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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

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Books

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a hard cover book of 204 pages. The front cover has a beige background with a blue and brown patterning and brown printing. The spine has similar patterning with gold printing and the back cover is beige. The book has 15 chapters, an index, some pages of advertisements for other books and several colour plates. The first page has a book plate pasted in.

Historical information

This book was a prize given by Warrnambool Technical School in 1934. Warrnambool Technical School was established in Timor Street in 1913. John King, whose name appears on the book plate of this book, was the first head teacher and remained in this position for 29 years. In 1973 the Technical School was moved to Caramut Road, Warrnambool and in 1989 the school was renamed Brauer College. The old Technical School site in Timor Street now houses the South West Institute of TAFE. The book was donated by William Reed who had a bookstore and newsagency in Timor Street at the time. The book was given to Winnie Ferrier. Members of the Ferrier family have been in the South Warrnambool area since the 1850s and the 19th century Ferrier families were associated with Warrnambool port activities.

Significance

This book is retained as a memento of the Warrnambool Technical School in the 1930s with its references to John King, the foundation Principal, the donor of the book, William Reed, a Warrnambool businessman and the recipient of the book, Winnie Ferrier, with the name Ferrier well-known in South Warrnambool in both the 19th and the 20th centuries.

Inscriptions & Markings

Warrnambool Technical School Labor to Efficiency 19th December 1934 for Lettering, Dressmaking A3 Donated by William Reed Esq. Awarded to Winnie Ferrier John King Principal

Book - The Domestic liturgy & family chaplain

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a brown leather cover book of 385 pages. The spine has gold lettering. The binding has come apart and has been mended with white cotton material on the inside of the cover. The insides of the cover have a brown, white, blue and yellow mottled pattern. The cover is stained and torn at the edges and has a deep gouging on the front. The first page has been torn and mended with tape and some of the pages are stained. There are two pressed fern fronds, one loose newspaper cutting and a bookmark with a sepia-coloured image, lace paper edges and coloured embroidery contained within the pages. The book has a preface and 58 chapters. The inscription is handwritten in black ink.

Historical information

This book belonged to John Cowtan. He was a purchaser of land near Cassady’s Bridge in Warrnambool and an important and early settler in Port Fairy. The land that John Cowtan selected was bought by Williaam Cassady whose sister, Ann, was married to John Cowtan. Cassady established the property, Boughton where Cassady’s Bridge is today. This book came from a Cassady estate sale early in the 21st century. Between 1839 and 1844 John Cowtan was a ship’s captain for John Griffiths, a shipowner and entrepreneur. In 1844 Cowtan established a merchant trading and produce business in Port Fairy with John Bland. In the 1860 John Cowtan went to live in Melbourne.

Significance

This book is of great interest because of its early date (one year after the founding of Warrnambool) and because of its association with John Cowtan, a pioneer settler of Port Fairy with connections to Warrnambool.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘J. Cowtan 1848’

Book - Western Horizon

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Coloured hard board cover with country scene with road with two vehicles on a road which continues to the back cover.. A large gum tree sits beside the road. The title is gold on a navy blue banner. Thereis a small blurb on the back cover. 112 pages.

Historical information

This book presents a pictorial history of the western District of Victoria. It explores various aspects of the Western District such as water supply,architecture,ports,produce,and agriculture. It also presents the various scenic spots around the district. The publishers of this book , the Australian publicity Council is dedicated to publicising the state of Victoria and its natural resources in an effort to attract overseas investment and industry.

Significance

This book provides a snapshot of the Western District in the 1960 's both with the information and the photographs contained within, including some which were taken by Ralph Illidge who was one on Warrnambool's best known photographers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Publicity Council. Henry Bolte Premier of Victoria.

Book - The Pleasant Career of a Spendthrift and his Later Reflections

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a hard cover book of 282 pages. The cover is red with black printing and the spine is very faded. The book has a foreword and twelve chapters of text. The first page contains a signature and notes written in pencil.

