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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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275 items

275 items

Waubra Church.World War 1 Memorial plaque (Marble).

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Marble Plaque honoring the memory of men from the Waubra Uniting Church who fought in W.W.1.It is rectangular with an arch shaped top in which is incribed "TO THE GLORY OF GOD" with gold cross at centre of arch peak.The inscriptions are in black and red with the names in gold.

Historical information

This Marble Plaque was erected by the congregation of the Waubra Uniting Church in 1920, in memory of men of the Church who fought in "The Great War 1914-19" They were F.N.Ross,W.J.Yates (fallen soldiers),G.J.Beaumont, F.Bull,P.Bull,A.E.Clarke,W.G.Edwards,Rev F.J.Suggett,S.G.Waterton and G.D.Waterton.This church is now closed.

Significance

In memory of those men who fought in W.W.1.

Inscriptions & Markings

"TO THE GLORY OF GOD IN HONOUR OF THE MEN OF THIS CHURCH WHO FOUGHT FOR RIGHT AND FREEDOM IN THE GREAT WAR.1914-19".

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 - Ford T.W. - Councilor T.W.Ford.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Councilor T.W.Ford,sepia photo,(rectangular),on white mount,situated right hand side,bottom row of composite photo of councilors for 1959

Historical information

Councilor T.W.Ford was elected as a member of council in 1955 and served till 1975. He served a term as Shire President in 1964-65.

Significance

Section of Original Historic photo of all Councilors for the year 1959.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photo - J.Barnes. - J.Barnes,Learmonth ANA Branch No 75,1912.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Black and white photo of Mr.J.Barnes (oval),set in a brown woodgrain look mount.Around the photo are decorative features in white with black lines.His name is inscribed at the base.It is second from the right in the bottom row in a collection of photos showing all 1912 members of the Learmonth ANA Branch No 75 In 1912.

Historical information

In 1912 Mr. J.Barnes was a Serving member of the Learmonth ANA Branch No 75.

Significance

This photo is a section of the original collection of photos showing all members of the Learmonth ANA Branch No75 in 1912.

Inscriptions & Markings

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.

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 - 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.

Medals - Coronation 1911 - Coronation of King George V & Queen Mary 1911

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Round medals with eyelet at the top, the first medal is made of gilt bronze and the second one, a gold coloured metal featuring King George V & Queen Mary in 1911 for their Coronation.

Historical information

Medals to commemorate the coronation of King George V & Queen Mary in 1911.

Significance

Commemoration of historical event. The coronation of King George V & Queen Mary on the 6th July 1911.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front of the medals, King George V & Queen Mary, engraving of the King & Queen. Back of the medallions states, "To Commemorate Their Majesties Coronation". June 22. 1911. Also the Victoria Coat of Arms with the word, "Victoria" above and under them the words, "Peace & Prosperity".

Photo -White - White, D.L. Councilor 1959.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Councilor D.L.White, Sepia rectangular photo on white mount, situated third from right, of top row of composite photo of all councilors for the year 1959.

Historical information

Councilor D.L.White was elected to Ballarat Shire Council in 1957 serving till 1960.

Significance

Original Historical photo of Councilors for the year 1959.

Inscriptions & Markings

Collection of photos of Councilors, commemorating opening of Wendouree Municiple Centre 20th November 1959.

Photo - Symons - H.W.Symons, Councilor 1906.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia photo,rectangular with mount,(light brown),curved at top,is of Councilor H.W.Symons.It is set right side of third row and forms part of a collection of photos of all councilors for 1906.

Historical information

Councilor H.W.Symons was elected as a member of council in 1893 and served until 1914.He was Shire President for three terms,1898-99,1904-05 and 1910-11.

Significance

Original Historic Photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented by the President to the Ballarat Shire Council.1906

Plaque - The Queens Relay Message. 1982

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Rectangular wooden mount with Brass plaque and a symbol of three bars in the formation of triangle.

Historical information

This plaque was presented to the Shire of Ballarat to recognise their support for The Queens Relay Message during the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.

Inscriptions & Markings

XII COMMONWEALTH GAMES. BRISBANE 1982.PRESENTED IN RECOGNITION OF SUPPORT FOR THE QUEENS RELAY MESSAGE.

Photo - Baird 1893 - Baird. Councilor 1893 - 1894.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia photo of Councilor Baird 1893-1894. Top centre of composite photo of Council for the year 1893-1894.

Historical information

Photo of Councilor C.C. Baird, 1893-1894.Part of composite photo for that year.

Significance

Section of Original Historic Photo of Councilors, covering the financial year 1893-1894.

Inscriptions & Markings

Shire President and Councilors for the year 1893-1894.

Plaque "Carry On "club

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Rectangular shape coming to a curved point at the base.This is dark wood on which is a wreath with the rising sun symbol in copper.beneath are the words CARRY ON in a flowing ribbon.At the base on a brass plate is inscribed,To the Ballarat Shire in Apreciation for your Help & Service. 16-12-1992.

