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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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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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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 - A voyage round the world

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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.

Memorial plaque

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Round disk cast in bronze gunmetal, which incorporates the following; an image of Britannia holding an oak spray with leaves and acorns, an imperial lion, two dolphins representing Britain's sea power, the emblem of Imperial Germany's eagle being torn to pieces by another lion. The medallion is incased in a heavy card envelope and is accompanied by a letter signed by King George

Historical information

The WWI Death Plaque (Death Penny) was issued to the next of kin of servicemen/women who fell in the Great War 1914 -1918.The memorial plaque would be accompanied by a Memorial Scroll, a letter from Buckingham Palace and often a letter from the deceased's commanding officer. They would not usually arrive as a single package, but as a series of separate mailings. In this case we have the letter from Buckingham Palace.

Significance

Wilfred (Wiff) Graham Salmon attended Ballarat College 1902 - 1910. He enlisted in 1915 and embarked as a driver with the 4th Field Artillery Brigade. He transferred to the Royal Flusing Corps in 1916. He was killed fighting raiders over the Thames Valley near London on 7 July 1917. 'Wiff' was reputedly the first person to die defending London from a foreign invader since the time of the Norman Conquest. His brother Robert Arthur Salmon was also an old collegian. Other possible family members who are old collegians include Nellie Florence Salmon (ent CPLC 1907; DB 1.8.1899), John Walter Salmon (ent BC 1898; DB 22.11.1889), Geoffrey Salmon (ent BC 1910; DB 3/11/1896). Wilfred's brother Robert (Bob) Salmon is mentioned in the school's 1964 history by Gordon Meins p.68..."Captain (then Lieut) Bob Salmon M.C. on one occasion worked for 7 nights straight in No Man's Land and is credited with rescuing nearly 300 of our wounded."

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed around face of medallion: He died for freedom and honour A rectangular tablet cast on front of medallion inscribed 'Wilfred Graham Salmon'.

Trophy

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Large silver cup with double handles with silver plaque wrapped around melamine base

Historical information

Trophy awarded to the winners of the Inter-house Swimming Competition

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on bowl face: Ballarat / & / Clarendon / College / COMBINED / SWIIMING / CUP Inscribed around base: Winning House 1974 - 2003

Book - The Bible Dictionary. Volume 1., Aaron - Izri

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Large, thick cloth-bound book with embossed design; ornate gold lettering on front cover; very poor condition - lettering missing from spine; the book is accompanied with a hand-written note from Constance Ross dated Nov 1929.

Historical information

Constance Ross was an early pupil at the school attending classes during the Kennedy era (1976 - 1902), teacher until retiring in 1935, but returning 1940 - 1943 during the war years. Constance served on the Clarendon Council 1925 - 1949. In 1954 the school named a visual education centre at the Mair Street campus the IC Ross classroom. The room was furnished and equipped by the Old Collegians Association to honour the long school service of Constance Ross.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand-written inside front cover: Clarendon Ladies College / Ballarat / part of Dux Prize / Awarded to / Constance Ross / R, Kennedy Principal / 19th December 1883. Hand-written on reverse of note: (from Mrs Dorhauer)

Letter

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Handwritten letter on Ballarat College letterhead; quarto sheet folded in middle lengthwise; handwriting both sides;

Historical information

This handwritten reference pertains to Samuel Baird, first student of Ballarat College and was provided and signed by the first Principal of the College, Robert Oliver McCoy. The letter was written on 27 March 1873. The letter remained in the family's keeping until July 2013 when it was donated to the school by a descendent of Samuel Baird.

Significance

Social significance - The letter gives an indication of the values held by the school and deemed vaulable in the adult owrkforce in the 1870's.

Inscriptions & Markings

Letterhead: crest / Ballarat College / Sturt Street

Book - Freedom's sword: a tale of the days of Wallace & Bruce

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Green hardback, clothbound book of 288 pages including 8 orioginal illustrations by O.J.Staniland. Front cover has embossed title and illustration.