Historical information

This book is an autobiography of George Meudell (1860-1936). He spent about six years in Warrnambool as a young boy when his father came to Warrnambool as the Manager of the Bank of Victoria. Meudell went to the Warrnambool Common School 646. He later became well-known in Melbourne in social, economic and political affairs. He was a company promoter, stockbroker and writer and an acquaintance of most of the influential and wealthy people of the time. In 1928 Meudell wrote an article for the Royal Historical Society of Victoria Journal detailing his memories of Warrnambool and this article is now a very important piece of local social history. He was enthusiastic about the benefits of living in Warrnambool in the 1860s and 70s. Meudell’s book, ‘The Pleasant Career of a Spendthrift, was an important publication as it gave a complete account of the commercial morality of the power brokers in the financial world - those concerned with the land boom and the banks’ crash of 1886-1893. The book was so inflammatory that it was initially withdrawn from sale.

Significance

This book is of considerable interest as it was written by George Meudell who lived in Warrnambool in the 1860s and 70s and played a part in Warrnambool’s history by writing about these years. The book is also of wider interest as it has some information on people connected with Warrnambool’s history, including John Archibald and Thomas Bent. The signature in the front of the book is of no known relevance to Warrnambool.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘Gordon Leitch Christmas 1942’

Document - ANZ queuing system ticket

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a small piece of white paper used for the telling transactions of clients in the A.N.Z. Bank in Warrnambool. It has black print on a white surface and the logo of the A.N.Z. Bank is in the right hand corner.

Historical information

This is a computer-generated coupon used in the telling transactions of customers at the Australia and New Zealand Bank in Warrnambool. The A.N. Z. Bank, the fourth largest banking group in Australia, is derived from the Bank of Australasia which was established in Sydney in 1835. The Bank of Australasia came to Warrnambool in 1854 and in 1860 large premises were built at the corner of Timor and Kepler Streets. In 1951 the Bank of Australasia merged with the Union Bank to form the A.N.Z. Bank Limited and in 1970 the E.S. & A. Bank and the London Bank of Australia merged with the A.N.Z. Bank Limited to form the A.N.Z. Banking Group Limited.

Significance

This coupon is of minor interest as an example of the type of coupon used for customer banking in Warrnambool today.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘3900 Warrnambool Telling Transactions A165 30/10/2015’ ‘14.29 A.N.Z.’

Trophy - ICISA Grand aggregate 1937

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is an electro plated nickel silver cup with two side handles and an ornate stem attached to a silver base. The cup is mounted on a circular Bakelite stand. The stand has a small silver plaque with an inscription.

Historical information

This trophy is one of several awarded in the 1930s by the Inter Church Indoor Sports Association in Warrnambool. It is a grand aggregate cup and it has been won jointly by the Congregational Men’s Institute (C.M.I.) and the Church of England Men’s Society (C.E.M.S.). Both of these men’s groups were prominent in the 1930s. A Congregational Church was opened in Liebig Street, Warrnambool in 1864 and transferred to Henna Street in 1940. This Henna Street church was sold to the Salvation Army in 1979 when the Congregational Church and the Methodist Church merged to form the Uniting Church. The Anglican Church in Warrnambool, called Christ Church, was established in Henna Street in the 1850s under the direction of the first minister, Archdeacon Beamish. The present church was constructed over the ensuing decades with the square tower added in 1882.

Significance

This trophy is of interest as it comes from the 1930s and is one of the trophies given by the now-defunct Inter Church Indoor Sports Association of Warrnambool. It also has connections to both the Congregational Church and the Anglican Church in Warrnambool.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘I.C.I.S.A. Grand Aggregate C.M.I. & C.E.M.S. 1937’

Nightdress

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a white cotton nightdress with an opening to the waist which is enclosed with two white buttons. There is a frill of lace on one side of the opening. The white collar also has a large white frill of lace. The long sleeves are inset and have a band of lace at the wrists. There are some stains on the dress.

