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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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354 items with images

354 items with images

Badge

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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 attached across the rear of the badge

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)

Framed photograph - Ballarat College Football Team Premiers B.C.F.A. 1893

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Medium size photograph with mount, frame and glass.

Historical information

Names on mount: Mr Olden, N Booth, A G Tuthill, F Weir, T A Uthwatt, Mr Alston, W Patterson, A Bell, A Nevitt, E Bryant, Mr Clanchy, / S Davies, J McCook, S Swann, E A Uthwatt (Vice Captain), L J Marks (Captain), B Dowling, N McLeod, R Buchanan, H O'Farrell, N Sherard, A McRae, R Leckie

Badge - Walker House Captain badge

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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 prize - Poems of Robert Browning

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Dark green padded and textured calf binding with gold printing and decoration on spine; embossed school crest and bookroom crest on front cover; gold detail to inside edge of cover; marbled end-pages and gilt edge; hinges loose; book plate inside front cover;

Historical information

Book prize awarded to Minnie Monteith for excellence in Violin by Elspeth Carson in 1921. Book donated to the school by Minnie's nephew R H McCarthy of WA in 2013. Minnie also achieved Dux of the school in 1921 and held the role of Head Prefect in 1921. The book prize was provided by Miss Refisch (possibly S Rehfisch who entered the school in 1902.) This book also displays the crest of the Presbyterian Book Room embossed onto its front cover.

Significance

Minnie was both Dux of the school and Head Prefect in her final year (1921) at CPLC. This book is signed by Principal Elspeth Carson who lead the inaugural year of Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College (previously Clarendon Ladies College).

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: school crest / Clarendon Presbyterian / Ladies' College / Ballarat / Form VII / Prize Special / Violin / Awarded to / Minnie Monteith / E Carson / Principal / December 1921 / Gift of Miss Rehfisch /

Trowel

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Silver-plated trowel with wooden handle; plaque attached to trowel plate

Historical information

The trowel was used by Dr W A Sloss when he set the foundation stone for the new boarding school wing at Clarendon College, Webster Street site, on 22 September 1956. The builing of this wing enabled up to 100 boarders to be accommodated on the Webster Street property. Dr Sloss had been one of the school trustees; at the time of the building project he was Deputy Chairman of the school Council; he was also the school medical advisor for many years. His duagters and grand-daughters attended Clarendon College. Sloss House was named after him.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to/ Dr. W. A. Sloss (MBE)/ on laying the/ foundation stone/ Clarendon College/ - Boarders Wing - /Sept.22nd, 1956

Badge - Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College Lapel badge

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

Historical information

School lapel badge for Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College 1921 - 1973, donated to the school by Michael Dunn. Michael's mother and aunt (unidentified) both attended CPLC in the 1930s.

Book - The complete poetical works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Dark blue cloth bound book with gold lettering on spine and school crest embossed on front cover; book plate inside front cover.

Historical information

Shirley Ramsay attended CPLC 1935 - 1945; sister of Margery and Robert.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Book plate inside front cover: Clarendon Presbyterian / Ladies College / Ballarat / school crest / Awarded to / Shirley Ramsay / Prize Proficiency / Form VI Pass / H I Mathieson / Principal / December 1945.

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.

Chairs

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Chairs from the original MacFarland Dining Hall, opened in 1936. Chairs purchased from money donated by four old boys (see The Minervan June 1936 p.19)

Historical information

Some of these chairs remained n general use within the school even after MacFarland Hall was renovated in the early 2000s.

Hammer

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Solid brass tack hammer with magnetic tips. Varnished wooden handle. Engraved head.

