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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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2924 items

2924 items

Aperture Card microfilm - Parish Plan Beechworth (Superceded)

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

card with a single microfilm insert

Historical information

Town layout of Beechworth

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black & white, unframed photograph - a view across Lake King showing island (which is no longer there)

Historical information

Negatives lent by Max Turner, a former resident. Prints donated by Mr. Booth of Wangaratta

Image - Views of Rutherglen

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photographic reproduction of an illustrations taken from the Leader, Saturday 21 April 1894, page 31 (bottom half of page).

Historical information

Date of issue confirmed on TROVE.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photo: "The Leader, April 21 1894"

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph of a group of men and boys, most in light coloured pants and dark athletic shirts, with broad brimmed hats.

Inscriptions & Markings

On bottom of photo: "L.M.R.C." At left of photo: "Burlington Gallery | C.L. Cooper | Late of London & Sydney" On back of photo: "LMRC 1888"

School Records - Individuals - Nott, Elizabeth Elaine

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 - Petch, Elaine Joan

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 - Hoisting the Flag

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph, mounted on cardboard, showing a two storey school building with a large number of pupils posing in front of it around a flagpole. The flagpole is flying an Australian flag.

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. This is a photograph of the Australian flag flying at a school in Rutherglen Scotland.

Inscriptions & Markings

At bottom of mount: "Hoisting The Flag 26th April 1911"

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Colour photograph of a corregated iron building with a water tank on the roof. The word 'Men' is painted, with white paint, on the left end, and 'Ladies' on the right. the Ladies sign is partly obscured by a bush.

Aperture Card microfilm - Parish Plan Beechworth (Superceded)

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

card with a single microfilm insert

Historical information

Town layout of Beechworth

School Records - Individuals - Wise, Noel Desmond

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 a man standing next to a car, with trees in the background. The man is wearing a striped butcher's apron.

Historical information

Part of a collection relating to the Parkin family.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photo: "Jim and [illeg.] 7/5/41"

School Records - Individuals - Thompson, James Jarvie

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 - 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.

School Records - Individuals - Fullerton, Fern

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 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 - Grape Picking, Rutherglen

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Coloured photograph on a post card, with brown border, showing a vineyard with pickers and 3 horse carts with bins for collecting grapes.

Historical information

Owned by Charles Barber who worked in the mines in the late 1800s and died in 1041 aged approximately 90 years old. Grapevine system shown is an old one called Gobelet or Bush Vine, now little used. (see link to Wikipedia article)

Microfiche - Births Register Index

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Inscriptions & Markings

1864 OCONNELL J TO 1864 SKINNER A

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph of several people riding on top of a machine operating in a vineyard.

Historical information

This is a photo of one of the first upright machine grape harvesters operating in the Rutherglen area. It was operating in the B Seppelt & sons Distillery Road vineyards on the edge of the Murray River in Wahgunyah. Riding on the top of the machine are from left to right Mandy Jones (partly obscured), Rolly Guscot (vineyard manager), machine driver, Doug Jones (manager) and Leanne Schoen (nee Jones). Mandy Jones and Leanne Schoen being the daughters of Doug Jones ))

School Records - Individuals - Pleming, 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

Postcard sized black and white group photograph of people in ball dress

Inscriptions & Markings

Written at bottom of photo: "A Memento of the 'Tennis Ball', Springhurst"

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph of a group of revellers and band members with their instruments. One unidentified person featured in the foreground. Photo and duplicate of photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of original photo: "Back to School, Easter 1948. x2" On back of copy: "Back to School part of Back to R'glen Celebrations 194 "

Digitised 35mm Microfilm - Rutherglen Sun and Chiltern Valley Advertiser Newspaper 5-9-1890 to 30-10-1891

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

Document - Installation of Bro. A. A. Hunt, S.W., as Worshipful Master and Investiture of Officers

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Programme and menu for installation ceremonies of the Masons

Historical information

Programme and menu for the installation of officers of the Standish Lodge, No. 60, of the Masons, on Wednesday, 10th April, 1935, at the Masonic Hall, Chiltern

Copy of Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photocopy of David Hamiltons Stores and staff (same as 1055.3)

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of store: "D.G. Hamilton"

School Records - Individuals - Jasper, Stephen

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 - Deas, Marjorie Dawn

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.

Book - Through Women's Eyes at Pioneering Days : Some women of Wangaratta and District / Compiled by Brenda Leitch

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

104 page paper covered book. Through women's eyes at pioneering days / compiled by B. Leitch for the B.P.W. Club Wangaratta. ISBN 0958970416

Inscriptions & Markings

Written at top of title page: "Jeanette D Jasper"

Aperture Card microfilm - Parish Plan Barnawartha North (Superseded)

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

card with a single microfilm insert

Historical information

Town layout of Barnawartha North

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph of Main Street, Rutherglen, looking west from the High Street intersection.

Historical information

On left of photo is the Rutherglen Hotel. On the right, in the foreground, is the Star Hotel, with the Rutherglen Sun newspaper office next to it.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photo: "In W.T. Mar 10. 1954. page 54. The Main Street Rutherglen 3/6" Rubber stamp on back of photo with copyright information.

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph of two adjacent brick building, with a group of people gathered in front of it, listening to a speaker. A sign on the front of the right hand building, above the door, reads "1891"

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Paper label pasted on top left corner of photo: "Mt. Ophir"