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Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc. Warrnambool, Victoria

The Warrnambool & District Historical Society (WDHS) was founded in 1966 with the object of gathering material and items of local historical significance and preserving them for the enjoyment of future generations. WDHS shares HeritageWorks with Warrnambool Family History Group.

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PO Box 731 Warrnambool Victoria 3280 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 5561 0283

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Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 10am to 12noon - 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Or by appointment. Public holidays by appointment.

Entry Fee

Free entry.

Location

2 Gilles Street (south of Merri St) Warrnambool Victoria

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The collection is diverse and includes items relating to Warrnambool and district from the 19th century museum and other material collected by the three following historical societies established in early 1900s, post WWII and the current society. The collection consists artefacts, books, original documents, textiles, photographs, maps, oral histories and a research collection. History House is a registered Place of Deposit (POD) with local items lodged from PROV and Warrnambool City Council.

Significance

Our collection tells the story of local and district business and families of south west Victoria and their link within the world platform. Stories of developing the district and transport by land and sea. Our material is displayed and available for researchers.

David Andersen 29 January 2020 10:29 PM

Re your 1 ACF red star badges 1940 and 1941 It appears that these are Australian Comfort Funds Workers badges rather than specifically for fundraising - references Examiner (Launceston, Tas. ), Wednesday 10 April 1940, page 1 " The members of the Australian Comforts Fund have a badge similar to the one worn by the members of the Australian Comforts Fund in the last war. It is in the shape of a star and is red enamel with the letters A.C.F. and the date 1940" Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Wednesday 4 October 1939, page 13 " A badge similar to that used in 1914 was approved. of red enamel with the letters "A.C.F." on a six pointed star, it will also bear the year for which the member has enrolled. The subscription will be 2/ a year" I have only recorded 1940 and 1941 so far.

Marita Murphy 3 February 2020 3:30 PM

Hello David Thank you for your interest. I refer you to the following website for an expanded account of the Australian Comfort Fund https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/articles/10608 Kind regards Marita for WDHS

Maree 27 May 2020 9:53 AM

Dear Museums Victoria, I would like to borrow a copy of "Church on the Hill: A Centenary History of St Bridgets" written by Helen Doyle. Could you please advise where I could find this book. Thanks Maree

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Business Plate - Robinsons Motor Pty Ltd

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a brass business plate with three small holes at each corner. The lettering etched on the plate is gold and black but the black may have been put on to the lettering at a later stage as only some of the gold lettering is still visible. The plate has been cut off on one side and part of the lettering is missing.

Historical information

This plate was probably shortened to fit an office or factory door. Alexander Robinson (1862-1932) established a coachbuilding business in Fairy Street Warrnambool in 1880. In 1883 he joined with Fred Morse to set up the coachbuilding business of Robinson and Morse. This firm was noted for its production of fine Abbott buggies. Later Morse established his own business in Warrnambool and Robinson’s business continued at Fairy Street and converted to motor car building in the early 1900s. Alexander Robinson was Mayor of Warrnambool from 1907 to 1909. In the early 1930s Robinson’s Motors was replaced by Callaghan Motors. This business traded on the Fairy Street site until 2018 but now operates from Raglan Parade. The grandfather of one of the donors of this item, Tom Smith, worked at Robinsons Motor Pty Ltd in the early 20th century.

Significance

This plate is of great interest as it came from the motor car business of Robinson’s Motor Pty Ltd. The Robinson businesses (coach building & motor car building) existed in Warrnambool for over 50 years.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘Reg. Office’ ‘Robinsons Motor Pro..’

Metal Plane

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a metal tool with a solid base, a large handle, one screw and two wing nuts. It is somewhat greasy.

Historical information

This plane, used for shaving or shaping materials such as wood, is a Stanley No 78 model. The Stanley Tool Works was a business originally established in U.S.A. in the 1840s. In 1937 Stanley Tool Works set up in Sheffield, England. In 2010 the company merged with Black and Decker and still operates today. Planes are still used today in woodworking.