Historical information

This prize was awarded to Clara May McKay who entered Clarendon Ladies College in 1894.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: 'Clarendon Ladies Colle / BALLARAT / First PRIZE / Geography - Class IVc / AWARDED TO / Clara May McKay / R. KENNEDY Principal / December 1894'

Book - Half-hours with the best authors in four volumes

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Set of four volumes half-calf bound and marbled card covers; school crested printed in gold on front cover; raised bands on spine with six compartments; gold lettering and decorations on spine; marbled end pages and edges; binding generally tight but hinges broken in fourth volume;

Historical information

Four volume set awarded to Catharine S Procter in 1879 as Dux of Ballarat College (girls school). Catharine was 16 when she received this prize.

Significance

During 1877 - 1891 Ballarat College accepted enrolments from female students. The school holds the original register of this period and notes that Catharine Procter entered the school in 1878 when she was 15. Further detail regarding Catherine proctor has been supplied to the school by researcher Nicola Cousen.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover of all books: Ballarat College crest / Dux Prize / Form / Awarded to / Catharine S Procter / Christmas 1879

Trophy

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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

Trophy

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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

Uniform

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Boys black wool blazer with red trim. Pocket embroidered with crossed oars under crest. Pocket top has rowing colours and embroidered croosed oars. School pin in lapel has crossed oars . Red school cap with crest about narrrow peak.

Historical information

Blazer, cap and pin all worn by Neil Webb (1940py). Neil was Cox for the 1937 Head of the Lake regatta.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside school cap crown sewn name label: 'Neil Webb'

Book - History of the war in the penisular and in the South of France from the Year1807 to the Year 1814. Volume I.

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Maroon calf-bound book with gold plate work on spine and borders of cover. Ballarat College school crest and motto inscribed on front cover. Six compartments on spine decorated with gold patterns; title inscribed in second compartment. Volume number inscribed in third compartment Marbled leaf edges and end papers

Historical information

Book prize given to John Tanner (1887), Christmas 1885. First prize for French in the Upper Fifth form.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate: Ballarat College crest and motto / French / Upper fifth form / First prize / Awarded to / J Tanner / Christmas 1885

Hat ribbons

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Hat ribbon with embroidered crests; one navy ribbon with white border and yellow/white embroidery. One mid-blue ribbon with white border and fine yellow edge border, white and yellow embroidery.

Historical information

Hat ribbons were worn around the winter felt hat and the summer straw hat. These ribbons were worn by Megan Rayner (CPLC1965) and her aunt (CLC 1920s)

Book set

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Set of 7 books with Ballarat College crest embossed in gold on front cover as well as a boxed set of three titles with ballarat Crest embossed in gold on box cover.

Historical information

School book prizes awarded to Harold Oscar Nevett (1902). Harold Oscar was born in Ballarat 3rd January 1885, the son of Oscar Horatio Arthur and Elizabeth (Dowling) Nevett. He entered Ballarat College 1894 after attending Ellerslie College III Class. Harold Oscar was Dux of the College in 1900. He went on the study Law at the University of Melbourne. He enlisted in England on 14th December 1915 and was awarded the Military Cross at Messines Ridge on 7 June 1917. After demobilisation in May 1919 he married Evelyn Kitson on 25 October in England. Harold Oscar died on 11 June 1940. Harold's brothers Arthur Hereword, Horace William and Ralph Dowling all attended Ballarat College also.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside 1/8 front cover: Ballarat College crest / Logic / VI Form / 1st prize / Awarded to / O Nevett / Christmas 1901 Book plate inside 2/8 front cover: Ballarat College crest / History / V Form / 1st prize / Awarded to / O Nevett / Christmas 1900 Book plate inside 3/8 front cover: Ballarat College crest / English Subjects / Third Form / 1st prize / Awarded to / O Nevett / Christmas 1896 Book plate inside 4/8 front cover: Ballarat College crest / Mathematics / IV Form / 1st prize / Awarded to / O Nevett / Christmas 1898 Book plate inside 5/8 front cover: Ballarat College crest / French / V Form / 1st prize / Awarded to / O Nevett / Christmas 1900 Book plate inside 6/8 front cover: Ballarat College crest / English / Fifth Form / 1st prize / Awarded to / O Nevett / Christmas 1899 Book plate inside 7/8 front cover: Ballarat College crest / Languages / Upper II Form / 2nd prize / Awarded to / O Nevett / Christmas 1896 Book plate inside 8/8 front cover of first book in set: Ballarat College crest / Latin / V Form / 1st prize / Awarded to / O Nevett / Christmas 1900

