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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.

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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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484 items

484 items

Book - The wonders of common things

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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.

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.

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./ Special PRIZE./ For Repetition of Scripture Texts/ AWARDED TO/ Fanny Nicol./ 19th December, 1883.

Book - The Holy Bible: containing the Old and New Testaments

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Leather bound with red page edges; poor condition; loose binding; front flyleaf unattached; sections of cover border missing;

Historical information

Donated by Principal David Shepherd in 2012 as part of a dispersion of property following the death of his mother

Book - What bird is that?

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Green cloth bound book with school crest embossed on front cover; book plate inside front cover

Historical information

Robert Addison Ramsay attended Ballarat College 1932 - 1944; attended Clarendon PLC Kindergarten; brother of Shirley and Margery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: School crest / Ballarat College / Remove upper Form / 2nd in form Prize / Awarded to / R A Ramsay / R E Thwaites M.A. / December 1939 Principal.

Photograph - 1895 Ballarat College Football Premiers

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Book - Wonders of the physical world: the glacier, the iceberg, the ice-field and the avalanche

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Dark blue calf binding with gold borders to front and back covers, raised bands on spine with six compartments and gold title lettering; marbled endpapers; book plate on front cover verso; library plate on right endpaper; pages gilt-edged; black and white illustrations; left side of back endpaper missing;

Historical information

Book prize awarded to Newton Wanliss for excellence in History by William Henderson Chair of Council. Newton subsequently donated the book back to the school for inclusion in the Weatherly LIbrary in 1937. Accession number 1812. The book was catalogued and call number 910.12 painted on spine.

Significance

Socially significant item due to signature of William Henderson, founder of the school. Prizes were usually given in the name of the Headmaster. During Headmaster McCoy's time (1864 - 1874) the prizes were given in his name and at his expense. The school was between Principal's Christmas 1876 hence the signature of William Henderson.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover; Ballarat College crest / 1st Prize for / History / AWARDED TO / N Wanliss / Xmas 1876 / W Henderson, Chairman. Book plate on right endpaper: Crest / Ballarat College Library / PRESENTED BY / Mr Newton Wanliss 1937

Book - Tuppy; or, the autobiography of a donkey

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Light brown calf binding with gold borders to front and back covers; raised bands on spine with six compartments, gold lettering and decoration; school crest embossed on front cover; book plate inside front cover;black and white sketches on frontispiece and throughout book;

Historical information

Book prize awarded to T Boyd (enrolled 1873) for excellence in Writing by Principal F J Thomas in 1874. The book was donated to the school by Sheila (Campbell) Edwards who purchased it from a secondhand dealer in Melbourne.

Significance

During these early times book prizes were ordered from London where they were specially bound and embossed with the College crest. F J Thomas had an illustrious career at Ballarat College. During his tenure as Principal it was discovered the BA after his name stoold for Bonn Academy (Germany) not, as may have been implied, Bachelor of Arts. Once discovered he left the State under 'not too dignified circumstances' as Mein records in the 1964 History of Ballarat College, p. 19.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Ballarat College crest / PRIZE / FOR / Writing / Awarded to / T Boyd / 1874 / F J THOMAS, B.A.PRINCIPAL

Lapel pin

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Gold-plated lapel pin featuring Minerva head with upper and lower scrolls. Upper scroll engraved with 'BALLARAT' and lower scroll with 'COLLEGE'. Pin stem has four line markings at midway point.

Historical information

Lapel pin worn by Alister Cannon in 1953. Alister boarded at Ballarat College 1950-1953.

Significance

Unique

Badge - Prefect's badge

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Gold-plated prefect's badge featuring oval school emblem (Gold Minerva head on black background surrounded by gold motto on red) and decorative gold pattern on black border. Further border of decorative gold scroll work. Engraved with 'Prefect' in black across top of badge and '1971' at bottom of badge. There is a single pin attached to the rear of the badge and the name 'Pitcher' is engraved on the pin base.

Historical information

This gold-plated prefect's badge is an excellent example of its era. It is interesting that the school does not list a prefect in 1971 with the name 'Pitcher'. There is no student with the surname Pitcher registered as attending the school in 1971. The school also holds a 1972 Prefect's badge (VC oooo14) for this student.

Significance

Rare item

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved around top of badge front: 'PREFECT'; and around base of front: '1971'. Engraved on pin at back of badge: 'Pitcher'

Book - A legend of Montrose

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Small red cloth binding with title and pattern imprinted on cover and black printing on spine

Historical information

Book donated to the Weatherly LIbrary at Ballarat College by N J Allen in 1945, possibly Neville J Allen (1949)

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover: Crest / ballarat College / Library / PRESENTED BY / N J Allen 1945 etc

Book - Heroes of the laboratory and the workshop

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Preface dated 1859. A clean crisp book of 222 clean unmarked pages . 22 chapters, each dealing with a separate subject including; Berthollet - chemist; James Brindley - originator of canal navigation; Graham & Breguet - watch & clock makers; & Vaucanson - automata. Firmly bound in light brown calf with six compartments between raised bands and gilt title & decorations on the spine ; gilt school crest on the front; marbled end pages and edges.

