History Book Launch

RUSHWORTH BUSINESSES AND THEIR OWNERS

-GOLD RUSH TO THE GREAT WAR

This the name of a Book which was researched and written by Rushworth Museum member Tracey Bons it was launched on the 4th September 2106.

Local MLA Steph Ryan the Member for Euroa preformed the official duties at the front of the Museum where a lot of locals had gathered to witness the launch.   Tracey has spent many hours going through the pages of the old Rushworth Chronicles which are stored at the museum. The book gives detail accounts and comments of all the early businesses which in that time had placed advertisements in the old papers. The book has 145 pages of interesting facts and tells much of the history of Rushworth in the early days.

Tracey is to be congratulated for her efforts in producing this book.

The book can be purchased from the museum retailing at $30 + postage. It is also on sale at  Nick Buzza’s Maporabilia, Ian and Jill Hill Rushworth Gift& Variety Store and other shops in Rushworth.

People doing family history research will find this book very helpful and a must have Book.

Contact rushworthmusuem@hotmail.com. or

Rushworth Museum P O Box 158 Rushworth 3612.

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Stept Ryan Nick Buzza Tracey Bons Tony Ford Adrian Weston OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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The old two door Safe

This old two door safe was donated to the museum by the old Shire of Waranga and it being so heavy it had to be remove out of the museum for safety reasons.

The floor under it could not sustain the weight as it was starting to develop a lean.

The safe is dated 1881.was made by Milners of Liverpool and  London,

Makes you wonder how such a heavy item was transported and installed back in those years, no lifting equipment would have bee available like there is now.

 

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Plans are under way for it to be relocated inside the wagon shed beside the Museum

 

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Rushworth Easter Festival

The Rushworth Easter parade attracted a huge crowd on Easter Saturday,had a very busy time and a large number of people took the opportunity  to view the Museum displays. Also helped  a large number of people making inquires about past family relatives who once lived in Rushworth..

During the day  a lady came in and sat at the piano and played without any music she entertained the visitors for more than one hour. same as she did last year.it was greatly appreciated.

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George

 

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Museum Clock

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Rushworth’s Museum Clock

One of the many items on display at the Rushworth Museum is a Kilpatrick Pendulum Clock it was once part of the original fittings of The Rushworth Branch of the State Saving Bank of Victoria.

It served as the office clock from the opening day of the Branch on 15th April 1912 until September 1971 when it was then presented to the Museum.

The clock itself now 104 years old makes a great display but on the date it was presented 15th April 1912 another important event in history happened.

Recently a visitor to the museum drew our attention to the date the clock was presented. It is the same date 15th April 1912 that the RSM Titanic on its maiden voyage struck and iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean and sunk

More than 1500 passengers and crew died making it one of the most deadly peace time disasters in modern history.

George Gemmill Webmaster Rushworth Museum.

 

 

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Old Wood Planes

Now on display at the Rushworth Museum is a great collection of some 30 very old planes.

Each of these planes is designed to smooth and shape timber to whatever the craftsman required. All are still in working order and you can see just how well used they once were.

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They were once used by a local Coach Maker and Wheelwright who had a business in Rushworth.

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Rushworth Museum

Well another year has slipped past us and we are now looking forward to 2016, let us all hope, it bring peace to the world and good health to all our families.

Special thanks to all the willing unpaid volunteers at the Museum. They give up their time to keep the Rushworth Museum open for all the visitors each weekend over the past 12 months. The Museum has over 4 000 items on display to be seen by visitors and by their comments in the visitors book it makes for interesting reading.

Also thanks to John and his team who regularly  fire up the Wizard (Rushworth’s own 103 years old Fowlers Steam Traction Engine) one of the very few still left in working order in Australia,  it is  driven  up and down High Street on market days . This is a grand feature for Rushworth and attracts many comments and people wanting take a photo.

The Wizard also takes pride and place in the Annual Easter Parade held on Easter Saturday. This is a parade enjoyed by young and old with people travelling from far and wide to see it.

Our Museum Staff also helps with family inquiries where they are able, and are often asked directions to the gold fields and old mines in the district.

On behalf of all the Museum volunteers we wish everyone a safe and happy new year.

George Gemmill Webmaster Rushworth Museum.

Email rushworthmuseum@hotmail.com  if more information is required.John Kean Steam Traction engine (7)

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New Banner

IMG_1738The Rushworth Museum now has a lovely colourful Banner which is on display in the  entrance when the museum is open.

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