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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, 03 5272 4163

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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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5684 items

Book - Instruction Paper No.110: Reading Working Drawings 3rd ed

National Wool Museum, Geelong

"Instruction Paper No.110: Reading Working Drawings 3rd ed"- International Correspondence Schools Ltd.

Historical information

"Instruction Paper No.110: Reading Working Drawings 3rd ed"- International Correspondence Schools Ltd.

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

LLOYD

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

QUEBEC

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

From Woolbrokers Shipping Department.

Book, Knitting - Knitting for the Junior Miss

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

One of a collection of 56 knitting pattern books donated by Mrs Hilma Carruthers. These books had been used by Mrs Carruthers, her mother and her two daughters. This book was produced by Patons and Baldwins and contains knitting patterns and some embroidery patterns at a level suitable for young girls. It was sold by Buckley and Nunn Ltd, a Melbourne department store.

Inscriptions & Markings

Knitting for / THE JUNIOR MISS / by / Patons / 1'6d. BUCKLEY & NUNN LIMITED

Gloves

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Gloves knitted by Vera Neale in the 1950s.

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.

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Aerial view of the Valley Mill, c.1923.

Historical information

Photographic postcard depicting the newly constructed Valley Mill, c.1923.

Inscriptions & Markings

POST CARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS ONLY / KODAK / AUSTRAL

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

AMPHITH-

Certificate

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Blank certificate, for receipt of stock by ship's Captain, from Sturgeon & Sons, Gray's Hall. Essex.

Historical information

Blank certificate, for receipt of stock by ship's Captain, from Sturgeon & Sons, Gray's Hall. Essex.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sturgeon and Sons, /Gray's Hall Essex, /13th April 1854 MESSRS STURGEON AND SONS. Greys Hall Essex 1854

Book, Knitting - Lincoln Knitting Book no. 446

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

One of a collection of 56 knitting pattern books donated by Mrs Hilma Carruthers. These books had been used by Mrs Carruthers, her mother and her two daughters. This book was produced by the Lincoln Mills and contains knitting patterns for young girls.

Inscriptions & Markings

FROCKS / and / JUMPERS / for the very / young Lady / MODEL / No. L907 / LINCOLN / KNITTING BOOK No. 446 / PRICE / 6D.

Agreement - In the Matter of G. Hirst and Company and The Excelsior Woollen Mills

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Agreement (copy) between Mary Smith and Charles Shannon and Godfrey Hirst. Agreement (copy) between Mary Smith and Charles Shannon and Godfrey Hirst.

Historical information

Agreement (copy) between Mary Smith and Charles Shannon and Godfrey Hirst.

Wool press pin

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Pins used in Donalds D/box wool press Patent No 4, Serial No 87086

Inscriptions & Markings

These pins belong to Donald D/Box press in G1/ given originally by Mr Penna. We now have the full set of 6./ JC /22 Sept 89 ....6th pin in press in Gallery 1...

Document - Wool wanted in Australia

National Wool Museum, Geelong

"Wool wanted in Australia" c1945, possibly written by Mr Bryan Wardle.

Historical information

"Wool wanted in Australia" c1945, possibly written by Mr Bryan Wardle.

Inscriptions & Markings

B Wardle

Book, Knitting - Patons Knitting Book no. 483

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

No. 483 / Patons / KNITTING / BOOK / No. 483 / PATONS / FUZZY WUZZY / ANGORA / For Girls / from / 4 to 12 years / P&B / WOOLS / 1'6

Report - Dennys, Lascelles Limited : Annual Review, August 1973

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Dennys, Lascelles Limited Annual Review, August 1973. Part of the NWM Woolbroker's Office exhibit until late 1990's.

Record, Gramophone - The sweetheart of sigma chi & Dreamgirl of pi k.a.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

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

Book - Flock Book for British Breeds of Sheep in Australia, Volume 60 Section 1 (Longwool Breeds)

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Flock Book for British Breeds of Sheep in Australia, Volume 60 Section 1 (Longwool Breeds)" - Australian Society of Breeders of British Sheep, 1968.

Journal - Dennys, Lascelles Limited Annual 1930

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Dennys, Lascelles Annual 1930". Part of the NWM Woolbroker's Office exhibit until late 1990's.

Photograph - South Africa: Champion Ram Pietermaritzburg 1972

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Prize winning Corriedale sheep, South Africa, 1972.

Historical information

Photograph, South Africa, Pietermaritzburg 1972. Probably taken at the Show at which the corriedales were judged by Mr R W Pettitt.

Inscriptions & Markings

South Africa: Champion Ram Pietermaritzburg 1972 TERRY PHOTOS/ 222 Church St PO BOX 989/ PIETERMARITZBURG.../REF No 2455

Book, Knitting - Patons Knitting Book no. 579

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

One of a collection of 56 knitting pattern books donated by Mrs Hilma Carruthers. These books had been used by Mrs Carruthers, her mother and her two daughters. Book produced by Patons and Baldwins and contains knitting patterns for mens garments.

Inscriptions & Markings

TOTEM . HIGHLAND SPORTS . CONFETTI FLECKS / No. 579 / Patons / KNITTING BOOK 579 / WITH T.V. DESIGNS / 2'-

Shoes

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Australian womens shoes (Nike Air Osaka) from the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Book, Pattern

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

LAUNCESTON

Photograph

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Depicts the warping operations 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 - Sheep, Farm and Station Management

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

"Sheep, Farm and Station Management" - compiled by E.H. Pearse, 2nd ed. 1926.

Book, Knitting - Cosies, Afghans, Cushions, Wool Novelties

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

This book and a number of others like it were owned by the mother and aunts of the donor, Mrs Dorothy Boyle. They were prolific producers of hand knitted and hand made items of clothing and also knitted and sewed for the armed forces during the Second World War. This book was produced by Madame Weigel Pty Ltd contains patterns for tea cosies and egg cosies and other small knitted and crocheted novelties.

Inscriptions & Markings

SERIES No. 1. / COSIES / AFGHANS / Cushions / Wool / Novelties / Price / 6 1/2d. / MADAME WEIGEL / Pty. / Ltd. / FASHION DESIGNERS AND PUBLISHERSS / PAPER PATTERN MANUFACTURERS / 229-233 LENNOX ST. RICHMOND, VIC

Kanematsu collection - Kanematsu Private Code for Wool

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

A collection of original documents used by and wirten about the Kanematuse Organization, a wool business based in Sydney

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

GHM

Stencil

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

MOOSUP