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Ballarat Clarendon College Ballarat, Victoria

Reverend William Henderson opened Ballarat College on Wednesday 6 July 1864 when two seven-year-old cousins presented themselves at his church, St Andrew's Presbyterian. On the following Monday morning they were joined by three other boys to become the first students of the school.

Elizabeth Kennedy, the wife of another Presbyterian minister, came to Ballarat to live and in 1876 she began a cottage school for her children and the daughters of family friends. This was the beginning of what became known as Mrs Kennedy's School for Girls, later to become Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College.

In 1974 Ballarat College and Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College formally joined together to become Ballarat & Clarendon College, now associated with the Uniting Church in Australia.

The school history has been documented in two publications by Phil Roberts on 2004 and 2014 respectively - Golden heritage: history of ballarat and Clarendon 1864 - 2004 and a companion volume Ballarat Clarendon College: One hundred and fifty years. These books are available for sale from the school.

Contact Information

location
1425 Sturt Street Ballarat Victoria 3350 (map)
phone
+61 03 5330 8200

Opening Hours

By appointment.

Entry Fee

N/A

Location

1425 Sturt Street Ballarat Victoria

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The collection documents the history and development of the school for present and future generations. It comprises both school records and museum items.

Greg McLean 22 February 2017 7:18 PM

Hi, I have received my great grandfather's (Robert Cameron) medal (9ct gold) for wining the 2nd Ballarat College Old Collegian Cup in 1891. Could you tell me more about the race/cup? Kind Regards Greg McLean

Ballarat Clarendon Administrator 28 February 2017 12:37 PM

Hi Greg, thank you for your enquiry. Athletic Sports carnivals were held annually at Ballarat College, often at the same time as old collegians annual reunions and always with some races exclusively for 'old boys'. From 1884 College Cups were donated by the Old Collegians Association for the outstanding athlete amongst present boys and past boys. Handicap races were run over 120, 250 and 440 yards to obtain the results. In the first year Thomas Thompson won the old boys cup. Robert Cameron entered Ballarat College in 1885. We cannot confirm his year of leaving but going by his age (Birth: 13.10.1871) we expect he would have left before 1891 so that would put him in the old boys category. Our school archive holds examples of Old Collegians Cups from this era. They were extremely ornate as you will see from examples catalogued to Victorian Collections. However we do not hold personal medals relating to the cups themselves. If you were able to forward a photograph of the medal's inscriptions I would be most grateful.

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Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Group of items including Clarendon Ladies College ribbon fragment; Clarendon presbyterian ladies College hat band and hat badge; Clarendon Old Collegians badge; Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College card fragment and illustrative print.

Historical information

Items worn and used by Elvira Christine (Tullock) Rex who attended Clarendon Ladies College / Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College 1920 - 1921

Photograph - Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College Kindergarten Class 1954/1955

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Two black and white photographs featuring Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College Kindergarten or Prepatory Class in 1954-1955. Photograph taken in playground at Mair Street Property and includes main school buildings in background of one photograph.

Historical information

Owner of the photograph identified Andrew McKinley, Michael Morrow, Ian Goddard, Bil Sloss, Nigel Wettenhall, Cindy John, Carol Hamilton, Marilyn Condor, Illona Bauers, Glenda Webb, Elizabeth Kamaretsos, Toni Dale, Anne Barnes. Photograph possibly includes Chris Shorten, Glenyce Greenbank, Pauline Irvine, Meredith Lutge.

Book - Of sheep and men: a story of the flocks, the founders and descendants of Victoria's Western Plains over a period of almost 200 years in Australia's history

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Small hardback book

Historical information

Claud Notman served on the Ballarat College council 1958 - 1973. An old Geelong College collegian he wrote several books relating to the history of Skipton. This book indexes the families or individual associated with Ballarat College from its earliest beginnings.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on endpage: From Skips Bookshelves / 30/3/1992 / to the young folks of the future Handwritten on inside flyleaf: Claud Notman / 10/10/81 Handwritten on title page: For, the boys of today, / to learn of the, hard times / of years ago / Skipper / 24/4/1993 / Boys note

Correspondence

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Typewritten letter on buff-coloured, fine paper; light brown DL envelope; printed invitation on white heavy card; small refreshment card, printed on mid-yellow light card; small dress card printed on stone-coloured light card. All paper slightly aged.

