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Cheese World Museum Allansford, Victoria

The Cheese World Museum forms part of the Cheese World Tourist complex on the Great Ocean Road, 45 minutes' from the 12 Apostles and 15 minutes' from the coastal city of Warrnambool. Adjacent to the Cheese World complex, the Museum is full of mementos that shine a spotlight on the farming industry with exhibits dating back to the early days of Australia's dairy industry. It features an amazing array of cheese and butter making implements and relics of everyday farm-life are on show.

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location
5330 Great Ocean Road Allansford Victoria 3277 (map)
phone
+61 03 5565 3127

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Opening Hours

9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm Sunday

Entry Fee

Free entry

Location

5330 Great Ocean Road Allansford Victoria

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The Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory was first established on this site in 1888 and has continued to grow to become a major contributor to the local economy. The Museum shows the history of the company and the growth of the local dairy industry from the early 1900s to today. In addition to the dairy history displays the museum also houses a motor museum, including a wide range of engines and motoring accessories donated and maintained by the Warrnambool and District Historical Vehicle Club.

Significance

The collections demonstrate historical aspects of Victoria's dairy production and manufacturing industry. The collections also have social significance because they connect local people and families with the district's history.

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Photograph - Ray and Joyce Uebergang c1926

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Black and white photograph of twins Ray and Joyce Uebergang sitting in china bowls on a verandah c.1926. A bar of Rexona soap is in the foreground. The bowls are housed in the Cheese World Museum [No.A0 and A0]. A second copy is stuck on the back of a Tooram Park homestead photograph [No.P0128]

Historical information

The Percy Uebergang family lived at Tooram Park, Allansford from 1912 until 1992. Percy and Myrtle Uebergang's children were twins, Ray and Joyce born in 1926 who lived at Tooram Park until their deaths, Ray in 1986 and Joyce in 1992. Neither Ray nor Joyce married and following the death of her brother Joyce set up the Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundation which supports the local community. This photograph is part of the collection of items given into the care of the Cheese World Museum.

Water Filter

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Stoneware cylindical filter with glazed exterior surface with Australian Coat of Arms in the centre and concave limestone filter insert. Removeable lid with two handles. A chrome tap is inserted in a cork plug at the base.

Inscriptions & Markings

Number 4 (gallons) stamped on the rim. Cornwell's pottery Brunswick stamped on the base. W Candy and Fitzroy applied above and below the scrolls on the front.

Book - Successfull Dairying in Australia

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Grey hard cover book with full colour picture of a jersey cow and title printed in black on the front cover. The inside back cover contains a paper lift-up model of a cow showing its skeleton and internal organs.

Historical information

This book is part of the collection donated by Leon Garner. It provides information relating to the dairy industry covering topics such as planning, breeding, choosing dairy cattle, feed crops, care of milk and cream and herd health. It covers all areas of Australia.

Significance

This book is an early manual for Australian dairy farmers.

Inscriptions & Markings

639 (stamped on front page)

Retailing equipment - Milkshake mixer

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

A single beater electric commercial milkshake maker with black lead, mounted on a white 'artificial marble' base with four rubber stops; and straight-sided aluminium mixing container. An extendable metal column (to H44cm) with a side clip attached is used to hold the container. The electric motor is housed in a slotted round metal casing.

Historical information

The Percy Uebergang family lived at Tooram Park, Allansford from 1912 until 1992. Percy and Myrtle Uebergang's children were twins, Ray and Joyce born in 1926 who lived at Tooram Park until their deaths, Ray in 1986 and Joyce in 1992. Neither Ray nor Joyce married and following the death of her brother Joyce set up the Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundation which supports the local community. This milkshake maker is part of the collection of items given into the care of the Cheese World Museum. Uebergang catalogue No.N42

Inscriptions & Markings

Hamilton Beach Mfg Co. Builders, Racine, Wisc. Made in USA. Pats Pending. Volts 220-50c. No.4N14412A

Textile - Bed jacket

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

White cotton bed jacket with scalloped satin stitch edging and cut work with butterfly motif lace insertions. Front closing with press studs and a tie. Cap sleeves with a V-shaped slit and butterfly motifs either side.

Historical information

The Uebergang family lived at Tooram Park, Allansford from 1912 to 1992. The bed jacket is part of a collection of items relating to rural life in the mid 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

201 (on tape at the side)

Food Safe

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Wooden cabinet with wire mesh inserts on sides and doors. Swivel door with latch at the top and three shelves. Polished pine body with rough sawn timber back. A raised surround on three sides of the top. Evidence of a latch hook on left hand door and keyhole on right hand door.

Document - School test -arithemetic Grade VI

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

A single page printed in black ink on dull orange coloured paper with tests arithmetic, grammar and composition for Class VI, No.65, 1904 composed by the Education Department, Victoria.

