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Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum Mulwala , NSW

Housed in a spacious building which was a former indoor cricket centre, featuring one of the largest and most comprehensive exhibits of the early pioneering days of the district and Australia

Contact Information

location
151 Melbourne St Mulwala NSW 2640 (map)
phone
+61 0357431091 and 0357442614

Contact

Opening Hours

Wednesday to Sunday 1pm-4.30pm

Entry Fee

Adults: $5;00 Students under 16 : $1.00

Location

151 Melbourne St, Mulwala NSW

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Susan (Sue) Watson (nee Manning) 24 December 2015 1:51 PM

Hello Jaycee, Bruce and co-workers Just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016. I hope all is well with you. Kind Regards Sue Watson (nee Manning)

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389 items

389 items

Coal Scuttle

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Metal structure with a wide base tapered to a scooped neck. Two handles Top and bottom for lifting coal in scuttle

Historical information

Belonged to Dot McKean’s parents

Significance

Historical —- used to fill coal fires.

Inscriptions & Markings

None visable

Coolgardie Safe

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Metal box construction with fly wire covering on all 4 sides. Has three shelves

Historical information

This safe came from the property “Fairview” Tungamah. Victoria. Fairview was owned and farmed by Charles and Nellie Nunn. The safe is at least 100 yrs old and served the family of parents and 12 children well by keeping food cool in the blazing summer days. Beverley Long(McFarlane) remembers it on the farmhouse verandah of her grandparents property near the dairy where fresh milk was separated to produce cream and butter..it cooled meats, and dairy products by strips of hessian kept wet by water stored in the top tank, hanging down around the safe.

Significance

More than 100 years old

Tennis trophy - Yarrawonga Mulwala Tennis Association

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Typical trophy coupon a stand with two handles. Six plaques attached to base naming winning teams. The base is decorated with fluting and an embroidered edge. Very tarnished.

Historical information

The Yarrawonga Mulwala Tennis Association consisted of Mulwala, Railway Blue, Railway White, Roseneath, maybe St Andrews and St Marys

Inscriptions & Markings

1949 - 1950 to 1955 - 1960

Book - The New Elizabethan World Atlas Illustrated

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Maroon hard cover illustrated atlas. Front embossed with title and royal seal. 152 pages. Contains detailed maps of world countries in colour. Early world history and it's development and comprehensive gazetteer.

Historical information

Provides names of countries and their borders as they were curious g the 1950's

Inscriptions & Markings

Owners name written in front pages

Book - The Olympic Games Melbourne 1956

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Red cover. Front embossed with hand holding Olympic torch . Hardcover book containing day by day program for the Melbourne 1956 Olympic games. Contains photos of Athletes with names, events and country. Both coloured and black and white photographs. Has index for winners of Gold,Silver and Bronze medals

Historical information

Olympic Games held 22nd November 1956 to 8th December 1956

Book - Melbourne Then and Now

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Hard cover book 143 pages containing coloured and black and white photographs. Authors Heather Chapman and Judith Stillman. Contains photos of buildings, statues, streets from early 1900's compared with those from 2014. Has Historical facts and descriptions for each build g featured.

Historical information

A revision of Melbourne Then and Now first produced 2005

Book - The streets of Melbourne from early photographs

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Stiff cover book with black and white photographs of Melbourne streets along with descriptive captions facing each photograph. Dates from1850's to early1900. Approx 60 pages

Historical information

Produced with financial input from Australian oil companies for Victoria's 150th anniversary

Inscriptions & Markings

Photography design Joe Murray Text Peter McIntosh

School magazines - "Spillway"

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

4 Yarrawonga High School magazines 1973, 74,75,76. A4 size black and white printing and photos. Stapled at spines. Contain contributions from students and teachers

Historical information

Gives lists of students in their year groups, also teachers of the time. Headmaster Alph Smale 1973 to 1975 Headmistress Marjorie Mortimer 1976

