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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)
phone
+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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n/a

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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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

Ephemera

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Wood specimens

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Hardwood sawlog grading cards for Indian and Southeast Asian species.

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Wood Specimens

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sundry veneer samples

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Wood Specimens

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11 samples Papua New Guinea timbers in card covers with genus species information. Set in cardboard box with faux wood grain print.

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Wood Specimens

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30 items from VSF Reference Collection

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Wood Specimens

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59 items from mixed sources including Museum of Economic Forestry, Forests Commission Victoria

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Wood Specimens

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South East Asian Wood samples. A set of 78 samples in timber box with sliding lid

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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

Wood Specimen

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Wood disc - 38cm Diameter, 5cm thick - unknown species

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Wood Specimen

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Eucalyptus Tricarpa, Victorian Red Ironbark, half cross section showing heartwood, sapwood, phloem, cambrium, bark with a VSF Museum card

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Wood Specimen

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Veneer production radiata pine specimen

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Wood Specimen

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Tree trunk with bracket fungi

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Wood Specimen

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VSF Museum label: silver birch infected with rainbow fungus

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Wood Specimen

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River red gum (E.Camuldelensis) hitching post. Specimen removed from the front of the Bank of NSW Creswick, 1957

Inscriptions & Markings

Note the wasting and decay of wood within one foot of ground level. Date of installation unknown.

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Wood Specimen

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Insect attacked post specimen from VSF grounds. From VSF reference collection

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Wood Specimen

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Heart rot in a gum log. Donated by Trickey Bros Sawmill Carisbrook

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Wood Specimen

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Action wood specimen

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Wood Specimen

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This sample is of a quarter disc section of sequioa planted in 1902 at Creswick State Nursery in Sawpit Gully by John Johnstone. Cut down in 2015 to make the La Gerche sculpture.

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Visitors book - Division of Education & Research, Forests Commission Victoria, 1972-1976

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Visitors book - 1978-1987

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Tree price lists

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10 x booklets. Tree price lists for Wail, Mildura, Macedon, Creswick FCV nurseries.

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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

The Sun News Pictorial - Front Page

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Front Page, Thursday January 19th, 1933 - Reginald Torbert in photo

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Teaching resources

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2 cards showing - IMPACT. IZOD - Brittleness. Munitions Supply Laboratory Maribyrnong.

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Teaching notes

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Botanical Teaching notes and identification charts 1970's - 90's

Equipment

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Table

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Furniture from VSF Museum

Equipment

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Table

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Furniture from VSF Museum

Equipment

University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Table

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Furniture from VSF Museum. Original table or desk from library, possibly made in 1910 from Victorian hardwood seasoned at Newport. Contains names of students and grafitti dating back to the 1920s. Articles from 1910 mention furniture being built, inlcuding Creswick Adverstiser article about furtiture for library.

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Spring folder

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Folder contains information about the Creswick Nursery staff roster and contact numbers, as well as bus and train timetables.

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University of Melbourne, Creswick Campus Historical Collection, Creswick

Specimen trays

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8 ceramic specimen trays of picea cones