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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.

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

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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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494 items

494 items

Furniture - Lecturn

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Solid wood and veneer lecturn with carved columns at front corners and Clarendon presbyterian Ladies' College crest at top of backrest.

Historical information

Lecturn used in Watson Hall at the Mair Street Campus.

Inscriptions & Markings

Crest and Motto: Suivez la verite

Trophy

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Medium sized silver cup on melamine base, double handles and flower netting across bowl opening; silver name plate around base.

Historical information

Trophy presented annually to the best bandsman 1971 - Ballarat College established a formal Music School in 1969 and an amazing upsurge of interest in musical activities followed. This prize was the gift of J M Stayt, teacher at the school 1964 - 1993. It is currently awarded to the leader/s of the Concert Band.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ballarat College crest fixed to bowl of cup Inscribed on name plate: Ballarat College / best bandsman / Presented By / J M Stayt / 12th November / 1971

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

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Twenty-five books variously titled and sized including The History of England (8 vol) , Taine's History of English Literature (2 vols), and Hallam's History of England (3 vols)

Historical information

Twenty-five books donated by old collegian Francis Tweedie and possibly his sister Miss E M Tweedie. Francis Tweedie entered Ballarat College in 1889. He was the son of Mrs Tweedie 60 Doveton St, and attended with his brother Alec. The school holds no record of Miss E M Tweedie's attendance. Some of the books contain the signatures of Andrew Anderson and May Anderson. Their connection to the donors is unknown at this point.

Significance

Example of ongoing old collegian support of school. The Weatherly Library was opened in 1936 and its collection significantly established by donation or bequest of old collegians.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plates inside front cover: Ballarat College Library / PRESENTED BY / Miss E M Tweedie and Mr F Tweedie / 1947.... Illustrated book plate inside cover of 'Longfellow's poetical works': Weatherly Library / Ballarat College / Miss E Tweedie / Mr F Tweedie 1947

Hand painted pottery

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Tiny hand-painted pottery dish with blue and yellow borders and design

Historical information

The maker of this bowl has not been identified but we might presume it to be one of the 'Susan's' of the CPLC Class of '66. The bowl was created as a memento for the Class of '66 25 year reunion held in 1991.

Inscriptions & Markings

Around rim of bowl: CLASS OF '66 REUNION 1991 On base: SUSAN

Book - Gulliver's travels: into several regions of the world

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Red fabric cover with ornate black and gold embossed markings and borders; gold lettering on front cover and spine; embossed border on back cover; two coloured plates; 361p.

Historical information

This book Gulliver's Travels was awarded to Margaret Jane McGowan as second prize for spelling. 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 Reverend 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 (000127).

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/ Spelling/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.

Book - Various

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Four books/ The Andes and the Amazon - dark blue cloth bound book with gold lettering and illustration on cover and gold lettering on spine. Life of Gladstone 3 vols - red cloth binding with gold lettering on spine.

Historical information

Presented to the school library in 1944 by Mr W Griffiths identity unconfirmed.

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 plates inside cover: Book plate on flyleaf: Literature / Crest / Ballarat College / Library / Presented by / Mr W Griffiths 1944...

Book prize - How the British won India

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A blue leather bound set with Ballarat College crest and borders embossed in gold on front cover; page edges are maroon marbled; gold lettering on spine; bookplate fixed to inside of front cover; library plate to right side of end pages;

Historical information

John Stanley Coltman attended Ballarat College 1913 - 1920; Son of W F Coltman of 208 Clarendon St, Brother of W Lawrie, Owen H & Gwenda. A high achieving student John went on to become Dux of College 1919, School Captain 1920, Captain of cricket 1920, tennis 1918, 1919, 1920, football 1919, 1920, athletics 1919 1920, Stroke of first crew 1919 and 1920. The Coltman Demonstration Room, part of the MacKinnon Wing First Floor, was named in honour of John (1919py) and Owen Coltman (1917). The book was donated back to the school library in 1985.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bookplate: Ballarat College / Awarded to / Jack Coltman / Form Vb / Prize for History 1st / A S Polson B A / Principal / Christmas 1915

Trophy

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Small silver cup with two handles and lid on melamine stand; silver coloured plaque on stand

Historical information

Annual trophy awarded to the winning Year 7 & 8 team in the Royal South Street Society MARS debating challenge.

