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Kew Historical Society Inc Kew, Victoria

Founded in 1958, the Kew Historical Society is one of the oldest suburban historical societies in Melbourne. The Society was formed to assist in the preparations for Kew’s 100th Anniversary in 1960. Today, the Society continues to work with local government and other organisations within Kew to stimulate interest in our history and heritage. It publishes, in print and online, information and resources about Kew’s history, as well as organising events relevant to our heritage. The Society cooperates with other historical societies and groups across the City of Boroondara through the Boroondara Historical Societies Association.

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Contact Information

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PO Box 175 Kew Victoria 3101

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Opening Hours

Fridays & Saturdays 11.00am to 1.00pm. Closed in January.

Entry Fee

Free entry

Location

Level 1, Kew Court House 188 High Street Kew Victoria

The Kew Historical Society was founded in 1958, and the collection predates and postdates that year. The collection has sometimes grown gradually, or significantly, the latter through key donations (eg The Rogers Collection), or due to events such as the amalgamation of the former City of Kew into the new City of Boroondara in 1994. Many ‘civic’ items were donated before, during or after the amalgamation. These records are digitised by the Kew Historical Society on Victorian Collections for the purposes of education and preservation. If you believe that we have infringed your copyright please contact us and we will remove the material from the site.

Significance

The collection as a whole fulfills the criteria for very strong historical, aesthetic and research significance at a local level. It also has many outstanding associations with state themes, figures and events and quite a few that resonate at a national level. The costume and textiles, map and picture collections each have very strong historical, research and aesthetic significance of their own accord. The degree of their significance is greatly enhanced by all of the comparative criteria: interpretive value, provenance, condition, integrity, rarity and representativeness.

The costume collection has a very high degree of aesthetic significance for its beauty, quality and workmanship. There are some items that are associated with nationally significant designers, or with Kew donors who have made an impact on society at a local and a state level (ie Prue Acton, Jinoel of Melbourne, Oggi Fashion House). The strong degree of provenance and high quality of the design and dressmaking that went into the production of these clothes strengthens the research significance of this sub-collection for those interested in fashion, textiles and dressmaking. This costume collection includes items that date back to the 1850s (patchwork Denbigh quilt) through to the 1980s, and that reflect changing styles, technologies, textiles and production methods.

The picture collection has some items that have high local significance such as the Josiah Barnes photograph ‘Kew proclaimed a city’, which was taken on that day – 10 March 1921, and the ‘Unveiling of the Kew War Memorial’ on August 30 1925 in front of an audience of over 5,000 people and presided over by the Kew Mayor and the Governor of Victoria. Both of these important images also have significance to state and national processes of municipal development and memorializing war. The mayoral portraits (part of the picture collection) have a very high degree of historical and research significance for their associations, enhanced by strong provenance and technical qualities. Eminent photographers took many of the portraits and the subjects are people who have made a significant contribution to the welfare and development of Kew and, in the case of some of the Mayors in this collection, of the state or even the nation. This includes people such as Stanley Argyle (Premier of Victoria 1932-35) and William Kerr (influential businessman and federal government advisor in the early decades of the 20th century). The significance threshold of this sub-collection is therefore likely to be of state significance at the least.

The maps and plans number some 300 or more and include some fascinating and important maps beyond the MMBW sub-collection that, itself, holds some unique items and has been discussed at length in this report. Other much earlier and hand drawn maps such as ‘Back to Kew’ (c.1875) and ‘Site of the first house in Kew Central’ (undated) are historically fascinating. In the case of ‘Back to Kew’ it is the detail of the built, natural and social landscape of Kew, which was also annotated and added to several times in subsequent decades to show the development of the area. In the case of ‘Site of the first house in Kew Central’ it is the careful recording of the garden layout and the nature of domesticity in these early days of European settlement that is both fascinating and rare to find in any local history collection. While not all the items are original the map and plan collection has a very high degree of historical and research significance.

Provenance for much of the collection is strong, and therefore supportive of its historical, research and interpretive value. Certainly the interpretive capacity for understanding a detailed and nuanced history of Kew on many levels, as well as touching or reflecting on wider stories on a state or national stage is very high.

Russell, Emma, 'Kew Historical Society Significance Assessment | Collection', History@Work, 2018

Cameron Auty 26 April 2016 9:48 AM

Amazing hat collection, these are a great addition to the site - Site admin.

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Photograph - 1st Kew Emu Patrol, 1924

Key words

scouts - kew, 1st kew scouts
kew fire brigade - walton street

A Scout Troop is divided into smaller teams called ‘patrols’. At this time the Scout in charge of a patrol was called a patrol leader (‘PL’) and his assistant a ‘second’ (‘Sec’). Each patrol of boys would chose a patrol name, often an Australian animal or bird. Other 1st Kew patrols called themselves the Kookaburra Patrol, the Kangaroo Patrol and so forth. The shield the Emu patrol is proudly displaying is possibly the trophy for being the ‘Champion Victorian Patrol’. Some of the Scouts pictured are identified on the mount of the photograph.

Inscriptions & Markings

Back row left and centre: "Pettinger, Evans" Front row left to right: "J. Edwards, R Craven [PL], R.T. Timms [Sec], P. Bennett

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Programme - The Maid of the Mountains / by Harold Fraser-Simson

Key words

arthur dear collection
kew light opera company, kew recreation hall, theatre - victoria, theatre - kew
the maid of the mountains, harold fraser-simson

Theatre programme for a production of The Maid of the Mountains in the Kew Recreation Hall by the Kew Light Opera Company. The 4-page programme includes a cast list and a synopsis.

Historical information

The Kew Light Opera Company was formed in 1952. Its first production, held in the Kew Recreation Hall was Leslie Stuart's Florodora. In 1957, the Company was subsumed in the "Q" Theatre Guild.

Significance

The Arthur Dear Collection is a comprehensive collection of theatrical ephemera relating to performances by theatrical and musical organisations from within and outside the former City of Kew who typically performed at venues in Kew during the 1950s and 1960s.

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Print - E.J. Harvey, Motor Engineers, High Street, East Kew, circa 1925

Key words

motor engineers (kew)
garages (kew)
e.j. harvey

Garage - E.J. Harvey, Motor Engineers workshop, High Street, East Kew. The garage was on the corner of Clyde Street.

