES