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Ballan Shire Historical Society Ballan, Victoria

We are a paper based Society and we occupy the Ballan Old Courthouse at 45-47 Steiglitz St, Ballan.
Our holdings include books, photographs, maps and government and personal documents etc. relating to the old Ballan Shire (now amalgamated into the Moorabool Shire).
We meet monthly (exc December) at the Courthouse on the last Wednesday at 8.00 pm.
The Secretary can be contacted on 03 5368 2544 or by e-mail at bshsinc@hotmail.com.au

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45-47 Steiglitz St Ballan Victoria (map)
phone
+61 +61 3 5368 2544
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Opening Hours

Open by appointment. The Secretary can be contacted on 03 5368 2544 or by e-mail at bshsinc@hotmail.com.au.

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Entry is free. A donation is always appreciated.

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45-47 Steiglitz St Ballan Victoria

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Map. Moorarbool East and West. - Country Lands in the Parishes of Moorarbool East and Moorarbool West. Counties of Bourke and Grant.

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

A relatively small map, paper on a material backing. Shows topographical features, roads and property divisions. Scale of forty chains to one inch. The map is dated March 31st, 1859.

Historical information

This is a map of "Country Lands" around the Werribee River, north of Ballan in the Counties of Bourke and Grant.

Inscriptions & Markings

There is a small inscription under the chain scale that reads "No 58/364 John Phillips ? Survey 1st August 1858". The name Dugald McPherson is hand written on one of the blocks of land.

Plaque. Centenary of Government and Gold discovery.

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

A round bronze medallion set in a green baize lift out in a black presentation case. It is a 1951 Commemorative Plaque to mark the Centenary of Government in Victoria and Centenary of the Discovery of Gold. There is a printed insert card describing the obverse and reverse sides of the Medallion.

Historical information

The item is a Plaque struck in 1951 to celebrate the Centenary of Government in Victoria and the Centenary of the discovery of gold.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Presented to the Shire of Ballan 1951" is engraved on the reverse side. "1851" and "1951" are marked on the lining of the cover of the box.

Metal hand stamping tools.

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

A timber box, split horizontally, with 27 (3x9) holes drilled vertically containing square section metal hand stamping tools each a separate letter of the alphabet.

Historical information

This box of metal stamps was owned by Mr D.K. Fraser, a property owner and grazier in the Ballan district.

Inscriptions & Markings

The top lid is marked "D K F & CO 1905" and each stamp is marked "D K FRASER".

Book. St John's Anglican Church, Ballan. - St. John's Anglican Church Ballan. Index to Register of Baptisms 1849 -1991.

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

An A4 size book which is a collection of loose pages stapled, with cardboard covers and a brown tape spine binding. About 250 pages of transcribed, photocopied index cards. Book No.105.

Historical information

The book is a collection of index cards transcribed from the Register of Baptisms from 1849 to 1991 at the St. John's Anglican Church in Ballan. These cards were then photocopied ten to a page and assembled and bound into this book. The book contains Volume 1 A -K and Volume 2 L -Z and the wording on the Title Page "This is a copy of the transcription, which was completed by Roy Huggins and a team of volunteers at Ballan. Acknowledgment is given to The Rector without whose permission the project could not have been completed. March 1991."

Significance

The book is significant in that it contains a complete register of Baptisms conducted at the Church from 1849 to 1991 in alphabetical order. This is of significance to family researchers and makes a search of the records much easier.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pencil markings - Book No.105. Reg No. VBSH 01098

Photograph. Inglis St. Ballan. - Inglis Street in Ballan

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

Black and white photograph of Inglis Street Ballan.Looking East. Photograph is on a cardboard backing with an ornate surround of green and gold. Cars and a truck circa 1930/40 are parked in the street.

Historical information

Inglis Street of Ballan .circa 1930/40.The photograph is looking East. Parts of the Mechanics Institute and Free Library can be seen, as can the butcher shop, and on the opposite side of the Street the Ballan Hotel and Post and Telegraph office.

Inscriptions & Markings

The word Ballan written on bottom of surround under the photograph

Certificate. RVIB.

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

A Centenary Certificate of Appreciation presented to Ballan Auxiliary for outstanding service. Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind, babies, children and adults. It bears the RVIB Seal, a logo and the words Centenary Year 100 1866/1966. It is signed by the President and the Executive Director. The certificate is cream coloured with a light blue border, under glass in a plain, beveled, light coloured timber frame.

