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Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum Bright, Victoria

The museum is in the heritage listed old Bright Railway Station. The museum covers railway history, gold mining history and also covers the social history of the area along with local family histories and a photographic collection. A large number of Chinese miners worked in the gold fields and the museum has a reconstructed Chinese Joss House based on the one destroyed in the Buckland valley, and has a collection of artefacts from Chinese Miners.

Contact Information

location
PO Box 265 Bright Victoria 3741 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 5750 1074

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Opening Hours

The museum is open on Sundays, 2- 4 pm, September to mid-June; and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 2 – 4pm during the Autumn and Spring Festivals and school holidays. The Battery is open on the last Sunday of the month from 2 – 4 pm

Entry Fee

Adults $3, Children $1

Location

2 Station Street Bright Victoria

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Cup

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Chinese porcelain wine cup, celadon. Chinese tableware.

Historical information

Brought to the Ovens Goldfields by Chinese men working in the area in the 19th century. Most likely made in China.

Significance

Aldo Gios recorded the location of where most of the pieces in this collection were found. Some maps drawn by Aldo Gios also give more detail. This detail is rare, as most pieces of broken crockery were discarded and complete items were usually collected with no thought to recording the location they came from. Part of one of the largest collections of Chinese ware found in the Upper Ovens area and the only one recording the location where found.

Inscriptions & Markings

Blue Chinese writing or maker’s stamp on base.

Dish

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Chinese porcelain food dish, glazed. White colour with flower pattern.

Historical information

Brought to the Ovens Goldfields by Chinese men working in the area in the 19th century. Most likely made in China.

Significance

Aldo Gios recorded the location of where most of the pieces in this collection were found. Some maps drawn by Aldo Gios also give more detail. This detail is rare, as most pieces of broken crockery were discarded and complete items were usually collected with no thought to recording the location they came from. Part of one of the largest collections of Chinese ware found in the Upper Ovens area and the only one recording the location where found.

Cup, Trophy

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Silver plated football cup. Trophy with two ornate handles on the cup. Cup inscribed. Wooden base.

Inscriptions & Markings

BDFL \ Presented by \ Dr. Beaument \ Myrtleford \ for best & fairest player \ Awarded to \ W.T.Waterhouse \ Porepunkah \ 1934

Teaset silver

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

00053.1 Silver tray with ornate handles and holly decoration. 00053.2 Teapot. Spherical shape with attached lid. 00053.3 Two handled sugar bowl. 00053.4 Milk jug

Historical information

Mr.and Mrs Don Jessup and Mr.and Mrs.Ted Jessup presented the teaset to the then President of the Bright and District Historical Society, Mrs. Gwyneth Millar. The trophy was won by their uncle, Charles Jessup, in 1909 for cycling at the Bright Easter Sports Meeting.

Inscriptions & Markings

00053.1 Presented by the, Tewksberry \ Amal. Gold Dredging Co. \ to the \ Bright \ Easter Sports Club \ Won by \ G. Jessup \ Easter 1909 00053.2 Lily E.P.N.S. A1 00053.3 Imperial A1 E.P.N.S. Hand soldered. 14 00053.4 26 A1 Imperial E.P.N.S. Hand soldered

Axe Stone

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

ground edge stone axe with some edge damage and edge polish on working edge and flat opposite edge.

Historical information

Presence of Aboriginal people and their activities in Buffalo River

Significance

Aboriginal axes are relatively uncommon in North East Victoria and provide evidence of presence and exploitation of resources

Bowl, Fruit

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Silver bowl on stand with round base, and with a scallop pattern. The bowl has a dot and diamond pattern around the edge.

Inscriptions & Markings

E.P.A.I.N.S.

Bottle

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Stoneware bulb shaped bottle with flared rim opening. Light / dark brown.

Historical information

Brought to the Ovens Goldfields by Chinese men working in the area in the 19th century. Most likely made in China.

Significance

Aldo Gios recorded the location of where most pieces in his collection were found. Some maps, drawn by Aldo Gios, also give more detail. This detail is rare as most pieces of broken crockery were discarded and complete items were usually collected with no thought to recording the location where they were found. This object is part of one of the largest collections of Chinese ware found in the Upper Ovens area and the only one recording the location where found.

Pipe clay

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

White clay pipe bowl and shaft. Shaft in the form of an eagle's claw, with the bowl held in the talons.

Cup, siver trophy

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Silver trophy cup with two handles on a stand. Highly decorated with oval shapes and floral pattern.

Inscriptions & Markings

B Main \ Won This Trophy \ on 3 Shootings at 500 yds \ Total 137 Scratched on the base.

Shield, Trophy

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Wooden shield with three inscribed metal plaques. Typed identification label attached to the shield

Inscriptions & Markings

The William Henley \ Challenge Shield \ Bright District \ School Life Saving \ Championships \ Brookside School 1924 & 1925; Students' names engraved.

Plate

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Reconstructed, but incomplete, ceramic dinner plate. Blue floral design around scalloped rim - Asiatic Pheasants design.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Asiatic Pheasants" inside a floral surround.

Coins, Chinese Cash

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Group of two Chinese cash coins.

Bottle, medicine

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

00199.1 Pale green glass medicine bottle. Rectangular tapered shape, sheared top 00199.2 Pale green glass medicine bottle. Rectangular tapered shape, sheared top.

