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National Wool Museum Geelong, Victoria

The National Wool Museum experience is more than just wool. It is a cultural hub in Victoria's second largest city. A vibrant gathering place between the historic waterfront and central Geelong. The Museum is a place to collect, share and create stories of our community and region. Here history, science, fashion, handcraft and art come together. Temporary exhibitions and programs combine lifelong learning, hands-on exploration and entertainment for people of all ages.

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26 Moorabool Street Geelong Victoria (map)
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+61 03 5272 4734
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Opening Hours

Monday-Friday 9:30am-5pm. Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm.

Entry Fee

Adults $9; Children $5; Concession $7; Family $30 (two adults and up to four children); Group $7 per person (for 15+ people); Schools $4.50 per student.

Location

26 Moorabool Street Geelong Victoria

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The collection of the National Wool Museum contains a range of material relating to the people involved in all aspects of the wool industry since the 1830s. The collection is people-oriented, containing items and records documenting their lives within the industry, from the farm to the factory, as well as the range of products made from wool. The collection contains significant documents, images and objects relating to the history of Geelong and rural Victoria, punctuated by significant wool-related items from other states.. The oldest known item in the collection dates to 1810. The collection consists of approximately 7,500 objects, and includes textiles, paper-based items, objects, paintings, photographs and large pieces of machinery.

Significance

The National Wool Museum Collection is a nationally significant collection, unique in Australia and of high local significance. It demonstrates the development, and importance, of wool and the wool industry in Australia generally and in Geelong specifically. The collection is particularly significant because of the way in which it can demonstrate the importance of wool, and the effect wool had and has, on the economic and social development of Australia. Australia's growth as a nation has been significantly enhanced through the development and use of wool and the National Wool Museum's collection of wool, wool by-products and related equipment and machinery is a testament to this fact.

Frankie Ohia 3 March 2016 12:22 AM

I have some stencils and I would like to learn more about their origin and association with either the wool supplier or the governing body who would have used the stencil. I also would like to know what PI stands for please. Also, please feel free to call me on 04 04 650 111. Here are pics: https://goo.gl/photos/uCvaSx8SLrk6pfb59

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Journal - Wool review 1973-1974

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Donated by Mr Leslie Rourke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mr W Bakker

Folder - Australian Farm Journal, wool, general

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Part of Ken Galloways research material associated with his career as a woolclasser. "Australian Farm Journal, wool, general"

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Farm Journal, wool, general 10

Letter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Letter from the Kalabity Pastoral Co to W R Lang 4/9/1944, regarding the testing of wool samples.

Slide - Dorset Horn ram

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Slide of a Dorset Horn ram.

Historical information

Slide of a Dorset Horn ram. The Dorsets are the most popular fat lamb sires. They produce quick maturing lambs which have a 36 to 40 lbs carcass weight. Slide printed by Audio Visual Education Centre, Education Department of Victoria. Formerly stored in presentation folder as part of "British Breeds of Sheep Set No. 448" series by the Audio Visual Education Centre, Education Department of Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

BRITISH BREEDS OF SHEEP / Set No. 448 / No. 8 / Dorset Horn Ram VISUAL EDUCATION CENTRE / EDUCATION DEPT. OF VICTORIA

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

APL

Pamphlet - The Story of the Bielsko Textile Machinery Works - 'Befama"

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"The Story of the Bielsko Textile Machinery Works - 'Befama'", c.1958.

Scabbard

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Used from mid 1920s to late 1960s. With the sale of the Embling property in the early 70s the scabbard became the property of the Ritchie family. Mr Embling retained the shears. Mr T. Crocker (Museum Officer) and nephew of Mrs Ritchie arranged/suggested the pieces be combined again and offered to the Museum for display.

Pennant

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

James

Book - Wool: eminently suitable

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Wool: the fashion fibre" - Australian Wool Corporation, c.1985. Examines the use of wool for mens garments and includes descriptions of processes and styles.

Hardback Book - Man Made Fibres

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Dark blue hardback book with gold lettering

Inscriptions & Markings

Man made fibres. R W Moncrieff

Needle Palm

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Leather bag needle palm which enables the wearer to push the heel of the needel, without damage or injury to the hand when stitching bags. Also known as a sailor's palmm for stitching sails.

Record Sheet

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Part of a collection of commecial documents relating to Burkinshaw Bros, "Wareek", and Strachan, Murray & Shannon Pty Ltd, Geelong.

Historical information

Part of a collection of commecial documents relating to Burkinshaw Bros, "Wareek", and Strachan, Murray & Shannon Pty Ltd, Geelong, including correspondence and sales accounts.

