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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, 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, white ceramic bowl with a blue shell pattern over all surfaces except the base.

Hat Ladies

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

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

Bottle

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Stoneware bulb shaped bottle with flared rim opening. Black / 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

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Earthenware bowl in a terracotta colour, round, faceted. 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.

Bottle

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Stoneware bulb shaped bottle with flared rim opening. Black / 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

Intact white clay pipe, with a curved stem.

Apron, Ceremonial

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Ceremonial apron, small chamois leather front, with blue silk trim, black bias ties at waist. Black cotton material on reverse side of leather.

Inscriptions & Markings

Embossed with Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows coat of arms.

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.

Bowl

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Chinese food bowl, porcelain, 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

Blue Chinese writing or maker's stamp on base

Cup

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Small Chinese porcelain cup, glazed, with a pink and green handpainted flower design on a pale blue base.

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.

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.

Cup

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Chinese porcelain 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.

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

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

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.

Jar

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Squat, shouldered, food jar. Light 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.

Dish

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Three Chinese earthenware dishes, 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 plate,inscribed trophy cup with lid. Highly decorated with etched leaves, hearts, and floral patterning. Two ornate handles on the cup. The lid is surmounted by a cricket batsman 65mm. high.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lager Bier Trophy / Presented by / Victoria Brewery Melbourne / Won by / / Season 1896 - 7

Purse Frame

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Brass rectangular purse frame. Hinged along one side.

Turkey Stone

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Oblong stone. All sides show evidence of rubbing.

gloves, Ladies

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Ladies white gloves, 3/4 length polyester embroidered with a floral and leaf design. 00098.1 : Left glove 00098.2 : Right glove

Gloves (see also 99.1, 99.2, 99.3)

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Beige leather short gloves

Inscriptions & Markings

No 329

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..

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

Cup, Trophy

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Silver plate inscribed trophy cup,with two handles and a lid. Mounted on wooden base, with presentation plate attached. Very ornate decorations. The lid is surmounted by a cricket batsman 80mm high.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented \ by the \ Bright Brewery Compy. \ to the \ Cricket Clubs in the Bright Shire \ 97-98

Bowl

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Chinese porcelain food bowl, celadon glaze.

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.

Spider, miner's

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Miner's spider handmade of twisted wire. Contains remnants of candle in situ.

Significance

Relevant to the gold mining history of the area.

Wool Winder

Bright & District Historical Society operating the Bright Museum, Bright

Tall wooden with flat bass, twin reelsfor winding wool. Holes at different heights for different lengths of wool.