Inscriptions & Markings

See photos

School magazines - Yarrawonga PS Magazine 1990

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Yellow printed card cover with A 4 size black and white printed pages. Contains contributions from members of all classes Preps to Grade 6 Stapled at spine

Historical information

Contains names of teachers and students of the time. Headmaster was Roger Sanders

Inscriptions & Markings

See photo

Evening gown

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Very pale pink satin skirt overplayed with tulle and net. Round neck, sleeveless bodice with lacy net overlay. Decorated by hand with sequins, diamentes and beads. Zipper at back. Hand made.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Evening gown

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Tomato pink crepe gown with tafetta lining. Three quarter full flowing Sleeves.V neck, gathered at bust with a beaded diamond shape set in the middle. Back zipper

Historical information

Most likely worn to balls around the Yarrawonga district most notably at Wilby where there were monthly old time balls held during the 50’s to 1980’s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on bodice Silver Star, Sydney, size 18 Bust 100, waist 80, hip 105

Evening gown

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Burgundy Georgette full skirt lined with taffeta,high waist under bust,edged Round neck and under bust with gold braid oversewn with white sequins. There are two long ties at back extending from shoulder them line. Back zippef

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on bodice Dorolyn Melbourne, size W. Drycleaning only

Evening gown

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Handmade black floral organza skirt, with gathered black organza flounce at the hem. Three quarter floral sleeves with black frilled edging. Large pink and green flowers on black background. Self covered buttons and loops on back bodice. Separate black taffeta underskirt

Evening gown

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Crepe fabric, hand made. Red and green Cumberbund around blue bodice, black skirt, side zipper. Very long for a tall lady.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Lady,s Feathered cape

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Cream satin lining covered with rows of white feathers that appear to be real feathers a

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Instruction Manual - The Alfa Daisy Milker

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Paper booklet describing the operation, parts and installation of the Alfa Daisy Milker. Inside front cover is listed the companies that distribute the milker. Australian capital cities. Illustration includes 12 pages

Historical information

The first centrifugal separator was invented in1878 by Dr. de Laval. This recognized the need for a mechanical milker for which patents were granted in 1894. Alfa Laval were leading world producers of mechanical milking machines

Inscriptions & Markings

See photos

I formation pamphlet - The Alfa-LavalHomestead Milker

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Paper pamphlet describing parts of the vacuum pump milker. Recommended for herds of ten cows or less

Historical information

Used in preference to slower hand milking practice after electricity was connected to the farm

Inscriptions & Markings

See photos

Instruction manual - "Sylvia" Separators

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Instruction book for setting up and operating of the milk separator. Also includes part numbers so they can be ordered to replace worn parts

Inscriptions & Markings

See photos

instruction book - Instruction book for Electrolux Refrigerators

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Small book with firm cover 32 pages. Produced by Electrolux for kerosene operated refrigerators. Includes the packing slip for Model OK 551

Historical information

Instruction bookfor an early type of refrigeration system powered by kerosene and used before electricity was supplied to the home. Enabled the housewife to Store and keep food for a number of days

Inscriptions & Markings

See photos

Yarrawonga rifle club trophy

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Silver sugar basin. Round bowl with petal shaped edges on a small stand. It has two handles attached

Historical information

Ollie Meritan was the manager for Whiteheads who bought Sloanes Mulwala station on the Murray River. I D Forbes was the Weir Manager at the time and a member of the rifle club

Inscriptions & Markings

Yarrawonga rifle club 1950. Donated by O. Meritan won by I D Forbes

Record of War Service for Victorian School teachers - The Education Department's Record of War Service 1914 - 1919

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Hard cover book, 303 pages containing photographs of teachers who enlisted and served in WW1, along with the stories of those who fell and those who returned. List of honours and decorations, chapters on War Relief Organisation, Patriotic Guild and Fund donations

Historical information

Foreward comments written September 1917 by Sir Arthur Stanley Governor of Victoria, Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson, Governor General Australia and Frank Tate Director of Education 1st March 1921. These books were distributed to each state school in Victoria

