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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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493 items

493 items

Furniture - Fire screen

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Wood fire screen with school crest at top of front. Carved details at top corners and base of front feature scottish thistle and leaves. Solid wood frame and stand; veneer insert. Small bronze plaque fixed to top of back.

Historical information

The fire screen was gifted to Mr J J Watson at his retirement in 1952. The assembly hall at the Mair Street property was named in his honour. Mr J J watson was a member of the school council from its inception in 1919 when he was elected as a representative of Scots' Church. He succeeded Rev J T Riddle as secretary to council in 1920. In 1954 the assembly hall at the Mair Street property was officially named Watson Hall in his honour. In 1957 the constitution of the Council was amended to enable Mr Watson to be elected its first life member. The fire screen was returned to the school by the family after his death.

Significance

In a tribute in 1952 at the time of Mr watson's retirement from secretarial position on council, Principal Kerr said, 'Mr watson's family was friendly with the Kennedy(founder) family in Ireland, so that his interest in Clarendon was almost hereditary. His breadth of vision, generosity, devotion to the advancement of the school in every way, and meticulous care of the property and ikts interests, have given him a unique place in the hostory of the school.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque: Presented to / Mr J J WATSON / in appreciation of his devoted service / as secretary of the council of / CLARENDON PRESBYTERIAN LADIES / COLLEGE / FROM 1920 - 1952.

Photograph - 1917 Ballarat College First XI Winners of B.P.S.A. Premiership 1917

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Gray-scale photograph, plywood mount, oversize

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on mount: BALLARAT COLLEGE, FIRST XI / WINNERS OF B.P.S.A. PREMIERSHIP 1917

Book - French revolution

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Leatherbound book with gold lettering on spine

Historical information

Presented to the Ballarat College library in 1973 by former student Andrew Stanley Humphries (1972), son of David and helen Humphreys (both old collegians).

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate on flyleaf: Crest / Ballarat College / Library / PRESENTED BY / A Humphreys / 1973

Book - The history of Henry Esmond

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Small maroon calf-bound book with gold lettering on spine and Ballarat College crest on front cover.

Historical information

There is a Mary Bell on the school register who enrolled at Ballarat College (Girls School) in 1888. Birthday 2 March 1875 aged 13 years and 10 months. Father Alex bell. It is possible the book was donated to the Weatherly Library by this former old collegian.

Significance

The Weatherly Library was opened in 1936 and its collection significantly established by donation or bequest of old collegians and community members or associates.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate on flyleaf: Crest / Ballarat College / Library / PRESENTED BY / Miss M Bell 1941....

Cigarette case

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Silver plated, monogrammed cigarette case

Historical information

The cigareete case was the property of George Harold King who attended Ballarat College from 1926. date of birth 23 September 1916. Georeg was the Son of Alex King 20 Errard St N; brother of Jean and Alex; Prev IV Grade Pleasant St State School. It is possible the cigarette case was a gift or memento from the Old Collegians Association. The case was donated to the school by his niece Jan Millar in 2010.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: School crest and inscribed intials: GK

Medal

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Ornate silver medal

Historical information

Arthur Ernest Albert Dawson entered Ballarat College 4 August 1886. The 1887 Ballarat College Sports program lists Arthur's name against Hurdles, Flat Race, and High Jump. Unfortunately the medal is undated. The intriguing inscription 'Twice Second' may refer to Arthur's competition for the College Cup, a highly valued Athletics Prize. The school does not hold sufficient records from this era to confirm any further details. The medal was donated to the school by Arthur's great-nephew, Ken Dawson, in 2019.

Significance

The medal has social significance. It reveals the very high value placed on sports involvement at the school from its earliest beginnings.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed around school crest on front: Ballarat College Inscribed on medal verso: A Dawson / Twice Second

Book - Heroes of the laboratory and the workshop

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Trophy

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Medium silver trophy with silver stem, double handles and melamine stand; silver beading around rim. engraved on face

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on face: BALLARAT COLLEGE / Under 16 Championship / 1936 / H F Morrow

Book - Cook's voyages Vols 1-2

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Large cloth bound books with gold lettering and patterns on spine and covers

Historical information

H P MacKenzie donated these books to the Ballarat College library in the year that his wife donated money to the school in memory of her parents, Mr and Mrs W Weatherly. The money was used to purchase book shelves and furnishings for a new library and a call was made to old collegians and membersof the school community to donate books to stock the new library. Harold Ponsonby MacKenzie served on Ballarat College council 1925 - 1946. His sons Alastair and Kenneth also attended the school. Alastair served on councils also - BC Council 1957-73, BCC Council 1974-80. Alastair's daughter Mia attended the school 1983-4.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Crest / Ballarat College Library / PRESENTED BY / Eng Com H D MacKenzie 1936 / ...

Book - Poems of the late Adam Lindsay Gordon

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Small black leather bound book with padded cover and gold lettering.

