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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.

Contact Information

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

Opening Hours

By appointment.

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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 - Notre-Dame de Paris

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Dark maroon cloth bound cover with gold printing and border on front cover and spine; Ballarat College crest printed on front cover; book plate on flyleaf;coloured frontispiece.

Historical information

Prize awarded to William Michael Urquhart Armstrong in 1944.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate: Ballarat College crest / Ballarat College / Sixth form / French Prize / Awarded to / W M U Armstrong / R E Thwaites / December 1944 / Principal

Book - The Poetical works of Thomas Hood

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Blue and gold decorative cloth cover, corners and edges rubbed, page edges gilt, gold lettering on front cover and spine; embossed border on back cover; two black and white plates; 414 p.

Historical information

This book The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood was awarded to Margaret Jane McGowan as second prize for Latin and Class work. Margaret was one of the first enrolments to Clarendon Ladies' College at the age of 12. Margaret's father, Samuel, and mother, were personal friends of the Reverand Robert and Mrs. Kennedy. Margaret attended school in the same class as the Kennedy's eldest son Tom who was 11 at the time. Margaret's sister Edith was the 2nd enrolment to the college. Margaret resided at 15 Royal Terrace Webster Street, Ballarat. Her parents were employed as Carrier and forwarding agents. Margaret's married name became Steele. Archives also hold a second book prize awarded to Margaret (000126).

Significance

Socially significant due to connection with first prize-giving ceremony for Clarendon Ladies' College.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: CLARENDON LADIES' COLLEGE/BALLARAT/Second PRIZE/ Latin and Class work/AWARDED TO/J McGowan/R KENNEDY PRINCIPAL/18TH December, 1879 Hand-written inscription on flyleaf: This book was a Prize/at the first Prize-giving/of the College/The College having been/ established/in 1878.

Book - Half hours in English history: from the Roman period to the death of Elizabeth

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

Historical information

Book prize awarded to John Tanner for excellence in History in the third form; accompanying volume awarded as First Prize for Scripture in the third form (000095)

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate in front cover verso: Ballarat College crest / History / First prize / Third form / Awarded to / J Tanner / Christmas 1884

Photograph

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Black and white photograph of Ballarat College Cricket team 1920; Back row: Cameron A. Ramage, A. Resuigh, S. Shannon, R. Cameron, A.A. Pearce, E. Seated: Vinecombe, A. Clarke, A. Coltman, J. (capt.) Bradby, K Jones, B Cooke, A (Absent) Mr Hay (Coach) Mclennan, L.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title and names printed at base of photograph

Trophy - Britania Cup

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Medium silver cup and stand with ornate double handles

Historical information

Provenance unknown

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on face of cup: BRITANNIA / CUP

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.

Medal - Military Medal GV

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Silver medal with a swivelling suspension. features King George the V, uncrowned, in Field Marshal's uniform on the obverse. The medal reverse depicts the crowned royal cypher over the words "FOR BRAVERY IN THE FIELD" all within a laurel wreath. Impressed around edge are the recipient's details. The ribbon has a central stripe of thin red and white lines flanked by equally sized stripes of navy.

Historical information

Instituted in 1914, the Military Cross (MC) was issued for gallantry in presence of the enemy to warrant and junior officers of the Army who were ineligible (on account of their rank) for the Distinguished Service Order. During the First World War, it was also available to equivalent ranks in the Royal Naval Division and Royal Marines and it later became available to equivalent ranks in the RAF for acts of gallantry on land. The equivalent award for the other ranks for gallantry on land in presence of the enemy was the Military Medal (MM) which had been instituted in 1916 and, similarly to the MC, later became available to RAF other ranks serving on the ground. This medal was awared to Pte H. S Holgate for bravery in the field in 1917. Pte Holgate was killed in action at Zonnebeke 11 October 1917.

Significance

Historical and social significance for school

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed around obverse: 'GEORGIVS V BRITT: O[M]N: REX ET IND: IMP:' Inscribed in centre of reverse below royal insignia : 'FOR/BRAVERY/IN THE/FIELD' Impressed around OUTER edge of medal: '4303 PTE H. S. HOLGATE. 8/COY AUST. M.G.C.' Notation on original box A./Cpl H.S.Holgate 29Bn AIF 51531/Decd. 4303

Photograph - Ballarat College Old Collegians Reunion 1906

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Grayscale photograph, A4 size, with cameo photographs of Principal Garbutt and first four students.