Historical information

A Centenary Certificate of Appreciation presented by the RVIB to the Ballan Auxiliary for outstanding service.

Inscriptions & Markings

This registration number is marked on the back of the frame.

Map. Ballan Township. - Plan of Ballan Township in the Counties of Bourke and Grant.

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

A map showing the township and surrounding area of Ballan in 1856. Town streets are named as are the owners of the subdivided blocks of land. The map is a lithocopy and there is a scale in chains.

Historical information

The map is an early one of the township of Ballan showing street names and land owners.

Significance

The map is significant in that it lists the owners of the house blocks within the township.

Inscriptions & Markings

"D D Fraser" is written across the top of the map and "1856" is written in the near top right corner. There are other additions to the map but they are very difficult to decipher accurately or completely.

Map. Bullarook State Forest. - Bullarook State Forest Reserve.

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

A small map of the Bullarook State Forest Reserve. Drawn on a fine buff coloured paper attached to a stiff cloth backing sheet. The title is hand written and includes a "scale one mile to one inch" hand written also. The map is signed "John Wrigglesworth, assistant ? and dated 26/6/1869" although the month and year are almost illegible.

Book. Address to King Edward VII. - Address to His Majesty King Edward VII. from the Municipalities of Victoria 1901

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

A thin hard cover book with a royal blue cover and gold leaf title title with an upright leaf embellishment on the left. Book No.108. 16 pages.

Historical information

The book contains the Joint Address to His Most Gracious Majesty King Edward the Seventh from the Municipalities of Victoria, and is dated Melbourne, 30th January 1901. It contains the Cities, Towns, Boroughs, and Shires with the signatures of the chief officers of each and signatures of the Executive and Executive Committee of the Municipal Association of Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

With the compliments of the Executive Committee of the Municipal Association of Victoria.

Map. Shire of Ballan. - Shire of Ballan

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

A black and white map of the Shire of Ballan showing major roads, rivers, towns, settlements, State parks and forests and land subdivisions. It appears to be a copy of the original as no dates or maker or printer appear on the map. There is a scale of 2 miles to 1 inch.

Historical information

This is a fairly comprehensive map of the former Shire of Ballan which is now amalgamated into the Shire of Moorabool.

Map. Kerrit Bareet. - Kerrit Bareet. County of Grant.

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

A map of Kerrit Bareet in the County of Grant. Black printing on buff coloured paper. Details roads, rivers, railways, property boundaries and names of property owners and towns and villages. The map is easily readable although there is some physical damage and that and the borders have been reinforced with sellotape. Shows a Scale in Chains and Price 2/.

Historical information

A map of the Kerrit Bareet area within the County of Grant showing properties and names of owners in 1944.

Significance

Significant to people researching land usage and ownership. Also those researching families in the area at that time.

Trophy Cup. Ballan Rifle Club.

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

Very ornate, silver plated, two handled, stemmed trophy cup with lid. Engraved. The '06' in the inscription means 1906.

Historical information

The cup was presented to the Ballan Rifle Club by Mr. J. Gascard, a well known and respected resident of Ballan in 1906 and was subsequently won by Mr. S. Lay on the 8th December of that year.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to Ballan Rifle Club by J. Gascard Esq. Won by S. Lay. 8.12.06

Book. St. Brigid's School, Ballan. - St Brigid's School Ballan. A Short History.

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

A small paperback book with an olive green cover on which is centered an oval coloured photograph of the school. 62 pages. Book No.107.

Historical information

A short history of St. Brigid's (Catholic) School from it's beginnings as the Ballan Catholic Common School No. 100 at St. Agnes Church c. 1859 up to the present in 2010. The book contains teacher and class photographs, information on the establishment of Catholic Schools in Victoria, and a section on the history of Catholics in Ballan and the beginnings of the Church community. Recent events are covered as are recollections and interviews with former pupils.

Significance

Significant to past and present students and staff, also to those researching family history and education within the local area.

Book. Masonic Bible. - Holy Bible

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

A black leather covered copy of the King James version of the Holy Bible,

Historical information

This volume of the Sacred Law was presented to the Ballan Shire Historical Society on the 30th September 2009, following the closure of the Ballan Masonic Lodge No. 205 on the 9th February 2009. The Bible is assumed to have served the Lodge from it's Consecration on the 15th February 1908 until the Lodge closed. It was presented to the Society in a timber display case with a glass cover containing as well the Masonic Compass and Square and a plaque reading "Donated by Ballan Lodge No. 205 on the Return of the Warrant, February 2009". The display case measures 60.5cm wide, 59cm deep and 19.5cm high.

