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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 3220 (map)
phone
+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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Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

Avenue Ironworks John Daglilsh & Sons

Spindle

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

From Collins Mills.

Bale Fastener

National Wool Museum, Geelong

"Grip" bale fasteners,The Hurst & Hughes Pty Ltd, 35 Skene Street, Geelong, Victoria.

Historical information

"Grip" bale fasteners,The Hurst & Hughes Pty Ltd, 35 Skene Street, Geelong, Victoria. Donated from the estate of the donors' father who had an involvement through the scouting movement with the Hurst family who invented bale clips.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Grip" Bale Fasteners/ The Hurst & Hughes Pty Ltd, 35 Skene Street, Geelong, Victoria....

Teasel Gig Parts

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Catalogue - The British Northrop Loom Co Ltd; Driving (F Model 4 Box Woollen and Worsted)

National Wool Museum, Geelong

"The British Northrop Loom Co Ltd", catalogue containing lists of parts for the British Northrop F Model looms.

Historical information

"The British Northrop Loom Co Ltd", catalogue containing lists of parts for the British Northrop F Model looms.

Photograph - [Sladen's in residence]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Sladen House was built by Sir Charles Sladen in 1850 and it served as the amenities section of the R S & R Mill after World War 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Geelong R S & S Woollen & Worsted Co-operative Manufacturing Coy lLimited Robert Pockley Studios/ photographers... Copy by/

Poster - The corriedale in a changing world

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Poster promoting the Corriedale breed in the Republic of South Africa.

Book - An Illustrated World History of the Sheep and Wool Industry

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"An Illustrated World History of the Sheep and Wool Industry" - South African Wool Board, Pretoria, 1970.

Advertising Sign - Is there a Physician in the house?

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Advertising material from the "Physician Mix n' Match" advertising campaign 1970. Advertising material from the "Physician Mix n' Match" advertising campaign 1970. Advertising material from the "Physician Mix n' Match" advertising campaign 1970. Advertising material from the "Physician Mix n' Match" advertising campaign 1970.

Historical information

Advertising material from the "Physician Mix n' Match" advertising campaign 1970.

Younghusband Limited Melbourne 100,000th Bale Pictorial - Younghusband Limited Melbourne 100,000th Bale- Receiving the 100,00th Bale of Wool for the 1956-57 season

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Three black and white photographs showing the 100,000th bale of wool for the season of 1956-57 being unloaded, entering store and being checked and weighed.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Younghusband Limited Melbourne 100,000th Bale. Receiving the 100,000th bale of wool for the 1956-57 season. On the 11th June 1957, the company at Melbourne received its 100,000th bale for the season. This being the first occasion on which 100,00 bales or more have been received. The Bale branded MERWIN was consigned by the Merwin Pastoral Co. Pty.Ltd. Moulamien NSW. This pictorial record shows the bale being unloaded. Entering store and being checked and weighed."

Book, Knitting - Patons Knitting Book no. 340

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 womens garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

Patons KNITTING BOOK NO. 340 / "ROSALIND" - See page 8 / P&B / WOOLS / 1'4d.

Book - Finishing Machinery

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Catalogue of textile finishing machinery produced by William Whiteley and Sons Ltd, Huddersfield, Oct. 1922.

Historical information

"Finishing Machinery" by W.M. Whiteley and Sons Ltd, Oct. 1922. Catalogue of machinery for finishing woollen and worsted cloths.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Journal - Sheepfarming Annual 1949

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Sheepfarming Annual 1949" Massey Agricultural College (University of New Zealand), 1949.

Book, Knitting - Villawool Knitting Book no. 86

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 86 / designs in / NYLO TWEED / STARLITE CREPE / GLEAM CREPE / 2'9

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph, showing the mansard roof being removed from the Dennys Lascelles wool store, Geelong, 1932.

Historical information

This photograph shows the removal of the mansard roof from the Dennys Lascelles wool store (cnr Moorabool and Brougham Streets; now the National Wool Museum). This photo was taken by Mr Cyril Cameron (known as 'Cam'), the father of the donor of this item. Mr Cyril Cameron came from the family property 'Burnside' near Glenthompson in the Western District. He joined Strachan & Co. as an office boy in Aug. 1914 and then joined the 8th Battalion, 1st AIF in January 1915. He returned to Australia in early 1920 and started work at Strachan's again. He did the wool classing course (one year, evening?) at the Gordon in 1920-21. He became Head Wool Valuer at Strachan's in 1938 and retired in 1970. His office at Strachan's was on the top floor, directly overlooking what is now the entrance to the National Wool Museum (formerly Dennys Lascelles woolstore). He died in 1983. Mr Cameron took this photo from his office in Strachan's. The date written on the back of the photo (1932) is in Mr Cameron's handwriting.

