ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection


HMSS 0057 Downer Bicentennial History Project


Scope and Content Notes 

Call Number

HMSS 0057

Collection 

Downer Bicentennial History Project

Date Range

1952-1991

Quantity

1.02m  (6 manuscript boxes)

Access Conditions

restricted

File Number

Related Collections

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Downer Bicentennial project. Historical material compiled by Susan Dyer and Robert Phillips as part of the Downer Bicentennial Project Working Party’s officially approved activities for 1988. There are two collections which have been put together for opening in 2038 and 2088.

Box List

BOX

NO.

DESCRIPTION

DATE RANGE

 

DOWNER BICENTENNIAL HISTORY PROJECT COLLECTION FOR OPENING IN 2038

 

 

 

 

1-2

SCHOOL BASED MATERIAL

 

1-2

Downer Primary School (DPS) girl’s summer uniform

-original pattern for material

-not original style

-original material was 6 6d per yard

 

1-2

Green T shirt (DPS)

 

1-2

“plastic” cap (DPS)

 

1-2

Rugby union pennant (DPS)

 

1-2

3 fitness award badges (DPS)

 

1-2

1 captain’s badge (DPS)

 

1-2

1 ordinary school badge (DPS)

 

1-2

P & C minute book (DPS)

13 Feb 1962–06 Feb 1966

1-2

Purple yellow pennant (Stewart House) (DPS)

 

1-2

North Canberra Women’s softball pennant (DPS)

 

1-2

Bicentennial memento for school students

 

1-2

World Interchange Project Newsletter (DPS)

-includes Downer Community Family Survey

Jun 1980

1-2

Merit award card (DPS)

 

1-2

Student Record System form

 

1-2

Certificate o Graduation (DPS)

 

1-2

DPS Group List

 

1-2

DPS Canteen price list for lunches (plus one photocopied version).

 See also Watson Family Collections, in these boxes, for further school food information.

1988

1-2

DPS Year 2A Student Descriptions (plus typed version)

 

1-2

DPS Enrolment Movements

1962 – 1988

1-2

DPS School layout plan

 

1-2

List DPS Staff

1988

1-2

Collection of drawings and essays by DPS students, including coverage of Bicentennial events. 40 items.

 

 

 

 

1-2

LYNEHAM HIGH SCHOOL (YEAR 8 SOCIAL SCIENCE CLASS) PROJECT WORK:

 

1-2

Origins of local population

 

1-2

Ancestral originals

 

1-2

Graphs

 

1-2

Previous living places and years in Downer

 

1-2

People interviewed

 

1-2

Type of families

 

1-2

Reasons to live in Downer

 

1-2

Occupations

 

1-2

Downer shops

 

1-2

National Biological Standards Laboratory

 

1-2

Eullalia Count

 

1-2

Social aspects of change

 

 

(The above documents were produced via (limited) survey work, interviewing some residents, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL MATERIAL

 

3

Birds Eye View over Downer: 26 years of change

-produced by Downer Community Association

-sold for $4 per copy as a fundraiser,

includes short history of Downer and

2 aerial photos of Downer

1987

3

Canberra Historical Journal. New Series No. 1,

includes article on Dickson Experiment Station which covered the current Downer suburb 1941-1965

Mar 1983

3

7 Editions of Around Downer (Nos. 1,2,3,4,5,6,8) produced by Downer Community Association (DCA)

1986–1988

3

Downer Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter

Dec 1988

3

Bicentennial Bits (notes of Downer’s population, drawn from 1981 & 1986 Census)

 

3

Minutes DCA Executive Meeting

06 Aug 1988

3

382 Bus time-table – slightly revised time-table introduced early 1988, contained in a large ACTION Bus Book (not included)

Aug 1986–1988

3

Foodmaster (Downer) supermarket brochure – “specials”

28 Nov 1988-03 Dec 1988

3

Birdlife Notes

 

3

Collection of recipes provided to customers by Calear’s Downer Butchery

1988

3

Maps of Canberra:

