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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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Clothing, lady's stockings 'Holeproof'

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

An unused pair of lady's nylon stockings in original box. 'Holeproof' 'For you', 'Precious' size 91/2

Historical information

Holeproof Hosiery was a Milwaukee, Wisconsin textile firm that was founded in 1901.With extensive advertising the brand name became recognized worldwide. The business produced men's and women's hosiery, underwear, lingerie, and men's pyjamas. Holeproof Hosiery began making nylon hosiery in January 1940, starting production on 8 of its 230 machines. The hose were made of a synthetic yarn composed of derivatives of coal and iron manufactured by Du Pont. In the late 1920s, a successful hosiery manufacturer, Staley & Staley Ltd, started making ladies hosiery under licence from the Holeproof Hosiery Company in Milwaukee, USA. The company went public in 1929 and opened the first Holeproof mill at Brunswick, Victoria in 1930, becoming the first manufacturer to produce and market Australian-made self-supporting socks. During the 1930s, Holeproof revolutionised the Australian market by promoting their products as a sought-after fashion accessory. The Australian company is still in business today, owned by Pacific Brands.

Inscriptions & Markings

Box Cover : For You / HOLEPROOF/ SUPERFINE EXQUISITE SHEERS Side : Precious 9 1/2 Package : 60 GUAGE / SHEER NYLON / BY / HOLEPROOF / 9 1/2 Card : Especially / For You / from

Library Book, Moorabbin 50 years A City - Battlers Tamed A Sandbelt

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

A hard cover book, published and printed in City of Moorabbin 1985.

Historical information

Tom Sheehy was born in NSW1920 and moved to Moorabbin 1948

Inscriptions & Markings

BATTLERS TAMED / A SANDBELT / MOORABBIN / 50 YEARS A CITY Dust Cover is a montage of reproduced images of iconic Moorabbin identities and locations inside cover is written , dated & signed - 23'1'86 / With Regards / Tom Sheehy/

Containers, tin, Tobacco ‘Murrays Erinmore

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

A tin with a lift off lid for Tobacco flake ‘Murray’s Erinmore’

Historical information

Murray, Sons and Company Ltd was a tobacco manufacturing company based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The company traded under its own name but under various ownerships, from its foundation in 1810[1] until closure in 2005. Murray, Sons and Company Ltd began trading in Belfast in 1810, and became a limited company in 1884. By 1921, it shared most of the Belfast manufacture of tobacco, cigarettes and snuff with Gallaher Limited, who had moved to Belfast in 1867. Dunlop McCosh Cunningham, born 1901, took over the running of the works in the mid-1920s from his uncle. The firm produced Erinmore and Yachtsman Navy Cut brands. In 1953, Murray, Sons and Company Ltd was acquired from Dunlop McCosh Cunningham by London-based Carreras Tobacco, which merged with Rothman's of Pall Mall to become Carreras Rothmans Limited. Carreras Rothmans became known as Rothmans International in 1972. In June 1999, Rothmans International was acquired by British American Tobacco. In 2004, British American Tobacco announced the closure of Murray, Sons and Company Ltd in 2005. Throughout its trading life, Murray Sons and Company Ltd manufactured various brands of tobacco products including pipe tobacco Craven, Dunhill, Erinmore, Yachtsman Navy Cut cigarettes.

Inscriptions & Markings

MURRAY’S / ERINMORE / FLAKE / trade mark

Clothing, button hook

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

A metal button hook for shoes and gaiters with an 'Ivorine' handle

Historical information

A button hook is a tool used for the closing of shoes, gloves or other apparel that uses buttons as fasteners. It consists of a steel hook fixed to a handle that may be simple or decorative. The hook end is inserted through the buttonhole to capture the button by the shank and draw it through the opening.

Significance

The family of May Curtis were early settlers in Moorabbin Shire

Library Book - The Bulletin Centenary Issue 1880-1980 by Australian Consolidated Press

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

A larger white soft cover book with the title written in large red letters at the top underneath this is a sepia photo of the Bulletin front page January 31st. 1880 followed by bold black letters 1880 - 1980 One Hundred Years Of Australia's Best All In This Issue followed by fourteen lines across the bottom of the cover listing 76 Australian authors.

Historical information

This book is a special issue published by the Bulletin on the 100th.anniversary of their first issue,it contains four parts,modern Australian writing, historical best writing,poetry,early black and white art and the final section is the Bulletin writers examine some of the issues in the current Bulletin ( January 1980)

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front cover is a large round blue motif depicting the nib of a fountain pen around the edge of the circle is written The Bulletin Centenary 1880- 1980 Souvenir Edition.