Historical information

This handmade woman’s nightdress comes from the Kinnear family of Allandale, Allansford. In the early 1840s William and John Allan took up a large tract of land to the east of the Hopkins River and in the late 1840s William Allan took over the Allandale section of the run and John Allan took the Tooram section. In 1906 the Kinnear family acquired a portion of Allandale which included the homestead. The nightdress came from the estates of the donor’s great aunts.

Significance

This item is retained as an example of an early 20th century woman’s nightdress and it has the provenance of coming from the Kinnear family of Allandale Allansford.

Book - Bailliere’s Victorian Directory 1868-1870

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Red plastic folder with white printed label attached to front cover. Contains printed index in plastic sleeve at front. Three plastic sleeves containing microfiche. Bailliere’s Victorian Directory 1868 Bailliere’s Victorian Directory 1869 Bailliere’s Victorian Directory 1870 Bailliere’s Victorian Directory 1871/72 Bailliere’s Victorian Directory 1875 Bailliere’s Victorian Directory 1880/81

Historical information

The Official post office directory of Victoria (Bailliere's) : containing the names, residences and occupations of the inhabitants of the post towns of the colony, inclusive of Melbourne and suburbs, arranged locally and alphabetically, with cross references / compiled by authority.

Significance

This directory is a useful resource in researching people and towns of the given area.

Inscriptions & Markings

: Ref 919.450025 written on index sheet alongside Victoria College Library stamp.

Book - Reflection in Jamaica

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a hard cover book of 314 pages. The cover is light brown with black printing on the front cover and spine and an image of a tropical island scene on the front cover. There are a signature in black ink and an inscription in pencil on the first page. The cover is very stained and the spine has a number ‘46’ on white paper glued on.

Historical information

This is a novel written by Mary Gaunt (1861-1942). She was an Australian writer who published over 20 novels, many travel books, short stories and magazine articles and achieved an international reputation as an author and intrepid traveller, especially in Africa and China. From 1894 to 1900 she lived in Warrnambool (she was married to Dr H. L. Miller) and continued to write while she was resident in the town, using local places and situations in some of her writings.

Significance

This is a significant book as it is an original copy of one of Mary Gaunt’s novels. As a resident of Warrnammbool for some time and as a significant Australia author she has her place in Warrnambool’s history. The inscription in the book does not have any known significance.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘Charles R. Boucher’ ‘Dec. 25 1928, Charley from Ethel and Forest’. ‘46’

Badge - Souvenir Geelong Football Club Alec Eason

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Round tin badge with dusty blue edge and writing with sepia toned photograph of footballer with similarly toned text underneath the photo.

Historical information

This badge is a memento of Alec Eason (1889-1956) who played for Geelong Football Club from 1909 to 1921. He won the club’s best and fairest in 1915 and is a member of the Geelong team of the century and Hall of Fame

Significance

A memento of a well known player of the Geelong Football club

Inscriptions & Markings

Geelong football club, Alec. Eason A K Patrick, maker.

Document - McLeod Immigrants wall Portland

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is an A3 sheet folded three times. It has printed information on the Immigrants Wall at Portland and on John and Isabella McLeod. The front page has an outline of the McLeod tartan and the clan badge. The pages include colour photographs and a McLeod family tree.

