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Clunes Museum Clunes, Victoria

An Incorporated Committee of volunteers who manage the collection for the Hepburn Shire Council.

The Museum is housed in the former Warehouse (c.1860) of contractors Nichol and Wallace. The redeveloped building, now known as The Warehouse, to reflect it's 19th century history, reopened in 2014 as a Hub housing the Museum, the Library, the Visitor information Centre, the Hepburn Shire Service Centre as well as event and meeting spaces.

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Contact Information

location
36 Fraser Street Clunes Victoria 3370 (map)
phone
+61 03 5345 3359 (For The Warehouse- Clunes and ask to speak to a member of the Museum team)

Contact

Opening Hours

Monday 10am-6pm Wednesday 10am-4pm Thursday 10am-6pm Friday 10am-4pm Saturday 10am-1pm Sunday 11am-3pm

Entry Fee

Adults - $5.00 Concession - $4.00 Family - $10.00

Location

36 Fraser Street Clunes Victoria

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The collection is housed in the Clunes Museum a C. 1860 shop in the main street of Clunes, Victoria's first gold town,originally the warehouse of Nicol & Wallace who established the business in 1859. The major strengths of the collection of 4000 items are photographs and items pertaining to gold mining, agriculture, industry, factories and commerce, education, local government, religion, WW1 & WW2, and domestic life, together with local community archival records. The collection is owned by the Hepburn Shire Council and managed by volunteers. A recent Regional Development grant has enabled the addition of library, visitor information centre, community meeting room Hepburn Shire Customer Service and a large exhibition gallery. The Museum is now part of the Clunes Community Interpretive Centre which has almost reached completion which will open later in the year. The collection is at present in storage.

Significance

The collection documents the local history of the Clunes township and district.

Kerry Sawyer (nee Goad) 27 April 2017 3:35 PM

Does anyone have, or know where I can get, a photo of the Hit or Miss Hotel (circa 1860s) situated at Station Hill, midway between Clunes and Creswick. Belonged to my great, great grandfather. My Dad, aged 87, would love to get some information and especially a photo of the hotel please. Thanks, Kerry

Aleathea 28 April 2017 6:08 AM

Have u tried the mechanics institute in ballarat or the gold museum?

Lorraine Thomson 18 November 2017 9:50 PM

Does anyone know of any William J Trembath descendants of Lone Tree Farm, Clunes? My family rented an old farm house back when I was about 14/15 years of age ( 1980's ). I was cleaning out an old stable in preparation for my mare in foal, and came across an old fob watch. It was quite green and mouldy at the time, but have since had it restored for it to now reveal the above information. I have lovingly held onto it, but have equally held onto the guilt of retaining it. Any info would be very much appreciated. Also.....I can recall the name ' Tim' a local mechanic (?), as being a connection?? Grabbing at straws here..... Lorraine

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3670 items

3670 items

CERTIFICATE

Clunes Museum, Clunes

CERTIFICATE OF SPECIAL LAND PURCHASE.

Historical information

SPECIAL LAND PURCHASE CERTIFICATE FOR LAND PURCHASED BY JAMES GRIFFIS OF CLUNES, DATED 4TH APRIL 1862.

Inscriptions & Markings

ENTERED ON RECORD AND ENROLLED IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE COLONY OF VICTORIA, IN REGISTER NO. 13 SPECIAL LAND PURCHASES, FOLIO 2483 THIS THIRTEENTH DAY OF MAY 1862. SIGNED BY ACTING REGISTRAR

POSTCARD

Clunes Museum, Clunes

XMAS POSTCARD WITH PANSIES ON THE COVER

BOOK - "YEARS OF ADVENTURE"

Clunes Museum, Clunes

FIFTY YEARS OF SERVICE BY THE COUNTRY WOMEN"S ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA. 1928 - 1978

Historical information

GOLDEN JUBILEE OF THE COUNTRY WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION

Inscriptions & Markings

YEARS OF ADVENTURE

CERTIFICATE

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Cream certificate in frame, drawings of Guides working. Issued Feb 1932

CRUCIBLE

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Crucible

Significance

Used for melting gold to be assayed

Inscriptions & Markings

"Morgans Patent" at top of outside. Partly chipped on base. Stickers attached marked "Gold Crucible, Tom Wickham", T.W.", "80

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

BLACK & WHITE ORIGINAL OF W. GILLESPIE.

