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Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park Emerald, Victoria

The Emerald Museum is a local history museum and archives which houses and selectively displays approximately 1600 photographs, 600 memorabilia, documentary records (including contemporary records) and family histories relevant to the economic, social and environmental history of Emerald and district (within postcode 3782). A collection of original ledgers, stock books and catalogues of the renowned Nobelius Nursery provides a link with the heritage park in which the museum is situated. The Museum also houses the Writers of the Dandenongs exhibit, which commemorated well-known Australian literary figures who settled in or wrote about the Dandenongs in the early 20th century. Other major themes include gold discovery in Emerald, timber, horticulture, transport (rail and bullock), and guesthouses. Special themes are developed to reflect current events. The Museum is managed by a Special Committee of the Cardinia Shire Council.

Contact Information

location
P.O. Box 578 Emerald 3782 Victoria 3782 (map)
phone
+61 03 5968 2152

Contact

Opening Hours

Wednesdays & Thursdays 10am to 3pm, Sundays 1.30 to 4pm, or by appointment

Entry Fee

Gold coin donation

Location

5 Crichton Rd Emerald Victoria

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Nobelius Nursery records, ledgers, stock records, wages books, catalogues, Maps, Photographs, Family histories,Sporting records, Newspaper clippings, oral histories, books, farming and domestic objects.

Significance

All archives provide a comprehensive history of Emerald from 1858 gold rush then settlement in the area. Collection has examples on local industries namely Nobelius Nursery established in the 1880's through to present day.

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246 items

Book - The Narrow Gauge - Whitfield . Gembrook . Crowes . Walhalla

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Hard cover book with glossy coloured photographs on front and back cover of narrow gauge steam trains

Historical information

A history of narrow gauge railways in Victoria

Large Horse shoe for cart horse

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Eight hole horse shoe with 5 nails attached.

Yarra Valley Mountain and District Football League 1989 to 1992 Match Results & Team Ladders Seniors, Reserves & Under 17

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

black plastic 4 ring binder labelled "Results & League Ladders 1989 - 1992"

Significance

The reports are primarily historically & socially significant for understanding the local football community, they also give some insight into the local families who were regularly involved in the Football League.

Inscriptions & Markings

has been re-labeled, cover slightly worn

Emerald Football Jumper

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Machine knitted, sleeveless jumper, with a red diagonal strip extending from the left shoulder to the right hip. The stripe is on both the front and back of the jumper. The number 57 is on the back.

Historical information

Worn by Mick Anzin, during the 1981 winning Grand Final.

Inscriptions & Markings

"57"

First Aid Kit

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

First Aid Kit, dark brown heavy cardboard case with metal corner and edge reinforcing and metal clips. Including collapsible wooden splint, boracic lint, gauze, linen sling, castor oil,sal volatile, anteseptic, band-aids, adhesive tape and snake bite instructions.

Significance

This style of first aid kit was marketed to local sports clubs, and is socially and historically significant.

B/W Photograph - Des Gallenti in Emerald F.C. blazer

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

B/W photograph of former Emerald Football Club player Des Gallenti, standing in front of his home modelling the club's blazer.

Historical information

Des Gallenti (dec.) played (in his estimation) 100-150 games for Emerald Football Club.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rear (handwritten): Des Gallenti

B/W Photograph - Emerald Lake Park c. 1960

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

B/W photograph, looking across a stretch of Emerald Lake. Feature in background left might be diving platform.

Historical information

The Stone family were migrants from Wales, living at the Fisherman's Bend Migrant Hotel around 1960. This photograph was taken on a day trip to Emerald Park Lake.

Significance

The photograph shows the state of Emerald Park Lake around 1960.

Inscriptions & Markings

REAR: Ilford 260

Sketch - "Spud" Dr. Ian S. McLeod Murphy

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Pencil sketch on cartridge like paper, framed by a wide wooden frame

Historical information

Dr. Murphy was a popular identity in Emerald and its surrounds.

