Historical information

This book was awarded to Fanny Nicol in 1883 for special prize for repetition of scripture texts. Fanny enrolled in Clarendon Ladies' College in 1882 along with her sisters Agnes Williamson Nicol and Katy Beatrice Nicol. In the original register the father's name is listed as James and he was a produce merchant who resided at 119 Lydiard Street, North Ballarat. This book was donated to the school library in 1978 by Fanny's niece.


Presbyterian educators placed great value on a classical education matched with diligence in study. Book prizes were highly regarded and academic success admired. In the school’s early years prizes were ordered direct from London and had the school crest embossed in gold on the front or back cover. Many of the prizes given in early years were returned to the school to equip the Weatherly Library when it opened in 1936.

Physical description

Bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering on front cover and spine. Black ornate illustrations on front and back cover and spine. Gilt edging, slight foxing on pages, detached pages, black and white illustrated, 284 p.

Inscriptions & markings

Book plate inside front cover: CLARENDON LADIES' COLLEGE./ BALLARAT./ Special PRIZE./ For Repetition of Scripture Texts/ AWARDED TO/ Fanny Nicol./ 19th December, 1883.