1 Tourist Map (note ‘unfinished’ Downer)

1 Tourist Map

1 Street & Tourist Map, 18th Edition, purchased

 

1962

1968

1988

Collection of material from Downer Village Pharmacy:-5 page document on the pharmacy (ORIGINAL) **2088 has photocopy so original should be retained for 2088!**

-labels

-1 prescription cover

-used prescriptions

-repeat authorisation

-Facts about Pharmacy

-Downer Village Pharmacy News (undated)

-Financial Survey of Australian Pharmacy (1989)

-Pharmacy Travellers booklet

 

3

Unicorn Restaurant menu

 

3

Documents on Downer’s branch of the National Biological Standards Laboratory (see also Lyneham High School Material)

-History of Laboratory & Animal House Building in Frencham Street, Downer (from NBSL? undated)

-copy of 1988 article on NBSL’s future

-copy of P. Staples M.P. press release 25 Aug 1988

1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Canberra Times article on Downer (in CT neighbourhood article series – no comment!)

1988

3

Canberra Realtor, includes Downer properties

20 Dec 1988

3

The Real Estate & Community Times, includes Downer properties

16 Dec 1988

3

Receipt for gas payment

1988

3

Receipt for electricity payment

1988

3

Record of telephone charges

1988

3

Housing Costs – information sheet

1960s

3

Canberra Times article on Downer “Postie”

15 May 1988

3

Co Research article (July 1985) on CSIRO history in Downer

15 May 1988

3

Canberra Chronicle article on opening of DCA office

1988

 

 

 

 

WATSON FAMILY COLLECTION

 

3

‘A’ Class Testing Requirements (for driving licence)

1963

3

Canberra Times? Article, “Differences in petrol cost…”

01 Jul 1963

3

MPR superette order list

pre 1966

3

“Your Crown Lease in the Seventies: residential land in Canberra”.

 

3

Australia: Department of Supply Stores & Transport Branch Handbook

1961

3

“Welcome to Lawley House” (includes tariffs from 20th August 1961)

 

3

Australia: Department of the Interior Parks and Gardens Section: Trees and Shrubs 1963 (includes Lands & Survey Branch form, map and list of plants)

 

3

Receipt from Department of Works-£6.12.11, for sand, fill etc.

 

3

Note from the Electoral Register

06 Mar 1963

3

Receipt for firewood

27 Mar 1962?

3

Receipt from Commonwealth Motors for windshield

22 Mar 1963

3

Invoice McEwans garden edgings

31 Oct 1967?

3

Doctors practising at this hospital (Royal Canberra) in Canberra

04 Sep 1962

3

Downer Public School Tuckshop Committee

pre 1966

3

Downer Public School Parents & Citizens Association

29 Jan 1963

3

Downer Public School Tuckshop Roster

04 Mar 1963-12 Mar 1963

3

Population Count of Canberra & Queanbeyan – Instructions for filling in the Householders Schedule.

01 Jul 1963

3

Maintenance of Commonwealth Owned Houses & Flats: Tenants Responsibilities.

 

 

 

 

 

SOME MATERIAL ASSOCIATED WITH DOWNER’S BICENTENNIAL PROJECT (DBP)

 

3

Canberra Times Australia Day edition insert (includes article on DBP page 7)

 

3

North Canberra Searchlight article (see page 3 for DBP progress report) No. 2

02 Jul 1988

3

Bicentennial Bulletin (ACT & Island Territories) No. 10 (see page 2 for 2 paragraphs on DBP)

Dec 1988

3

DBP Working Party working documents

03 Dec 1988

3

Downer History Project (planning document)

1988

3

Downer Bicentennial History Project (DBHP) document on oral history activities

 

3

DBHP letter to Canberra Public Library Service re storage of history collection

06 Oct 1988

3

Press release on collections handover

21 Dec 1988

3

Australian Bicentenary stickers

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER

 

3

Information sheets on Downer Bicentennial History Project co-ordinators, Susan Dyer and Bob Phillips

 

 

 

 

 

N.B. PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION IS STORED SEPARATELY