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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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Contact Information

location
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

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Newspaper Clipping - Wool-Selling Celebrity

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Bottle

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Photograph

Key words

textile machinery weaving
yarra falls mill david sowden & sons
weaving looms
weaving machinery
textile machinery
weaving

Photograph, black and white, of a "David Sowden & Sons Patent Fast Running Drop Box" loom No 104.

Historical information

Photograph probably for promotional purposes, of a "David Sowden and Sons Patent Fast Running Drop Box" loom No 104." Photograph was with other photographs in an envelope printed "David Sowden & Sons" among items from Yarra Falls Mill.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

CFA Blanket

Red fire blanket containg aramid core with wool stiched to either side. White CFA logo locatted in the centre top of the blanket. Creator's label stiched in white to the bottom right corner of the blanket. Moth damage brings to the surface aramid core in one small section.

Historical information

Created by the Creswick Woollen Mills for wildland firefighting. Has CFA logo

Inscriptions & Markings

White CFA logo stuck on front top centre of blanket. Bottom right corner has white sthiched maker's tag.

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Ribbon

Key words

agricultural shows gymkhana competitions
ballarat agricultural and pastoral society
ballarat
victoria
agricultural shows
gymkhana competitions

Historical information

Awarded at Agricultural show.

Inscriptions & Markings

BALLARAT A. & P. SOCIETY - SPRING SHOW 1973 SPRING SHOW 1935 CHAMPION HOMER PIGEON (ADULT)

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Book, Knitting - Kids Knits

Key words

knitting handicrafts - history
family circle
knitting
handicrafts - history

Historical information

This pattern book was produced by the magazine "Family Circle" and contains knitting patterns suitable for children.

Inscriptions & Markings

Family Circle / $2.50 / KIDS KNITS / Fun and easy patterns / for beginners

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Book, Knitting - Patons Knitting Book no. 319

Key words

handicrafts - history knitting
patons and baldwins (australia) ltd
handicrafts - history
knitting

Historical information

This book was produced by Patons and Baldwins and contains patterns of knitted garments for women. It was owned by Billie Rech, the aunt of the donor, who was a great knitter.

Inscriptions & Markings

Patons KNITTING BOOK no. 319 / "NOLEEN" - See page 8. / P&B / WOOLS / 1'-

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Stencil

Key words

wool transportation
wool sales
export wool
wool - transportation
export - wool

Inscriptions & Markings

HUDDERSFEILD

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Negative

Key words

textile mills woollen mills
classweave industries pty ltd federal woollen mills ltd
textile mills
woollen mills

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

475 Mr Garward 2/6 H L S POTTER/ PHOTO STORES/...

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Book - Sheep Husbandry and Diseases

Key words

sheep - diseases sheep breeding
logo merino: sheep in australian art and design - exhibition (29/07/2000 - 04/02/2001)
sheep - diseases
sheep breeding

Historical information

"Sheep Husbandry and Diseases" 4th ed. by Allan Fraser & John T. Stamp, 1961.

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Photograph - [Hoppers feeding coal into boiler]

Key words

textile mills - staff woollen mills
classweave industries pty ltd federal woollen mills ltd
boilers
textile mills - staff
woollen mills

Historical information

Acquired when "Classweave Industries" closed down.

Inscriptions & Markings

29 1/3

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Letter

Key words

wool - research wool - testing merino sheep - history world war ii
gordon institute of technology kalabity pastoral co ltd
lang
dr w. roy
wool - research
wool - testing
merino sheep - history
world war ii

Historical information

Letter from the Kalabity Pastoral Co to W R Lang 4/9/1944, regarding the testing of wool samples.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Letter

Key words

corriedale sheep sheep breeding
australian corriedale association
pettitt
mr r. w.
corriedale sheep
sheep breeding

Historical information

Letter from the Australian Corriedale Association to members, 18th March, 1986.

Inscriptions & Markings

Dear Member, ...

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Sketch

Key words

weaving
carpet

Watercolour sketch of leaf pattern from which carpet manufacturing pattern is graphed out. Watercolour sketch of leaf pattern from which carpet manufacturing pattern is graphed out.

Historical information

Watercolour sketch of leaf pattern from which carpet manufacturing pattern is graphed out.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Photograph

Key words

textile machinery weaving
yarra falls mill david sowden & sons
weaving looms
weaving machinery
textile machinery
weaving

Photograph, black and white, of a loom, No387.