Historical information

The building was in High Street, Kew East between Clyde and Oswin Streets. The site is currently (2017) occupied by a canoe retailer.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription reverse: "High Street, East Kew - present site of Harvey Phillips Retro Vision[*] shop. Gift of Edna Phillips. Edna loaned KHS the original photo and KHS had it copied." * Note - Harvey Phillips Retravision not Retro Vision].

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Booklet - The Old Melbourne Gaol 1841

Key words

old melbourne gaol

19-page booklet published by the National Trust (Victoria) on penal establishments in Victoria with specific reference to the Old Melbourne Gaol.

Significance

This work forms part of the collection assembled by the historian Dorothy Rogers, that was donated to the Kew Historical Society by her son John Rogers in 2015. The manuscripts, photographs, maps, and documents were sourced by her from both family and local collections or produced as references for her print publications. Many were directly used by Rogers in writing ‘Lovely Old Homes of Kew’ (1961) and 'A History of Kew' (1973), or the numerous articles on local history that she produced for suburban newspapers. Most of the photographs in the collection include detailed annotations in her hand. The Rogers Collection provides a comprehensive insight into the working habits of a historian in the 1960s and 1970s. Together it forms the largest privately-donated collection within the archives of the Kew Historical Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

"No. 04498"

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Photograph - Monthly Meeting: The Weirs of Princess Street, 11 April 2018

Key words

australian fashion
weir collection
women's clothing
kew historical society - meetings
costumes

Display of seven costumes from the Weir collection dating from the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s used as a display at the 11 April 2018 monthly meeting at which the speakers were Jillian Rigby, Robert Baker and Suzanne McWha. The topic was the Weirs of Princess Street (Kew). The dresses form part of the Kew Historical Society Australian fashion collection and are catalogued individually.

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Archive File - Baptist Church (Kew)

Archive file including a number of original and reproduced primary sources relating to the Kew Baptist Church in Highbury Grove, and the East Kew Baptist Church in Woodlands Avenue. These include ‘Kew Baptist: Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavour - Golden Jubilee 1890 to 1940’ [bound photocopy], ‘Kew Baptist Church: The Achievements and Progress during 75 years’ [bound photocopy], ‘Kew Baptist Church History 1856-1906’ [bound photocopy], ‘Kew Baptist Church: A Record of 75 Years 1856-1931’ [1st edition], and ‘Tested Recipes: Compiled by the Members of the East Kew Baptist Ladies Guild’ [original copy donated by Christine Pitt, Nunawading, 2013). In addition to these publications, three of which were donated in 1982 by Rev and Mrs Manton, the file contains research notes on Ministers (2015) and a letter relating to Church records.

Historical information

Since its foundation in 1958, members of the Kew Historical Society have been compiling and storing information about subjects relating to the history of Kew and its environs, of which this file is an example. Typically files will contain primary and secondary sources.

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Manuscript - Borough of Kew - Gazetted Streets [1865-1937]

Key words

borough of kew, town of kew, city of kew - gazetted streets

27-page document compiled by officers of the Borough, Town and City of Kew, listing the names of streets taken over by Council, and providing details of their naming and gazettiing. The document covers the period of 1865 to 1937.

Historical information

The Melbourne suburb of Kew gained independence from the Boroondara Roads Board in 1861, being declared a Municipality in that year. Kew became a Borough in 1863, a Town in 1910, and a City in 1921. The former City of Kew became part of a newly declared City of Boroondara in 1994. This very fragile document records the following information about streets in Kew - Name, Total Width, Width of Carriageway, Description, Government Gazetted - Year & Page.

Significance

While the names of streets was formally acknowledged and published in the Victorian Government Gazettes, the document, compiled by a public officer, probably in the Town Clerk's Department, is the earliest known local record listing street names in the Borough, and later Town then City of Kew. The front page indicates that in 1865, the responsibility for an initial 36 streets in Kew was taken over by Council. The final annotation in the document was made in 1937. The document is an important record for researchers seeking to understand the naming of streets in the district.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten document

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Book: Facsimile edition - An historical journal of the transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island with the discoveries which have been made in New South Wales and in the southern ocean since the publication of Phillip's voyage, compiled from the official papers, including the journals of Governors Phillip and King and of Lieut. Ball, and the voyages from the first sailing of the Sirius in 1787, to the return of that ship's company to England in 1792 / by John Hunter (1737-1821)

Key words

norfolk isalnd - history
port jackson
hunter, john (1737-1821)

583 p., <16> leaves of plates (2 folded) : ill., maps, 1 port.

Significance

The volume formed part of the professional library of the historian Dorothy Rogers.

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Plan - Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works : Contour Plan of Melbourne & Suburbs : Melbourne Sewage

Key words

mmbw contour plan of melbourne and suburbs
melbourne and metropolitan board of works
melbourne sewage

Digital copy of an original MMBW plan. This contour plan shows the area identified by the MMBW for purposes of drainage and sewerage in 1894. The suburbs represented extend from Williamstown in the west to Bulleen in the east, and from Preston in the north, south to Sandringham. Suburbs are outlined in coloured ink. Red lines indicate main and branch sewers in existence at the beginning of 1894 in central and inner Melbourne. These extended as far as Williamstown and Brighton, but not yet as far as Kew, where sewering did not commence until 1901. Contour lines show the topography, which was important for indicating the fall of the land for the laying of sewers and drainage channels. Kew appears to be fairly undeveloped at this date except for railway lines and stations (the Kew and Outer Circle lines), main roads, the Kew Lunatic Asylum Reserve and Studley Park. However, the contour plan does not accurately represent the density of settlement, nor the large number of houses, which were being built in Kew and other suburbs from the 1850s to the land boom of the late 1880’s and early 1890’s. This plan is part of a large and historically significant group of MMBW plans and maps that was donated to the Society by the Mr Poulter, City Engineer of the City of Kew in 1989.

Historical information

The Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW) plans were produced from the 1890s to the 1950s. They were crucial to the design and development of Melbourne's sewerage and drainage system.

Significance

This plan forms part of a large group of MMBW plans and maps that was donated to the Society by the Mr Poulter, City Engineer of the City of Kew in 1989. Within this collection, thirty-five hand-coloured plans, backed with linen, are of statewide significance as they include annotations that provide details of construction materials used in buildings in the first decade of the 20th century as well as additional information about land ownership and usage. The copies in the Public Record Office Victoria and the State Library of Victoria are monochrome versions which do not denote building materials so that the maps in this collection are invaluable and unique tools for researchers and heritage consultants. A number of the plans are not held in the collection of the State Library of Victoria so they have the additional attribute of rarity.

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Photographs - Exhibition, Victorian Fashion: the 1860s, Kew Library, 2018

Key words

netta fuller
australian fashion - 1860s
women's clothing - 1860s
dresses - 1860s
kew historical society - exhibitions
exhibitions - victorian era fashion

Photograph of three costumes exhibited at the Kew Library, all donated by Netta Fuller, and dated to the 1860s.

Historical information

Netta Fuller and her husband Alec were long-term residents of Kew. As a boy, Alec had attended East Kew Primary School and was later highly involved in the Kew Presbyterian Church during the 1950s and 60s. Netta's passion was for historic clothing and its exhibition. In 1985, Netta Fuller and Elizabeth Pace launched a parade of garments sponsored by Kew Historical Society at Holy Trinity Church, Kew. The parade was called 'Downunder Dressmakers' and included a collection of over fifty items of clothing dating from 1800 to 1984. The collection included dresses, hats, scarfs, capes, sporting costumes etc. The core of the parade consisted of a collection of 19th century costumes worn by the ancestors of a Miss Gertrude Murray, a resident of Blackburn. In sourcing items for her collections, Netta Fuller collected costumes stored in old trunks and wardrobes, or even purchased from opportunity shops. (During the period in which she collected and exhibited costumes, the latter could often be a reliable source for the purchase of historic and aesthetically significant costumes.) Not satisfied with purchasing authentic costumes of the period, Netta also used these as models for artistic recreations. Following her retirement from both collecting and exhibiting, Netta Fuller donated a number of 19th Century garments to the Kew Historical Society's costume collection. A number of garments were parts of costumes such as bodices, while others were complete outfits. Some of the latter exhibit signs of old damage, however very few of the costumes had been modified to enable them to be worn in exhibitions. Provenance, apart from that the costumes were donated by Netta Fuller after 1985 is limited to donor information, although some of her donations may have originally been part of the collection owned by the Murray family. While the costumes are old and therefore historic, provenance is less important than the representativeness and/or rarity of the costumes. Similarly, the costumes need to be evaluated as a group and separately, considering their aesthetic and artistic significance as well a their age.

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Bicycle - Kew Flyer, Women's Roadster, circa 1920

Key words

women's roadster
kew flyer
harry f cooper
businesses - kew
cycling

Kew Flyer Women's Roadster ca 1920, donated to the Kew Historical Society by John Wyatt in 2017. Original paint work and logo on the loop frame in navy blue, blue and gold, featuring Egyptian influences in the painted design . The rubber sprung saddle was made by Dunlop and has a serial number on a plate at the rear. The loop frame is original. Most of the cycle, on an initial evaluation following the donation were judged to be original, but with the addition of a later mudguard, reflector and chain guard. These have now been removed.

Historical information

In 1903, an article in the Box Hill 'Reporter' noted that the Kew Flyer Cycle business had been started in 1893 by Harry F. Cooper, and that he was "the oldest cycle maker in the district". By 1903, the Kew Flyer business was located at 8 (later 14) Cotham Road where it was to remain an institution until its closure. In 1910, W.D. Vaughan, in his 'Jubilee History of Kew, Victoria' wrote that: "Several cycling clubs have been born and died, suffering chiefly from the migration of the leading spirits in the organisations, but since 1900 the ‘Kew Flyer’ road race, instituted by Mr. H. F. Cooper, has been the cycling event of the year among local riders. It is run on the White Horse Road at Blackburn." Early newspaper reports recorded the distance of the race as initially 10 miles but by 1906, the event extended to 15 miles, starting from the Travellers' Rest Hotel in Blackburn. Cooper's Kew Flyer business in Cotham Road introduced new technologies and models throughout its 56-years of operation. By 1908, it was claimed that the shop had been enlarged with new "workshops and [the] latest lathes and cycle building tools. [it] Is now one of the most up-to-date Cycle Works in Victoria". By the First World War, Cooper had expanded his business to include motorbikes with "Precision Engines". The Kew Flyer business and the annual road races continued through the War, even though a number of its staff left for the front. One of these was [Pte] Robert Charles Field Richardson, who joined the 6th Battalion, fought and was wounded at Gallipoli, and died of wounds in Alexandria, Egypt in 1915. In 1917, the death of Private H.S. Herbert was announced. He had been the winner of the Kew Flyer Cycle Road Race in 1913. He died in action in France, having fought at Gallipoli and at the Battle of Pozieres. The majority of bicycles advertised by Cooper were designed for men, although bikes for women and 'juveniles' were advertised as early as 1918, so they were probably manufactured throughout the period. Harry Cooper was to sell his Kew Flyer business in 1936, after 39 years of trading. The business he began continued until 1949.

Significance

This is an historically significant and rare 1920s Kew Flyer Cycle in intact condition, with most of the original paintwork preserved on the frame. Harry F Cooper, who was the manufacturer of the cycle had a retail business and a factory in Kew. He promoted the Kew Flyer Road Race which was the most important trader-run cycle event in Victoria from 1900 to his retirement in 1936.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kew Flyer

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Iron [Electric] / by Hotpoint, Australia

Key words

hotpoint

Electric Iron, made under license by Hotpoint, Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label: " Hotpoint. Made in Australia. Licensed by Edison Elelectric Appliance Co. Inc. Chicago, U.S.A. Cat.915 F61. W.575, W230."

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Book - A voyage from Plymouth to Melbourne in 1839: The shipboard and early diary of Jonathan Binns Were / by Jonathan Binns Were (1909-1885)

Key words

were, jonathan binns

xv, 309 p. ill., folded geneal. table, map, port. Map on lining-papers. Facsimile of the original and printed text on opposite pages.

Significance

The volume formed part of the professional library of the historian Dorothy Rogers.

