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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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7437 items

7437 items

Journal - George Hague & Co.'s Weekly Station Produce Circular, no. 99

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"George Hague & Co.'s Weekly Station Produce Circular, no. 99, Tues. Mar. 29, 1881". George Hague and Co. are stock and station agents, and this is a weekly circular produced by them last century promoting their services and giving an account of the state of the wool and agriculture industry. The 'Western Wool Warehouse' is pictured on the front cover; it stood formerly on Western Beach but is now demolished.

Reel

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Used at Foster Valley Mill.

Envelope

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Envelope, "David Sowden & Sons, Engineers, Iron, Brass and Copper Founders, Shipley, York". Contained photographs of "David Sowden & Sons looms and was in a package of material from Yarra Falls Mill.

Book - Instruction Paper No.841B :Drum and pirn winding frames, part 2, 1st Ed.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

"Instruction Paper No.841B :Drum and pirn winding frames, part 2, 1st Ed. - International Correspondence Schools Ltd.

Historical information

"Instruction Paper No.841B :Drum and pirn winding frames, part 2, 1st Ed. - International Correspondence Schools Ltd.

Journal - "The corriedale extra" vol.1 No.10, 1975

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"The corriedale extra" vol 1 No10 fall,1975. Journal of the American Corriedale Association, INC

Shuttle

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Used at Foster Valley Mill.

Container

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Tag Strings

National Wool Museum, Geelong

For swing tags.

Historical information

Strings for attaching tags to cloth.

Book - Limits Fixed for Appraisement of Australian Wool

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Small maroon hardback book

Inscriptions & Markings

F. Kanematsu and Co Ltd Commonwealth of Australia. Central wool Committee. Limits Fixed for Appraisement of Australian Wool. 1945-46 Season.

Bottle

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Used at Foster Valley Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

Buffer Solution, N.L. Jones, Melbourne (label)

Quilt - Green wheat bag wagga

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Part of the "Wagga collection". Made in 1945 at Kyabram, Victoria by Mr P. Perkins. This letter was recieved from Bob Perkins to obtain more information about his father, Percy.

Historical information

Mr Perkins joined the police force in his early twenties and apart from an 18-month posting in Melbourne, spent the rest of his career serving communities in country Victoria. He was a keen fisherman and hunter- his first love was sitting on the banks of the Murray River with a fishing rod in his hand. Family camping trips were spent by the river where everyone slept on stretchers with several army blankets underneath and a wheat bag wagga on top. The green colour of this wagga is from "Dekkol" a preservative which Mr Perkins used to protect his cotton fishing nets from rotting.

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

94 PI 850063

Quilt - Childs' cot cover insert

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Cot cover insert made by donor's grandmother in 1929 during the depression from discarded woollen garments. Detail showing use of childs vest in cot cover insert.

Historical information

This cot cover insert was made during the 1929 depression an a time of financial hardship.It was made by Jean Hepner's Grandmother from used woollen garments. They were hand stitched on to an old woollen blanket. The quilt was used by at least five of the seven children born in to this family and also by grandchildren in later years. It was used with assorted covers which were replaced when needed (refer Supp File W101).

Book, Knitting - Patons Knitting Book no. 166

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

One of a collection of 56 knitting pattern books donated by Mrs Hilma Carruthers. These books had been used by Mrs Carruthers, her mother and her two daughters. This book was produced by Patons and Baldwins and contains knitting patterns for young girls.

Inscriptions & Markings

Patons Knitting Book / No. 166 / "LORRAINE' / See page 15 / A Patons & Baldwins' Publication - 7D.

Book - Flock Book for British Breeds of Sheep in Australia, Volume 60 Section 2 (Shortwool Breeds)

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Flock Book for British Breeds of Sheep in Australia, Volume 60 Section 2 (Shortwool Breeds)" - Australian Society of Breeders of British Sheep, 1968.

Poster - Costumes of Europe in Wool- Denmark

National Wool Museum, Geelong

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

Historical information

"Costumes of Europe in Wool- Denmark" - 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

Book, Knitting - Bestway Knitting Book no. 81

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 knitting book contains patterns for womens knitted twin sets.

Inscriptions & Markings

BESTWAY / KNITTING / No. 81 / TWIN SETS / PRICE / 9D. / FOUR SETS / for Adults / ONE SET / for / 10 to 14 / Years

Container

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Textile container used at Foster Valley Mill.

Historical information

Used at Foster Valley Mill.

Book - An Historical Record of the Great Wool Store Days

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"An Historical Record of the Great Wool Store Days" - Bob Williams, 1993. A history (based on anecdotes and oral history) of Australian wool stores, wool brokers and wool sales.

Printing plate

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

One of E H Lascelles early visiting cards, probable made when he was 20 -30 years old, in the 1860's

Inscriptions & Markings

E H Lascelles / Kings Royal Rifles

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

ASD

Program

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Small one page cream booklet outlining the acts of 'The Creation' by The Geelong choral society

Historical information

This was obtained by Ken Hirst who's Uncle Cedric Hirst was President and founder of The Geelong Association of Music and Art. The brochure was a program that included the playing of 'The Creation' from a music book originally owned by Godfrey Hirst.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Geelong Association of Music and Art Presents The Geelong Choral society In The Creation

Book, Knitting - Patons Knitting Book no. 651

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This knitting pattern book was published by Coats Patons and contains knitting patterns for childrens garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

Patons / KNITTING BOOK 651 / WITH T.V. DESIGNS / FROM 2 to 8 YEARS - 21 to 27 INCHES / JET . TOTEM . BLUEBELL . DOUBLE QUICK / LUSTRELLE . BIG BEN . PATONYLE, 4 PLY / PATONS BOOK / No. 651 / 2'3

Rack, Timecard

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Book - Twenty-Second Annual Stud Sheep Fair, July 1896

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Twenty-Second Annual Stud Sheep Fair, July 1896" Goldsbrough, Mort & Co. Ltd, Sydney. Catalogues for the sale of sheep at Goldsbrough, Mort & Co. Ltd.

Folder, sample

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Weaving sample folder: three "18 SHAFT FANCY - MOCK LENO" patterns with 1 brown, 1 green and 1 blue checked cloth sample.

Inscriptions & Markings

18 SHAFT FANCY - MOCK LENO (ink)

Book, Knitting - Patons Knitting Book no. 480

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

No. 480 / Patons / KNITTING / BOOK / No. 480 / PATONS / FUZZY WUZZY / ANGORA / LUCELLE FINE PLY / P&B / WOOLS / 1'6

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

The Australian Wool Board promotional caravan

Inscriptions & Markings

Ritter-Jepperson Studios...

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

SGR / WYPINGAH

Journal - The Australian Corriedale Journal No 2 1976

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

The Australian Corriedale Journal 1976. The official journal of the Australian Corriedale Association.