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Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum Donald, Victoria

A Community Museum managed by the History & Natural History Group of the Donald M.L.A. Society Inc. It contains a wide-ranging collection of local and regional artefacts. The majority of the collection has been donated by local residents since the 1960's.

In 2009 the museum also became a 'Keeping Place' for Indigenous Cultural Heritage Artefacts where representatives of the Barengi Gadjin Land Council and the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation work in collaboration with the Donald History and Natural History Group to share responsibility for the custodianship of Aboriginal cultural heritage in the district.

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56 Woods Street Donald Victoria 3480 (map)
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+61 03 5497 2287

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Opening Hours

Opening Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Location

56 Woods Street Donald Victoria

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Dick Walters. [ President of above group ] 20 December 2013 12:09 PM

If memory serves me correctly I saw an engine driven railway trolley at the front of your building . The Murrabit Heritage Group are looking for a similar trolley to be part of the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Kerang / Murrabit railway. Can you help us locate one?

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Photograph #48 - Georgie with his Grandnephew

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Framed photograph of Georgie with his nephew.

Historical information

Given to George by Lois Davidson. This photo was created in Donald. Photo was in an issue of the "Donald Times".

Tool #1

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Rounded conical shaped wooden handle with metal pointed needle.

Historical information

This wooden handle tool was used by Georgie Ah Ling, who operated a market garden on the edge of the township of Donald for over 70 years.

Georgie Ah Ling home

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Black and white sketch by Bert Muir of Georgie's hut on yellow paper. Unmounted, laminated with 2 metal eye clasps in top corners.

Great Wall of China Stone

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Triangular piece of stone. Presented by Cecil Hardy from Great Wall of China 1990.

Pipe #1

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Long, wooden pipe handle with wider mouth piece. Tobacco bowl juts from end of pipe shaft at a 45 degree angle. Hole in bowl for tobacco to be lit.

Historical information

Hand-made by Georgie Ah Ling from the root of a tree

Bowl

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Hand-molded blue and white ceramic bowl. Outside of bowl has underglaze blue decoration of flowers, leaves and Chinese characters. Saw toothed decoration, with one line underneath, around outside rim. Half moon shape lines, with two lines through them, decorate inside rim. Two lines around inside base with one Chinese character in centre of inside base.

Historical information

Ceramic bowl found in hut belonging to Georgie Ah Ling, who operated a market garden for about 70 years on the edge of the township of Donald.

Inscriptions & Markings

One Chinese character on inside base of bowl. Four Chinese characters and five plant symbols on outside of bowl.

Bowl #2

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Porcelain bowl with blue circular line around rim. The centre of the bowl is decorated with a blue and brown motif of 2 children playing

Inscriptions & Markings

Base stamped "Made in Japan"

Photograph #49 - Georgie's hut after he died

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Glossy finish, tacked on to blue card in display cabinet,located on top

Aerated Water Bottle

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Aqua codd-neck glass bottle. Four round indents above two neck side crimps. W. H. LEWIS DONALD moulded lengthwise on front. LEMONADE moulded horizontally on back. "M" moulded on base. Glass marble and rubber washer inside. Some inner stain.

Historical information

Mr W. H. (Billy) Lewis manufactured soft drinks and cordials of many types in his factory in Woods street south, Donald. An energetic man, Mr. Lewis built up a big business, and supplied surrounding towns and districts as well as shops and customers in the Donald and Watchem areas. In the later stages of operation he was assisted by his son Alf, who died in May, 1952. Mr. W. H. Lewis died in June, 1924. The patronage accorded to the Lewis products enabled Mr Lewis to keep the factory in full production for many years.

Pipe #2

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Round, tank-shaped tobacco bowl with wooden stem and narrow metal mouthpiece. Unpolished.

Medicine Bottle #2

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Triangular shaped Medicine Bottle with red and cream coloured paper label around body of bottle, with Chinese characters.

Medicine Patches

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Yellow box made of cardboard with white and green decoration on lefrt side of front, with picture of a Buddha. Lapelled "Antiphlogistic Analgesic STRONG MAITREE - PAS. Made in Japan."

Spring Scales

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Metal Spring weighing scales.

Historical information

Used for weighing produce for sale.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Salters Spring Balance 50 lb. by 1/4 lb. BRITISH MADE PATENT"

Medicine Bottle #1

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Triangular shaped Medicine bottle with red and cream paper label around body of bottle, with Chinese characters.

Pot

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Black glazed, stoneware/earthern ware, Chinese pot with curled rim, with white granular crystalised substance inside.