Historical information

The Uebergang family came from Silesia to Australia in 1848 and were early settlers in the Allansford area. The sons and other descendants also purchased farms in the area. The Percy Uebergang family lived at Tooram Park, Allansford from 1912 until 1992. Percy and Myrtle Uebergang's children were twins, Ray and Joyce born in 1926 who lived at Tooram Park until their deaths, Ray in 1986 and Joyce in 1992 after which the property was sold. Neither Ray nor Joyce married and following the death of her brother Joyce set up the Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundation which supports the local community. The collection of items from their property was put into store for a number of years before being given into the care of the Cheese World Museum. The family often re-used, recycled and repaired items and examples can be seen in the museum. This item is part of the collection of items given into the care of the Cheese World Museum. The Victorian Education Department compiled set tests for schools. This test aimed at Year 6 students dates from 1904 and includes some complex written arithmetic problems, grammar analysis and an essay on 'Clothing'.

Significance

This test sheet is significant as an example of the level expected of Class VI students in 1904.

Inscriptions & Markings

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, VICTORIA/CLASS VI/No.65, 1904/WRITTEN ARITHMETIC/ … /GRAMMAR/…/COMPOSITION

Box of staples

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Brown cardboard box with images of staples and text with directions for use. Top is tied on with string.

Historical information

Box of staples for use with the belt joiner (A1011) used by Ken Cathie in his mechanics workshop.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gem /Carded Belt Hooks/ No.4 for Belts 1/4 inch thick (side) SIZES OF HOOKS FOR THICKNESS OF BELTING/ Size 2 made for belts 1/2 inch thick./ DIRECTIONS/ [text indistinct] (top)

Photograph - The first mechanical milking machine public demonstration in Allansford district

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Photo on badly damaged brown mount board. Image depicts LKG milking machine demonstration. Dignitories, farmers and children present. Two men are inside the shed with two cows.

Historical information

The Percy Uebergang family lived at Tooram Park, Allansford from 1912 until 1992. Percy and Myrtle Uebergang's children were twins, Ray and Joyce born in 1926 who lived at Tooram Park until their deaths, Ray in 1986 and Joyce in 1992. Neither Ray nor Joyce married and following the death of her brother Joyce set up the Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundation which supports the local community. This photograph is part of the collection of items given into the care of the Cheese World Museum. Uebergang catalogue No. Photograph tells the story of a special celebration marking the occssion of the demonstration of the first mechanical milking machine on the Ernst Uebergang property Briarwood at Cudgee Victoria. Ernst Uebergang is inside the shed. Reported in Warrnambool Standard 5 June 1905.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photo 'LKG Milking Machine Lawrence Kennedy 1902/ Mr Ernst Uebergang inside shed.'

Washing machine

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Hand-operated washing machine consisting of a cylindrical barrel with a handle on either side, a wooden hand rail to one side on the top and three legs running down the outside. A conical plunger with a fluted apron is connected to the handle. A water outlet is in the base of the barrel.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lehmann's Patented Vacuum Washing Machine

Separator, dairy - Lister CR70

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Plate - SAC Braun & Blanchard

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

White china plate with navy decorative edge of leaves and flowers and a logo in the centre. The logo has a belt with the company name circling a red flag with a white star.

Historical information

Part of the Uebergang Collection. Braun & Blanchard were a shipping line which operated out of Chile. A photograph of the remains of their wharf in Puerto Natales, Chile was posted on-line in 2013.

Inscriptions & Markings

S.A.C. BRAUN & BLANCHARD '022 Patent' (on base)

Company Seal - Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory Co.Ltd. Original Company Seal

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

The seal is made of black painted cast iron. The flat base has a gold-painted border. The curved iron arm to which a wooden handle is attached has a swirling scroll pattern on the side. The seal component consists of a round base and a round iron stamp attached to the handle mechanism. The seal is housed in a glass case with a small name plate at the front.

Historical information

The seal was used in the Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory Co Ltd office for stamping legal documents. It is not known when it became obsolete and housed in a glass case for safekeeping.

Significance

The Seal is historically significant as it relates to the formation of the WCBF in 1888 and used for legal documents. Until 2013 the Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory was the only remaining independently owned butter factory in Victoria. The company was taken over by Canadian company Saputo in 2013. It is artistically significant as the surface of the arm of this functional cast iron Seal features a gold design.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name plate: Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory Co Ltd 'Original Company Seal'

Photograph - Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory semi-trailer

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Bucket Yoke

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Hand carved wooden yoke shaped to sit around a persons neck and shoulders. The turned hand grips have lengths of binder twine tied on with metal hooks attached to the ends.