Inscriptions & Markings

The volume includes a loose letter from Marjorie Compton, Secretary of J.B. Were & Sons to Mrs Rogers. "With Mr Staniforth Ricketson's compliments. Dear Mrs Rogers. We are very happy for you to have a hard copy of J B Were's Diary as requested in your letter of 14th July. As this was a small private publication which the Firm has sent out to clients and other interested people, there will be no charge."

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Toy - Magic Ball

Key words

magic ball
games and puzzles
toys

Red Plastic Magic Ball with a hole on one side to conceal the hidden piece of blue fabric.

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Costume - Evening Cape : Black Velvet, Blue Silk Lining, 1900s

Key words

women's clothing, australian fashion, costumes, dresses, capes

Black velvet cape with pale blue lining held at the neck with a gilt metal clasp.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

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Trophies - Embossed Glass Trophies, Kew Bowling Club

Key words

saul spielmann
kew bowling club

2 glasses awarded as trophies to Saul Spielmann

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Board Game - Gloria Mosaic

Key words

gloria mosaic
games and puzzles

Children's table game. Probably made in Germany c.1926. On the box is "Ges.Gesch" which is German for trademark registered. The box includes patterns and multicoloured glass marbles. The aim of the game is to arrange the beads in the holes of the pattern. The box pictures four children playing the game

Historical information

No. of Players: one or more Equipment required: playing surface and balls box of card covered with red paper and a label printed in colours to show the title and an illustration of two children playing with the game; base stamped FOREIGN Rules: BASIC RULES There can be two aims to the game - the first to clear the board of all the pieces and the second to try and position the pieces into a specific pattern. The playing surface is a special board and set of pegs or marbles made of ivory, bone, wood and later plastic. The traditional French board is octagonal and has 37 holes to accomodate the same number of pegs. the traditional English board is circular and has 33 holes or hollows, usually to accomodate the same number of marbles (33). Often there is a channel running around the outer edge to hold eliminated pieces. Some games required all the pieces, others only a certain number. The pieces are positioned before the start of the game. (Source: V&A)

Inscriptions & Markings

Box cover: "Gloria Mosaic. Ges.Gesch"

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Certificate - Australian Red Cross: Certificate of Service 1939-45

Key words

australian red cross

An illuminated certificate presented to Elsie May Richardson - Ormiston by the Australian Red Cross Society in recognition of faithful service during the Second World War. Elsie Richardson was the sister of the historian Dorothy Rogers.

Significance

This work forms part of the collection assembled by the historian Dorothy Rogers, that was donated to the Kew Historical Society by her son John Rogers in 2015. The manuscripts, photographs, maps, and documents were sourced by her from both family and local collections or produced as references for her print publications. Many were directly used by Rogers in writing ‘Lovely Old Homes of Kew’ (1961) and 'A History of Kew' (1973), or the numerous articles on local history that she produced for suburban newspapers. Most of the photographs in the collection include detailed annotations in her hand. The Rogers Collection provides a comprehensive insight into the working habits of a historian in the 1960s and 1970s. Together it forms the largest privately-donated collection within the archives of the Kew Historical Society.

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Catalogue - Panorama of Australian Painting: 1818-1968

Key words

xavier college
australian art
dorothy rogers

A catalogue for an exhibition of Australian Art (1818-1968) at Studley House (Xavier Preparatory School) in 1968. The catalogue includes artist biographies and lists works exhibited. The foreword on the history of Studley House is written by Dorothy Rogers

Significance

This work forms part of the collection assembled by the historian Dorothy Rogers, that was donated to the Kew Historical Society by her son John Rogers in 2015. The manuscripts, photographs, maps, and documents were sourced by her from both family and local collections or produced as references for her print publications. Many were directly used by Rogers in writing ‘Lovely Old Homes of Kew’ (1961) and 'A History of Kew' (1973), or the numerous articles on local history that she produced for suburban newspapers. Most of the photographs in the collection include detailed annotations in her hand. The Rogers Collection provides a comprehensive insight into the working habits of a historian in the 1960s and 1970s. Together it forms the largest privately-donated collection within the archives of the Kew Historical Society.

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Programme - Patience / by Gilbert & Sullivan

Key words

arthur dear collection
hawthorn operatic society, patience, gilbert and sullivan, kew recreation hall

Programme for a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience by the Hawthorn Operatic Society in 1957

Significance

The Arthur Dear Collection is a comprehensive collection of theatrical ephemera relating to performances by theatrical and musical organisations from within and outside the former City of Kew who typically performed at venues in Kew during the 1950s and 1960s.

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Artwork - 14 Marshall Avenue, Kew / by Joy Stewart, circa 1978

Key words

joy stewart
marshall avenue (kew)

Pencil, pen & Ink sketch on paper of 14 'Marshall Avenue, Kew' by the artist Joy Stewart.

Significance

Joy Stewart was born in Melbourne 1925. She studied at Swinburne Technical College Art School from 1941-1945, then the National Gallery Art School 1946-1948. Her career included employment positions as a display artist, designer/painter, gallery assistant, and art teacher. Joy relocated to Cairns in 1981. Solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Cairns, including 'Done By Me' at Cairns Regional Gallery in 1999. Group exhibitions at Cairns Regional Gallery, 'The Fish John West Regrets, 1993' and 'Facets of Life' 1994.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription: "Marshall Avenue - Kew". Signed lower right: "JStewart".

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Document - City of Kew, Municipal Library, Children's Section, 1953

Key words

kew public library - kew (vic)
kew public library - east kew (vic)
city of kew - library guidelines

Original framed rules and regulations of the junior section of the Kew Library, dated 16.6.1953, authorised by the Mayor (W.E.R. Hope) and Town Clerk (W.D.Birrell). The document also lists opening hours of the Kew and East Kew branches.

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Iron (Electric) / by STC [Standard Telegraph and Cables Pty Ltd., Sydney]

Key words

iron (electric)
stc

STC Electric Iron with original pacakging and Warranty. 1950s. On box: Product of Standard Telegraph and Cables Pty Ltd. 252-274 Botany Road, Alexandra, Sydney, NSW.

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Costume Jewellery - Necklace

Key words

necklaces
costume jewellery, fashion accessories

Long strand of standardised faux pearls with a gold metal and pearl clasp.

