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Learmonth and District Historical Society Learmonth, Victoria

Learmonth and District Historical Society is located in the Old Ballarat Shire Offices, 326 High Street, Learmonth. Housed here, is a recently renovated wooden building which now houses our "Family History", research and archives rooms. The main hall of the building is now a museum which houses memorabilia that once belonged to the Shire of Ballarat.

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PO Box 451 Wendouree Victoria 3355 (map)
phone
+61 03 5384 5334 or 0428 928 318

Contact

Opening Hours

2 - 4 pm on the fourth Sunday of the month except December, or by appointment. Call the secretary on 03 5384 5334 or 0428 928 318.

Entry Fee

A donation would be much appreciated. If you are coming for research, a $20 fee applies.

Location

326 High Street Learmonth Victoria

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Ledgers, books, maps, photographs and miscellaneous items. Shire of Ballarat memorabilia 1864 - 1995. ANA, Red Cross, Temperance Hall, etc books and photographs.

Kay Clarke 12 January 2014 1:59 PM

hi Have just been to Learmonth and got the heritage walk brochure but couldn't contact you via those websites or email. My gt gt grandfather Samuel Henry Farrall lived in Learmonth between 1856 and 1860 and I found his Eureka Villa cottage in the main street which he built. As he was a builder he would have built some of the buildings in Learmonth. This is from the family history book published by my Aunt. I am keen to find out anything you may have about him and I have a narrative and documents I am happy to share. I look forward to hearing from you. Kay

secretary L&DHS 12 January 2014 6:51 PM

Please contact the secretary of the Historical Society 03 5338 4361 or email davidandlois@ncable.net.au

john 27 January 2015 11:05 AM

Hi, We came past the lake yesterday and were amazed to see the lake almost dry, do you know if someone has the right to get water from the lake? (like farmers for example) or is it just dry from evaporation? Thank you very much John

Debby Rimon 23 April 2015 8:35 AM

I'm inquiring about a Marion Aloysuis Cassidy, who died in August 1960, and married a William Joseph Casey. Marion is buried in the Learmonth Cemetery. I am intrested in the Cassidy family, as I live in Tasmania and are doing my family tree.

learmonth Administrator 24 April 2015 2:47 PM

To Debbie Rimon, Please sent your research inquiry through to our email address. learmonthdhs@learmonthdhs.com.au.

KJL 21 September 2015 11:29 AM

My family connection is Harrison and Prayle

Susan McCarthy 15 March 2016 4:38 PM

My great- grandfather Paul Gerhard Behn married Margaret Adams in 1888, Margaret was born 1865, Learmonth, Victoria her parents were - Henry. A. Adams & Margaret Baird. would be grateful for any family history.

Amanda Osborne 25 September 2016 3:10 PM

As I am researching ancestors from the Ballarat area but travel from NSW Southern Highlands, I wonder if I might see the collection and talk perhaps to Mr Bill Loader at any other time than the fourth Sunday of the month. My third and final for 2016 ancestry research trip to Victoria is booked for 13-20 November. Thank you Amanda Osborne

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Medal - Centenary of Government 1951 - Centenary of Government & Discovery of Gold. 1951

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

A large round bronze medal with a horse bounding left, broken shackles on foreleg, carrying woman holding sword (Justice) and man holding torch (Equality).

Historical information

The medal was designed by Andor Meszaros and made by K. G. Luke(Medal Makers) of Melbourne, Victoria. This medal was presented to the Shire of Ballarat in 1951 and is now house in the Old Ballarat SHire Building at Learmonth, Victoria.

Significance

This medal represents the 100 years of "Government in Victoria", also the "Discovery of Gold".

Inscriptions & Markings

The front features a man holding a torch and a woman on a horse holding a sword. The horse has a shackle on its front left leg, surrounded by the words "EQUALITY AND JUSTICE THROUGH FREEDOM". On the back at the bottom is flowers and leaves with the words "CENTENARY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF VICTORIA 1851 - 1951.

Photo - Kane - Kane.K.S.( Mr).Shire Secretary,1959.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Mr.K.S. Lane,(Shire Secretary).Sepia photo (rectangular) on white mount,situated left hand side of middle row,of composite photo of all councilors for the year 1959.

Historical information

Mr. K.S.Lane was Shire Secretary for the Ballarat Shire Council in 1959.This forms part of a composite collection of photos presented by the Shire Preident,to commemorate the opening of the Wendouree Municiple Centreon 20th November 1959.

Significance

Original Historical Photo of all Councilors for the year 1959

Inscriptions & Markings

Shire President Charles Edward,"Ted" Brown and councilors,commemorating opening of Wendouree Municiple Centre 20th November 1959.

Vase

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Photo - Courtney.C.A. - Dr. C.A.Courtney, Medical Officer, Learmonth ANA Branch N0 75.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Black and white photo is of Dr. C.A.Courtney. Rectangular with a curved top and set in a brown woodgrain look mount,his name is inscribed in white at the base.It is at the bottom right of the centre section of collection of photos showing all members of the 1912 Learmonth ANA branch No 75.

Historical information

In 1912 Dr. C.A.Courtney was the Medical Officer for the Learmonth ANA Branch No 75.He also had his Medical Practice in High Street Learmonth.

Significance

This photo is part of the original set of photos depicting all 1912 members of the Learmonth ANA Branch No 75.

Inscriptions & Markings

LEARMONTH ANA BRANCH NO 75. PRESENTED TO C.MEDWELL ESQ. BY HIS FELLOW MEMBERS AS A MARK OF ESTEEM & APPRECIATION OF VALUABL;E SERVICES RENDERED TO THE BRANCH AS SECRETARY.LEARMONTH 1912.

Photo - Waubra Football Team 1922

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia colour photo on a dark brown cardboard mount of Waubra Footballers.

Historical information

Photo taken to celebrate Waubra Football Club becoming the 1922 Premiers,

Inscriptions & Markings

WAUBRA PREMIERS 1922.

Photo - "Willow Vale" Waubra, Victoria

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

A very pale sepia photo of the "Willow Vale" farm at Waubra, Victoria that was owned by Christopher and Selina (nee Smith) Harrison. It shows a horse and buggy, along with the main house/houses and out buildings with what look like it could be a slightly dry dam at the bottom of the photo.

Historical information

It show the farm "Willow Vale" Waubra that was once owned by the Christopher and Selina (nee Smith) Harrison family who once lived on this farm and whoes descendants continue to live in the same area today.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Photo - Powell - Councilor W.Powell (J.P.)

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Photo of Councilor W.Powell(J.P.) 1959. Sepia on white mount,top left hand corner of composite photo of councilors for the year 1959.

Historical information

Councilor W.Powell,(J.P.),was elected to council in 1935 serving till 1963.He was Shire President in 1939-40,1948-49,1958-59. This photo was taken to form a composite photo, of all councilors, to commemorate the opening of the Wendouree Municiple Centre on 20th November 1959.

Significance

Original Historic photo of Councilors for the year 1959.

Inscriptions & Markings

Collection of potos of councilors for 1959. Commemorating opening Wendouree Municiple Centre 20th November 1959.

Photo - Steane - Steane. W.P. Councilor 1893 - 1894. (Engineer).

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia photo, on blue background, bottom left hand corner,of Councilor W.P.Steane,(Engineer).Part of conposite photo of Councilors for the year 1893 - 1894.

Historical information

Photo of Councilor W.P. Steane(Engineer), which is part of a composite photo of Councilors for the year 1893-1894.

Significance

Section of original photo of Councilors covering the year 1893-1894.

Inscriptions & Markings

Section of photo of Ballarat Shire Councilors for the year 1893-1894.

Baby Bonnet - Crochet Baby Bonnet

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

This baby bonnet is made from fine crochet cotton, satin and cotton material with a very fine tulle on the outer rim. Could possibly fit up to a two year old child. It is creme in colour with a very prominent crocheted design which has been hand made.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Photo - Edwards - Edwards. E. Councilor, 1954.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia/brown photo of Councilor E.Edwards. Situated second from left,middle row of composite photos of Councilors for the year 1954.

Historical information

Councilor E.Edwards was elected to council in1951 until 1970.He served two terms as Shire President 1957-58 and 1965-66.This photo, which is part of a composite collection of photos, was taken to commemorate the 1954 visit of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11,and was presented by the Shire President,G.A.Fraser, to mark the occaision.

Significance

Section of The Original Historical Photo of Councilors for the year 1954.

Inscriptions & Markings

PRESENTED TO BALLARAT SHIRE COUNCIL BY SHIRE PRESIDENT TO COMMEMORATE THE VISIT OF HER MOST GRACIOUS MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH 11. 1954..

Photo - Whately, T. - T.Whately.Learmonth ANA Branch No 75.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Black and white photo of Mr. T.Whately,(rectangular) set in a brown woodgrain mount.His name is inscribed,at the base,in white.It is second from left in fourth row and is part of collection of photos depicting all members of the Learmonth ANA Branch No 75 in 1912.

Historical information

In 1912 Mr T.Whately was a member of the Learmonth ANA Branch No 75.

Significance

This photo is part of the original collection of photos which depict all Learmonth ANA Branch No 75 members in1912.

Inscriptions & Markings

LEARMONTH ANA BRANCH NO 75. PRESENTED TO C.MEDWELL ESQ.BY HIS FELLOW MEMBERS AS A MARK OF ESTEEM & APPRECIATION OF VALUABLE SERVICES RENDERED TO THE BRANCH AS SECRETARY. LEARMONTH 1912.

Photo - Edwards - Councilor E.Edwards, (J.P.)

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Councilor E. Edwards,(J.P.).Sepia photo, on white mount,situated second from right,top row of composite photo of all Councilors for the year 1959.

Historical information

Councilor E.Edwards (J.P), was elected to council in1951 and served till 1970. He was Shire President in 1957-58 and 1965-66.

Significance

Original Historic Photo of all councilors for the year 1959.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photo of all councilors 1959, commemorating opening of Wendouree Municiple Centre 20th November 1959

Baby Dress.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Baby's dress hand made of cream silk , with smocking across front, back,and wrists.

Historical information

This babies dress was possibly worn by Mrs Cuthbertson nee Hooper, after her birth in 1881,( Mother of Joan Charles) and is approximately 150 years old.It is hand made cream silk with smocking to the front and back of the bodice.and the wrists of the full length sleeves. It was donated by the children of Joan M Charles- Melville J Charles,Joell E Stern, Beth Z Charles and Rhonnie M Dryne.

Significance

Hand made Baby's dress, depicting the craftmanship and style of dress for the late 19th century.It is only one of two Silk baby's dresses in the Learmonth and District HIstorical Society Inc.collection.

Plaque - Road Safety Award 1975

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Rectangular wooden mount with a "bronze" medallion at the top and a brass plate at the base which is inscribed.

Inscriptions & Markings

"SUN NEWS PICTORIAL" TEN THIRTY FOUR ROAD SAFETY AWARD FOR JULY 1975. SHIRE OF BALLARAT.

Photo - Back to Waubra 1940

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

A black and white photo of a crowd at the "Back to Waubra" celebrations in 1940.

Historical information

This photo was originally owned by Rosie Prayle who lived all her life at Waubra, Victoria.

Significance

The only photo of the "Back to Waubra" celebrations that the Learmonth and District Historical Society holds.

Inscriptions & Markings

Back to Waubra, 1940, R. Prayle. J. P. Clark.

Medal - Australia 150th - Medal - Australia's 150th Anniversary

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

This medal was struck in 1938 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of British settlement of Australia. It depicts Australia standing with the sun behind her head. At her feet kneel two men, one representing industry (with tools, city buildings and shipping) and the other representing agriculture (with sheep, fruit, silos and an aircraft). It is a round medal which is silver plated.

Historical information

This medal commemorates the 150 years of Australia and the first govenor of Australia, Arthur Phillip, he arrived with the First Fleet along with 729 convicts.

Significance

Celebrates the 150th of Australia and the first govenor of Australia, Arthur Phillip. 1788 - 1938

Inscriptions & Markings

Obverse - Australia standing with front arms raised, sun behind her head, men representing industry and agriculture kneel at her feet, biplane in sky on right, tall building on left; inscribed with "Australia's 150th Anniversary 1938 and the initials C.E on the lower left. Reverse - Figure of Govenor Arthur Phillip standing on the shore, left rocks with the makers name, Amor, in the background is a ship on the left, right hill with trees and a long boat with a sailor, under this the letters C.E.

Addington photo - Addington Monument

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

A monument to commemorate the Centenary of Addington district,erected in memory of each pioneer family.A memorial in memory of the Aborigines in the Shape of a boomerang was placed on a tree at the same time. Over the years the tree died, the boomerang was resited and placed on the monument.

Historical information

This Monument was erected in1934,to commemorate the Centenary of the Addington district and its pioneering families. A memorial to the Aborigines in the form of a boomerang was at that time placed on a tree and later resited on the monument.

Significance

Commemorating the Addington Pioneering families.

Inscriptions & Markings

(Boomerang)'' IN MEMORY OF THE BLACKS" (Plaque 1) " ERECTED BY A.J. BESELER IN 1994, RESITED BY LEARMONTH AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY UNVEILED ON 1-4-1990 BY Cr.A.R. McDONALD BALLARAT SHIRE PRESIDENT". (Plaque 2) " ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF THE PIONEERS OF ADDINGTON 1934".

Photo - Charles. J.A. - Charles, J.A.(J.P.),Councilor 1934-1935.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Photo Councilor J.A.Charles,(J.P.),on grey mount,situated right hand side of middle row of composite photo of Councilors for the year 1934-1935.

Historical information

This Photo of Councilor J.A.Charles,(J.P.),forms part of a composite collection of all Councilors for 1934-1935. He was elected,as a member,to council in 1924 - 1935,and was Shire President 1927-28 and 1933-34.

Significance

Original Historic Photo of Councilors for the 1934 - 1935 year.

Inscriptions & Markings

Collection of Council photos for the year 1934-1935.

Photo - White.R.T. - White R.T. Councilor 1934-1935.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Photo of Councilor R.T.White, on grey mount,second from right,bottom row,of composite photo of all Councilors for the year 1934-1935.

Historical information

This photo of Councilor R.T.White forms part of a composite collection of all Councilors for 1934-1935.He was elected, as a member, to council 1928-46,and was Shire President 1936-37 and 1942-43.

Significance

Original Historic Photo of Councilors for the 1934-1935 year.

