Stories Organisations Projects About Login

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.

Links

Contact Information

location
PO Box 104 Geelong Victoria 3220 (map)
phone
+61 03 5272 4701, 03 5272 4163

Contact

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

View on Google Maps

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

Leave a comment

3301 items with images

Statement of Account

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Part of a collection of commecial documents relating to Burkinshaw Bros, "Wareek", and Strachan, Murray & Shannon Pty Ltd, Geelong.

Historical information

Part of a collection of commecial documents relating to Burkinshaw Bros, "Wareek", and Strachan, Murray & Shannon Pty Ltd, Geelong, including correspondence and sales accounts.

Cone

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Designed for nce only use. Used for holding the yarn during yarn dyeing. The process was called "pressure dyeing" for a small amount of yarn. Doesn't create an even dye effect.

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Woollen Mills

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

The Australian Wool Board promotional caravan

Inscriptions & Markings

Ritter-Jepperson Studios...

Folder, sample

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Weaving samples folder: 3 "FANCY WOOLLEN (MENS SUITING RANGE)" patterns with 3 black/grey cloth samples

Inscriptions & Markings

5651 (ink) FANCY WOOLLEN COATING FABRIC

Weights

National Wool Museum, Geelong

A six piece set of cast iron weights, associated with the Wertheim "Preciosa" knitting machine.

Historical information

A six piece set of cast iron weights, associated with the Wertheim "Preciosa" knitting machine.

Ribbon

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Red, white and blue wool ribbon with yellow tassels on short ends. Yellow stitched/stamped text. Text is divided across the three coloured panels which are stitched together with white thread.

Historical information

Ribbon awarded to Mr Charles Wilson Peel of 'Callenondah' at Gnawarre. Mr Peel ran a superfine merino stud. This ribbon is from the Geelong Agricultural & Pastoral Society 1959 Show and was awarded Champion for Sample of Merino Lambs Wool.

Sheet, Instruction

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Other side of sheet.

Historical information

Instruction sheet for mill floor operator, Appendix IV Materials Used in Scour, Lathes, Mill & Wash-Off Processes. Scouring Machine Auxiliary Details over.

Photocopy

National Wool Museum, Geelong

A framed photocopy of a letter written by Mrs Pat Coverdale to accompany the blanket she donated to the National Wool Museum.

Historical information

A framed photocopy of a letter written by Mrs Pat Coverdale to accompany the blanket she donated to the National Wool Museum.

Record, Gramophone - Better not roll those blue, blue eyes / You rhyme with everything that's beautiful

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Part of the Zakrzewski photographic collection. Mr Zakrzewski collected, repaired and restored spinning wheels and was the inventor of the Carrington Wheel. He retained photographs of all the spinning wheels he repaired and restored and the entire collection of 42 photos were donated to the NWM with his spinning wheel collection.

Invitation - [Squatter]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Associated documents from Mr R Lloyd provide further information

Inscriptions & Markings

Ms Elizabeth Triarico/ Curator/ National wool Museum/ Cnr Moorabool/ Brougham Streets/ Geelong VIC 3220

Book - Wolstatistiek: Wool statistics

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Wolstatistiek: Wool statistics" - South African Wool Board. Statistics up to 1988 for the South African wool industry.

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 Sellers

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Part of the Zakrzewski photographic collection. Mr Zakrzewski collected, repaired and restored spinning wheels and was the inventor of the Carrington Wheel. He retained photographs of all the spinning wheels he repaired and restored and the entire collection of 42 photos were donated to the NWM with his spinning wheel collection.

Game, Board - Squatter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Decimal currency version, probably not before 1964

Inscriptions & Markings

NO 4 ASSORTMENT 4.3

Letter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Letter,18th December 1946, from Sidney Reid to W R Lang regarding the testing of wool samples.

Letter

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Letter from the manager of Engelabra Merino Stud to W R Lang re. wool samples for testing

Bobbin Winder

National Wool Museum, Geelong

A small, manual bobbin winder on wooden base.