Inscriptions & Markings

On plaque: ROYAL SOUTH STREET SOCIETY / MARS DEBATING CHALLEGNGE / 2007 WINNING TEAM / Years 7 & 8

Trophy

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Large double handle silver cup with decorative fluting on stem, ornate borders around top edge and brown melamine stand with engraved plaque

Historical information

Trophy awarded to Ballarat Clarendon College MCC Herald Sun Country Shield champions. Since its inception in 1976, the Herald Sun Shield has grown to include four levels of competition: AFL Victoria Herald Sun Shield, AFL Victoria Herald Sun Country Shield, AFL Victoria Herald Sun Country Cup, AFL Victoria Herald Sun Senior Girls Shield. To date Ballarat Clarendon College have won the Country Shield 2006 - 2010.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque of stand: MCC Herald Sun Country Shield / Champions / 2007

Book - A voyage round the world

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Dark royal blue leather bound book with gold crest, borders and spine detail. Spine has 6 decorative compartments with raised bands and red leather and gold lettering in the title compartment; Geelong Grammar crest embossed in gold on front cover and gold border to front and back cover; marbled endpapers and edges; black and white frontispiece and illustrations throughout book; book plates inside front cover.

Historical information

This book was awarded by Geelong Grammar to Walter Armstrong in 1881. It was donated to the Ballarat College library by his grandson W Mick U Armstrong (1944). Mick attended Ballarat College 1937 - 1942. In 1936 the Weatherly Library was established at Ballarat College and a community book drive resulted in personal copies of books owned by members of the school community being donated to the library over the next 10-20 years. Mick Armstrong donated this book (amongst others) to the school library during his final year at the school. It is an excellent example of the community spirit which carried the school through periods of financial hardship.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Geelong Grammar crest / PRIZE / PRESENTED BY / The Headmaster / AWARDED TO / Walter Armstrong / FOR / Industry - Lower VI / Christmas 1881 / Bracebridge Wilson M A / Headmaster Book plate on right side of end paper: Ballarat College crest / Ballarat College / Library / PRESENTED BY / W M U Armstrong / W M Armstrong 1942 / Books may be kept for one week / only but may be renewed / PLEASE REPORT ANY LOOSE / LEAVES, ETC.

Trophy

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Small silver cup with double handles and brown melamine stand

Historical information

Doris Vivienne (Dossie) (Clegg) Mooney attended CPLC 1928 - 1932; daughter of Gladys Irene McCleave. A keen athlete Dossie competed in a variety of events at the annual Sports Day competitions. This cup was awarded for her overall championship for the junior grades in 1932. Dossie left CPLC in 1935. She was a member of the Running and Basketball teams in her final year.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on face of cup: C.P.L.C. / Sports / Junior Champion 1932 / D. CLEGG

Photograph - c1895 Ballarat College Cricket Team

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Sepia-toned photograph, oversize

Book prize - The Valley of the Nile: its tombs, temples and monuments

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Light brown calf binding with gold lettering and decoration on covers and spine; six raised bands on spine with gold lettering on second compartment; College crest embossed on front cover; marbled endpapers and page edges; soiled and worn; book plate inside front cover

Historical information

Very early example of academic prize awarded to student J H Jessup only 5 years after the school commenced. At this time books were specially ordered from London where they were bound and embossed with the College crest.

Significance

Significantly early example of prize awarded by Principal for academic excellence. When this Prize was donated to the school we were unaware of J H Jessup existence as a student of the school.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: College crest / PRIZE / FOR / Geography / AWARDED TO / J H Jessup / CHRISTMAS 1896 / R O McCOY M.A. PRINCIPAL

Photograph - Centenary Football Match 3rd July 1964

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medium size, gray-scale photograph on large, white, heavy card mount

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on mount: Centenary Football Match 3rd July 1964 / B C C 3-3 (21) / S P C 6-8 (44)

Framed photograph

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

Historical information

Clarendon Ladies College class photograph

Shield

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Large round Tasmanian blackwood platter

Historical information

School magazine The Minervan records the following: Thirty keen cricketers returned for a cricket clinic over the weekend of their holidays which was climaxed with a practice match against Launceston Grammar School at College. the visitors batted 15 and scored 198 and College batted 12 and scored 165, with Guy Daggett scoring 63 not out. (The Minervan Dec 1970 p.18)

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque on centre of platter face: BALLARAT COLLEGE INTER-HOUSE / CRICKET SHIELD / PRESENTED BY / LAUNCESTON CHURCH GRAMMAR SCHOOL / AFTER 1ST VISIT/ IN FEBRUARY 1970

Book prize - The works of Alfred Lord Tennyson Poet Laureate

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Red calf-binding with fine gold border to cover; gold lettered title and school crest to front cover; and gold lettered title to spine. Book plate on inside of front cover.