Inscriptions & Markings

Collection of council photos for the year 1934-1935.

Bible - Waubra, Presbyterian Pulpit Bible

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

A black covered Vinyl bible. It has the words "HOLY BIBLE," in gold writing on the spine.

Historical information

The bible was used at St David's Presbyterian church (later to become the Uniting Church) Waubra. When the church was closed in the early 2000's. It was donated to the Learmonth and District Historical Society Inc by Ken Fraser who had attended the church.

Significance

It is an object that represents of over 150 years of the Presbyterian Church in Waubra, Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

It has the words "HOLY BIBLE," in gold writing on the spine.

Photo - Richmond - James Richmond

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Coloured painting of James Richmond set in narrow brown frame with cream mount and narrow "gold" edge around painting.in bottom right corner is marked "James Richmond age 28 1868" and on the right "W.H. R.A.S. May 1868.

Historical information

James Richmond was born at Hamilton ,Lanarkshire in Scotland on 24th November 1840.He migrated to Australia at age 21, on the sailing vessel "City of Melbourne", arriving 23rd July,1862.He made his way to the Ballarat district and secured a position as head teacher at Weatherboard Hill State School. On 25th April 1866 he was selected as the first full time Shire Secretary, at a starting salary of 250 pounds per annum, (the previous position having only been part time). On February 26th 1867 James married Annie Dobson and they had four sons and two daughters. Their residence was a dwelling attached to the original Shire Offices at Learmonth.During his term he took on various other roles. In July 1873 "Richmond Park" on the foreshore of Lake Learmonth was named in his honour.James Richmond died on 29th December,1879 (while still in office),from a severe attack of rheumatic fever at age 39, leaving Annie to raise their six children.

Significance

First fulltime Shire Secretary of the Ballarat shire,1866-1879.

Inscriptions & Markings

JAMES RICHMOND age 28 1868. W.H. R.A.S. May 1868

Photo -Dawbarn - Miss Katrina Dawbarn outside Ballarat Shire Offices.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia photo of Ballarat Shire Office 1909,with Katrine Dawbarn, daughter of Shire Engineer (Gilbert Dawbarn).

Historical information

This photo (sepia) of Miss Katrina Dawbarn was taken "circa 1909" standing outside the old Ballarat Shire Office. Miss Dawbarn was the daughter of Gilbert Dawbarn who was the Shire Secretary.

Significance

Historical photo of the Ballarat Shire Office in1909.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ballarat Shire Office 1909. Katrine Dawbarn daughter of Shire Engineer. Photo coutesy Kate Kelly

Book - Baker Family History

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Family History Book, England / Ireland to Australia. Melbourne to Ercildoune / Addington and Addington to Donald. Author Jean Tillet/ Great Grandaughter.18/06/2010.

Historical information

Comprehensive Baker Family History / John,Ann of 48 pages.John Weaver Baker arrived in Williamstown aboard the "Marion" on 25th January 1848.He was transported from Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight as an "Exile",having been convicted of having in his possesion a silk handkerchief and sentenced to 10 years.On arrival he "left ship at own request",finding his own way to Melbourne and a new life.Proof of birth has at this time not been located,it is possible he may have been an orphan.He met Ann Neligan,an Irish orphan,who along with her sister,Eliza,made the journey from the poor house in Mallow on board ship.They were Married in Melbourne 9th July 1850. They had three daughters Caroline Ann 2nd May 1851,Elizabeth Conchetta 1st April 1853,died 20th August 1853,and Elizabeth born 1854.

Significance

History of Journey of the Baker family from England and Ireland to Australia, then Melbourne/Ercildoune/Addington and finally to Donald.

Inscriptions & Markings

Baker, John and Ann, Family History.

Photo - Willey. - Willey.J.S. (Engineer). 1954.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia/brown photo of J.S.Willey, who was Shire Engineer,situated left hand side of bottom row of composite photo of Councilors for the financial year 1954.

Historical information

J.S.Willey was the Shire Engineer for the Shire of Ballarat for the year 1954.This photo which is part of a collection of photos was taken to commemorate the 1954 visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11,and was presented by the Shire President G.A.Fraser, to mark the occaision.

Significance

Section of the Original Historical Photo of Councilors for the financial year 1954.

Inscriptions & Markings

PRESENTED TO BALLARAT SHIRE COUNCIL BY SHIRE PRESIDENT TO COMMORATE THE VISIT OF HER MOST GRACIOUS MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH 11, 1954.

Photo - White. R.T. - White R.T.(J.P.) Ballarat Shire President 1942-43.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia photo,(rectangular) in brown mount,with shaped white mount around photo, of President R.T.White, (J.P.). It is situated in the centre of collection of photos of all councilors and staff for the year 1942-43,and is larger.

Historical information

Councilor R.T.White was elected as a member of the Ballarat Shire Council in 1928, serving until 1946.He was Shire President in 1936-37,1942-43.