Significance

This item has no known local significance but is retained as an example of a tradesman’s tool from the past.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘Stanley No. 78’ ‘Patent D. 6-7-10’

Book - Fletcher Jones Handbook

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a soft cover book of 14 pages. It has a blue cover with the red and gold badge of Fletcher Jones on the front cover. The first page has handwritten material in black ink and a photograph of Fletcher Jones. There is also a gold label stuck on to the first page. There are many black and white photographs scattered throughout the text.

Historical information

This booklet has been produced as a handbook for the employees of the Warrnambool-based clothing business of Fletcher Jones and Staff. Sir David Fletcher Jones (1895-1977) was born in Bendigo and served with the A.I.F. in World War One. He and an ex-war mate began trading in the Western District as itinerant hawkers of manchester and later Fletcher Jones continued on his own, gradually expanding the business until, in 1922, he opened a menswear and tailoring business in Warrnambool. By 1941 he was making nothing but men’s trousers, supplying retailers in over 100 outlets. In the late 1940s he turned his business into a Co-Operative and later expanded the business to include both men’s and women’s clothing. He opened a factory in Warrnambool, which, with it beautiful gardens, became a tourist attraction. The factory site was called Pleasant Hill. When he died in 1977 his business was one of the largest clothing manufacturers in Australia and possibly the world but, with the competition from imported clothing, the enterprise did not survive into the 21st century. It is presumed that Doug Ferguson was an employee of Fletcher Jones and that the gold label award was for his work or that of his department.

Significance

This staff handbook for employees of the clothing business of Fletcher Jones & Staff is of major interest as this business, known nationally, was one of the most significant businesses ever to operate in Warrnambool. The handbook is of interest in itself as it has the Fletcher Jones logo, interesting material about the business philosophy of the business and Fletcher Jones himself, an autographed photograph of him and some significant photographs of the business, including indoor photographs of the factory.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘Presentation Copy. This copy is the property of Doug Ferguson, Pleasant Hill, With Best Wishes Fletcher Jones, Dec. 20 1951.’ Gold stamp: ‘Highest Award Cut, Make & Trim’

Lead shot mould

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a metal tool with handles in the shape of calipers with a rounded ball of metal at one end. The ball is split in the middle to allow molten material to be inserted for casting into lead shot. The object is heavily rusted.

Historical information

This lead shot mould would have been used by those people wanting ammunition for shotguns. The moulds were probably originally used in a blacksmith’s forge.

Significance

Although it has no known local provenance, this lead shot mould is of interest as an example of an early tool.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘16’

Letter book 5 - 1910

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a brown-covered letter book of 750 pages with a mottled blue inside lining. The pages contain an alphabetical index and copies of handwritten letters and sketch maps and plans. There is one loose letter dated 1937. The pages are somewhat stained and the spine on the cover has been torn away. There is a mauve stamp on the first page.

Historical information

This letter book has letters, invoices and sketch maps and dates from 1910 to 1914. It came from the office of John William Crawley, Junior, an engineer, surveyor and architect in private practice in Warrnambool and also the official engineer for the Shire of Warrnambool from 1895 to 1935. His father, brother and son were also engineers and worked in that capacity or as the Shire Secretary for the Shire of Warrnambool, with the Crawley family recording a total of 132 years of service to the Shire. The letter book was passed on to John Crawley’s son, Rolf, engineer for the Shire of Warrnambool from 1935 to 1968. The letter book then came into the possession of Michael Hand who took over the private surveying business of Rolf Crawley in Warrnambool and the Warrnambool and District Historical Society has acquired the letter book, one of several Crawley ledgers, from the estate of Michael Hand.

