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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection Creswick, Victoria

The Creswick Campus Historical Collection comes under the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, which is in the Faculty of Science.

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4 Water Street Creswick Victoria 3363 (map)
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+61 +61 5321 4116

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Open on request or during normal Library Hours: https://library.unimelb.edu.au/library-opening-hours/creswick-campus-library

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Location

4 Water Street University of Melbourne Creswick Campus Building 719 Creswick Victoria

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The Creswick Campus Historical Collection is located at the University of Melbourne’s Campus in Creswick, Victoria. It is a unique and noteworthy collection which documents more than 100 years of forestry education in Creswick from the beginning of the Victorian School of Forestry in 1910. The Collection recounts the personal and professional histories of those who have studied, worked and lived at the School of Forestry. Notable items include numerous examples of staff and student work, photographs, and several natural history collections. A substantial school herbarium contains specimens collected by former staff and students as well as esteemed scientists including Baron von Mueller. The collection is managed by the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences.

Significance

The Creswick Campus Cultural Collection is historically significant as it recounts the personal and professional histories of those who have studied, worked and lived at the forestry school. This collection enables the documentation of related themes including student life at the Creswick Campus, early forest management and conservation methods, and the professional interests and achievements of former staff members. Furthermore, the Collection possesses historical significance for its ability to show how the broader social events of the past century have contributed to these narratives; including the impact of the First and Second World Wars and the increased public awareness of environmental issues. The Collection retains on-going social significance to past and present staff and students of the forestry school as well as members of the larger Creswick community. More than a century of forestry in Creswick has seen the histories of the town and school entwine, and the contemporary social significance of the Collection is evidenced by continued bequests and new donations.

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410 items

410 items

Document

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Catalogue

Historical information

This is a Catalogue of VSF Museum specimens. Timber Specimens (cont), Coniferous cones, fruit & seed; Fruits of Eucalyptus; Fruits of other genera; Seeds; Soil samples; A.P.M. samples.

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Document

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Report on a tour of exotic forests in New Zealand from 19th September to 24th October 1964.

Equipment

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Chairs

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Original chairs from library & museum, possibly made from Victorian hardwood seasoned at Newport.

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Equipment

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The Theodolite is in its original case for field work.

Artwork

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Lithograph

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Eucalyptus Leucoxylon. Eucalyptus Leucoxylon var. pauperita (Mueller). The Scrubby Blue Gum C1880. Artist- Rosa Fiveash (1854 � 1938). Drawn on stone by H.B. (H. Barratt) Lithographed by E. Spillar. Lithograph printed in colour, from multiple stones on paper. Mounted in wooden frame with Acorn engraved motif.

Significance

Early museum photographs. Documents from Parks Victoria.. In 1882 Rosa was invited to illustrate The Forest Flora of South Australia by John Ednie Brown. Nine parts of this work, which was never completed, were published in 1882-90. Each one contained five attractive lithographs of native plants and Rosa drew 32 of the 45 published; they were drawn as specimens came to hand, in no particular botanical order. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/fiveash-rosa-catherine-6184

Ephemera

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Document

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Presentation program.VSF Certificate.

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Equipment

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Surveyors compass in wooden box used up until the 1940s. The box trimmings date to the 1920s.

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Display cases

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2 display cases from the museum, possibly made from Victorian hardwood seasoned at Newport.Shown in old museum photos

Sample

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Wood Specimens

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Wood collection blocks. These are blocks made from cut-offs from the CSIRO Dadswell Wood Collection.