Inscriptions & Markings

Dennys Lascelles / Geelong / Wrecking tower / 1932

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Folder - National Wool Museum

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Part of Ken Galloways research material associated with his career as a woolclasser. "National Wool Museum"

Inscriptions & Markings

National Wool Museum 15

Photographic Display - The Wool Industry of Geelong 1935

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Wool samples prepared at the School of Wool Sorting, Gordon Institute of Technology, Geelong. This object hung in the Wool Exchange Building until 1985 and is now displayed in the National Wool Museum using copy prints of photographs. Wool samples were prepared at the School of Wool Sorting, the Gordon Institute of Technology, Geelong.

Inscriptions & Markings

THE WOOL INDUSTRY OF GEELONG 1935

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Depicts the winding / spinning operations within a mill, c.1950s. Part of a series of photos depicting the various operations within a textile mill, all of which have been edited for publication.

Sheet, water meter - [Commonwealth Woollen Mills, Geelong: "Venturi" Water Meter No1255]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Trophy - Industrial Choir Contest 1925

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

Industrial Choir Contest 1925 Presented by the/ Blue Triangle / for Industrial Choirs/ [..]nally won by H L S POTTER/ PHOTO STORES/...

Annual Report - Australian Wool Corporation Annual Report 1984-85

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Donated by Mr Leslie Rourke.

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

WILHIEMBERG

Photograph - "The Australian Eleven"

National Wool Museum, Geelong

" The Australian Eleven", from the display board which hung in the Geelong Wool Exchange, Corio St, Geelong until the building was sold in 1985.

Historical information

Photograph of eleven merino rams standing in a row. " The Australian Eleven", from the display board which hung in the Geelong Wool Exchange, Corio St, Geelong until the building was sold in 1985. The display board now hangs in the National Wool Museum with copy prints from the original photographs. Sheep were from the "Wanganella" station in Victoria.

Lamb Marker

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Used for sheep castration.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph, black and white, of a loom, No420.

Historical information

Photograph probably for promotional purposes, probably of a "David Sowden & Sons" loom No 420. Photograph was among items from Yarra Falls Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

387

Book - Supplement to the Corriedale Flock Book 1959

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Supplement to the Corriedale Flock Book 1959", owned by Mr R.W. Pettitt, a former breeder and judge of corriedale sheep whose father and uncle were also stud owners.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Depicts the milling operations within a mill, c.1950s. Part of a series of photos depicting the various operations within a textile mill, all of which have been edited for publication.

Textile Handcraft - The Afternoon Tea Party: Strawberry Pie

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

The Geelong Handweavers and Spinners Guild Inc. entered "The Afternoon Tea Party" , designed by Val Ingeme, into the "Five Articles" Section of the Melbourne Sheep and Woolcraft Show c.1992. To qualify, the entry needed to be from a group of five people and be able to demonstrate a number of wool crafts in at least five different items. "The Afternoon Tea Party" was loaned to the NWM for display and was subsequently donated in 2003. This piece was designed and made by Val Ingeme from commercial wool.

Textile Handcraft - The Afternoon Tea Party: Plate of Sandwiches

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

The Geelong Handweavers and Spinners Guild Inc. entered "The Afternoon Tea Party" , designed by Val Ingeme, into the "Five Articles" Section of the Melbourne Sheep and Woolcraft Show c.1992. To qualify, the entry needed to be from a group of five people and be able to demonstrate a number of wool crafts in at least five different items. "The Afternoon Tea Party" was loaned to the NWM for display and was subsequently donated in 2003. This piece was designed by Janette Stonehouse and Val ingeme. the white bread and plate made by Janette Stonehouse and the brown bread by Val Ingeme.

Printing Block

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Reverse of block.

Historical information

Printing block used by Dennys Strachan which prints: DSM Dennys Strachan Mercantile Limited P.O. Box 184 Geelong 3220. Dennys Lascelles Ltd and Strachan and Co. were subsumed by Australian Mercantile Land and Finance Ltd in 1978, which was in turn taken over by Elders IXL in 1982.

Inscriptions & Markings

DSM / Dennys Strachan Mercantile Limited / P.O. BOX 184, GEELONG 3220

Poster - Sew natural: you can make it in wool

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Sew natural: you can make it in wool, c1960's.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sew natural: you can make it in wool

Book - Australian Wool Realization Commission Table of limits season 1948-1949

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Australian Wool Realization Commission: Table of limits season 1948-1949", includes annotations

Annual Report - Australian Wool Corporation Annual Report 1980-81

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Donated by Mr Leslie Rourke.