Historical information

Location Craigs Royal Hotel upstairs dining room

School Records

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Three sheets of quarto paper with school crest and handwritten record, pinned together at top left corner; Ballarat College Prize Winners listed in Ballarat Star or Courier 1864 - 1871

Historical information

Ballarat College student names extracted from Prize Lists published in the Ballarat Star or Courier for the years 1864 0 1871; compiled by Principal R E Thwaites in November 1935

Framed items

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Wooden frames with mounts and glass; both include printed descriptions; one includes a black and white photograph

Historical information

The original Weatherly Library was situated in the space immediately on the left of the archway. The fittings and furnishing of the library was a generous gift in 1936 of Mrs H P Mackenzie of Trawalla in honour of her pioneer parents, Mr and Mrs William Weatherly. The library was panelled with blackwood and fitted with shelves intended to eventually house 3000 books. Specially made solid blackwood chairs, upholstered in genuine hide, two long reading tables, an upholstered bench seat under the north window and an ornate carved mantelpiece topped by a classical broken pediment framing a carved head of Minerva were also donated. In 1971 this library was no longer large enought o serve the growing number of boys at the college; it was replaced by a bigger, separate building, also known as the Weatherly Library. This building is currently in use, and recently renovated, as the senior staff room. In 1993 a third library building was opened and named Erindale in recognition of property associated with Clarendon PLC. In 2012 the school opened the Fraser Library on the senior campus in honour of old collegian and school council chair, Darrell J Fraser.

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

Photograph - 1895 Ballarat College Football Premiers

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Framed, Black and White

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Gray-scale photograph, with bone mounting in thin black frame

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on back: Nov 1931 Clarendon College Old Collegians reunion

China tea setting

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Cup, saucer and plate with Clarendon PLC crest hand-painted on face; fawn coloured china with tan edge to plates and handle of cup; second cup, saucer and plate with off-white china and light brown edge to plates and handle of cup.

Historical information

Fawn-coloured setting was donated to the school by Mr Robert Murray in 2005. The setting was hand painted by Lucy Shaw, (principal of Clarendon PLC 1927-1934) in 1934. The sets were sold to raise money for the school.

Inscriptions & Markings

On base of cup: L. SHAW On base of saucer: L SHAW / 1934 On base of plate: L. S. / 1934

Sash

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Wide silk sash featuring narrow black border, centre band of various widths of black and silver and wide side bands of navy blue.

Historical information

Sash thought to have been worn by Clarendon Ladies College old collegian in 1910s. The sash was donated by Berenice McDade on behalf od Gladys Forsyth (CLC 1919) and Dorothy (Johns) Lawrence (CLC 1918). The sash is accopanied by two rolls of school ribbon featuring navy centre band with fine gold edge and white border.

Book - The splendid book of locomotives

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School book prize awarded to J.D.Clark (1948py), accompanied by the Speech Day program for 14 December 1944 which details the presentation of this prize.

Historical information

This prize was awarded to John David Clark (1948py) by Ballarat College.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover embossed in gold with school insignia and motto Book plate on first page reads: 'College insignia / Ballarat College / Fifth A Form / Progress Prize / Awarded to / J. D. Clark / R E Thwaites / December 1944 Principal'

Trophy - Coulter Cup

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Small/Medium double-handled silver-plated cup on melamine stand; engraving on face of cup; accompanied by hand-written note of explanation

Historical information

As an incentive to improve school work and develop student leadership, from 1927 former Clarendon PLC student Nellie Sutherland (Coulter) donated a silver cup each year. The cup soon became a prestigious award. It was awarded to the girl holding the leading place in 'work, sport and above all moral character'. The cups were awarded annually until to 1951. Mrs Sutherland made these gifts partly to remember her school days under Mrs Kennedy and because the school in Mair Street was built on the site of her former home. But the main reason was in memory of her two brothers Jason and Les killed during World War 1. In 2001 the Junior School Parent Group funded the ongoing award for a Year 6 student. The award criteria in 2001 were 'general excellence in academic achievement, respect for and from others, a positive role model, involvement and initiative'. Beverley donated her Coulter Cup back to the school archive 'in appreciation of the wonderful experience I had a school' (CPLC reunion, April 2017).

Inscriptions & Markings

CPLC crest / THE COULTER CUP / 1950 Note of explanation: COULTER CUP / High standard in work and / Spirit and for character and / qualities of Leadership / Beverly John / (Gift of Mrs P Sutherland)

Trophy

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

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Book - Scottish pictures

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Bound in brown calf with color and gilt illustrations on front cover and spine. Pages with gilt edges, floral end pages, foxing on pages, black and white illustrations throughout. 216 p.

Historical information

This book was awarded to Mary Lawrence in 1899 for first prize in Geography. Mary Lawrence enrolled at Clarendon Ladies' College at the age of 14. Siblings enrolled: Janie Elizabeth Lawrence (1893), Jessie McBain Lawrence (1895), Christina Lawrence (1896) and Margaret Adair Lawrence (1900). Mary's father in the original register is listed as Alexander and their residence as Canally Balranald, "Colibau Estate" Redesdale in NSW. Father's occupation is noted as Squatter.

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./ Geography-Class I/ Awarded to/ Mary Lawrence/ MRS. KENNEDY,/ Principal./ December, 1899.