Significance

Original Historic Photo for the year 1942-43.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to the Ballarat Shire Council by Councilor R.T.White,(J.P.),President 1942-43.

Photo - Ryan.P. - P.Ryan.Treasurer of Learmonth ANA Branch No 75. 1912.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Black and white photo is of Mr.P.Ryan,oval in shape and set in a brown woodgrain look mount.His name is inscribed in white at the base and surrounding the photo are decorative flourishes.It is on the top left of the centre section of a photo collection depicting all members of the 1912 Learmonth ANA Branch No 75.

Historical information

In 1912 Mr. P. Ryan was the Treasurer for the Learmonth ANA Branch No 75.

Significance

Section of original group of photos showing all members of the Learmonth ANA Branch No 75 in1912.

Inscriptions & Markings

1912 LEARMONTH ANA BRANCH NO 75. PRESENTED TO C. MEDWELL ESQ. BY HIS FELLOW MEMBERS AS A MARK OF ESTEEM & APPRECIATIONOF VALUABLE SERVICES RENDERED TO THE BRANCH AS SECRETARY. LEARMONTH 1912.

Book - Inventary of Liquer bought by Shire President.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Small Inventary book documenting Liquer bought

Historical information

This book was kept as an inventory, by the Shire President. Cr Matthew John Ryan of all liquor bought,and shows the date, particular liquor and cost.

Significance

Record of money spent.

Inscriptions & Markings

List of various Liquers bought ,with dates and prices.

Meat Safe

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

This meat safe is square with a four sided pointed top and hanging ring. The sides have mesh inserts and there is one shelf.it has been painted cream.

Historical information

This Meat safe was made by Duncan Mcgregor who entered it in the Warracknabeal Show for which he won first prize in the section for the best item made from a kerosene tin.in (circa)1918.Mr McGregor was always inventive and used to working with metals

Significance

This shows the ingenious use of recycled goods.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Photo - Dobson.R.J. - R.J.Dobson, Ballaraty Shire Councilor.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia Photo,rectangular,set in grey mount,of Councilor R.J.Dobson.It is in the middle of the top row of a collection of photos of the 1906 Councilors and staff.

Historical information

Councilor R.J.Dobson was elected to council in1889 serving until 1906. He served two terms as Shire President, 1894-95 and 1900-01

Significance

Original Historic Photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented by the President to the Ballarat Shire Council,1906.

Photo - Davey's Hotel - Davey's Hotel,Miners Rest.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Black and white photo depicting Davey's Hotel in Miners Rest with some of the locals.

Historical information

Davey's Hotel at Miners Rest was built sometime around 1850, and Mary Tait was the original Licensee.The gentleman on the white horse is Harry Telford, who was with Phar Lap in America when the horse died.Names of the other men are not known. The photo is dated "circa 1916 -17" and originally came from a lady in New Zealand.The Hotel was de-licensed in 1940. Mary Tait (nee Marion Sutherland) was the second wife of William Tait, who was the licensee of the Derby prior to his death 7 October 1862.His widow Mary the took over the license of the hotel.

Significance

Photo shows lifestyle of the 1850's.

Inscriptions & Markings

Davey's Hotel / Derby Hotel.

Photo - MacTroup. W. - Councilor W.MacG.Troup,(J.P.)1959.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Councilor W. MacG.Troup,(J.P.).Sepia photo,(rectangular),on white mount, Situated Middle of bottom row of composite photo of all coucilors for the year 1959.

Historical information

Councilor W.MacG.Troup,(J.P.), was elected as a member of council in 1953 serving till 1970.He was shire President in 1960-61.

Significance

Section of Original Historic photo of councilors for the year 1959, taken to commemorate the Wendouree Municiple Opening 20th November of that year.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to Ballarat Shire Council, by Shire President Charles Edward "Ted" Brown, to Commemorate the opening of Wendouree Municiple Centre, 20th November 1959.

Photo - Watson. - Watson . M.B. (Shire Secretary).1954.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia/Brown photo of Councilor M.B.Watson,(Shire Secretary),1954.Situated Left hand side second rowof composite photo of Councilors for the year 1954.

Historical information

Mr M.B.Watson was Shire Secretary for the Shire of Ballarat in 1954. This photo which is part of a collection of photos was taken to commemorate the 1954 visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11,and was presented by the Shire President G.A.Fraser, to mark the occaision.

Significance

Section of the Original Historical Photo of Councilors for the year 1954.

Inscriptions & Markings

PRESENTED TO THE BALLARAT SHIRE COUNCIL BY SHIRE PRESIDENT TO COMMEMORATE THE VISIT OF HER MOST GRACIOUS MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH 11. 1954.

Photo - Shire of Ballarat Commemorative Meeting Monday 2nd May,1994

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Coloured Photo on cream coloured mount with Shire of Ballarat Crest and title above photo and names at the bottom.

