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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)
phone
+61 03 5272 4701, 03 5272 4163

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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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5684 items

Book - Corriedale Flock Book vol. 30, 1993

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Corriedale Flock Book" vol. 30, 1993, owned by Mr R.W. Pettitt, a former breeder and judge of corriedale sheep whose father and uncle were also stud owners.

Basket

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Book - An economic history of Australia

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"An economic history of Australia by Edward Shann, 1948"

Photograph - Worsted spining plant circa 1920

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Sketch

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Three sketches, gouache, two long and one short designs. The two long sketches are pasted at one end onto backing paper, which contain inscriptions. Floral design in blues, pink, mauves, white, grey and greens.

Historical information

Sketch from which carpet manufacturing pattern is graphed out, prior to preparation of Jacquard card. Genoese (Axminster) 4/4226.

Inscriptions & Markings

Genoese 4/4226 AL Ingram

Wool Press

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Sport shirt - Sportwool yellow top

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Part of the casual Winter Olympic uniform, 2002 as worn by both sexes. (This item is sized 'L' most likely worn by a man.)

Inscriptions & Markings

WOOLMARK WOOLMARK SALT LAKE 2002

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

Invitation

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Invitation to the foundation stone ceremony, RSS Mill, 1922.

Historical information

Invitation to the ceremony for the laying of the foundation stone of the RSS Mill by the then Prime Minister, W.M. Hughes on 15 Feb. 1922.

Badge

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Badge produced as a souvenir of the Barwon River rowing regatta (Henley Day, after Henley-on-the-Thames in England where the public schools and universities compete in rowing races) held in 1921. The initials CBRC are probably for a local rowing club.

Inscriptions & Markings

BARWON REGATTA CARNIVAL 1921 / HENLEY / DAY / CBRC

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Depicts Bungaree Shed, a big old store structure with the original part being commenced in 1842. View of buildings from north/west. Taken by John Bailey in South Australia at the request of Gael Shannon (former NWM employee).

Journal - The Journal of the Bradford Textile Society 1958-59

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"The Journal of the Bradford Textile Society, 1958-59".

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Depicts Booyoolee Shed, which was built in 1856 and demolished in 1989. View of top of building. The three flaps could be opened to allow ventilation. Taken by John Bailey in South Australia at the request of Gael Shannon (former NWM employee).

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.

Ribbon fragment

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Awarded at Agricultural show.

Inscriptions & Markings

FEMALE UTILITY BIRD

Journal - The Pastoral Review Vol. 75 July - Dec 1965

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Black hard cover bound with issuess of "The Pastoral Review Vol. 75 July - Dec 1965".

Book, Table of limits

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Used in NWM Woolbrokers office display

Book - Recent Developments in Wool and Wool Blend Processing

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Recent Developments in Wool and Wool Blend Processing" CSIRO Division of Textile Industry, 1983.

Book - Moylan Woollens

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Moylan Woollens" - Textile Resource Centre, RMIT, 1997. Short history of Fred Moylan and the Moylan Woollen Co. by the Textile Resource Centre at RMIT who holds the Moylan Collection of swatch books and samples.

Wool press pin

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Pins used in Donalds D/box wool press Patent No 4, Serial No 87086

Inscriptions & Markings

These pins belong to Donald D/Box press in G1/ given originally by Mr Penna. We now have the full set of 6./ JC /22 Sept 89 ....6th pin in press in Gallery 1...

Photograph - [Federal Mill: Mending dept c1918-1920]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

The Murgatroyd Collection

Historical information

James Murgatroyd worked in textile mills in England, Geelong, Meloburne and Sydney. His son Fred, as a loom tuner at Yarra Falls, Tweedside and Collins mills in Victoria as well as in Sydney, and studied at Leeds University. "Federal Mill: Mending dept c1918-1920"

Ribbon

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Awarded at Agricultural show.

Inscriptions & Markings

THE GREAT NORTHERN SHOW - ROCHESTER 1964

Book, Knitting - Sixteen Lovely Bed-Jackets and Capes, series 8

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This knitting pattern book was published by Madame Weigel Pty Ltd and contains knitting patterns for womens bedjackets.

Inscriptions & Markings

SERIES 8 / SIXTEEN / Lovely Bed-Jackets / and CAPES / PRICE / 8d / Published by / MADAME WEIGEL / Pty. Ltd. / DELIGHTFUL / DESIGNS / in / KNITTING / and / CROCHET

Photograph - Senor Valdez Minister of Agriculture receiving corriedale ram 1972

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph - Senor Valdez, the Minister of Agriculture, (Peru?) being presented with a Corriedale ram, 1972.

Historical information

Photograph of a Senor Valdez, the Minister of Agriculture, (Peru?) receiving a corriedale ram in 1972, presumably from an Australian delegation of which Mr Pettitt was a part.

Certificate - Certificate of Appreciation

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Certificate of Appreciation certificate from the Torquay Improvement Association to Mr R W Pettitt, Jan 29, 1989.

Photograph - Albany Woollen Mills, 1954

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Albany Woollen Mills, 1954.

Inscriptions & Markings

Albany Woollen Mills, 1954

Letter - [Squatter]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

Kerry Shanley

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

AML BRY

Booklet - The Corriedale

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"The Corriedale", produced for the Australian Corriedale Association by the Australian Stud Monthly, June 1965. Reprinted from "Stud and farm" June 1965.

Document

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Used in the NWM Wool brokers office display

Inscriptions & Markings

lamb shearing 1986 2nd CRT Sept 87