Historical information

This Plaque was presented to the Shire of Ballarat by the "Carry On" club.This club,formed in 1932, to provide help for the welfare,rehabilitation and education of ex-servicemen.

Significance

To aknowledge the help given to the "Carry On" club by the Shire of Ballarat

Inscriptions & Markings

CARRY ON. Inscription - To the Ballarat Shire In Appreciation for your Help & Service 16-12-1992.

Shire of Ballarat Crest

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Crest of the Shire of Ballarat,Circular in shape,with gold edging then a white band with the words THE SHIRE OF BALLARAT in gold paint at the top,a star on either side below this and at the base the date MDCCCLX111.In the centre, on a gold painted background is the Shire Crest which shows two figures(in white) each side of the crest which is in the shape of a shield,divided into four and shows at top left a "landscape" on red background,bottom right, on red,a spade and pick crossed.Top right on gold and blue stripe,is a sheep, in white outlined in gold, and bottom left, on blue and gold stripe,is a sheath of wheat in gold.Beneath this is the word PRAEVIUS on a "ribbon"decoration.

Historical information

A very large version of this crest was on the outside of the former Shire of Ballarat building in Wendouree after the Council moved there from the original Shire Hall site in Learmonth.

Significance

Official Logo/Crest of the Shire of Ballarat.

Inscriptions & Markings

THE SHIRE OF BALLARAT.PRAEVIUS.MDCCCLXIII.

Telegram - Post Office Telegraphs, Victoria.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Buff coloured telegram form with blue printing and black ink writing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ballarat. E J Kinnerseley. Spring Vale. Learmonth. Meet Mother and Lil North Learmonth arrival today's Train. Chas A Barklay. Learmonth Post Office Stamp dated My 10 06. Oval stamp, 6 black lines and "176".

Photo - Medwell.R.L. - Mr.R.L.Medwell.Learmonth ANA Branch No 75.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Black and white photo of Mr. R.L.Medwell,oval in shape and set in a brown woodgrain look mount.It is in the second row and third from the right.Decorative features painted in white are to the left of frame and his name is inscribed in white at the base of photo,It is part of a collection of photos showing all 1912 members of Learmonth ANA Branch No 75.

Historical information

In 1912 Mr. R.L.Medwell was a valuable member of the Learmonth ANA Branch No 75.He also served on the Ballarat Shire Council and was elected in 1910 serving until 1919 and was Shire President in 1917-18.

Significance

This photo is a section of original collection of photos which depict members of the 1912 Learmonth ANA Branch No 75.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Medal - Royal Wedding 1863 - Wedding of H.R.H Prince of Wales and H.R.H Princess Alexandra

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

A round silver metal commemorative medal. With the faces of H.R.H PRINCE OF WALES AND H.R.H. PRINCESS ALEXANDRA.

Inscriptions & Markings

The faces of H.R.H PRINCE OF WALES AND H.R.H. PRINCESS ALEXANDRA are engraved on the front of the medal, surrounded by these words above. On the back is inscribed H.R.H THE PRINCE OF WALES, BORN NOV.9.1841 MARRIED MARCH 10.1863 AT ST GEORGES CHAPEL WINDSOR TO H.R.H ALEXANDRA PRINCESS OF DENMARK BORN DEC 1.1844, surrounded by flowers and feathers at the top.

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 - Ryan.M.J. - M.J.Ryan,(J.P.) Councilor/Shire President.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia Photo of Councilor M.J.Ryan,(J.P.),set in a dark Brown plain wooden frame with gold trim on inside of frame.photo surounded by dark brown mount.

Historical information

Councilor M.J.Ryan,(J.P.),was first elected as a member of the Ballarat Shire Council on the 30th. August 1897, serving until 1915. He was then re-elected in 1918 and served until1953. He was appointed Shire President in 1902-08-14-23-32-38-44-50.

Significance

Original Historic photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Councilor M.J.Ryan (J.P.). First elected a member of the Ballarat Shire Council on 30th August 1897.Appointed Shire President 1902-08-14-23-32-38-44-50.

Medal - Coronation 1911 - King George V & Queen Mary,Coronation 1911,medal

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

A round silver plated medal with KING GEORGE V & QUEEN MARY on the front, on the back is the British Monarchy "Coat of Arms", attached is also a red, white & blue, small ribbon.

Historical information

These medals were mass produced for the coronation of King George V & Queen Mary which took place on the 6th July 1911. George was the son of King Edward V11 & Princess Alexandra.

Significance

Commemoration of the coronation of King George V & Queen Mary in 1911

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front is the heads of KING GEORGE V & QUEEN MARY along with their names, on the back is the British Monarchy "Coat of Arms", with a crown above it, surrounded by the words "TO COMMEMORATE THEIR MAJESTIES CORONATION. JUNE 22. 1911".