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Theatre Programme - Celebratory Variety Performance / by the Kew Light Opera Company, circa 1953

Key words

kew light opera company
performing arts
theatre groups (kew)

Souvenir programme issued for a celebratory variety performance. The programme forms part of a scrapbook that includes programmes, photographs and theatre reviews for the Kew Light Opera Company and later "Q" Theatre Guild.

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Costume - White Rubber Bathing Cap by Kleinertz, Great Britain, 1950s

Key words

costumes
swimwear
bathing caps

Medium size white rubber woman's bathing cap, the exterior covered in flaps of rubber simulating petals.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on interior (see photo 2): "Kleinerz (sic) Sara-Wave in unique texture rubber gives you perfect comfort and no hair drag. Be sure that the rim is turned up above your ears not over them. Medium. Made in Gt. Britain"

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Book - Voluntary War Workers Record, Australian Comforts Fund, 1918

Key words

australian comforts fund
australian comforts fund (victoria)

Voluntary War Workers Record, compiled for the benefit of the Australian Comforts Fund - 1918. Price - 1/6. the publication includes sections on Kew.

Historical information

The Australian Comforts Fund was established in August 1916 to co-ordinate the activities of the state based patriotic funds, which were established earlier in World War I. Mainly run by women, they provided and distributed free comforts to the Australian 'fit' fighting men in all the battle zones. They became divisions of the Australian Comforts Fund. The Council of the Fund comprised two delegates from New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland and one from the states of Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania. The Executive headquarters was located in Sydney. It ceased operation on 10 April 1920 and was reconstituted in World War II in June 1940 and ceased operation again on 27 June 1946. The state bodies in World War I were: New South Wales: the 'Citizens' 'War Chest' Fund; Queensland Patriotic Fund; South Australia: League of Loyal Women; Tasmania: 'On Active Service Fund'; Australian Comforts Fund, Victorian Division; Victoria League of Western Australia. During World War II the state bodies were called : The Lord Mayor's Patriotic and War Fund of New South Wales; the Australian Comforts Fund, Victorian Division; the Australian Comforts Fund, Queensland Division; the Australian Comforts Fund, Tasmanian Division; the Fighting Forces Comforts Fund SA Inc; the Victoria League Camp Comforts Fund ( W A ) Australian Comforts Fund commissioners conducted its activities in the field, holding honorary rank as officers of the Army or Air Force.

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Manuscript - Attendance Register, East Kew Women’s Club, 1971-73

Key words

east kew women's club

Document: Attendance Register, East Kew Women’s Club, 1971-73

Historical information

The East Kew Women’s Club was formed on 20 July 1945 as an experiment amongst local women, who felt that there was a need for some organised group to give full scope to their various interests and hobbies. In the beginning, they met at the house of their founder, Mrs Eric Thake, 48 Harp Road, East Kew, but the growth and interest was so rapid that it was soon necessary to find a larger meeting place, so the group moved to the Harrier’s Pavilion in Victoria Park, Kew. At the fifth meeting of the group, a committee was formed, and a constitution adopted on 4 December 1945.The Club was aimed to be non-political, non-sectarian and open to women from any locality. The Club’s motto was “To Help others, Improve Ourselves, and Foster the Community Spirit”. The first twenty years of the Club was recorded in a small, nine-page publication “East Kew Women’s Club : Twenty Years 20-7-1945 - 30-7-1965”.

Significance

Following the closure of the Club in 1973, after twenty-eight years, its records were deposited with the Kew Historical Society and are thus available for research into the history of women’s groups in the post war period in Australia. The Society holds the Club’s Minute Books of Meetings (1953-73), Attendance Registers (1959-73), Visitors Book, and sundry items of print ephemera published by the Club.

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Booklet - Air Raid Precautions: Manual of General Training, 1941

Key words

second world war 1939-1945
air raids

An illustrated manual of general training (fourth edition) for Air Raid Precautions issued by the State Emergency Council for Civil Defence in Victoria.

Significance

This work forms part of the collection assembled by the historian Dorothy Rogers, that was donated to the Kew Historical Society by her son John Rogers in 2015. The manuscripts, photographs, maps, and documents were sourced by her from both family and local collections or produced as references for her print publications. Many were directly used by Rogers in writing ‘Lovely Old Homes of Kew’ (1961) and 'A History of Kew' (1973), or the numerous articles on local history that she produced for suburban newspapers. Most of the photographs in the collection include detailed annotations in her hand. The Rogers Collection provides a comprehensive insight into the working habits of a historian in the 1960s and 1970s. Together it forms the largest privately-donated collection within the archives of the Kew Historical Society.

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Photograph - Dr Joseph T Hollow, Medical Superintendent, Kew Hospital for the Insane, 1924

Key words

kew lunatic asylum
kew mental hospital
willsmere
kew hospital for the insane
dr fred stamp
the fred stamp collection
dr joseph t hollow

Formal photograph used for exhibition purposes at the Willsmere Hospital of past medical superintendents. Each photograph is framed with a white mount on which the name of the superintendent and his term of office is recorded.

Historical information

The new Kew Lunatic Asylum was completed in 1871 and opened in 1872. The year 1972 marked it's centenary. Over the years, members of staff at the asylum collected records, photographs, publications and plans of the asylum, later hospital. The Society has a number of important collections relating to the asylum and the Children's Cottages. These include the Dr Cliff Judge, the Irena Higgins and the Dr Fred Stamp Collections. This portrait photograph is one of a number of items donated by the family of the late Dr. Fred Stamp who was the last medical superintendent of the Hospital. Dr Frederick Stamp graduated from Bristol Medical School (UK) in 1968. He and his family emigrated to Australia in 1977 to Goulburn (NSW), moving to Melbourne in 1980. He became Superintendent at Willsmere in 1981 until its closure in 1988.

Significance

Following their closure, the medical records of the Kew Mental Hospital and the Children's Cottages Kew were relocated to the archives of Victorian Government departments and ultimately to the Public Records Office of Victoria. Other collections, such as the Fred Stamp Collection, were assembled by staff who worked at the hospital. The years leading up to the closure of Kew must have been fraught, and many of the items in the hospital were probably destined for hard waste disposal. Dr. Fred Stamp, the last medical superintendent, kept aside or rescued a number of these items, of which this is one. Following his death, his family donated these to the Kew Historical Society. The Society recognises these items to be of lasting historical significance, essentially due to their provenance and to their rarity. Together they (and the Judge and Higgins Collections) are an invaluable aid for researchers of the institutions' histories.