Historical information

A small, manual bobbin winder on wooden base

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

James Murgatroyd worked in textile mills in England, Victoria and NSW. His son Fred 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

Photograph Album

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph from album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, 1950. This photo shows the skirtings in the reclass bins in the former Australian Estates Collins St show floor. Photograph from album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, 1950. This photo shows the skirtings in the reclass bins in the former Australian Estates Collins St show floor. Photograph from album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, 1950. This photo shows fleeces being reclassed. Photograph from album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, 1950. This photo shows the wool sorters at work (Harold Elliott can be seen in the double breasted suit). Photograph from album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, 1950. This photo shows wool being reclassed. Photograph from album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, 1950. This photo shows wool being reclassed. Photograph from album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, 1950. This photo shows Harold Elliott (double breasted suit) with the wool sorters. Photograph from album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, 1950. This photo shows Harold Elliott (double breasted suit) with the wool sorters. Photograph from album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, 1950. This photo shows the first and second pieces of the skirtings being sorted. Photograph from album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, 1950. This photo shows the full bales and the reclass bins. Photograph from album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, 1950. This photo shows a double dump wool press at work, compressing the already full bales of wool even smaller for shipment overseas. Photograph from album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, in 1950. This photo shows the scouring operations at the Oriental Scouring Mills in Geelong (the scouring had been contracted out by Elliott and Dibb). Photograph from album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, in 1950. This photo shows the scouring operations at the Oriental Scouring Mills in Geelong (the scouring had been contracted out by Elliott and Dibb). Photograph from album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, in 1950. This photo shows the scouring operations at the Oriental Scouring Mills in Geelong (the scouring had been contracted out by Elliott and Dibb). Photograph from album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, in 1950. This photo shows the scouring operations at the Oriental Scouring Mills in Geelong (the scouring had been contracted out by Elliott and Dibb). Photograph from album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, in 1950. This photo shows two men (Keith Dibb on the right) viewing the scoured wool at the Oriental Scouring Mills in Geelong (the scouring had been contracted out by Elliott and Dibb). Photograph from album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, in 1950. This photo shows the scoured wool being pressed at the Oriental Scouring Mills in Geelong (the scouring had been contracted out by Elliott and Dibb). Photograph album front cover. Album compiled by Elliott and Dibb, wool merchants, 1950.

Historical information

Album contains photos of the Elliott and Dibb wool sorting and blending operations; also six photos showing operations inside the Oriental Scouring Mills, Geelong. There were yellow sticky notes (non-contemporary, written by Gerald Van Rompaey) containing information on each photo scattered throughout the album. These have been removed for conservation reasons and their details transcribed here. The first note stated: "Michael's mother (the donor's mother, Mrs Elliott) said this album was got up as a promotional tool for an expensive overseas trip by Harold E. (her brother in law in 1950)". The 1st photo shows the skirtings in the reclass bins in the former Australian Estates Collins Street show floor. The 2nd photo is similar to the first; the 3rd photo shows the fleeces being reclassed. The 4th photo shows the wool sorters at work (Harold Elliott can be seen in the double breasted suit). The 5th photo is of more reclassing, and the 6th is similar. The 7th photo shows Harold Elliott with the sorters and the 8th photo is similar. The 9th photo shows the first and second pieces of the skirtings being sorted. The 10th photo is a general shot of full bales and the reclass bins. The 11th photo shows a double dumping press at work, compressing the already full bales for shipment. The 12th photo shows scouring operations at Oriental Scouring Mills in Geelong (the scouring has been contracted out by Elliott and Dibb). The 13th, 14th and 15th photos shows more scouring at the Oriental Scouring Mills. The 16th photo shows two men (Keith Dibb on the right) viewing the scoured wool. The 17th photo shows the scoured wool being pressed at the Oriental Scouring Mills, Geelong. The final six photos (the photos of the Oriental Scouring Mills operations) are all stamped on the verso with a photographer's stamp (Frazer Studios, Melbourne), suggesting that Elliott and Dibb commissioned a photographer to go to Geelong to take the photos. (a note from Gerald Van Rompaey identifying five photos has been found and is now located in supp. file 1417. It does not seem to identify photos in this album; the photos he identifies may turn up at a later stage.)

