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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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3721 items

3721 items

PHOTOGRAPHS

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Five colour photographs of the James Esmond festival 1974-1975. Ettie Skewes as Miss Piggy

Historical information

Street parade for the festival

PHOTOGRAPHS

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Two laminated black and white photographs of groups of men in front of what appears to be at mine site.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1 on Reverse; McClean great grandfather was Bates .2 Location "Mile Creek" sawmill

PHOTOGRAPHS

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Four colour photographs; .1 Looking toward Port Phillip Mine from Camp Street, Clunes .2 Looking south from Secenic Drive up Templeton Street, Clunes .3 Looking south up Camp hill .4 Looking east across the football ground in Angus Street

BOOK - The Hay Family and Colac Aerated Water Co.

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Red hard cover book 140 pages contains images and a written history of aerated water companies in Victoria, Australia

Historical information

Narrative links the Colac Aerated Water Co. with Eberhards of Clunes who manufactured aerated waters in the town.

PAINTINGS

Clunes Museum, Clunes

54 watercolours remaining from the 2003 exhibition held at Clunes, all unframed, depicting Clunes and surrounds architecture and streetscapes.

Historical information

Images of; Horse Trough & Wagon Residence 94 Bailey Street Former Presbytery St. Thomas Aquinas Former Clunes Free Library Residence 25 Camp Street Monument 100 years of gold Clunes in Melb Monument Former butcher's shop Fraser Street Residence & shops 41-43 Fraser Street Clunes School of Mines Clunes War Memorial Residence 32 Leslie St Clunes Former suspension bridge Former St Paul's Vicarage 42 Service Street Former Police Office Former Police residence Portable Lock Up Former Dow Residence 9 Hill St Former Hall & Fire Station 2 Hill St St Paul's timber Church hall St Paul's Church Masonic Lodge 23 Service St St Paul's Pulpit Masonic Lodge interior Everhard cordial bottles Scythes in Clunes Museum Ascot Blacksmith shop Former Ascot hotel MIA Hall Ascot The Coghill Monument Former Methodist Church Coghills Creek Clunes Cemetery Chapel Maiden Hill Homestead shearing shed Beckworth Court stables Beckworth Cour shearer's quarters Former School Evansford Glengower Outbuilding Amerst Former Mortuary 46-50 Fraser Street Wood fired heater Beckworth court farm shed Gold mine trolley Servant's bells Maiden Hill cow bail Former South Clunes school 29 George Street 70 Fraser Street Former Post Office "Allowah" Clunes Street Ascot "Homestead" Beackwith Court "The Meat House" Beckwith Court "Shearing Sheds" Beckwith Court Evansford Community Hall

PAINTING

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Timber framed collage of historic Clunes painted in watercolours

PAINTING - Clunes Town Hall

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Timber and gilt framed watercolour painting

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

PAINTING - Evening Shadows

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Gilt framed watercolour of the Clunes Railway Station

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

PHOTOGRAPHS

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Six coloured photographs taken at Senior of the Year event at Victorian Government House in 1995.

Historical information

Charles Fenton was nominated for Senior of the Year in 1995 for his curatorial work at Clunes Museum's research department. People included in these images are; Charles Fenton, Beryl Fenton, Governor McGarvie, Premier Jeff Kennett, Syd & Betty Duncan, Max Carson, Evelyn Weatherson, Pat Cook, Erna Thomas, Brenda Trembath, Jenny Hull, Amy Cook, Joy Torney, Judith Fawcett.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

BOOK - The Proud One - Bush Ballads and other poems by Louis H. Clark (of Clunes)

Clunes Museum, Clunes

White spiral bound book with mustard colour front cover. 168 pages on buff coloured paper. Contains poetry, illustrations and other written works.

Historical information

Louis H Clark won the Jessie Litchfield Award for Literature in 1964. He was born in Carlton 12 June 1922 and died in 2002 Victoria. Source: https://victoriancollections.net.au/manage/catalogue/items/create

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

FLAG

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Fabric, hand made (sewn) Union Jack World War 1 flag 11/11/1919 used in celebrations

NEWSPAPER CUTTING - The painter of our past

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Photocopy of a newspaper feature article by Habitat writer Sue McFall in "The Sun" newspaper dated Friday October 7th, 1983 about the painter William Tibbits

POSTER

Clunes Museum, Clunes

1 x Green coloured poster with black printing advertising the 150th Clunes Show (Agricultural) to be held 20 November 2010 1 x White poster with colour printing advertising attractions and competitions for the Clunes Show to be held 20 November 20, 2010 with entries close date of 16 November, 2010

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Copy of a sepia photograph of J. R. Tippett's Drapery, Boots and Shoes shop with three women, one man and a young boy standing in front of the building.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