Historical information

Photograph probably for promotional purposes, probably of a "David Sowden & Sons" loom No 387. Photograph was among items from Yarra Falls Mill.

Inscriptions & Markings

387

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Hardback Book - Wool Year Book 1947

Dark Blue hardback book with gold lettering

Inscriptions & Markings

Wool Year Book 1947. Published by Textile Mercury

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Book, Knitting - What to Make for Baby

Key words

knitting handicrafts - history crochet
allan
ella
knitting
handicrafts - history
crochet

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 contains patterns for baby clothes and was written by Ella Allan who authored numerous patterns books from c.1917 through to the early 1930s.

Inscriptions & Markings

What to Make for / Baby / Designs in Knitting / and Crochet. / Dedicated to everyone who Loves / a Baby. / PART THREE / By ELLA ALLAN / Wholly set up and Printed in Australia by / E.H. GIBBS & SONS, Printers and Publishers, / 19 Niagara Lane, Melbourne.

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Slide - English Leicester

Key words

english leicester sheep
sheep
british
slide
sheep - british

Slide of an English Leicester sheep.

Historical information

Slide of a English Leicester sheep. The English Leicester is not in common use. Slide printed by Audio Visual Education Centre, Education Department of Victoria. Formerly stored in presentation folder as part of "British Breeds of Sheep Set No. 448" series by the Audio Visual Education Centre, Education Department of Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

BRITISH BREEDS OF SHEEP / Set No. 448 / No. 2 / English Leicester VISUAL EDUCATION CENTRE / EDUCATION DEPT. OF VICTORIA

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Bottle

Key words

collins bros mill pty ltd

Historical information

Came from Collins Bros Mill.

National Wool Museum, Geelong

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Journal - The Pastoral Review Vol. 60 Jan - June 1950

Key words

wool growing
pastoral review pty ltd

Historical information

Black hard cover containing bound issues of "The Pastoral Review Vol. 60 Jan - June 1950".

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Badge

Key words

world war i

Historical information

Badge produced as a souvenir of the Geelong Gala Day of 1922. This may have some connection with the peace celebrations for the end of the First World War.

Inscriptions & Markings

GEELONG / 1922 / GALA DAY STOKES & SONS / MELB.

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Journal - The Australian Corriedale Journal No 2 1976

Key words

corriedale sheep sheep breeding
australian corriedale association
pettitt
mr r. w.
corriedale sheep
sheep breeding

Historical information

The Australian Corriedale Journal 1976. The official journal of the Australian Corriedale Association.

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Slide

Key words

shearing sheds

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Sample, Cloth - The Australian National Tartan

Key words

textile
the house of tartans
tartan
samples
canberra
australian capital territory

W7213 An information card about the Australian National Tartan from The House of Tartans. Online entry for Australian National Tartan registration no.2742. Accessed 11/09/2009.

Historical information

The Australian National Tartan was designed by Betty J Johnston and registered with the Tartan Register in 2003 (no.2742). Its colours portray Australia as a nation. It was produced in Scotland from Australian wool. See attached media.

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Book, Knitting - Vogue Baby Knitting no. 9

Key words

knitting handicrafts - history
vogue - english
knitting
handicrafts - history

Historical information

This pattern book was produced by Vogue (UK) and contains knitting patterns for baby clothes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Vogue baby / knitting / No. 9

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Scales

Historical information

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

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Block

Historical information

Block on which cloth samples are cut.

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Photograph - HM Queen Elizabeth 11 and Mr C K Atkins, Chairman Geelong Regional Commission, National Wool Centre, April 1988

Key words

royal visits
geelong regional commission
hrh queen elizabeth 11 atkins
mr colin k. - geelong regional commission

Inscriptions & Markings

HM Queen Elizabeth 11 and Mr C K Atkins,/ Chairman Geelong Regional Commission,/ National Wool Centre, April 1988

National Wool Museum, Geelong

Book - Australian wool industry conference,sixth meeting, Canberra, 1965

Key words

wool marketing wool sales wool sales - reserve price plan
wool marketing
wool sales
wool sales - reserve price plan

Historical information

Minutes of the "Australian wool industry conference,sixth meeting, Canberra, Thursday, 22nd April 1965.

Inscriptions & Markings

L.M.RIDD

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Spanner

Historical information

Steel spanner, details of use unknown.

Inscriptions & Markings

3/8w 7/16f 7/16w 1/2made in England

National Wool Museum, Geelong