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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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3816 items

3816 items

AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY MANUAL

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 McCormick International GL-223 3pt linkage Tractor Mower .2 McCormick International GL-225 Post Hole Digger .3 Engineering Bulletin: EB17, Fordson Tractors .4 Massey-Ferguson 536 Side Delivery Rake Instruction Book .5 Massey-Ferguson 500 series drills, (fitting of the small seed boxes)

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PHOTOGRAPH OF SAMUEL AND GINNY WAUGH. IT IS MOUNTED ON MASONITE.

Historical information

GINNY WAUGH [NEE ROBBINS] WAS THE FIRST WHITE CHILD BORN IN CLUNES. SHE AND HER HUSBAND, SAMUEL, ARE BURIED IN THE CLUNES CEMETERY. HER FATHER WAS HARRY ROBBINS WHO WAS THE FIRST MAN TO TAKE A LOAD OF GOLD QUARTZ FROM CLUNES TO BALLARAT BY BULLOCK WAGON.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PRESENTATION OF GRANT OF THE LOCAL HISTORY PROGRAM. MRS. MAUREEN HARRIS - PRESIDENT ACCEPTED THE GRANT OF $1772 . A GRANT WAS TO RESTORE TWO BURROUGH OF CLUNES COLLAGES OF THE MAYORS OF CLUNES.

Historical information

GRANT PRESENTED BY PREMIER OF VICTORIA, HON. STEVE BRACKS, M.P. AT THE WILLIAMSTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, WILLIAMSTOWN MECHANICS' INSTITUTE, ON 3RD MAY, 2002.

HAY KNIFE

Clunes Museum, Clunes

BLADE WITH TWO PAINTED WOODEN HANDLES

REPORT

Clunes Museum, Clunes

DETAILS OF METHODIST CHURCH ORGAN CLUNES

Historical information

EXTRACT FROM BOOK BY E. N. MATTHEWS

Inscriptions & Markings

Built about 1866 Colonial Organ Builders by Hambling & Sons, London Opened by George Herbert in Methodist Church Daylesford. It has 10 stops. Sold to Methodist Church Clunes 1888 for 200 Pounds including transport and installation. Opened by William Anderson. Extract from Book by E N Matthews.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

ORIGINAL DARK TONED SEPIA PHOTOGRAPH OF J. FOSTER. TYPICAL ARMY UNIFORM. 1ST. WORLD WAR.

Inscriptions & Markings

J. FOSTER

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH OF CLUNES TOWNSHIP, TAKEN FROM LESLIE STREET EAST, OFF SMEATON ROAD.

Inscriptions & Markings

METHODIST & PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES IN CENTRE TAKEN FROM LESLIE ST. EAST OF SMEATON ROAD NOTE WESLEYAN CHURCH HAS SPIRE

NEWSLETTER

Clunes Museum, Clunes

QUARETERLY NEWSLETTER OF THE MARYBOROUGH FAMILY HISTORY GROUP INC. WINTER 2009 EDITION, FRONT COVER FEATURES LITHOGRAPH OF THE MARYBOROUGH DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDER IN 1854.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

NO. 23 DONALD GORDON CLARK (SNR) C1925, DONALD GORDON CLARK (JNR), LIZZIE WALDRON (NEE CLARK), MARY CLARK, LIZZIE CLARK (NEE JONES)

Historical information

DESCENDANTS OF FRANCIS CLARK & JANE RANKIN.(CLUNES)

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

A PHOTOGRAPH OF QUEENS PARK FOUNTAIN WITH A LADY SITTING ON THE FOUNTAIN EDGE FOUNTAIN AND TWO CHILDREN WALKING THE PATH

Inscriptions & Markings

QUEENS PARK CLUNES

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

AN EARLY PHOTOGRAPH COPY OF TALBOT ROAD CLUNES. BRITISH HOTEL, FIRST BUILDING ON LEFT.

Historical information

OWNED AND RUN BY JOHAN CONRAD WEICKHARDT UNTIL 1905. BUILDING NO LONGER IN EXISTENCE.

BOOK - The Penny Cyclopedia of the Society of Useful Knowledge Vol 23 & Vol 24

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

ORIGINAL SEPIA PHOTOGRAPH OF VIEW OF CLUNES,TAKEN FROM FRASER STREET.

Historical information

PHOTOGRAPH OF JUNCTION OF FRASER & BAILEY STREET, CLUNES. FIRE BRIGADE REEL SHED IN FOREGROUND. LUFF'S TWO STOREY HOUSE IN BACKGROUND.

PAINTING/ETCHING

Clunes Museum, Clunes

FRAMED WATERCOLOUR OF THE CAMERON HOMESTEAD.

Historical information

IT IS ON PERMAMENT LOAN FROM HEPBURN SHIRE THIS PICTURE WAS PAINTED FROM THE HILLSIDE, ACROSS THE CREEK FROM DONALD CAMERSON'S HOMESTEAD. 'THE CLUNES' NAMED AFTER HIS HOME IN SCOTLAND. DONALD CAMERON WAS AT CLUNES FROM 1839-1855, WHEN HE AND HIS FAMILY RETURNED TO SCOTLAND.