Historical information

Lucy M Marshall entered Clarendon Ladies College in 1882. Her birthdate was 11/09/1873. The Touchstone December 1954 p.10 records the donation of this book to the library by a Mr Davis...in memory of his mother, one of the first Kennedy girls, Lucie Marshall.

Significance

Example of ongoing old collegian support of school. The CPLC library collection was significantly established by donation or bequest of old collegians.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College / Crest / Presented by / in memory of / Lucy M Marchall, one of the earliest pupils of this school / 5/11/54

Medal - British War Medal

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The British War Medal is round and made of cupro-nickel. It features the effigy of George V on the obverse. The reverse has an image of St George on horseback trampling underfoot the eagle shield of the Central Powers, and a skull and cross-bones, the emblems of death. Above this is the risen sun of victory. The British War Medal has a wide central watered stripe of orange, flanked by two narrow white stripes, which are in turn flanked by two black pin-stripes, further flanked by two outer stripes of purple. The colours have no particular significance. Impressed around edge are the recipient's details.

Historical information

The British War Medal 1914-20 was iInstituted by King George V in 1919 to mark the end of World War I and record the service given. The qualification period was later extended to cover post-war mine clearance and service in Russia during 1919 and 1920. The British War Medal was awarded for service in a theatre of war between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. Those eligible included members of women's organisations; persons on the staffs of military hospitals and members of recognised organisations who handled sick and wounded; and members of other duly recognised or other authorised organisations as specified in medal regulations. The qualification period was later extended to cover post-war mine clearance and service in Russia during 1919 and 1920. Lieut E. S. Holgate was mentioned in despatches for Gallantry in the Field 24/25 April 1918. He was killed in action at Villers-Bretonneux, 27 April, 1918.

Significance

The British War Medal completes a trio of medals awarded to Lieut. E. S. Holgate, including the 1914-15 Star and the Victory Medal. The Holgate medals were the first war medals held by BCC archives. They have historical and social significance for the College.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed around outer edge of obverse: 'GEORGEIVS V BRITT. OMN:REX ET IND:IMP:' Impressed around edge of medal: 'LIEUT.E.S.HOLGATE. A.I.F.' Inscribed on the reverse '1914 1918'

Tropy - Half Mile Cup 1889

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Small engraved silver cup

Historical information

Alexander McCook entered Ballarat College in 1889, peer year 1889.Son of Archibald McCook, Ercildoune. Prev SS Burrumbeet VI Form. This cup is attached to a contemporary stand and was awarded during 1985 – 1998 to the champion boy athlete in the Middle School.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription on cup face: BALLARAT College / The Gift of the / MASTERS / 1886 Inscription on cup verso: A SNELL / 1st Hurdle Race / 1st / Throwing Cricket Ball

Book - School atlas of physical geography

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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 - Junior tennis champion

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Medium silver cup with double handles and silver base and stem on melamine stand

Historical information

Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Speak attended Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College 1937 - 1938. She won the Junior Tennis Champion in 1938. Betty worked as a telephonist at Coleraine Post Office after leaving CPLC in 1938. In 1949, she married Leslie James Steff from Konongwootong. They had two daughters. In 1967 Betty returned to work at the Coleraine Post Office and worked for 17 years, moving to the Hamilton PO after the Coleraine PO closed around 1980. She continued to play tennis throughout her adult years. Daughter Gwenda Steff, who donated the trophy to the school in 2016, says 'Mum was passionate about her tennis. She had a formidable backhand shot that few could return. She played Saturday afternoon competition tennis up until her late 40's and she instilled her love of the game into both my sister Margaret and myself. Mum was always too humble to acknowledge her amazing abilities - both on and off the tennis court. But this is an early public acknowledgement of her skills.'

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on face of cup: C P L C / Junior Tennis Champion / 1938 / BETTY SPEAK

Badge - Ballarat Clarendon College Year 12 badge

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Gold-plated badge with rectangluar name plate in black with gold lettering and schhol coloured crest hanging from name-p;ate

Historical information

Lapel badge given to all Tear 12 students at start of year. Instituted late 1990s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name plate: YEAR 12

Furniture - Chair

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Solid wood chair with high solid back and solid arm rests. Carved CPLC crest attached to neck rest. Padded seat. Bronze plaque at front of seat.

Historical information

This librarian's chair was given to the school by the family of Joy Chapman who had died during 1948. The chair was part of a number of furnishings supplied by donation for the new library which was opened in 1949. These included blackwood shelves, tables and chairs and a new set of Encycopedia Britannica supplied by the Parents and Friend's Association, a grooved periodical table given by Old Collegians Younger Set, a librarian's desk supplied by the E M Bell estate and more than 200 books supplied by the Old Collegians. (see 'A lamp burns brightly' p. 61).