Sample, Wool

National Wool Museum, Geelong

15.3 micron wool, from Kadinia/Brim, near Horsham, Victoria.

Historical information

15.3 micron wool, from Kadinia/Brim, near Horsham, Victoria.

Bottle

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

The bottle came from the laboratory at Foster Valley Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

One gallon pyphnine, W.B. Selby & Co Pty Ltd

Drier

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Sample, Carpet

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Heavy Axminster carpet sample from Brintons Kidderminster England, from a Wilton loom circa 1930. Heavy Axminster carpet sample from Brintons Kidderminster England, from a Wilton loom circa 1930.

Historical information

Heavy Axminster carpet sample from Brintons Kidderminster England, from a Wilton loom circa 1930. Part of a ten piece collection originally donated to the Queensland Museum by Mr Doug Glanville.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brintons Conda - 6

Annual Report

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Annula reports from Denny's Lascelles LTD consecutively between 1912 to 1979. Part of NWM Woolbrokers office display.

Inscriptions & Markings

To 1979

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Wool classer's stencil, issued when the woolclasser has paid his registration.

Inscriptions & Markings

00 AW 850063

Book - Australian wool industry conference,sixth meeting, Canberra, 1965

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Minutes of the "Australian wool industry conference,sixth meeting, Canberra, Thursday, 22nd April 1965.

Inscriptions & Markings

L.M.RIDD

Certificate - Notification of Registration of Copyright

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Associated documents from Mr R Lloyd provide further information

Book - "Henderson's Australian Families"

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Formerly owned by JF Guthrie. Formerly owned by JF Guthrie.

Historical information

Part of collection of items related to the late Senator J.F. Guthrie, breeder of Corriedales. Senator James Francis Guthrie (1872-1958) was the founder and first president of the Australian Corriedale Sheepbreeders' Association in 1914 and was involved in the wool industry all his life. He worked for Dalgety's and was managing director of the Guthrie Corriedale Stud. He was a Senator for Victoria between 1920-38 and wrote a number of books about the Australian wool industry.

Label, Blanket

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Rug label from an RSS mill rug.

Historical information

Blanket label from the RSS Mill, Geelong.

Inscriptions & Markings

THE / Douglas

Photocopy

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

H L S POTTER/ PHOTO STORES/...

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

NAGOYA

Oil Container

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

Blundell, Spence and Co. Ltd., Hull and London

Container and bobbins

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Depicts the weaving room in one of the Godfrey Hirst mills in 1966. In 1966 McKendrick Consolidated Industries Ltd purchased Godfrey Hirst Ltd to operate a carpet manufacturing concern and this photo was taken at the time of the takeover.

Inscriptions & Markings

Proof IAN HAWTHORNE / PHOTOGRAPHER / Commercial, Portrait, Wedding, Colour Processor / Upstairs, 140 Moorabool St., Geelong Ph. 98096

Slide

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Spinning Wheel

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Part of the Zakrzewski Spinning Wheel collection.

Historical information

Part of the Zakrzewski Collection of spinning wheels donated to the National Wool Museum by Mr Wlodzimierz Zakrzewski. For many years, Mr Zakrzewski collected, researched and repaired spinning wheels from all over the world. This spinning wheel dates from the late 19th century and is German (Saxony) in origin. The bells indicate that it would have been a wedding gift from a groom to a bride or member of her family. It was purchased from Renaissance Antiques, Hawthorn, in 1982.

Poster - Costumes of Europe in Wool- Switzerland

National Wool Museum, Geelong

"Costumes of Europe in Wool- Switzerland" - Dept of Education, International Wool Secretariat, part of the "Costumes of Europe in Wool" Series.

Historical information

"Costumes of Europe in Wool- Switzerland" - Dept of Education, International Wool Secretariat, part of the "Costumes of Europe in Wool" Series.

Inscriptions & Markings

Prepared by the Department of Education, International Wool Secretariat, Dorland House, 18-20 Regent St London

Game, Electronic - Squatter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Associated letter from Mr R Lloyd provides information about cover photograph.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Depicts a dog with owner working sheep in pen at official opening of National Wool Museum held on the 21st December 1988. (Contact: Kevin Boyle, editor, Weekly Times, for permission for any further display).

Slide, Glass - Geelong Made in Australia Exhibition

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Glass slide advertising the Made in Australia exhibition at Geelong, 1928.

Historical information

Lantern slide for a "Geelong Made in Australia Exhibition" held in the Dennys Lascelles showroom in 1928.

