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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 (map)
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+61 03 5272 4734
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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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Sign - Show Floors

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Sign from Dennys, Lascelles Limited building.

Historical information

Sign from Dennys, Lascelles Limited building.

Inscriptions & Markings

WOOL DEPT.

Book - Winding, Warping and Weaving Machinery

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Winding, Warping and Weaving Machinery" - Geo. Hattersley & Sons, Ltd, 1915. This book is a catalogue of the winding, warping and weaving machinery produced by George Hattersley & Sons Ltd, Keighley in 1915.

Inscriptions & Markings

L. HINKS & COMPANY LTD 2'OCONNELL ST SYDNEY AS AGENTS WINDING, / WARPING / AND / WEAVING / MACHINERY. / MAKERS: / GEO. HATTERSLEY & SONS, Ltd., / KEIGHLEY, ENGLAND. / Established 1789. RICHARD HATTERSLEY 1761-1829 / FOUNDER / The / OLDEST / FIRM OF / LOOM / MAKERS / in the WORLD

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

EG / WFY

Pennant

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

Ambassador

Sample, dyed wool

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Sample of home dyed wool produced by Mrs Robin Walker, 1999.

Historical information

This sample is one of five donated by Mrs Walker who dyes her own yarns to knit into hats which she felts herself (in a washing machine) and sells to craft shops. She runs workshops and also teaches home dyeing. She uses a Landscape and Earth Pallette and also uses food colourings and jelly and cake decorating colours.

Book - Sale by description: a progress report on implementation 1987

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Sale by description: a progress report on implementation 1987" Advisory committee on objective measurement, Australian Wool Corporation,

Cabinet

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Used at Woolbroker's Wool Store.

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

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Photo depicts five mill workers from the RSS Mill on a work picnic at Torquay. Those depicted are: Dorothy Bone, Lorna - , Elsie Bone, Kath Barby, Jean Bone.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph, sepia, of a "David Sowden & Sons Patent Towel Loom" No [92?].

Historical information

Photograph probably for promotional purposes, of a "David Sowden and Sons Patent Towel Loom" No [92]? Photograph was with other photographs in an envelope from Yarra Falls Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

PATENT TOWEL LOOM/ DAVID SOWDEN & SONS/SHIPLEY/.....

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Depicts the dyehouse from one of the Godfrey Hirst mills in 1966. In 1966 McKendrick Consolidated Industries Ltd purchased Godfrey Hirst Ltd to operate a carpet manufacturing concern and this photo was taken at the time of the takeover.

Inscriptions & Markings

Proof IAN HAWTHORNE / PHOTOGRAPHER / Commercial, Portrait, Wedding, Colour Processor / Upstairs, 140 Moorabool St., Geelong Ph. 98096

Book - Growing Better Wool

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Growing Better Wool" A.E. Henderson, 1968.

Pamphlet - Multiple Drum Hard Waste Openers AC3-AC7

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Pamphlet for a Multiple Drum Hard Waste Openers AC3-AC7; sole exporters: Metalexport, Warsaw, Poland, c.1950.

Historical information

"Multiple Drum Hard Waste Openers AC3-AC7" - sole exporters: Metalexport, Warsaw, Poland, c.1950.

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

EBIQ

Photocopy

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

H L S POTTER/ PHOTO STORES/...

Card, Advertising

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

the finest/ pure wool cloths/ are made by.../VALLEY/ WORSTERD/ MILLS/ Geelong FIRESTONE EMBOSSED SHOWCARDS Pty Ltd/3 SYDENHAM ST/HIGHETT, VIC.. XW 3419

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Murgatroyd Photograph Collection

Historical information

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 Tweedside/ about 1920

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

PL

Pen

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Parker ball point pen inscribed with wording "Australian Wool Corporation". Part of a collection of Australian Wool Corporation promotional memorabilia believed to have used in the era of Sir William Gunn.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Wool Corporation PARKER

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 the spinning machinery for producing worsted thread. 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.

Photocopy - Raschell Knitting

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

RASCHELL KNITTING H L S POTTER/ PHOTO STORES/...

Report - Wool: Structuring for Global Realities. Report of the Wool Industry Review Committee, 1993

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Donated by Mr Leslie Rourke.

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

HEREFORD

Shearing comb and cutter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Shearing comb and cutter.

Historical information

Shearing comb and cutter. Maintenance tool for Wolseley and Lister handpieces for checking level. Brand - Sunbeam super level.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sunbeam Super Bevel

Wool selling programme

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Light blue card with dark blue lettering

Inscriptions & Markings

Arcadian Wool Tentative Wool Selling Programme July 200 to June 2001

Trap, Rabbit

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Book - The Finishing of Textile Fabrics (woollen, worsted, union & other cloths)

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"The Finishing of Textile Fabrics (woollen, worsted, union and other cloths)" - Roberts Beaumont, 1909. It examines the various types of woollen, worsted and union fabrics and explores finishing processes and machinery. The machinery and processes examined are: scouring, felting, fulling/milling, raising/teaseling, cropping/shearing/cutting and lustring.

Inscriptions & Markings

THE / FINISHING OF TEXTILE FABRICS / (WOOLLEN, WORSTED, UNION & OTHER CLOTHS) / BY / ROBERTS BEAUMONT, M.Sc., M.I.M.E. MECH. E. Ernest Waddington

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.

Ready Reckoner

National Wool Museum, Geelong

First opening of 1705.