Historical information

Photo depicts members of the Ballarat Shire Council in 1994 at the Commemorative Meeting Prior to Amalgamation with City Of Ballarat. Front row (L to R) Mr. I. R. Cowie. Deputy Shire Engineer ; Mr. R. W. Hayles, Shire Engineer; Cr. D. N. Vendy, Shire President; Mr. J.W.M. Johnson, Shire Secretary; Mr T.J. Barrington, Deputy Shire Secretary. Back Row (L to R ) Cr. R. Kinnersley, Cr. A. Cormick, Cr. D. A. Baird, Cr.G.H. Spittle, Cr. J.D.White, Cr. G.M.Caldwell, Cr. M.F.Beaumont. Cr. W. M. Flynn, Cr. R.A. McDonald, Cr. R.J. Fewster, and Cr. B.L.Hughes.

Significance

To commemorate the final council meeting of the Shire of Ballarat prior Council Amalgamation with the City of Ballarat.

Inscriptions & Markings

SHIRE OF BALLARAT COMMEMORATIVE MEETING. MONDAY 2ND MAY 1994.

Photo - Ryan.M.J. - Ryan, Matthew John.(J.P.)

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Photo of Councilor Matthew John Ryan,(J.P.),on grey mount situated middle of top row,of composite photo of all Councilors for the year 1934-1935.

Historical information

This Photo Of Councilor Matthew John Ryan,(J.P.)forms part of a composite photo of 1934-1935 Councilors.He was first elected, as a member, to Ballarat Shire Council on 30th. August 1897. Apointed Shire President,1902-08-14-23-32-38-44-50.

Significance

Original Historic Photo of Councilors for the year 1935-1935.

Inscriptions & Markings

Collection of photos of Councilors 1934-1935.

Plaque "ANA"100 years service to Australia

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

A rectangular shadow box style frame of brown wood,in which is a round Brass Medallion on a beige background.Around the edge are wavy bands representing rolling sands.At the top are the words AUSTRALIAN NATIVES ASSOCIATION and at the bottom is inscribed 100 YEARS OF SERVICE and on a map of Australia TO AUSTRALIA.There are seven basic oval shapes on which -from the top-is the ANA Crest and the words Federation 1901.then a Boomerang with the stars of the Southern Cross and the words Buy Australian,then a map of Australia on which are standing three figures of Army,Navy,Airforce Personel,then the Australian flag with Jan 26 and Friendly Society.

Historical information

CENTENARY PLAQUE AUSTRALIAN NATIVES ASSOCIATION.1871 - 1971.This plaque commemorates the centenary of the Australian Natives Association and depicts some of the achievements brought about by the Association in Australia over a Century.The circular shape symbolizes a continuous line of achievements around a central point or theme.Whithin this shape are three bands of waving and undulating sand textured steps,passing through the map of Australia. these bands signify the rolling sandy plains which are so characteristic of this country .There is a total of seven basic shapes representing the seven states - six of which are overlapping representing the mainland.The six oval shapes depict The ANA.crest Federation 1901.The Made in Australia Council.The Australia Day Council. The Armed Forces and Friendly Society.

Significance

Made to commemorate 100 years service of ANA to Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

AUSTRALIAN NATIVES ASSOCIATION 100 YEARS OF SERVICE TO AUSTRALIA.

Photo - Spittle.S.G.& Councilors. - President S.G.Spittle & Ballarat Shire Councilors 1934 - 1935

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

This is a composite collection of photos,Sepia in colour,on grey mount,with gold surounding middle photo,and framed in wide plain wooden frame.It is of Shire President Cr Samuel Gordon Spittle and Councilors For the year 1934 - 1935.

Historical information

This Collection of photos was taken during Victoria' centenary year,and depicts Shire President Samuel Gordon Spittle,and Councilors C.T.Henderson, M,J,Ryan, D.Baird, J.A.Charles(J.P.), W.A.Rain (Secretary & Engineer), R,T.White, R.B.Walton, H.J.Wheeler, and W.R.Crosthwaite.

Significance

Original Historic Photo Of Councilors for the 1934 - 1935 year.

Inscriptions & Markings

PRESENTED BY THE PRESIDENT CR.S.G.SPITTLE TO THE BALLARAT SHIRE COUNCIL.1934-35.

Photo - White R.T. & Councilors - R.T.White, Ballarat Shire President, and Councilors

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia photo in dark brown frame and brown mount,with shaped white mount around central photo of Shire President R.T.White(rectangular),depicts all councilors for the year 1942-43.

Historical information

This photos shows Shire President R.T.White (J.P.) and councilors /staff H.J.Wheeler,J.P.Slattery,(J.P.),S.G.Spittle,M.J.Ryan,(J.P.),D.Baird,(J.P.),J.C.Walton,R.W.Crosthwaite,(J.P.),Mr A Graham,(Pres.Cor.),A.Pickford,W.A.Rain,(Secretary and Engineer, and W. Powell for the Presidential year 1942-43.