Significance

This letter book is of considerable significance as it contains maps, plans, sketches and written information, the work of John William Crawley, Junior, the Shire of Warrnambool engineer for 40 years. It will be very useful for research purposes.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘5’ ‘Rolf L. Crawley, Civil Engineer, Drainage and Water Supply Engineer, Licensed Surveyor, Registered Architect, Warrnambool’

Letter - Hand written copy National Bank V A Bostock

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Cream lined paper, with Solicitors letterhead printed in top left corner. Letter is hand written in black ink. Watermarked Cowan Extra strong

Historical information

Augustus Bostock was the 9th child of Robert & Rachael Bostock of Vaucluse Epping Forest, Van Diemen’s Land. He was only 4 years old when his mother died. He was inspired by his father to seek his fortune in the Western District of Victoria. He arrived around 1850. He married Margaret Aitkin in July 1865. Augustus owned several properties in the district and leased others. He sat on the court of Warrnambool, Mortlake or Hexham as required. He resided at Marramook in Hawkesdale and later moved to Vaucluse in Hopetoun Road Warrnambool, where he died in 1920 at the age of 87. He was involved in many aspects of life in the Western District, racing, cricket, and social activities to name a few. This letter shows correspondence between the two firms of solicitors and is demanding payment of £500.00 as settlement by Bostock, to the National Bank.

Significance

This is one of a number of documents which relate to the Bostock family who were one of the most important pioneering families of the Western District. They owned and leased various properties around Warrnambool and were involved in many aspects of social and business life. The document itself is indicative of its time and provides an insight into the details and terms of such documents at the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Klingender, O’Mahony & Murray Solicitors at Warrnambool, Koroit, Port Fairy, Terang and Mortlake. Telephone No. 51. The letter has come from Malleson, England & Stewart of Melbourne. Watermarked Cowan Extra Strong

Flyer - Embroiders Guild South West District

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a four page leaflet depicting eight works of embroidery made by the Embroiderers Guild of Victoria, South Western Branch. The eight embroidery pieces are displayed in colour with written material attached

Historical information

This leaflet lists five pieces of embroidery made by the South Western Branch of the Embroiderers Guild of Victoria and presented to the City of Warrnambool, one piece made for Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, one piece containing the names of 170 members of the branch and one piece made for the Jones Foundation. The South Western Group of the Embroiderers Guild of Victoria was formed in Warrnambool in 1974. In 1976 they presented their first public piece of embroidery, a patchwork quilt for the Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottage to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village .

Significance

This leaflet is useful for its summary of the embroideries completed by the local embroidery branch involving many of its members.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: Embroidery in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia, The Embroiderers Guild (logo), A guide to the embroideries completed by The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria, South Western Branch, P.O. Box 433 Warrnambool 3280, W.C.C. Logo and a 50 year logo

Labels x 2 - Evans & Co

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

.1 Light brown cardboard label, primarily rectangular with mitred corners at one end, a hole with a red reinforce sticker surrounding it. The label has black printed text and several parallel lines. Also there is a pencilled code. .2 Identical to .1 but smaller

Historical information

The saddler and harness business of E.D. Evans and Co. in Liebig Street was prominent in Warrnambool from the 1870s to the early decades of the 20th century. Edward Evans came to Warrnambool in the 1850s, was a Warrnambool Councillor from 1875 to 1878 and from 1884 to 1888 and was prominent in racing circles in the town,

Significance

These labels are of interest as E.D. Evans was a well known saddle and harness maker in Warrnambool's history.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1 FROM E. D. EVANS & CO. SADDLE & HARNESS MAKERS, WARRNAMBBO, PORT FAIRY, AND TERANG. C 1900 ( In pencil) .2 Identical to .1

Book - Music and Songs

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Brown cloth over hard card cover with black leather spine and corners. Contains 12 music folios of various length

Historical information

A collection of music and songs, many labelled Colonial Music Cabinet. Thomas Smith, operated gas printing works in Koroit St Warrnambool opposite the Baptist Church in the latter part of the 19th Century. The business did a number of printing related tasks including lithographic printing, engraving and bookbinding.

