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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

Contact

Opening Hours

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

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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Brush and Crumb Tray

Metal decorative crumb tray and painted red brush.

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

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Helmet, German WWI

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.

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Seal Stamp, MUIOOF Loyal El Dorado Lodge

Key words

seal
muioof
stamp
el dorado
odd fellows
manchester unity
lodge
friendly society
eldorado

Black cast iron seal stamp with decorative flowers belonging to the MUIOOF Loyal El Dorado Lodge.

Historical information

The Manchester Unity Independent Order of Odd Fellows (MUIOOF) Loyal El Dorado Lodge was established 8 February 1867. At its peak in 1869 it had 115 members. Due to declining membership the lodge ceased operating on 22 March 1913.

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

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Table runner, crocheted

Fringed table runner

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

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Magazine - Crosstalk, No 53, Red Cross

Key words

red cross
crosstalk
magazine
australian red cross
community groups

A4 sized magazine with yellow front cover with red text and black and white images.

Historical information

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

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

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Moustache brush, comb and mirror in wooden case

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Digital Image - Cocks Pioneer Engine c1930s

Key words

el dorado
eldorado
mining
gold
tin
cocks pioneer

Black and white photograph of man wearing hat standing next to large mining engine.

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

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Coat of arms, Italian tank

Key words

italy
tank

Round metal coat of arms with a perforated edged.

Historical information

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

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Table cloth, linen

Linen drawn thread table runner, with four patterns.

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

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Silver match case and wax matches

Key words

smoking accessories
milne
el dorado
eldorado
matchsticks

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Machine Gun Belt, Vickers WWI

Key words

wwi
ammunition
el dorado

Cloth ammunition belt with metal dummy rounds.

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Digital Image - Cocks Pioneer Ponds, c. 1930s

Key words

el dorado
eldorado
mining
gold
tin
cocks pioneer

Black and white photograph of the Cocks Pioneer Electric Gold and Tin Sluicing Company NL open cut mine with large ponds. The site is surrounded by paddocks and trees.

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Lunch box

Key words

lunch box
rankins, reginald alfred
mining
cocks pioneer mines
el dorado
eldorado

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.

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Doll, reversible cloth

Key words

doll
toy
cinderella
reversible
children
play
west, mary
el dorado
eldorado

Alternate name: Cinderella Topsy-Turvy Doll. A reversible cloth doll showing two faces, four arms and hands, two torsos - one doll on the bottom and one on the top, stuffed body.One dress is for plain for working, one dress is ornate. Working doll is missing eyes, ornate doll is missing one arm. Stuffing coming loose.

Historical information

Owned by Mary West of El Dorado.

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

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Book - The Story of the Red Cross

Key words

australian red cross
community

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.

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Digital Image - Clear Creek Tin Mine, c.1931

Key words

el dorado
eldorado
mining
tin
machinery

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

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

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Cap, RAAF

Key words

raaf
hurst, clarence edward
hurst, ted
el dorado
eldorado
wwii

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

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

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Water bottle, WWI

Military water bottle with green felt covering in leather cradle with cork stopper.

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

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Flat Iron, Tailor's

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Cap, smoking

Key words

smoking
cap
milne
el dorado
eldorado
hats

Black felt smoking hat with floral embroidery.

Historical information

Brought out to Australia from Scotland, c1850 and used by the Milne family.

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Digital Image - Clear Creek Tin Mine dugout

Key words

el dorado
eldorado
mining
tin
clear creek
sluicing

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

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

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Shell casing, WWI

Key words

wwi
amunition
el dorado

Empty 50 mm shell casing.

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Digital Image - Cocks Pioneer

Key words

el dorado
eldorado
cocks pioneer
mining
sluicing
gold
tin

Black and white photograph of sluicing mine, large shed in the centre of the image with scaffolding over the top. Sluicing pipes coming out building windows and four men in the foreground.

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

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Lamp, vaporising

Key words

milne, james
el dorado
eldorado

Small lamp

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

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Statue, Joan of Arc

Key words

france

Small metal statue depicting Joan of Arc.

Historical information

This item was brought home from France, WWI. Joan of Arc 1412-1431 was a martyr, burnt at the stake during the Spanish inquisition. She is now a national heroine of France and catholic saint.

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

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Photograph Album - El Dorado Red Cross

Key words

el dorado
eldorado
red cross
community
groups

Green covered photograph album with Red Cross logo, text and images on front cover and photographic images of El Dorado Red Cross inside.

Historical information

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

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

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Tea cosy, linen

Key words

sewing
tea
el dorado
eldorado

White tea cosy with floral pattern embroidery on front, cream ties on side and blue lining.

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

Digital Image - Cocks Pioneer After Flood

Key words

el dorado
eldorado
mining
gold
tin
cocks pioneer
barge
flood

Black and white photograph of three men standing next to a tall tree stump beside a large pond after a flood. The men are standing up to their waists in leaves. In the background is the Cocks Pioneer mining barge.

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

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Framed Image - El Dorado Red Cross - 1970 members

Key words

el dorado
eldorado
red cross
community

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

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado

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Burwood Pipe

Key words

smoking
milne, james
el dorado
eldorado
scotland

Burwood pipe.

Historical information

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

El Dorado Museum Association Inc., El Dorado