Significance

This item is a significant example of the degree to which the school relied on donations from the community to develop the school during the post-war years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque: In memory of / JOY CHAPMAN / 1947 - 1948 - The Gift of Her / Father, Mother & Ruth

Book - Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature: Volume 2

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Bound in half calf with pebble grained cloth boards, marbled edges, gilt lettering and decoration on the spine. Six raised bands on spine with gold lettering on second and fourth compartments; College crest embossed on front cover; black and white illustrated, 816 p.

Historical information

This book was awarded as the "Howard" prize to Robert A. Mitchell for Geography in 1879. Robert Mitchell, (D.O.B 9/2/1862), entered the College on 9th July, 1878. Robert is the son of Robert Mitchell who resided at Teragram Cottage, St. Arnaud.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover:College crest / Geography/the "Howard" prize/Sixth form/Awarded to/Robert A. Mitchell/Christmas, 1879.

Framed photograph

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Gray-scale photograph, neutral mount and carved varnished, natural wood frame

Historical information

Clarendon Ladies College class photograph with Sophie Bell top left and Chrissie Bell on floor at left

Portrait - William Henderson

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Ornate gold framed portrait in oils.

Historical information

The first issue of the school magazine The Minervan Nov 1913 records the unveiling of the portrait. See file attached. William Henderson served as the school's first President for many years. Artist James Swinton Diston (1857 - 1940) created the portrait for the family in 1900. It was gifted to the school at an unveiling ceremony held 19 August 1913. The portrait was displayed in the school for many years before being transferred to St Andrews Kirk. It was located in a shed at St Andrews around 1990 and returned to the College per favour of old collegian Clark Chester, former Captain of Henderson House.

Trophy - Under 16 Champ

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Tiny silver cup with double handles with silver stem and melamine stand; engraving on face of cup.

Historical information

Malcolm McKenzie entered the school in 1923 and again in 1929 and left in 1933. A highly competitive sportsman, this trophy was awarded to him as Under 16 Champ in 1930. The school also holds his Open and Under 16 champion trophy in 1931 (it is unknown if this relates to swimming or athletics). He also won the Overall Swimming Champion trophy in 1932. This 1930 trophy is unusual because it does not bear the school crest or name.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on face: 2nd / under 16 CHAMP / 1930 / M.K.MCKENZIE

Serviette rings

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

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Book - Andrew Marvel and his friends

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Bound in green fabric with ornate decorative illustration on cover and gilt lettering. Detached spine, black and white illustrated, 469 p.

Historical information

This book was awarded to Mary Isabella Macdonald for second prize in Third English History in 1886. Mary entered Clarendon Ladies' College in 1885. On the original register it states that Mary was enrolled by her father named William who's occupation is noted as "Squatter" and who resided at Nhill Station in Nhill.

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./ Second PRIZE./ III rd English History/ AWARDED TO/ Mary Isabella Macdonald/ 19 th December, 1886.

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 - Various

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Three small books of various title, cloth-bound.

Historical information

Mr Ernest Neville Marryat, Principal of Ballarat College 1910 - 1912, donated these books to the school library during the final years of his tenure.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book pate inside front covers; Ballarat College crest / PRESENTED TO / LIBRARY / BY / Mr Marryat, 1912

Book - Various

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13 books of various sizes and titles

Historical information

Keith Hofmaier attended Ballarat College as a senior student 1941-1945 and undertook responsibility for theWeatherly Library during several of those years. In 1967 he donated a number of books to the school 'as a kind of thank you note for my grateful oasis at college, the Weatherly Library, so many years ago'. The Archive holds letters from keith Hoffmaier regarding his life and time at Ballarat College.

Significance

Social significance

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover: From the reference Library of K Hofmaier

Cross Oars

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Sterling silver cross oars to be sewn to rower's cap. Each or is engraved: 'Hutton & Co'

Historical information

These sterling silver cross oars were sewn to the rowing cap. Fred Raynor Langsford rowed for College during 1916-1918.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on each oar; 'HUTTON & CO'

Book - Stories from the Odyssey

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Dark brown cloth-covered book with gold lettering and borders on front cover and spine

Historical information

Book donated to the Ballarat College Weatherly Library in 1959(?) by Dr J C Douglas. John Douglas attended Ballarat College 1951 - 57 on a Council Scholarship. Son of Mr W K Douglas, he was Dux of School 1957, 3rd crew 1956, Prefect 1957, Librarian 1957, Cadets Sgt 1955.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside flyleaf: Crest / Ballarat College Library / PRESENTED BY / Dr J C Douglas 1959(?)

DVD - Coming to Australia

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DVD and accompanying A4 bound notes

Historical information

Florence (Smith) Kerr (1913) boarded at Clarendon PLC c1910-1913. The DVD interview was recorded in 1989 and covers Florence's grandparents experiences o the goldfields and at Italian Valley, near Scarsdale. The accompany notes document Florence's years as a teacher around Victoria before her marriage.

Book

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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

Photograph - 1896 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 1896