Significance

A collection of musical scores which were popular at the time with links to a well regarded business in Warrnambool.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bound by Smith Printers Warrnambool. 2nd Edition.

Badges - Warrnambool Technical School

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

.1 Shield shaped metal and enamel badge with green border including text enclosing a silver area featuring raised images of a torch, scales, compass, hammer, nails, artist's palette, brushes , a bar and the numbers 192. A pin clip is on the reverse .2 Circular metal and enamel badge with a golden edged green border surrounding a bronze coloured centre with a stylised golden edged scarlet torch and three horizontal bars of varied length. A pin clip is on the reverse.

Historical information

This is a Warrnambool Technical School badge of the 1920s and 30s. Warrnambool Technical School was established in Timor Street in 1913. The senior section was later called Warrnambool Technical College and then Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education. The latter institute moved to Sherwood Park, Warrnambool and became the present-day Warrnambool campus of Deakin University. Warrnambool Technical School moved to Caramut Road, Warrnambool and is today known as Brauer College. The badge was donated by Mirth Marfell, the daughter of Henry and Helena Marfell. She was born in Warrnambool in 1919. Her grandfather, John Marfell, a Warrnambool hay and corn dealer and miller connected to the Warrnambool Co-operative Milling Company, was prominent in community and civic affairs in the town. Mirth Marfell completed her nursing training at the Warrnambool Base Hospital and served in the Australian Army Nursing Service in World War Two for five years. She then became the first Australian nursing organizer for the Victorian Royal College of Nursing.

Significance

This badge is of interest, firstly as a memento of Warrnambool Technical School from the 1920s and 30s and secondly because it came from Mirth Marfell, a Warrnambool person who had a distinguished nursing career.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1 WARRNAMBOOL TECn SCHOOL LABOR TO EFFICIENCY .2 WARRNAMBOOL TECHNICAL SCHOOL

Badges x 2 - 001043.1Warrnambool Bowls Club 001043.2 City Memorial Bowls Club

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

001043.1 Roughly five sided badge with picture of lighthouse in blue and white, surrounded by dark blue with bronze coloured writing. Pin at back. 001043.2 Oval shaped with dark green border with text surrounding light green centre. Brass coloured emblem of Warrnambool War Memorial. Back has pin clasp.

Historical information

Warrnambool Bowls’ club was established in 1890. The club was initially established in Liebig St and was the sole club in Warrnambool before the establishment of St. John’s Bowls club in 1926. Warrnambool City Memorial Bowling club was established in 1950 with Lawn tennis and Dennington following in the 1960’s.It was around 1990 that the club moved from Liebig St to Timor St on the site of the St Joseph’s tennis courts.

Significance

Mementos of two local clubs which have a long association with the town and which are still operating today.

Inscriptions & Markings

001043.1 Warrnambool Bowls Club 001043.2 City Memorial Bowling Club Warrnambool on front of badge and Pitcher Melb on back.

Plate - Warrnambool Congregational Church

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a cream-coloured china plate with a gold trim around the outer edges and the name of the church in the centre in a black and white scroll pattern. The gold trim is now almost obliterated. The edges of the plate are chipped in several places and the plate is much stained and blotched.

Historical information

This plate was probably part of a crockery set used by the Warrnambool Congregational Church for church functions and receptions. The Warrnambool Congregational Church began when two men, Robert Winton and Thomas Nayler, met in 1862 to discuss the possibility of establishing a church of the Independent order. As a result the first Congregational Church was opened in Liebig Street, Warrnambool in 1864 with William Pentland as the first Minister. Samuel Nettleton was a notable member of the congregation, being the Superintendent of the Sunday School for 60 years. In 1940 the Congregational Church moved to a building in Henna Street and in 1973 the Congregational Church merged with the Methodist Church to form what is known today as the Uniting Church. In 1976 the former Congregational Church building in Henna Street was sold to the Salvation Army.