Significance

The sketch is significant because it gives a rough image of Dr. Murphy. After he died, a medical scholarship was created in his name for a young, local, first year undergraduate in Medicine.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Spud". Dr Ian S. McLeod Murphy. D. Peterson 1974

Photograph - Nightingale/Thompson Collection

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Sepia photograph mounted on brown card, showing group of people in 4 seater car

Historical information

Professional photograph possibly taken by Middletons Touring Service of group in Middletons touring car. For further information see link: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/86067542?searchTerm=middletons%20car%20touring%20service&searchLimits=

Significance

Part of the Thompson collection cannot find any reference to persons under the Nightingale/Thompson family history

Inscriptions & Markings

On brown card: Souvenir - Jenolan Caves sticker on bottom R/H corner Middletons Touring Service Tel: 117 KAT On back of photograph: on 21st March 1923 Miss Louise and I wnt in our Middletons car (a Hudsons Car) this photo was taken at Hartly in front of the old court house and prison. Built by the convicts in 1833 on the way to the Jenolan Caves. This is a Birthday gift from Dear cousin Louie (name to be confirmed)

Fowlers Vacola bottling outfit

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Large metal round pot for preserving fruit and vegetables. Also includes various size jars with corresponding lids and clips.

Historical information

This item was used in the 20th century to preserve cooked food. Fruit and Vegetables

Significance

Showing how everything was home made years ago.

Inscriptions & Markings

On top of metal lids is Fowlers Vacola Reg. No. 28195 with corresponding lid size in inches. Glass jars are embossed with the words Fowlers Vacola

Photograph - Nightingale/Thompson Collection

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

B/W photograph of 4 people outside brick building Cranbourne/Lyndhurst area

Historical information

Alice May (known as May) Nightingale married Frederick Sparks. They were living in Cranbourne (Lyndhurst) in 1906

Significance

Thompson Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

'To Dear Mother, with love from May Nov 20th 1906

Magazine - The Australian Home Beautiful

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Collection of Monthly Journals . Vol,10, No.1 January 1. 1932 to June 1932 priced at One Shilling. photo of bridge with canoe under it.

Historical information

The Australian Home Beautiful was a popular Magazine years ago .

Significance

In the May edition there is a local article on a building of importance in Sycamore Ave. Emerald

Inscriptions & Markings

January 1st 1932 with advertising and Stories

Box of 1 Miniature Medal, 1 Ribbon Bar and one Pamphlet - Miniature Civilian Service Medal and Bar

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

VEMU1664.1 Civilian Service Medal 1939 - 1945 (minature) with attached ribbon. The ribbon consists of three vertical bands of equal width of green, ochre and green, separated by two narrow white stripes. VEMU1664.2 Ribbon Bar for the Civilian Service Record 1939 - 1945 VEMU1664.3 Pamphlet explaining the medal design and the official wearing of the medal

Historical information

The Civilian Service Medal 1939 - 1945 was established in 1994 by the Australian Government. It recognizes the service of civilians who served in Australia during World War 11, in organisations that were subject to military-like arrangements and conditions of service, or arduous circumstances, in support of the war effort. The original medal is missing in the presentation box. The recipient is William George Bennett of the Alice Berry Nursing Home, Kings Rd, Emerald.

Inscriptions & Markings

CIVILIAN SERVICE. The medal portrays the Southern Cross surrounded by Golden Wattle.

Pincers for leading large animal by the nose.

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Tool made of two pieces of metal with blunt concave jaws that are arranged like the blades of scissors, used for gripping and pulling things. Iron handles 15cm long, with hole cut into the gripping end. The pincers have round, spherical ends for inserting into the nostrils.

Trophy Cup

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Silver plated golf trophy cup on plastic stand

Inscriptions & Markings

Emerald Cup 1957 won by D.F.C. Ham - G. Hanger

PHOTO - Eric William John Durance

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Photo of Eric William Durance in his uniform from the 1914-1918 war.