Historical information

THE PHOTO DEPICTS THE UNIFORM OF A LIGHT HORSEMAN IN THE 1914/18 GREAT WAR. FEATURED ARE THE RIFLE AND BAYONET, SHOULDER BANDOLIER, LEATHER LEGGINGS AND PLUMED HAT ALSO BAYONET SCABBARD AND LEATHER BELT.

Inscriptions & Markings

W. GILLESPIE

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

"KEEBLES"CLUNES BUILDING ON THE CORNER OF BAILEY AND FRASER STREET.THE BUILDING WAS ORIGINALLY THE TELEGRAPH HOTEL.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 SEPIA PHOTOGRAPH OF COUNCILLOR BOROUGH OF CLUNES - EDWARDS, JAMES FROM COLLAGE REG. 822 .2.3.4.5 SEPIA COPIES OF THE ABOVE ON PHOTOGRAPHIC PAPER

ETCHING, PEN, INK

Clunes Museum, Clunes

WOODEN FRAME, GLASS COVERED. PEN AND INK DRAWING OF LADY WITH BASKET. TWO SWANS ON WATER. SMALL HOUSE AND MANY TREES IN BACKGROUND. SHRUBS IN FOREGROUND. WOODEN BRIDGE.

Historical information

THIS LLUSTRATION WAS GIVEN TO MRS. HOLLAND ON THE THIS DRAWING WAS GIVEN TO MRS. HOLLAND ON THE OCCASION OF HER WEDDING, BY THE ARTIST MRS. JANET McDONALD WHO MARRIED IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA AND LIVED THERE FOR 50 YEARS BEFORE RETURNING TO CLUNES TO LIVE IN SERVICE STREET, NEXT DOOR TO RIDLEY'S.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 Sepia photograph mounted on cardboard of Clunes Australian Rules Football team, Premiers 1899 .2 & .3 .4 .5 .6 Black and white copies of the original photograph

Historical information

PHOTOGRAPH KEPT IN CLUNES FOOTBALL CLUB

Inscriptions & Markings

On Front: Hand written in black ink E.M. - Hand written in black ink Charlie Farr, Photographer, Maryborough On Reverse: Hand written in black "Premiers Clunes United Football Club, Premiers 1899", hand written in blue biro MADDEN FAMILY, hand written in blue biro "Eric Butler 1123 Eyre Street Ballarat.

PRINT

Clunes Museum, Clunes

COPY OF JOHN LONGSTAFF'S "BREAKING THE NEWS" OIL ON CANVAS. ENCLOSED IN VARNISHED WOODEN FRAME.

Historical information

ORIGINAL PAINTING HANGING IN WESTERN AUSTRALIAN ART GALLERY - PICTURE DEPICTS MINING TRAGEDIES IN THE LAST CENTURY. JOHN LONGSTAFF LIVED IN CLUNES IN HIS EARLY DAYS.

Inscriptions & Markings

"BREAKING THE NEWS" OIL ON CANVAS. COLLECTION OF THE ART GALLERY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA.COPYRIGHT RESERVED.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

COPY OF PHOTOGRAPH OF BOOKHOLT, H. WEARING A W.W.1 AUSTRALIAN UNIFORM.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PHOTOGRAPH OF A CAST IRON DRINKING FOUNTAIN ON THE CLUNES RAILWAY STATION

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

COPY OF PHOTOGRAPH OF DUNSTAN,ELDRED WEARING A W.W.1 AUSTRALIAN UNIFORM.

GLOVES

Clunes Museum, Clunes

BONE COLOURED LADIES GLOVES - 100% NYLON - SIZE 6 1/2 SHIRRED FOR DECORATION ON BACK OF GLOVE

BOTTLE

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Dark green glass bottle, indented circle on base, 4 sided square bottle with round neck

Inscriptions & Markings

On sides of bottle "Schiedam Aromatic Schnapps" "Udolpho Wolfe's"

D'OILEY

Clunes Museum, Clunes

TWO TONED COLOURED SQUARE CROCHETED. SAMPLER

GEOLOGICAL REPORT

Clunes Museum, Clunes

REPORT ON AURIFEROUS ZONE FROM ROKEWOOD TO CLUNES, AND THENCE TO MOUNT CAMERON

Historical information

REPORT BY E. LIDGEY, FIELD GEOLOGIST, 1897

Inscriptions & Markings

SEE OVER

BOOK - COTTAGE COOKERY

Clunes Museum, Clunes

A COLLECTION OF ARTICLES ABOUT COOKERY WRITTEN BY "RITA", PRINTED IN BOOK FORM BY THE "HERALD & WEEKLY TIMES"