Significance

This plate is of interest as a memento of the Warrnambool Congregational Church, an institution that no longer exists under that name.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘Warrnambool Congregational Church’

Shoe Heel - Shoe Heel Protector

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a metal object in the shape of a shoe heel (semi-spherical). It has five holes to put in screws to attach to the heel of a shoe or boot. It is silver in colour and has grooves across the surface to prevent slipping.

Historical information

No information is available on this item but heel protectors were commonly used by householders in the early to mid 20th century to protect shoes from scuffing and damage caused by the wear and tear of frequent use. The protectors were usually put on the boots or shoes by a member of the family. They were commonly used until the 1950s.

Significance

This item is of some interest as an example of the custom in the early 20th century of using heel protectors on boots and shoes. It is a useful display item.

Subdivision plan - Part of Preston Estate Parish of Wappan.

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Cream coloured map printed in black with sections coloured in pink.

Historical information

This map possibly relates to land of John Bostock at Preston, Delatite.

Significance

Part of a collection of papers relating to the Bostock family one of the earliest pioneering families in Warrnambool.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plan of subdivision of part of crown allotments 15 and 17 and part of Preston pre- emptive right, Parish of Wappan, County of Delatite.

Dead Man's penny - Daniel Nicol Peters

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Circluar brass plaque with figure of Brittania and a lion in low relief. There are two dolphins around the figure of Brittania and and image of a defeated eagle below the lion.To the right of the figure is a small rectangle with the name of the soldier. Text around the edge.

Historical information

The dead man's penny is a commemorative medallion which was presented to the family of soldier s who were killed in the First World War. The images of Brittania the dolphins and the lion represent Brittain and the eagle represents Germany. The name of the soldier is presented without rank to signify the equality of all sacrifice. This medallion was to commemorate Daniel Nicol Peters who came from Scotland but enlisted in the AIF in Blackboy Hill Western Australia. His regimental number was 3200. he was Killed in Action on 26 August 1918. His father was John Peters of Greenside Fifeshire Scotland.

Significance

From a country with a population of approximately 5 million people, there were more than 60000 soldiers killed. This object represents but one of these soldiers. It therefore has historical and social significance

Inscriptions & Markings

He died for freedom and honour. Daniel Nicol Peters

Milk Stool

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a hand-made wooden milking stool with a rectangular piece of wood for the seat and four rounded legs that taper slightly outwards. The legs have been inserted into four holes on the top seating part. The seat has a small circular hole in the middle. The stool is well-worn.

Historical information

This stool appears to have been home-made. It was used in the days (first half of the 20th century) when cows were mostly milked by hand. It was most likely to have been used to milk a house cow, perhaps in Warrnambool or a nearby town. The cow would have been kept during the day time on the town common and brought back to the home for milking and returned to the common the next day. The production of milk, cheese and butter has been an important industry in the Warrnambool district since the second half of the 19th century, with the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory at Allansford being established in 1888. It is the oldest surviving dairy company in Australia.

Significance

This stool is of considerable interest as an example of the stools used when cows were hand milked and when many households in the towns and outer areas had a house cow to supply milk for the household.

Cloth Bag

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a cloth bag with a rounded base. At the top of the bag are ten metal eyelets (one missing) with a drawstring interlaced to close the top. The string is broken in several places. The bag is stained.

Historical information

The label ‘VIC’ on this kit bag suggests it may have been a Government issue - used at a Post Office or a bank or a Customs Office. It has been in the collection of the Warrnambool and District Historical Society for some years and so far has no ‘story’.

Significance

The use and origin of this kit bag are unknown but it is retained for display purposes.

Inscriptions & Markings

2447 VIC

Document - The Warrnambool Young Men's club

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

A sheet of with paper with black printing on both sides.It is slightly creased and torn.

