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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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3732 items

3732 items

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

FLOODLIT PHOTOGRAPH OF CLUNES TOWN HALL - TAKEN DURING EASTER CLUNES CENTENARY APRIL1939.

Historical information

PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN OF CLUNES TOWN HALL DURING THE CLUNES EASTER CENTENARY APRIL 1939.

Inscriptions & Markings

"April 1939 Easter Clunes Centenary Town Hall floodlit at night"

LABEL

Clunes Museum, Clunes

RED LABEL - SELECTED FRUITBUYERS A MELRAY MADE FROM[AUSTALIA PURE FOOD CHOICESTLIMITED PRODUCT INGREDIENTSCONTENS HOT 10 OZS. NETT.

Historical information

LABEL WAS USED ON FOOD CONTAINER - NECK OF SAUCE BOTTLE.

Inscriptions & Markings

A MELRAY PRODUCT.

LETTER

Clunes Museum, Clunes

LETTER FROM MRS. JENNIFER HULL, SECRETARY, CLUNES COUNTRY WOMENS' ASSOCIATION

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

BLACK & WHITE [COPY] OF PHOTOGRAPH OF "BACK TO CLUNES". HELD IN EITHER GEELONG OR MELBOURNE. TAKEN IN THE MID 1930? CENTRE ROW CLUNES CITIZEN, MAYOR OF CLUNES, MR. WILLIAM BARKELL.

Historical information

ORIGINAL PHOTO OWNED GY MR. WILLIAM HARRIS OF SUTHERLAND STREET , CLUNES

Inscriptions & Markings

ORFORD PHOTOS COMO STREET ALPHINGTON N'COTE 1655

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PHOTOGRAPH OF RICHARD FORD IN HIS GARDEN IN SMITH STREET, CLUNES

Historical information

RICHARD FORD WAS A LOCAL ARTIST, WHO PAINTED THE STAGE BACK DROP AND THE WORLD WAR 1 MEMORIAL IN THE CLUNES TOWN HALL. HE WAS A COUNCIL FOREMAN, HORTICULTURALIST AND PARK CURATOR, AND LATER TAUGHT WOODWORK AT THE CLUNES HIGHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

CERTIFICATE

Clunes Museum, Clunes

MEMBER CARD CLUNES MORNING STAR. PRESENTED TO JULIA HEARN AS A MEMBER BAND OF HOPE.

PICTORIAL SOUVENIR

Clunes Museum, Clunes

SERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF NOTABLE CLUNES BUILDINGS. COVER OF CARD;; KANGAROOS ON FRONT.

Inscriptions & Markings

PICTRIAL SOUVENIR OF CLUNES, VIC. POSTAGE 1 1/2D

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

SEPIA PHOTO 0F F.C. WEICKHARD

Historical information

F.C. WEICKHARD SERVED WITH THE ALLIED FORCES FROM OCT. 29 1917 - TO 20TH NOVEMBER 1919

Inscriptions & Markings

F.C. WEICKHARD 29TH OCT.1917 TO NOVEMBER 1919

HAY KNIFE

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Metal knife with 2 wooden handles, 8 points on blade, rounded on end 2 handles 18cm apart at right angles

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

BOTTLE

Clunes Museum, Clunes

DARK GREEN BLOWN BOTTLE FROM MOLTENGLASS WITH PONTEL BASE

PROGRAM

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF CLUNES MEMORIAL SERVICE OF LATE DR. E. GRAY.

Historical information

PART OF THE WEICKHARD ESTATE

Inscriptions & Markings

SEE ON BACK OF WORKSHEET

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

KODAK AUTO CAMERA IN BROWN LEATHERETTE CASE

DOILEY

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 Blue cotton doily. Hand sewn with lemon crocheted edging and hand embroidered fawn and blue cotton. Oval shaped .2 Coffee coloured square doily, hand sewn wide lace edging

DECORATIVE CERAMIC

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Ceramic poppy, red with black centre, hole in base to enable hanging

NEWS CUTTING FOLDER

Clunes Museum, Clunes

NEWSCUTTINGS FROM 1930 - 1974

GLASS DECANTER

Clunes Museum, Clunes

With stopper, one of a pair - see catalogue number 100

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticker marked "13"

BOOK - G'Day Cobber

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Paperback book of Australian words and sayings compiled by Garry Fenton.

