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El Dorado Museum Association Inc. El Dorado, Victoria

Contact Information

location
136 Main Street El Dorado Victoria 3746 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 5725 1542

Opening Hours

Sunday 2:00 pm- 4:30 pm Most Public Holidays 10 am - 4:00 pm (Except Good Friday and Christmas Day) Groups and Anzac Day open by appointment

Entry Fee

Adults $3 School aged children $2

Location

136 Main Street El Dorado Victoria

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Mining, farming and social history from 1850s to 1950s. Tools, ornaments, furniture, gemstones, mining equipment, vehicles, machinery, documents, clothing, crockery, ephemera, school items and records, war items, money, household goods,

Significance

The collection has been assessed in 2009 as having items of both local and state significance.

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83 items

Table runner, linen

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Cream table runner with detailed pattern at each end and plain backing.

Digital Image - Men at Work on the Tail Race, Cocks Pioneer Mine, El Dorado

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of men working on the construction of a channel in the foreground, with the frame of a building behind them. There are trees in the mountains at the back of the image.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten across the front: 'Cocks Pioneer Mine Eldorado MEN AT WORK ON THE TAIL RACE' / 'THELMA STUDIO / [underlined] WANGARATTA]

Burwood Pipe

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Burwood pipe.

Historical information

Brought out from Scotland c1850s and used by the Milne family.

Digital Image - Clear Creek Tin Mine, c.1931

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of four men wearing hats standing in front of a large machine.

Lunch box

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black metal lunch box with red thermos with white lid inside.

Historical information

Reginald Alfred Rankins (1893 - 1972) was a miner and an orchardist and used to drive a horse and dray for Cocks Pioneer Mines, El Dorado. He later worked for Bruck in Wangaratta.

Digital Image - Altering course of Reedy Creek, El Dorado

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of men with using horse and scoops to alter the course of the creek. Some men are standing beside the dry river watching the men work. At the back of the image there are hills with trees growing on them.

Historical information

Cocks Pioneer Gold and Tin Mines NL (1914-29 and 1934-41) carried out large-scale hydraulic sluicing - electronically driven from power generated at a ​steam power plant. The mine was the second highest dividend-paying mine in Victoria in 1935, with a total gold production of 3,560 kg.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten across the front: 'Altering course of creek. Eldorado'

Pin cushion, heart shaped

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Heart shaped pin cushion with embroidered edges and pattern in middle.

Lamp, vaporising

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Small lamp

Cap, RAAF

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Blue RAAF peak cap. Front insignia Crown over gold coloured wings above a feather emblem.

Booklet - Single Incident Emergency Assistance Guidelines, Red Cross

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Historical information

Donated to the museum as part of a collection of items relating to the 100th anniversary of El Dorado Red Cross.

Doily, blue flowers

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Oval shaped, cream doily with blue embroidered flowers at either end and an embroidered border.

Shell casing, WWI

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Empty 50 mm shell casing.

Book - The Story of the Red Cross

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

A4 book with white front cover with black text and Red Cross Logo.

Historical information

Donated to the museum as part of a collection of items relating to the 100th anniversary of El Dorado Red Cross.

Digital Image - Clear Creek Tin Mine dugout

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of two men sitting on chairs outside a timber dugout at a mine.

Digital Image - Clear Creek Tin Mine, c.1931

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of scaffolding surrounding chimney of mine, between trees on left side of image and rock face on right.

Machine Gun Belt, Vickers WWI

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Cloth ammunition belt with metal dummy rounds.

Helmet, German WWI

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Metal German military helmet with crack in rim.

Historical information

The M16 WWI German helmet had a cylindrical shaped dome for the main head covering and a visor, dome and neck guard. The visor extend out to provide protection and shade, and the shield attached with side lugs. The chin straps were outside the helmet and removable, therefore many were lost during the war period and needed replacing. Most helmets were a green/grey colour with a shiny appearance and hard finish.

Digital Image - Cocks Pioneer New Engines, c.1934

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of large electric engine.

Digital Image - Processing shed and sluicing nozzle, probably Clear Creek Tin Mine

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of processing shed with man standing in front of it operating a sluicing nozzle. Water is spraying into rocks in right side of image.

Woven table centre cloth, three piece joined

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Woven table centre piece with three squares joined by overlapping in an asymmetrical order.

Scales, letter

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Small set of letter scales.

Digital Image - Cocks Pioneer Creek Diversion

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of men moving river diversion equipment along rails.

Coat of arms, Italian tank

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Round metal coat of arms with a perforated edged.

Historical information

Coat of arms believed to be taken from a WWI Italian tank.

Minutes - Wangaratta Red Cross, 1974-1983

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Blue covered notebook with dark blue spine and handwritten and typed notes inside.

Moustache brush, comb and mirror in wooden case

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Hand Grenade, British

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Historical information

Used in World War I, this now inert hand grenade was packed with sticks of cordite and thrown either by the stick handle or the cloth tails which gave a greater distance to the throw.

Digital Image - Cocks Pioneer Pipes and Open Cut

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of open cut area of Cocks Pioneer open cut mine, showing pipes running through middle of image and large sections of pipes in foreground.

Table cloth, linen

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Linen drawn thread table runner, with four patterns.

Digital Image - Cocks Pioneer Ponds from Monument Hill

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Black and white photograph of large ponds used by Cocks Pioneer Electric Gold & Tin Sluicing Company NL, as viewed from Monument Hill. There are small buildings in the foreground and trees on the hills in the background.

Framed Image - El Dorado Red Cross - 1970 members

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Framed black and white copy of group photograph of the members of the El Dorado Red Cross, 1970.