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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.

Contact Information

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56 Woods Street Donald Victoria 3480 (map)
phone
+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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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.

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.

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.

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".