Book - The life of Christ as represented in art

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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

Book - School atlas of physical geography

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

The book was printed in 1878 year, The place of publication of the book is W & A K Johnston, Edinburgh and London, 1878. A School Atlas of Physical Geography. Book in English language. Book has cover wear and fading, modest foxing to plates. Some plates are missing

Historical information

Robert Mitchell attended Ballarat College 1879

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on flyleaf: R. A Mitchell July 1878 / Ballarat / RAM

Trophy - College Cup c1890

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Large ornate engraved silver cup with two handles and lid on wooden stand

Historical information

Presented to Ballarat College by descendants of J Jackson. College had three J Jackson's attending in the late 1800's - John G Jackson (1888py), James L Jackson (1890py), John Jackson (1894py). The College Cup was awarded to the competitor who won all three 120, 250 and 440 yard races. For more information about the College Cup see Ring-A-Roo December 1993.

Significance

Significant indication of the place of athletics within the school program in the late 1800's.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription on cup face: COLLEGE CUP / GIFT OF THE PRINCIPAL / WON BY / J Jackson / BALLARAT / crest / COLLEGE Plaque on stand inscribed: Presented to / BALLARAT COLLEGE / by discendants [sic] of / J Jackson

badge - Cross oars

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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 school across the road

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Historical information

John Anning MacLeod John was born in Ballarat as the second generation of Ballarat MacLeod’s, with his grandfather arriving in Geelong on the Hornet in 1857 as an 11 year old child with his 60 year old father John and mother Mary aged 37 years and 5 brothers and one sister. He grew up on the corner of Drummond Street and Mair Streets, opposite what became St John of God hospital, at his parents house of Dunvegan. John entered Ballarat College as a junior student in 1923. He received 3rd in Form prizes in both 1924 and 1925. His sister Margaret, attended Clarendon Ladies College. The household employed a chauffeur, a cook, a gardener and a ladies maid to care for them. In the 1930’s his father lost his fortune in the collapse of the jute future’s market so the staff were dismissed and he left Ballarat to go to Geelong College as a boarder. He was an officer in the Geelong College cadet corps and joined the Army as a private and rose to the permanent rank of Major after meritorious performance in the intelligence area of operations. He served in North Africa, in Palestine, Egypt, Moratai, the Philippines, Java and New Guinea. He was awarded his Military MBE by King George VI for exceptional devotion to duty and for brilliant coordination work amongst the allied intelligence team. During the war he met Mary Monica Carrol Bateman, a lietenant in the 2/4th Army General Hospital at a dinner party in Brisbane. The couple had four children, Hamish John Torquil born in 1945, Rory Hugh Alexander born in 1947 and twins Ian Donald and Katriona Margaret born in 1948. After the Second World War he worked for Lumley’s Insurance Brokers in London for a couple of years to follow up his accountancy training and then returned to Ballarat due to his father’s failing health and took over the management of John MacLeod and Co, Wholesale grocers and Merchants in Lydiard Street, Ballarat. The business had been started by his great grandfather and they produced the famous Sirdar brand of products and a special tea blend called Afternoon Cup. There was a spice mill in nearby Market Street and there they roasted peanuts, coffee and ground spices for packaging and distribution to the small corner shops who were the mainstay of commercial grocery. In the 1950’s John MacLeod and Co merged with James McKay and Sons to form McKay MacLeod Pty Ltd., wholesale tobacco, wine and spirits and grocery merchants who also manufactured the Sunny South brand of sweet mustard pickles, brewed vinegar and tomato sauce. He introduced the semi-automated system for extensions and financial records on the Bradma plates that saved staff the problems of sorting out the calculations for sales tax, miscellaneous charges etc. that greatly sped up the transactions at the checkout points. A new warehouse and office complex was built in Mair Street east up near Humffray Street, with the manufacturing factory on the opposite side of the street. They had a shop in St Arnaud and one in Geelong which was the local wholesaler for supplying to the corner shops of the greater Geelong area. With the development of supermarkets the demise of the corner store began and so the sales profiles began to diminish. He unsuccessfully stood for Liberal Party pre-selection for the seat of Ballarat in 1948 and served on the Liberal state finance and executive team for many years before resigning over the issue of conscripts being sent to Vietnam. He was instrumental in leading a group of Ballarat academics in opposition to the Vietnam war and publicly resigned from the Liberal Party over their foreign policy. John MacLeod saw the writing on the wall of the business in the early 1970’s and suggested that the firm restructured with focusing on tobacco, wine and spirits. His partners did not agree and so he sold out and retired to Barwon Heads. After a few years of golfing and surfing he became frustrated and joined SCORE, the Service Corp of Retired Executives. In this role he worked for ten years in the Geelong area solving accounting problems for Geelong small businesses and so helped Beaumont’s bakery back onto its feet. He worked gentlemen’s hours of 10 am to 3 pm which allowed him to have time for a round of 9 holes on the golf course at the end of the day and to have a surf before breakfast. He fully retired at the age of 65 and had ten years of voluminous reading of local library books before dying of burns at the age of 75. His war record has been documented in other archives at the College. He was a member of the Naval and Military Club and of the Barwon Heads Golf Club. He had good crafting skills and built a series of steam driven boats for his four children that used to be sailed at home on Lake Wendouree, Lake Learmonth and on the sheltered waters of the Barwon River. The boats are now being restored to operational order to be sailed by his great grandson Grayson Girardi.