Kitchen Equipment, crockery child's cup.

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

Small white child's china cup with handle, c 1950 -60. Colourful transfer-printed decoration of children playing with a selection of toys. Possibly part of child's tea-set.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped made in Czechoslovakia. Colourful transfer-printed decoration of children playing with a selection of toys.

Drawing, Plan of Box Property c1915

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

A coloured drawing of a Plan of Box Property c1915 in a wooden frame

Historical information

This ‘Plan of the Box Property c1915’ was drawn by a CMHS member in 1985 to educate members and visitors to Box Cottage Museum. The drawing shows the layout of the original pioneer cottage , the newer front house and the garden as well as the adjoining properties. It includes a detailed drawing of the Cottage roof and rooms .

Sewing equipment, sewing container, threads, needles

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

A tin with lid, containing various packets of sewing threads and needles

Historical information

This type of sewing equipment was widely used in many homes, in an era when hand-made clothes were the “norm.”, and clothes and hosiery were mended, darned or ‘re-made’ into another garment..

Significance

These cotton and silk threads are examples of those used for dressmaking, crochet and needlework by the women of the early settler families who made, mended or darned the clothes and hosiery in Moorabbin Shire c1900

Inscriptions & Markings

Packets ; CLARKE’S Fine Filosheen Grist / 20 yards 3076 Squirrel / No 40 : PRESTIGE ; NEWEY’S Spring ; PARAMOUNT Linen Finish THREAD ; Embassy rustless needles ;

Kitchen Equipment, tin mesh, meat safe

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

A green, tin meat safe with mesh sides and a hinged door with a latch lock.

Historical information

This is a common small 'meat safe' used in most homes prior to the arrival of Refrigerators. Food, such as milk, butter, cooked meat would be stored for a short time in this safe. It would be suspended from the ceiling / roof in a cool place - Dairy - and the mesh sides allowed air circulation while providing protection from insects and vermin.

Clothing, button hook

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

A steel, button hook for shoes and gaiters

Historical information

A button hook is a tool used for the closing of shoes, gloves or other apparel that uses buttons as fasteners. It consists of a steel hook fixed to a handle which may be simple or decorative. The hook end is inserted through the buttonhole to capture the button by the shank and draw it through the opening. Many were distributed as advertising for a Company, as this is for 'Ezywalkin' footwear

Significance

Walter David Cookes established the Ezywalkin Shoe Company Pty Ltd in 1901 in Fremantle Western Australia. The Melbourne factory was established in 1910

Inscriptions & Markings

on handle 'WEAR EZYWALKIN'S SHOES '

Photograph, B&W Jessie Melinda Box 1888 - 1975

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

A black and white photograph of Jessie Melinda Box a daughter of Francis Box and Elizabeth Jane Thompson Box c 1889

Historical information

Francis Box was born in Withyham, Sussex and came to Australia with his parents George and Mary Box and siblings in 1856. He was assigned to work in Beaufort and had various jobs including ‘gold miner’ at Heathcoat where he married Eliza Jane Thompson. Francis decided to return to market gardening after the death of his 1st child Francis George Box in 1875 aged 13months. The child was buried in Brighton Cemetery and Francis then rent/leased the land on the corner of Tucker Road and Elizabeth Street East Brighton ( now Bentleigh) owned by his brother Henry who with another brother John helped Francis clear the land, and establish a market garden. They had 4 children and began to prosper until in 1882 their 2year old child Lena Caroline Box was killed in a fire that destroyed their house. Francis was burned trying to rescue the child. The local community raised money to assist the family. The land boom brought prosperity again and Francis bought more land around Tucker Road which was bequeathed to his children. Francis and Eliza Jane had four more children but one died in infancy and another aged 2 years. Only 5 of their 9 children survived. Francis and Eliza Jane, who died in 1922, are also buried in Brighton Cemetery Jessie Melinda Box 1888- 1975 was born in East Brighton ( Bentleigh) the 8th child of Francis and Eliza Jane Box. She was a teacher in Eskdale, Victoria and married William Robinson d 1983, a farmer at Mitta in 1921. The family later moved to Tucker Road, Bentleigh where they ran a market garden until in 1950 they established "The Hilandale Poll Hereford Stud" at Notting Hill and Rowville. They moved to Mornington c 1960 where they continued their stud farming and enjoyed success at Melbourne, Sydney and local Shows. They had 2 children Jack Francis Robinson b1921, William James Robinson b1925.