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Aerial Photographs

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Subject: Coffs Harbour 1956 . Subject: Grampians no. 11-15. Subject: Kinglake area 1948 -1950 Run 7 no.14 - 16, Run 8 no.69 -70 . Subject: Princetown Run 7 . Subject: South Gippsland Run 7 no.102 - 105. Subject: Otway area. Stored in 5 brown envelopes in a brown cardboard file box marked "INTERPRETATIONS. South Gippsland .......Otway area prints"

Document - How to use the Card Sorting Key for the Identification of Eucalypts

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Booklet

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Leaflet No.68 produced by the Commonwealth of Australia, Forestry and Timber Bureau. How to use the Card Sorting Key for the Identification of Eucalypts

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Photographs

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Tasmanian forestry and forest landscape photographs taken by Dan Kitchener, New Norfolk Tasmania

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Photographs

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12 photographs from the 1960s

Equipment - Card Sorting Key to the identification, properties and uses of the principal commercial Australian timbers

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Equipment

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Timber box with sliding lid containing punched cards with photograph on rear

Inscriptions & Markings

CSIRO

Ephemera

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Newspaper cuttings

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This is a collection of Newspaper cuttings on Bushfire items, 1983-1990. Loose leaf and bound in 2 ring black A3 Binder

Equipment - The Lane Poole Recording Caliper

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Equipment

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Measuring instrument for tree diameters. 3x metal components in fitted timber case.

Inscriptions & Markings

M.U.Forestry

Sample

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Mounted insect collection

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A mounted Insect Collection, collected and produced by a student from the VSF

Sample

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Mounted insect collection

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Coleoptera 2

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Photograph

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This is a mouted photograph of the first female students with their names on the back.

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Photograph

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Students in the Library extension. The extension was built in the 1940s and the photograph was taken in the 1950s

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Report

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Report of the State Development Committee on National Parks

Book

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Book

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Collection of printed reference material. Creswick Herbarium

Periodical - The Sylvanite

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Periodical

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The Magazine of the Victorian School of Forestry. Three copies.

Ephemera

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Documents

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Box of material from Ron Hateley's office - including history of nursery and plantation

Equipment - Steam distillation unit

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Steam distillation box for extraction of essential oils from wood or sawdust and leaves. Copper box and stand, bakelite fittings, cork and glass tubing. The box has a vent for releasing steam pressure and bottom drain hole to collect oils. It is raised to allow a burner to fit underneath it.

Historical information

[E.J. Semmens experimented with Eucalyptus distilling during his time as principal of the VSF, this piece of equipment would have been used for teaching and research at the School and maybe linked to Semmens' research.] Detailed description of item supplied by from the International Wood Collectors Society.

Document - Census of Plants Bear Park Creswick

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Book

Sample

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Mounted insect collection

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A mounted Insect Collection, collected and produced by a student from the VSF

Photograph

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

sepia photograph mounted on cardboard with separate cardboard backing.

Historical information

Forestry Refresher Course, 1913. The photograph shows the Conservator of Forests, H MacKay and the Chief Superintendent of State Plantations, John Johnstone, with the Forest Officers of the department outside the Victorian School of Forestry (Tremearne House) in Creswick.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front: With compliments, Conservator of Forests. R. Morton Photo. Creswick. On the Back: Photo presented to Forester J.S.Ritchie, Glen Park. Passed down to Asst Supt Pltns. W.Ritchie and finally Divl Forester N.E. Division, R.J. Ritchie. On separate card backing: Forest Officers (with list of names) including J.Johnstone Chief Supt of Plantations, H McKay Conservator of Forests

Sample

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Mounted insect collection

Historical information

A mounted Insect Collection, collected and produced by a student from the VSF

Still Image

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Aerial Photographs

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Subject: Creswick 1968 Project . 1 x annotated map in envelope marked Run 3 No's 30 - 38 with runs marked up from aerial phtographs flown 1956 - 1968 on drafted plan of Creswick Plantations. 1 x topographical map marked Creswick with annotation "Mapsheet key diagram". 1 x topographical map marked Ballarat annotated with a grid of numbers. 13 brown envelopes marked Run 1 -3 No. 21 - 38 (missing sequences) of c.44 prints total. Mix of black and white and colour. Range of dates. Stored in a brown cardboard file box marked Creswick 1968 Project.