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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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7389 items

7389 items

Book, Knitting - Knitting for the Forces

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Knitting Book (front cover) - "Coles present Knitting for the Forces", WWII.

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 booklet dates from the Second World War and was produced by G.J. Coles Ltd. It contains patterns for garments that can be knitted for the armed forces.

Inscriptions & Markings

COLES / PRESENT / "Knitting / for the Forces" / Containing Complete Knitting / Instructions for ... / 3 PULLOVERS, 1 CARDIGAN, / BALACLAVA, MITTENS, / SOCKS, SCARF, SKULL CAP

Catalogue

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Folders of specification cards used when weaving.

Book, Knitting - Patons Knitting Book no. 189

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. This book was produced by Patons and Baldwins and contains knitting patterns for womens dressing gowns, bed jackets and under garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

Patons / KNITTING BOOK / NO. 189 / "JANICE" / See page 10 / "CAMILLA" / See page 12 / 6d.

Annual Report - Cooperative Research Centre for Premium Quality Wool Annual Report 1994-95

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Donated by Mr Leslie Rourke.

Cloth

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Cloth sample, part of Collins Brothers collection.

Historical information

Part of Collins Brothers collection. Suitable for domestic use.

Newsletter - The Graziers' Association of Riverina Circular No. 3 of 1956

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Association of Riverina Circular No. 3 of 1956

Historical information

The Graziers' Association of Riverina Circular No. 3 of 1956. Outlines letter and particulars of shearers' strike.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

The Murgatroyd Collection

Historical information

James Murgatroyd worked in textile mills in England, Victoria and NSW. His son Fred 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

Printing Plate

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Printing plate with illustration of wool press manufactured by Humble and Sons.

Historical information

Printing plate with illustration of wool press manufactured by Humble and Sons.

Pennant

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

CUNNAMULLA QLD.

Book - Fifty years of progress in Australia 1878-1928.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Fifty years of progress in Australia 1878-1928"-Aidan de Brune

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 wheel is from the Black Forest region of Germany and dates from the late 19th century. It would have been used mostly for spinning flax. It was purchased from MacDonald Antiques at the Hawthorn Market.

Memorandum - [Memo (1898) from Dennys Lascelles Austin & Co to H Lovell esq]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Memo (1898) from Dennys Lascelles Austin & Co to H Lovell esq

Inscriptions & Markings

Dear Sir, your favour...

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

AEN

Book - Dennys, Lascelles Limited Wool Bales Auction, 7 Nov. 1928

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Catalogue for a Dennys, Lascelles Limited sale of wool bales, held 7 November, 1928.

Inscriptions & Markings

W.M. Bell

Journal - Sheepfarming Annual 1958

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Sheepfarming Annual 1958" Massey Agricultural College (University of New Zealand), 1958.

Annual Report - Dennys, Lascelles Limited, Notice of Meeting and Annual Report to Members 1969

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Dennys, Lascelles Limited, Notice of Meeting and Annual Report to Members 1969".

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

LAISTERDYKE

Journal - Sheep Liaison Notes no. 23, Mar. 1962

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Sheep Liaison Notes" no. 23, March 1962. 'Sheep Reproduction' issue. Produced by the Agricultural Research Liaison Section of CSIRO. Limited circulation publication produced for extension officers in State Departments.

Inscriptions & Markings

W.R. MONTGOMERY

Booklet - An Account of the Work of the Fleece-Testing and Recording Department

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"An Account of the Work of the Fleece-Testing and Recording Department" - R. Waters, Massey Agricultural College, New Zealand, 1939. Extracted from the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of Sheepfarmers, 1939.

Inscriptions & Markings

WR Lang

Photograph - R.S.& S Woollen Mills Girls' Interhouse Sports 1940 A Team

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Black and white photograph of Returned Soldiers and Sailors Woollen Mills Girls' Interhouse Sports 1940 'A' Team.

Historical information

Black and white photograph of Returned Soldiers and Sailors Woollen Mills Girls' Interhouse Sports 1940 'A' Team.

Booklet - Memorandum and Articles of Association of Strachan, Murray and Shannon Limited, 1925

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Memorandum and Articles of Association of Strachan, Murray and Shannon Limited, 1925. Part of the NWM Woolbroker's Office exhibit until late 1990's.

Quilt

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Quilt crocheted by Vera Neale in the 1950s.

Historical information

The creator was Vera Neale,1901 - 1990. Married with three children, Vera knitted with one and two ply wool, often using piano wire or bicycle spokes as needles, entering the garments in agricultural shows.

Shearing comb

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Shearing machine comb inscribed "Sunbeam MERINO".

Historical information

Shearing machine comb inscribed "Sunbeam MERINO".