PRIZE CARDS

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Assorted First and Second place prize cards given in competition, issued by Clunes Agricultural Society, Clunes & District Hospital Sports Committee and Waubra Annual Gymkhana Show

Historical information

Prize cards issued for horsemanship, animal breeding and other assorted agricultural pursuits for the years 1917,1919,1920,1929,1930,1932,1933,1934,1935,1936,1937,1938,1940,1941,1943,1945,1947,1948,1949

PHOTOGRAPHS

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Colour photographs taken during Clunes 150 year Back to Clunes celebration

Historical information

Images of the following people; N Foster, Bob & Ros O'Brien, Lyn Foster, Wally Cook, Jock & Gordon McLennan, Donna Hellier, Les Johnson, Stuart Rodda, Mille & Chris Charleson, Pat Rodda, Brendan Rodda, Belinda Rodda, Kate Trigg, Norah Campbell, Robert Campbell, Andrew Brown, Chris Brown, Judith Brown, Dawn Musgrave, Dol Torney, Win Diamond, Mary Covendon, Rod Covery, Chris Hull, Norm Trigg, Malcom Hull, Mary McFarlane, Lynette & Teagan Ingram, Tom Evans, Bruce Reid, Pat Cook, Lindsay Torney, Allison & Andy Campbell

BOOKLET

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Yellow booklet containing the autumn program Monday to Saturday for Term 2 2005 of the Clunes Neighbourhood House, Bailey Street, Clunes

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

BOOK - Mykons - Dimensions to the Divine

Clunes Museum, Clunes

A4 pages inserted in plastic sleeves and bound with cable ties, contains poetry and colour illustrations

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

BOOK - Concetta the Pig's Secret to Happiness

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Hardback children's book

BOOK - Concetta the Pig's Recipe for Laughter

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Soft cover children's book

Historical information

Karolina was a resident artist, author and illustrator in Clunes

APPAREL

Clunes Museum, Clunes

.1 1 purple jacket (wool) with poplin detail on lapels .2 1 purple jacket (polyester) .3 1 chemise/singlet top in cream colour .4 1 blouse, cream colour with fabric tie at neck .5 1 purple top hat

Historical information

Karolina Artist was a resident artist of Clunes

Inscriptions & Markings

label on jacket, "handmade with love by maree for Karolina"

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Black and white photograph mounted on cardboard of two young girls in Scottish regalia, seated in front of window

Inscriptions & Markings

On Front: Richards & Co Ballarat On Reverse: Handwritten in black ink "To Miss Robertson with Christmas wishes from Elma and Rosa 1918"

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Sepia photograph mounted on cardboard of pupils at the Tourello school

Inscriptions & Markings

On Reverse; (written in blue biro) Tourello School Back Row: Chrissie Turnbull, Chris McRae, Colin Robertson, Arthur Roberts, Les Martin, Nicholas Grenfell, Miss Christie, unknown Middle Row: Bill Boyd, Bessie Scarffe, Ethel Turnbull, Lillian Roberts, Alec McRae, Bert Turnbull, Evelyn Grenfell Sitting: Cyril Boyd, Rene Trewin, Alex Trewin, Lyn Turnbull, Bill Grenfell, Norman Martin, unknown Stamped: W.H. Poiner Albert Street Clunes

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Clunes Museum, Clunes

PHOTOGRAPH

Clunes Museum, Clunes

Black and white photograph of the Club Hotel, Fraser Street, Clunes

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

CARD AND SEAL

Clunes Museum, Clunes

FOLDED CARD, ON FRONT A DRAWING OF THE CLUNES TOWN HALL, INSIDE A PRESSING OF THE ORIGINAL SEAL OF THE BOROUGH OF CLUNES. 1860 - 1965 DRAWING BY RUTH ANDERSON

PROGRAMME

Clunes Museum, Clunes

WHITE CARDBOARD WITH BLACK AND RED PRINTING. PROGRAMME CLUNES CHORAL SOCIETY FROM CLUNES TO CLUNES IN MELBOURNE.

PROGRAMME

Clunes Museum, Clunes

PEACH COLOURED CARD WITH BLACK PRINTING. PROGRAMME FOR CHARITY JUVENILE CHOIR CONCERT AT ARMY HALL CLUNES 23 DECEMBER 1909.

PROGRAMME

Clunes Museum, Clunes

CERISE (FADED) PAPER WITH BLACK PRINTING. PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN'S CHORAL CONCERT AND CANTATA.

PROGRAMME

Clunes Museum, Clunes

BUFF COLOURED CARD WITH BLACK WRITING. CONCERT PROGRAMME FOR CLUNES HOSPITAL HELD ON WEDNESDAY 19TH APRIL.