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 . Francis 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. Francis established market gardens in Tucker Road Bentleigh. Jessie melinda Box was the 8th child of Francis Box 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

YEOMAN & Co 47 Chapel Street, / Prahran

Clothing, a lace panel for christening

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

A hand-worked lace panel with collar and armholes that would be placed over another white baby's gown for a christening or special event

Historical information

This is a hand worked lace panel for laying over a baby's dress for a Christening ceremony. It is an example of the dressmaking and lacework 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 Shirec1900 and this item shows the skill and craftsmanship of the women of these families

Photograph, Black & White, Crofts Grocery Centre Rd Bentleigh c1937

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

Black & White photograph of 3 men outside Crofts Grocery Store Centre Rd Bentleigh c 1937 Mr Jack Lees is centre

Historical information

After the extension of the Railway line from Caulfield to Mordialloc 1880's the shopping centre moved from the Tucker Rd end to around the East Brighton (Bentleigh) Station area of Centre Road. A variety of shops, forges, estate agents, Coles' and Fossey's variety stores, a Hoyts picture theatre, butchers, traded in Centre Rd. Crofts was one many grocery stores along the strip. The Lees family had established a Seedling Nursery in Thomas St that has continued until the land sold 2018 for housing development.

Significance

Crofts Grocery Store was one of the shops in the Centre Road Bentleigh shopping strip that were established after the arrival of the train line 1881

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten information

Newsletter, City of Moorabbin Historical Society Apr 2010 pdf - April 2010

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

3 x A4 paper printed on 1 side Issue 16 of the bi-monthly, City of Moorabbin Historical Society Newsletter produced by Society member and Secretary, Mrs Helen Stanley in April 2010.. Notice for the meeting on Anzac Day, Sunday 25th , 3 photocopied photographs taken by 2nd Lieutenant Vic Smith aboard the troopship “Port Sydney” coming home from WW1 in 1919. An article ‘Re-visiting some ‘Box Cottage’ Facts recounts the discovery of the ‘Cottage’ in a shed on the property purchased by Mr Laurie Lewis from the Reitman family in 1977. Thankfully Mr Lewis appreciated such a find and donated it to the City of Moorabbin, and together it was dismantled and re-constructed in Joyce Park, Ormond in 1988 – 100 yards from the original site. Excerpts from 3 articles in ‘The Moorabbin Standard’ and ‘Chadstone Progress’ Newspapers 1977 describing the newly discovered early settler cottage on the Lewis Timber Pty Ltd property in Jasper Road, Ormond. A photocopied photograph of the ‘Box Cottage’ June 1977 when used as a storage facility.

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 Local newspaper reports about the ‘discovery’ of Box Cottage’ 1977

Inscriptions & Markings

CITY of MOORABBIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY / APRIL 2010 NEWSLETTER

Tools, bale hook small

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

A small bale hook with a wooden handle and 2 curved steel hooks

Historical information

A hook as a hand tool is used for securing and moving loads. It consists of a round wooden handle with a strong metal hook projecting at a right angle from the centre of the handle. The appliance is held in a closed fist with the hook projecting between two fingers. This type of hook is used in many different industries, and has many different names. It may be called a box hook, cargo hook, loading hook, or a docker's hook, and a baling hook, bale hook, or hay hook in the agricultural industry. Other variants exist, such as in forestry, for moving logs, and a type with a long shaft, used by city workers to remove manhole covers. A hay hook is slightly different in design in that the shaft is typically longer. It is used on farms to secure and move bales of hay, which are otherwise awkward to pick up manually.

Document, Program Official Opening Cheltenham Post Office 1974

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

Program for the 'Official Opening of the Cheltenham Post Office' November 29th 1974 with a black and white photo of the building.

Historical information

John Hitchen was the manager of the first Cheltenham Post Office that opened 1/8/1857 in a boot and shoe store. Mail was transported to and from St Kilda to Cheltenham by coach 6 days a week and an additional service twice weekly to Tootgarook via Frankston also by coach. 1868 Post office Savings Bank began operation and the Telegraph office was established at the Railway Station 1885. A new building was built 1891 in Point Nepean Road for the official Cheltenham Post Office and a new manual telephone exchange began 1899 with 24 subscribers. By 1909 100 subscribers, 1951 there were 1700 and in 1974 12,000 subscribers . Hence this new building was designed by Oscar A. T. Gimsey & Assoc. and built by T W Morris & Sons Mordialloc. Mr G Clayton Federal MP Isaacs, opened the Post Office with Moorabbin City Council Mayor C.R McHutchison, Mr WJB Pollock, Director Posts and Telegraphs, and hands the Key of the post Office to Mr L De Longville Postmaster.