Historical information

Part of the Uebergang Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

[019]

Coathanger

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Orange varnished curved wooden coat hanger with wire hook damaged on one end

Historical information

The Percy Uebergang family lived at Tooram Park, Allansford from 1912 until 1992. Percy and Myrtle Uebergang's children were twins, Ray and Joyce born in 1926 who lived at Tooram Park until their deaths, Ray in 1986 and Joyce in 1992. Neither Ray nor Joyce married and following the death of her brother Joyce set up the Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundation which supports the local community. This coathanger is part of the collection of items given into the care of the Cheese World Museum. Cramond and Dickson was a large department store located on the corner of Liebig and Timor Streets Warrnambool trading from 1856 to 1973.

Inscriptions & Markings

Black ink engraving -Tailors & Outfitters Cramond & Dickson Warrnambool/ Made in Germany

Plaque

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Rectangular gold Perspex plaque from Demo Dairy with black writing and a silver border mounted on a wooden base.

Historical information

Awarded to Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Co Ltd as sponsors of Demo Dairy. Demo Dairy was set up by the Department of Agriculture as a practical means of demonstrating dairy management and farm development techniques and dairy focused research.

Inscriptions & Markings

WARRNAMBOOL CHEESE/ AND BUTTER FACTORY CO LTD/ BRONZE SPONSOR/OF/DEMO DAIRY/3RD NOVEMBER 1996

Photograph - Ray and Joyce Uebergang c1960

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Studio portrait of Ray and Joyce Uebergang standing in front of the draped curtain. Joyce is wearing a floral dress and long coat with matching hat. She has a handbag over her left arm and is carrying gloves. Ray is wearing a double-breasted suit.

Historical information

The Uebergang family came from Silesia to Australia in 1848 and were early settlers in the Allansford area. The sons and other descendants also purchased farms in the area. The Percy Uebergang family lived at Tooram Park, Allansford from 1912 until 1992. Percy and Myrtle Uebergang's children were twins, Ray and Joyce born in 1926 who lived at Tooram Park until their deaths, Ray in 1986 and Joyce in 1992 after which the property was sold. Neither Ray nor Joyce married and following the death of her brother Joyce set up the Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundation which supports the local community. The collection of items from their property was put into store for a number of years before being given into the care of the Cheese World Museum. The family often re-used, recycled and repaired items and examples can be seen in the museum. This photograph is part of the collection of items given into the care of the Cheese World Museum.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ray and Joyce Uebergang (on reverse)

Certificate - Certificate of Award 1937

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Product award printed on beige card in pale green with a column design along the sides and brown fine line border. A green rural scene containing brown and white cows is printed along the bottom edge.

Historical information

Kraft-Walker Cheese Company commenced in Allansford in 1935 leasing the factory premises from Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company. Dairy companies entered competitions organised by the Dairy Industry Association and associated organisations and local agricultural societies to encourage improvement in products. Some of these awards are considered prestigious and highly regarded within the industry. The certificates were passed to Cheese World Museum by the factory management.

Significance

This certificate was held by the factory management until transfer to Cheese World Museum. The certificate provides an insight into the dairy industry during the late 1930s.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Australian Institute of Dairy Factory Managers & Secretaries Incorporated Victorian Division/Certificate of Award 1937/at the Butter & Cheese Competition, Melbourne/ Awarded to Kraft-Walker Cheese Co. Allansford/Class 4/ Second Prize/For Two Cheese-Loaf-not less than six weeks old (93/12)

Advertisement - Vickers Tractors

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

A4 size advertisement cut from a newspaper showing the Vicker's tractors new features and a drawing of the tractor.

Historical information

Vickers of Sheffield in England manufactured armaments in the WWI period. In the early 1920s commenced manufacturing tractors under license to International Harvester. This tractor was aimed at the Australian market and called the 'Aussie' with the first available in 1925 but lack of sales forced Vickers to abandon tractor manufacture by 1930. This advertisement is part of the Uebergang Collection of rural items given into the care of the Cheese World Museum. . The Uebergang family came from Silesia to Australia in 1848 and were early settlers in the Allansford area. The sons and other descendants also purchased farms in the area. The Percy Uebergang family lived at Tooram Park, Allansford from 1912 until 1992. Percy and Myrtle Uebergang's children were twins, Ray and Joyce born in 1926 who lived at Tooram Park until their deaths, Ray in 1986 and Joyce in 1992 after which the property was sold. Neither Ray nor Joyce married and following the death of her brother Joyce set up the Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundation which supports the local community. The collection of items from their property was put into store for a number of years before being given into the care of the Cheese World Museum. The family often re-used, recycled and repaired items and examples can be seen in the museum.

Inscriptions & Markings

Built by Vicker's Ltd/Vicker's Tractors/And Now a Better Vickers than ever.

DVD - A Look at our History -Vol.2

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Gold DVD in plastic case, B&W cover with colour WCB logo.