Photo - Jones - G.T.Jones,Secretary and Engineer.1906.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia photo in grey mount, of Mr G.T.Jones, Secretary and Engineer,rectangular with curved top,in middle of bottom row,forming part of a collection of photos of councilors for 1906.

Historical information

Mr G.T.Jones was the Secretary and Engineer for the council year 1906.

Significance

Old Historic Photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photo - Ryan M.J. (J.P) - Ryan.M.J.(J.P.) Councilor 1942-43

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia photo,rectangular with curved top,of Councilor M.J.Ryan,(J.P.), situated left side of second row of collection of photos of all councilors for the year 1942-43.

Historical information

M.J.Ryan (J.P.), was elected as a member of Ballarat Shire Council in 1897 to 1915,and 1918 to 1953. He was elected Shire President in 1902-03,1908-09,1914-15,1923-24,1932-33,1938-39, 1944-45,1950-51.

Significance

Original Historic Photo of all councilors for the year 1942-43.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photo - Patterson - Councilor H.A.Patterson

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Councilor H.A.Patterson, sepia photo,on white mount, situated right hand end of top row of composite photo of all councilors for the year 1959.

Historical information

Councilor H.A.Patterson was elected to council in1953 and served till 1964. He was Shire President in 1961-62 .

Significance

Original Historic Photo of all Councilors for the year 1959.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photo of all Councilors for 1959, commemorating the opening of Wendouree Municiple Centre 20th November 1959.

Photo - Baird M - Mr M.Baird, Learmonth ANA Branch No 75, 1912.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Photo of Mr M. Baird is in black and white (oval) set in a brown woodgrain mount,His name is inscribed in white at the base of photo.It is placed on left hand side of the second row in a collection of photos showing all members of the Learmonth ANA Branch No. 75, in 1912.

Historical information

In 1912 Mr.M Baird was a member of the Learmonth ANA Branch No 75

Significance

Section of original photo of all members of the 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 ESTEEMAN & APPRECIATIONOF VALUABLE SERVICES RENDERED TO THE BRANCH AS SECRETARY. LEARMONTH 1912.

Photo - Dougall W.S. - Councilor William Sanders Dougall, President 1925-26.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Photo of William Sanders Dougall 1925-26,Sepia photo,set in brown frame with sculptured finish,mount is brownish maroon in colour.Oval photo is surounded by gold trim (wider at the top).

Historical information

Councilor William Sanders Dougall was elected to council in 1919 serving until 1931.He served one term as Shire President in 1925-26.

Significance

Original Historic Photo

Inscriptions & Markings

Councilor William Sanders Dougall,Shire President,Shire of Ballarat,1925-26.

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 - Barnes, Grace?

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

An oblong shaped sepia photo, created on photo paper. A nurse who is believed to be Grace Barnes dressed in a nurses uniform.

Historical information

This could be a photo of Grace Barnes who was the daughter of Thomas Crockley Barnes and Frances Henrietta nee Douglas, born 1882 at Learmonth, Victoria, Australia. The photo would have been taken in the early 20th century if this is Grace, It was amongst some Barnes family photos.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Photo -Walton - Councilor D.Walton,J.P.

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Sepia photo,oval in shape,of Councilor D.Walton J.P.It is set in pinkish/tan mount with decorative design painted in brown blue and white around base.It is placed second from right top row of collection of photos of all councilors for 1911-12.

Historical information

Councilor D.Walton,J.P., was elected to council in 1906 serving until 1924.He was President for three terms, in 1912-13,1918-19 and 1924-25. He died during his last term of office and Councilor G.C.Stewart took over the balance of his term.

Significance

Original Historic Photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to the Ballarat Shire Council ,J.Dickie Esq. President !911-12.

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

Plaque

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

Rectangular Plaque with shaped bottom of brown wood,on which is a shield with the crown on top and on a white enamelled background divided into four by gold lines, are symbols of a tree, Australian flag, an Anchor and firemans helmet. Under this are leaves in gold in the form of a part wreath,and beneath this are the words COUNTRY FIRE AUTHORITY on a flowing ribbon.

Historical information

The reason this was presented to the Shire of Ballarat is unknown.

Inscriptions & Markings

COUNTRY FIRE AUTHORITY.

Washing Machine

Learmonth and District Historical Society, Learmonth

This Washing Machine is made of wood and the main barrel part is a rectangular shaped box with slopping sides.On the top is the lid and a handle.It is set on a stand which allowes it to be used with a rocking motion.

Historical information

This is an early example of a mechanical device for the washing of clothes.It worked on a rocking motion making the chore of washday easier for the housewife.

Significance

This is an early example of a mechanical device for washing of clothes.

Inscriptions & Markings

F.WOLTER & ECHBERG"S PATENT WASHING MACHINE .NO 2955. 6 RUSSELL STREET MELBOURNE.ROYAL LETTERS PATENT GRANTED 1876.