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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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Electrode

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Device incorporating a glass tube containing an electrode in liquid. This is fitted into a rubber cap with a rubber tube at the other end which terminates in another cap, from which a metal prong protrudes. A small metal spanner-liber object is attached to this. These are contained in a fitted pale blue cardboard box inscribed: 'Cambridge Instrumental Co. Ltd, Muswells Hill, London, N.10 Sealed Glass Electrode".

Inscriptions & Markings

Cambridge Instrumental Co. Ltd, Muswells Hill, London, N.10 Sealed Glass Electrode

Catalogue - Mossgiel

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Cream/pale yellow coloured paper booklet with maroon/brown text and border on front page, "Mossgiel" text in centre. 6 pages, bound with two metal staples on spine. Text and images throughout, describing and showing the Mossgiel estate. Back cover has small drawing of a shield or symbol with flowers below and text reading "LIST. HICKIE. PTY. LTD"

Historical information

From the collection of a family who had three generations that worked for Dennys Lascelles. This is a catalogue describing the Mossgiel estate for an upcoming auction which was going to be held through the Dennys Lascelles Company. Mossgiel was built for or owned by Brigadier-General Robert Smith, who (I believe) was the founder of the Returned Soldiers & Sailors Mill in Newtown.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Grey cardboard backing with black and white photo attached. Photo is attached inside a pale printed border. Photo depicts 6 men seemingly taking a break from painting. There are two men seated on a pile of sheep skins, with four more men leaning against the skins in front of them. Four of the men smoke pipes.

Historical information

From a family who had three generations that worked for Dennys Lascelles. Image depcits a group of men taking a break from painting. The room that was getting painted was a Dennys Lascelles store room, possible now the Mill Markets building or Deakin University.

Book - Table of limits fixed for appraisement of Australian wool clip season 1941-1942

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Commonwealth of Australia Central Wool Committee: "Table of limits fixed for appraisement of Australian wool clip season 1941-1942" Used by approved valuers to assist the government to purchase wool.

Record, Gramophone - Let's Sing Again / It's a Sin to Tell a Lie

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Collage

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

CLASSE

Document

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Three types of yarn specification cards from Collins Mills.

Knitted decoration

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Knitted gnomes intended for addition to the Eastern Beach Mural, in the National Wool Museum collection.

Historical information

Knitted gnomes intended for addition to the Eastern Beach Mural, in the National Wool Museum collection.

Letter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Carbon copy of a typed letter to David Sowden & Sons, ordering tappets for a twin shuttle loom.

Historical information

Carbon copy of a typed letter to David Sowden & Sons, ordering tappets for a twin shuttle loom. Among items from Yarra Falls Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

May 24/11

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

MERC

Samples

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Produced by the Allexander Lau Pty Ltd

Letter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Letter, "Moorna Pastoral Co", 18th August 1949, from A Honner W R Lang regarding testing of wool samples.

Book - Reconnaissance studies of the sheep industry: the counties of Bogong and Benambra, Victoria, 1950

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Reconnaissance studies of the sheep industry: the counties of Bogong and Benambra, Victoria, 1950" - Bureau of Agricultural Economics, Canberra

Book - Third International Wool Textile Research Conference, Paris 1965; section 2

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Third International Wool Textile Research Conference, Paris 1965; section 2". Organised by the Textile Institute of France.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

28-1-94 H L S POTTER/ PHOTO STORES/...

Book - Observations on some wool samples from north-eastern Asia

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Observations on some wool samples from north-eastern Asia" -H Munz, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pamphlet no.69,1937.

Photograph - Basketball Ball Team Premiers 1938

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Federal Mills Basketball team premiers, 1938.

Historical information

Federal Woollen Mills Basketball Ball Team Premiers, 1938. Back Row L to R: Margery Dorling, Mavis Rogan, Gladys Rand, Lorraine Hadden, N. Bawden, Jean Manson. Front: Florrie Anderson, Eva Fagan, Phyllis Brien. Same as W2971. Mrs Alsop was a mill worker from early 1930s till early 1970s. She worked at Federal and Foster Mills in Geelong District and Yarra Falls, Melbourne.

Inscriptions & Markings

M. Dorling M. Rogan G. Rand L. Hadden N. Bawden J. Manson / F. Anderson E. Fagan P. Brien T. Lockwood / GEELONG

Label, Blanket - Physician blanket labels

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Made from/ Physician/ ALL WOOL/ Chillproofed/ and Mothproofed Fabric/ MADE IN AUSTRALIA". ONE GROSS/ Cash's/ LABELS/ J. & J. CASH PTY. LTD./ RICHMOND, MELBOURNE

Book, wool sales - Dennys, Lascelles, Austin &Co. "Wools Sold in Geelong" 1909-10

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Part of the NWM Woolbroker's Office exhibit until late 1990's.

Letter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

From A/B Sveriges Forenade Trikafabriker to Mr C.W. Asklund, textile engineer, Norrkoping, 1957; re: Befama machinery.

Book - The Lady Squatters

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"The Lady Squatters: Miss Anne Drysdale and Miss Caroline Elizabeth Newcomb; 'Boronggoop' and 'Coriyule'" - John Richardson, 1986.