Historical information

This item is the financial statement of the Warrnambool Young Men's Club In 1882. The Young Men's Club situated in Kepler Street was formerly the Warrnambool Club Hotel building which had opened in 1873 by John Amon Smith. In 1877 it was renamed The Union Club Hotel but it closed in 1879. The Young Men's Club took over the building and incorporated a temperance hotel which opened in 1879. In 1883 the Warrnambool Young Men's Club and Temperance Hotel Company building was sold because of financial loss.

Significance

This item is of interest as a memento of the 19th century Warrnambool Young Men's Club. The temperance establishments were popular during this century.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Warrnambool Young Men's Club AND TEMPERANCE HOTEL COMPANY, LIMITED BALANCE SHEET for the half year ending 31st December 1882.

Book - The Little Girl and the Tiny Doll

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Hard cover book with title in red text. Image of child reaching into freezer with smallish doll figure below.back cover has image of two women in grey and white coats. Names of authors is in black text on white background.48 pages.

Historical information

This is a child's picture book from 1966 which belonged to the Framlingham State School which is situated approximately 15 ks north of Warrnambool.

Significance

Of limited significance apart from being an example of books which were in use in primary schools in the 1960's.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamp " S.S Framlingham" dedicated to Miss Irene Theobald.

Book - Warrnambool Standard Almanac 1905

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a soft cover booklet of 94 pages plus several pages of advertisements. The cover is pink with dark blue lettering and two blue and grey illustrations of Warrnambool. The spine is partly torn away. The front cover has some indecipherable writing and the word ‘Warrnambool’ handwritten twice in black ink. There is one loose newspaper cutting (undated).

Historical information

This booklet was given to subscribers to the Warrnambool Standard newspaper as an almanac for the year 1905. The Warrnambool Standard Almanacs were published yearly from 1875 to 1930 and contained information for the residents of Warrnambool and district about local government officials, businesses, harbour management, churches, schools, banks, large landowners, societies and organizations etc. The Warrnambool Standard newspaper was established in 1872 and continues to this day.

Significance

This booklet is of high significance as it contains much valuable information on Warrnambool and district for the year 1905. It is a very important research tool for those studying and writing the history of Warrnambool and district. The original owner of this booklet is not known.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘Warrnambool’

Booklet - Historic Buildings of Port Fairy

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

TryBooking will show you the full breakdown on the Booking Payment Report and the Event Revenue Itemised Report so you can clearly see the ticket sales, credit card processing fee and the funds that are yours.

Historical information

Port Fairy, a small town in Western Victoria established in 1836, has an exceptional collection of public buildings and dwellings dating from the 1840s. This booklet gives short descriptions of 58 of these historic buildings, many with accompanying photographs. These include many buildings in Gipps and Sackville Streets, the Powder Magazine, some hotels, the Drill Hall, Dublin House, the Port Fairy Cemetery and several schools and churches.

Significance

This booklet is useful for those seeking quick information on the historic buildings in Port Fairy and for those wanting to undertake a walk around the town’s historic spots.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: ‘Historic Buildings of Port Fairy, Port Fairy Historical Society Inc.’ Photograph on front cover: ‘Sackville Str. Port Fairy’, ‘Sackville St. looking south 1910’ Back cover map: ‘Port Fairy Historic Buildings’

Magazine monthly journal - The Australian Home Beautiful

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

50 page monthly journal. Showing housing, house hold tips. Black print on cream paper. Reasonable condition slightly water damaged

Historical information

4 page article & photos on Warrnambool home called 'Shipley' situated on the Hopkins. Dawson family

Significance

1920's Century architecture Keith Cheetham. Owners Mr & Mrs A. G. Dawson

Inscriptions & Markings

Vol 18 No 5. May 1 1940.

Book - Index of Drafts Chambers

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a ledger with a black cover and red bindings on the spine and corner reinforcements. There are 273 pages with printed red lines for accounting purposes. The entries are written in black ink. The inside front and back covers of card paper material have a red and blue mottled pattern.

