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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust Chiltern, Victoria

The present brick building was erected in 1866, replacing an earlier timber construction, and used as Council Chambers, Town Hall and Library/Reading Rooms. When the Library was relocated in 1970 many old books remained in the present building forming an interesting collection of Goldfields reading matter in the original setting. About this time the Chiltern Athenaeum Museum was formed by enthusiastic members of the public who operate the museum on a volunteer basis.

Contact Information

location
57 Conness Street Chiltern VIC 3683 (map)
phone
+61 0357 261280

Contact

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm

Entry Fee

Adults $2.00 Children free

Location

57 Conness Street Chiltern Victoria

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A vast collection of items, photographs, and records documenting the history of the Chiltern district and it's people, from the mid 1800s to the present. Items relating to the gold rushes of the 1850s, evolution of the Chiltern township, notable citizens and the people of Chiltern, war service, cemetery records and family histories.

Meredith Blake 19 September 2013 10:51 AM

Beautiful item! We'll have to profile this as a VC item of the month some time soon.

Rhonda Algaba 16 August 2019 11:37 AM

I am researching my family as my grandfather Phillip Schwarer was born in Rutherglen. I may have information for you regarding him. Have been in contact with the Museum in Rutherglen and will be sending info there also. Have been delighted to find more on your site. Many thanks Rhonda Algaba Yokine WA.

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538 items

538 items

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 12 photos of the Wilson family including Hilda, Ethel, Mary June, Harry Duncan, Delia Carlyle, Mary Moorhouse, Tess Sexton, Lizzie Lewis, Nellie Samons, Louisa Eisemann, Amy Lloyd, Lizzie Wilson, Miss Riddell and Mr Carlington; also incldues mining group and property images. Also includes scanned image of a memorial event flyer relating to Edgar Ralph Wilson. Research material from the WWI project.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 3 photos relating to Aloysius James McGann, used in the WWI project.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 2 photos of the Chiltern Cyonide Works.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Photo of Joseph Bragg from 1837.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 4 photos relating to the Wellington family, including Annie Wellington nee Ashley, Elizabeth Ashley nee Anderson, Abraham Wellington and Alice Brown nee Ashley in 1909 holding Edith

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Photograph of Mrs Gerrard with Beverlie.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Document relating to Thomas Crawford. Used in WWI project.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Document relating to Leslie Frederick Kennedy. Used in WWI project.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 5 photos of Lil Daglish and Dot Pearce.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 17 photos of the Chiltern State School.

WW1 Greeting Postcard

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Buff coloured greeting postcard WW1 with yellow embroidery wording "I'm Thinking of you". Card contains lace overlay envelope which is empty but has flowers embroidered in white, green and pink.

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WW1 1914-1918 Greetings postcard WW1. Sent to Ethel (Mrs. William Fuge) from brother Bert WW1 soldier.

Significance

WW1 The Great War 1914-1918

Inscriptions & Markings

Card has yellow embroidered wording " I'm thinking of you ".

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 2 photos of D A McLeod's burial place. Used in WWI project.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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3 photographs relating to the Gilbert family including Emily Elizabeth nee Kerr, Leon Marie Joseph and Cpl J Gilbert.

Photograph of the Moore Brothers in Cadet Militia (school cadets) Uniform.

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Photo of Reg A Moore (1900-1983) and William Leonard Moore (1986-1958). Used in WWI project.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 7 photos relating to the Schwarer family including John, Joseph and Mary nee Meara; lso including images of a boarding house in 1896 and a grave. Including military and epitaph images used in the WWI project.

Photograph - Joseph Maffesoni

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Sepia photo of Joseph Maffesoni

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 5 photos and 2 postcards relating to the Wark family, including John Henry Wark and Houston Bootmaker shop. Photo of Andrew (Andy) Alfred Wark born 1894. Research material from WWI project.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Photo of Theresa Faunch.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Document relating to Arthur Oswald Briese. Used in WWI project.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 2 scanned documents relating to Angus C Pettigrew, used in WWI project.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 29 photos and 1 document relating to the Snow family, including Ebbie, Eliza Brewer Snow nee Own, Ethel B Snow nee Gillman, John H Gillman and Wilf Snow, Mavis Snow, Florrie, Sam and Blanch Snow, Sarah Anderson, Annie Snow, Lila Dennis, Doreen Dennis, Mabel Webb, Hazel Snow, Wilfred, Jack and Rupert Snow and Mt Ophir. Includes military material from the WWI project.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 1 photo and 1 document relating to the Bagley family including James and Leslie Bagley. Used in WWI project.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 8 documents relating to the Millar family.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Photograph of Dr Frank Haley.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Information on the Aitcheson family.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Document relating to Theodore Benjamin Bartley. Used in WWI project.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Document relating to H Jefferson. Used in WWI project.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Photograph of Sydney Wentworth Williamson c 1918. Research material from the WWI project.

AIF Return from Active Service Badges WW1 (x2)

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Two crowned gilt bronze badges with two lugs on back. The obverse has the rising sun behind a crown AUSTRALIAN MILITARY FORCES; A.I.F; around the bottom, ISSUED BY DEPT. OF DEFENCE . RETURNED FROM ACTIVE SERVICE. The reverse has been stamped with number and has the maker's name, AMOR / SYDNEY and Stokes and Sons MELB

Historical information

Badges such as this one were issued to soldiers by the Department of Defence to indicate they had returned from active service. It showed they had helped the war effort by serving their country. Sometimes returned soldiers were wrongfully accused of showing disloyalty to their country because they were not seen wearing a military uniform so wearing the badge helped avoid this. A number was often stamped on the reverse and a certificate was provided as authentication. Issued 1914 - 1919

Significance

WW1 The Great War, issued to soldiers who had returned from active duty so as not to confuse the general public that the person whilst not in uniform or displaying medals had in fact served their country on active duty.

Inscriptions & Markings

The obverse has the rising sun behind a crown AUSTRALIAN MILITARY FORCES; A.I.F; around the bottom, ISSUED BY DEPT. OF DEFENCE . RETURNED FROM ACTIVE SERVICE.

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Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Photograph of Baden Backhouse

Historical information

Served in WW1 Moved to America and changed his name to Bachus, becoming an American citizen in 1933 Served in WW2 in the Merchant Marines Returned to live in Australia in the 1950's and died at Bowral 1985

Significance

On Chiltern Shire Roll of Honor & Cornishtown School Roll of Honor