Historical information

Rosina (Rose) Morey was a student at Ballarat Ladies College, girls' school of Ballarat College (1975 - 1892). Rosina Morey was born in 1871 and spent most of her life in Ballarat. Her father was Edward Morey, a mining and civic leader in Ballarat. The book was donated by Poss Morrow (Walker) having belonged to her great aunt Rose Morey. In 2008 Poss wrote: Rose loved sewing and my memories of her are that she was always dressed in black. She was the third daughter of Edward and Mary Ann Morey. Great aunt Rose spent many happy times with our family when we lived in East Malvern. My father Edward McDonald Walker was her nephew. She loved coming to the city by train to go shopping and join in the family celebrations. She never married but lived to a great age. She died in a nursing home in East Malvern 24 July 1960 and was buried in the Morey family grave in the Ballarat Old Cemetery. The prize, presented to Rose in 1889, remained in my father's library for many years and was given to me recently.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate on inside of front cover: School crest / Fancy Needlework / Senior Form / "Gross" prize / Awarded to / Rose Morey / Christmas 1889

Trophy - Ballarat College Swimming Championships 1951 - 1997

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Tall silver cup with two handles and dark stand

Historical information

Awarded to the House with the highest aggregate points total at the annual swimming championships 1951 - 1997

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription on cup face: Ballarat College / House / Swimming Championships / Presented by / The Ladies Committee Inscribed on cup verso: Winners from 1951 - 1997

Badge - Clarendon Ladies College hat badge

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Silver coloured metal badge plate slightly concave, in the shape of the Clarendon Ladies College crest with motto and school name on scroll at base of crest

Historical information

The badge was sewn to the hat band and worn at the front of the hat. Mrs N Trethewie, of Penguin, Tasmania, donated the badge to the school in July 2002.

Inscriptions & Markings

Embossed on scroll: SUIVEX LA VERITE / CLARENDON LADIES COLLEGE

Book - Westward Ho!

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Red calf binding with decorative gold embossing on cover and spine; gilt title and publisher statements on spine and school crest on front cover; book plate on front cover verso; marbled endpapers; pages gilt-edged and sight foxing; black and white frontispiece;

Historical information

Prize awarded to Raymond Percival Thomas Oxlade, Dux of Fifth A (Upper) 1934. Raymond entered Ballarat College 1932. Raymond was born 24 June 1917 at Ballarat, the son of Percy Alfred and Ruby Evelyn (Davies) Oxlade. He enlisted in the Australian Armed Forces in 1940. He transferred to the RAAF in 1942 and was discharged 1946. Raymond's grand-daughter Jessica Oxlade entered the school in 2007, achieving Dux of the school in 2010.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate: school crest / Ballarat College / Remove (Upper) Form / Dux Prize / Awarded to / R P J Oxlade / R E Thwaites / December 1932 / Principal

Book - Apart from the roards and the acqueducts...the bridges and the civil works of Harold Irwin 1911 - 1938

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Landscape soft cover book with coloured cover, some coloured illustrations and mainly black and white

Historical information

Harold Irwin (1899) served on the Ballarat College council 1936-1954; authors Patrick Irwin (1978) and Andrew Boak (1978) also attended the school.

Trophy

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Tall silver cup with double half-handles on melamine stand

Historical information

Marching was a part of the CPLC athletics program. As part of the combined athletic meetings, marching contests occurred. Clarendon won in 1964, 1966 (shared) and 1968. The school houses also participated in an inter-house competition. Sir A W Nicholson served as a Council member from 1950, Treasurer 1959-1966 and Chair 1966-1973. He was agenerous donor to the school. The Nicholson library in the Junior School was named after him also

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on face of trophy: A W Nicholson Trophy / FOR / Marching / 1963 Sloss / 1964 Walker / 1965 Cairns / 1966 Walker / 1967 Sloss / 1968 Walker / 1969 Kennedy / 1970 Walker / 1971 Walker / 1972 Cairns / 1973 Sloss

badge - Cross oars

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Sterling silver cross oars to be attached to rower's cap. Pin fixed across middle of verso.

Historical information

These sterling silver cross oars were to be attached to the school rowing cap. John Schinkel boarded at Ballarat College 1935 - 1937. He was a member of the school rowing, athletics, footbal and cricket teams. Writing to the school around 2005 John records that he was one of about 6 students from Kybybolite, South Australia, to attend Ballarat College. The badge is housed on the base of a cuff links box with cream velvet insert. The badge is accompanied by John's blazer pocket braid embroidered with cross oars, XVIII, XI, ATH.

Book - The life of Christ as represented in art

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mid-blue cloth bound book with gold lettering and illustration on cover and gold lettering on spine.