Inscriptions & Markings

'For the Clunes Museum May 1st 2016 Best wishes Gary Fenton'

BOOMERANG

Clunes Museum, Clunes

HAND CRAFTED ABORIGINAL BOOMERANG USED AS A WEAPON WHEN HUNTING.TWO BOOMERANGS CLAPPED TOGETHER TO KEEP RYTHMN DURING DANCE AND CORROBORELE.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH [ORIGINAL] AND COPY OF MRS. G. WILLIAMSON, ALSO INCLUDED ORIGINAL MOUNT. SHE ORGANIZED THE PANELS OF W.W.1 SOLDIERS PHOTOGRAPHS.

Historical information

MRS. WILLIAMSON WAS THE ORIGINATOR AND ORGNISER OF THE MEMORIAL PANELS OF W.W.1 SOLDIERS PHOTOGRAPHS WHICH FOR MANY YEARS HUNG IN THE CLUNES TOWN HALL. NOW ON DISPLAY IN MUSEUM.

Inscriptions & Markings

J.HALLAM WEBB & WEBB. PERTH W.A.

AGREEMENT

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PORT PHILLIP AND COLONIAL GOLD MINING COMPANY AND CLUNES QUARTZ MINING COMPANIES.

Historical information

SHIRE OF TALBOT AND CLUNES DOCUMENTS REGARDING PORT PHILLIP MINE AND THE QUARTZ MINE.

COMMODE

Clunes Museum, Clunes

SQUARE WOODEN COMMODE WITH CHINA CHAMBER POT, WITH HANDLE AND ORNATE LID, WOODEN ARMREST-WOODEN LID TO COMMODE.

Historical information

USED BY GREENFELL FAMILY SINCE LATE 1800'S

BOOK - PEARS CYCOPAEDIA

Clunes Museum, Clunes

CYCLOPAEDIA PUBLISHED APPROXIMATELY 1912

Historical information

1 - 20 ENGLISH DICKONARY, GENERAL INFORMATION, PROMINENT PEOPLE, CLASSIC DICTIONARY, OFFICE COMPENDIUM OF EVERYDAY INFORMATION. DICTIONARY OF THE WORLD, ATLAS OF THE AORLD. DICTIONARY OF EVENTS. ETC.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PICTURESQUE SOUVENIR OF CLUNES, FOLDER CONTAINING PHOTOS, CONSISTING OF VIEW OF CLUNES, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH OF ENGLAND, SOLDIERS MEMORIAL, QUEEN'S PARK, TOWN HALL, QUEEN'S BRIDGE, ST. THOMAS'S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.

Historical information

DONATED TO MUSEUM

Inscriptions & Markings

ALSO CLUNES FROM MINE HEAD AND POST OFFICE.

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH - CROWD AT HOSPITAL WOOD CHOP TAKEN AT WORKING BEE ABOUT 1912

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in black pen; HOSPITAL WOOD BEE ABOUT 1912

GLASS BOTTLE

Clunes Museum, Clunes

GLASS BOTTLE WITH CORK CONTAINING WHITE CRYSTALS.

Historical information

GIVEN TO MUSEUM BY MR. J. KERRIN [PHARMACIST] WHITE CRYSTALINE SUBSTANCE MARKED POISON.

Inscriptions & Markings

ROCKE TOMPSITT & CO. 3 FLINDERS STREET, W.MELBOURNE. POISON

BOOK - The Penny Cyclopedia of the Society of Useful Knowledge Vol 5 & Vol 6

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PHOTOGRAPH OF CLUNES BOWLING CLUB

Historical information

POSTCARD OF CLUNES BOWLING CLUB

Inscriptions & Markings

BOWLING GREEN CLUNES

LOG SPLITTER

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Metal log splitter head, no handle

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

MUG

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 White china mug, on one side olive branch, wreath in gold, star at top, drawing depicting families waving goodbye to soldiers. .2 Cardboard box to store mug

Historical information

Mug to commemorate 1914-1918 war

Inscriptions & Markings

"March to War" in gold across bottom of picture "Australia in the Great War 1914-1918" on reverse

BOOK - "AUSTRALAS EARLY DWELLINGG AND CHURCHES"

Clunes Museum, Clunes

THIS BOOK IS A RECORD OF SOME OF THE PIONEER DWELINGS AND CHURCHES WHICH ACCOMPANIED THE EARLY SETTLERS.