Book - Eight books of various titles and sizes

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Eight large books of various titles, sizes and bindings

Historical information

Presented to the school library by staff member Major A G (Gordon) S Edgar. Gordon was the Ballarat College and then Ballarat Clarendon College bursar 1959-1979 . The first six books were donated to the ballarat College library just prior to amalgamation Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College. The second two books were donated to ballarat Clarendon College after Major Edgar had left the school's employ.

Significance

Example of ongoing community support of the school

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside of six books : Crest / Ballarat College / Library / Presented by / Major Edgar / May 1973... Book plate inside of two books : Crest / Ballarat & Clarendon College / Library / Presented by / Major A G Edgar / 29th May 1981....

Badge - House Prefect badge

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Silver plated rectangular plate with blue border bands and blue lettering on white round enamle mount

Historical information

Badge awarded to Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College House Prefects

Book - Flight command: from the farm to the front line

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Medium size, soft cover book

Historical information

John Oddie's (1974) appointment as deputy commander of Aussie forces in the Middle East capped a remarkable career of service to Australia. Sadly, this honour also involved the heartbreaking duty of informing families of the deaths of their husbands and sons in Afghanistan and overseeing departure ceremonies for the fallen soldiers. As well as covering the war in Afghanistan, Flight Command provides an insider's account of being a combat pilot in the first Gulf War, a commander supporting peace in Bougainville and security in Cambodia and the often harrowing experience of being a first-response commander dealing with the aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami in Indonesia. By turns heart-warming and poignant, Flight Command is the story of a farm boy who managed to carve an international career in the military that included service in two wars.

Book - Great short novels of the world

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Royal blue fabric binding with indented title and decoration to front cover and gold lettering on spine; light wear; loose spine;

Historical information

Prizee awarded to CPLC student Joan Oddie who boarded at the school 1933 - 1937.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Clarendon Presbyterian / Ladies College / Ballarat / Schhol crest / Awarded to / Joan Oddie / Prize Dancing / Form (Gift of Miss Lascelles) Janet M McDonald / Principal / December 1937

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

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Twelve books of various titles and sizes, including a four volume set of The Waverley Novels

Historical information

Books donated to the Weatherly Library at Ballarat College from old collegian J J McGowan in 1939. Jack entered Ballarat College in 1882. (Family Links) Son of Sam McGowan 15 Webster St, brother of Arthur.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plates inside front cover: Crest / Ballarat College Library / PRESENTED BY / J J McGowan 1939.... Handwritten on flyleaf of Waverley novels: To dear Jack / From his Sisters / January 1st 1886

Trophy

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Large double handle silver cup with decorative fluting on stem, ornate borders aroundtop 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 / 2006

Framed photograph - Ballarat College Football 1890

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Sepia toned photograph pasted grey card mount and framed behind glass. Thin wooden frame. Photograph depicts the Ballarat College premiership football club in 1890. Players are in uniform - sleeveless, collarless shirts, knickerbockers, stockings and laced boots or shoes. There are 20 boys. The photograph is titled. 'Premiers', 'Ballarat College Football Club, 1890' and the students names are p[rinted on the mount.