Book #2

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

A5 sized book bound with thin twine stitching. Block Chinese characters and images indicating parts of the body - Chinese Medicine Book.

Tobacco Tin

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Round metal Tobacco Tin with green and black decoration. The central motif is of a man in a suit, smoking a pipe. Tobacco still in tin.

Bowl #1

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Porcelain bowk with blue circular line around rim. The centre of the bowl is decorated with a blue and brown motif of 2 children playing.

Historical information

Georgie's food bowl

Inscriptions & Markings

Base stamped "Made in Japan".

Weighing Scales

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Black spray painted weighing scales body, 5 weights of different sizes and repainted silver plate. One 4 lbs, two 1 lbs, one 8 oz., and one 4 oz. weight

Historical information

These scales were used by Georgie Ah Ling, who operated a market garden on the edge of the township of Donald for over 70 years. The scales were located in a shed next to his hut located along the Jeffcott Road opposite the Donald Racecourse. He used these scales to weigh produce before delivering it around the town by horse and cart.

Inscriptions & Markings

Scales marked “TO WEIGH 28 lb”. 4 lbs weight marked “J & J Whitehouse.TIPTON. 4 lbs”. 1 lb. weight marked “W & T AVERY.LTD.BRIM 1 lbs”

Kerosene Can

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Cylindrical galvanised Kerosene can with oval shaped handle with a cap over the opening, chained to a smaller handle fixed to the body.

Historical information

This Kerosene can was used by Georgie Ah Ling, who operated a market garden on the edge of the township of Donald for over 70 years. It was filled from a larger Kerosene tin, and was used to fuel Kerosene lamps.

Abacus Counting Frame

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Rectangular wooden frame with 13 spindles, 2 rounded counting buttons on each spindle on the top section and 5 on each of the bottom section. Wooden frame slots into place with grooves cut out of the corners for joining together.

Letter #1 - Letter from the Queen

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

White envelope with red stamp of Queen (top right). Addressed to "Mr. George Ling, Chinese Gardener".

Photograph #50

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Enlarged photograph of Georgie watering his vegetables with water containers on both shoulders, in pine frame with glass.

Inscriptions & Markings

#80

Book #1

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

A5 sized brown thin paper book bound with thin twine stitching with Chinese characters in red on front page and black Chinese characters and images indicating parts of the human body on inside.

Historical information

Book found in hut belonging to Georgie Ah Ling, who operated a market garden for about 70 years on the edge of the township of Donald. The title indicates that it is a medical text, yizong jinjian or 'The Golden Mirror of Medicine'. This is a compilation or compendium of Chinese medical knowledge, first published in 1742 in the reign of the Emperor Qian Long, and reprinted many times since. Apparently it still remains an important reference today.

Inscriptions & Markings

Chinese characters on front page and black Chinese characters and images indicating parts of the human body on inside.

Aboriginal grinding stone (mortar).

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Stone

Historical information

This grinding stone (mortar) was used by Aboriginal people to grind or crush different materials such as berries and seeds for food production. In order to grind material, a smaller upper stone (the pestle) would have been used to grind material against this lower stone (the mortar). The stone was found by a farmer on land south of Donald in the 1950’s and was used as a door stop in the family home for many years. In the 1990's the stone was used by the farmer's grandaughter at her home at Swanwater West, to hold the lid down on an above ground swimming pool skimmer box.

Chinese English Dictionary

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

A5 sized thin, brown paper book, bound along spine with stitching.

Historical information

Translation dictionary

Incense

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Four bundles of incense sticks held together with paper decorated at the top with Chinese characters.

Pipe #3

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Round wooden pipe bowl with semi-circular curved stem and black mouth piece.

Inscriptions & Markings

"K. & P. PETERSON" written on middle of silver piece joining stem and bowl. "PETERSON'S SYSTEM STANDARD" written on wooden bowl.

Bag needles

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Three thick, curved needles of different sizes held together by thin piece of rope.

Spectacles and case

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Round glass, gold coloured wire framed spectacles in a hard covered case lined with dark blue material. Gold and dark blue suppliers sticker, partly torn, on inside lid of case.

Historical information

Reading spectacles found in hut belonging to Georgie Ah Ling, who operated a market garden for about 70 years on the edge of the township of Donald.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticker on inside of case partly torn, but probably reads "W. R. Swaby F.V.O.A. Jeweller Donald".

Bowl #3

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Porcelain bowl with blue circular line around rim. The centre of the bowl is decorated with a blue and brown motif of 2 children playing.

Envelope

Donald History and Natural History Group operating the Donald Court House Museum, Donald

Cream coloured envelope decorated with a red design with Chinese lettering.