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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

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH LOOKING SOUTH OVER CLUNES

Inscriptions & Markings

On Reverse; Must have been taken before 1872

FRYING PAN

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Metal frying pan with metal handle and hook

SADDLER'S STOOL

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Wooden stool with canvas covered seat, wooden structure at front of stool to accommodate a saddle. Pedal operated the stool was used during the repairing of saddles.

Tub

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Galvanized metal tub, two handles

Butterchurn

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Wooden barrel butterchurn. Hand operated wooden barrel on wooden stand. Barrel bound with metal hoops.

Historical information

Butterchurn owned and used on one of the original farms in Dunach District by Mavis Harris.

LAUNDRY MANGLE

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Large green wrought iron mangle with wooden rollers and metal pressure bar. Wheel to turn metal cogs to work rollers. Wooden shelf at base. Metal casters to manouvre into position.

Historical information

Laundry equipment

Inscriptions & Markings

Trademark Wertheim

Bow Saw

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Shaped wooden frame with saw edge for pruning trees. The frame is reinforced with metal rods that also adjust this piece of equipment.

Mercury Holder

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Iron canister for storing mercury with screw in iron cork with hole

Inscriptions & Markings

N.T.W. Co

WOODEN PULLEY

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Wooden Pulley with ropes attached. Pulley has rope bound round outside to form a metal lined loop to attach to hook above and one lead reinforced loop to attach load to be lowered. The grooved wheel in centre of pulley houses the rope or to attach the load for transport.

Historical information

This wooden pulley was used in mineshafts. The pulley is a wheel with a grooved rim inside a wooden frame for carrying a rope, turning in the frame and serving to change the direction of, or transmit power, as in pulling at one end of the line to raise a weight or object at the other end.

Grave Decoration Floral Memorial

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Half hemisphere glass cover over artificial flowers. Lillies, rose and everlasting daisies. Ceramic plaque inscribed "In Loving Memory".

Historical information

Typical of permanent floral decorations placed on graves circa 1800's-1900

Building Plans - Proposed Layout Plan Clunes Neighborhood House

Clunes Museum, Clunes

A1 size architectural plan of proposed Clunes Neighborhood House Free Lending Library Development. Includes floor plan, front and side elevations. Dated 12 June 2009 by Kevyn Joy Architects.

Banner

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Red banner with gold on black lettering and basketball logo on wooden rod with red cord hanger. Gold braid on lower edge and each end of hanger.

Historical information

Premiership banner

Inscriptions & Markings

MWHBA Clunes Reds Premiers 1939

Umbrella

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Black umbrella with bamboo handle. Metal plate on handle inscribed "Presented to Councillor R.Lean by the Clunes Councillors on the 25th Anniversary as a Councillor 7.3.1935".

Historical information

Presented to Richard Lean, Mayor 1934-35

Inscriptions & Markings

Metal plate on handle inscribed "Presented to Councillor R.Lean by the Clunes Councillors on the 25th Anniversary as a Councillor 7.3.1935". British Make on spoke.

TABLE LINEN

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Hand sewn, square, white linen table centre, hemstitched edges with fine cotton crochet medallion/motif edging, white embroidery in the corners

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

BOOK - Handbook for Woolgrowers issued by the Australian Wool Board

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Black leather cover, 88 pages of original text, 2 x brass screws to bind, further pages have been issed by the Wool Board and have been added at a later date. Drench "recipe" for worms in sheep, hand written in black ink, is attached to page 55 by a dressmaker's pin, 2 pages.

Historical information

Edited by J. A. Baker B.Agr.Sc., First impression 1941 Members of the Australian Wool Board, Sir Dalziel Kelly, Kt. LL. B (Chairman), J.P. Abbott, M.C., BA., M.H.R. (Vice-Chairman) Norman Bourke, Douglas T. Boyd, J. F. Guthrie, A.L.B. Lefoy, H. K. Nock, Miss G. McKinnon

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written in lead pencil A. P. Clunes Hand written in black ink "Add The Secretary, Australian Wool Board, 416 Collins Street. Melb C1"

LEAFLET - Tanning of Skins and Hides

Clunes Museum, Clunes

3 x A5 pages, stapled at top left hand corner, image of two people at work on a hide. Drawings of stretching methods and hair removal method.

Historical information

Re-printed from "The Journal of Agriculture", Victoria, May 1961. Written by A.C.T. Hewitt M.Agr.Sc., Livestock Science Officer. Victorian document reference 1606/65

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

LEAFLET - Stretching and storage of Rabbit Skins

Clunes Museum, Clunes

A4 page, folded, with images of stretched rabbit skins

Historical information

Page is reprinted from "The Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Victoria. Written by A.C.T. Hewitt M.Agr.Sc., Livestock Science Officer, Victorian Government document reference 3763/64

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

INSTRUCTION BOOK - McCormick-Deering Ball-bearing Cream Separators

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Buff coloured cover, assembly and operating instructions, 44 pages. For the use and operation of the McCormick-Deering Cream separators from No.1 - 350lbs capacity to No.6 1500lbs capacity with parts list and illustrations, Written in English and French

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written in black ink, oiled separator Aug 25th 1941, Oiled separator Jun 29th 1944.