Significance

Original Historic Photo of all Councilors and Staff for the year 1942-43.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to the Ballarat Shire Council by Couincilor R.T.White,(J.P.).President 1942-1943.

Photo - Troup - Councilor J.Troup.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia Photo, oval,of Councilor J.Troup,set in pinkish/tan mount with decorative features of flowers in tan,blue and white.It is at left of bottom row of composite photos of all councilors for 1911-12.

Historical information

Councilor J.Troup was elected as a member of council in 1907 until 1919.He was appointed Shire President in 1913-14.

Significance

Original Hstoric Photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to the Ballarat Shire Council.J.Dickie Esq. J.P.President 1911-12.

Photo - Council of the Shire of Ballarat 1987/88

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Coloured Photo set on beige cardboard mount.

Historical information

Photo recording the Council for the year 1987 to 1988. Back row- Mr J.W.M.Johnson (Shire Secretary), Cr.W.M.Flynn, Mr T.J.Barrington (Deputy Shire Secretary), Cr. M.J.Vallance, Mr.P.G.Winter (Deputy Shire Engineer), Cr.G.H.Spittle, Cr G.C.Walton, J.P., Cr. R.A.McDonald, Mr. R.H.Hollioak (Shire Engineer). Front Row- Cr.K.C.Edmonston, Cr. B.L.Hughes, Cr.D.A.Baird,J.P. Cr.G.S.Giot,J.P.(Shire President) Cr.C.A.Crick,J.P. Cr. I.M.Nelson J.P. Cr.R.Kinnersley J.P.

Significance

This gives a pictorial record of councillors in office for the year 1987 to1988.

Inscriptions & Markings

Council of the Shire of Ballarat.1987/88

Photo - Spiers - Spiers J.P. Councilor.1906.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia photo on grey mount, of Councilor J.P.Spiers,situated at left hand side of top row.It forms part of a collection of photos of all councilors for 1906.

Historical information

Councilor J.P.Spiers was elected to council four times,1880-92,1893-1902,1904-10 and 1915-18.He seved two terms as President,1889-90 and1899-1900.

Significance

Original Historic Photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented by the President to the Ballarat Shire Council,1906.

Photo - Ryan. - Councilor M.Ryan J.P.1911-12.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia photo,oval in shape,of Councilor Matthew John Ryan J.P.Set in pinkish/tan mount with some decorative features surounding photo.It is on left side of middle row of collection of photos of all councilors for 1911-12.

Historical information

Councilor Matthew John Ryan was first elected to council in1897-1915 and 1918-53.He was appointed Shire President in 1902-08-14-23-32-38-44-50

Significance

Original Historic Photo

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to the Ballarat Shire Council.J.Dickie Esq.J.P.President, 1911-12.

Photo. Baird.J. - Councilor J.Baird, 1883-84

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

The photo of Councilor James Baird, is in Sepia and oval in shape,set in a "light tan" mount with gold edging around cutout.Councilor J.Bairds' name is inscribed at base of photo.Around the photo is drawn a fine line with decorative features which connect it to the next.It is set at the top right of circle of photos of all councilors for 1883-84.

Historical information

Councilor James Baird was first Elected to council in1863 until 1865 and again in 1868 until 1887.He was elected the first President of the Ballarat Shire in1863-64.He also served three further terms as President in1874-75,1875-76 and 1879-80

Significance

This Original photo forms part of a collection of photos of all councilors for the year 1883-84.

Inscriptions & Markings

PRESENTED by the PRESIDENT J.DALGLEISH ESQ.to the BALLAARAT SHIRE COUNCIL.1883-84.

Medal - Commonwealth Australia 1951 - Commemorative Commonwealth Medal

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

This medal was awarded to the school children of Australia in 1951 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Federation of Australia. The design was chosen after a competition, with the valuable cash prize of two hundred guineas. It was won by John Wolfgang Elischer for his depiction of a man hand-sowing wheat. The wheat has grown to represent the seven States of Australia on the other side of the medal. Elischer was an Austrian sculptor and an Associate of the Royal Academy. This is a round medal and is bronze in colour.

Historical information

This medal was awarded to the school children of Australia in 1951 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Federation of Australia. The design was chosen after a competition, with the valuable cash prize of two hundred guineas. It was won by John Wolfgang Elischer for his depiction of a man hand-sowing wheat. The wheat has grown to represent the seven States of Australia on the other side of the medal. Elischer was an Austrian sculptor and an Associate of the Royal Academy.

Significance

Fifty Years of the Commonwealth of Australia 1901 - 1951.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front is a man throwing seed on the ground with the dates, 1901-1951, and on the back the words, "FIFTY YEARS COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA". along with a carving of the sun and seven ears of wheat representing the States and Territory.

Photo - Fraser - Fraser. G.A. Shire President, 1954.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia/Brown Photo Councilor G.A.Fraser who was Shire President for the year 1953-54.It is in the top left hand corner of a composite photo of Councilors for that year.