Historical information

"RITA" THE AUTHOR WAS SOCIAL EDITRESS OF THE MELBOURNE "HERALD & WEEKLY TIMES"

POSTCARD

Clunes Museum, Clunes

A GREETING CARD (SEE IMAGE ON WORKSHEET)

Inscriptions & Markings

HEARTY GREETINGS FROM CLUNES

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

COLOURED REPRINT PHOTOGRAPH OF POWDER MAGAZINE EXTERIOR. SITUATED IN A PADOCK ON SMEATON ROAD APPROX. 2 KM. FROM TOWNSHIP ON LEFT HAND SIDE. A SOLID BUILDING WITH TWO OPENINGS AND ONE SMALL WINDOW

Historical information

VIEW OF POWDER MAGAZINE USED IN MINING DAYS TO STORE EXPLOSIVES. BUILDING MATERIALS SOLID BRICK

BOOK - HOW TO DECORATE HALLS, BOOTH'S AND AUTOMOBILES

Clunes Museum, Clunes

SMALL BOOKLET. HOW TO DECORATE HALLS - BOOTHS AND AUTOMOBILES.

Historical information

RELATES TO BYGONE ERA AND DECORATION OF HALLS BOOTHS AND AUTOMOBILES.

CONTAINER

Clunes Museum, Clunes

CONTAINER - FLOORFAST FOR BALLROOM FLOORS. CONTENTS TO MAKE BALLROOM FLOORS FAST.

Historical information

FLOORFAST USED ON CLUNES TOWN HALL FLOOR. CONTENTS SPREAD ON DANCE FLOOR TO MAKE FLOOR SMOOTH AND FAST. FIRST SWEEP IT WELL THEN SPRINKLE IT WITH FLOORFAST TOGETHER WITH A QUANTITY OF SAW DUST. AFTER FLOORFAST HAS BEEN WORKED IN, EITHER BY POLISHING SLAB OR DANCERS FEET, THE SAW DUST MAY BE SWEPT OFF. GIVES SPLENDID RESULTS. SPECIALLY PREPARED BY J. KITCHEN & SONS PTY. LTD.

BOOKLET - SOUVENIR OF CLUNES HOSPITAL

Clunes Museum, Clunes

SOUVENIR PAPER COVERED BOOKLET OF CLUNES HOSPITAL OFFICIALLY OPENED ON 28TH MARCH, 1948

Historical information

THE STORY OF THE NEW CLUNES HOSPITAL. DESCRIBING THE BUSH FIRE THAT DESTROYED THE OLD HOSPITAL. THE SOUVENIR PUBLISHED TO COMMEMORATE THE NEW CLUNES HOSPITAL

Inscriptions & Markings

SEE ON WORKSHEET

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF BUTTER FACTORY & BRIDGE OVER CREEK.

Historical information

THIS PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN DURING EASTER CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS 1939

Inscriptions & Markings

BRIDGE OVER CREEK, PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN FACING TOWARDS THE PARK.

BOOK

Clunes Museum, Clunes

THE YEARS THAT ARE TOLD A NOVEL

Historical information

PRESENTED TO GEORGE HUDSON FOR REGULAR ATTENDANCE STATE SCHOOL 136. CLUNES. XMAS 1891

Inscriptions & Markings

THE YEARS THAT ARE TOLD ROE PORTER. THE LILY SERIES

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PHOTOGRAPH OF CLUNES TOWNSHIP TAKEN FROM THE SCENIC ROAD LOOKING TOWARDS MT-BECKWORTH.

PLAN OF MINE

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PLAN OF RIP VAN WINKLE G M CO 1889 MINE ON NORTH SLOPE OF MOUNT GREENOCK VIA TALBOT

Inscriptions & Markings

EJ. SEMMENS CRESWICK

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PIECE OF A SEPIA MOUNTED ON CARDBOARD PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING 3 LADIES OUTSIDE THE BUCK'S HEAD HOTEL

VICTUALLER'S LICENCE / RECEIPT BOOK

Clunes Museum, Clunes

COLLECTION OF VICTUALLER'S LICENCE 1889 BOOK CONTAINS 17 RECEIPTS DETAILS ON BACK OF WORKSHEET

Historical information

CERTIFICATE TO AUTHORISE THE ISSUE OF A VICTUALLER'S LICENCE