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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

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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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7423 items

7423 items

Reproduction - Victorian Woollen Mills 1879

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Part of and Victorian 150th Anniversary exhibition "The changing face of Geelong", comprising copies of photographs and illustrations held at the Geelong Historical Records Centre. " Victorian Woollen Mills 1879. The Victorian Woollen and Cloth Manufacturing Company was the first of its kind in Victoria and was awarded 1,500 pounds for producing the first woollen cloth in 1868"

Inscriptions & Markings

42 Victorian Woollen Mills 1879. The Victorian Woollen and Cloth Manufacturing Company was the first of its kind in Victoria and was awarded 1,500 pounds for producing the first woollen cloth in 1868" Photograph by Brian Tanner GEELONG REGIONAL COMMISSION/P.O.BOX 770/ GEELNG/ VICTORIA, 3220

Braid

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Braid woven in 1977 on an inkle loom.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph showing panoramic view of Collins Mill, Narnock Vale, and staff, c1934.

Historical information

Photograph showing panoramic view of Collins Mill, Narnock Vale, and staff, c1934.

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

#NAME?

Shears

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Hand shears from Westfarmers Dalgety Ltd.

Inscriptions & Markings

Made in England Combination CI TS No. 1 Gurney

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.

Packing tape

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This roll of packing tape was produced in England by P.P. Payne and Sons Ltd for Collins Bros Mill, Geelong. One of the products of Collins Bros was the 'Physician Chillproof' blanket - presumably this tape was used for packing up the finished products at the mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

PHYSICIAN CHILLPROOF REGD., GEELONG, VICTORIA. PPP P.P. PAYNE / AND SONS LTD / HAYDN ROAD / NOTTINGHAM / ENGLAND MADE IN / ENGLAND

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

ROUBAIX

Scales

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Incomplete Salter spring scales used at Foster Valley Mill, 60 lb by 2 oz.

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

BROKEN

Teasel

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Teasel used for raising the nap of cloth.

Report - Report of the Third Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders in British Australian Wool Realisation Association Limited

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Report (printer's proof)

Historical information

Donated by Mr Leslie Rourke, 2002

Inscriptions & Markings

PRINTER'S PROOF

Book - Shearing by machinery with the Moffatt-Virtue sheep shearing machine

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Catalogue book of Moffatt-Virtue sheep shearing machinery, from the property of Mary Doyle, Cressy.

Historical information

Catalogue book of Moffatt-Virtue sheep shearing machinery, from the property of Mary Doyle, Cressy.

Slide Folder - Wool Scouring

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Slide folder originally containing 12 slides depicting the wool scouring process. Contains information about the slides.

Inscriptions & Markings

12 COLOUR SLIDES / WOOL SCOURING

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 D155889 Lot 14 Sep 1957 The Dobby/ the top/ part of this machine/ of a Hattersley Loom Ignore date

Newspaper Clipping

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Part of collection of items related to the late Senator J.F. Guthrie, breeder of Corriedales. Senator James Francis Guthrie (1872-1958) was the founder and first president of the Australian Corriedale Sheepbreeders' Association in 1914 and was involved in the wool industry all his life. He worked for Dalgety's and was managing director of the Guthrie Corriedale Stud. He was a Senator for Victoria between 1920-38 and wrote a number of books about the Australian wool industry.Part of collection of items related to the late Senator J.F. Guthrie, breeder of Corriedales.

Inscriptions & Markings

Please post to Mrs Taylor

Booklet - Sheepclassing and Woolclassing Correspondance Course. Lesson Nos. 1-6

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Paper booklet, 37 pages, soft front and back cover, bound with two metal staples on spine. Front cover has a coat of arms at the top and headings - Department of Education, New South Wales- and -SYDNEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE-

Historical information

Donated by Mrs. robyn Adams, daughter of Victor Clyde who owned/used this booklet. Her text is included below: "I also have 2 booklets that my father had from the Department of Education NSW Sydney Technical College. Sheep classing and wool classing correspondence course. Lessons 1-6, 13- 18 21cm x 13cm He started this course after WW2. I think it was funded by the government for returning soldiers"

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Committee - First Annual Picnic of the Employes of the Wool brokers Association Stores held at Schnapper Point, 23 March 1896

Historical information

Photo depicts the Committee who organised the First Annual Picnic of the Employes of the Wool brokers Association Stores held at Schnapper Point, 23 March 1896

Inscriptions & Markings

Committee - First Annual Picnic of the Employes of the Wool brokers Association Stores held at Schnapper Point, 23 March 1896

Newspaper Clipping - Personal

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Short article about the retirement of Mr Andrew Fleming from Dennys Lashelles Limited.

Historical information

Short article about the retirement of Mr Andrew Fleming from Dennys Lashelles Limited, and the event used to mark the occasion.

Model - Model of Open-Shed Loom

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Folded model inside instruction sheet. Envelope for model.

Historical information

This paper model of an open-shed loom was produced by the Gresham Publishing Company and was part of the eight volume set of books titled: "The Textile Industries" by William S. Murphy and first published by Gresham in 1911. (The NWM holds two sets of these books; one donated in 2001 and the other donated in 1989 by Godfrey Hirst. This model was not part of the set donated in 2001, but may possibly have come into the collection with the 1989 donation. It may also have come seperately via another, unknown donor.)

Inscriptions & Markings

THE TEXTILE INDUSTRIES / MODEL OF / OPEN-SHED LOOM / SHOWING ALL DETAILS OF STRUCTURE AND WORKING / THE GRESHAM PUBLISHING COMPANY / SOUTHAMPTON STREET, STRAND, LONDON

Book - Wool Textile Research in Australia

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Wool Textile Research in Australia - Report to C.S.I.R." by A.C. Goodings, Melbourne, August 1945.

Inscriptions & Markings

WRL

Stand

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Used to hold textiles in the weaving room.

Newspaper Clipping - Sladen House Goes Under the Hammer

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Drill Bit

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Steel drill bit.

Photograph - [Electricity generators in boilerhouse]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down

Inscriptions & Markings

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Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

"RIPPONLEA /J.E.H" "COMBING"

Book - Cotton Spinning vol. II

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Cotton Spinning (intermediate, or second year), vol. II" - Thomas Thornley, 3rd ed. 1916.

Game, Board - Squatter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Decimal currency version, probably not before 1964

Inscriptions & Markings

NO 4 ASSORTMENT 4.3

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

SFG

Advertising Sheet - [Squatter]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Possibly part of a subsequent donation ie after the initial 1989 donation.

Inscriptions & Markings

NWM 99.107