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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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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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5847 items

Yarn speed meter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Timber box with brass clasp at the front. Inside is lined with green felt. Black plastic yarn meter with handle grip, pulley wheels and window showing the measurement gauge. Patent panel on the back. 2 pieces of paper- one is a diagram of the battery (?). The other is a general overview of the product.

Steelyard

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Metal steelyard

Trousers

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Australian mens suit trousers from the formal uniform for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Manufactured by Berkeley Apparel Pty Ltd under their own label, Studio Italia.

Annual Report - Australian Wool Corporation Annual Report 1979-80

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Donated by Mr Leslie Rourke.

Inscriptions & Markings

SWW

Booklet - From the Sheep's Back

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Booklet about the manufacture of woollen products, produced by Collins Bros Pty Ltd.

Historical information

Booklet about the manufacture of woollen products, produced by Collins Bros Pty Ltd.

Dress

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 crocheting 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.

Ledger - 1922-1923

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Cloth-bound cardboard front and back cover ledger. Covers and spine are 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.

Ribbon

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Awarded at Agricultural show.

Inscriptions & Markings

KYNETON AGRICULTURAL SCTY. ANNUAL SHOW 1970 Best FEMALE UTILITY HEAVY BREED

Book, Knitting - Villawool Knitting Book no. 62

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

"SPEEDIKNIT" SPORTS WOOL / Villawool / KNITTING BOOK / No. 62 / 1'6 / "SPORTMAN" See p. 4 / "FASHION WISE" See p. 5

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

39 42/87 JM/PHOTO/i

Book - Australian wool- table of types and descriptions 1966

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Australian wool- table of types and descriptions" Australian Wool Board Wool Statistical Service, 1966

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

EHR

Book - Gundowringa - the life and work of Charles Earnest Prell OBE

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Gundowringa - the life and work of Charles Ernest Prell OBE by William A Bayley. First published 1951, reprinted 1965.

Inscriptions & Markings

To Bob & Doris/ With love / & best wishes/ from / All the numerous Prells/ Peg

Sample, wool - Samples representative of the official standards of the United States for grades of wool

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Box of samples representative of the official standards of the United States for grades of wool.

Historical information

Box of samples representative of the official standards of the United States for grades of wool, obtained from USA Department of Agriculture.

Inscriptions & Markings

T-83 NOVEMBER 15....65 Elroy M Pople IN CHARGE LIVESTOCK DIVISION WOOL LABORATORY

Coat hook

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

From the Denny Lascelles bluestone woolstore.

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 KODAK PRINT

Printing Plate

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Printing plate with illustration of wool press manufactured by Humble and Sons.

Historical information

Printing block with illustration of wool press manufactured by Humble and Sons.

Inscriptions & Markings

SHEEP CATALOGUE (red marker) WOODEN BOX SHED PRESS (blue pen)

Book, Knitting - Villawool Knitting Book no. 80

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Villawool / BOOK / 80 / 2'3

Bag, Costume

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Crocheted item 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.

Certificate

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Certificate of Life Membership to the Geelong Textile Society, presented to WP Harrison.

Historical information

Certificate of Life Membership to the Geelong Textile Society, presented to WP Harrison.

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.

Program - Golden Shears Australia, International Shearing Championships, 1980

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Souvenir program entitled "Golden Shears Australia, 1980 - International Shearing Championships 25th and 26th October Euroa Town Hall.

Photograph - Warping and winding

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

Warping and winding H L S POTTER/ PHOTO STORES/...

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.

Book, Knitting - Patons and Baldwins' Specialty Knitting Book no. 122

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Knitting Book (front cover) - Patons and Baldwins' Specialty Knitting Book no. 122, WWII. Knitting Book (back cover) - Patons and Baldwins' Specialty Knitting Book no. 122, WWII.

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 mens garments. Several of these patterns could be knitted for use by the Armed Forces, including a balaclava and a splint cover for a Bohler Walking Iron (a type of splint used where the foot must not touch the ground or bear any weight, eg. in cases of ulceration). The back cover illustration depicts a man wearing a knitted cardigan, posed with an Australian Army slouch hat and standing in front of an encampment.

Inscriptions & Markings

No. 122 / 6D. / PATONS & BALDWINS' / SPECIALTY / Knitting Book

Manual - [Hattersley] Standard Loom Tuners Handbook: Setting instructions

National Wool Museum, Geelong

"[Hattersley] Standard Loom Tuners Handbook: Setting instructions " - George Hattersley and Sons Ltd

Historical information

"[Hattersley] Standard Loom Tuners Handbook: Setting instructions " - George Hattersley and Sons Ltd

Printing plate

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Printing plate used for illustration of the burning of the ship "Lightning" on October 31, 1869, printed in a newspaper.

Historical information

Printing plate used for illustration of the burning of the ship "Lightning" on October 31, 1869, printed in a newspaper.

Poster - Costumes of Europe in Wool- Holland

National Wool Museum, Geelong

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

Historical information

"Costumes of Europe in Wool- Holland" - 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

Pamphlet - Where are tomorrow's shearers?

National Wool Museum, Geelong

"Where are tomorrow's shearers? " - Grazcos Co-operative Limited.

Historical information

"Where are tomorrow's shearers? " - Grazcos Co-operative Limited.

Report - Dennys, Lascelles Limited : Wool Industry Study Tour of Japan and Hong Kong, March 1970

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Dennys, Lascelles Limited: Wool Industry Study Tour of Japan and Hong Kong, March 1970. Part of the NWM Woolbroker's Office exhibit until late 1990's.