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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)
+61 03 5330 8200

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

Greg McLean 22 February 2017 7:18 PM

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

Ballarat Clarendon Administrator 28 February 2017 12:37 PM

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

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Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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.

Prospectus - Ballarat College War Memorial

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Bi-fold printed sheet printed on both sides

Historical information

The War Memorial Appeal Committee of the Ballarat College Old Collegians' Association scheme for a memorial to Old Boys who gave their lives in the service of their country during the Second World War. The appeal was launched in 1946 and the extensions opened in 1953.


Significant evidence of old collegian commitment to the memory of their peers and to the development of the school.

Book - World War II Honour Roll Ballarat College

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Leather covered blank book with gilt writing and border on front cover, plum-coloured page marker ribbon. Pages list handprinted names of WW2 returned soldiers who were past students of Ballarat College

Historical information

According to the school magazine 'The Minervan December 1954' the book was compiled to honour former students who were members of the forces in World War II. See file attached. The book was displayed in the ballarat College reception area until 2014. In 2013 following research by James Affleck the information contained within the book was updated and a formal honour board created and displayed in Memorial Hall together with the WW2 Pro Patria Roll of Honour.


Significant record of WW2 returned service old collegians

Exercise book

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Exercise book section ; unlined pages; cover missing

Historical information

This exercise book was located in the roof cavity above the Ballarat College Boys Boarding House during 1976 - 1994. At various times during these dates boy boarder would access the roof cavity and sign the book. It was retrieved around 2000 when work on the roof would have compromised its safe-keeping. The book's existence was known of by the then Boarding House Master, Denis Moneghetti.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signatures on every page