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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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Opening Hours

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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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

Equipment

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Furniture

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Ornate Snooker Cue stand

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

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Equipment

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Surveying equipment in fitted timber box. 2 components of solid brass painted dark green. Missing one additional component. Additional lens.

Inscriptions & Markings

T.004

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Glass display cases

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Two glass display cabinets used at the School in both the Laboratory and the Museum

Still Image

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Photograph (Mounted)

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Formal student photograph with staff and student signatures on front. Taken Nov 1933. Students: Bond,Gibson, Moulds, Ryan, Head, Fletcher, Thompson, Caplehorn, Beale, Jones, Newey, Davidson. Staff: Semmens, Lister.

Equipment

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Fire fighting equipment

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Firefighting pump No.2. Wisconsin pump, made in Australia under licence by Ronadlson Bros and Tippett Ltd. Petrol motor.

Sample

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Herbarium

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The VSF herbarium contains an estimated 10,000 specimens representing 2,500-3,000 species. It was established in the 1930s

Still Image

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Photograph (Mounted)

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Creswick Forestry Football Club

Inscriptions & Markings

Creswick Forestry Football Club

Still Image

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Photograph album

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This album contains photographs of students from 1938 to the early 1940's.

Ephemera

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Honour Board

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Wooden VSF Roll of Honour board 1914-1919 including gum nut & tree root fretwork

Document

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Document

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Student Reports - Board of Forestry Education 1957 - 1982

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.

Ephemera

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Blazer and Tie

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VSF Uniform - Blazer and tie (non- uniform) Photocopy of photo with uniform being worn. Gift Deed.

Document - The distribution of the important timber trees of the genus eucalypus

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Book

Document

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Document

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Student Results. dark blue with red trim, marbled end papers. hand written ledger of student subject results from 1961 to 1982

Ephemera

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Tie

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Indian Forest Service Tie

Document

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Correspondence

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Letter from FCV Chairman to W.H.Trainor re resignation

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Piano

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Upright Piano

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Photographs

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VSF Graduate students in Final Year groups

Map

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Map

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VSF Fire protection Plan. Framed. Prepared in interval between construction of Science Block and commencement of Certificate Courses (1969-1974) (Bob Orr)

Still Image

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Photographs

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Photographs of forests and plantations in England, Wales, France and Scotland with notes about each photograph

Still Image - Ripping 14-in. planks from Pinus insignis logs, Creswick Nursery and Plantations.

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Photograph

Historical information

Mounted copied and enlarged sepia image.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ripping 14-in, Planks from Pinus Insignis logs, Creswick Nursery and Plantations.

Ephemera

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Gladstone Bag

Historical information

This bag belonged to J.H. Willis.

Equipment

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Fire fighting equipment

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Metal firefighting knapsack.

Document

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

School Certificate

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Forest School Creswick, School Certificate number one to William H Trainor