Inscriptions & Markings

GEELONG / MADE IN AUSTRALIA / EXHIBITION / SAT. JULY 21st TO 28th INCLUSIVE / 1928 / IN / DENNYS LASCELLES LTD / SHOW-ROOMS / ADMISSION 1/- CHILDREN 6D. T.W. CAMERON, Slide Specialist / 430 Bourke St., Melb. Phone 6877

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

STH

Report - Dalgety's Annual Wool Review for Australasia: 1920-1921

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Dalgety's Annual Wool Review for Australasia: 1920-1921". Part of the NWM Woolbroker's Office exhibit until late 1990's.

Sign

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Sign ('Girls') from Collins Bros Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

GIRLS

Book - Acme supplement: an addenda to the acme commodity and phrase code

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Acme supplement:an addenda to the acme commodity and phrase code."- Acme Code Company.

Book - Sheep and wool: grade 2

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Sheep and wool: grade 2. 1st ed, 1956" - J Page Sharp and T B Harmsworth, Royal Melbourne Technical College Press, Technical Publication No 41

Photograph - Weaving 1998

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

WEAVING 1998 H L S POTTER/ PHOTO STORES/...

Slide

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph - Willandra Sarah

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Willandra Sarah"

Inscriptions & Markings

WILLANDRA SARAH CHAMPION MEDIUM WOOL EWE/ 1986-1987-1989/ MELBOURNE SHEEP SHOW STEPHENS

Sign

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Job classification sign used to advertise vacant job positions at the entrance to Foster Valley Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

Experienced

Annual Report - Dennys, Lascelles Limited, Notice of Meeting and Annual Report to Members 1970

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Dennys, Lascelles Limited, Notice of Meeting and Annual Report to Members 1970".

Pennant

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

CANBERRA A.C.T. THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

Shearers harness - "Warrie" back aid

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Assembly instructions and directions for use of New "Warrie" Back-Aid Product information including the "Warrie" Back-Aid and company business card Price list for "Warrie" Shearing Products 1 July 2002-2003 Exhibiting information for "Warrie" Back-Aid "Businessman designs girth for horses", newspaper article "Shearing aids success", newspaper article 1996 "Opening with a star", newspaper article "Export success for Warrie", newspaper article 1996 "Bruce Rock shearer is Royal champion", newspaper article "Warrie Back-Aid takes Eastern States by Storm" "Warrie should be recognised", certificate for nomination for "Citizen of the Century" "Warrie" back-aid finds new market" "No worries as Jako keeps the customers satisfied", 28 May 1996 "Celebrity shearers a bit too slow", 14 October 1993 "Mt Barker business secures wool deal" "A cut above the rest" "Back relief"; "Gear for Shearers" Various clippings relating to the "Citizen of the Century" award

Inscriptions & Markings

WARRIE WARRIE PRODUCTS... MADE IN WA HANG THIS LINE LEVEL WITH TOP OF HEAD "WARRIE" BACK AID DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURED BY W.D. AND V.J. HAMBLEY PTY LTD REG. DESIGN AUST89684 UK 1017845 NZ 18857

Mural - Eastern Beach Wool Mural

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Eastern Beach Mural by Val Ingeme. Detail from Eastern Beach Mural by Val Ingeme. Eastern Beach Mural by Val Ingeme. Detail from Eastern Beach Mural by Val Ingeme. Detail from Eastern Beach Mural by Val Ingeme.

Historical information

The Eastern Beach wool mural was a bicentennial project (1988) and was designed by Val Ingeme and created with the help of local school children. It depicts the Eastern Beach area of Geelong.

Document

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Used in the NWM Wool brokers office display

Inscriptions & Markings

lamb shearing 1986 2nd CRT Sept 87

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Murgatroyd Photograph Collection

Historical information

Fred Murgatroyd worked as a loom tuner at Yarra Falls, Tweedside and Collins mills in Victoria as well as in Sydney, and studied at Leeds University.

Inscriptions & Markings

F Murgatroyd Tweedside/ about 1920

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Interior of Valley Worsted Mill, c.1923.

Historical information

This photograph shows the interior of the Valley Worsted Mill in 1923. The mill was first established at this time, and the photo shows the interior after tooling up but prior to the mill actually commencing operation. This photo is one of 31 in total and probably shows the mill maintenance shop, as a grinder, a diesel drum and a container for nuts and bolts can be seen. The donor worked at the Valley Mill for many years. This mill still exists in Swanston Street, Geelong and is now being used by Melba Industries (an Austrim-Nylex company) to produce Jumbuck Nylon wool packs.

Newspaper supplement

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Includes an article about a fashion parade for the staff of the Godfrey Hirst Mill