Historical information

This photograph provides a fascinating insight into clothing and deportment in school sport in the late nineteenth century.

Significance

A significant social record of clothing and deportment in school sport during the late nineteenth century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on mount above photograph: 'Premiers' Printed below phoograph: 'Willets, Photo. Ballarat/Ballarat College Football Club, 1890/ J. Cohen, A. Greenfield, J. Cameron, A. Bregazzi, H. O'Farrell, C. Robinson, W. McCook, A. Laidlaw, W. Mockett/ F. Kersley, W. Whykes, A. McCook, M. Lynch, B. Martin, J. Rentoule, H. Bailey, H. Levein, D. Williamson/ P. Smith, E. Wanliss' Stamped on rear of framing board: 'J. A. Reynolds/Decorator and picture framer/28 Sturt St. Ballarat'

Badge

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Coloured Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College crest on bar with pin and safety chain

Historical information

Crest usually supplied on stick pin. Owner Isal (Veal) Gambetta who attended the school 1949 - 1951 stated students were allowed to create the bar pin at their own expense.

Cigarette box

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Carved wooden box with hinged lid. Initials M.V.L scored on base. School emblem and colours across lid.

Historical information

Cigarette box presented to teacher Herb Godbehear, Master Emeritus - Staff Member 1929-70. Science and mathematics teacher, Deputy Principal 1958 - 1970 and sometimes Acting Headmaster. Herb married Old Collegian Mollie Miller who entered CPLC 1920.

Inscriptions & Markings

Initials M.V.L scored on base. School emblem and colours across lid.

Book - Gems of womanhood

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Green cloth cover with ornate gilt decorations on cover, back and spine; gilt edges; color illustrations, slight foxing on pages, 314 p.

Historical information

This book was awarded to Fanny Nicol in 1882 for special prize for bible. 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./ Bible/ Awarded to/ Fanny Nicol./ 19th December, 1882.

Lapel pin - Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College lapel pin

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Lapel pin with round enamel head featuring coloured school crest with motto on scroll on white stuppled background.

Historical information

Lapel pin worn by CPLC students in the 1950s.

Badge - Head prefect

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Gold lated badge with rectangular gold plate with blue lettering on white round mount

Historical information

Badge awarded to Head Prefect at Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College

Inscriptions & Markings

Head Prefect

Medal - Matriculation Examination Medal 1869

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Gold-plated medal with catch across diameter of back. The medal is housed in a small cardboard box with wool packaging.

Historical information

Early in the school's history a few 'gentlemen' generously offered to present gold medals as tokens of their appreciation of the talent and industry of high achieving students. This medal was awarded to Charles Henderson, third student of the school and son of the Principal Rev W Henderson, in honour of his matriculation success at the age of 13 years. The medal was made available through the generosity of the following gentlemen - Thomas Cowan Esq., Gilbert Duncan Esq., Adam Smith Esq., W P Martin Esq., John Bell Esq., James Williamson Esq. and S Pike Esq. The identity of these gentleman and their connection to one another is unknown. According to our Wanliss Register Charles was born in Williamstown 3 February 1856 and came to Ballarat with his father in 1858. He passed the maticulation exam in 1869 at the age of 13 years. Anecdontal evidence suggests he was the youngest student to achieve matriculation at that time. Charles joined the Ballarat branch of the Bank of Australia in April 1871. In 1891 he was manager of the Albury Branch and in September 1905 he became Manager of Melbourne branch. In 1901 he became Superintendent for the whole of Australia and New Zealand. Charles held this position until retiring in April 1927 after 56 years of service in the Bank.