Historical information

Roger Herbert Mitchell attended Ballarat College 1951-1956. Recipient of a Council Scholarship, HV McKay Scholarship for 6 years and Boarding Scholarship. Sport and co-curricular activities included: 2nd Crew 1956, Minervan & Library Committee 1955, House Prefect, and school drama productions. Roger was a Cadet Cpl 1954, Sgt 1955 and Under Officer 1956.

Significance

Provides significant detail regarding the size and role of Cadet program within the school.

Inscriptions & Markings

handwritten on invitation: Cadet Under Officer Mitchell. R. H.

Book - Thrift

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Full calf binding in mid-brown with raised bands and Ballarat College crest and borders embossed in gold on cover and spine; marbel endpages; page edges have gold leaf; bookplate fixed inside front cover; decorative bookmark included

Historical information

Prize awarded to Kate (Letitia) Whittle (DoB 6/12/1863; entered Ballarat College Girls' School 1881), for excellence in English; daughter of James Whittle, Chemist, 131 Sturt St, sister of Annie Louise, Louis Clarendon, Henry John, Samuel Unsworth, Arthur Walter; sisters Elsie Eleanor and Lilian May possibly attended Clarendon Ladies College. Letitia and Annie attended Ballarat College Girls School (names are embroidered on tablecloth) ; The school holds extensive family history records.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bookplate: Ballarat College crest / English/ First Prize / Fourth Form / Awarded to / Kate Whittle / Christmas [date obliterated]

Book

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Set of 4 books leatherbound with goldleaf on spines

Historical information

Set of three books donated to the Ballarat College Weatherly Library by Mr W Kilpatrick in 1946 and from the Kilpatrick Estate in 1947. Mr W Kilpatrick was BC School Captian 1924. He attended Ballarat College 7/6/1921 - 31.12.1924.. Previously of Castlemaine High School. Son of Dr W Kilpatrick, Dux of Ballarat College 1880.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside cover: Ballarat College LIbrary / PRESENTED BY / Mr W Kilpatrick 1946 / PLEASE REPORT ANY LOOSE LEAVES, ETC. Book plate inside cover: Ballarat College LIbrary / PRESENTED BY / Kilpatrick 1947 / PLEASE REPORT ANY LOOSE LEAVES, ETC. Book plate inside cover: Ballarat College LIbrary / PRESENTED BY / W Kilpatrick Estate / PLEASE REPORT ANY LOOSE LEAVES, ETC

bOOK - the outline of science Vols I-II

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Large leather and cloth bound books with gold lettering on spine

Historical information

Presented to the Ballarat College in 1938 by Miss Cowan. Identity unconfirmed but possibly former CPLC student Helena Cowan

Significance

Example of ongoing commmunity support of the school. The Weatherly Library was opened in 1936 and its collection significantly established by donation or bequest of old collegians and members of the college community and associates.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Crest / Ballarat College / Library / Presented by / Miss Cowan 1938

Book - The miscellaneous works of Oliver Goldsmith

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Bound in blue calf with marble edging, gilt lettering and decoration on spine. Six raised bands on spine with gold decoration; gold writing on second compartment with red calf; College crest embossed on front cover; black and white frontise piece, end papers marbled, slight foxing on pages, 695 p.

Historical information

This book was awarded to Amy Evelyn Bailey for first prize in Physics in the fifth form. Amy entered Ballarat College in January of 1885 at the age of 12. Parent/Guardian named in Registry as Ed Bailey residing in [Mt. Rowan?]. It is also noted in the Register that Amy came from Miss. [Keeps?] Ladies' School.

Significance

During 1877 - 1891 Ballarat College accepted enrolments from female students. The school holds the original register of this period and notes that Amy Bailey entered the College at the age of 12. 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: college crest, Physics/ Fifth Form/ First prize/ Awarded to/ Amy E. Bailey./ 1887

Painting, framed - John Stanley Walker (1941py)

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Oil painting on plyboard, framed with stained pine. Features head and shoulders of John Stanley Walker in RAAF uniform with cap.

Historical information

The Australian War Memorial provides the following details about John Stanley Walker: Service number: 418494 Rank: Flight Sergeant Unit: 1 Service Flying Training School Point Cook Service: Royal Australian Air Force Conflict: 1939-1945 Date of death: 23 January 1943 Place of death: Victoria Cause of death: Accidental Source: AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force .