Inscriptions & Markings

Frazer Studios / (C.J. FRAZER) / 165 BOURKE STREET / MELBOURNE, C.1 / CENT. 4358

Architectural Plan - Plant Layout: R S & S Mill

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Site plan of the R S & S Mill, 1st Dec, 1973.

Inscriptions & Markings

PE/C - 389

Sign

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Advertising sign for Collins Bros Mill 'Physician' brand blankets.

Historical information

Advertising sign (probably a point of sale / counter top sign) for Collins Bros Mill 'Physician' brand blankets.

Inscriptions & Markings

Heavenly ... / cloud-soft luxurious warmth / PHYSICIAN / Chillproof / BLANKETS / Pure Lambswool blended in colours of fashion / guaranteed 20 years and mothproofed / COLLINS BROS. PPTY. LTD. GEELONG, VICTORIA

Record, Gramophone - Rustic rhapsody & Home, sweet home again

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Ledger - 1928-1929

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Cloth-bound cardboard front and back cover ledger. Covers and spine are green. Faded white sticker on front indicates the year. Ledger contains lined pages with headings below which is hand-written text in pen and pencil, listing names and details in alphabetical order.

Historical information

Found in the National Wool Museum, may have been used in the wool brokers office display. Although it is unclear, we believe it may be the original wool broker ledger for one of the agents working out of the Dennys Lascelles building. Ledger contains an alphabetic list (by surname) of all wool growers who sold through this agent/broker, including name, number of bales/fadges/sacks, property address, bale stencil used, stock agent rebate and date of arrival. There is also a list of new clients on the back pages.

Dress

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Crocheted example by Joyce Hucker.

Historical information

Crocheted example by Joyce Hucker. Hucker began working with unspun wool and making dyes from the natural sources from her garden and the farm trees around her. From knitting and crocheting articles, she progressed to felting and a 'wrapping' technique, always using unspun wool. She was a successful exhibitor at many craft shows and was always willing to pass on her experience and knowledge to others, often travelling widely to help groups requiring a demonstration.

Book, Knitting - Patons and Baldwins' Specialty Knitting Book no. 120

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Front cover, Patons and Baldwins' Specialty Knitting Book no. 120, WWII. Back cover of Patons and Baldwins Specialty Knitting Book no. 120, WWII.

Historical information

This knitting pattern book was produced during 1939-45 by Patons and Baldwins' and contains knitting patterns for mens civilian and service garments. The front cover illustrates a knitted convalescent jacket (with extra room for bandages, etc) and there are other patterns suitable for men in the services which could be knitted for the Red Cross or Comfort Funds. The back is illustrated with a photo of two men (one in a flying cap, one in army uniform) reading a sign on a wall which states: "Don't help the enemy! Careless talk may give away vital secrets".

Inscriptions & Markings

MEN'S SERVICE AND CIVILIAN KNITWEAR / No. 120 / 6D. / PATONS & BALDWINS' / SPECIALTY / Knitting Book / THIS IS A SPECIALLY DESIGNED CONVALESCENT JACKET

Photocopy - Letter of authority ..1911

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

LETTER OF AUTHORITY FROM GOVERNMENT DATED 28 JUNE 1911 TO EMPLOY FIRST MILLL MANAGER H L S POTTER/ PHOTO STORES/...

Photograph - Drying machine, R S & S

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Piece drying machine, R S & S mill

Inscriptions & Markings

Piece/Drying machine/ R S & S/it dries and squares upthe piece./Machine not working so it/ oculd be photograph

Report - Wool Research and Development: Highlights of the 1988-1989 Program

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Donated by Mr Leslie Rourke.

Socks

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Socks knitted by Vera Neale,1901 - 1990.

Historical information

The knitter was Vera Neale,1901 - 1990. Married with three children, Vera knitted with one and two ply wool, often using piano wire or bicycle spokes as needles, entering the garments in agricultural shows in Victoria and New South Wales.