Book - The Tukidale Story

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"The Tukidale Story" - Bob Eastoe, 1987, published by the Tukidale Sheep Society of Australia. Tukidale wool is used widely for carpets and this book has been signed by Keith Houston, manager of Hycraft Spinners, (a carpet manufacturing organisation) who early on realised the possibilities of Tukidale wool and who is acknowledged by the author in the foreword.

Inscriptions & Markings

With compliments / Keith Houston

Book, Knitting - Patons Knitting Book no. 309

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This book was produced by Patons and Baldwins and contains knitting patterns for womens garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

Patons KNITTING BOOK NO. 309 / "Keryn" - See page 10 / P&B / WOOLS / 10 1/2d.

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

1734 / 79

Book - A Manual of Dyeing, volume II, part VII

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"A Manual of Dyeing: for the Use of Practical Dyers, Manufacturers, Students and all Interested in the Art of Dyeing, volume II, part VII", Edmund Knecht, Christopher Rawson, Richard Loewenthal, 9th ed., 1933.

Shearing cutter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

LISTER LIGHT WIDE metal shearing cutter.

Historical information

LISTER LIGHT WIDE metal shearing cutter with three prongs

Inscriptions & Markings

LISTER/ LIGHT WIDE

Book, Knitting - Sirdar After Six: book 9937

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 Sirdar (Australia) and contains knitting patterns for womens evening clothes.

Inscriptions & Markings

SIRDAR / AFTER SIX / 9937 / 40c

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

TAMPICO

Book - A Manual of Dyeing, volume I

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"A Manual of Dyeing - for the Use of Practical Dyers, Manufacturers, Students and all Interested in the Art of Dyeing, volume I", Edmund Knecht, Christopher Rawson, Richard Loewenthal, 9th ed., 1933.

Inscriptions & Markings

A.G. Schofield / 'Panorama' / Noble St. / Newtown / Geelong

Annual Report - Geelong R.S.&S. Co. Ltd; 42nd Annual Report, 1962

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Geelong R.S.&S. Woollen and Worsted Co-operative Manufacturing Coy. Ltd. 42nd Annual Report 1962".

Photograph - Dennys Lascelles Limited; Members of the Staff on Active Service, January 1st 1917

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph, Dennys Lascelles staff members on active service in WWI at at 1 Jan. 1917 Photograph, H.H. Storrer. Photograph, C.J. Long. Photograph, Wm. Mathews. Photograph, S.E. Scott. Photograph, J. Cameron. Photograph, F.H. Lascelles. Photograph, H.T. Burn. Photograph, H. Freeman. Photograph, N. McT. Evans. Photograph, A. Jenkins.

Historical information

Photos depict the staff members of Denny Lascelles Ltd. who were on active service in World War 1 as at January 1st, 1917: H. Freeman, H.H. Storrer, S.E. Scott, H.T. Burn, F.H. Lascelles, J. Cameron, C.J. Long, N. Mc.T. Evans, W. Mathews, A. Jenkins.

Inscriptions & Markings

DENNYS LASCELLES LIMITED. / MEMBERS OF THE STAFF ON ACTIVE SERVICE. / JANUARY, 1st. 1917. / H. FREEMAN. / H.H. STORRER. / S.E. SCOTT. / H.T. BURN. / F.H. LASCELLES. / J. CAMERON. / C.J. LONG. / N. Mc.T. EVANS. / W. MATHEWS. / A. JENKINS.

Book - Wool Appraisement Catalogues 1945-1946 No.s 127-134 Official No. 1 Wool Valuer

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Wool appraisement catalogues produced by the woolbrokers Goldsborough Mort, titled: Wool Appraisement Catalogues 1945-1946 No.s 127-134 Official No. 1 Wool Valuer.

Inscriptions & Markings

WOOL / APPRAISEMENT / CATALOGUES / 1945-1946 / No.s 127-134 / OFFICIAL / No. 1 / WOOL / VALUER

Record, Gramophone - "I'll come to you - waltz" / "A fool with a dream"

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Booklet - The Corriedale

National Wool Museum, Geelong

copy of w4692

Historical information

"The Corriedale", produced for the Australian Corriedale Association by the Australian Stud Monthly, June 1965.

Shoes

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Book - Grammar of Textile Design

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Grammar of Textile Design" 2nd rev. ed. - H. Nisbet, 1919.