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed in front bottom left: 'Jos. Schwarcz / Albury / 1943'

Autograph book

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Small autograph book with faux snake-skin cover and coloured pages

Historical information

This book was completed with autographs from fellow students at Ballarat College during Bruce's years at the school (1946 - 1953). Includes some staff signiatures and greetings. Staff names include - George Hay, Keith Young, Hewson, Stuckey, Porter, Student surnames include - Price, McClure, Hewitt, Davidson, Dehnert, Dodd, Cameron, Fraser, Gibson, Walker, McDonald, Ronaldson, Gray, Naismith, Fyffe, Oxburn, Dyer, Cumming, Coulson, Gilbert, Gilmour, Chester, Young, Gray-McIntosh Girls names include - Barbara Day,

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten signatures and sayings throughout book

Book - The Poetical works of Thomas Hood

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Blue and gold decorative cloth cover, corners and edges rubbed, page edges gilt, gold lettering on front cover and spine; embossed border on back cover; two black and white plates; 414 p.

Historical information

This book The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood was awarded to Margaret Jane McGowan as second prize for Latin and Class work. Margaret was one of the first enrolments to Clarendon Ladies' College at the age of 12. Margaret's father, Samuel, and mother, were personal friends of the Reverand Robert and Mrs. Kennedy. Margaret attended school in the same class as the Kennedy's eldest son Tom who was 11 at the time. Margaret's sister Edith was the 2nd enrolment to the college. Margaret resided at 15 Royal Terrace Webster Street, Ballarat. Her parents were employed as Carrier and forwarding agents. Margaret's married name became Steele. Archives also hold a second book prize awarded to Margaret (000126).

Significance

Socially significant due to connection with first prize-giving ceremony for Clarendon Ladies' College.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: CLARENDON LADIES' COLLEGE/BALLARAT/Second PRIZE/ Latin and Class work/AWARDED TO/J McGowan/R KENNEDY PRINCIPAL/18TH December, 1879 Hand-written inscription on flyleaf: This book was a Prize/at the first Prize-giving/of the College/The College having been/ established/in 1878.

Photograph

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Black and white photograph of Mrs Kennedy's last matriculation class in 1902. Photo is attached to cardboard mount. Mount is inscribed 'Richards and Co Ballarat'. Names of those photographed are listed on separate piece of paper attached to rear of mount.The photograph shows a group of 14 girls dressed in fashions of the day, front row seated and back row standing.

Historical information

The photograph is a beautiful representation of 1902 fashions for young ladies. The photograph has been taken against a painted backdrop with curtains. The girls wear solemn expressions. They have been artistically positioned, some standing, some seated.

Significance

The photograph has social significance due to its representation of fashions for young ladies in the early 1900's.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mount inscribed 'Richards and Co Ballarat'

Trophy

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Medium silver cup with double handles and lid on brown melamine stand; engraved face

Historical information

Trophy awarded to Ballarat Clarendon College 1986

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on face of cup: 1986 / VICTORIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE / HERALD COUNTRY CUP / ST KILDA F.C. V FOOTSCRAY F.C. / Winner / BALLARAT & CLARENDON COLLEGE / ST KILDA FOOTBALL CLUB

Hand painted china

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Small round sweet dish with decorative hand painting around border

Historical information

Miss Lucy Shaw, principal Clarendon PLC 1927-1934 hand painted this sweet dish in 1923.

Inscriptions & Markings

On base: L.S. / 1923

Book - Fourteen minutes

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Small royal blue cloth covered book with gold lettering on cover and spine

Historical information

Possibly donated by parents of Lindsay Brittain (1945)

Inscriptions & Markings

On flyleaf: Crest / ballarat College / Library / Presented by / Mr and Mrs J Brittain / October 1962 etc

Trophy - CPLC Swimming trophy 1966 - 2000

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Tall silver cup with two handles and dark stand

Historical information

Inter-house swimming trophy awarded to the house with the highest aggregate points total at the annual swimming sports.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription on cup face: CLARENDON P.L.C. / INTER HOUSE / SWIMMING TROPHY Plaque on base details winners: 1966 – 2000

Book - Milton's paradise lost

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Red cloth bound book (rebound) with original detail on front cover. Black and white etchings with tissue interleaves.

