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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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2864 items

2864 items

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white portrait photograph with dark hair and beard.

Historical information

One of a set of photographs of members of the school board that established the Rutherglen Common School.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed below photo: "Late Robert Jack, Elected Nov. 1871."

School Records - Individuals - Hyland, Elizabeth Alexandra

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 - Lord, Melva Alice

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 - Among the Rutherglen Vineyards

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photographic reproduction of an illustration taken from the Australasian, Saturday 23 March 1889, page 10.

Historical information

Date of issue confirmed on TROVE.

Inscriptions & Markings

At top of photo: "Fairfield Press" On back of photo: "Australasian Sketcher? Jan [crossed out] April 24 1889"

Butter pat

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Set of wooden butter pats, bat shaped, smooth on back - grooved on front

Historical information

Piece of home churned butter was placed between the paddles and rolled into a ball for serving.

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Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

One of 4 photographs, reprinted on a single sheet of photographic paper, of Jim Parkin's Butchers Shop & vehicles. Individual photos are identified on the back of the image. This one is of a man standing in front of a vehicle, with a building and fence in the background.

Historical information

Photograph is of Jim Parkin, standing beside his 1919 Buick. Jim Parkin owned and operated a butcher shop in Main Street, Rutherglen from 1925 to 1968.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of image: "1919 Buick. J Parkin 1934"

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Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph of the interior of a wine cellar showing a row of large wine casks, a wine tank, a number of smaller barrels, hoses and equipment

Historical information

Could be Morris Wines

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Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Nine black and white photographs, copied on to a single sheet. The photographs show various scenes at the Rutherglen Timber Mill, and images of people presumed to have some connection with the timber mill.

Microfiche - Births Register Index

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Inscriptions & Markings

1859 McLEAN C TO 1859 OSBURNE M

School Records - Individuals - Cock, William

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.

Digitised 35mm Microfilm - Rutherglen Sun and Chiltern Valley Advertiser Newspaper 2-9-1898 to 28-7-1899

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

spooled roll of 35mm film in a cardboard box

Historical information

This microfilm produced in 1988 is a duplicate of the original Microfilm

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph, mounted on grey cardboard, of wheat harvest, showing bags of grain, stack of straw, horses, men and machinery.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of mount: "Mitchell Bros. Threshing Machine and Chaffcutter props. Balldale, N. S. Wales, 1912"

Aperture Card microfilm - Parish Plan Carlyle (Superseded)

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

card with a single microfilm insert

Historical information

Town layout of Carlyle

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Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Early black and white photograph of the ANZ Bank building in Main Street, Rutherglen

Historical information

One of several photographs of different periods in the existence of the ANZ Bank Rutherglen, this one when it was the ANZ Bank. After several changes of the Bank's name, it ceased as a bank in 1996. Under private ownership, it became Bank on Main, as a bed & breakfast. In 2016 it changed hands again, becoming Amberesque B&B.

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Colour postcard photograph of the front of a wine cellar.

Historical information

One of a group of photographs salvaged from a fire, which took place in late 2007 or early 2008, at the cellars building that is now the home of the Rutherglen Estate tasting rooms and the Tuileries restaurant and accommodation. The building started as the cellars of D.G. Hamilton, and passed through the hands of Seppelts, before coming under its present ownership.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of building: "Seppelts Rutherglen Winery" On back of card: "Rutherglen Victoria. One of the Seppelt chain of wineries, with its distinctive date palms"

Corker

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Corker made of polished wood, teak coloured, plunger handle on top, dome shaped hinged top, with black washer, metal lined.

Historical information

Used for corking bottles by plunging cork into bottle neck

School Records - Individuals - Williamson, Joseph Keith

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.

Digitised 16mm Microfilm - Rutherglen Shire Rates 1937-38 to 1953-54 Lilliput Browns Plains

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

spooled roll of 16mm film in a cardboard box

Historical information

This microfilm produced in 1988 is a duplicate of the original Microfilm

School Records - Individuals - Crampton, Edgar Vincent

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Individual school records of the pupils of the Higher Elementary School, Rutherglen, 421 in all.

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.

Aperture Card microfilm - Parish Plan Gooramadda (Superseded)

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

card with a single microfilm insert

Historical information

Parish Plan of Gooramadda

Image - Survey Tree, Jacks Road

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Colour photograph of the remains of a survey tree, concreted into the ground. This photo is a close-up to better show the survey marks.

Historical information

Original blazed survey tree was removed and then replaced by Gas Workers

Inscriptions & Markings

Survey marks on tree blaze

microfiche sheet - Township of Beechworth

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

5 Aperture Sized microfilms on a single microfiche in a paper sleeve

Historical information

Town layout of Beechworth

Minute book

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Minutes of ordinary & annual meetings, Rutherglen Agricultural Society 1947 to 1962. One book of three. Manufactured. Green imitation leather, light brown suede spine and corners

Historical information

See also 4.1, 4.2

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Photographic postcard showing view of Mt Carmel Convent, Rutherglen

Aperture Card microfilm - Town Plan Chiltern

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

card with a single microfilm insert

Historical information

Town layout of Chiltern

School Records - Individuals - Hartley, Rita 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.

Aperture Card microfilm - Town Plan Carlyle

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

card with a single microfilm insert

Historical information

Town layout of Carlyle

School Records - Individuals - Ballingall, William Robert

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 - Ready, Shirley M

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.

Post Card

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Colour postcard photograph of barber trimming hair of a customer. Shop walls are covered with various memorabilia.

Inscriptions & Markings

At bottom left of photo: "Antique Barber Shop Museum" On back of card: "Jack O'Keefe in his barber shop, part of the Winery Gold Country Museum, Main Street, Rutherglen"