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Rutherglen Historical Society Rutherglen, Victoria

The Rutherglen Historical Society is based in the Common School Museum. Built in 1872, it was Rutherglen’s original school.
The Common School Museum currently houses a fascinating collection of historical artifacts from Rutherglen and surrounds. Farming implements, wine paraphernalia, mining equipment, early photographs and a perfectly re-created period schoolroom are just a few of the highlights.

Current Projects: Research capability improvement by digitising our newspapers (including word-search capacity)
The Murray Gazette and the Wahgunyah and Corowa News 1861 to 1864
The Wahgunyah News 1882 to 1899
The Rutherglen Sun and Chiltern Valley Advertiser 1888 to 1979
Developing a self-guided tour of Rutherglen Gold Mining History
The lost wineries of Rutherglen

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location
PO Box 316 Rutherglen Victoria 3685 (map)

Contact

Opening Hours

Monday 1pm to 4pm Friday 11am to 3pm Saturday 1pm to 4pm Sunday 1pm to 4pm

Entry Fee

$2.00 per adult, children under 12 free.

Location

Murray Street Rutherglen Victoria

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Jennifer Littlechild 28 December 2018 10:10 PM

Hello I visited your Rutherglen Memorial pool yesterday fir a swim & niticed the pillars that surround the pool, hinting there would have been a surrounding verandah structure as protectiin form the sun?? Or as I imagine? At first I thought they may have been ikd light posts but they are evenly spaced around the pool I've tried to search for old photo's if what the pool area would have looked like, but can inly fund photo's of the exterior entrance structure

Martha Valentine 29 December 2018 8:44 AM

Excellent question Jennifer. I don't know, but will try to find out. Martha Valentine Cataloguer RHS

Martha Valentine 15 January 2019 10:40 AM

Hi Jennifer It took a while, having to wait until everyone returned from holidays. We could find nothing on our collection, so we contacted the Council officer who looks after the swimming pools. He had to check further, and came back to us with the following information: "This is what I have found out, the pillars were part of the original lighting of the Rutherglen pool. They were decommissioned around 1995. On top of the pillars were very large round white light covers. On top of the two large lighting poles were ex army search lights which were removed in 1995, then a further LED upgrade two years ago with the present lights. Hope this helps Regards, Sven Erikson Acting Community Development Coordinator Indigo Shire Council" Martha Valentine Cataloguer RHS

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2924 items

2924 items

Document

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Paper receipt for purchase from hardware store by Mr. W. Williamson.

Historical information

Receipts issued to Mr W. Williamson during 1927-1928 for purchases at the local hardware store

Inscriptions & Markings

Number "92" stamped on receipt next to signature. Dated: 12/11/1927

School Records - Individuals - Warren, Stirling

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Individual school records of the pupils of the Higher Elementary School, Rutherglen.

Historical information

From School records, some more complete than others. Reports should contain information on the pupil's school work and give details of what they did when they left school. They should also show the name of a parent and the occupation. All sheets are indexed on a spreadsheet at the Common School Museum.

Chair

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Dark tanned leather upholstered wooden chair with one piece curved arms and back

Historical information

The councillors chair for the last Rutherglen Shire Council

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Photocopy of a black and white photograph of a marching band outside a drill hall.

Microfiche - Family Register Index

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Historical information

Identity the families registered with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Inscriptions & Markings

Alphabetical Index ANDREW - JOHN Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Microfiche - Bailliere's Victorian Directory 1868

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Historical information

A directory of all Towns in Victoria in 1886

Inscriptions & Markings

SLV Post Towns Rutherglen - Ballart

Microfiche - Births Register Index

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Inscriptions & Markings

1856 JONES J TO 1856 MILLER G

Chair

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Dark tanned leather upholstered wooden chair with one piece curved arms and back

Historical information

The councillors chair for the last Rutherglen Shire Council

Microfiche - Family Register Index

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Historical information

Identity the families registered with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Inscriptions & Markings

Alphabetical Index JACKSON - ARIADNE Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black & white photograph, unframed but pasted to pages of an album. Lake Moodemere, Rutherglen

Historical information

Lake Moodemere has always been a beauty spot & picnic area for the locals, today many speedboats use it for water skiing, it is a wildlife sanctuary

Inscriptions & Markings

"Lake Moodemere Rutherglen"

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph of a soldier in uniform. Photo mounted on brown cardboard.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the bottom of the mount: "Spr Jim Braybon" On back of photo: "Spr Jim Braybon to the nuns of Rutherglen Convent with kind regards from Spr J.E. Braybon 21/13 ALH"

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and White enlargement of the same post card photo in 378.001

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph, printed on a postcard, of Violet Hooke (seated) and Ida Hooke (standing)

Historical information

This is Ida Mary Hooke and her younger sister Violet Hooke. Ida was 9 years older than Violet, who was the youngest of the Hooke family. They are Holloway descendants. The girls grew up around the Rutherglen, Chiltern and Rutherglen areas.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back: "Ida standing up"

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph of Old Fire Station during the ceremonial laying of the Foundation Stone for the Rutherglen Bush Nursing Hospital.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photo: "The Old Fire Station next library" Also rubber stamp: "Printed by W.H. Skey, Rutherglen"

School Records - Individuals - Gill, Leslie

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Individual school records of the pupils of the Higher Elementary School, Rutherglen.

Historical information

From School records, some more complete than others. Reports should contain information on the pupil's school work and give details of what they did when they left school. They should also show the name of a parent and the occupation. All sheets are indexed on a spreadsheet at the Common School Museum.