Historical information

Beautiful example of academic book prize gifted by Clarendon ladies College to Janie Jebb (CLC 1882). Donated to school by her grandson Robert Tunbridge, son of Basil Tunbridge (BC 1916) in 2011.

Significance

Socially significant because of the value placed on religious education and academic prowess amongst girls in the late 19th century in an Australian country town.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plaque inside front cover: 'CLARENDON LADIES COLLEGE / BALLARAT / 1st Bible PRIZE / AWARDED TO / Janie Jebb / R KENNEDY / PRINCIPAL / 19th December 1882

Rudder

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Wooden rudder from rowing boat with gold inscription and brass detail with black calligraphy on face and school crest in red and black

Historical information

Commemorating Ballarat College's first win at the Head of the Lake.

Inscriptions & Markings

Painted on face: BALLARAT COLLEGE / HEAD OF THE LAKE 1920 / LADIES CHALLENGE CUP / HENLEY 1920 / J S COLTMAN 10ST 10LBS stroke / W R HICKS 10 st 12 lbs No 3 / A D CLARK 11ST 10 LBS No 2 / K V BRADBY 9ST 13 LBS BOW / A J KING COX / Mr W D DAWSON COACH.

Medal - Victory Medal 1914-19

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The Victory Medal is a 36mm diameter circular copper medal, lacquered in bronze. The obverse shows the winged, full-length, full-front, figure of Victory, with her left arm extended and holding a palm branch in her right hand. The reverse has the words ‘THE GREAT / WAR FOR / CIVILISATION / 1914-1919' in four lines, all surrounded by a laurel wreath. The 39mm wide ribbon has a ‘two rainbow' design, with the violet from each rainbow on the outside edges moving through to a central red stripe where both rainbows meet.

Historical information

The Victory Medal (also called the Allied Victory Medal) is a campaign medal - of which the basic design and ribbon was adopted by Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Romania, Siam, Union of South Africa and the USA. The medal was issued to all those who received the 1914 Star or the 1914-15 Star, and to most of those who were awarded the British War Medal - it was never awarded singly. These three medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.

Significance

The Holgate medals were the first war medals held by BCC archives. They have historical and social significance for the College.

Inscriptions & Markings

The reverse has the words ‘THE GREAT / WAR FOR / CIVILISATION / 1914-1919' in four lines

Trophy - Improvement in tennis

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Medium silver cup wth double handles on silver stem with melamine base; engraved on face of cup.

Historical information

Barabara Meek boarded at Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College 1964 - 1968, passing her Leaving examinations in 1968.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraving on face: Clarendon P.L.C. / Improvement in tennis / 1968 / Senior / Coach C J Bass / Barbara Meek

Framed photograph

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Gray-scale photograph, neutral mount and carved varnished, natural wood frame

Historical information

Clarendon Ladies College class photograph with Sophie Bell top left and Chrissie Bell on floor at left

Book - Amercian notes and a child's history of England

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Dark red leather bound book with gold lettering and ornamentation on spine; gold crest on front cover; bookplate in inside front cover; black and white illustrations;

Historical information

Ian Graham attended Ballarat College 1924 - 1930; a member of Garbutt; Ian married old collegian Gwen Griffith (1935)

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate: Crest / Ballarat College / VB Form / Special Prize / The gift of Mrs John MacLeod / Awarded to / Ian Graham / A Richardson BA / December / 1926

Photograph - Ballarat College Premiers 1893-94

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Sepia toned formal pose; mount has title at top and names inscribed below photograph very faintly; students are dressed in cricket whites; teacher in centre of top row.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on mount below photograph: A Nevett, ....watt, S Swan, Mr Alston, W Paterson, J Weir, ...Bell, E Bryant / N Booth, A Tuthill, E A Uthwatt, ...., ...., / A McRae, ....,

Book - The land that is desolate: an account of a tour in Palestine

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Medium-sized, maroon, leather-bound book with gold-lettering and decoration on spine and gold school crest on front cover; bookplate inside front cover

Historical information

Awarded to Donald Neil Symons for excellence in Scripture during 1926 at Ballarat College. Neil was educated at Ballarat College (Dux 1933) and Ormond College, Melbourne University. He became a Clothing industry leader and was Fletcher Jones' distinguished successor as chief executive of the FJ organisation, and a prominent advocate for the Australian textile and clothing industries, decentralised industry and government support of employee share ownership schemes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bookplate inside front cover: School crest / Ballarat College / Sixth-Lower Form / Dux Prize / Awarded to / D N Symons / A Richardson BA / December 1930 Principal