PROGRAMMES

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 5 Pages, A4, stapled together, contains extracts from "A Day to Remember" .2 11 pages, A4, stapled together, contains order of Dawn Service .3 7 pages, A4, stapled together, contains order of March and Wreath Laying .4 4 pages, A4, stapled together, contains order of Commemorative Service at the Clunes Town hall

Historical information

Programmes for the 100 year celebration of ANZAC day 2015. Extracts from "A Day to Remember", a book produced in 2014 by Harper Collins Publishers

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

BOOKLET - Honour Roll Re-dedication 2015

Clunes Museum, Clunes

A5 booklet, buff coloured, contains history and photographs of honour rolls in the Clunes district

Historical information

Honour Rolls are located in the hall at Coghills Creek. The booklet has history of the honour rolls for Glendaruel School, Tourello and Coghills Creek School. Photos, poetry and a programme for the re-dedication in 2015.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

PROGRAMMES

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 1 Page, A4, programme for dawn service, April 25, 2015 held at the cenotaph, Fraser Street, Clunes. Red, white and blue border with RSL emblem at top, black printing. .2 1 page, A4, programme for commemorative service 25 April, 2015. Red, black and blue border, RSL emblem printed at top in black.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

MEMORABILLIA

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 Booklet, A4, Information on walk from Ascot, Victoria, Australia to Clunes,Victoria, Australia .2 2 x page, A4, Registration form to participate in the walk from Ascot to Clunes .3 1 page, A4, Invitation to the launch of the book "Sixteen tons of Clunes Gold, to be held on 1 Jul 2001 .4 1 page, A4, volunteer roster for the School of Mines model display held 2 July 2001 to 15 July 2001 .5 1 page, A4 Minutes of the Clunes Primary School Reunion Committee dated 23 May 2001 .6 1 page, A4, Guest Information Sheet for Clunes Colonial Ball held 2001 .7 Coloured photograph of musical trio taken onstage at the Clunes Town Hall .8 A4 sheets containing information provided by Melbourne Museum of the model depicting the mine and crushing works of the Port Phillip & Colonial gold Mining Company of Clunes, Victoria, Australia

Historical information

Material is indicative of the celebrations that attended the 150th Anniversary of Gold in Clunes. Image of the musical trio is on stage in front of the hand painted back drop

Inscriptions & Markings

.1Title "Miners Walk to the Clunes diggings" 1 Jul 2001

BOOK

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 Foolscap hard covered book, green cover, containing minutes of meeting of Clunes Trefoil guild from 1972-1/8/1983 .2 Foolscap hard covered book, black with red edging 5/9/1983-16/4/1992

Inscriptions & Markings

.2 written in red biro book 2, Clunes Akoona, Trefoil Guild, 5th September 1983

CHAMBER POT

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Ceramic Chamber Pot, handle on one side, ivory coloured glaze

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

POSTER - Clunes Ceramic Award 2017

Clunes Museum, Clunes

A4 size, 2 sided colour printed poster. Front shows photos of finalist's ceramic pieces. Back shows artist name, title of piece and price. Front also shows exhibition dates and location and back lists sponsors.

Historical information

Bartholomew, Walk, Fleming, Drew, Garson, Spoehr, Shatrov, Pilven, Spronk, Lucas, Srivilasa, Mossman, Huhn, Bish, Miliekowski, Thurgate, Murphy, Plumridge, Secombe, Jo, Hiscock, Arregui, Hoffman, Austin, Coad, Kerr-Grant, Williams, Fraser, McGinn, Warren, Ozawa, Franzi, Wemyss, Taylor, Rankine, Jackson, Dobson, Bosworth, Ii, McKenna, Sawyer, Mason, DeMaine, Greenwood

POSTER - Clunes Ceramic Award 2015

Clunes Museum, Clunes

A4 size, 2 sided colour printed poster. Front shows photos of finalists ceramic pieces. Back shows artist name, title of piece and price and sponsors names. Front also lists exhibition dates and location

Historical information

Rankine, Drew, Eller, Lafferty, O'Sulivan, Mossman, Pilven, Spronk, Winkler, O'Loughlin, Winter, Robey, Dermer, Fleming, Puls, Stewart, Delaney, Kerr-Grant, Venables, Curtis, Hanna, Bowkett, Secombe, Shatrov, Vachon, Austin, Bish, DeMaine, Franzi, Gill, Guerin, Jagger, McClure, McLean, Poulton, Rye, Santilla, Saunders, Standen, Varian, Ozawa

LAPEL PIN

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 Lapel pin in the shape of a slouch hat with feathers. Pin is mounted on card depicting soldiers on horseback .2 Lapel pin in shape of two gum leaves. Pin is mounted on card depicting soldiers

Inscriptions & Markings

.1 1914-1918 is engraved on semi circle below the slouch hat

DECORATIVE CERAMIC

Clunes Museum, Clunes

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

MUG

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 White china mug olive leaf wreath with 6 pointed gold star at top. Drawings of ships on ocean .2 Cardboard box to store mug

Historical information

Commemorating 100 years since Gallipoli 1915

Inscriptions & Markings

"Australia in the Great War" On bottom in gold "Victory at Sea"

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