Mein's history of Ballarat College, published 1964, records the school's first enrolments this way. "The Ballarat College will be opened on Wednesday morning, 6th July, 1864, at 9 o'clock, in the Rev. Wm. Henderson's Church. Intending students will assemble at that hour" Advertisement in the Ballarat Star. 'Two seven year old boys 'assembled'. They were cousins, and their names were: Samuel Baird and James Brown. On the following Monday....came three more pupils: Charles J Henderson, James W Nicol and William Govan Finlayson.
framed item collated after their deaths, possibly for centenary celebrations.
Framed item featuring photographs of first four students enrolled at Ballarat College in 1864
Inscriptions & markings
Ballarat College / First Four Enrolments / 1864 / The Late Mr Sam Baird / The Late Mr J C Brown / The Late Mr W G Finlayson / The Late Mr C J Henderson