Historical information

This ledger contains an Index to Drafts for Mortgages, Conveyances and Deed of Covenants etc (1896 to 1913) which was in use by the Warrnambool solicitor, Ernest Chambers. He had offices in Warrnambool, Koroit and Port Fairy in the late 19th century and early 20th century and Thomas Goodall was his manager in Warrnambool until 1899 when Chambers took up permanent residence in Warrnambool. The ledger was found in the old Mackay Taylor offices in Kepler Street and presumably came into the possession of this law firm at a later stage when Ernest Chambers was no longer operating in Warrnambool. The firm of Mackay Taylor was originally established in 1898 from the amalgamation of the law firms of George Mackay and James Fletcher. In the 1920s the firm became Mackay and Taylor when J. Taylor joined as a partner and this business was prominent in Warrnambool until the 1990s.

Significance

This ledger has some significance as it contains the names of many Warrnambool and district residents of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and gives some indication of what type of legal transaction they were involved with. It therefore has some historical and social connotations useful for researchers

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: ‘Index to Drafts, E.T.H.Chambers’ Spine: ‘8-4-96 to 14-9-15 Index to Drafts’

Booklet - Palmer Family

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

These are 13 pages of printed notes enclosed in a folder with a clear plastic front cover and a black plastic back cover. The pages are attached using plastic clips. The pages include illustrations and photographs. Palmer – The Family of Frederick William Palmer and Mary Eliza Wood of Woodlands, Tasmania 1838-2013

Historical information

This is a most comprehensive and succinct history of the Palmer/Wood family and their descendants from 1838 to 2013. Several members of the Palmer family were prominent in the history of Warrnambool and district. These include Octavius Palmer of Waarn, Claude Palmer of Dalvui, William Palmer, Manager of the Bank of Australasia in the 1860s and Thomas Palmer of Grasmere. The noted novelist, Mary Gaunt, who lived in Warrnambool for some time, was the granddaughter of Frederick and Mary Palmer.

Significance

These biographical notes of the Palmer family are of some significance as they will be very useful for researchers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front Cover: ‘Palmer – The Family of Frederick William Palmer and Mary Eliza Wood of Woodlands, Tasmania. Researched by Florence Charles, 1838-2013

Book - Geography for State Schools

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a soft covered book of 118 pages. The cover is red cloth with black printing. The book contains printed material and some sketches and maps.It is dog eared, tattered and stained.It is much scribbled on the inside covers.

Historical information

This book is a Yangery State School book owned by Tom Johnston in 1896. Yangery State School was established as a National School in 1858 with George McKay as the first head teacher. In 1909 the name was changed to Illowa and it was closed in 1970. We do not have many historical items that are associated with the old Yangery school. The Johnston family was associated with the Tower Hill/ Illowa area from the 1850s. " Sea View" was occupied by the McCullough family in the early 20th century.

Significance

This book is retained because of its relationship with the Yangery State School and the Johnston family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tom E Johnston Yangery State School No. 690 February 8th 96 T E Johnston Sea View Ilowa T.E Johnston Tower Hill

Diary - Diary of Augustus Bostock 1881-1890

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Brown stippled cloth cover with brown corners and spine in leather. Purple and green patterned paper inside front and back covers. Pages are handwritten in black ink.

Historical information

Augustus Bostock was the 9th child of Robert & Rachael Bostock of Vaucluse Epping Forest, Van Diemen’s Land. He was only 4 years old when his mother died. He was inspired by his father to seek his fortune in the Western District of Victoria. He arrived around 1850. He married Margaret Aitkin in July 1865. Augustus owned several properties in the district and leased others. He sat on the court of Warrnambool, Mortlake or Hexham as required. He resided at Marramook in Hawkesdale and later moved to Vaucluse in Hopetoun Road Warrnambool, where he died in 1920 at the age of 87. He was involved in many aspects of life in the Western District, racing, cricket, and social activities to name a few. This diary shows the daily entries over a long period of time with activities ranging from fencing, visiting neighbours and weather details. It mentions many local people and many properties he visited.

