German Cavalry Saddlebag

Horse Saddlebag, 1914-1918 World War One marked a transitional period in the use of the horse in warfare. Cavalry had limited use after 1914 on the Western Front, where entrenched positions, and extensive barbed wire and machine gun emplacements, prevented their traditional function of breaking up enemy infantry concentrations. After the Boer War (1899-1902) British […]

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Boozy Ballarat

Ballarat’s breweries and temperance movement. Breweries and other alcohol distilleries were established on Ballarat’s goldfields to meet diggers’ drinking needs. Alcohol was a particularly popular beverage as available water was polluted. Diarrhoea, dysentery, cholera and typhoid were a serious threat to anyone drinking local creek water. [1] Warrenheip Brewery The Warrenheip Brewery was established in […]

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Geddes Pioneer Chair Collection

Margaret McBean’s internship at the Gold Museum. I am a Deakin University Cultural Heritage student and have just completed an internship at the Gold Museum. I have been fortunate in having the opportunity to work alongside Collections Manager, Elizabeth Marsden, who generously shared her knowledge and provided many experiences in supporting my learning. My project […]

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Treadmill on Wheels

Early days of cycling in Ballarat Europeans had been developing variations of the modern-day bicycle since the 18th century. By the 1860s, a commercially successful and fully operational bicycle was taking Europe. Ballarat’s press closely followed the growing bicycle movement, reporting on the latest developments from overseas and locally. There was much interest in Ballarat […]

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Tiger Tim’s Annuals

To celebrate Children’s Book Week, we have digitised a selection of children’s stories from the Gold Museum collection. This week our blog will showcase a few publications to highlight children’s literature from the past and may be even reignite some memories! Today, we highlight the Gold Museum’s collection of Tiger Tim’s Annual comic series from […]

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