Historical information

This is a brochure commemorating the arrival in Australia of John and Isabella McLeod and the unveiling of a plaque at the Immigrants Wall in Portland in 2015. The Immigrants Wall is located in Bentinck Street in Portland, Victoria and was a Glenelg Shire Bicentenary Project to enable descendants of those who first set foot on Australian soil at Portland to commemorate this event by placing a memorial plaque on the wall. John and Isabella McLeod were two of these immigrants to come to Portland in 1854. They came from the Isle of Raasay in Scotland and they and their families settled in areas around Warrnambool (Purnim, Port Fairy, Framlingham, Rosebrook etc)

Significance

This brochure is of some interest as giving some information on John and Isabella McLeod and their families who came to Portland in 1854 and settled in areas around Warrnambool. These McLeods are ancestors of Graeme McLeod, a Warrnambool and District Historical Society member

Inscriptions & Markings

Front page: ‘McLeod, John & Isabella, Commemoration of arrival in Australia, 1854, 7 June 2015, Immigrants Wall, Portland’

Book - Max's Ambition

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a hard cover book of 115 pages. At the back are several pages of lists of publications by the publishers, Gall and Inglis. The cover is dark green with black lettering on a gold background and orange, black and yellow ornamental patterns. The back page has the initials of the publishers. The cover is somewhat faded. The story contains 15 chapters and several black and white full-page illustrations. There is a blue stamp on the first page.

Historical information

This book has the stamp of G.G. Humm and was presumably owned by him. George Gordon Humm (1886-1959) was the son of Elizabeth and George Humm. He was a grocer in Warrnambool. His father came to Woodford with his first wife in 1860 and set up as a butcher. He entered the hotel business and was at one time the licensee of the Criterion Hotel in Warrnambool as were several members of the Humm family at a later stage.

Significance

This book is of interest as it belonged to a member of the Humm family, prominent in the Warrnambool-Woodford area in both the 19th and 20th centuries,

Inscriptions & Markings

‘G.G. Humm Warrnambool’

Booklet - Museums Aust Victoria

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a paper back booklet of 16 pages. It is the Conference Handbook of the Victorian Museums & Galleries Conference 2014 which was held at Warrnambool in April 2014. The pages contain printed material, advertisements, the conference program and information on the conference presenters. The cover has a white background with a map of Warrnambool Bay and town (Stanley 1870) on the front cover and an advertisement on the back cover.

Historical information

This is the handbook for the third annual Victorian Museums & Galleries Conference held in Warrnambool. The conference was run in conjunction with Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village which was celebrating its 40th anniversary. Warrnambool Art Gallery was one of the sponsors of the conference.

Significance

This handbook is of interest as it tells us of the activities and speakers at a conference which was held in Warrnambool in 2014 and which highlights particularly Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and the Warrnambool Art Gallery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front Cover: Museums Australia, Victoria, Victorian Museums & Galleries Conference 2014, Warrnambool 3-4 April, Museums Australia (Victoria), Conference Handbook

Stick Pin - Warrnambool High School Tie Pin

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Circular metal and enamel tie pin with silver shield and royal blue text on green background and a royal blue scroll with text underneath. There is a long, sharp pointed pin on the reverse.

Historical information

This tie pin belonged to Mirth Marfell who was a student at Warrnambool High School from 1929 to 1930 and from 1935 to 1936. Warrnambool High School was established as an Agricultural High School in 1907 and, after a merger with Warrnambool North Technical School, it is known today as Warrnamboool College. Mirth Marfell, the daughter of Henry and Helena Marfell, 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 tie pin is of interest, firstly as a memento of Warrnambool High School from the 1920s and 30s and secondly because it belonged to Mirth Marfell, a Warrnambool person who had a distinguished nursing career.

Inscriptions & Markings

On shield WhS on scroll NIL SINE LABORE

Brass Plate - Dr Walter Miller

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Rectangular metal plate with stamped text and filled in black. Screw holes in each corner.

Historical information

Dr Walter Miller was in partnership with Dr. Brauer joining the practice in 1946.

Significance

A link to one of Warrnambool's doctors post 2nd World War.

Inscriptions & Markings

Dr Walter . G. Miller MD MRACP

Magazine - Warrnambool on the Shipwreck Coast

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Soft card cover with photograph of the Portuguese Padrao and Lake Pertobe surrounded by gold navy blue text. Back cover has photo of birds flying across the sea in cloudy sky. 36 Pages with text and coloured photographs.

