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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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Contact Information

location
PO Box 104 Geelong Victoria 3220 (map)
phone
+61 03 5272 4701, 03 5272 4163

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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5878 items

Statement of Account

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.

Container

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Textile container used at Foster Valley Mills.

Record Sheet

National Wool Museum, Geelong

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

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.

Book - Sheep and Sheepmen of Canterbury 1885-1914

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Sheep and sheepmen of Canterbury 1885-1914" - S S Crawford, 1949

Book - Expressions 2000: The Wool Quilt Prize

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Expressions 2000: the wool quilt prize" - National Wool Museum, 2000. This book is a catalogue of the quilts shown in the exhibition "Expressions 2000: the wool quilt prize", held at the National Wool Museum, Geelong from 16 September - 3 December 2000 (extended to 4 February 2001). It contains details of the exhibitors and an essay by quilter Jan Irvine-Nealie. The exhibition contained contemporary quilts and the prize winning quilt was acquired by the National Wool Museum.

Inscriptions & Markings

expressions / 2000 / the wool quilt prize / 16 September - 3 December 2000 / National Wool Museum, Geelong / NATIONAL / WOOL / MUSEUM

Sample, mohair

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Mohair sample from pure bred English Angora Rabbit, from the Aztec Angora Rabbit Stud.

Historical information

Mohair sample from pure bred English Angora Rabbit, from the Aztec Angora Rabbit Stud.

Photograph - [Carding machine R S & S mill]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Carding machine at the R S & S mill

Inscriptions & Markings

Carding machine/ beginning of carding process/ R S & S

Agreement

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Typed copies of 1873 agreements. One is between a shearing gang and the Steam Plains Station (which is now owned by the Wyndham Pastoral Company) and the other is between Steam Plains and Donald Coghill to cart wool to Echuca. According to the donor, these framed documents were in the possession of the Grazcos Shearing Company and hung above the fireplace in their office in William Street, Melbourne until they merged with Dalgety Farmers.

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

LIVORNO

Stencil - PLASSY

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Wool bale export stencil - PLASSY

Historical information

This stencil was used as a ship identifier stamp for the transportation of wool bales. Plassy was a troopship in the Boer and then the Indian Garrison rotation run. During WWI the Plassy was converted into a Grand Fleet hospital ship serving in European waters. All wool bales stamped with PLASSY would be transported on the Plassy ship.

Inscriptions & Markings

PLASSY

Ribbon

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Awarded at Agricultural show.

Inscriptions & Markings

DAYLESFORD SHOW SOCIETY 1970 Champion UTILITY PIGEON HEN

Letter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Letter from the Ballarat Woollen and Worsted Co. Ltd of Hill Street, Ballarat to W.R. Lang in 1945 re: an employee reference.

Sign

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Sign used at Foster Valley Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

NOTICE. / "CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO / GODLINESS." LEAVE / THIS LAVATORY / AS YOU WOULD WISH TO FIND IT / VIC. ENL. WORKS GEELONG.

Booklet - Directions for installing Cooper "Post" " S-F (Small Flock) "Ideal" "Little Wonder" and "Contractor" Shearing and Crutching Plants

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Directions for installing Cooper "Post" " S-F (Small Flock) "Ideal" "Little Wonder" and "Contractor" Shearing and Crutching Plants.

Historical information

Directions for installing Cooper "Post" " S-F (Small Flock) "Ideal" "Little Wonder" and "Contractor" Shearing and Crutching Plants

Photograph - [Main switchboard, main boilerhouse]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down

Inscriptions & Markings

31A 36/87

Loom

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Green painted Hattersley treadle loom (revolving box hand loom).

Historical information

Hattersley treadle loom (revolving box hand loom). Beam of loom was removed and sent to Foster Valley Mill in 1989 to be returned via Tom Crocker (from original worksheet).

Book - The Sheep and Wool Industry in Australia and New Zealand

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"The Sheep and Wool Industry of Australia and New Zealand: A Practical Handbook for Sheep Farmers and Wool-Classers with chapters on wool buying and selling, sheepskins and kindred products" - 3rd ed., Henry B. Smith, rev. Harold Haile, c.1926.

Consignment Form

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Card for detailing consignments of wool from Exeter to Yennora Wool Sidings.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Depicts the old Canowie Shed roof clearly showing the skylights.Taken by John Bailey in South Australia at the request of Gael Shannon (former NWM employee).

Photograph - No5 Boiler Room

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down

Inscriptions & Markings

28 27/87 NO5 BOILER ROOM

Quilt

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Quilt knitted by Vera Neale in the 1950s.

Historical information

The knitter was Vera Neale,1901 - 1990. Married with three children, Vera knitted with one and two ply wool using piano wire or bicycle spokes as needles, entering the garments in agricultural shows. This is one of two quilts used on bunk beds.

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.

Book - An account of research studies and mill processing trials on four apparel wools

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"An account of research studies and mill processing trials on four apparel wools"- J H Wakelin and W von Bergen 1953 : Wool research project, summary report for the period October 1948 to October 1952.

Record, Gramophone - Seven days of heaven / Four buddies

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Gramophone record used in the mending room of the Foster Valley Mill.

Book - The golden ram

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Novel - "The Golden Ram" - G H Fearnside, 1965. Signed by author.

Inscriptions & Markings

To Keith King/ with best wishes/ Geoff Fearnside/Jan 1966

Scrapbook - J.F Guthrie. 3 Months in Britain 1937 1

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Part of collection of items related to the late Senator J.F. Guthrie, breeder of Corriedales. Part of collection of items related to the late Senator J.F. Guthrie, breeder of Corriedales.

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.Part of collection of items related to the late Senator J.F. Guthrie, breeder of Corriedales.

Inscriptions & Markings

J.F Guthrie. 3 Months in Britain 1937 1

Container

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Manufactured by Ford Sherington Ltd. Used at Foster Valley Mill for storing top and carded sliver.

Journal - Sheep Liaison Notes no. 8, Oct. 1959

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Sheep Liaison Notes" no. 8, Oct. 1959. '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

Trap, Rabbit

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Letter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Letter, on "The Myer Woollen Mills Pty Ltd" letterhead, printed black, dated 19th June, 1941 from H Lewis, Designer, to W R Lang offering to gift shade cards of yarn.