Historical information

Eric William John Durance ,Son of William and Margaret Durance of Macclesfield. Rank.Private. Service no. 812. Unit 22 nd Battalion Service Army Conflict 1914-1918 Date of Death 4th October 1915. Cause of Death Died of Wounds. CEMETERY OR MEMORIAL DETAILS. 6 Lone Pine Memorial Gallipoli. Place of enlistment Gembrook West Victoria. Native Place. Macclesfield Victoria War Grave Register notes. DURANCE, PTE. Eric William John, 812.22nd Bn. Died of wounds 4th. Oct. 1915. Son of William John Durance and Margaret Madigan (his ). Native of Macclesfield, Victoria, Australia. 65 Source. AWM145 Roll of Honour cards.1914-1918 War Army. LOCATION on the Roll of Honour. Eric Williams John Durance's name is located at panel 96 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial (as indicated by the poppy on the plan).

Significance

1914-1918 War Age at time of death 21

Book - David Mitchell, A Forfar Man by Pamela Vestey

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

White soft cover booklet with a large drawing of David Mitchell (1901) on the front.

Historical information

David Mitchell was born near the town of Forfar, Scotland, became an apprentice to a stone mason and builder, then emigrated to Australia in 1853. In Melbourne, he set up a builder's yard in Burnley St, Richmond and later bought Cave Hill Limestone Quarries in Lilydale and manufactured the cement in Richmond. He became Shire President for Lillydale in 1883. Also he established a brickworks in Burnley St, Richmond. He was responsible for building PLC College in East Melbourne, Menzies Hotel, The Exhibition building and Scots Church. Although he was very wealthy in his own right, he is also known as the father of Dame Nellie Melba.

Book - Catalogue of Fruit Trees 1915 C.A. Nobelius Nurseryman, Gembrook Nurseries, Emerald, Victoria, Australia

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Green Catalogue 1915 of Fruit Trees, also Elms, Oaks, Planes, Poplars and other Deciduous and Ornamental Trees. The catalogue contains 5 black and white prints of landscape views of the nursery, plus there are 5 bright colour inserts of individual pears and apples.

Historical information

This is the twenty fourth catalogue of trees and it contains fruit trees, nut trees, berries and some ornamental trees. Carl Nobelius wrote in his General Remarks that he had one million trees to sell, clean, healthy and pest free. The nurseries were 250 acres in extent and contained two and a half million trees in various stages. His nurseries were at Emerald, Railway Siding and his office half a mile from Emerald Railway Station. He imported new varieties from overseas and the nursery was the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, employing 80 people between 1903 and 1930.

Pamphlet - Price List for 1925, A.G. Nightingale, Nurseryman, Emerald, Vic

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Four page, cream coloured pamphlet with black printing. Contains price lists for fruit trees, ornamentals, berries, hedge plants, creepers and pot plants.

Historical information

Nursery owned by Alfred George Nightingale, who originally worked for Nobelius Nurseries. Nightingale Nursery sold fruit and ornamental trees and delivered to Emerald Railway Station. The nurseries covered an area of 50 acres.

Significance

Part of the horticultural history of Emerald and the surrounding district.

Photograph - Nightingale/Thompson Collection

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

B/W photograph on grey board of couple in 1920's (wedding portrait)

Historical information

Aunt Emma is Emma Nightingale (1859 - 1949) Albert John (Jack) Bedggood was son of Emma's sister Ester Ruth (1872 - 1952). Jack and Winnie were married at Box Hill on 9/8/1928

Significance

Thompson Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription on Back: To dear Aunt Emma with love from Jack and Winnie Markers Mark: Burlinston Melbourne

Photograph Stillwell Family

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Black & White photograph.

Historical information

Entrance to Stillwell Valley (at edge of Emerald Lake). Graham and Helen Stillwell (now Swaine) with Aunt Gwen Stillwell and friends. Grandfather, Bertie Stillwell opened Emerald Lake in 1941.