Historical information

Provides a brief history of Warrnambool and clear photographs of Warrnambool and the surrounding area.

Significance

Contains a brief overview of aspects of the city in 1994

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed by Mercedes Waratah Press, 8 Elliot Place, Ringwwood 3134 Typesetting and artwork by Collett, Bain and Gaspars, Kepler St Warrnambool. Design text and photographs by Avis Quarrell.

Newsletter - City of Warrnambool Theatre group

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

These are two sheets of foolscap paper folded in three places for postage purposes. One page has the postal address of the recipient, two pages have black typing and one page is blank. The front page with the address has a red stamp and postal franking. Originally the two sheets were stapled together but the staples have been removed. The pages have yellowed with age.

Historical information

This is a 1968 newsletter of the City of Warrnambool Theatre Group. It gives information on the forthcoming Summer School of Drama held in Melbourne, the group’s Dinner Dance, a play reading of the play, ‘J.B.’ and the group’s next production, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. The secretary of the group at the time was Ian Hill. Warrnambool has had a great number of community drama societies and groups since the 1860s and the City of Warrnambool Theatre Group has been putting on local stage productions since 1948. Two prominent members of the group were Cyril and Joyce Hayward. Today the group is called the Warrnambool Theatre Company.

Significance

This newsletter is of interest as an example of an early newsletter from a prominent and important amateur theatre group in Warrnambool.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘Mrs D. Dixon P.B. 11 Warrnambool 3280’

Trophy - Rifle Club

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a small wooden shield, lightly polished on the front surface. It has silver-coloured metal plates attached by metal pins to the front of the shield in the form of a scroll, two fern or laurel leaves, printed information and a crown with two crossed rifles. At the back is a metal clip to enable the shield to stand up.

Historical information

This shield was awarded in 1909 by the Rifle Clubs of South Western Victoria for a rifle-shooting competition. Rifle Clubs operated in Warrnambool from 1860 and possibly earlier and in 1904 a union of rifle clubs in the Warrnambool district was formed - the South Western District Rifle Clubs' Union. Edward Geary was a member of the Mounted Rifles, G Company in the 1890s and served as a sergeant in the Boer War, 1899-1900. He was commended by the founder and commandant of the Victorian Mounted Rifles, Colonel Tom Price, for his bravery in South Africa rescuing wounded soldiers under heavy fire. After the Boer War Geary continued to serve in the Mounted Rifles local unit (later called Australian Lighthorse). He was also a long-time member of the Warrnambool Rifle Club and won this trophy as a member of a Lighthorse unit.

Significance

This shield is of interest as an example of the early 20th century trophies awarded by the Warrnambool district Rifle Clubs. Gun Clubs and Rifle Clubs have been existing in the Warrnambool district since the 1860s.

Inscriptions & Markings

'The Warrnambool Citizens Challenge Shield for Competition by Teams, 1909, of Rifle Clubs in the S.W. District of Victoria won by No.1 Sq. XI, A.L.H. Handicap 65, Total Score 579, Arm. Sgt. E. Geary 88'

Letter : Hand written copy - Augustus Bostock to Australian Mortgage land and Finance

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Cream lined paper hand written in black ink. Copy written in black ink at top left corner of page.

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 is written from Marramook to Australian Mortgage Land and Finance and the contents are about classing sheep and the relevant prices.

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. It is an interesting insight into the types of work and difficulties faced by early Australians and in the context of the Document VC000860 regarding demands for money from the National Bank written a month earlier.

Inscriptions & Markings

Dated May 5th 1900. Signed Augustus Bostock

Medal - Villiers and Heytesbury Agricultural Association (Daniel Hourigan 1877)

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

.1 Circular silver disc with image of horse, bull, sheep, wheat sheaf and plough on the reverse with script around edge of obverse with awardees details engraved in the centre. Edge of the medal is plain. .2 Square maroon leather case with small metal clasp and hinge. Lined on the interior with blue velvet and cream silk.