Significance

Unique record of community support for school.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: Minerva head in relief in centre Inscribed around border of front: BALLARAT COLLEGE / E STUDISS CLARITUDO VENIT Inscribed around edge of medal: C J Henderson Matriculation Examination NOV 1 1869 Inscribed on back of medal: Presented by / T Cowan Esq G Duncan Esq / A Smith Esq W P Martin Esq / J Bell Esq J Williamson Esq / S Pike Esq

Book - Adam Hepburn's vow: a tale of kirk and covenant

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Light brown cloth bound volume with gold lettering and embossed design of front cover and spine. Contains book plate on insdie front cover. Black and white illustrations throughout book.

Historical information

School book prize awarded to Florence Maud Smith for Repetition of Scripture 1894.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Clarendon Ladies' College / BALLARAT / a PRIZE / Repetition of Scripture / AWARDED TO / Florence Maud Smith / R KENNEDY PRINCIPAL / December 1894

Certificate - The University of Melbourne matriculation examination certificate

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Single sheet form printed on one side with handwritten insertions.

Historical information

Samuel Baird attended Ballarat College 1864 - 1872. He was the first student enrolled at the school. His father, Samuel Baird, was the first engineer for the city of Ballarat. According to his grandson Samuel Baird was indentured to a local chemist in Ballarat. He moved to Melbourne and took over the chemist business Hood and Co in Elizabeth Street Melbourne. This business remained in the family for a further generation. This certificate is accompanied by an earlier certificate indicating that Samuel also sat a matriculation examination in October 1871 and passed in four subjects (000132.1). The certificates are accompanied by signed receipts from the University of Melbourne for matriculation examinations at a totla of four times - Receipt no 503 30 October 1871 for 5 subjects (000132.2) Receipt no 495 6 August 1872 less than six subjects (000132.3) Receipt no 696 29 October 1872 for 8 subjects (000132.4) Receipt no 195 14 February 1873 for matriculation exam (000132.5) for purchased copies of matriculation certificates. This infers that Samuel Baird sat some portion of the matriculation certificate over four examinations. Record 000131 is related to these items being a reference from the Principal Robert Oliver McCoy for Samuel Baird written in 1873.

Significance

Historic significance for its connection with the first student of Ballarat College.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE / MATRICULATION EXAMINATION CERTIFICATE / At a Matriculation Examination held in the / October Term, 1872 / Samuel Baird / passed in the following six subjects: / 1. Latin 4. Arithmetic / 2. English 5. Algebra / 3. French 6. Euclid / [Signature] President / 14 Feb 1873 [Signature] Registrar

Book - Those holy fields.

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Green cloth cover with ornate gilt decorations and black pictorials on cover and spine; gilt edges; binding breaking but overall fair condition; black and white illustrations throughout; 223 p.

Historical information

This book was awarded to Mary Annie Frances Proctor in 1878 for first prize in needlework in the third form. Mary, (D.O.B. 5/8/1860), entered the Ballarat College with her sister, Catherine, on the 23rd January, 1878. They resided at 83 Windemere Street South. Mary left the school in Christmas of 1878. Catherine left the Christmas of 1879.

Significance

During 1877 - 1891 Ballarat College accepted enrolments from female students. The school holds the original register of this period and notes that Mary Proctor entered the school in 1878 when she was 14. Historic significance for its connection with one of the few female students of Ballarat College prior to 1900 and its expression of the value of classical education of its time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: school crest/Needlework/third form/first prize,/Awarded to/Mary Proctor/CHRISTMAS, 1878.

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

Autograph book

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Black cloth-covered commercial autograph book with coloured pages

Historical information

This autograph record was compiled by Darren Pittard who boarded at Ballarat College as a junior 1948-49. Most entries originate from 1948-49 but the book also has entries from later years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signatures and handwritten inscriptions through book

Book - The plays of Shakespeare Vols I-III

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Large cloth-bouth books with black border illustration on cover and gold lettering and illustration on spine

Historical information

Presented to the school by Mr A Scott. Mr A Scott's identify is unconfirmed. An Adam Scott, son of Adam Scott of Bridge Street, entered the school 1896. The books may have been donated by the son or the father.

