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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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Label, Blanket - Physician blanket labels

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Physician/SLUMBER QUEEN/ SUPER FINE/ CHILLPROOF/ PURE MERINO WOOL/ MOTHPROOFED/MADE IN AUSTALIA

Card

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Card no. 13 from the Crusader Mills information card set, c.1945-55. Verso of card no. 13 from the Crusader Mills information card set, c.1945-55.

Historical information

This card is the thirteenth in a set of 16 information cards produced by the Stamina Clothing Company re: Australian Woollen Mills as give aways. It looks the process of mending the newly woven cloth.

Inscriptions & Markings

No. 13 Inspecting and mending any slight imperfections.

Book - Wool Selling Regulations and Conditions of Sale

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Wool Selling Regulations and Conditions of Sale for Melbourne, Geelong, Adelaide, Albury, Portland and Tasmanian Wool Markets.

Historical information

Wool Selling Regulations and Conditions of Sale for Melbourne, Geelong, Adelaide, Albury, Portland and Tasmanian Wool Markets.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Interior of Valley Worsted Mill, c.1923.

Historical information

This photograph shows the interior of the Valley Worsted Mill in 1923. The mill was first established at this time, and the photo shows the interior after tooling up but prior to the mill actually commencing operation. This photo is one of 31 in total and shows an unknown area of machinery within the mill. The donor worked at the Valley Mill for many years. This mill still exists in Swanston Street, Geelong and is now being used by Melba Industries (an Austrim-Nylex company) to produce Jumbuck Nylon wool packs.

Container

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Pennant

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

MORWELL VIC. IN THE LATROBE VALLEY MIGHTY MORWELL

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

W7200 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

An early photograph of Brintons factory on Fellmongers Road. Hung in premise until closure in 2008.

Inscriptions & Markings

Robin Hockley Studios Geelong Brintons Carpets 6075 Raylum

Inkwell

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Used at Foster Valley Mill.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph, black and white, of a loom, probably "David Sowden & Sons", No 376.

Historical information

Photograph probably for promotional purposes, of a loom possibly "David Sowden and Sons" No 376. Photograph was with other photographs in an envelope from Yarra Falls Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

376

Book - Memorandum of Association: The Australian Corriedale Association, 1982

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Memorandum of Association: The Australian Corriedale Association, 1982", owned by Mr R.W. Pettitt, a former breeder and judge of corriedale sheep whose father and uncle were also stud owners.

Annual Report - Wool International Annual Report 1996-97

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Donated by Mr Leslie Rourke.

Yarn sample book - The Fashion in Knitting

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Front cover of a book of Villawool knitting yarn samples produced by the Villawood Textile Company, c.1963.

Historical information

This book is a sample book of the various types, thicknesses and colours of hand knitting yarn produced by the Villawood Textile Company under the trade name of 'Villawool' in c.1963. The illustration on the front cover was produced by a designer / design firm called 'Saxton'.

Inscriptions & Markings

THE / FashioN / iN / kNiTTiNG / Villawool SAXTON

Drawing

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Book - The Textile Manufacturer Year Book 1937

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"The Textile Manufacturer Year Book 1935".

Book, Knitting - Sun-glo Knitting Book series 90

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This knitting pattern book was published by the Alexandria Mills, Sydney and contains knitting patterns for womens garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sun-glo / Knitting Book / Series 90 / 1'3

Book - One hundred years: the romance of the Victorian people

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"One hundred years: the romance of the Victorian people" - R Bridges, 1934. Probably produced for the Centenary of Victoria in 1935.

Inscriptions & Markings

To/ Dear Sue/ Wishing you a /Happy Xmas/ From/ Joyce and Jack Xmas 1944

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 - The Portland Bay settlement: being the history of Portland, Victoria, from 1800 to 1851

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"The Portland Bay settlement: being the history of Portland, Victoria, from 1800 to 1851" - Noel F Learmonth, 1934.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Photo was taken on location of the filming of the mini series "The Dunera Boys". The photographer was Paul Baitz who was an extra working amongst the sheep in the pen on a freezing cold December day. Taken: ?December 1984. (this photo appears in a circular format on the title page of "Wool and the Australian Imagination")

Poster

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Poster promoting clothing made from Australian wool

Inscriptions & Markings

naturally warm/ you can trust the wool/ that wears the WOOLMARK

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

Stonyhurst

Shearing cutter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

19 shearing cutters inscribed "HEINIGER XP4S", 2 shearing combs inscribed "LISTER XLII' and 1 shearing comb marked "SUNBEAM Gem"

Inscriptions & Markings

"HEINIGER XP4S" "LISTER XLII' SUNBEAM Gem

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Part of set of 53 photographs taken of exterior and interior of Godfrey Hirst Ltd Mill.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Aerial view of the Valley Mill, c.1923.

Historical information

Photographic postcard depicting the newly constructed Valley Mill, c.1923.

Inscriptions & Markings

POST CARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS ONLY / KODAK / AUSTRAL

Skirt

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Australian womens skirt from the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Designed by Mambo Graphics.

Sign - Show Floors & Auction Room.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Sign for show floors and auction room.

Inscriptions & Markings

Show Floors & Auction Room.

Pennant

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON Shakespeare Land ENGLAND

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

DM

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

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Litmus paper

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Lyphan litmus papers in a green box.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lyphan L 663 (pH 3.9 - 6.0) Dr. Gerhard Kloz Berlin