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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

Acorn

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Five immature acorn caps from a Valonia oak, first planted in the Geelong Botanic Gardens in 1861 from acorns forwarded by Charles Ibbotson. Acorn and cap from a Valonia oak, first planted in the Geelong Botanic Gardens in 1861 from acorns provided by Charles Ibbotson.

Historical information

Acorn and caps are from a 15 metre high Valonia oak tree (Quercus ithaburensis macrolepis) which was uprooted during a storm on Tuesday, 1st December 1987. The tree was planted in the Geelong Botanic Gardens by the first curator, Daniel Bunce, from an acorn shipped to Charles Ibbotson from Southern Europe in 1861. Ibbotson was the Chairman of the Management Committee of the Gardens and a woolbroker and merchant who founded the company Dalgety, Ibbotson and Co. with F.G. Dalgety in 1852. The acorns arrived in poor condition, but later established well. Very few Valonia Oaks were successfully propagated in Australia. Valonia oak caps were an important species which were used in the European tanning industry and Australian tanners were eager to grow the oak here.

Act - An Act to re-enact with Amendments the Law relating to Shearers Accommodation

National Wool Museum, Geelong

An Act to re-enact with Amendments the Law relating to Shearers Accommodation

Historical information

An Act to re-enact with Amendments the Law relating to Shearers Accommodation, enacted by Queen Elizabeth II on 14 December 1976.

Address - Japanese Technical Demonstation: June 1977

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Address: "Japanese Technical Demonstation: June 1977 "- Mr J C Young.

Historical information

Address: "Japanese Technical Demonstation: June 1977 "- Mr J C Young.

Address - Dennys, Lascelles Limited Chairman's Address Annual Meeting of Shareholders 28th August, 1958

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Dennys, Lascelles Limited Chairman's Address Annual Meeting of Shareholders 28th August, 1958.

Historical information

Dennys, Lascelles Limited Chairman's Address Annual Meeting of Shareholders 28th August, 1958

Address - Dennys, Lascelles Limited Chairman's Address Annual Meeting of Shareholders 25th August, 1955

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Dennys, Lascelles Limited Chairman's Address Annual Meeting of Shareholders 25th August, 1955

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Dennys, Lascelles Limited Chairman's Address Annual Meeting of Shareholders 25th August, 1955

Address - Address Delivered by Sir John Higgins KCMG Chairman of Commonwealth of Australia Central Wool Committee,.. Melbourne,..1922

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Donated by Leslie Rourke, 2002

Advertisement

National Wool Museum, Geelong

White, single page advertisement for Titan hinged joint fencing. Page has black text heading at the top above a black and white drawing of sheep behind a wire fence. Below the image are different specifications of fence sizes with prices. Produced by Goldsbrough Mort. Horizontal fold through middle of page but slightly diagonal.

Historical information

Donated by Mrs Robyn Adams, daughter of wool grower Victor Clyde. Mr. Clyde owned and used this item.

Advertising Poster

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Advertising Sheet - success story twice

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Advertising Sheet - Flexopad

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Advertising pamphlet for Flexopad automatic sheep brand.

Historical information

Advertising pamphlet for Flexopad automatic sheep brand.

Advertising Sheet

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Advertising Sheet - Ironbark legends: Gary Ablett

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

To/ ALL THE STAFF AT THE MILL/ KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK/... DONNA'S

Advertising Sheet - success story twice

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

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

Advertising Sheet - [Squatter]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Associated documents from Mr R Lloyd provide further information

Advertising Sheet - A games inventor

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Associated documents from Mr R Lloyd provide further information.

Advertising Sheet - [Squatter]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Associated documents from Mr R Lloyd provide further information

Advertising Sheet - [Squatter]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Associated documents from Mr R Lloyd provide further information

Advertising Sheet - [Squatter]

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Advertising Sign - 'Hearlcrowne Brand' Emery Fillet

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Advertising display card for "Hearlcrowne Brand" Emery Fillet, produced by Hearl Heaton & Sons Ltd, Crown Steel Works, Liversedge, Yorkshire. Posssibly sold by DALGETY MERCHANDISE for use in shearing sheds for grinding tools

Inscriptions & Markings

'HEARLCROWNE BRAND' / EMERY FILLET / [further text follows]

Advertising Sign - 'Hearlcrowne Brand' Emery Fillet

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Advertising display card for "Hearlcrowne Brand" Emery Fillet, produced by Hearl Heaton & Sons Ltd, Crown Steel Works, Liversedge, Yorkshire.

Inscriptions & Markings

'HEARLCROWNE BRAND' / EMERY FILLET / [further text follows]

Advertising Sign - Is there a Physician in the house?

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Advertising material from the "Physician Mix n' Match" advertising campaign 1970. Advertising material from the "Physician Mix n' Match" advertising campaign 1970. Advertising material from the "Physician Mix n' Match" advertising campaign 1970.

Historical information

Advertising material from the "Physician Mix n' Match" advertising campaign 1970.

Advertising Sign - Is there a Physician in the house?

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Advertising material from the "Physician Mix n' Match" advertising campaign 1970. Advertising material from the "Physician Mix n' Match" advertising campaign 1970. Advertising material from the "Physician Mix n' Match" advertising campaign 1970. Advertising material from the "Physician Mix n' Match" advertising campaign 1970.

Historical information

Advertising material from the "Physician Mix n' Match" advertising campaign 1970.

Advertising Sign - Classweave fabrics - the shape of things to come

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Advertising Sign

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Advertising sign - "The Woolmark Pure New Wool"

Agreement - No1 shearer's agreement, 1964

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

No1 shearer's agreement, 1964. Issued by the Graziers' Association of Victoria and the Riverina, made out to K Gallloway, 21 Oct 1964.

Inscriptions & Markings

K Galloway 21 OCT 1964

Agreement

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Used in the NWM Wool brokers office display

Agreement

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Inside 10. Verso of 10. Regional Galleries Association of Victoria Conservation Treatment report 30 August 1988

Historical information

An agreement between Ballie Donald & Fraser of "Manuka" Station & 22 men to shear sheep. Written by the hand of Jim Hay, Elders Geelong.

Agreement

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Shed hand's agreement dated 21 February 1912.

Agreement

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Historical information

Typed copies of 1873 agreements. One is between a shearing gang and the Steam Plains Station (which is now owned by the Wyndham Pastoral Company) and the other is between Steam Plains and Donald Coghill to cart wool to Echuca. According to the donor, these framed documents were in the possession of the Grazcos Shearing Company and hung above the fireplace in their office in William Street, Melbourne until they merged with Dalgety Farmers.