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 on flyleaf: Literature / Crest / Ballarat College / Library / Presented by / Mr A Scott 1954.... Handwritten on flyleaf: Alan Scott / 27-29 Bridge St / Ballarat

Book - The poetical works of Sir Walter Scott.

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Bound in brown calf with black and gilt decorations on front cover and black decoration with college crest embossed on back cover. Six raised bands on spine with gilt lettering on second compartment and the remaining compartments with gilt decoration. Slight detachment of spine with foxing on pages. Gilt edged pages, black and white illustrations throughout. 624 pages.

Historical information

This book prize was awarded to Theophilus Heugist Serjeant in the fifth form for first prize for arithmetic. Theo enrolled at Ballarat College in 1884 at the age of 12. Theo's brother, Alfred George Serjeant, also enrolled at the same time at the age of 17. In the original register parent/guardian is listed as R.M Serjeant and their residence as Yarrowee Hall.

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: college crest/ Arithmetic/ Fifth Form,/ First Prize./ Awarded to/ Theo. H. Serjeant/ Christmas, 1887.

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

Framed photograph

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Black and white photograph mounted on grey card of Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College student cohort in 1933. The students are arranged in five tiered rows. The photograph is taken in the Mair Street quadrangle. The photograph is accompanied with a typed list of names.

Historical information

This extraordinary record of the student cohort in 1933 reveals aspects of school life in the early 1930's. It shows young boys from the Kindergarten class, uniform and property detail.

Significance

This photograph has social significance because of its detail regarding schooling in the early 1930s.

Book - Pompey Elliott

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Very thick, medium sized paperback

Historical information

Major General Howard Edward Elliott, Dux of School 1897, had an illustrious career in the army and in politics. He served on the Ballarat College Council 1926-31. The school has a house named in his honour.

Book - The watches of the trails

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Red cloth bound book with title printed in gold lettering on spine, embossed publisher's mark centre of front cover and school crest in gold relief on front cover; book plate inside front cover.

Historical information

John Anning MacLeod John was born in Ballarat as the second generation of Ballarat MacLeod’s, with his grandfather arriving in Geelong on the Hornet in 1857 as an 11 year old child with his 60 year old father John and mother Mary aged 37 years and 5 brothers and one sister. He grew up on the corner of Drummond Street and Mair Streets, opposite what became St John of God hospital, at his parents house of Dunvegan. John entered Ballarat College as a junior student in 1923. He received 3rd in Form prizes in both 1924 and 1925. His sister Margaret, attended Clarendon Ladies College. The household employed a chauffeur, a cook, a gardener and a ladies maid to care for them. In the 1930’s his father lost his fortune in the collapse of the jute future’s market so the staff were dismissed and he left Ballarat to go to Geelong College as a boarder. He was an officer in the Geelong College cadet corps and joined the Army as a private and rose to the permanent rank of Major after meritorious performance in the intelligence area of operations. He served in North Africa, in Palestine, Egypt, Moratai, the Philippines, Java and New Guinea. He was awarded his Military MBE by King George VI for exceptional devotion to duty and for brilliant coordination work amongst the allied intelligence team. During the war he met Mary Monica Carrol Bateman, a lietenant in the 2/4th Army General Hospital at a dinner party in Brisbane. The couple had four children, Hamish John Torquil born in 1945, Rory Hugh Alexander born in 1947 and twins Ian Donald and Katriona Margaret born in 1948. After the Second World War he worked for Lumley’s Insurance Brokers in London for a couple of years to follow up his accountancy training and then returned to Ballarat due to his father’s failing health and took over the management of John MacLeod and Co, Wholesale grocers and Merchants in Lydiard Street, Ballarat. The business had been started by his great grandfather and they produced the famous Sirdar brand of products and a special tea blend called Afternoon Cup. There was a spice mill in nearby Market Street and there they roasted peanuts, coffee and ground spices for packaging and distribution to the small corner shops who were the mainstay of commercial grocery. In the 1950’s John MacLeod and Co merged with James McKay and Sons to form McKay MacLeod Pty Ltd., wholesale tobacco, wine and spirits and grocery merchants who also manufactured the Sunny South brand of sweet mustard pickles, brewed vinegar and tomato sauce. He introduced the semi-automated system for extensions and financial records on the Bradma plates that saved staff the problems of sorting out the calculations for sales tax, miscellaneous charges etc. that greatly sped up the transactions at the checkout points. A new warehouse and office complex was built in Mair Street east up near Humffray Street, with the manufacturing factory on the opposite side of the street. They had a shop in St Arnaud and one in Geelong which was the local wholesaler for supplying to the corner shops of the greater Geelong area. With the development of supermarkets the demise of the corner store began and so the sales profiles began to diminish. He unsuccessfully stood for Liberal Party pre-selection for the seat of Ballarat in 1948 and served on the Liberal state finance and executive team for many years before resigning over the issue of conscripts being sent to Vietnam. He was instrumental in leading a group of Ballarat academics in opposition to the Vietnam war and publicly resigned from the Liberal Party over their foreign policy. John MacLeod saw the writing on the wall of the business in the early 1970’s and suggested that the firm restructured with focusing on tobacco, wine and spirits. His partners did not agree and so he sold out and retired to Barwon Heads. After a few years of golfing and surfing he became frustrated and joined SCORE, the Service Corp of Retired Executives. In this role he worked for ten years in the Geelong area solving accounting problems for Geelong small businesses and so helped Beaumont’s bakery back onto its feet. He worked gentlemen’s hours of 10 am to 3 pm which allowed him to have time for a round of 9 holes on the golf course at the end of the day and to have a surf before breakfast. He fully retired at the age of 65 and had ten years of voluminous reading of local library books before dying of burns at the age of 75. His war record has been documented in other archives at the College. He was a member of the Naval and Military Club and of the Barwon Heads Golf Club. He had good crafting skills and built a series of steam driven boats for his four children that used to be sailed at home on Lake Wendouree, Lake Learmonth and on the sheltered waters of the Barwon River. The boats are now being restored to operational order to be sailed by his great grandson Grayson Girardi.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: School crest / Ballarat College / I form / 3rd in form Prize / Awarded to / J MacLeod / December 1924 A Richardson B A Principal