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front page - presented to Bathumi School. Signed by Stradbroke. (Governor of Victoria 1920 to 1926

Telford Tennis Club minute books and records

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

all enclosed in a cardboard box. Minute books 1927 to 2014 (not all complete). Includes photos, paper cuttings, Wilby and District Tennis Association draws, subs books, list of names of those who have played for Telford. Consumer Affairs returns, Incorporation papers, receipt books, some correspondence (later years)

Historical information

Telford Tennis courts were situated on the Telford Yarrawonga Road, west of the railway line, Telford station and silos. A thriving club existed from early 1920's with players from surrounding areas in early times. balls and tournaments were held as fundraisers. Prominent family names included Stevenson, Chappell, Mulquiney, Thom, Inchbold, Connell. Quinn. There were three teams during the 1960's playing in the Wilby and District Tennis Association ( WDTA) competition. Opponents included Wilby, Almonds, St Mary's, Bundalong, Savernake, Rennie, Roseneath, Burramine. Being in a low lying area the Telford dirt courts were often flooded. At the beginning of the season working bees were held to remove the weeds. mow the surrounds and line the courts During the early 1980's the courts were abandoned and home matches were played at the Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis courts. The club still has a team in the WDTA in 2019. A number of B grade Premierships have been won over the years however A grade premierships have been non existent. The club has always encouraged juniors to play and now the players mostly originate from Yarrawonga. Current President (2019) is Richard Inchbold, Secretary/Treasurer Joan Thom. The Bank account is held at the CMCU. The club is no longer Incorporated

Significance

Country tennis teams provided a social outlet from the farming pursuits of the district

Inscriptions & Markings

see photos

School magazines - "Spillway" Yarrawonga High School

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

9 x black and white printed magazines approx. 30 pages stapled at spine. Includes black and white photos Plus Year 12 A4 size with plastic cover and plastic ring binding (1989). All Roneo printed. (2 x 1984) and (2 x 1985)

Historical information

Contains references to students of the time, also form photos and sporting teams

Inscriptions & Markings

see photos of front pages

WW2 Envelopes

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Four small envelopes (two addressed), each having coloured cartoon type drawings

Historical information

Significant historical record of WW2 and connection with family see attached sheet

Inscriptions & Markings

See photos

Absence Register for Teachers - Boorhaman East State School No 3317

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Paper book, listing teacher absences from June 1926 through to August 1975. Includes teachers names, and reasons for absence. Handwritten front cover title

Historical information

School closed in 1970's

Sewing Machine

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

1960 Singer sewing machine Model 411. Spare bobbins, needles, lubricant etc included. Manual also included. Still in perfect condition machine case in good condition made of wood..

Inscriptions & Markings

model number not visable any longer . In instruction book it indicates model no 411

Flat top wagon

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

7 ton flat top wagon with iron reinforced edges. 12 spoked wooden wheels with iron reinforcement. Metal hooks each side, Wooden and metal sheering under carriage.

Buggy without hood

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Black leather seat. Four wheels all same size with 16 spokes each. Wooden wheels with rubber on rims. Step to get into buggy. Spokes of wheels and front of buggy decorated with whiter swirls.

Historical information

Restored by gentleman in Youanmite and kindly loaned by Mrs Hogan

Surrey or White Chapel Buggy

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Long wooden shafts. Sometimes known as Piano Box Buggy. 4 large wooden wheels with rubber strip on wheel - 16 spokes. Black leather seats with buttoned upholster. Leather canopy cover. Leather arm rests. Side lamps and small step down

Childs High chair

Yarrawonga and Mulwala Pioneer Museum , Mulwala

Red vinyl seat, laminex step 32cm from floor. Arms of table screwed onto frame so can swivel - be lifted up over childs head. Table rests on top of frame. Red and white laminex back support table and step. Rubber covers on feet. Silver and dark red.

Historical information

Well made, simple and practical. Probably home made by a handyman. Easy to use and clean. Laminex colouring typical of 1960/1970's

Inscriptions & Markings

None