Historical information

Prize awarded to James Cleeland Shaw (BD 15/10/1862) for excellence in conduct and general proficiency. James entered Ballarat College 1870. Son of Mr. W.H.Shaw the Managing Director of the celebrated Phoenix Foundry which played such an important part in the early industrial history of Ballarat and who lived all his Ballarat life in a house in Armstrong Street South not far from Dana Street. Born in Ballarat on 15th October 1862 and attended Ballarat College 1870-1877. Was articled to Hardy and Madden of Ballarat Solicitors. Practised as a Solicitor in Ballarat for some years. Went to Western Australia in 1897 and acted for a time as Deputy Master of Western Australia Supreme Court. Was for some time partner with Drake Brockman now a judge but latterly practised as Shaw and Shaw in partnership with his brother Frank as Solicitors at 81 St. Georges Terrace, Perth, Western Australia.

Significance

Example of prize ordered from London where they were specially bound and embossed with the College crest. Awarded by F J Thomas B A, principal under unusual circumstances 1874 - 1876.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Ballarat College crest / PRIZE / FOR / Good Conduct and General Proficiency / Awarded to / Master J Shaw / Fifith Class / Christmas 1975 / F J Thomas B A Principal

Framed photograph - Ballarat College Cricket Eleven Premiers 1893

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Sepia toned photograph, medium size, frame, mount and glass

Historical information

Names on verso: A Nevitt, T A Uthwatt, S Swann, Mr Alston, ?, ?, ?, E Bryant / N Booth, A C Tuthill (Vice Captain), E A Uthwatt (Captain), I J Marks, E Young, / A McRae, P Olney

Book - Queechy

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Bound in red half calf with marble edging, gilt lettering and decoration on spine. Six raised bands on spine with gold decoration; gold writing on second compartment with green calf; College crest embossed on front cover; colour illustrations, end papers marbled, slight foxing on pages, detached spine, 670 p.

Historical information

This book was awarded to Amy Evelyn Bailey for second prize in Geography in the fourth 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, Geography/ Fourth Form/ Second prize/ Awarded to/ Amy E. Bailey./ Christmas,1886.

Trophy - Under 15 Championship

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Silver plated cup (engraved) with two handles and decorated rim on bakelite stand.

Historical information

The Minervan December 1936 confirms that Hugh Fraser Morrow won the Under 15 Championship Cup in Athletic Sports. H F Morrow was a significant achiever throughout his years at College. In his final year he was both Prefect, Captain of tennis, editor of The Minervan and Vice-Captain Elliott House. He received the following academic and sporting awards: Dux of school 1939 Dowling Cup 1939

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on bowl: BALLARAT COLLEGE / Under 15 Championship / 1936 / H F Morrow

Book - Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Small leather bound book with gold printing on spine and gold crest on front cover

Historical information

Alice M Coltman entered Clarendon Ladies College in 1893. Normal College is a term used for any college devoted to teacher training. This term was used for the fore-runner of the Melbourne Teachers' College although by 1907 this institution was known as the Training College.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on 3rd page: Alice M Coltman / Ballarat / November 4, 1907 Inscribed on facing page: Normal College

Book - The study of sociology

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Bound in dark green calf with College emblem embossed on front cover and six raised bands on spine. The second band gilt inscribed and the remaining bands with gilt decoration. Marble end papers and edges. Foxing on pages, front cover detached, 446 p.

Historical information

This book was awarded to Ewen Wanliss in 1892 for first prize for Mathematics & Classics in the Upper Sixth form. Ewen enrolled at Ballarat College in 1888 at the age of 15 along with his brothers David, Cecil, Newton, Sydney and Neville. Ewen's father was Hon. T. D. Wanliss and his previous school was Toorak College IV class. The Wanliss family grew up in Wanliss House Sturt St, which was bought by the school in 1910. The house remained on the property until 1996. "Ewen Wanliss was born on 24th September 1873 and died in 1966. He was educated at Ballarat College, enrolled in1888, and was Captain of the College 1st XI and 1st XVIII in 1892. He served as 327 Pte E Wanliss, 4th (Imperial) Contingent, and as a Lieutenant (20th August 1900) with the 4th Imperial Bushmen in the South African War." (In the footsteps of Pompey p. 14).

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: Ballarat College emblem/ Mathematics & Classics/ Upper Sixth Form./ First Prize./ Awarded to/ E. Wanliss/ Christmas, 1892.