Hallstand, wicker whatnot

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Cane wicker hallstand with four shelves. Scroll work decoration on sides and green decorative wallpaper on each shelf

Historical information

Owned by Miss J Wraith

Box Sewing

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Black box with lid and compartments for needles, threads and other sewing requirements. Velvet lined lid. Contains a tin box of pins, an assortment of needles, a button hook, a small reel of green cotton thread.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kirby, Beard and Co. Ltd. England

Jar

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Squat, shouldered, food jar. Dark brown

Historical information

Brought to the Ovens Goldfields by Chinese men working in the area in the 19th century. Most likely made in China.

Significance

Aldo Gios recorded the location of where most pieces in his collection were found. Some maps drawn by Aldo Gios, also give more detail. This detail is rare as most pieces of broken crockery were discarded and complete items were usually collected with no thought to recording the location where they were found. This object is part of one of the largest collections of Chinese ware found in the Upper Ovens area and the only one recording the location where found.

Pick Head

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Miner's iron pick head. Digging point at one end. Ballarat pattern.

Jar

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Stoneware short spouted jar. Very dark brown

Historical information

Brought to the Ovens Goldfields by Chinese men working in the area in the 19th century. Most likely made in China.

Significance

Aldo Gios recorded the location of where most pieces in his collection were found. Some maps, drawn by Aldo Gios, also give more detail. This detail is rare as most pieces of broken crockery were discarded and complete items were usually collected with no thought to recording the location where they were found. This object is part of one of the largest collections of Chinese ware found in the Upper Ovens area and the only one recording the location where found.

Weights for scales

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

00078.1 : 2 pound(lb) weight. 00078.2 : 4 pound(lb) weight Iron weights used on kitchen scales.

Inscriptions & Markings

00078.2 : Whitehouse Imperial Tipton 4lb.

Bottle

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Stoneware bulb shaped bottle with flared rim opening.Brown.

Historical information

Brought to the Ovens Goldfields by Chinese men working in the area in the 19th century. Most likely made in China.

Significance

Aldo Gios recorded the location of where most pieces in his collection were found. Some maps, drawn by Aldo Gios, also give more detail. This detail is rare as most pieces of broken crockery were discarded and complete items were usually collected with no thought to recording the location where they were found. This object is part of one of the largest collections of Chinese ware found in the Upper Ovens area and the only one recording the location where found.

Spectacle case (spectacles 97.1)

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Black cardboard case with hinged lid

Lid

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Stoneware lid, no glaze, slightly blackened - possibly been exposed to fire.

Historical information

Brought to the Ovens Goldfields by Chinese men working in the area in the 19th century. Most likely made in China.

Significance

Aldo Gios recorded the location of where most pieces in his collection were found. Some maps drawn by Aldo Gios, also give more detail. This detail is rare as most pieces of broken crockery were discarded and complete items were usually collected with no thought to recording the location where they were found. This object is part of one of the largest collections of Chinese ware found in the Upper Ovens area and the only one recording the location where found.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pattern on top of lid.

Bowl

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Reconstructed but incomplete porcelain bowl. Blue /black pattern on external surface and on internal rim.

Bottle

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Stoneware bulb shaped bottle with flared rim opening. Dark brown

Historical information

Brought to the Ovens Goldfields by Chinese men working in the area in the 19th century. Most likely made in China.

Significance

Aldo Gios recorded the location of where most pieces in his collection were found. Some maps, drawn by Aldo Gios, also give more detail. This detail is rare as most pieces of broken crockery were discarded and complete items were usually collected with no thought to recording the location where they were found. This object is part of one of the largest collections of Chinese ware found in the Upper Ovens area and the only one recording the location where found.

Jar

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Stoneware short spouted jar. Very dark brown

Historical information

Brought to the Ovens Goldfields by Chinese men working in the area in the 19th century. Most likely made in China.

Significance

Aldo Gios recorded the location of where most pieces in his collection were found. Some maps, drawn by Aldo Gios, also give more detail. This detail is rare as most pieces of broken crockery were discarded and complete items were usually collected with no thought to recording the location where they were found. This object is part of one of the largest collections of Chinese ware found in the Upper Ovens area and the only one recording the location where found.

Cup

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Chinese porcelain wine cup, celadon. Chinese tableware.

Historical information

Brought to the Ovens Goldfields by Chinese men working in the area in the 19th century. Most likely made in China.

Significance

Aldo Gios recorded the location of where most of the pieces in this collection were found. Some maps drawn by Aldo Gios also give more detail. This detail is rare, as most pieces of broken crockery were discarded and complete items were usually collected with no thought to recording the location they came from. Part of one of the largest collections of Chinese ware found in the Upper Ovens area and the only one recording the location where found.

Inscriptions & Markings

Blue Chinese writing or maker’s stamp on base.

Box

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Chinese porcelain square box, glazed, blue and white, tableware.

Historical information

Brought to the Ovens Goldfields by Chinese men working in the area in the 19th century. Most likely made in China.

Significance

Aldo Gios recorded the location of where most of the pieces in this collection were found. Some maps drawn by Aldo Gios also give more detail. This detail is rare, as most pieces of broken crockery were discarded and complete items were usually collected with no thought to recording the location they came from. Part of one of the largest collections of Chinese ware found in the Upper Ovens area and the only one recording the location where found.

Pipe clay

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Long white clay pipe bowl with two ridges on the outside of the bowl - front and back, painted black. Piece of stem attached at the base of the bowl - possibly shortened shaft.

Plate

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Reconstructed, complete dinner plate with a fern leaf design.

Inscriptions & Markings

" The letter "D"

Collar, Ceremonial

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Ceremonial ornamental satin collar from Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows. Cream and red collar, hand stitched with red stripes.