Historical information

Edith A Kerr was Principal of CPLC 1950 - 1955. Kerr had an unusual academic and teaching background. After studying Arts at Melbourne she became the first female in the Presbyterian Church to take the three year post graduate Divinity Degree. Teachign expereince included 5 years at MLC Melbourne and at various schools in Korea. She also travelled to india and from 1947 was the Principal of the Deaconess College in New Zealand

Significance

Example of ongoing old collegian support of school. The school library collections were significantly established by donation or bequest of old collegian / community members.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate on flyleaf: Clarendon Presbyterian / Ladies College / Ballarat / Crest / E A Kerr / Dec 1955

Photograph - 1895 Ballarat College Football Premiers

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Sepia-toned photograph, produced on mid-card, oversize

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on football held by student in middle of front row: Premiers 1895

Medal

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Ornate silver medal

Historical information

Arthur Ernest Albert Dawson entered Ballarat College 4 August 1886. The 1887 Ballarat College Sports program lists Arthur's name against Hurdles, Flat Race, and High Jump. Unfortunately the medal is undated. The intriguing inscription 'Twice Second' may refer to Arthur's competition for the College Cup, a highly valued Athletics Prize. The school does not hold sufficient records from this era to confirm any further details. The medal was donated to the school by Arthur's great-nephew, Ken Dawson, in 2019.

Significance

The medal has social significance. It reveals the very high value placed on sports involvement at the school from its earliest beginnings.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed around school crest on front: Ballarat College Inscribed on medal verso: A Dawson / Twice Second

Robert Wilson Baxter (1935py) folder

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Archival folder relating to Robert Wilson Baxter (05/03/1918 - 07/08/1942), including photographs of RWB in squadron uniform and receiving wings, visit of Robert Menzies to Squadron, gravestone at Selby, England; telegrams to parents re war injury and discharge from hospital; letters, newspaper clippings and extract from the London Gazette relating to his posthumous receipt of the George Medal; letters of condolence from his Wing Commander and His Majesty George VI; Obituaries and in memoriams; letter from his sister, Margaret Jamieson, re donation of items to BCC.

Historical information

This folder of text and photographic memorabilia relating to Robert Wilson Baxter (1935py) is a fascinating record of this former student's service and ultimate sacrifice for his country. Robert Baxter was awarded the George Medal on the 28th July 1942 for heroism in rescuing a fellow crewman from the burning wreck of their aircraft. The Medal was received by his family after Robert's death on 7th August 1942 as a result of an accident while taking off on operations. Robert Baxter's father, also Robert Wilson Baxter, was a Ballarat businessman who purchased the Ballarat Star Newspaper in 1897, selling it to the Courier in 1924. He was also part of Baxter and Stubbs Pty. Ltd. (Printers). Robert's mother attended Mrs Kennedy's School for Girls.

Significance

Items in the folder have historical significance as they document the service and sacrifice of a RAAF sergeant during World War Two.

Book - England under Victoria

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Bound in red cloth with gilt and black illustrations on front cover and spine. Pages gilt edged, black and white and color illustrations throughout. Detached spine and pages, foxing on pages. Donation label and Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies' College stamp on second page, (see acquisition notes). 648 p.

Historical information

This book was awarded to Lucie Mary Marshall in 1890 as first prize in Botany. Lucie enrolled at Clarendon Ladies' College in 1882 at the age of 8. In the original register father's name is listed as Samuel, and under parent/guardian address is listed: Mrs Williams 5 Dana St Mrs Wright Armstrong St L. Edwards Mair St. It also notes that Lucie married and became Mrs. Walt Davies residing in Warrnambool.

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Clarendon Ladies' College,/ BALLARAT./ First PRIZE./ Botany Class I./ AWARDED TO/ Lucie Mary Marshall./ R. KENNEDY,/ PRINCIPAL./ December 1890.

Book prize - Ballads: Scottish and English

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Mid green cloth bound book with elaborate gold lettering and illustration on cover and spine

Historical information

The beautiful book was gifted to a Miss M Muir in 1878 for Good Conduct and General Proficiency while a student at F J Thomas' Lyons Street Grammar School (for more information see Golden Heritage p31,40). The Ballarat College (Girls School) register lists a Maggie Muir as enrolling in 1881, the year F J Thomas’ school closed. It seems reasonable to consider Maggie Muir and Miss M Muir as one person.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Ballarat Ladies College / in connection with the Ballarat Grammar School / Christmas 1878 / V class / Prize / for / Good conduct and general proficiency / awarded to / Miss M Muir / F J Thomas Principal.