Book - An ANZAC's story

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Small soft cover book

Historical information

Roy Kyle (1916), fought in the battle of Lone Pine. One of the last to leave Gallipoli, Toy Kyle served in Egypt and later and the Somme where he was wounded in the head, arms and back. Roy marched with 'Pompey' Elliott's 15th battalion. (Reference: https://www.brotherhoodbooks.org.au/books/an-anzacs-story-9780143001874/ )

Book - The poetical works of Keats, R. Bridges and Shelley

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Dark blue calf bound three volume set with gold lettering and decoration on spine and gold embossed school crest on front cover; book plate inside the front cover of each book.

Historical information

Margery Ramsay attended CPLC 1929 - 1940.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bok plate inside front cover: Clarendon Presbyterian / Ladies College / Ballarat / school crest / Awarded to / Margery Ramsay / Prize Dux of School / (Gift of Old Collegians Association) / Form honours VI / Helen I Mathieson / Principal / December 1940

Book - Girl neighbors: or, the old fashion and the new

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Full calf binding with raised bands and Ballarat College crest and borders embossed in gold on cover and spine; marbel endpages; page edges have gold leaf; bookplate fixed inside front cover

Historical information

Prize awarded to Linda Whittle (DoB 26/5/1972; entered Ballarat College Girls' School 1887), for excellence in arithmetic; daughter of James Whittle, Chemist, 131 Sturt St, sister of Letitia(Kate), Louis Clarendon, Henry John, Samuel Unsworth, Arthur Walter; sisters Elsie Eleanor and Lilian May possibly attended Clarendon Ladies College. Letitia and Annie attended Ballarat College Girls School (names are embroidered on tablecloth) ; Linda died of tuberculosis, aged 23 and is buried in Geelong Cemetery. The school holds extensive family history records.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bookplate: Ballarat College crest / Arithmetic / Sixth Form / First Prize / Awarded to / Linda Whittle / Christmas [date obliterated]

Badge - Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College badge

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Gold-plated badge in the shape of the school crest; blue scrolls below shield have silver lettering; shield features star, open book and motto; burning lamp on top of shield; pin fastening fixed across reverse of badge

Historical information

School badge for Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College 1921 - 1973, donated to the school by Michael Dunn. Michael's mother and aunt (unidentified) both attended CPLC in the 1930s. The badge worn worn as a tie-pin or fixed to the entre of the tunic bodice. It is possible the gold badge was for senior students or prefects only and the silver badge for other students.

Book - The poetical works of John Milton

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Full calf binding in light brown with raised bands and Ballarat College crest and borders embossed in gold on cover and spine; marbel endpages; page edges have gold leaf; bookplate fixed inside front cover

Historical information

Prize awarded to Kate (Letitia) Whittle (DoB 6/12/1863; entered Ballarat College Girls' School 1881), for excellence in french; daughter of James Whittle, Chemist, 131 Sturt St, sister of Annie Louise, Louis Clarendon, Henry John, Samuel Unsworth, Arthur Walter; sisters Elsie Eleanor and Lilian May possibly attended Clarendon Ladies College. Letitia and Annie attended Ballarat College Girls School (names are embroidered on tablecloth) ; The school holds extensive family history records.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bookplate: Ballarat College crest / French / First Prize / Upper Third Form / Awarded to / Kate Whittle / Christmas [date obliterated]

Book - The poetical works of Mrs. Felicia Hemans

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Bound in soft red calf with gilt lettering and college crest embossed on front cover and gilt lettering on spine. Floral end papers, foxing on pages, black and white illustrations throughout. 595 p.

Historical information

Book was awarded to Stephen John Holgate in 1891 for first prize in bookkeeping. Stephen (D.O.B. 09/07/1877) entered the college on 27/01/1890. The original registry notes parent as Stephen Holgate from Miners Rest and Stephen's previously school is noted as 'Home Tuition'. Other family members noted as attending the college are Harold, George, Edward, Robert and Thomas. Archives also hold war memorabilia for Edward and George Holgate.

Significance

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. Connection to college war memorabilia and war heroes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: College crest/ Bookkeeping/ V Form./ First Prize. Awarded to/ S. Holgate/ Christmas, 1891.