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Photograph - Interior, Kew Congregational Church, Walpole Street (Kew)

Key words

wapole street - kew (vic)
congregational churches - kew (vic)
chirch interiors

Black and white photograph, on card, featuring the interior of the Kew Congregational Church. Shows detail of pews, pulpit and ornate brickwork.

Historical information

The first Kew Congregational Church in Walpole Street, was designed by Charles Vickers, and opened in 1860. The second church on the site, designed by the architect Charles Wharton was demolished in 1970s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "The Sears Studio" "Melbourne" [printed on mounting board]. Reverse: "P. Inside of Kew Congregational Church"

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Artwork - 7. Churches / by Joy Stewart, 1988

Key words

bicentennial project (kew)
joy stewart

7. Churches. A Handcoloured cartoon created by the artist Joy Stewart as a template for the seventh of a series of tapestry panels depicting the history of Kew. Wool colour codes at left.

Historical information

Kew Tapestry The eight panels depict the history of Kew. This was a 1988 Australian Bi-Centennial Project carried out under the auspices of City of Kew Council and the Kew Historical Society Incorporated. Nearly 600 citizens including many children participated in the production by adding a few or more stitches. A book records their names and the panels upon which they worked. Artist: Joy Stewart Co-ordinator: Dorothy Benyei

Significance

Joy Stewart was born in Melbourne 1925. She studied at Swinburne Technical College Art School from 1941-1945, then the National Gallery Art School 1946-1948. Her career included employment positions as a display artist, designer/painter, gallery assistant, and art teacher. Joy relocated to Cairns in 1981. Solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Cairns, including 'Done By Me' at Cairns Regional Gallery in 1999. Group exhibitions at Cairns Regional Gallery, 'The Fish John West Regrets, 1993' and 'Facets of Life' 1994.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription: "CHURCHES. Religion has played an important part in the lives of Kew residents. The churches established schools and caring institutions." Signed by the artist "(c) JStewart, 1988"

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Manuscript - Scrapbook, Lioness Club of Kew, 1982-87

Key words

lioness club of kew

A scrapbook, compiled by members of the Lioness Club of Kew containing photographs and typed profiles of members dating from 1982-7. The profiles were added at monthly intervals under a heading "Lioness of the Month". The scrapbook also contains some annual reports and president's reports. At the back of the scrapbook are two newspaper cuttings (The Free Press, March 19, 1980), profiling the new president, Mrs Helen Joyce, and the Club. The photographs taped into the inside of the front cover are identified as those that were reproduced in the publication 'Where Violets First Grew', the Lioness Club of Kew's partial history.

Historical information

The biographical profiles of members of the Lioness Club of Kew in the scrapbook include: Shirley Van Scoy, Marjorie Rogers, Lucy Weber, Prue Molnar, Joyce Ward, Thelma Battaini, Lois Baker, Ruth Finger, Norma Finley, Pam Rowe, Jan Watkins, Kathleen Holgate, Leby Stone, Lorna Patching, Dorothy Cameron, Glad Kenner, Edna Cartwright, Jean Franklin, Valerie Newbegin, Thelma Leech, Debbie Davis, June Jerrett, Edna Glover, Gloria Grey, Jessie Watson, Helen Joyce, Shirley Gates, Lynette Skues, Pam Dewar, Babe O'Neill, Liza McLaine, Sandra Murphy, Gretta Murphy, Marie McGonigal, Barbara Barker, Joy Bridgeland, Judy Dent, Margaret Allen.

Significance

Kew has had a number of women's organisations of national significance. The Lioness Club of Kew was the first such organisation in Melbourne and its records are consequently of historic significance. The scrapbook has added social and spiritual significance as it provides a key resource for profiling often unknown women in women's community organisations during the 1980s in Kew and Victoria. The scrapbook was deposited with the Kew Historical Society for safekeeping. It is complete and comprehensive allowing for interpretation.

Inscriptions & Markings

See 'Description'.

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Costume - Evening Cape : Royal Blue Crushed Velvet, 1940s

Key words

capes
women's clothing, australian fashion, costumes, dresses

Royal blue crushed velvet three-quarter length evening cape held at the front with large buttons of the same fabric and colour. The top has a wide rounded collar

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

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Photographs - Grip of Time, Kew Civic Hall, Cotham Road (Kew), 1983

Key words

sculpture - kew (vic)
peter schipperheyn (1955-)
kew library

Four photos of the presentation of 'The Grip of Time' to the City of Kew by Mrs Laurel Abercrombie. Sculpture by Peter Schipperheyn. Sculpture mounted on the north wall of the Kew Library.

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Game - Fishing

Key words

game

Four miniature paper fish that have multicoloured stripes. Each fish has a piece of metal in its mouth. The other part of the game is two tiny wooden fishing rods with cotton attached to metal rods. The aim of the game is to attach a rod to a fish. The six items are stored in an orange and green patterned cardboard box that is probably not original.

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Photograph - Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Kew, circa 1978

Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Kew.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription on reverse: "KH-224. Holy Trinity COFE Kew. Entered to the Heritage Register 1978. Photo presented by Progress Press."

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Button - ANZAC APL.25. 1915

Key words

patriotic buttons

World War I-era pressed metal fundraising badge, featuring an olive wreath encircling in red text: ‘Anzac Apr. 25. 1915’, on a white background.

Historical information

Most of the civic and sporting ephemera assembled by Francis Rigg were patriotic buttons. The use of these buttons as a means of raising revenue through patriotic sentiment occurred soon after Australia pledged allegiance to Empire. Buttons reflected ‘public sentiment, courage, patriotism, generosity and several [un- named] virtues’ such as the martyred mother of a ‘fallen’ hero. Attention was paid to attractiveness of design, encoded symbolism and high quality of production. Expressing ‘loyalty’, they were tokens to be kept for perpetuity. Female labour was used to operate the die that compressed the tin backing, photographic print and celluloid cover together. The pin was applied by hand. Women, of all ages, entered into the spirit of voluntary sales. Often they were sold at the entry and exit points of major pedestrian thoroughfares. The women of Kew set up a kiosk in front of the Post Office and the Railway Station to solicit their round, oval and square shaped wares. Pride in salesmanship was affected by publishing the name of the woman and her fiscal achievement in the major newspapers of the day.

