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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)

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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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2462 items

2462 items

School Records - Individuals - Chambers, Alex Howard

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 - Wilkinson, Valerie Joyce

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.

Wooden mallet

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Wooden mallet. Top of head broken, short handle

Historical information

Unknown history. Probably T.L. initials of owner. Used for hammering where iron hammer would damage.

Inscriptions & Markings

"T.L." scratched on handle

Aperture Card microfilm - Town Plan Beechworth

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

card with a single microfilm insert

Historical information

Town layout of Beechworth

Image - Greetings from Rutherglen

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white postcard with two oval photographs with "Greetings from Rutherglen" on a banner between them. The top photograph is of workmen cutting down trees. The bottom one is a view of Main Street looking west.

Inscriptions & Markings

At bottom of top photograph: "Forest Clearing." At bottom of bottom photograph: "Main Street."

School Records - Individuals - Renshaw, Kenneth Albert

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 - Benson, Richard John

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

Colour photograph of the interior of the Home Economics room of the Common School Museum, featuring a display of photographs

Historical information

One of a series of photographs taken after refurbishment of Museum, during "On Fire" exhibition.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photo: "7 Historical Society. Fire photos. 20/6/03"

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 HEAVEN -THOMAS WILLIAM Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Page 28 of the Leader newspaper March 9, 1940. Photograph of the 2nd Cavalry Division Signallers

School Records - Individuals - Harry, 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 - The Post Office, Rutherglen

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Coloured photograph on a post card, with brown border, showing the Rutherglen Post Office with a group of men near the steps.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of card: "From Sam & Wife to Charlie. With best wishes, xmas 1911"

Image - The Vintage, Rutherglen

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Coloured postcard photograph, of two men picking grapes.

Historical information

Grapevine system shown is an old one called Gobelet or Bush Vine, now little used. (see link to Wikipedia article)

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of card: "Published by F. Harrison, Rutherglen"

Microfiche - Index Early Church Records 1/1/1837 to 30/6/1853

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Microfiche - Births Register Index

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Inscriptions & Markings

1859 SAMPSON M TO 1859 TUZER M

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 ERSKINE - ELIZABETH JANE Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

School Records - Individuals - Cretier, Arthur Colin

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.

Postcard

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph printed on postcard with a decorative printed frame. This one shows a view of Rutherglen across Lake King.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed at bottom of photo: "Rutherglen"

Newspaper article

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Newspaper article about the links between the schools of Rutherglen Victoria and Rutherglen Scotland. Photograph shows Rutherglen school students displaying the Union Jack flag. Also two photocopies of the article.

Historical information

In 1909 students of Rutherglen State School sent an Australian flag to pupils of Rutherglen Scotland Schools, and a year later a Union Jack flag was sent to the Australian Rutherglen School and was used as a veil over the plaque to commorate 100 years since the laying of foundation stone.

School Records - Individuals - Julian, Edna

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 - Maynard, Ellen Jane

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 brick buildings, one of them with a tower. To the right in the foreground is a building with a domed roof, the roof in poor repair.

Historical information

Some of the buildings of the Mount Ophir winery. Photo was taken by Miss Olive Codling, who was a life member of the Wodonga Historical Society. Photograph is believed to have been taken on the occasion of a Tour by the North East Branch, 1st combined meeting.

School Records - Individuals - Smith, Patricia Nanette

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.

Two Seater School Desk

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Wooden School Desk that seated two children

Historical information

One of the school student desks used in the now closed schools of the Rutherglen District

Microfiche - Early Church Records

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photocopy of a newspaper photograph, printed on paper

Historical information

Photograph from an unknown newspaper showing a group of men and women in formal dress. Six small girls, two of them holding baskets of flowers are at the front of the group. Thought to be of the Official Party at the opening of the Chiltern War Memorial Hall, or a function shortly after the hall was opened.

Inscriptions & Markings

At top of page: "1952 Official Party"

School Desk

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Wooden School Desk that seated four children

Historical information

One of the school student desks used in the now closed schools of the Rutherglen District

Two Seater School Desk

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Wooden School Desk that seated two children

Historical information

One of the school student desks used in the now closed schools of the Rutherglen District

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 WOOSTER - BENJJAMIN H Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Photographic portrait of Mr P.B. Burgoyne, professionally produced, framed in timber covered in plaster (brown & black) with narrow gold border, mounted

Historical information

Associated with Burgoynes Winery (Mt Ophir)

Inscriptions & Markings

Signature: "P.B. Burgoyne"