Historical information

This medal was awarded at the Villiers and Heytesbury Agricultural Association Annual Show to Daniel Hourigan in 1877 for his yearling colt by 'Prince of the Isles'. The formation of the Villiers and Heytesbury Agricultural Association arose out of a meeting at Woodford in 1853 and the first Show was held in Warrnambool in 1855 on a green bound by Fairy, Henna and Koroit Streets. It was held there until 1875 when it moved to the present Warrnambool Showgrounds in Koroit Street. At the 37th Annual Show in 1890 Warrnambool held its first Grand National Show, a title granted by the Chamber of Agriculture in Victoria. The Villiers and Heytesbury Agricultural Association became known as the Warrnambool Agricultural Show in 1911. Daniel Hourigan was a farmer, road contractor, poundkeeper and auditor who lived in the Tower Hill area in the 19th century.

Significance

This medal is of considerable interest as it is a memento of the Villiers and Heytesbury Agricultural Association Annual Show in the 19th century. Annual Agricultural Shows have been an important feature of agricultural life in Victoria since the early days of European settlement and a feature of agricultural life in the Warrnambool district since the 1850s. The medal is also of great interest because it was awarded to Daniel Hourigan, a prominent settler in the Warrnambool district in the 19th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Obverse :" Warrnambool" engraved above image of cattle. W J Taylor London Reverse : Villiers & Heytesbury Agricultural Association in low relief around the edge. 1st prize awarded to Daniel Houriganfor yearling colt , "Prince of the Isles Annual Show 10th October 1877.

Books - Victorian Reports 1960-1961

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

These are two volumes of law reports of the Supreme Court of Victoria– hard cover books with dark green covers and spines with red and gold bands and gold print. Inside the front covers are the stamp of a Warrnambool lawyer and a signature in black handwriting.

Historical information

These books contain reports of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1960 and 1961. They came from the Ardlie family, members of which have been associated with Warrnambool and legal affairs since the early 1850s. John Ardlie came to Warrnambool in 1852 as the Clerk of Courts and his son William Ardlie was a prominent lawyer in Warrnambool for over 60 years. If it is this William Ardlie’s stamp in these volumes then it was used after his death. The signature is of John Ardlie, also a lawyer in Warrnambool and Port Fairy in the later decades of the 20th century.

Significance

These volumes are of interest as they are connected to members of the Ardlie family, prominent lawyers and community members in Warrnambool in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘William Ardlie Solicitor Warrnambool’ ‘J.M.Ardlie’

Document - Certificate The Call to Arms Cpl H. E. Swan

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Coloured certificate mounted on a metal backing and covered with a plastic type material. It has a photo of the king flanked either side by flags at the top with the flags of the Australian states and other countries of the Commonwealth placed in a border of green gum leaves on brown.

Historical information

This certificate recognizes the contribution of Corporal H E Swan to the effort of World War 2 by the President, councillors and ratepayers of the Warrnambool Shire.

Significance

A link to a local person and is representative on many given to soldiers of the district.

Inscriptions & Markings

Shire of Warrnambool, Signed by Albert Henderson, L* Crawley

Docket machine

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a grey rectangular-shaped metal box with rounded edges. The box has four metal studs on the base to keep the box stable. The box has a hinged section for the insertion of the paper dockets and a turning mechanism for removing the dockets, one at a time from a slot at the top of the machine. The dockets have a white (customer's) copy and a pink duplicate copy for the business to file. Two of the dockets have been removed from the machine to show the contents. The number of dockets in the machine is unknown. The metal surface of the machine is rubbed and rusty and the paper is stained.

Historical information

This 20th century business machine was used by the firm of D.H.Wood Motors of 169 Koroit Street Warrnambool. This firm advertised that it sold mainly Peugeot and Studebaker cars and Hillman and Humber cars and commercial trucks.

