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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 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

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Letter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Letter from J F Guthrie requests a report on a sample of wool from a ram called "Fryberg" used in the stud at Bulgandra.

Inscriptions & Markings

URGENT/ Hair & Graph

Pipette

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Pipette.

Journal - Madame Weigel's Journal of Fashion, Dec. 1, 1936

National Wool Museum, Geelong

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 a monthly journal of fashion, craft and general interest published by Madame Weigel's Pty Ltd.

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. 682. / DEC. 1, 1936. / 57th. Year of Publication.

Booklet - The (Die) Corriedale in S A

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

The Corriedale in South Africa c.1969.

Decker holder with needles

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Decker holder with needles, accessory for the Wertheim "Preciosa" Knitting Machine.

Historical information

Decker holder with needles, accessory for the Wertheim "Preciosa" Knitting Machine.

Inscriptions & Markings

0 7 G 1

Notebook - The Cooper Notebook for Stockowners 1952-53

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This notebook was produced by William Cooper and Nephews Pty Ltd, manufacturers of chemical products for farmers. It was given away by Coopers to customers.

Inscriptions & Markings

THE / COOPER / NOTE BOOK / FOR STOCKOWNERS / 1952-53 / WITH THE COMPLIMENTS OF / WILLIAM COOPER & NEPHEWS / (AUSTRALIA) PTY. LIMITED.

Book, Pattern

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Lloyd Henry's pattern knitting book was used in relation to sock knitting machine in G2 and the family sock knitting company Dalross Hosiery Pty Ltd. Henry family donated socks for display purposes and $1000 to develop exhibit.

Trophy

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Presentation cup Geelong girls interhouse sports. Names of teams from mills 1934-1940.

Inscriptions & Markings

Geelong Girls Inter-House Sports The "Geelong Advertiser" Grand Challenge Cup For Perpetual Competition Highest Aggregate Points

Book - Corriedale Flock Book vol. XXIV, 1965

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Corriedale Flock Book" vol. XXIV, 1965, owned by Mr R.W. Pettitt, a former breeder and judge of corriedale sheep whose father and uncle were also stud owners.

Letter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Letter from Bill Austin "Eli Elwah" to W R Lang re. wool samples for testing

Book - The Wet Processes of the Wool Industries

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"The Wet Processes of the Wool Industries" - John Schofield, 1924.

Booklet - Shearing Ready Reckoners

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Booklet of ready reckoners with tables for calculations, produced by the Graziers' Association of Victoria.

Historical information

Booklet of ready reckoners with tables for calculations, produced by the Graziers' Association of Victoria.

Letter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Letter from the Hazeldean Pastoral Co to W R Lang 17th March 1943 regarding the testing of wool samples

Sample, dyed wool

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Sample of home dyed wool produced by Mrs Robin Walker, 1999.

Historical information

This sample is one of five donated by Mrs Walker who dyes her own yarns to knit into hats which she felts herself (in a washing machine) and sells to craft shops. She runs workshops and also teaches home dyeing. She uses a Landscape and Earth Pallette and also uses food colourings and jelly and cake decorating colours.

Book - The Art of Napping

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Book: "The Art of Napping" Woonsocket Napping Machinery Co., c.1924. Letter from The Woonsocket Napping Machinery Company to Mr. Charles W. Ayling, 16 October 1924, page 1. Letter from Woonsocket Napping Machinery Company to Mr. Charles W. Ayling, 16 October 1924, page 2. Blueprint of Napping Machine, Woonsocket Napping Machinery Co. with speeds at which machines should run. Letter from Woonsocket Napping Machinery Co. to Collins Cros. Pty. Ltd., 17 April 1950

Historical information

"The Art of Napping", Woonsocket Napping Machinery Co., c.1924. Catalogue of napping machinery sent to Collins Bros by an American manufacturer of napping machinery. The napping (or raising) done by these machines is all done by wire, not teasels.

