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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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PO Box 104 Geelong Victoria 3220 (map)
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+61 03 5272 4701

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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

G Corless 11 March 2019 11:40 AM

I actually have a wool travel blanket from The Geelong R .S & S Woolen Mills in very good condition and is fully labeled called the Huntington Steward

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7426 items

7426 items

Frame

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Used at Foster Valley Mill.

Invitation

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Invitation to the President of the Geelong Branch of the RSSILA to lunch, following the foundation stone laying ceremony at the RSS Mill, 15-2-1922.

Historical information

Invitation from the Mayor of Geelong to the President of the Geelong Branch of the RSSILA, to lunch after the laying of the foundation stone for the Geelong RSS Mill on Wednesday 15th February 1922 at 1.30pm.

Book, Knitting - The Australian Women's Weekly Knitting Book for Adults and Children

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This book was owned by the late Dr Elizabeth Kerr and was donated to the Museum by the executor of her estate, Margaret Cameron. It was produced by the Australian Women's Weekly and contains knitting patterns. A date of c.1946 is given for this book as although it contains no military references, the first knitting pattern in the book is called 'The Rose of England' and is dedicated to 'the women who have watched and waited'.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Australian / WOMEN'S WEEKLY / Knitting Book / FOR / ADULTS and CHILDREN / Registered in Australia / for transmission by post / as a book. / 1'6

Pamphlet - Step-by-step objective clip preparation

National Wool Museum, Geelong

"Step-by-step objective clip preparation' - Australian Wool Corporation. Amongst items collected in Australian Wool Corporation folder (W6052).

Historical information

"Step-by-step objective clip preparation' - Australian Wool Corporation. Amongst items collected in Australian Wool Corporation folder (W6052).

Bonnet

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Bonnet knitted by Sylvia Maidment 1944-1948.

Historical information

Made by Syliva Maidment in 1947-48.

Book, Knitting - Knitting for 1938

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This knitting pattern book was produced as a supplement to the magazine "The Australian Women's Weekly" and contains knitting patterns for men, women and children. It dates from 1938.

Inscriptions & Markings

KNITTING / for / 1938 / The "DAHLIA" / Directions Inside / FREE SUPPLEMENT TO THE AUSTRALIAN / WOMEN'S WEEKLY. / ALSO FREE NOVEL INSIDE

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

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Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

COLOMBO PLAN

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

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Invoice

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Subscription invoice for "Country Life and Stock and Station Journal", made out to Mr J H Landers, Lanauria, Gulargambone, February 1947 .

Sign

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Shop sign for Hannams advertising Physician blankets and Bradmill sheets.

Inscriptions & Markings

PURE NEW WOOL PHYSICIAN BLANKETS AND BRADMILL SHEETS AVAILABLE AT HANNAMS

Book - Tangled Skeins

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This book is a history of wool marketing in Australia. The author was a key figure in the Australian wool industry during WWII and the post war period when he was the President of the Australian Wool and Meat Producers' Federation (1940-51). He produced a companion volume to 'Tangled Skeins' titled 'Skeins Still Tangled' which surveys wool marketing in Australia from 1952-72. This book was purchased by the donor in an op shop in the Geelong area.

Book - The Utilisation of Waste Products

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"The Utilisation of Waste Products: a treatise on the rational utilization, recovery, and treatment of waste products of all kinds" 3rd rev. ed. - Dr Theodor Koller, 1918.

Book - Reminiscences of an old squatter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Reminiscences of an old squatter" - R. Bruce, pub. W.K. Thomas, 1902. This edition published in 1973 by the Libraries Board of South Australia.

Container

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Used for storing top and carded sliver at Foster Valley Mill.

Book - Flock Book for British Breeds of Sheep in Australia, Volume 64 Section 1, Longwool Breeds, 1972

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Flock Book for British Breeds of Sheep in Australia", Volume 64 Section 1, Longwool Breeds, 1972

Sash

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Prize sash, "Geelong A & P Society 1977 Show - Geelong Woolbrokers - Veterans Shearing Competition".

Inscriptions & Markings

GEELONG A. & P. SOCIETY 1977 SHOW / GEELONG WOOLBROKERS / VETERANS SHEARING COMPETITION

Book - Mary of Maranoa: tales of Australian pioneer women.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Mary of Maranoa: tales of Australian pioneer women 3rd ed" - Eve Powell, 1964.

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

YICHI

Journal - Madame Weigel's Journal of Fashion, Nov. 2, 1936

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Fashion and craft magazine, paper cover printed in green and black with four drawings of jumpers/jackets and gloves being modelled. Contents include patterns for sewn, knitted and crocheted clothes, articles re: cooking, gardening, fashion and general interest, and a loose pattern in four pieces made from tissue paper.

Historical information

This book and a number of others like it were owned by the mother and aunts of the donor, Mrs Dorothy Boyle. They were prolific producers of hand knitted and hand made items of clothing and also knitted and sewed for the armed forces during the Second World War. This book is one of five issues of "Madame Weigel's Journal of Fashion" owned by Mrs Boyle's family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Registered at the General Post Office Melbourne, for transmission by post as a Newspaper. / 4D / Published / Monthly. / MADAME / WEIGEL'S / JOURNAL OF FASHION / A Delightful Home Journal / Vol. LVII, No. 681. / NOV. 2, 1936. / TINY JACKET, IN KNITTING. /

Quilt - Suitings quilt

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Quilt made of large strips of men's suiting fabric. Machine stitched. Red flannel backing.

Historical information

Unknown however, it may be possible that since the creator of this quilt has used larger than usual pieces of suiting material, they may have worked as or knew of a tailor for their fabrics.

Book, Knitting - Lincoln leaflet model no. L1105

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This knitting pattern leaflet was produced by Lincoln Mills and contains a pattern for a knitted vest for women in fair isle.

Inscriptions & Markings

LINCOLN / Model No. L1105 / PRICE 2D.

Sign

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

1/ TO/ 23

Negative

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Part of a set of 22 black and white negatives. Subject: "Bugaree" and "Booyoolee" properties. Taken of "Bungaree" Shed built 1842 belongs to Hawker family, approximately 150 miles north of Adelaide and approximately 15 miles north of Clare. Booyoolee (pronounced Bowley) belonging to Booyoolee Pastoral Co. built 1856.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Photograph of hurdles, taken at Mr A. McKenzie's property at Jeparit. Used to make replica hurdles for Gallery One, NWM.

Medallion

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Round silver medallion with crown motif on top. Snake tail at bottom. Inscribed on both sides.

Significance

Wool classer Alfred Henry Turton joined the Australian Field Artillery 11th Bde as an Armourer Quartermaster Sergeant.

Inscriptions & Markings

Shield side: Alfred H Turton 1797 En Reconaissance. Ship side: Rust rcest

Magazine clipping - Views of No.'s 1 and 2 Mills (looking north)

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Drawing

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Pen and ink drawing of the Dennys Lascelles wool store, now the National Wool Museum, by David Williams.

Historical information

One of a set of drawings of the National Wool Museum by David Williams; Dennys Lascelles Woolstore, Geelong.

Inscriptions & Markings

David Williams 26.7% 8 SCHUTZMACHER SHOELLESHAMMER

Prospectus - Prospectus of Geelong RSS Woollen and Worsted Co-operative Manufacturing Co. Limited

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Prospectus inviting further investment in the RSS Mill, 1925.

Historical information

1925 prospectus inviting further investment in the RSS Mill. At the time of the mill's establishment in 1920, investment was restricted to those eligible to receive war gratuities, but this clause was later removed and this prospectus is inviting investment from the general public.

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

LACHUTE