Significance

This machine has local provenance as it came from the 20th century business of D.H.Wood Motors. It also has some historical interest as an example of a business or office machine used in the early to mid 20th century before the general use of computers.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Paragon' 'D.H.Wood Motors, 169 Koroit Street, Warrnambool' 'Lamson Paragon Limited Wiz Register'

Philately - Stamp

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a stamp on a rounded base with a plastic cover and a black and red plastic handle.

Historical information

This is the Common Seal of the Warrnambool and District Historical Society which is normally used for certifying legal documentation. The Society was established in 1966 and became an incorporated body in 1986.

Inscriptions & Markings

On handle: ‘ALLSTAMPS’ On stamp cover: ‘Warrnambool & District Historical Society Incorporated’ On stamp: ‘The Common Seal of Warrnambool & District Historical Society Incorporated’

Framed Paintings - .1Warrnambool Botanical Gardens .2 Hopkins River, Warrnambool

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

.1 An art work (oil on artboard) – the Warrnambool Botanical Gardens with bridge and reflections, a gum tree and a poplar tree, all in green and orange tonings. The wooden frame has a light varnish with gold and white trim .2 An art work (oil on artboard) – multi-coloured view of the mouth of Hopkins River with the Hopkins River bridge, Lyndoch bungalow and boathouse. The frame is wooden with a mottled varnish and a white insert edging.

Historical information

These two works of art are by Dr Don Edgar, a sociologist, educator and author. He taught sociology at Stanford University, the University of Chicago, Monash University and La Trobe University and was the founding Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies. In the 1950s Dr Edgar was a student at Warrnambool High School and these works of art were produced at that time. For a school project he researched the early history of the Warrnambool Art Gallery and some of its collection, dating from the 19th century. In 2019 he published a book, ‘Art For the Country’, the story of Victoria’s regional art galleries and the book includes information on the founding and the later history of the Warrnambool Art Gallery.

Significance

These works of art are of interest as they were painted by Dr Don Edgar, a noted academic and author today and a former resident of Warrnambool. The two works of art also have historical interest as they depict Warrnambool scenes painted over 60 years ago.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1 Don Edgar 1953 Don Edgar 1953 (High School Student) .2 D.E. 53 Don Edgar 1953 (High School Student)

Camera Case

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is a wooden rectangular box which is covered in black leather. The box is a camera case and has a top lid with metal hinges and metal clips and five glass apertures. There are two knobs or buttons which were originally adjustable mechanisms and the remnants of a leather strap on one side of the box. The leather on the outside is partially torn away. Inside the box the photographic mechanisms and the lens are missing but there is a part of the metal spring still evident. There are also eight photographic plates loose inside the box.

Historical information

Box cameras were first produced in the late 19th century and were intended to be used by amateur photographers. This type of camera was a simple one with the lens at one end and the film at the other and the provision for 12 photographic plates. The spring-loaded lens folded into the camera and one side of the box served as a base for the lens to sit on. Cameras of this size and shape were made until the mid 1920s.

Significance

This camera case is retained for display purposes.

Map - Victorian Railway W'bool No1 & No2

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

These are two architect’s plans and drawings of the Warrnambool Railway Station building (1897). The drawings are black and white and the first plan shows the ground floor plan and the first floor plan and the outbuildings. The second plan shows drawings of the building with its elevation to the platform and its elevation to Merri Street. There are two stamps of the Railways Department, Melbourne. These are copies, not originals.

Historical information

These two sheets show the 1897 plans drawn up by the Victorian Railways for the erection of the Warrnambool Railway Station building. It is a two-storey building still existing today. The railway came to Warrnambool in 1890 and they must have used temporary buildings for seven years before this railway building was erected. It had offices, booking counter and public facilities on the ground floor and housing for the Station Master on the first floor. The building erected was a typical design for country town railway stations and many of similar design were erected in the 1880s and 90s.