Journal - Dennys, Lascelles Limited Annual Review August, 1968

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Dennys, Lascelles Limited Annual Review August, 1968"

Spindle - Parallel sided spindle

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

From Collins Mills. Used for warping

Book - Handbook for Woolgrowers

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Book entitled "Handbook for Woolgrowers" issued by the Australian Wool Board, 1950.

Historical information

Book entitled "Handbook for Woolgrowers" issued by the Australian Wool Board, 1950.

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

F Murgatroyd Seller KODAK PRINT

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.

Fly swat

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Fly swat made from fencing wire by George Darwin to use on his farm at Tongala in northern Victoria, around 1926-42. The swat has been with the family since he left the farm in 1942.

Book, Knitting - Patons Knitting Book no. 353

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This book was produced by Patons and Baldwins and contains knitting patterns for womens garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

Patons KNITTING BOOK NO. 353 / "ESTELLE" - See page 8. / P&B / WOOLS / 1'6d.

Program - Excelsior Woollen and Worsted Mills: Souvenir Program 1920

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Excelsior Woollen and Worsted Mills: Souvenir Program 1920 for a Complimentary Social from the employees to the directors Godfrey Hirst & Co.

Historical information

Excelsior Woollen and Worsted Mills: Souvenir Program 1920 for a Complimentary Social from the employees to the directors Godfrey Hirst & Co.

Inscriptions & Markings

Excelsior Woollen and Worsted Mills/ Souvenir Program/ Complimentary Social/ to /the Dorectors/ Godfrey Hirst & Co / Pty Ltd/ From the Employees/ IN THE NEW MASONIC HALL/ FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd 1920/ at eight pm

Slide

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Pennant

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

ARIEL

Book, Knitting - Patons Knitting Book no. 310

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 Patons and Baldwins and contains knitting patterns for womens garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

Patons KNITTING BOOK NO. 310 / "Melva" - See page 4 / Featuring Patons Catkin Fleck Yarn / P&B / WOOLS / 10 1/2d.

Book, Knitting - Sun-glo Knitting Book series 102

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This book was produced by the Alexandria Spinning Mills, Sydney. It was owned by Billie Rech, the aunt of the donor, who was a great knitter.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sun-glo / Knitting Book / DESIGN No. 3434 / PAGE 3 / SERIES ONE HUNDRED AND TWO / 6d.

Book - Third International Wool Textile Research Conference, Paris 1965; section 4

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Third International Wool Textile Research Conference, Paris 1965; section 4". Organised by the Textile Institute of France.

Book - Vegetable Matter in the New South Wales Wool Clip

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Vegetable Matter in the New South Wales Wool Clip" - E.J. Milthorpe, 1943. Largely botannical in nature, with descriptions of plants and their habitats.

Bobbin - Mule spinning bobbin

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Spool of grey yarn used in the process of mule spinning.

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".

Map

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Quilt

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Small woollen suitings wagga. It is machine stitched, backed with orange cotton and edged with brown navy and white striped braid. Two rows of orange braid and purple ric rac are stitched across the wagga.

Historical information

Part of the Running Stitch collection

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Part of Collins Brothers Collection.

Book, Knitting - Patons Knitting Book no. 208

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This knitting pattern leaflet was published by Patons and Baldwins and contains knitting patterns for womens garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

Patons / KNITTING BOOK / NO. 208 / "TRINA" / See page 6 / 6d.

Label, Blanket - Physician blanket label

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Rolls of labels made by Cash's for "Physician" blankets

Inscriptions & Markings

Physician/ CHILLPROOF BLANKET/ EXTRA SUPER FINE/PURE MERINO WOOL/ MOTHPROOFED/MADE IN AUSTALIA

Booklet - The Woolmakers

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"The Woolmakers", an information booklet produced by F.S. Falkiner & Sons Pty Ltd.

Hat

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Crocheted example by Joyce Hucker.