Hand painted china

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Small sweets dish with fluted edge; Clarendon PLC crest hand painted on face.

Historical information

Sweets dish donated to the school by Gwen Graham (CPLC 1924-1935) in 2002. The dish was hand painted by Lucy Shaw (Principal of Clarendon PLC 1927-1934), to raise money for the school.

Inscriptions & Markings

On base: L. S. / 1934

Medal

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Ornate silver medal; Star of David plate within circle engraved with fern leaf design; engraved on face and verso

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on face: Ballarat College / Head of Minerva Engraved on verso: FLAT RACE / 10 to 12 / WON BY / H MORROW 1895

Book - The poetical works of John Keats

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Light blue cloth bound book with black leather sine; spine divided into 6 sections with raised bands and gold decoration; red leather behind title section; Ballarat College crest printed in gold on front cover; book plate on flyleaf.

Historical information

Prize awarded to William Michael Urquhart Armstrong in 1944.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate: Ballarat College crest / Sixth Form / Librarian Prize / Presented by Major Mc N Symons / Awarded to / W M U Armstrong / R E Thwaites / December 1944 / Principal

Framed etching - Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College streetscape

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Wooden frame with gilt edges enclosing black and white etching; cardboard backing sheet covered in handwritten signatures

Historical information

Gift by students to staff member Margo Bentley. Thought to be on the occasion of her marriage to Neil Wellard. Neil and Margo had no children. Item came to sister-in-law Lesley Merle (Carlyon) Wellard (CPLC 1948) who attended CPLC as student but did not know Miss Bentley while at school.

Inscriptions & Markings

Artists signature front bottom corner: Donald H Refshauge Reverse card: Names of students

Honour board - Ballarat & Clarendon College Middle School Leaders

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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.

Book

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Five books various covers and editions

Historical information

Books donated to the Ballarat College Weatherly Library by Graeme Dowling in 1939, Graeme attened Ballarat College in the 1890s. He was a Ballarat College council member1909 - 1939

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 BY / Graeme Dowling Esq 1939 / Books may be kept for one week only, but may be renewed / PLEASE REPORT ANY LOOSE LEAVES, ETC