Historical information

Councilor George Alexander Fraser was elected to council in 1947 and served until 1960. On Monday 7th September 1953 he was sworn in as Shire President for the 1953/54 year, having been nominated by Cr. Edwards. This collection Of photos was taken to comemorate the visit on the 6th of March 1954,to Ballarat, of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11,and was presented to Council by the Shire President to mark the occaision.

Significance

Section of the Original Historic Photo of Councilors for the year 1954.

Inscriptions & Markings

Collection of Photos showing Shire Presidrnt & Councilors for the Financial Year 1953-54..

Photo - Ercildoune, family picnic

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

33 adults and children on, and around a stage coach at possibly Ercildoune, circa 1900. The photo is 21 & 1/2 cms wide x 12 & 1/2 high. It is a sepia photo.

Historical information

This is the only known photo of a stage coach in the Learmonth and District Historical Societies collection. This is a copy of an original photo given to the society by Anne Beggs-Sunter. It also shows 33 adults and children whom are all dressed in their Sunday best clothes. It could have been a Christmas picnic.

Significance

A rare photo of a stage coach held within the Learmonth and District Historical Society's collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Richards & Co. Sturt Street. Ballarat.

Photo - Baird 1942 - D.Baird,(J.P.),Councilor 1942-43.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia photo, in brown mount,(rectangular), of Councilor David Baird,(J.P.), situated right hand side of second row of collection of photos of all councilors for the year 1942-43.

Historical information

Councilor David Baird,(J.P.),was elected as a member to council in 1928 until 1960.He was Shire President in 1931-32,1940-41,1946-47, and 1956-57.

Significance

Original Historic Photo of Councilors for the year 1942-43.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to the Ballarat Shire Council by Councilor R(Russell).T.White,(J.P.),President 1942-43.

Photo - Barnes, George, Hope and Joyce

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

An oblong shaped small photo showing George, Hope and Joyce Barnes which is of sepia coloring,

Historical information

This photo contains three children, George, Hope and Joyce Barnes, who were the children of George Charles Barnes and Ada May nee Butterworth. Taken circa 1920 in the Melbourne, Victoria. They are the grand-children of Thomas Crockley Barnes and Frances Henrietta Douglas of Learmonth, Victoria.

Significance

It is one of the many precious photos held by the Learmonth and District Historical Society Inc.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Framed letter - Buckingham Palace -Letter

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Rectangular dark wood frame with gold around inner edge. Letter from Buckingham Palace is set in a dark brown mount and at the base is an explanation as to why this letter was received.

Historical information

Letter from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11, to acknowledge a letter sent by the Shire of Ballarat to Her Majesty on the occasion of the visit of Rear Admiral Sir Brian Murray and Lady Murray expressing a message of loyalty and to be forwarded to Her Majesty.

Significance

Acknowledgement of loyalty to the Crown

Inscriptions & Markings

(Letter) BUCKINGHAM PALACE 20th September, 1983. Dear President, I am commanded by the Queen to thank you, Councillors, Ratepayers and Citizens of the Shire of Ballarat for your kind and loyal message of greetings. Her Majesty received this message with much pleasure and was touched by the kind and loyal sentiments it contained. Yours Sincerely John ......... The President The Shire of Ballarat. (at the base) On Wednesday 24th August,1983,On the occasion of the official visit to the Shire of Ballarat,of His Excellency, Rear Admiral Sir Brian Murray,K.C.M.G.,O.A.,K.ST.J.,Governor of Victoria,and Lady Murray,C.ST.K.,a message of loyalty was presented for forwarding to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11.

Weights & Measures

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Set of seven standard imperial liquid measures,made of brass,in a wooden box, comprising 1/2 Gill, 1/2 Gallon, 1 Gill,1/2 Pint, 1 Pint & 1 Gill.

Historical information

These measures were used for establishing standards and testing of Imperial Liquids and were used in the 19th & 20th centuries

Significance

used by commerce and retailing to establish standards.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each piece stamped with measures.

Photo - Ryan. M. - M.Ryan, Trustee, Learmonth ANA Branch No 75.1912.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Black and white photo of M.Ryan (oval),set in brown woodgrain mount. His name is inscribed in white at the base of photo.It is placed fourth from left ,bottom row in a collection of photos showing all members of the Learmonth ANA Branch No 75 in 1912.

Historical information

In the year 1912, Mr M.Ryan was an active member, and Trustee, of the Learmonth ANA Branch No 75.

Significance

This photo forms part of a collection of original photos depicting all members of Learmonth ANA Branch No 75 In 1912.

Inscriptions & Markings

LEARMONTH ANA BRANCH NO 75. PRESENTED TO C.MEDWELL ESQ. BY HIS FELLOW MEMBERS AS A MARK OF ESTEEM & APPRECIATION OF VALUABLE SERVICES RENDERED TO THE BRANCH AS SECRETARY. LEARMONTH 1912.