Historical information

Crocheted example by Joyce Hucker. Hucker began working with unspun wool and making dyes from the natural sources from her garden and the farm trees around her. From knitting and croceting articles, she progressed to felting and a 'wrapping' technique, always using unspun wool. She was a successful exhibitor at many craft shows and was always willing to pass on her experience and knowledge to others, often travelling widely to help groups requiring a demonstration.

Photograph - Geelong Girls Inter House Sports, 1950: Diggers Team

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Photograph of the Diggers team who participated in the Geelong Girls Interhouse Sports, 1950. The Diggers team was possibly drawn from those who worked at the RSS Mill. Members of the team are J. Gellately, V. Hobbs, N. Trigg, H. Trigg (Captain), L. Gration, M. Bromley (Vice-Captain), L. Hobbs, B. Harriott, G. Harriott (coach)

Inscriptions & Markings

GEELONG GIRLS INTER HOUSE SPORTS, 1950 / DIGGERS TEAM / J. Gellately V. Hobbs N. Trigg H. Trigg (Captain) L. Gration M. Bromley (Vice-Captain) / L. Hobbs B. Harriott G. Harriott (Coach)

Label, Blanket

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Rug label from the RSS Mill's Blamey rug.

Historical information

Rug label produced by the RSS Mill in Geelong for the Blamey rug.

Inscriptions & Markings

THE GEELONG R.S.&S. WOOLLEN MILLS / PURE / WOOL / THE / T.A. Blamey / RUG

Book, Knitting - Patons and Baldwins' Specialty Knitting Book no. 68

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 Patons and Baldwins and contains knitting patterns for baby garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

PATONS & BALDWINS' / GIANT "P&B" / BRAND / SPECIALTY "P&B" / BRAND / Knitting Book / No. 68 / 9D.

Photograph - Display Cooper shearing gear and engines Royal Melbourne Show circa 1951

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph of Cooper sheaing machinery display at the Royal Melbourne Show, c1951.

Historical information

Photograph of Cooper sheaing machinery display at the Royal Melbourne Show, c1951.

Inscriptions & Markings

Classic Photos 64 Elizabeth Street Melbourne Display Cooper shearing gear and engines Royal Melbourne Show circa 1951 SA8

Book, Knitting - Style vol. 12

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 Patons and Baldwins and contains knitting patterns for womens garments. This issue has a London theme - all the garments are named after London streets or districts and there are small sketches of London locations throughout.

Inscriptions & Markings

Style / "MAYFAIR" / See page 10 / Vol. 12 / A Patons & Baldwins' Publication / 1'4

Calendar - Australian Woolsheds

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Calendar illustrates several old / interesting wool sheds from various properties around Australia and gives a short account of their history. The illustrations were done by M. Muter in 1981.

Inscriptions & Markings

AUSTRALIAN / WOOLSHEDS / 1983 CALENDAR

Booklet - Dennys, Lascelles Limited Notice of Meeting and Annual Report to Members 1968

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Dennys, Lascelles Limited Notice of Meeting and Annual Report to Members 1968.

Historical information

Dennys, Lascelles Limited Notice of Meeting and Annual Report to Members 1968.

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.

Poster - Smoko at shearing time

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

The Herald and Weekly Times, "Smoko at shearing time"

Journal - The Pastoral Review Vol. 67 July-Dec. 1957

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Bound volume of "The Pastoral Review" vol. 67, July-Dec. 1957.

Book, Knitting - Modella Knitting Book no. 502

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 Paragon and contains knitting patterns for womens garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

1'3 / Modella / KNITTING BOOK No. 502 / M / A PARAGON PUBLICATION

Samples, crochet

National Wool Museum, Geelong

One of several sample boards used by Joyce Hucker during crochet and knitting demonstrations and classes.

Historical information

One of several sample boards used by Joyce Hucker during crochet and knitting demonstrations and classes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Crochet Samples Crocheted from Border Leicester fleece wool Medium hook Fine hook Border Leicester Wool. Treble Crochet & Shell pattern Medium Hook Fringing. Corriedale Wool. Medium Hook Macrame - Medium Hoook & Chain Stitch Romney Marsh Wool