School Records - Individuals - Nash, Norman

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Individual school records of the pupils of the Higher Elementary School, Rutherglen.

Historical information

From School records, some more complete than others. Reports should contain information on the pupil's school work and give details of what they did when they left school. They should also show the name of a parent and the occupation. All sheets are indexed on a spreadsheet at the Common School Museum.

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph of two women standing in front of horses and cart. Cart loaded with bins of grapes.

Medal

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Bronze medal, mounted, presented to Scott, J G, Rutherglen, by Yates Seeds 1910. Winged god one side, (Possibly Demetrius) Laurel wreath on the other.

Historical information

Medal won by Scott, J G of Chiltern. Yates Seeds was a Rutherglen Co. Medal was presented as a result of achievements at Rutherglen Show. (See also No 32 for list of prizes)

Inscriptions & Markings

Front of medal: "Presented / to / Scott, J G / Rutherglen / 1910" Back of medal: "Arthur Yates & Co / Sydney & Auckland / Reliable Seeds" On front of mount: "Presented by / Arthur Yates & Co. / Sydney & Auckland / And Manchester" On back of mount: "Corona"

School Records - Individuals - Morrow, Norman

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Individual school records of the pupils of the Higher Elementary School, Rutherglen.

Historical information

From School records, some more complete than others. Reports should contain information on the pupil's school work and give details of what they did when they left school. They should also show the name of a parent and the occupation. All sheets are indexed on a spreadsheet at the Common School Museum.

Document

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Paper receipt, issued to W. Williamson for payment of his account with a local shop

Historical information

Statement issued to W Williamson for payment of a previous account rendered and additional purchases on 2/08/1927 and 14/10/27. Payment by cheque certified by Geo. T. Bassingdale, proprietor of the Saddlery and Sports Depot, on 1/02/1928.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tax stamp toward bottom of receipt overwritten with: "By Cheque | GTB | 1/2/28 | With thanks"

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Colour photograph of two of the people gathered for a reunion of former Higher Elementary School students.

Historical information

Former students of Rutherglen Higher Elementary School meet on Rutherglen Show day. This gathering was in the Eastern Palace Chinese restaurant at the Star Hotel on 21st October 2012. On the left is Andree (Buscall), to the right is her nephew, Andrew McDonald youngest son of Jean (nee Buscall) and Reg McDonald (Boorahman)

Advertising flyer - Wahgunyah Railway 121st Anniversary

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Advertising flyer from the Stringybark Express, GreenTRail Associates Group Inc., publicising the 121st Anniversary (in 2000) of the Wahgunyah Railway.

Historical information

Flyer published for the inauguration of the Community and Tourist Rail Venture, which operated a tourist service between Wahgunyah and Springhurst for a number of years. Back of flyer includes photographs of earlier trains operating on the line.

School Records - Individuals - Stones, William Samuel Francis

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Individual school records of the pupils of the Higher Elementary School, Rutherglen.

Historical information

From School records, some more complete than others. Reports should contain information on the pupil's school work and give details of what they did when they left school. They should also show the name of a parent and the occupation. All sheets are indexed on a spreadsheet at the Common School Museum.

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph of the Royal Standard on fire on the 25th March 1956.

Historical information

The Royal Standard Hotel was destroyed on the eve of the "Back to Rutherglen" week, which was to begin on 26th March 1956. The owner of the hotel was Clive Philp, a former Hawthorn and State footballer. He had only become licensee of the hotel in the previous September.

Microfiche - Early Church Records

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

School Records - Individuals - Allwood, Beryl Ada Elizabeth

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Individual school records of the pupils of the Higher Elementary School, Rutherglen.

Historical information

From School records, some more complete than others. Reports should contain information on the pupil's school work and give details of what they did when they left school. They should also show the name of a parent and the occupation. All sheets are indexed on a spreadsheet at the Common School Museum.

Microfiche - Early Church Records

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Coxed Pair race boat - The Queen of Hearts

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Clinker build racing row boat

Historical information

First used Boxing day 1936 at Nagambie, Launched by Mrs S.G. Williams wife of the Shire President. The champaign bottle failed to break and a hammer was required. The first race was rowed by H. Gayer (bow) W. Bourke (stroke), Ted Forbes (cox) winning maiden pairs and the same crew won lightweight pairs at Lake Moodemere 1st Jan 1937. The boat was then purchased with funds raised in a queen competition held in Rutherglen and contested by 3 queens, Elise Frances, Emma Howard and Peggy Bourke (the winner and she went on to marry the bow H. Gayer). The Queen of Hearts went to the Air Force at Tocumwal during the WWII

Inscriptions & Markings

on stern VRA No. 176

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Colour photograph of a large piece of machinery inside a building

Historical information

This photograph is a view of the flywheel that drives the stampers. This is one of a series of photographs of the Rutherglen Gold Battery. The battery's purpose was to crush quartz from nearby quartz reefs and extract gold from within. The battery was erected in 1908 and consists of a five-head battery, Wilfrey table, Bergin pan, portable steam engine and shed. The battery was restored in 2011/12 and can be viewed daily between 9.00am and 5.00pm. See website for details.

School Records - Individuals - Ray, Clarence

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Individual school records of the pupils of the Higher Elementary School, Rutherglen.

Historical information

From School records, some more complete than others. Reports should contain information on the pupil's school work and give details of what they did when they left school. They should also show the name of a parent and the occupation. All sheets are indexed on a spreadsheet at the Common School Museum.