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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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7388 items

7388 items

Book - Below These Hills

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Below These Hills: the story of a Riverina farm" - Ernest G. Moll, Melbourne University Press, 1957. Semi - autobiographical account of life and work on a farm in the Riverina district.

Folder, sample

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Weaving sample folder: "FANCY WORSTEDS" patterns and 3 blue cloth samples

Inscriptions & Markings

P. ARUSIC-GOLUB 1964 (ink) FANCY WORSTEDS.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

H L S POTTER/ PHOTO STORES/...

Book - Sheep and wool Grade 2

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Brown paperback book with red binding

Inscriptions & Markings

Sheep and Wool Grade 2 Department of Sheep and Wool Royal Melbourne Technical College

Book - The big show

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"The big show" -Gilbert Mant ,1972 . History of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales

Invitation

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Invitation to the President of the Geelong Branch of the RSSILA to lunch, following the foundation stone laying ceremony at the RSS Mill, 15-2-1922.

Historical information

Invitation from the Mayor of Geelong to the President of the Geelong Branch of the RSSILA, to lunch after the laying of the foundation stone for the Geelong RSS Mill on Wednesday 15th February 1922 at 1.30pm.

Book - Self-Acting Mules vol. I

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Practical Treatise upon Self-Acting Mules, vol. I" - Thomas Thornley, 3rd ed., 1906.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Murgatroyd Photograph Collection

Historical information

James Murgatroyd worked at Warrnambool Woollen Mills, Federal Mill, Tweedside, Collins Mills and set up looms for Alexander Spinning Mills Sydney, his son 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 KODAK PRINT

Photocopy - Certificate of honour - Second - Victory - Loan

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

H L S POTTER/ PHOTO STORES/...

Pennant

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

MELBOURNE VIC. THE SHRINE PRINCE'S BRIDGE MYER MUSIC BOWL MELBOURNE Victoria

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Depicts spinning/twisting machinery within a mill, c.1930s.

Drawing - [Squatter]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Associated documents from Mr R Lloyd provide further information

Inscriptions & Markings

NOTE THIS IS THE ORIGINAL ATTEMPT /I MADE TO PUT DOWN ON PAPER/ MY ORIGINAL CONCEPT OF/ THE AUSTRALIAN FARMING GAME/ SQUATTER,,(SIGNED) Robert Lloyd/ 24th January 1980 (THIS WAS 6 YEARS BEFORE / PUBLICATION OF ....15/11/91

Photocopy - [Squatter]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Stickpin

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Stick pin with wool mark logo. Part of a collection of Australian Wool Corporation promotional memorabilia believed to have used in the era of Sir William Gunn.

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

GAS / PARADISE

Sample, Wool

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Article - Textile Journal of Australia

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Part of Collins Brothers Collection.

Photograph - Basketball Ball Team Premiers 1938

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Federal Mills Basketball team premiers, 1938.

Historical information

Federal Woollen Mills Basketball Ball Team Premiers, 1938. Back Row L to R: Margery Dorling, Mavis Rogan, Gladys Rand, Lorraine Hadden, N. Bawden, Jean Manson. Front: Florrie Anderson, Eva Fagan, Phyllis Brien. Same as W2971. Mrs Alsop was a mill worker from early 1930s till early 1970s. She worked at Federal and Foster Mills in Geelong District and Yarra Falls, Melbourne.

Inscriptions & Markings

M. Dorling M. Rogan G. Rand L. Hadden N. Bawden J. Manson / F. Anderson E. Fagan P. Brien T. Lockwood / GEELONG

Arcadian wool Classer Specifications

National Wool Museum, Geelong

White paper with blue lettering

Inscriptions & Markings

Arcadian Wool Classers Specification.

Plate

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Contains objects: 683, 684, 1162, 1163, 1619, 1620, 1621, 2848

Inscriptions & Markings

Bumper Harvest Made in China 307p. - 113 20 Cms

Pennant

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

Wesley SAPRE AUDE

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 Federal/ Pirn - (weft) winder c 1918-1919

Card, stocktake

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Bundle of stocktake cards used at Foster Valley Mill.

Sheep Castrator

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Sheep castrator.

Historical information

Sheep castrator owned by Tom Crocker (former Operations Manager, National Wool Museum), used on father's property in Violet Town.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marples Tools Shamrock Brand Wm Marples & Sons Ltd Hibernia Works Sheffield, England Warranted

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

T-shirt

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Australian t-shirt from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games unisex casual uniform (option 1). Designed by Country Road.

Tag - Foster Valley Pty. Ltd.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Swing tags for Foster Valley Mills products.

Historical information

Swing tags for Foster Valley Mills products.

Inscriptions & Markings

6229 5-0 70% 30% 6229 6-5 70% 30%

Label, Blanket

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Labels for the 'Physician' range of blankets.

Historical information

Blanket labels from Collins Bros Mill Pty Ltd blankets produced under the brand name of 'Physician', c.1960.

Inscriptions & Markings

Made from/ Physician/ ALL WOOL/ Chillproofed/ and Mothproofed Fabric/ MADE IN AUSTRALIA". ONE GROSS/ Cash's/ LABELS/ J. & J. CASH PTY. LTD./ RICHMOND, MELBOURNE

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 ASC 620 Sellers