Serviette rings

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Silver-plated serviette holders with school crests. One from Ballarat College. One from Clarendon PLC. The CPLC one is engraved on the reverse side.

Historical information

Serviette rings were used in the boarders dining room. It seems from the engraving that the rings were occasionally purchased as memorabilia following a student's graduation

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso of CPLC serviette ring: MARGERY RAMSAY / From / J. B.

Trophy - Old Collegians Cup 1887

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Medium ornate engraved silver cup with two handles and a lid on painted wood stand

Historical information

Charles Walker, Son of Samuel Walker, 112 Lyons St S; Prev S School 33 Upper VI Class entered Ballarat College in 1885, peer year 1889. He was awared the Old Collegians Cup in 1887. The cup was returned to the school in 1985 by Mrs Hilda Rehfisch. The Old Collegians Cup was an athletic award and highly prestigious. For more information about the Old Collegians Cup see Ring-A-Roo December 1993.

Significance

A prestigious award given to athletic champions and indication of the significant place of athletics within the school program in the late 1800's.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription on cup face: OLD COLLEGIANS CUP / GIFT OF THE COLLEGE COMt / WON BY / C Walker Inscription on cup verso: BALLARAT / Minervan / COLLEGE 

Framed print

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Framed sepia toned print with cream mount

Historical information

Isla Veal, who had left the school the year prior to commence Commercial studies at SMBC, returned as a 14yo Old Collegian to compete at the school sports day 5 April 1951. The print, copies of which were used in a variety of ways by the school, was presented, framed in honour of her first place.

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled on reverse: old Collegians Race / April 5th 1952 / won by / Isla Veal / 14 years

Book - Kenilworth

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Maroon 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 Remove Upper 1932. 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 T Oxlade / A Richardson / December 1932 / Principal

Badge - Walker House Captain badge

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Silver plated rectangular plate with narrow blue borders and blue lettering on blueround enamle mount

Historical information

Badge awarded to Walker House Captains

Inscriptions & Markings

Reverse: Stokes / Melb

Book

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Ten books, including six volume set; various sizes

Historical information

Books presented to the ballarat College Weatherly Library by former student R H S Ewins. Russell Herbert Sydney Ewins attended Ballarat College from 1923.

Significance

Example of the various ways old collegians continued to contribute to the school with generosity throughout their adult lives.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plates inside front cover: Ballarat College Library / PRESENTED BYB/ R H S Ewins 1951....

Trophy

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Medium silver double handle plain cup on melamine stand

Historical information

Doris Vivienne Clegg (BD 2/06/1919) attended CPLC 1928-1935. The archive also holds a small silver cup inscribed CPLC / Sports / Junior Championship 1932 / D Clegg. Doris married Ken Mooney.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on face of bowl: C P L C / Senior Sports' Champion / 1936 / D CLEGG

Book - Scarlet poppies

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Small paperback book

Historical information

See https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21030033-scarlet-poppies

Book

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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

Cap badge

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

A metal Ballarat College badge worn on school cap featuring the school motto 'E studiis Claritudo Venit' and a belt with buckle design embossed around its outer edge. Inside the outer edge the badge is voided around the Minerva head and embossed 'Ballarat College'. A pin is missing from across the rear of the badge

Historical information

Badge worn on school caps. William Reginald Claude Hicks attended the school in the early 1920's and rowed in the 1920 rowing crew.

Inscriptions & Markings

Embossed around outer edge: 'E STUDIIS CLARITUDO VENIT' Embossed across centre: 'BALLARAT / COLLEGE' Inscribed on back of badge:'BRIDGLAND & KING / 358 P.O.PLACE (indistinct single mark follows) Scratched on back of badge: W Hicks

Honour board - Ballarat & Clarendon College Middle School Leaders

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Varnished solid wood board with two relief boards and gold lettering.

Historical information

A middle school as such was recognised after the 1974 amalgamation but Middle School leaders were nopt appointed until 1998. Prior to this the school recognised homeroom leaders, SRC representatives and head students.

Untitled

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

4 numbered, scalloped edged pages; cream colouring; handwritten; single-sided.

Historical information

An old collegian's account of the history of Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College. Author possibly Jeannie Hastie Kelsall. Jeannie entered Clarendon College in 1893. This account was possibly written in 1964 for the 100th celebration of the College.

Photograph - Centenary Football Match 3rd July 1964

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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)

Book - The National Gallery London

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Large clothbound book with white covers, red spine and gold lettering on spine

Historical information

Book donated to CLarendon Presbyterian Ladies College by old collegian Minnie Monteith, Dux of School 1921,Head Prefect 1921. The school also holds prizes awarded to Minnie Monteith.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bookplate on first p age:Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College / Crest / Presented by / Miss M J Monteith / Date 25/10/61

bOOK - the outline of science Vols I-II

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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