Significance

These plans are important because they show clearly the design of the Warrnambool Railway Station buildings when they were first erected in the 1890s.They will be very useful for researchers. The coming of the railway was a significant event in Warrnambool’s history and did much to make the port and shipping a less viable proposition.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘Victorian Railways, Warrnambool, Station Buildings, Scale 8 feet to one inch, Contract No. 6379B (Nos. 1 and 2)’

News Sheet - Warrnambool Examiner 1871

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

These are two sets bound together of original Warrnambool Examiner newspapers from 3rd January 1871 to 31st March 1871 and from 4th April 1871 to 27th June 1871. The individual copies are broadsheets of two pages printed on the four sides. The original cover of Set One has been replaced with plain grey cardboard and Set Two has a plain cardboard cover. The advertisements and public notices have been heavily marked by an editor with blue and red pencil. Some of the page edges are a little tattered.

Historical information

The Warrnambool Examiner was founded in 1851 by John Wilkinson and Richard Osburne. After a gap of a couple of years Richard Osburne resumed publication in October 1853 and continued until 1867. William Fairfax and Henry Laurie then leased the paper (1867 to 1872) before Richard Osburne again became the proprietor from October 1872 to April1878 and from December 1879 to December 1880 when publication ceased. Richard Osburne was a pioneer settler in Warrnambool, arriving in 1847. He was prominent in community activities in the town and was a most important early historian, publishing his seminal work, ‘The History of Warrnambool’ in 1887, using the Warrnambool Examiner newspapers to assist with this history. Fairfax and Laurie were the proprietors when the papers described herein were printed. William Fairfax was a member of the Fairfax family that was, and still is, associated with the publication of many Australian newspapers. Henry Laurie later became well-known as a Melbourne University Philosophy Professor.

Significance

These original newspapers are most important because they contain much information on Warrnambool’s early history and are a primary source of information for historians. These papers are also of importance because some parts of the original papers were not filmed and are not currently available on microfilm. These papers were in a Warrnambool City Council storage area and it is surmised that they have come from the old Warrnambool Museum that no longer exists.

Trophy - ICISA Presidents Cup 1934

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

This is an electro plated nickel silver cup with two side handles and a thin stem tapering down to a silver base. The cup is mounted on to a brown Bakelite stand.

Historical information

This trophy is one of several from the 1930s that were awarded as part of inter-church sporting activities organized in Warrnambool. One of the sponsors of this inter-church association was Fletcher Jones, the well-known clothing manufacturer. He had his head office and main factory in Warrnambool. This trophy was awarded to the Congregational Men’s Institute (C.M.I.) for the bowls competition. A Congregational Church was opened in Liebig Street in Warrnambool in 1864 and transferred to Henna Street in 1940. In 1979 this Henna Street church was sold to the Salvation Army when the Congregational Church merged with the Methodist Church to form the Uniting Church. The game of bowls has been popular in Warrnambool since its establishment in the town in the 1890s.

Significance

This cup is of interest as it is a trophy from sporting competitions held in Warrnambool in the 1930s.

Inscriptions & Markings

‘President’s Cup I. C. I. S A. Won By C.M.I. Bowls Team 1934’

Ledger - Cash Book

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc., Warrnambool

Green cloth covered card cover with maroon binding. Blue, maroon and white patterned inside covers. White paper label edged in floral design, pasted to front cover. 92 pages double numbered to page opening. Hand written entries to page 32

Historical information

This cash book contains entries relating to the farrier business of W M McCullough in Fairy St Warrnambool. It lists names and numbers of shoes replaced. It dates from January 1917 to march 1919 and contains many local names such as Sheldrick, Selby, Skuse, Horne and Saltau, to name a few.

Significance

Listing many local people and being associated with a local business, it has social and historical significance.