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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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2931 items

2931 items

Microfiche - Bailliere's Victorian Directory 1875

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Historical information

A directory of Trades in Victoria

Inscriptions & Markings

SLV Trades - Farm - Scmo

Microfiche - Births Register Index

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Inscriptions & Markings

1895 BURGESS O TO 1895 CATER O

School Records - Individuals - Nash, Raymond 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.

Document

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Small, light brown, booklet. Record of service or Australian Cadet Corps. Name and Unit in red printing. Printed in black. Light cardboard cover.

Historical information

Supplied to B.S. Jasper when he joined Australian Cadet Corps.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Coat of Arms "Australian Cadet Corps / Record of Service / A.A.B. 85 / Introduced 1947"

School Records - Individuals - Evans, May Prior

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

Black and white postcard showing a photograph of the buildings, structures and mullock heap at the Great Southern Gold Mine.

Historical information

This postcard was possible one that was sent to Florence Iggsten by her father when she was quite young and visiting Melbourne (judging from the comment about her ride on 'Jumbo')

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in ink at the bottom of the photo: "Great Southern Gold Mine -- Rutherglen" On back of card is written a message to "My darling daughter" from "Daddy" In top right corner where stamp would usually go is an oval rubber stamp: "District Agent, Rutherglen. G.A. Iggsten"

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Small photo of Sonny Downs taken at "Back to" (1940s?)

Microfiche - Births Register Index

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

small sheet of film

Inscriptions & Markings

1895 HENDERSON E TO 1895 JONES K

School Records - Individuals - Chandler, Verne

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 - Hepe, Thomas Ernest

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.

Handle / Jointed

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

2 armed handle, linked in the middle, used over open fires upon which to hank cooking utensils. Shaped in a semi-circle

Historical information

Hung on a hook suspended from a bar in the chimney of an open fireplace

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph of six men standing in the doorway of a building.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written at top of photo: "Geo. Smith Jnr., Mr Batten?, Geo. Sutherland Smith, Dick Buller, Woody"

Horse collar

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Leather horse collar, possibly for pony or cob, 2 buckled, one strap missing. Straw packing.

Historical information

Thought to be for light horse harness work. 1- Thought to be one of a pair.

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black & white reproduction of group of ten people outside the store owned by David G. Hamilton, unframed

Historical information

Donated by Mrs Lockwood, Bonnie, formerly Hamilton

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photo: "David Glen Hamilton Store cnr High & Main, where Fire Station now stands"

Saucepan

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Cast iron saucepan, long handled, size 5 quarts. Stainless steel on end of handle (probably added later)

Historical information

Used over open fire and on woodstoves

Inscriptions & Markings

On base: "T.&C. Clark & Co Ltd / RD.455 279 / First Quality / No. 8 5 quarts" On side: "5 quarts"

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph, mounted on cardboard, of water reservoir with a man standing on a walkway above it.

Historical information

Date of the photograph is estimated from an approximation of Bill Jasper's age in the photo, and the fact that William Jasper, died 17-1-1976, at the age of 74 years. [Cemetery records of Carlyle Cemetery]

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photo: "Bill Jasper Water Reservoir"

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Colour photograph of two young boys, wearing shorts and sandals, walking along an unpaved footpath next to a fence.

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

School Records - Individuals - Waite, Joy

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.

Aerial Images

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Colour aerial photograph of Rutherglen, viewed from the North East.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back of photo: "Water tower (mid) Silos left"

School Records - Individuals - Warren, Richard Harvie

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 W H Warren, copied from one of the individual photos on the group photo of Rutherglen Pioneers which is catalogued on record no. 2325. After the name at the bottom of the photo is the date 186[last digit cropped]

School Records - Individuals - Plant, Janet Blake

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

Small black & white photograph of Father James Lawless on right with two unknown Priests & an unknown Army Chaplain.

Historical information

Donated by Presentation Sisters of Mt Carmel Convent. Father James Lawless (later Monseignor) was a much loved Parish Priest of St Mary's Parish Rutherglen for well over 30 years. His funeral was one of the largest ever seen in Rutherglen. A true gentleman

Inscriptions & Markings

"L. J. Romey, Chemist & Chiropodist. Rutherglen Tel 36"

Handkerchief

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Gentleman's large silk handkerchief. Wide hem - hemstitched

Historical information

Owned by Herbert Stanton, Rutherglen

Inscriptions & Markings

Ornamental "H" in one corner

Newspaper article - Schoolteachers Wed

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Newspaper cutting of a wedding photograph of Colin Crampton & Andree Buscalli

Historical information

Photo of the wedding of Colin Crampton and Andree Buscall at St Stephen's Church, Rutherglen

Image

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen

Black and white photograph of the rear of Fairfield House and the side of Fairfield Cellars.

School Records - Individuals - Bevan, Isabel Rosetta Mary

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

1864 BROWN M TO 1864 DOWN M

School Records - Individuals - Kelly, Irene Thelma

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 - Gordon, John W

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.