Significance

The badges form part of a collection of ephemera originally purchased by Francis Horace Rigg (19/10/1882-05/03/1946) of 50 Belford Road, Kew (Vic.). Frances Rigg was a local business identity in Kew, ultimately managing the local branch of the English, Scottish and Australian (ES&A) Bank at 175 High Street, Kew from c. 1920 until the 1940s. After Francis Rigg’s death, the collection of buttons and badges was inherited by his son, Ken Rigg (14/11/1922-19/01/2014). The collection was subsequently donated to the Kew Historical Society in 2015 by his grandson Adrian Rigg during the Gallipoli and Beyond Commemoration. The collection covers a period of almost 40 years. The majority of the badges are patriotic buttons, issued and sold during and immediately after World War 1 to raise funds for national and overseas causes. The collection also includes a number of locally significant sporting event buttons and sporting club medallions, issued in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Photograph - Alice Anderson in her Humba, circa 1917

Key words

alice anderson
motor mechanics - kew (vic)
motor mechanics - women

Original 'snap' of the Kew identity Alice Anderson in her touring car.

Historical information

Alice Anderson was Australia’s first female garage proprietor when she opened her all-female business in Cotham Road (Kew, Victoria) in 1917.

Significance

An authentic, rare original photograph of Miss Alice Anderson

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on mount: "Alice Anderson in her Humba - perhaps 1916. She took passengers between Melbourne and Narbethong. KH-40." Inscribed on reverse: "Sports Torquay 1917." and "1918 Miss Alice Anderson The Kew Garage ** Cotham Road. Car hire and service to motors."

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Photograph - Electricity Supply Poles, South Road, Moorabbin, 1965

Electricity Supply Poles, South Road, Moorabbin, 1965. Stuart Tompkins Studio provided this photograph for the Kew City Council. The photograph of South Road, Moorabbin, west of Jasper Road, looking east depicts steel poles with two lamps in a median strip and supply wires from pole to pole. The poles were described as 100′ apart. The notation on the rear of the photograph was that there were lamps along the median strip except at intersections. A wooden pole is recognised as supporting heavy supply lines across the road. The steel poles in the photograph were said to be between 3′ to 3.5′ whereas the wooden poles were three to 12.25″ in diameter. [There are three copies of this photograph in the Collection.]

Historical information

Research provided by Stuart Tompkins Studio, Box Hill, into alternatives for median strip street lighting to be used in Burke Road, Kew. The photographers identified variants in different suburbs appropriate to Kew's needs.

Significance

The series from which the photograph is drawn provides a snapshot by a commercial photographic studio of each named vicinity in 1965 as well as providing examples of public works infrastructure being commissioned by local government in the 1960s. The photos originally formed part of the Engineering Department's files in the City of Kew before being donated to the kew Historical Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed inscription on reverse: "Electricity Supply Poles. Photographed for Kew City Council 8/2/65. No.2 South Road - Moorabbin, west of Jasper Road, looking east. Steel poles with two lamps in median strip and supply wires from pole to pole along median strip (poles only 100' apart). Lamps along median only except at intersections. Wooden pole supports heavy supply lines across the road. Wooden poles 3' up and 8 1/2" dia. Wooden poles 3' up and 12 1/2 dia." Studio stamp: "Stuart Tompkins Studio. 547 Station Street, Box Hill. WX1439."

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Photograph - Vicarage, Holy Trinity Church (Kew) 2013

Key words

holy trinity church - kew (vic)
churches - vicarages - kew (vic)

Born digital image of the facade of the bluestone vicarage in Pakington Street (Kew), designed by Charles Vickers.

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Postcard - River Mersey - The End of the Voyage

Key words

postcards
george and edith weir
river mersey

River Mersey - The End of the Voyage. One of a set of three [originally six] 'High Class Postcards of Memories of the Mersey, Beautifully Reproduced in Nature Colours', in their original brown envelope. The postcard was probably purchased by George and Edith Weir on a trip to England and Scotland, circa 1928.

Historical information

Collection of thirty-nine postcards donated by Jillian Rigby which had been owned by her grandparents, George and Edith Weir, who from c.1917 lived at 84 Princess Street, Kew. The mostly 'mint' postcards were purchased in Victoria and while travelling overseas. The sole dated postcard is dated from 1929. The postcards are numbered sequentially from 2017.0058.01-39. The remainder of the collection donated by Jill Rigby which was once owned by the Weirs of Broken Hill and Kew consist of costumes, costume accessories, photographs, and documents.

Significance

The postcards in the Weir collection, especially those purchased on a trip or trips to the mother country, i.e. United Kingdom, represent a representative sample of sites that were considered significant to those Australians undertaking a reverse grand tour by member of the erstwhile colonies. Those postcards which are early views of Melbourne must have been produced commercially for some decades from the early part of the 20th century.

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Archive File - Action Groups [General], 1993-2012

Key words

mcdonald’s restaurant, skateboard park, victoria park, victoria park heritage group, willsmere-chandler park

Information file containing sundry newspaper articles and correspondence relating to action groups established to protect Victoria Park, High Street, and Willsmere-Chandler Park.

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Button - Vote Yes: Oct 28 1916

Key words

conscription debate 1916
patriotic buttons
first world war (1914-18)
world war one
numismatics
referendum

In 1916 the Australian Government called for conscription of Australian men as voluntary recruiting did not seem to be producing sufficient numbers to supply the front line. Referendums were held in 1916 and 1917. Both referendums were defeated and conscription did not occur. This badge advocates a ‘Yes’ vote in the first referendum.

Historical information

Most of the civic and sporting ephemera assembled by Francis Rigg were patriotic buttons. The use of these buttons as a means of raising revenue through patriotic sentiment occurred soon after Australia pledged allegiance to Empire. Buttons reflected ‘public sentiment, courage, patriotism, generosity and several [un- named] virtues’ such as the martyred mother of a ‘fallen’ hero. Attention was paid to attractiveness of design, encoded symbolism and high quality of production. Expressing ‘loyalty’, they were tokens to be kept for perpetuity. Female labour was used to operate the die that compressed the tin backing, photographic print and celluloid cover together. The pin was applied by hand. Women, of all ages, entered into the spirit of voluntary sales. Often they were sold at the entry and exit points of major pedestrian thoroughfares. The women of Kew set up a kiosk in front of the Post Office and the Railway Station to solicit their round, oval and square shaped wares. Pride in salesmanship was affected by publishing the name of the woman and her fiscal achievement in the major newspapers of the day.