Significance

Augustus Bostock along with a number of his brothers was one of the earliest pioneers in the Western District of Victoria. This diary sheds considerable light onto the life of Augustus and people of his era. There is a wealth of information on a range of topics relating to early life in Warrnambool and district.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticker inside front cover: J Hider Opposite the Post Office Warrnambool. M/R 6/- Augustus Bostock Coomite Diary 1881

Badge - Allansford Youth Club

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

A circular metal badge featuring a gold colour profile of a hopping kangaroo and text on a royal blue back ground. The outer edge is royal blue and contains text. The remaining area is white. It has a pin clip on the reverse.

Historical information

No information has been found on the Allansford Youth Club but the badge appears to date from the 1940's or 50's. A Warrnambool boy's club existed during that time.

Significance

This badge is retained because it has local provenance but pending further research no exact details are known.

Inscriptions & Markings

V.A.Y.C. ALLANSFORD YOUTH CLUB

Booklet - Fragments from France No 3

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a soft cover book of 42 pages. It has a green cover with a cartoon sketch in sepia tones on the front cover and an advertisement on the back page. The printing on the covers is in black. The book has advertisements on the inside covers, a Foreword and pages of cartoon sketches of soldiers in World War One. The pages have been stapled but the staples have been removed.

Historical information

This book contains World War One cartoons drawn by Captain Bruce Bairnsfather. It is one of a series of books by Bairnsfather showing that humour can be found even on the battlefields of France. The cartoons were originally published weekly in ‘The Bystander’ magazine. World War One was an horrific conflict that took so many lives and affected adversely so many others.

Significance

This book is of antiquarian interest as a book dealing with World War One, a conflict that affected Warrnambool in the same way as it affected every other place in Australia.

Postcard - The King at the Front

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This coloured postcard shows soldiers in a hall attending a church service. There is a Union Jack in the foreground and the King is centre front. On the back is space for a stamp and an address and also pencilled writing.

Historical information

This is number 14 of 27 items in the Daisy Vickers collection of World War One memorabilia. These items were sent or given to Daisy Ogier (nee Vickers) during World War One by Corporal Arthur Anderson who enlisted from Warrnambool in 1915 at the age of 21. He served in Egypt and France and returned to Australia in 1919. Daisy Ogier (1907-1987) was a student and then a teacher at Warrnambool Technical School with her early teaching years there from 1925 to 1936 and in 1949. She became the head mistress from 1950 to 1963 and in 1968. She officially retired in 1976. Daisy Vickers was one of the best loved and dedicated teachers that the school ever had. She married the Reverend Fred Ogier and continued her association with the school after her husband's death

Significance

This card is interesting because of its association with World War One and two local people Daisy Vickers and Arthur Anderson

Inscriptions & Markings

Miss Daisy Vickers Bushfield Victoria Aus The King at the Front attending a church service in the field

Badge - Warrnambool Racing Club (Lady)

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a silvered-coloured six-sided metal badge with embossed initials and printing and a metal clip at the back.

Historical information

This badge is for a female and has been issued to a Warrnambool Racing Club member in 1956. Horse racing meetings have been held in Warrnambool since the early days of settlement and the Warrnambool Racing Club was formed in 1854. Meetings have been held at the site of the present racecourse since the late 1850s. The chief event on the Warrnambool racing calendar is the annual three-day May Racing Carnival, with the main event being the well-known Warrnambool Grand Annual Steeplechase.

Significance

This badge is retained as an example of lady’s badge issued to members of the Warrnambool Racing Club in the mid 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

WRC LADY Season 1956-57 B545 Stokes Melb.