Historical information

Series of interviews with former employees of Kraft (Allansford) and directors of Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory discussing their time and experiences as employees and directors of the factories. Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Company Ltd was established in 1888 and in 1935 developed a relationship with Kraft Foods Australia whereby Kraft leased premises from WCB. The two companies shared the milk collected to make their core products of cheese (Kraft) and butter and milk for domestic use (WCB). This arrangement continued until 1997.

Inscriptions & Markings

A Look at our History: Ron Campbell, Steve Heazlewood, Jim Mahony, DJ (Barney) Logan

Anti-shatter solution

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Tin of Taubman's anti-shatter solution with label listing directions for use.

Historical information

This item was found in Val Ryan's father's shed in Melbourne. The paint was used on windows during WWII to prevent the glass splintering during air raids.

Inscriptions & Markings

Definitely reduces the splintering and prevents the flying of glass from blasts during air raids or gun fire.

Iron - simple flat iron

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Simple flat iron with heavy metal base and a curved handle riveted to the base.

Historical information

Purchased at a clearing sale.

Inscriptions & Markings

A

Butter printer

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Wooden Eureka brand butter printer and weigher with dovetailed corners on the bulk butter box, wooden rollers for moving butter along once cut and wire cutter.

Historical information

The Percy Uebergang family lived at Tooram Park, Allansford from 1912 until 1992. Percy and Myrtle Uebergang's children were twins, Ray and Joyce born in 1926 who lived at Tooram Park until their deaths, Ray in 1986 and Joyce in 1992. Neither Ray nor Joyce married and following the death of her brother Joyce set up the Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundation which supports the local community. This butter cutter is part of the collection of items given into the care of the Cheese World Museum. It was in the early 1900s for hand-use in home dairies or small factories.

Significance

An example of an early butter packaging machine.

Inscriptions & Markings

Eureka/J Bartram & Son/sole makers Uebergang No. U027

Certificate - Government Champion Certificate

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Cream card certificate from Royal Agricultural Show has a plain line border on left, bottom and right side with inner border of green vine plant on left, top and right side. A sheaf of oats and a scene of haymaking complete the border design. The top of the certificate has the Department of Agriculture Victoria logo flanked by circular images of a sheep and cow on the left and a hen and horse on the right. The centre of the certificate has a gold shape overprinted with black.

Historical information

Kraft-Walker Cheese Company commenced in Allansford in 1935 leasing the factory premises from Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company. Dairy companies entered competitions organised by the Dairy Industry Association and associated organisations and local agricultural societies to encourage improvement in products. Some of these awards are considered prestigious and highly regarded within the industry. The certificates were passed to Cheese World Museum by the factory management.

Significance

This certificate was held by the factory management until transfer to Cheese World Museum. The certificate provides an insight into the dairy industry during the 1950s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Government Champion Certificate/ Awarded to Kraft Walker Cheese Co Pty Ltd (Allansford) at the Royal Agricultural Show 1951/ for Champion Cheese/ Issued by direction of/Hon. the Minister for Agriculture/H A Mullett/ Director of Agriculture/ W J Park/ Judges

Writing Desk and Bookcase

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Wooden bookcase mounted on top of a desk. The bookcase has two glass panelled doors and three shelves. the right side door has a keyhole. Pediment overhang of 7 cm. the desk has a locking drawer and two cupboards underneath. The drawer has two recessed brass handles.

Horse collar with hames

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Straw-filled horse collar with leather upper and a blanket fabric on the underside. A set of iron hames sit around the collar with two rings attached to the top end with a hame hook on both sides and a chain joining both at the lower end. The leather neck roll is stitched to the collar with a leather lace. The collar has a leather strap and buckles attached to the top.

Historical information

The Percy Uebergang family lived at Tooram Park, Allansford from 1912 until 1992. The horse collar was part of the collection of rural items given into the care of the Cheese World Museum.

Binoculars

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Binoculars have brass collapsible barrels with a central winding mechanism to adjust focus. The underneath and the end of the barrels are painted black. Screw-in magnifiers are attached on a separate plate to the winding mechanism.

Historical information

The Uebergang family lived at Tooram Park, Allansford from 1912 to 1992. The binoculars were given into the care of Cheese World Museum as part of the collection of items relating to rural living.

Inscriptions & Markings

Uebergang No. H139; 939

Wash trough

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Wooden double wash trough on wooden legs. Wooden splash back 8 cm wide. the left hand trough is stained blue. The square wooden legs are braced on either side at floor level. At each side of the trough, there are two iron rods to hold the wood in shape.

Toy, sewing machine

Cheese World Museum, Allansford

Hand-operated toy sewing machine has red metal base with name inscribed in gold; creamy-white plastic body has a gold scroll decoration with 5 red spots. The operating wheel is silver metal with a black knob on the handle. The working parts are silver-coloured metal.

Inscriptions & Markings

Little Betty