Significance

The Post Office was an integral part to the development and prosperity of the Cheltenham area as the area grew from pioneer settlers in the 1850's to flourishing market gardens c1900 and industrial diversity of 1974.

Haberdashery, Antimacassar cotton crochet

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

A hand crocheted white cotton antimacassar with tassel fringe

Historical information

This white cotton Antimacassar has a hand crocheted lace pattern of flowers and a fringe of cotton strands tied to form tassels and was made by a woman from an early settler family in Moorabbin Shire c1900

Significance

The women of the early settler families made the clothing, haberdashery and napery for their families as the market gardens and farms were established in Moorabbin Shire c1900

Ornaments, 'Carlton Ware' Heron / Egret

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

A china ornament representing a Heron or Egret

Historical information

Carlton Ware was a famous Stoke-on-Trent based pottery manufacturer. The company was established in 1890 by James Frederick Wiltshaw, William Herbert Robinson and James Alcock Robinson trading under the name of Wiltshaw and Robinson. The trademark "Carlton Ware" was introduced in 1894, and the company's factory was renamed the Carlton Works. It reached its artistic high-point with superb hand-painted domestic pottery in high art deco styles during the 1920s and 1930.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Carltonware'

Kitchen Equipment, mechanical hand whisk c1940

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

A mechanical egg beater with a wooden handle and steel gears and crank c1940

Historical information

An eggbeater is a hand-held device with a crank on the side geared to one or more beaters. The user grips the handle with one hand and operates the crank with the other, creating the rotary action. A hand-turned rotary egg beater was patented by J.F. and E.P. Monroe in 1859 in the US. This egg beater patent was one of the earliest bought up by the Dover Stamping Company, whose Dover egg beaters became a classic American brand. The Monroe design was also manufactured in England. In 1870, Turner Williams of Providence, R.I., invented another Dover egg beater model. The Hobart Manufacturing Company was an early manufacturer of large commercial mixers.

World War 1 1914-1918, Hat Badge Rising Sun

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

World War1 1914-1918, soldier’s, rising sun hat badge, made of oxidised copper

Historical information

Proudly worn by soldiers of the 1st and 2nd Australian Imperial Force in both World Wars, the 'Rising Sun' badge has become an integral part of the digger tradition. The distinctive shape of the badge, worn on the upturned side of a slouch hat, is commonly identified with the spirit of ANZAC formed at the Gallipoli landings 1915 There are seven patterns of the Rising Sun. 1902 - 1991. The Rising Sun has evolved over time and today Australian Army soldiers wear the seventh pattern Rising Sun. The Third Pattern Rising Sun Badge. May 1904 The third pattern Rising Sun badge carried a scroll inscribed with the words ‘Australian Commonwealth Military Forces’ and was worn throughout both World Wars. There were, however, a number of variations of the badge; a special version was struck for the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902 and there were badges of the Commonwealth Horse and the Australian Instructional Corps, each with its respective title on the scrolls. This pattern badge formed the template for all subsequent General Service badges. The most widely accepted version of the origin of this badge is the one that attributes the selection of its design, c1902, to a British Officer, Major General Sir Edward Hutton, the newly appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Australian Forces. Hutton had earlier received as a gift from Brigadier General Joseph Gordon, a military acquaintance of long standing, a ‘Trophy-of-Arms’ composed of mounted cut and thrust swords and triangular Martini-Henry bayonets that were arranged in a semi-circle around the Crown. To General Hutton, the shield was symbolic of the cooperation between the naval and military forces of the Empire.

Significance

This Third Pattern Rising Sun Badge.- May 1904 - was worn on the Slouch hats of soldiers serving in the Australian Commonwealth Military Forces during World War 1 1914-1918

Inscriptions & Markings

Rising Sun with central Crown AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH / MILITARY FORCES

Craftwork, lacemaking hooks tiny

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

A set of tiny lace making crochet hooks.

Historical information

The women of the pioneer families were very skilled at dressmaking , needlework and lace making. The early settlers had to be self reliant and made and repaired their own clothes, haberdashery , furnishings, tools and equipment. Lacework was a common pastime for 19thC women.