Historical information

The tack hammer was used by Mrs K D Baird (Joy Coutts CPLC 1936) in the christening of the Minervan IV on the 11th April 1981, Boat Race morning. The christening is mentioned in Ring-a-roo October 1981 p.8

Significance

The presentation of a christening hammer indicates the honour in which the owner was held by the school and also signifies the value placed by the school in both their rowing fleet and the people associated by name with the individual boats.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front of head: PRESENTED TO / MRS K D BAIRD / 11TH APRIL / 1981 Head verso: Minervan IV Maker's mark: GWMOUNT / PAT 282222

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

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

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Trophy

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Heavy wooden stand with gold plates to front and back; thick glass top with school crest, bars of music and decorative elements etched on front;

Historical information

Joy MacDuff was a greatly loved teacher at the Junior School in the 1970s. She resigned to return to live in Scotland. This prize was established in her honour and awarded to the music student demonstrating enthusiasm, endeavour and enjoyment. The prize was awarded until 2010.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front plate: The Joy Macduff Encouragement Award / for Enthusiasm Endeavour & Enjoyment in Music Studies verso plate: 2002 KATHRYN DAY / 2003 KATHRYN DAY / 2004 CATHERINE CLARKE / 2005 CATHY JAMES / 2006 TOM PETTIT / 2007 FINIAN KELLY BRYAN COLLING / 2008 BRYAN COLLING / 2009 FRANCES JACKSON / 2010 MACEO WOOD

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

Photograph - Athletic Team

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Heavy, ornate frame around mounted grayscale photograph

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on mount below photograph: ATHLETIC TEAM / (Back row) - MacDonald, D. Troup, M Smith, J. Bradby, K. Clark, A. Vinecombe, A. / (Sitting) - Shannon, R. Cameron, A. Coltman, J (capt.) Pearce, E. Hicks, W / (Front row) - Coldham, A. Greenfield, A. Tonner, J. Thomas, H. / (Absent) - McLennan, L.

Book - Homeri Ilias: Tome I & II

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Marbled card cover with calf binding and corners; raised bands on spine with six compartments; gold lettering on red-dyed title compartment; very worn; black and white illustrations at head of each chapter;

Historical information

This copy of Homeri Ilias Tome I & II published in 1839 and belonged to Reverend William Henderson, founder of Ballarat College. Collected by K C Hofmaier (1963) by purchase of a library at gembrook (Vic) which contained a number of books from the old Ballarat German language Library, including school text books and theological works formerly the property of the founder of Ballarat College, Rev Wm Henderson

Significance

High social significance due to connection with founder of the school Rev William Henderson

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten inscription on title page: W Henderson

Book - The poetical works of Mrs. Hemans

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Bound in black soft calf with gilt inscription on front and spine. Black end papers, red/gilt edges, black and white illustrations throughout, very slight foxing on pages, slight open tear on top of spine. 708 p.

Historical information

Nellie May Matthews received this book prize in 1896 for first prize in bible. Nellie enrolled in Clarendon Ladies' College in April of 1896 (D.O.B. 3/6/1978). In the original registry it states that father's name is George Browning, occupation Ironmonger and the residence as 98 Neil Street Ballarat. Nellie had a sister, Sarah Bertha Matthews (D.O.B 31/12/1883) who enrolled in the school on 8/2/1898.

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./ Bible-Class III/ Awarded to/ Nellie May Matthews./ MRS. KENNEDY, / PRINCIPAL. /DECEMBER 1896

Photograph - Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College Kindergarten Class 1954/1955

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

Historical information

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

Badge - House Prefect badge

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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

Badge

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Silver maltese cross hat badge with crest of The Kings Royal Rifle Corp on circle at centre of cross

Historical information

Epaulet or hat badge for The Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Donated with other medals belonging to John Garbutt. Connection unknown. John Garbutt was Principal of Ballarat College for thirty-three years - 1877-1909. He was educated at Geelong National Grammar School and in 1860 was the first dux of the college. Fist class Honourman Arts and Laws at Melbourne University 1866; Two years a master at Geelong College; seven years master and three years senior master at Scotch College, Melbourne.

