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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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7423 items

7423 items

Book, Knitting - Vogue Knitting No. 4

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 English Vogue and contains knitting and crochet patterns for womens garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

VOGUE KNITTING / SPRING/SUMMER 1968 No. 4. / 3/- / LOOK / PRETTY / IN SPRING / KNITTING / 4 PATTERNS / EASY FOR / BEGINNERS / NEW / LINES IN / SEPARATES / SPECIAL / SPEED / KNITTING / FEATURE

Book - The British Colour Council Dictionary of Colour Standards vol. 1

National Wool Museum, Geelong

"The British Colour Council Dictionary of Colour Standards: a list of colour names referring to the colours shown in the companion volume" - The British Colour Council, London, 1934. Case for two volumes: 614.1 and 4849.

Historical information

"The British Colour Council Dictionary of Colour Standards: a list of colour names referring to the colours shown in the companion volume" - The British Colour Council, London, 1934. Originally contained in a matching box with the companion volume.

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

MERC

Book, Knitting - Patons Knitting Book no. 476

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 young boys. Interestingly, one of the photos (p.18) has a 1956 Melbourne Olympics poster in the background, which would date this book to c.1955-56.

Inscriptions & Markings

No. 476 / Patons / KNITTING / BOOK / No. 476 / FROM / 5 TO 15 YEARS / P&B / WOOLS / PATONS / AZALEA / DOUBLE QUICK / BLUEBELL or CAIRN / HIGHLAND SPORTS / PATONYLE / TOTEM / 2'-

Negative

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Part of a set of 22 black and white negatives. Subject: "Bugaree" and "Booyoolee" properties. Taken of "Bungaree" Shed built 1842 belongs to Hawker family, approximately 150 miles north of Adelaide and approximately 15 miles north of Clare. Booyoolee (pronounced Bowley) belonging to Booyoolee Pastoral Co. built 1856.

Poster - Costumes of Europe in Wool- Spain

National Wool Museum, Geelong

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

Historical information

"Costumes of Europe in Wool- Spain" - 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

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Depicts female workers from the Godfrey Hirst mill, c.1920s.

Filing drawer

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Annual Report - Dennys, Lascelles Limited, Notice of Meeting and Annual Report to Members 1965

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Dennys, Lascelles Limited, Notice of Meeting and Annual Report to Members 1965".

Book - Eliza Forlonge: her life, her family, her vision

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Eliza Forlonge: her life, her family, her vision" - Sally Wilde, Shire of Euroa, 1994. Short biography of Eliza Forlonge whose family operated the Seven Creeks Station at Euroa, using Saxon Merinos purchased by her.

Journal - The Pastoral Review Vol. 54 July - Dec 1944

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Black hard cover bound with issues of "The Pastoral Review Vol. 54 July - Dec 1944".

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Part of the Zakrzewski photographic collection. Mr Zakrzewski collected, repaired and restored spinning wheels and was the inventor of the Carrington Wheel. He retained photographs of all the spinning wheels he repaired and restored and the entire collection of 42 photos were donated to the NWM with his spinning wheel collection.

Pennant

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

BARMERA S.A. Barmera S.A.

Bird's Beak

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Birds beak used to pick up strands of fibre during the weaving process.

Book - The Textile Industries vol. 7

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"The Textile Industries: a practical guide to fibres, yarns and fabrics in every branch of textile manufacture, including preparation of fibres, spinning, doubling, designing, weaving, bleaching, printing, dyeing and finishing" vol. 7, published by The Gresham Publishing Company, 1912. Owned by the donors father, John Bennett who studied textiles at Leeds University.

Inscriptions & Markings

Jno Bennett / 25-5-19

Sheet, Instruction

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Instruction sheet for mill floor operator, Appendix IV cont.

Drawing

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Pen and ink drawing, with wash, on paper, of the entrance to the Worker's Cottage in Gallery 2 at the National Wool Museum. By David Williams.

Historical information

Part of a set of drawings by David Williams of the National Wool Museum

Inscriptions & Markings

David Williams SCHUTZMACHER SHOELLESHAMMER

Journal - The Pastoral Review Vol. 71 Jan - June 1961

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Black hard cover bound with issues of "The Pastoral Review Vol. 71 Jan - June 1961".

Poster

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Promotional poster, "Men Knitting - the first Australian Exhibition."

Historical information

Promotional poster, "Men Knitting - the first Australian Exhibition"

Book, Waybill

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Way-bill book with removable pages written in but not forwarded to New Zealand Loan & Agency Co.

Book, Knitting - Villawool Knitting Book no. 61

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This knitting pattern book was published by the Villawood Textile Company, Sydney and contains knitting patterns for womens garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

Villawool / KNITTING BOOK / No. 61 / 1'6 / "BANDBOX" / See p. 4

Newspaper Clipping - Famous Peppin Merino Stud 100 years old this year: New stud introduced tomorrow

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph, sepia, of a "David Sowden & Sons" loom, No 118.

Historical information

Photograph probably for promotional purposes, of part of a "David Sowden and Sons" loom No 118. Photograph was with other photographs in an envelope printed "David Sowden & Sons", among items from Yarra Falls Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

118

Screwdriver

National Wool Museum, Geelong

A small screwdriver with a wooden handle, associated with the "Beehive Sock Knitter".

Historical information

A small screwdriver with a wooden handle, associated with the "Beehive Sock Knitter"

Shoes

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Australian mens shoes from the formal uniform for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Manufactured by Rivers Shoes.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Book, Knitting - Villawool Knitting Book no. 71

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This knitting pattern book was published by the Villawood Textile Company, Sydney and contains knitting patterns for knitted baby clothes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Villawool / KNITTING BOOK / No. 71 / 1'9 / For Babies - Birth to 2 years

Spinning Wheel

National Wool Museum, Geelong

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 frame spinning wheel is from Innsbruck in Austria and dates from the late 19th - early 20th century. It was purchased from an Austrian collector in Australia.

Book - Wool Year Book 1927

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Wool Year Book 1927" compiled by the editor of the 'Textile Mercury'.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph, black and white, of two men, displaying a presentation box containing a satin edged blanket with the royal coat of arms on silk.

Historical information

Photograph,of two men, displaying a presentation box containing a satin edged blanket with the royal coat of arms, made at Godfrey Hirst Mills and a record. The blanket was made at Godfrey Hirst & Co Pty Ltd as a gift to Princess Elizabeth on the occasion of the birth of Princess Anne, 1950, and was accompanied by a recorded message.(ref w6036)

Inscriptions & Markings

Made at Godfrey Hirst's for/ Princess Anne Capt A C Dykes/Mr McDonald/ British Travel Assn