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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

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BOOK - Chamber's Encyclopaedia A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People - Volume 7, NUM-PUE

Key words

encyclopaedia
education

Illustrated with maps and numerous wood engravings

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticker on inside cover "Clunes Mechanic's Institute"

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PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
early citizens

BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPH OF YOUNG GIRL

Inscriptions & Markings

ON BASE OF PHOTOGRAPH YOURS TRULY ELSIE

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PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
wattleworth
lena reserve

COLOUR PHOTOGRAPH - TAKEN AT LENA WATTLEWORTH RESERVE - TALBOT ROAD

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SPEECH

Key words

local history
document
exhibition [games of the goldfields]

THE OPENING SPEECH FOR THE EXHIBITION AT THE CLUNES MUSEUM FOR "GAMES OF THE GOLDFIELDS" GIVEN BY MR. PHIILLIP LAW.

Historical information

MR. PHILLIP LAW WAS INVITED TO OPEN THE EXHIBITION OF VARIOUS SPORTS IN CLUNES. HE WAS APPOINTED AS SCIENCE MASTER AT CLUNES HIGHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN JANUARY 1933.

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PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
events and celebrations
mount beckworth

PHOTOGRAPH, SEPIA, GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN AT MOUNT BECKWORTH.

Inscriptions & Markings

CLARK ON MT. BECKWORTH

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PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
bridges

PHOTOCOPY OF OPENING OF MOUNT BRIDGE CIRCA 1941, SHOWING HARRY PICKFORD, HARRY ROBINSON, WILLIAM ROBINSON SNR., COLIN DRIFE, FRANK CARROLAN, JACK KIERCE, GEORGE DRIFE.

Historical information

PICTURED, L -R HARRY PICKFORD, HARRY ROBINSON, BILL ROBINSON SENR. COLIN DRIFE, FRANK CARROLAN, JACK KIERCE, AND GEORGE DRIFE. ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OWNED BY MR. MICHAEL KIERCE.

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PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
photography
photograph
councillors

.1 SEPIA PHOTOGRAPH OF CR. ANDREW NICHOLLS TAKEN FROM THE COLLAGE OF COUNCILLORS AND OFFICERS REG NO. 822 .2 COPY OF ABOVE PRINTED ON PHOTOGRAPHIC PAPER

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PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
choirs
methodist

BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE CLUNES METHODIST CHURCH CHOIR, CIRCA 1912

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WATER BOTTLE

Key words

local history
military
army
water bottle

.1 GREEN METAL WATER BOTTLE. BOTTLE IS KIDNEY SHAPED ON BOTTOM, WITH CHAIN ATTACHED SCREW ON LID WITH SAFETY STUD. .2 METAL CARRIER

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TEA SET

Key words

tea set
trophy
clunes and district coursing club

.1 Silver tray (electroplated), engraving on base, ornate handles .2 Creamer, jug with ornate handle, electroplated .3 Sugar bowl, electroplated, 2 handles, no lid .4 Teapot, electroplated, ornate handle, bone knob

Inscriptions & Markings

"Clunes and District Coursing Club Trophy" Presented to J.R. & A.W. Carter, Won by A. Gillett's "Simple Mary" season 1911

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PHOTOGRAPH

Photo, framed of Clunes Juvenile Choir 1906 Clunes Juvenile Choir with their conductress, Miss Florence Perry. Taken by Chapel St. Prahran photographer; probably taken when Choir competed successfully in a Choral competition in Prahran.

Historical information

Miss Florence Perry was at the centre of a strong and vibrant musical culture in Clunes which featured a brass band, a men's mouth organ band, an orchestra and church choirs. The success of Miss Perry's choirs in competitions was a source of pride in the town and a cause for celebration. After their success in Melbourne in 1906, the Juvenile Choir were greeted at the Railway Station on their return by the brass band and well wishers before attending an impromptu concert at the Town Hall. Miss Perry herself was born in Clunes in 1880 and worked as a music teacher in the town Her father was the conductor of the Clunes Orchestra. Most social occasions, such as annual Balls, fundraisers and 21st birthdays, involved music played by local musicians

Significance

Important artifact in the musical history of Clunes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
military

ORIGINAL BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPH OF J. B. CAMPBELL. NO2290 14TH BATTALION

Inscriptions & Markings

KODAK POSTCARD CORRESPONDENCE ADRESS ONLY J.B. CAMPBELL NO 2290 14TH BATTALION JOHN CAMPBELL

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FLAT IRON - DOMESTIC

Key words

flat iron

Cast metal flat iron for pressing clothes

Historical information

Example of domestic items used prior to the invention of electricity

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticker with "86"

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Nail

Key words

nail

Handmade metal nail

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

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NEGATIVES

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
clunes walking tour

NEGATIVE OF PHOTO OF CLUNES WALKING TOUR. NEW PRINT 2002

Historical information

BACKGROUND HISTORY OF CLUNES / HERITAGE PROJECT - WALKING TOUR

Inscriptions & Markings

CLUNES WALKING TOUR

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PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
photography
photo frame

SILVER FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH OF TWO WOMEN. FRAME HAS ETCHING ON METAL SURROUND WITH GLASS.

