Historical information

This handwritten reference pertains to Samuel Baird, first student of Ballarat College and was provided and signed by the first Principal of the College, Robert Oliver McCoy. The letter was written on 27 March 1873. The letter remained in the family's keeping until July 2013 when it was donated to the school by a descendent of Samuel Baird.


Social significance - The letter gives an indication of the values held by the school and deemed vaulable in the adult owrkforce in the 1870's.

Physical description

Handwritten letter on Ballarat College letterhead; quarto sheet folded in middle lengthwise; handwriting both sides;

Inscriptions & markings

Letterhead: crest / Ballarat College / Sturt Street