DVD. Gordon P/S. - Gordon Primary School Celebrates 125th Anniversary 2007.

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

DVD in a plastic case with a custom printed cover insert depicting a photograph of Gordon Primary School Class of 1882. Contains still photographs of staff, students, school grounds, functions, etc. over the last 125 years. A pictorial history set out in five (slide show) chapters with a sound track to accompany. DVD compiled and designed by Diane Lawson 2007. All proceeds from the sale of this DVD will be donated to the Gordon Primary School.

Historical information

This DVD was produced to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Gordon Primary School in 2007. It is a pictorial history covering that period consisting of still photographs in a slide show format.

Photograph. L A Fairbairn. - Lachlan Alexander Fairbairn

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

A small black and white photograph of L.A. Fairbairn sitting in a wicker chair outdoors. The photograph is under glass in a small timber frame with scrolled upper edges.

Historical information

There is not much information on this item at the moment. The record will be updated when more becomes available.

Inscriptions & Markings

Labels stuck on the glass read - " the founder of L.A. Fairbairn 7 Co. St. James Bldg Melbourne" and "Lachlan Alexander Fairbairn - Ardoch tower-Essendon (1916)". A sticker, D4, is on the back of the frame.

Map. Korweinguboora. - Korweinguboora. Counties of Talbot and Grant.

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

A map of the Korweinguboora area showing land subdivisions and names of owners and other physical features. There is a scale in chains. No date is certain but it could be 1902. The map has been repaired with sellotape.

Historical information

A map of the Korweinguboora area showing roads, forests, railway lines and properties with the owners names.

Significance

The inclusion of the names of landowners is of significance and value to historians.

Inscriptions & Markings

There are various pencil annotations but the are difficult to read.

Map. Ballark. - Ballark. County of Grant

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

A map of Ballark in the County of Grant. Black printing on buff coloured paper. Extra notations by hand and various coloured highlighting of certain features. Details roads, rivers, property boundaries and names of property owners and districts. The map is easily readable although there is some physical damage to the borders and some sellotape residue. Shows a scale in Chains and the number L.6030

Historical information

A map of the Ballark area within the County of Grant showing roads, waterways, property boundaries and property owners in 1915.

Significance

Significant to people researching land usage and ownership. Also those researching families in the area at that time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Various numbers and directional arrows added to map.

Map. Bungal. - Bungal, County of Grant

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

Cream coloured map of Bungal in the County of Grant, bounded by the the East Moorarbool River on the East, and the State Forest on the South. It is marked with the scale of chains and the number L.358. Lithographed at the Department of Lands and Survey. Melbourne by W. J. Butson on 9.9.1926. It shows the land allotments with names of owners.

Historical information

A map of Bungal in the 1920's showing the allotments, and the size, with the names of the residents. It shows the roads and the Western and Eastern Moorarbool River, and the Whipstick State Forest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Coloured pen marks and circled numbers on various areas. Price 2 shillings marked on bottom right hand edge.

Book. The Walsh Papers. - The Walsh Papers

Ballan Shire Historical Society , Ballan

A soft covered book, ivory in colour. Printed on the cover is - "The Walsh Papers. Edited: J.L.Turner. Memoirs of the early settlement of Western Victoria and, in particular, Ballan Shire: 1830 -1875. Written and compiled by James Henry Walsh (1863 -1930) of Ballan." The back cover is a full page sepia photograph of James Walsh (head and shoulders only) and the printed number "ISBN 0 95599911 1 5". Book No.106. 312 pages.

Historical information

The former Shire of Ballan commissioned this work which ties in with the formation and early years of the Ballan Shire Historical Society. It is a collection of articles, works and memoirs written and compiled by James Henry Walsh, an early resident of Ballan, that have been edited for publication by James Turner. The book contains maps and photographs and is fully indexed. It is considered by some to be the foremost reference work on the history of Ballan.

Significance

The book is significant as it is a comprehensive collection covering the history of Ballan. It is a limited edition and now out of print.

Inscriptions & Markings

The book bears the stamp of the Ballan Shire Historical Society and the handwritten marking "Receipt P.1." Book No.106 and Reg No. (VC) 00909 in pencil.