Significance

The buttons form part of a collection of ephemera assembled by Francis Horace Rigg (19/10/1882-05/03/1946) of 50 Belford Road, Kew (Vic.). Frances Rigg was a local business identity in Kew, ultimately managing the local branch of the English, Scottish and Australian (ES&A) Bank at 175 High Street, Kew from c. 1920 until the 1940s. After Francis Rigg’s death, the collection of buttons and medallions was inherited by his son, Ken Rigg (14/11/1922-19/01/2014). The collection was subsequently donated to the Kew Historical Society in 2015 by his grandson Adrian Rigg at the time of the Gallipoli & Beyond Commemoration. The collection covers a period of almost 40 years. The majority of the buttons are patriotic buttons, issued and sold during and immediately after the First World World War (1914-1918) to raise funds for national and overseas causes. The collection also includes a number of locally significant sporting event buttons and sporting club medallions, issued in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Plaque - Commemorating Mooroolbeek, Kew (Vic), the home of Sir Frank Madden, circa 1968

Key words

institute of early childhood development - kew (vic)
mooroolbeek - madden grove - kew (vic)
sir frank madden

Bronze plaque commemorating the location of Mooroolbeek, one of the great mansions of Kew, demolished in 1965 by the Kindergarten Training College

Inscriptions & Markings

The original college building "Mooroolbeek" was the home of Sir Frank Madden Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1904-1917. The crest of the Madden family here inset was removed from "Mooroolbeek" when the building was demolished in 1968.

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Book - These Walls Speak Volumes: A History of Mechanics Institutes in Victoria / by P. Baragwanath & K. James, 2015

Key words

mechanics institutes - victoria, mechanics institutes - history

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Board Game - Solitaire

Key words

board game
games and puzzles

Board game - Solitaire

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on box: "SOLITAIRE / THE WELL_KNON / GAME / Full Instructions Enclosed / Made in Germany"

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Photograph - Robin Vanser, Freddie Parris & Jim Parker, Sydney, 1960s

Key words

performing arts - australia - 1960s
robin vanser
freddie parris
jim parker

Black and white photograph of Robin Vanser with fellow performers, including Freddie Parris & Jim Parker, Sydney, 1960s

Historical information

Robin Kelly was born Robin Vandersluys in Mary Street, Kew. As a child, she sang in backyard concerts run with her brother, Leslie. The family moved to Deepdene in 1949 and Robin joined church and school choirs. Later she was to study classical singing with Stella Power, modern singing with Jack White, TV Presentation with Natalie Raine of Crawford Productions and acting/singing with Jessie Matthews. Following her victory in a talent quest at the Orama Ballroom, she was invited to join the Orama Big Band with singers Harry Cox and Arlene Forrest. She also sang with the Kerm Jones Jazz Band at Power House and with Frank Johnson's Jazz Band at Jazz Junction. Robin became resident band vocalist at the historic Federal Hotel in Collins Street with the Rudi Laquer Trio. She also sang at The Savoy Plaza with the George Cadman Trio. A year later she became resident vocalist at the Ress Oriental Hotel with the Lennie Holmes Trio. Later, Robin married pianist Peter Jones, singing under the name 'Robin Vanser' in clubs in Sydney and regional New South Wales. She was booked for a Vietnam War tour and also sang in Tahiti. Returning to Melbourne, her agent booked her to appear in shows in Tasmania including West Point Casino and Melbourne country venues. Another agent, John Bishop, booked her to do floor shows in Melbourne, including Xmas Seasons at the Hampton Hotel where she entertained audiences with her comedy and audience participation routines. In 1971, Robin Kelly retired to run her Robin Hood Antiques business in Canterbury, during which time she was married to tenor Glenn Kelly. Later she joined Sing Australia Camberwell Choir, performing as a soloist at their Melbourne Town Hall Concert.

Significance

The Vandersluys-Kelly Collection of photographs, costumes and musical performance memorabilia was donated to the Kew Historical Society by Robin Denise Kelly in 2018. The collection is an important record of stage and recorded performances in Australia in the second half of the 20th century. This new nationally-focused and artistically significant collection augments and contextualises the local performing arts materials in our collection.

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Tool - Moulding Plane, 3/4” Convex, Moseley & Son London

Key words

moulding plane
carpentry
bertie greenwood

Plane - Wooden Moulding, Beechwood & Metal, 3/4” Convex, Moseley & Son London

Historical information

In woodworking, a moulding plane is a specialised plane used for making the complex shapes found in wooden mouldings. Traditionally, moulding planes were blocks of wear resistant hardwood, often beech or maple, which were worked to the shape of the intended moulding. The blade, or iron was likewise formed to the intended moulding profile and secured in the body of the plane with a wooden wedge. A traditional cabinetmakers shop might have many, perhaps hundreds, of moulding planes for the full range of work to be performed.

Significance

Bertie Robert Edgar Greenwood was born c. 1880/81 and died aged 82 in Hawthorn in 1963. His father and possibly his grandfather were also carpenters. Bertie’s work as a cabinetmaker required precise planing to give lovely edges and other elaborate decorations. The major item in the tool collection is Bertie’s wooden box, which houses 45 different moulding planes. Later in his life, he used these skills extensively when he worked as a patternmaker for a plastering company. Bertie worked through his seventies, retiring when he lost a finger. The tool collection was donated to the Kew Historical Society by Bertie’s granddaughter, Pamela Webster Bloom, a former resident of Kew.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped ‘9’. Also stamped with owner name ‘G. Greenwood’, with ‘G’ subsequently over-stamped with ‘B’. Later engraved number ‘7’ added on entering the collection in 2010.

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Photograph - Grade 1, Kew State School, 1920

Key words

kew state school, kew primary school

Grade 1, Kew State School, 1920.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription on front: "Year 1920". See similar 1978.0015.

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