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PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
town hall

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH CLUNES TOWN HALL

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BOOK

Key words

girl guides
akoona trefoil guild
treasurer's report

Hard cover exercise book, brown cover containing treasurer's reports and receipts for the years 1981-1991 of the Akoona Trefoil Guild (Girl Guides)

Inscriptions & Markings

Clunes Trefoil Guild 1981 Copy Treasurer's Balance Sheet

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PICTORIAL SOUVENIR

Key words

local history
photograph
views of clunes buildings
clunes buildings

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

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NEGATIVES

Key words

local history
photography
photographs

11 SMALL NEGATIVES OF VARIOUS SUBJECTS

Historical information

PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY K. CARTER DURING A TRIP TO CLUNES.

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NEWSPAPER

Key words

local history
document
newspaper cutting
early citizens

PHOTO COPY CLUNES PEOPLE - EMPLOYEES AND STAFF OF VARIOUS BUSINESSES M'RAES SAWMILL AND JOINERY, INTERKNIT HOSIERY CO. HAROLD SHOE CO. CLUNES POST OFFICE.

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BOOK

Key words

local history
book
scrap
newspapers
clunes guardian & gazette

BOUND BOOK CONTAINING NEWSPAPER CUTTINGS FROM CLUNES GUARDIAN AND GAZETTE DATING FROM DECEMBER 1931 TO APRIL 1933

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PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
mining

SEPIA PHOTOGRAPH, BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH AND PHOTOCOPY OF NORTH CLUNES QUARTZ MINING COMPANY, POPPET HEAD CENTRE RIGHT.

Inscriptions & Markings

NORTH CLUNES QUARTZ MINNG COMPANY, REGISTERED, CLUNES.

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PHOTO ALBUM

Key words

brownies
guides
cubs
clunes hospital woodchop

.1 Small photograph album, cardboard pages contain photos and postcards of Clunes, Guides, Brownies and Cubs. Brown cord holding book together .2 Photocopies of some pages of the album

Historical information

Guides, Brownies and Cubs, no longer active in Clunes, Victoria, Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

.1 Front cover has "Photographs" diagonally over a black arch, surrounded by a vine with flowers. Description of photo content on most pages, postcards have description printed on bottom

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NEWSPAPER

Key words

local history
document
newspaper
obituary

PHOTO COPY CRESWICK ADVERTISER WEDNESDAY MAY 3 1978 SEVEN PAGE COLLECTION. LOCAL NEWS AND ADVERTISEMENTS. PRICE 10 CENTS

Historical information

NOTE THE PASSING OF MRS. JEAN PEART - A VALUED CITIZEN OF CLUNES AND DISTRICT NEWS ITEMS AND ADVERTISEMENTS.

Inscriptions & Markings

E. JONES

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BOOK - THE ROAD THAT BENDS

Key words

local history
book
fiction
books fiction

BADLY DAMAGED NOVEL BY RUBY M AYERS. BELONGING TO AVER EBERHARDT. CLUNES

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GLASS FUNNELS

Key words

local history
medical equipment
medical

SET OF THREE GLASS FUNNELS SMALL, MEDIUM & LARGE

Historical information

USED IN FORMER CLUNES HOSPITAL

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ADVERTISING CARD

Key words

esmond gallery
women of influence
clunes gallery

CARD

Inscriptions & Markings

EXHIBITION, JAMES ESMOND GALLERY AUG/SPT 2017 - WOMEN OF INFLUENCE

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BOOK - BACCHUS MARSH - PICTORIAL CHRONICLE

Key words

local history
document
book
bacchus marsh
history

THE JACKET ILLUSTRATION IS TAKEN FROM A WATER COLOUR PRINTING BY ELIZABETH PARSONS WHO CAME TO MELBOURNE IN 1870

Historical information

PUBLISHED BY BACCHUS MARSH AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY AS A CONTRIBUTION TO THE SHIRE CELEBRATIONS OF 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF WHITE SETTLEMENT IN THE DISTRICT

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PHOTOGRAPH

Key words

local history
photography
photographs
military

ORIGINAL BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPH OF R. HULL. FEATURED ARE THE ARMY CAP, AUSTRALIA BADGE ON CAP AND COAT LAPELS AND POCKETS, ALSO SHOULDER RIBBONS.

Inscriptions & Markings

HORNBY POSTCARD CORRESOND. TO UNCLE JIM & AUNTIE ELLEN MARCH 4TH. 16.

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