Significance

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Clothing, lady's blouse

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

Ladies long-sleeved white cotton blouse with high collar. Pin-tucking to front and back, guipure lace inserts on front of bodice. Significant tear at lower edge of the garment.

Historical information

The pioneer settlers and market gardeners of Moorabbin Shire had to be self reliant and made their own clothing and utensils. This is one of many items that exhibit the skill and craftsmanship of the women in these families.

Significance

This white, cotton Lady's blouse with pin-tucked front and back is and example of the dressmaking skills of the women of the families of the pioneer settlers and market gardeners in the Moorabbin Shire.

Clothing, lady's cable silk jacket

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

A lady’s, heavy, black, long sleeved , Cable silk jacket .

Historical information

The pioneer settlers and market gardeners of Moorabbin Shire had to be self reliant and made their own clothing and utensils. This is one of the many items that exhibit the skill and craftsmanship of the women of these families

Significance

This heavy, black, Cable silk jacket is and example of the dressmaking skills and craftwork of the women of the pioneer families. The Blackburn family were early settlers in Moorabbin Shire.

Newsletter, City of Moorabbin Historical Society Aug 2011 - August 2011

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

2 x A4 paper printed on 1 side Issue 23 of the bi-monthly, City of Moorabbin Historical Society Newsletter produced by Society member and Secretary, Mrs Helen Stanley in August 2011

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

Inscriptions & Markings

CITY of MOORABBIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY / AUGUST 2011 NEWSLETTER

Clothing, Child's cream 'Seraph Shoes'

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

A pair of child's cream leather shoes.

Historical information

‘Seraph Shoes’ possibly manufactured by the Badorf Shoe Company Inc. Pensylvania USA Badorf Shoe Company, Inc. has been producing and distributing the finest children’s footwear brands since 1928. Badorf Shoe Company, Inc. was started in Lititz, PA, by brothers Norman and Paul Badorf. The company was owned and operated by the Badorf family for nearly 40 years until its purchase by Ura Gingerich in 1967. Forty six years later, the family tradition has continued and the company is now operated by Ura’s son Duane Gingerich and grandsons, Justin and Brandon Gingerich.

Inscriptions & Markings

SERAPH SHOES / J.E. ROBERTSON / APPROVAL No. 2047

Tools, whetstone , 'Bridestowe' with box

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

A square block of grey abrasive material used for sharpening steel blades , with the original box

Historical information

A Whetstone is a sharpening stone used for knives and other cutting tools. Sharpening stones, water stones or whetstones are used to grind and hone the edges of steel tools and implements e.g. scissors, scythes, knives, razors and tools such as chisels, hand scrapers and plane blades. Though it is sometimes mistaken as a reference to the water often used to lubricate such stones, the word "whetstone" is a compound word formed with the word "whet", which means to sharpen a blade, not the word "wet". The process of using a sharpening stone is called stoning.

Inscriptions & Markings

BRIDESTOWE / Picture of ‘Kangaroo, Stag and Emu among radiating wheat stalks’ / TASMANIA

Kitchen Equipment, Coolgardie Safe

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

A metal framed, 4 sided structure standing on 4 legs with 2 hinged doors on one side, a metal tray at base of food safe and a metal cover over top. Ridges on which to rest trays carrying food are inside safe. The Safe is enclosed by fly-wire mesh.

Historical information

The invention of the Coolgardie Safe is credited to Arthur Patrick McCormick, a contractor in Coolgardie, and later the Mayor of Narrogin. Coolgardie is in the Eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia. Gold was first discovered there in 1892; the townsite became a municipality in 1894, and by 1898 its population of 15,000 made it the third largest town in Western Australia after Perth and Fremantle. In the last decade of the 19th century, Coolgardie was the capital of the West Australian goldfields. Being 180 kilometres from the nearest civilisation, food supplies were initially scarce and expensive. As fresh food was a valuable commodity there was incentive to preserve it, and keep it out of reach of scavengers such as birds, dingos, dogs, ants, and flies. It was in an effort to do this, in the extreme heat of the Australian Interior, that McCormick came up with his design for the Coolgardie Safe. McCormick noticed that a wet bag placed over a bottle cooled its contents. He further noted that if this bottle was placed in a breeze, the bag would dry out more quickly, but the bottle would get colder. What McCormick had discovered was the principle of evaporation: ‘to change any liquid into a gaseous state requires energy. This energy is taken in the form of heat from its surroundings.’ Employing this principle, McCormick made a box for his provisions which he covered with a wet hessian bag. He then placed a tray on top, into which he poured water twice daily. He hung strips of flannel from the tray so that water would drip down onto the hessian bag, keeping it damp. As the water evaporated, the heat dissipated, keeping the food stored inside cool and fresh. The success of McCormick’s invention would not have worked without a steady supply of water. Fresh water was scarce in the eastern goldfields at this time but the demand for water from a steadily growing population encouraged innovation. The solution was to condense salt water. Heating salt water in tanks produced steam that was condensed in tall cylinders, cooled and then collected in catchment trays. By 1898 there were six companies supplying condensed water to the goldfields, the largest company producing 100,000 gallons of water a day. In the early 20th century, Coolgardie Safes were also manufactured commercially. These safes incorporated shelving and a door, had metal or wooden frames and hessian bodies. The feet of the safe were usually placed in a tray of water to keep ants away. (MAV website)

