VSF Museum and Archives

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VSF Museum and Archives

Description

The Museum and Archives collection contains documents, ephemera and photographs relating to the more than one hundred years of forestry education at the University of Melbourne's Creswick Campus. The collection recounts the personal and professional histories of those who have studied, worked and lived at the forestry school.

In 2016, the Creswick Campus Historical Collection received funding from The Miegunyah Fund to facilitate the photography of key collection items for educational and promotional purposes. The items showcased in this collection are part of that funding.

Items in the VSF Museum and Archives Collection

Fungi specimens
Fungi specimens collected by J. H. Willis in 1934 at McCrae creek.

South East Asian Wood samples in box
Small box of wood samples used for teaching, origin unknown.

Card catalogue drawers
Card catalogue drawers of forestry references

Wooden display case
Wooden display case - Part of the original furniture from the VSF Museum

Wooden display case
Wooden display case - Part of the original furniture from the VSF Museum

Sketch books by E.J. Semmens
Sample page from one of three sketch books by E.J. Semmens

Photographic slides
Photographic slides - 4 boxes of 235mm slides taken by K. J. Simpfendorfer ( over 1000 slides of trees, landscapes, etc)

Notes on Victorian forest fungi
Sample page from the Notes on Victorian forest fungi by J.H Willis

Licnicolous Fungi of Creswick Forest
Sample pages from the Licnicolous Fungi of Creswick Forest by J.H Willis

A Catalogue of the shells contained in the geology cabinet
Sample page from A Catalogue of the shells contained in the geology cabinet in the University Building foyer

Action wood specimen
Action wood specimen

Old keys
Assorted old keys from various buildings and rooms across the Creswick Campus

Steam distillation box for extraction of essential oils from wood or sawdust and leaves
Distiller - copper box and stand, bakelite fittings, cork and glass tubing.

Photograph album of VSF students and grounds taken in the 1930s
Sample page from a Photograph album of VSF students and grounds taken in the 1930s

'Off Cuts' from the H. E. Dadswell wood collection.
Herbert Eric Dadswell was born in Sydney in 1903, educated at Newington College and at Sydney University from which he graduated B.Sc in 1925, majoring in organic chemistry.

In 1926, Dadswell was employed by the Council for Scientific and…

Fire protection map
Fire protection map for the VSF campus. Framed to hang in an office or prominent position

Synopsis of indigenous plants - Creswick
Sample page from the Synopsis of indigenous plants occurring within a ten mile radius of Creswick. Handwritten by J. H. Willis

Heart rot in a gum log
Sample of heart rot in a gum log that was part of the VSF Museum collection.

Marine Barometer
Vintage marine barometer by Negretti & Zambra. Heavy brass construction with gimbal. Thermometer has an adjustable scale for correcting pressure readings due to temperature. Displays pressure in metric.

Gladstone Bag
A Gladstone Bag that belonged to J. H. Willis.