BOOK - The Poetical Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 Leather bound book, black with gold line around cover, initials T A in gold on front, 647 pages .2 Bookmark, newspaper cutting of sermon by Rev. H.A. Overend of Auburn Methodist Church

Historical information

Rev. Frank Girdler served at St. Pauls Church, Clunes, Victoria, Australia circa 1930

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in blue ink "Frank Girdler"

NEWSPAPER CUTTING

Clunes Museum, Clunes

LEGION'S SOCIAL FOR TO WEDS. MR. GEORGE BEVERIDGE TO MISS JEAN McMILLEN AND MISS JOAN MILLGATE TO MR.BILL STEART. WEDDING BELL FOR MISS MAY WHITMORE TO MR. GWM JONES.

SCHOOL EXERCISE BOOK

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Exercise book, with multi coloured front cover, hand written entries, author unknown. Contains English, arithmetic, grammar, geography and dictation dated 18th August 1886 to 4 October 1886

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

COPY OF POSTCARD OF TOWNSHIP OF CLUNES 1911

Inscriptions & Markings

CLUNES

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 ORIGINAL SEPIA PHOTOGRAPH CLUNES TOWN HALL WITH GROUP OF ONLOOKERS AND MARCHING GROUP

Historical information

PHOTOGRAPH OF GROUP PEOPLE WATCHING MARCHING GROUP SALUTING

Inscriptions & Markings

MRS C MITCHELL

BANK RECORDS

Clunes Museum, Clunes

State Savings Bank of Victoria - Progressive and Testing Statements 50A .1 June 1912-June 1922 .2 June 1923-June 1935 .3 June 1935-June 1946 .4 June 1947-June 1958 .5 June 1958-June 1962 (including General Statements) .6 June 1962-June 1966 (including Balance Sheet 1966)

Historical information

State Savings Bank of Victoria - Clunes Branch

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

BUTTER CHURN

Clunes Museum, Clunes

BUTTER CHURN: GLASS CONTAINER WITH METAL LID AND FITTINGS AND WOODEN HANDLE

Inscriptions & Markings

ON LID - MADE IN ENGLAND NO.30 CR. 40 MARKING ON GLASS CONTAINER - BLOW BUTTER CHURN 3/30 MADE IN ENGLAND. IMPERIAL QUARTS STICKER ATTACHED "BUTTER CHURN" DONATED BY W. HARRIS. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH. "77"

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

SEPIA PHOTOGRAPH OF CLUNES TOWN HALL, COUNCIL CHAMBERS AND COURT HOUSE. GAS LAMPS IN FOREGROUND. TOWN CLERK, MR H.E. SANDO AND ANOTHER MAN STANDING ON STEPS.

BANK PASSBOOK

Clunes Museum, Clunes

UNION BANK OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED PASS BOOK FOR INTERKNIT HOSIERY CO. LTD. DIVIDEND ACCOUNTS NUMBERED 1 AND 2

Historical information

PASSBOOK WAS USED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1940 UNTIL JANUARY 1943

RECEIPT BOOK

Clunes Museum, Clunes

DAMAGED RECEIPT BOOK CLUNES LADIES BENEVOLENT SOCIETY 1938 - '42. MANY RECEIPTS AND DUPLICATES HAVE BEEN REMOVED.

Historical information

RECEIPT BOOK WITH DETAILS OF SUBSCRIPTIONS AND DONATIONS TO CLUNES LADIES BENEVOLENT SOCIETY 1938 - 1942. MANY RECEIPTS REMOVED FROM BOOK

SILK HANDKERCHIEF

Clunes Museum, Clunes

RED SILK EMBROIDERED HANDKERCHIEF, WITH RED SCALLOPED EDGE.

Inscriptions & Markings

SOUVENIR FROM FRANCE

BOOK

Clunes Museum, Clunes

BOOK OF INVOICES FROM W. TURNBULL PRODUCE MERCHANT

Historical information

INVOICE BOOK FROM PRODUCE MERCHANT TO CUSTUMERS. FOR GOODS DELIVERED.

Inscriptions & Markings

CLUNES STEAM CHAFCUTTING AND CHAFF CUTTING MILL. CLUNES.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PHOTOGRAPH OF YOUNG WOMEN [NAME UNKNOWN] WEARING DRESS WITH WHITE SKIRT, DARK BODICE AND HEM LINE; WHITE FRILL AT NECK LINE.

Historical information

PHOTOGRAPH FOUND IN THE HOME OF THE LATE LAURA HUDSON , HOUSE IN LOWER STREET, CLUNES.[ NOW BLACKMORE ROAD] THIS HOME WAS LATER OWNED BY MR. G. WILTSHIRE.

DOCUMENTS

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 International time recorder ribbons in cardboard box .2 Instruction sheet "International Dial Recorder, printed in USA .3 Interknit Hosiery Co. Ltd., Clunes pay slips for Holiday Pay 1954

Historical information

Nil

Inscriptions & Markings

.1 printed in black ink 1&1/4" x 4" andInternational Time Recorder Ribbons

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH OF METHODIST CHURCH ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE OCCASION WAS A PLEASANT SUNDAY AFTERNOON SERVICE WITH BUSES AND CARS TO TRANSPORT THE VISITORS. SERVICE STREET, CLUNES.

Historical information

PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN FROM NEAR THE OLD FIRE BRIGADE HALL LOOKING TOWARDS METHODIST CHURCH ON THE OCCASION OF A PLEEASANT SUNDAY AFTERNOON SERVICE. BUSES FROM BALLARAT AND SURROUNDING TOWNS FERRIER THE VISITORS. SERVICE STREET, CLUNES.

PIPE - SMOKING

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Black curved stem, metal join, brown bowl

Inscriptions & Markings

Marking on join - "Capt Kettle Reg. No. illegible" Marking on bowl - "Capt Kettle Reg No. 317747 Made in France"-