Historical information

Wool valuation tables produced by the Commonwealth of Australia, Central Wool Committee, received by Dennys Lascelles, 1939.

Inscriptions & Markings

for Dennys Lascelles

Booklet - This is Lucy the Green blowfly Who Strikes Your Sheep

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Paper booklet, 28 pages. Front cover is blue and white with black and red text and a colour sketch of a blue and green fly. Title reads - This is / "Lucy" / THE GREEN BLOWFLY / WHO STRIKES YOUR / SHEEP-. Internal pages have short text with images describing the effects of fly strike on sheep and ways to prevent it. Back cover is blank with small text in the centre reading -Printers: / COLOURSTONE PTY. LTD. / SYDNEY.-

Historical information

Part of a collection of items donated by Mrs Robyn Adams. Mrs Adams' is the daughter of Victor Clyde, a wool grower who owned and used the items in the donated collection.

Pamphlet - [Squatter]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

The pamphlet was made for and distributed at the Hong Kong International Toy and Games Fair, 1996, and directed to an international market. Possibly part of a subsequent donation ie after the initial 1989 donation.

Inscriptions & Markings

NWM 99.107

Drawing

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Book - Flock Book for British Breeds of Sheep in Australia, Volume 69 Section 1 (Longwool Breeds)

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Flock Book for British Breeds of Sheep in Australia, Volume 69 Section 1 (Longwool Breeds)" - Australian Society of Breeders of British Sheep, 1977.

Book, Knitting - Patons Knitting Book no. 335

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. 335 / "CAROL" - See page 8 / P&B / WOOLS / 1'4d.

Heating Unit

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Heating unit.

Inscriptions & Markings

Labec Selbys Scientific Instruments Chemicals Laboratory Apparatus Melbourne-Sydney-Brisbane-Perth-Adelaide Made by Lsboratory Equipment Pty. Ltd. Sydney Volts 240 Serial 4798 Watts 1200

Photograph - Office staff

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

Office Staff

Booklet

National Wool Museum, Geelong

White paper booklet with four staples on left side spine. Front cover has black text with four horizontal red lines and red text reading -IMPORTANT NOTE- at the bottom part of the cover. Producer text at top reads -EDLER SMITH / GOLDBROUGH MORT / LIMITED- and -WOOL HAND-BOOK / AND WAYBILLS-. Back cover is a ready reckoner providing quick number and measurement conversions. Inside front and back cover has tips on how to use the booklet. Five pages of advice on using the booklet. Several yellow and blue lined sheets upon which bale details can be recorded with the supplied carbon paper to aid in duplication. Fold out map attached inside back cover. One loose page containing bale details for sale. Page is dated 5/10/1959. Loose small self-addressed envelope inside.

Historical information

Donated by Mrs Robyn Adams, daughter of Victor Clyde- a wool grower from North East Victoria. Mr Clyde used this booklet to record details of wool bales which he sold through Goldsbrough Mort.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph, black and white, of the side view of a "David Sowden & Sons" loom.

Historical information

Photograph probably for promotional purposes, of a "David Sowden & Sons" loom. Photograph was among items from Yarra Falls Mill.

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.

Book - Wool Year Book 1949

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Wool Year Book 1949" - The Textile Mercury Ltd.

Inscriptions & Markings

H D Radford

Sign

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Used to advertise vacant job positions at the entrance to Foster Valley Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

Weaver

Book - Cotton Weaving and Designing

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Cotton Weaving and Designing" - John T. Taylor, 1909.

Shearing comb

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Cooper" metal shearing comb with ten points.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cooper/ BRISTOW/ PATENT/ No. 1143

Wool sample card - Range Of Counts 80's - 54's

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Wool samples in a range of counts (thicknesses). Probably part of a student of woolclassing's work.

Inscriptions & Markings

RANGE OF COUNTS / 80's - 54's / 80s / 70s / 64s / 60s / 58s / 56s / 54s

Book - Flock Book for British Breeds of Sheep in Australia, Volume 49 Section 2 Shortwool Breeds 1957

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Flock Book for British Breeds of Sheep in Australia", Volume 49 Section 2 Shortwool Breeds 1957

Bonnet

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Baby's bonnet knitted by Sylvia Maidment 1944-1948.

Historical information

Made by Sylvia Maidment 1944-48.

Container

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Basket

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Quilt - Red cross quilt

National Wool Museum, Geelong

"Red Cross" quilt; crazy patchwork with embroidered surface decoration, Australia, c.1910-40.

Historical information

This quilt was purchased from an op shop in Clifton Hill, Vic. by Lois Densham, a quilter and former member of the Running Stitch group who has an interest in historic Australian quilts. The quilt has been displayed in NSW, where it was part of an exhibition of Historic Australian Quilts curated by Annette Gero and held at Old Government House, Paramatta between 5 June and 22 August 2000. Initially purchased in Clifton Hill, it originally came from a source in Highton, Geelong. It is a double bed sized quilt in the classic 'crazy' style with extensive use of herringbone and feather stitching.The pieced style of the quilt, made from squares of patchwork is similar to the style of quilts made by members of the Country Women's Association (CWA). The women sometimes made a quilt as a group activity and Lois suggested that the quilt may have been made by this group.

Book - Report by the wool marketing committeee to the Australian Wool Board, vol. 2, Oct 1967

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Report by the wool marketing committee to the Australian Wool Board, vol. 2, Oct 1967", Appendix to report by the Australian Wool Board presented to the Australian Wool Industry Conference Melbourne, 1967