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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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Bottle, medicine

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Group of two medicine bottles. 00208.1 : Thick pale green glass medicine bottle, rectangular, tapered shape with a sheared top. Several cracks. 00208.2 : Thick clear glass medicine bottle, rectangular, tapered shape. Cracks in glass.

Cup wine small

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Chinese porcelain wine cup. Chinese tableware decorated with handpainted flowers and leaves in colours, pink, green and 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 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

Chinese writing or maker’s stamp on base, in orange ink / dye..

Dish

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Shallow porcelain dish, celadon.

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

Chinese writing on base in blue ink.

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.

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

Bottle, medicine

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Inscriptions & Markings

Thick pale green glass medicine bottle, rectangular shape, sheared top.

Jar

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Chinese stoneware ginger jar, grey with blue pattern. Glazed.

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

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Small Chinese earthenware cup, unglazed.

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 cup with lid and ornate handles. Handles have a floral design. Lid with double star, engraved and decorated, with a finial on top. Engraved double star on base.

Inscriptions & Markings

Won by \ the \ Bright Cricket Club \ Six Clubs Competing \ April 1893 Breen's Challenge \ Cup \ Presented by \ T & P J Breen \ Seasons 1891-92 & 93 Philip Ashberry & Sons 1171 K

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.

Spectacles and case (97.2)

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Gold wire framed reading spectacles

Cup

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Porcelain cup. Probably European, with Chinese willow design. Decorated on both inner and outer surfaces in blue colour.

Historical information

Brought to the Ovens Goldfields by Chinese men working in the area in the 19th century.

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.

Bottle, medicine

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Group of seven medicine bottles. 00210.1 00210.2 00210.3 00210.4: Pale green glass medicine bottle, tapered towards the base. Rectangular shape. 00210.5 : Pale green glass medicine bottle, tapered towards the base. Rectangular shape. 00210.6 : Pale green glass medicine bottle, tapered towards the base. Rectangular shape. 00210.7 : Pale green glass medicine bottle, tapered towards the base. Rectangular shape.

Collar box

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Round cream zylonite box with flushed lid. Used for storing soft collars.

Inscriptions & Markings

The word 'Collars' inscribed in blue ink on lid. Etched lines on base of box near lid.

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.

Bottle, medicine

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Clear glass medicine bottle. Cylindrical in shape, sheared top.

Door ornamant

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

A round metal door ornament, with feather and flower design. Painted white

Lamp, Kerosene

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Blue glass lamp on brass stand

Hat Ladies

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Burgundy, satin,small brim, white feather trim with satin tie and bow

Pipe

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Earthenware bowl in a terracotta colour. Part of an opium pipe used by the Chinese.

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

Chinese maker's stamp on side.

Dish

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Porcelain food dish, glazed, Chinese. Blue pattern on inside and outer surfaces.

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

Cleaver

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Metal cleaver, rusted and missing the handle. Blade has indentations along the cutting edge.

Bowl

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Chinese porcelain food bowl, glazed. Chinese design on outer surface in blue colour. Two blue lines circling inside of bowl. One blue line circling top of rim.

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.

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.

Collar, Ladies lace

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Black lace and taffeta with taffeta ties in front

Historical information

Handmade, belonged to Mrs. Weston, Porepunkah

Gloves Ladies

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Black/Navy blue leather gloves with buttons at wrist with contrast stitching. 00061.1 : Left glove 00061.2 : Right glove

Slate

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Circular piece of slate, broken in two and glued. Linear markings scratched onto surface.

Dish

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Porclain food dish, glazed, Chinese. Handpainted blue swirls as decoration.

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.

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.