Inscriptions & Markings

Sunbeam MERINO

Photograph - [Mending room]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down

Inscriptions & Markings

30A

Photograph - [Auction, Wool Exchange, Geelong, 1938]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Photo depicts wool buyers in the Wool Exchange, Corio Street, Geelong, 2 November, 1938. Those depicted are: (row 1) R. Christian, Provost & Lefebvre; R.T. Watt; G. Nopenaire, C. d'I. de Laines; J.D. Hunt, Bennett & Gillman; B. Henderson, Biggin & Ayrton; J.C. Drury; V. Gordon, Wm. Haughton & Co.; W.R. Forster, J. Sanderson & Co.; Normand Hill, Fred Hill; W. Bowers, Simonius Vischer & Co.; H. Devereux, W.P. Martin & Co.; C. Greenwood, T.S. Beaumont & Son; R. Dupuche, Masurel Fils; C. Playoust, Wattine Bossut & Fils; R.R. Lewis, Kreglinger & Fernau Ltd; (row 2) W.D. Cowie, Paton's & Baldwins Ltd; P. Schneider, Dreyfus & Co. Ltd; H.W. Wilkinson, H.B. Smith; H. Illingworth, Laycock Son & Co.; T. MacKay, Sims Cooper Pty Ltd; J. Woy, H. Ayrton & Co.; V. Hemery, Mitsubishi Shoji Kaisha Ltd; J. Gleeson, Mitsui Bussan Kaisha Ltd; K. Kawai, Kanematsu (Aust.) Ltd; F. Laycock, E.A. Whitehead; J. Bell, Anselme Dewavrin Fils et Cie; W.L. Stansfield, H. Dawson Sons & Co.; E. Puech, H. Wattine; T. Coate, Wenz & Co.; K. Crawshaw, J.W. McGregor & Sons; A. Fievez, J. Lahousse; (row 3) E. Williams, Ackroyd Bros. (Aust.) Pty Ltd; J. Stanley, Bennett & Gillman; H.A. Jowett, H.W. Jowett; J. Williamson, B. Parkinson; H.A. Martel, Lohmann & Co.; J. Allan, O.B. Lister Bros; R. Stuart, A. Stuart & Co.; H. Sanderson, Iwai & Co.; K. Tamia, Iida & Co.; J. Schall, Pohl & Krech; L. Pratt, Okura & Co.; J. Daniell, J. Lahousse; H. Beck, G. Hardt & Co.; J. Legrand, R. Lahrousse; J. Leman, Leon Leroux; K. Sutherland, G.R. Herron & Sons; J. Quint; A. Dalle, H. Caulliez; (row 4) W.C. Carrodus, Sims Cooper Pty Ltd; A. Blakeborough, Ackroyd Bros (Aust.) Pty Ltd; W. Curtis; G. Silcock, T. Crossland; J.J. Evans; H. Kirby, Japan Cotton Trading Co.; E. Gaillet, Moch & Odelin; L. Thompson, Silvio Reds & Co.; A. Bozzalla; C. Holbeck, Louis Kint; A. Terry, Wilcox Mofflin Ltd; H. Jensen, O. Hilbert; A.G. Trevena, Schroeder & Jensen; Andre Cau, A. Voreux-Cau; D. Yeoward, Robt Jowitt & Sons; A. Feather, W.& D. Hill (Aust.); E. Whitehead; R. Longworth, Aust. Woollen Mills; (row 5) J.S. Turnbull, Wool Buyers Assoc.; B.P. King, Wool Buyers Assoc.; J. Lester, Wm. Haughton & Co.; S. Crawshaw, Lincoln Mills; H. McLean, Port Phillip Mills; B.K. Armstrong, Vande Potte Fils et Cie; J. Burns; A. Burns; L. Plant, Gollin & Co.; A. Gaillhard, J. Lahousse; A. Flipo, Anselme Dewavrin Fils et Cie; (row 6) E.J. Springthorpe, Simonius Vischer & Co.; H.S. Parker; A. Davidson; R. Phillips; G. Silcock Jnr; H. Ogagawara, Okura & Co.; T. Sasakawa, Okura & Co.; R. Schoeller, Pohl & Krech; J. Kirikaye, Mitsubishi Shoji Kaisha Ltd; J.A. Patterson; J. Bryant, A.G. Webster & Sons; R.H. Read; H.J. Layton; (row 7) Y. Takeuchi, Mitsui; C. Ogishi, Mitsui; H.F. Persson; J. Gourlay, Valley Worsted Mills; W.H. Montfries, Elder, Smith; H.L. Bussey, C. d'I. de Laines; E. Norwood, Dalgety & Co.; G. Isling, Wenz & Co.; (row 8) H. Dennison, A.M.L. & F. Co.; A. Gallagher, Dalgety & Co.; K. Norwood, Dalgety & Co.; R. Catlon, Goldsbrough Mort; G. Stevens, Goldsbrough Mort; B. Ford, Dennys Lascelles; J.M. Hamilton, Elder, Smith; J. Martin, W.P. Martin & Co.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lockwood Studio For Pictures and Frames / W.V. Adcock / Expert Gramophone Repairer / 211 Moorabool Street, GEELONG

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Murgatroyd Photograph Collection

Historical information

James Murgatroyd worked at Warrnambool Woollen Mills, Federal Mill, Tweedside, Collins Mills and set up looms for Alexander Spinning Mills Sydney, his son 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

About 1903

Book - Report on objective measurement: technical mission to Eastern Europe

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Report on objective measurement: technical mission to Eastern Europe"- Australian Wool Corporation Research and Development Department, 1975.

Folder - Australian blankets - wrapped in wool

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

An education kit on the subject of production of a woollen blanket from a fleece. Produced by the Australian Wool Corporation in conjunction with the Victorian Education Department.

Sign

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Sign, in shape of a tray, advertising Cooper's Coopex Sheep Drench.

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