Inscriptions & Markings

Face: THE KINGS ROYAL RIFLE CORPS

Trophy - Under 15 Championship

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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

Honour board - Ballarat & Clarendon College Junior School Year 6 Promotion Dinner

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Solid wood board with 10 plaques attached to front and title plaque at top.

Historical information

Honour board records the guest speakers from 1994 - 2002 who addressed the Ballarat & Clarendon College Junior School Year 6 Promotion Dinner.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaques inscribed: Ballarat & Clarendon / College Junior School / Year 6 Promotion Dinner / Guest speaker:...... / Date

Book - Various

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Two books of various size and binding with matching ornate commemorative bookplates inside front cover

Historical information

These two books are the only surviving examples of a set of books donated to the CPLC library in honour of former principal Miss S Lillie Crump.

Significance

Example of ongoing community support of the school and the esteem with which former students held former Principal Miss S L Crump

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: EX LIBRIS / CLARENDON PRESBYTERAIN / LADIES COLLEGE / IN HONOUR OF / MISS S LILLIE CRUMP / PRINCIPAL 1902 - 1919 / PRESENTED BY THE OLD COLLEGIANS OF THAT PERIOD

Photograph - The Crew

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Named photograph of the winning Head of the Lake crew, 1920 accompanied by photograph of two team members (A Clarke and A King) taken in 1981

Painting, framed - John Stanley Walker (1941py)

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

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Knife

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Stainless steel blade, metal fixture and wooden handle

Historical information

Bread knife used in Kawarau, former kindergarten, boarding house, master's home and current Administration building.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on face of blade: Bread Knife / Leppington (Cutlers) Ltd / Sheffield, Eng., /Firth Brearley / Stainless Sheffield Eng. Stainless

Photograph - Ballarat College Football Premiers 1889

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Formal grouping of 24 students with teacher, sepia photograph, 2 copies; one with simple wooden frame and broken glass covering; one on oversize mount only

Historical information

Photograph shpws details of sports and formal student and staff attire; several of the group went on to serve their country in the Boer and Great Wars.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title on photograph: Ballarat College-Premiers, 1889 Names at base of photograph: A Young, H Levien, J Cameron, A Bregazzi, G Esplin, Mr Thompson, T Hood, J Hargreaves, B Martin, P Hotchin, A Greenfield, A Stephens, D McClelland, J Olney, T Cowan, D Smith (Capt), J Rintoule, H O'Farrell, F Anderson, G Holgate, H Hunt, W Smith, J Southern, R Irwin Printed at base of photograph: A FLEGELTAUB. PHOTOGRAPHER

Trophy

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Silver urn shaped trophy with double handles and Ballarat College crest on face of urn

Historical information

This tiny urn was found in an antique shop in Queenscliff in 1996 and purchased and returned to the school by old collegian R Alister Cannon (1953). The urn was featured in Ring-a-roo July 2033 p.24 in the hope of someone knowing its provenance but without result.

Inscriptions & Markings

130mm H

Medal

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Silver medal with ornate border and engraved plates on front and back

Historical information

James Rintoule entered Ballarat College July 1888 - 1890.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: Ballarat College crest and motto Back: Ballarat College / 1890 / 2nd HIGH JUMP OVER 16 / WON BY / J Rintoule

Trophy - Improvement in tennis

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Medium silver cup with double handles and silver stem on melamine base; engraving on face of cup.

Historical information

Sandra Deveson attended Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College 1955 - 1960. She was a Prefect for Walker 1960, Vice Captain 1st Tennis '58-'60, and member of the netball team 1960; In 1959 an inaugural inter-school tennis competition was played. Clarendon defeated High School and Queens but were defeated by Mary's Mount (see The Touchstone December 1959 p, 36) Sandra returned to the school as a teacher and Walker House Mistress 1968-1973, 1975, 1985-1997 and 1999.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on face: Clarendon P.L.C. / For improvement / in Tennis 1958 / Senior / Sandra Deveson

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