Significance

The early settlers of Moorabbin Shire depended on this type of Food Safe to protect their food from flies and vermin as they established market gardens in the fertile area around the notorious Elster Creek

Inscriptions & Markings

'...IN.....GEELONG' A manufacturer's oval metal plate is embossed on one side of Safe but it is illegible.

Newsletter City of Moorabbin Historical Society No.7 Vol 3 August 1963

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

Topics ; 2nd Birthday CMHS; Arts and Crafts Cheltenham; early 20thC Moorabbin 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. 7 Vol. 3 of the CMHS August 1963 CMHS obtained a Kingston City Council Community Grant 2016 for the digitization and preservation of these Original CMHS Newsletters commenced in 1961

Inscriptions & Markings

NEWSLETTER / Vol. 3 No 7 AUGUST 1963 / HISTORY / CAMERA / FILMS / LIGHT / OPERA / ART / FLORAL / ART / CULTURAL / ACTIVITIES.

Manufactured Glass, Pharmacy beaker 'PYREX'

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

A pharmaceutical clear glass beaker with capacity 300ml

Historical information

PYREX is a brand that was introduced by Amory Houghton Sr. (1812-1882) founder of Corning Incorporated in 1915 for a line of clear, low-thermal-expansion borosilicate glass used for laboratory glassware and kitchenware. In 1879 Corning Incorporated developed a bulb-shaped glass encasement for Thomas Edison’s new incandescent lamp. Borosilicate glass was first made by German chemist and glass technologist Otto Schott, founder of Schott AG , Jena , Germany in 1893, 22 years before Corning Inc. produced the PYREX brand. Schott AG sold the product under the name "Duran.".. In 1908, Dr. Eugene Sullivan (1872 - 1962), Director of Research at Corning Glass Works, U.S.A., who had studied in Leipzig, Germany, developed Nonex, a borosilicate low-expansion glass. 1913 Jesse Littleton of Corning Inc. discovered the cooking potential of borosilicate glass by giving his wife a casserole dish made from a cut-down Nonex battery jar. Corning Inc. removed the lead from Nonex, and developed it as a consumer product and Pyrex made its public debut in 1915 during World War I, positioned as an American-produced alternative to the German ‘Duran’. 1952 ‘Corning ware’ ceramic glass was developed by Dr. S.D.Stookey. 1994 Corning received an Award for life- changing, life- enhancing technological inventions that enabled new industries, - lighting, television, optical communications. The PYREX line of highly durable cookware and laboratory glass products are still available today. It is now made of tempered glass.

Inscriptions & Markings

PYREX 300

World War 1914 - 1918, Badge fund-raising

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

A small tin button, with pin attachment at the back. The button was produced and sold as a fund-raiser for the Kooyong Military Hospital during the World War1, 1914-18, at that organisation's Carnival held on March 18th 1916. The front of the button is white with a blue perimeter.

Historical information

The Kooyong Military Hospital in Kooyong Road, Caulfield was established for the care and rehabilitation of soldiers injured in World War 1. Many events like carnivals were held by the Red Cross to raise funds for the war effort and entertain the patients.

Significance

This badge is a reminder of the Community support for injured soldiers when they returned from WW1 conflict and were hospitalized at Kooyong Military Hospital Caulfield 1914 - 1948 This badge was displayed at the GECC 'Wounded Soldier WW1 1914-1918 Exhibition" 2016 at Glen Eira Town Hall Caulfield

Inscriptions & Markings

A copy of the City of Caulfield's Coat-of- Arms and the words, City of Caulfield, is written on the front of the button, as is the date 18th March 1916. Both the above are written in red. Kooyong Military Hospital is written in blue.