Photograph - Worsted spinning plant circa 1920

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

Worsted spinning plant circa 1920 H L S POTTER/ PHOTO STORES/...

Book, Knitting - Patons and Baldwins' Specialty Book no. 43

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 and embroidery patterns for craft items such as tea cosies, dolls clothes etc.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gifts and / Crafts / "P&B" / BRAND / PATONS & BALDWINS' / SPECIALTY / BOOK / No. 43 / "P&B" / BRAND / PATONS & BALDWINS LTD. / SIXPENCE

Booklet - Memorandum and Articles of Association of Strachan & Co Limited, [1955]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Memorandum and Articles of Association of Strachan,& Co Limited, [1955]. Part of the NWM Woolbroker's Office exhibit until late 1990's.

Tin

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

Havelock Fine cut tobacco 2oz. net weight when packed Fine cut Manufactured by the British Australiasian Tobacco Co Pty Ltd Melbourne, Australia

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph, black and white, of a "David Sowden & Sons" loom, No 149.

Historical information

Photograph probably for promotional purposes, of a "David Sowden and Sons" loom No 149. Photograph was with other photographs in an envelope printed "David Sowden & Sons", among items from Yarra Falls Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

149

Filing Cabinet

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Book - Proceedings: 5th International Wool Textile Research Conference vol. V, 1975

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Proceedings: 5th International Wool Textile Research Conference, vol. V" Sept. 1975.

Yarn Display

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Samples of woollen yarn (Collins Bros?) mounted on a board.

Book - Australasian Sheep and Wool

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Australasian Sheep and Wool: a practical and theoretical treatise from paddock to loom; from shearing shed to textile factory" - Alfred Hawkesworth, 6th ed. 1930.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sturgeon

Agreement - Agreement with shearers 1873

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Folder, sample

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Book - Lectures on Australian Wool

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Lectures on Australian Wool" Australian Wool Corporation and Production Department of the Ministry of Textile Industry of the People's Republic of China, 1983. Covers growing, clip preparation, measurement, marketing etc.

Game, Board - Squatter: the great Australian game

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Associated letter from Mr R Lloyd provides information

Inscriptions & Markings

NWM 99.112

Hardback Book - A handbook of Textiles

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Mustard and black patterned book with white lettering

Inscriptions & Markings

A Handbook of Textiles. Ann M Collier

Journal - Wool review 1960-1961

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Donated by Mr Leslie Rourke.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Photograph of a Federal Mills basketball team. L to R: N. Bawden (Ball), Norma Welsh, _, _, Alice Schrner, Phyllis Bryant, _ Same as W1368. Mrs Alsop was a mill worker from early 1930s till early 1970s. She worked at Federal and Foster Mills in Geelong District and Yarra Falls, Melbourne.

Ledger - 1921-1922

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Cloth-bound cardboard front and back cover ledger. Covers are green and spine is red. Faded white sticker on front indicates the year. Ledger contains lined pages with headings below which is hand-written text in pen and pencil, listing names and details in alphabetical order.

Historical information

Found in the National Wool Museum, may have been used in the wool brokers office display. Although it is unclear, we believe it may be the original wool broker ledger for one of the agents working out of the Dennys Lascelles building. Ledger contains an alphabetic list (by surname) of all wool growers who sold through this agent/broker, including name, number of bales/fadges/sacks, property address, bale stencil used, stock agent rebate and date of arrival. There is also a list of new clients on the back pages.

Booklet - Wool - A Case for Optimism

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Wool - A Case For Optimism" by Jack H. Allerding, December 1967.

Book, Carpet Sample - Brintons Carpets Double Century III

National Wool Museum, Geelong

W7188 W7188_2 Page 1 of a history of Brintons Carpets. Page 2 of a history of Brintons Carpets. A list of catalogues/items in the Brintons Collection donated after closure of Fellmongers Road factory in July 2008.

Historical information

A sales sample book for the Brintons' carpet design range 'Double Century III', acquired when Brintons' Geelong factory closed.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brintons carpets Finest Australian Woven Carpet Brintons Carpets Double Century III

Letter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Addressed to Rachel Faggetter at the National Wool Museum, enclosing sample of Retsol fabric donated to the Museum.

Historical information

Addressed to Rachel Faggetter at the National Wool Museum, enclosing sample of Retsol fabric donated to the Museum.

Record, Gramophone - Elena / Kiss the boys goodbye

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph, sepia, of a "David Sowden & Sons" loom, No102, "Lasting or Serge de Berrie Loom".

Historical information

Photograph probably for promotional purposes, of a "David Sowden & Sons" loom, No102, "Lasting or Serge de Berrie Loom". Photograph was among items from Yarra Falls Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

LASTING OR SERGE DE BERRIE/ LOOM/ DAVID SOWDEN & SONS/SHIPLEY

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

Yarn

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Black wool yarn, possibly from the batch used to make the black and white National Wool Museum rug presented to Queen Elizabeth II in 1988.

Historical information

Black wool yarn, possibly from the batch used to make the black and white National Wool Museum rug presented to Queen Elizabeth II in 1988.

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

BARRE

Pamphlet

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Sheet listing needle positions required for types of garments to be created and types of stitches, for Dubied hand knitting machine.

Container

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Record, Gramophone - Santa Barbara & Can't you see the silver lining

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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