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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-4pm

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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556 items

556 items

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Photo of a woman related to Edwin Francis Duncan. Used in WWI project.

Photographic copy of Frank Peake

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Photographic copy in Black and White of Francis (Frank) Peake. (Cropped down from a previous photo)

Historical information

Photographic copy of Francis (Frank) Peake. Born in Chiltern, was a school teacher, Joined the services in Melbourne on 16/1/1918 aged 23. Enlistment No 44202 and Discharged on 23/8/1919

Significance

Francis Peake - World War I

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 2 photos and 2 documents relating to Harry Wilfred and Frederick Howard Taylor. Research material from WWI project.

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 2 photos relating to George William Rodford, born 1896 in London. Used in WWI project.

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 6 photos relating to Alf West, Malta. Research material from the WWI project.

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 2 photos of the Masonic lodge

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Photo of J T Sullivan, an Engineer in Chiltern, taken 1961.

Book - Gospel St Mark

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Blue soft cover fabric weave. Parchment coloured pages with small black print. 64 pages.

Historical information

Handwritten inscription refers to 16th Reinforcements G.S.G (General Service Group). Transported back to Australia via Troop Ship SS Riverina. Printed by Cambridge. Printed at the University Press, for The British and Foreign Bible Society 146 Queen Victoria Street London.

Significance

Was given to Richard Evans who was born in Chiltern Valley ( who served in WW1 )

Inscriptions & Markings

No. 69029. Pt. R Evans 16th Reinforcements G G G Aus Imperial Forces Abroad 20/11/ 18 Stamped British and Foreign Bible Society Bible House 214/3 Flinders Lane Melbourne.

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 2 photos of the Chiltern Sports Centre.

Document

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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

Service Book : PTE McLean WW2 - Australian Military Forces Record of Service

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

40 page Booklet

Inscriptions & Markings

VX106236. Pte McLean N A. Australian Military Forces Record of Service. Male Member

Book - The Home Guard Fieldcraft Manual

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Small green fabric reinforced booklet. 173 pages

Historical information

Owned by Adde Andreas Matiess John Cooper who served in WW1 and was awarded the Military Medal. He also served as a Lieutenant with the 22nd Battalion in WW2.

Significance

Adde Cooper was born and lived in Chiltern and served in both WW1 & WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written by Major John Langdon-Davies. John Murray & The Pilot Press

Document

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Document relating to Howard Fraser Grant. Used in WWI project.

Document

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Document relating to Alfred Henry Darvall. Used in WWI project.

Photograph reproduction of WW1 Soldier G. W. Newbound

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Sepia coloured reproduced photograph of WW1 soldier G.W. Newbound Chiltern and Rutherglen resident.

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WW1 historical relevance The Great War 1914-1918

Significance

WW1 The Great War 1914-1918

Document

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Scanned image of an article relating to Maurice Long published in the Argus in 1868.

Drawing

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Pen sketch of Conness Street.

Black Patent Ceremonial Defence Force Boots

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Black Patent Leather boots, rubber heel and tread, lace ups and used with Ceremonial uniform dress.

Historical information

Associated with current Defence Force Uniform Issue for Ceremonial Uniform dress.

Significance

Issued by the Australian Defence Force.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside the boot : 5/97

Document

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Document containing information on Joseph Sammons.

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 1 photo and 1 document relating to Neil Olholm and the Ipsen family.

Document

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Document containing information on the Saggers family.

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Photo of the Chiltern Bowling Club, 1960.

Document

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 2 documents containing photos of Fred Ring and the gravestone of Alice May Ring and George Frederick Ring.

White Fire FIghter's Helmet CFA : (Bill Hotson Group Officer)

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

White with red band fire fighters helmet. There is a blue and white shield on the front with the Country Fire Brigade Victoria wording upon it. There are two red tape strips on the front also. A green name tag states the item once was assigned to Bill Hotson Group Officer.

Historical information

Once assigned to Bill Hotson, Chiltern Valley resident and member of the local Chiltern CFA. 1960's helmet issue.

Significance

Associated with the Chiltern CFA and member Mr. Bill Hotson, resident of Chiltern Valley.

Inscriptions & Markings

There is a blue and white shield on the front with the Country Fire Brigade Victoria wording upon it. There are two red tape strips on the front also. A green name tag states the item once was assigned to Bill Hotson Group Officer.

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 18 photos of churches.

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 9 photos relating to the McKay family including a family reunion in 1999.

WW1 ANZAC Medalet - ANZAC Day 1918 Department of Education Issue.

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Circular bronze medalet featuring an Australian Digger in profile accompanied by the words 'Honor to the A.I.F.' on one side. The other side features a central rectangular panel with the words 'Gallipoli France Palestine' with a sprig of wattle, with the words 'EVD Anzac Day 1918' around the circumference. Usually this medalet is fitted with a suspension loop which carries a short length of red, white an blue cotton ribbon.

Historical information

The Anzac Day 1918 medallion was struck by the Education Department of Victoria, which was actively involved in wartime fundraising in the First World War. Programmes included the Young Gardeners League, the Young Workers' Patriotic Guild, concerts, fundraising and food for soldiers in hospital, especially the Caulfield Military Hospital, and constant letter writing to soldiers abroad. Some £300,337 was raised by the Department during the war.

Significance

WW1 1914-1918 Fundraising and Commemorative Medalet issued to various guilds and schools via the Department of Education. Commemorates ANZAC Day of 1918.

Inscriptions & Markings

Circular bronze medalet featuring an Australian Digger in profile accompanied by the words 'Honor to the A.I.F.' on one side. The other side features a central rectangular panel with the words 'Gallipoli France Palestine' with a sprig of wattle, with the words 'EVD Anzac Day 1918' around the circumference.

Map : Chiltern United Borough and Goldfields Common - Chiltern United Borough and Goldfields Common

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

Scale 20 chain to 1 inch Chiltern West to Chiltern North Timber Reserve to Barambogie to Eldorado

Historical information

A map showing the overview of the Chiltern Burrough and the Goldfields of the time pre that of 1900's.

Significance

A map showing the historical layout of the Chiltern Burrough pre 1900 and the gold leads.

Inscriptions & Markings

Total area 11095 acres. Gazetted as under Chiltern Borough 1695 acres 3.11.63 Chiltern Goldfields 4100 acres 2.11.63 United Common 5793 acres 6.11.63 Extension of do 5300 acres 12.3.69 Total area 11095 acres

Photograph

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern

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Batch of 8 photos of the Eustace family, including CE Thomas, C Uren, Charlie Portch, Elizabeth Eustace, Norm Smith, and Sam Landover.

1940's Brown leather Carry Case with flying equipment and clothing issue : RAAF Pilot Francis Robertson

Chiltern Athenaeum Trust, Chiltern