Significance

Bertie Stillwell was a Councillor with Fern Tree Gully Council. Stillwell's Deviation is located off Avons Rd, Avonsleigh.

Telephone

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Black bakerlite telephone with dial face and hand set, with long connection cord.

Historical information

Telephone used in all households as standed issue for the Postmaster General (PMG) from the 1940's.

Inscriptions & Markings

On base PMG 300 S.T.C. 51 S1/90 Old Telephone No JW1503 Face: ABFJLMUWXY {listen before calling} pull dial round to stop and let go.

Emerald Football Club Match Reports 1989 to 1991Match Reports Emerald Football Club Seniors, Reserves, Under 17

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

black plastic 4 ring binder

Significance

The reports are primarily historically and socially significant for understating the local football community especially as it names many members of the team. The also give some insight into the local families who were regularly involved with the Emerald Football Club.

Inscriptions & Markings

labeled "Red & Black Game Write Ups 1989 and 1991 to 15th June"

Book - Beauty from Ashes A Church Grows From the Bushfires of Ash Wednesday.

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Soft cover.

Historical information

The town of Cockatoo was destroyed by fire in 1983. This book tells the story of the building up of the parish of St. Luke's Anglican Church and the building of the Church in the four years following the fires. It is written by Peter Crawford who became the vicar of the Emerald-Cockatoo parish on the outskirts of Melbourne.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by the author Peter Crawford

Foolscap Book Green with black spine - Garden Club Minute Book 1981-1989

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Foolscap Book of Emerald Garden Club Minutes 1981-1989

Historical information

This item started by Nell Jeffery who handwrote all of the notes and uses accurate botanical names. Minutes includes Treasurer's reports. Guest speakers and the general activities of the Club

Significance

This item has historical, social and scientific significance

Feeding Bottle

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Feeding Bottle, clear borosilicate glass (Pyrex) hexagonal. Embossed "Made for Maws". capacity 4 fluid ounces

Book - Hymns Ancient and Modern

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Leather bound book with Gilt edged pages

Historical information

A wedding gift to Mr and Mrs. J. Charman from Fred. W. R. Newton 6 April 1905.

Inscriptions & Markings

To Mr. & Mrs. J. Charman from their friend Fred. W. R. Newton. "May God's blessing ever rest upon your union". 6 Apr 1905

Book Norman McCance - From Wireless to Wallabies

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

A book in very good condition on the life of Norman McCance. Hard cover.

Historical information

The life of Norman McCance Broadcaster from 1920's 3LO now 774

Significance

Did Wrestling broadcasts

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription in front. Best wishes to all at Emerald Museum. Signed Janet Werkmeister.

Photograph - Nightingale/Thompson Collection

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

B/W Photograph mounted on card; Albert Paul and Elizabeth Anna THOMPSON with their 4 children at 'Rosebank' Geelong West

Historical information

'Rosebank' house name, couple with 4 children standing in front of double fronted weatherboard home. Parents' name: Albert Paul THOMPSON (b.1865 d.1944) and Elizabeth Anna THOMPSON (nee FLEMING) (b.1874, m. 1899, d. 1954) Four daughters: Francis Ruby THOMPSON (b.1900 d. 1967) Violet May THOMPSON (b.1901 d.1966) Olive Doreen THOMPSON (b. 1902) Doris Grace THOMPSON (b. 1904)

Significance

THOMPSON

Inscriptions & Markings

Markers Mark: C Marshall Photographers on front of mount. On back: Marshall Photographers, O'Connell Street, Geelong

Photograph/postcard - The Rose Series P.564 'Road Around Swimming Pool, Emerald, Vic

Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

Postcard/photograph from the Rose Series

Significance

Postcard depicting Emerald Park Lake

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: The Rose Series P. 564 'Road around the Swimming Pool, Emerald, Vic. Back: Published b y the Rose Stereograph Co. Armadale Vic.