Book - The poetical works of Eliza Cook

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Bound in red calf with college emblem embossed on front cover and gilt bordering. Floral end papers, foxing on pages, red/gilt edges, black and white illustrations throughout. 624 p.

Historical information

This book was awarded to John Geddes McGowan in 1891 for first prize in Latin. John entered the college in January of 1891 at the age of 13. He was the dux of Ballarat College in 1892. It is noted in the original register that John's parent is John S McGowan and the residence as 11 Ebden(?) Street, Ballarat East.

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/ Latin/ IV Form./ First Prize./ Awarded to/ J.G.McGowan/ Christmas, 1891/

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

Book

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Two small maroon leather bound books with maroon end pages; gold lettering on front covers and spine, school crest on front cover and author's signature in gold;

Historical information

Titled 'The French Revolution Vols 1 & 2' these books were gifted to John (Jack) Felix Wotherspoon for excellence in Arithmetic and Algebra. Jack was born 24 June 1897 at Beaufort and joined Ballarat College in 1911. Jack left school at the end of 1914 and joined the Navy and served as a wireless operator. Following the war Jack was a draper in Beaufort from 1919 until 1949.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover of vol 1: Ballarat College / Crest / Awarded to / J Wotherspooon / Form Va I / Prize for Algebra (1st) / A S M Polson / Principal / Christmas 1913 Book plate inside front cover of vol 2: Ballarat College / Crest / Awarded to / J Wotherspooon / Form Va I / Prize for Arithmetic (1st) / A S M Polson / Principal / Christmas 1913

Book - The poetical works of John Milton

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Full calf binding in light brown 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 Kate (Letitia) Whittle (DoB 6/12/1863; entered Ballarat College Girls' School 1881), for excellence in french; daughter of James Whittle, Chemist, 131 Sturt St, sister of Annie Louise, 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) ; The school holds extensive family history records.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bookplate: Ballarat College crest / French / First Prize / Upper Third Form / Awarded to / Kate Whittle / Christmas [date obliterated]

Medal - K D Baird Athletic medals

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Small metal shield medals, with chain attachments at top and inscribed on verso

Historical information

Athletic medals awarded to Kenneth Baird. Kenneth attended Ballarat College 1925 - 1930. As an Old Collegian Ken also served on the Ballarat College Council 1950-73 and the Ballarat Clarendon College Council 1974-84 (Chairman 1976-84). The K D Baird Boatshed is named in his honour, as were the rowing boats the Ken Baird 1963 and the Ken Baird II in 2003.

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso: Ballarat / College / Gymn '23 Verso: Under 14 / BC / 1926 Verso: B C / Under 14 Gym / 1927

Book - Father and daughter

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Small paperback; coloured cover; black and white illustrations

Historical information

Muriel Mathers attended Clarendon PLC 1939-1950; her father Dr C N Button served on BC Council Chairman 1928-50 and CPLC Council Chairman 1933-50.

Framed photograph - Ballarat College Cricket Eleven Premiers 1893

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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

Photograph - Ballarat College Football Team 1902

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Framed, black and white photograph with names inscribed n light green card mount; brass wall fittings on each end.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on mount below photograph: Ballarat College Football team 1902 / Back row from left / Quiney, Leo Charles, Lambert, Not known, Martin, Jackson, A McCoy / Chapman, G Tyler, E Holgate, Smith. Teacher G Hay / Front row: / Batch, Frank Williams, H Heinz, G Pinney, Tommy Williams, J Walker, W Hartley, S Sim, R Conners / Seated on ground / R Holgate S Walker

Book - Australian midwives: moving real-life stories of the that everyday miracle - birth

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Medium soft cover book with colour cover and illustrations

Historical information

Old collegian Dorothy Joy Mott (1960) is referenced in this book pp.113-131. Each of the thirteen midwives in this book work in extreme locations with few resources, but armed with only courage and skill, they regularly save lives and birth babies in difficult circumstances on an airstrip, a cattle station, a dinghy (knee deep in water with a wary eye out for the local croc), a troop carrier or in the face of a cyclone. These stories are a tribute to both the skill of the midwives and the courage of the mothers. For these women, midwifery is not just a job - it's a committed and passionate way of life. See https://www.booktopia.com.au/australian-midwives-paula-heelan/prod9781760371982.html?source=pla&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5rHLvLLw3AIVDAYqCh0rgQpuEAQYASABEgIuk_D_BwE

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 - Amercian notes and a child's history of England

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Dark red leather bound book with gold lettering and ornamentation on spine; gold crest on front cover; bookplate in inside front cover; black and white illustrations;

Historical information

Ian Graham attended Ballarat College 1924 - 1930; a member of Garbutt; Ian married old collegian Gwen Griffith (1935)

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate: Crest / Ballarat College / VB Form / Special Prize / The gift of Mrs John MacLeod / Awarded to / Ian Graham / A Richardson BA / December / 1926