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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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2836 items

2836 items

School Records - Individuals - Protze, Pearl Josephine

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

Coloured Postcard of Rutherglen overlooking Lake King unto the Water Tower

Inscriptions & Markings

Message on back: "Dear Alice. I received your p/c & liked it very much. Excuse lead pencil writing as I am in a hurry. Have got lesson at half past eight. Yours to a cinder. Gwen" Addressed to "Miss A. Smith, Drummond St, Rutherglen, Victoria"

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Colour photograph of the "Wine Bottle", a Rutherglen landmark, viewed from Hunter Street. It is one of two photographs printed on a single A4 sheet.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written at the bottom of the sheet with the two photographs is the year the photographs were taken: "2010"

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 MOORE - AMMI Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

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 DAVID - SARAH ANN Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Book - Energy Australia

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

A soft covered book of 64 pages, produced for the education of school children about the practical aspects of energy from the Australian perspective. Book citation from TROVE: Murray, Peter R & Rosier, Malcolm & Vulcan Industries Limited (1974). Energy Australia. J. & D. Burrows [for] Vulcan Industries Limited, Blackburn, Vic

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 GARWOOD - ISRAEL Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Insulator

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Telephone cross pole insulators made of clear glass, bell shaped with dome top.

Historical information

Insulators used throughout state. These probably used in Rutherglen. Now (1985) phone lines being put underground

Inscriptions & Markings

On clear glass: "C.C.G." and "4_."

Aperture Card microfilm - Town Plan Chiltern

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

card with a single microfilm insert

Historical information

Town layout of Chiltern

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph of fourteen people standing outside a building.

Historical information

Group photograph of the employees of Jasper Brothers Motors, which is located at the corner of Main and Murphy Streets, Rutherglen

Inscriptions & Markings

Names written on back of photo: "Shane McCluskey" "Clive Bordering" "Kayleen" "Lou ?" "Andrew Hall" "Don Meacer" "Ron Pen" "Ebba Kay" "Brian Jasper" "Fiona Andersen" "Ken Jasper" "Russell Stones"

School Records - Individuals - Wingrave, George

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 a sports field with a foot race in progress

Historical information

One of a collection of photos taken from slides by Mr Redmond Wheler, during his time as Head Master a Rutherglen State Higher Elementary School

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

One of 4 small black and white photographs, mounted on a single album page. This one shows buildings, tanks and equipment of the plant.

Historical information

Photographs showing the works at the Great Southern Mine, cyanide plant, which was an important part of the process of separating gold from the ore.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on album page between photos: "Great Southern Mine Cyanide Plant 1931"

Microfiche - Births Register Index

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Inscriptions & Markings

1856 BOWMAN E TO 1856 ELLIOTT N

Electric Iron

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

First Electric Iron (may be Tailors Iron) - Lorraine Klose

School Records - Individuals - Southwell, Eva

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

Aperture Card microfilm - Town Plan Rutherglen

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

card with a single microfilm insert

Historical information

Town layout of Beechworth

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white wedding photograph. Identification of the individuals is on a separate piece of paper.

Historical information

Photograph is of the wedding of Charles Hicks and Elsie Mary Turner 9th October 1907 at St Stephen's Church, Rutherglen.

School Records - Individuals - Boyd, James Alfred

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 - Births Register Index

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Inscriptions & Markings

1865 HOSKING J TO 1865 McKENZIE W

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Photograph in carved wooden frame, cardboard mount, narrow guilded wooden insert, portrait of football team, Loyal Pomona Lodge

Historical information

Football team belonging to Pomona Lodge, Rutherglen. Names unknown. Donor was formerly the proprietor of the Victoria Hotel, Rutherglen

Inscriptions & Markings

"Loyal Pomona Lodge / M.U.I.O.F."

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Two colour photographs printed on A4 paper with typed caption and a donor stamp. Date of photos in bottom right hand of each image.

Inscriptions & Markings

Date on images: "92-10-13" Caption below photos: "Asphelting aggregate stock piled at Springhurst at map reference 512-927, used at Springhurst on the Hume Free Way & crushed at Chiltern Quarry at map reference 671-969."

Microfiche - Births Register Index

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Inscriptions & Markings

1893 MONGAN J TO 1893 PRESTON M

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.

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 WILLIAM - JOHN HENRY Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

School Records - Individuals - Wilson, Thelma Lilian

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 portrait photograph, mounted in a cardboard folder, of a young woman in an academic cap and gown.

Historical information

Photograph is part of a collection from the Presentation Sisters, Mount Carmel Convent.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of folder there is an embossed coat-of-arms, and at the bottom: "The Burlington Studios. 294 Bourke St, Melbourne" On the back of the folder is written: "Aggie Crowe"

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Colour photograph of a family standing around a stone cairn.

Historical information

Time capsule, enclosed in a stone cairn, erected at Rutherglen Showgrounds 23/11/1980. Photo features John & Heather Williams and their family.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photo: "23-11-80 John Williams & family & time capsule. Rutherglen Showgrounds"

Aperture Card microfilm - Parish Plan Chiltern West (Superseded)

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

card with a single microfilm insert

Historical information

Parish Schedule of Chiltern West