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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)
phone
+61 03 5330 8200

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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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488 items

488 items

Academic gown and mortarboard

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Academic gown and mortarboard belonging to Mr John Stayt, teacher at Ballarat College, 1964-1993. Woollen academic gown; three quarter length, full sleeves. No hood or scarf. No embellishments.

Historical information

A woollen academic gown and mortarboard worn by John Stayt, school teacher 1964-1993.

Inscriptions & Markings

Silk label inside crown of hat: Made in England/Christy's London/Ryder & Amies/Cambridge Printed in ink on label: JMS (twice) Silk label sewn into backneckline of gown: University Robe Makers/Ryder & Amies/Cambridge Printed in ink on gown label: STAYT

Albert Telfer White (1918) collection

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Collections of items including: Bayonet, Carl Eickhorn, Solingen, (29.A.159 engraved on handle) Trench shovel The ANZAC book 1916 (flyleaf inscribed: No 2012 / Pte A T White / H Quarters / 22nd Battalion / 6th Inf Brigade / France) Gallipoli medal with documentation First World War Mothers’ and Widows’ Badge Next of Kin Memorial Plaque (Death Penny) and accompanying letter from King George V Imperial War Graves Commission documentation and photograph Australia Graves Services In Memory card and photograph Documentation relating to Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Learmonth Memorial Wall, Ballarat and Learmonth Avenues of Honours Documentation from the Australian Army Records office Documentation relating to Military Medal, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal (whereabouts unknown, November 2016) Portraiture of Albert Telfer White as a child, as a young adult (civilian dress), in full kit (A I E F formal), and at camp 1915 Portraiture of sisters Cis, Addie, Bessie, Evelyn (with personal inscriptions) Four postcards (one with letter from Albert ‘at sea’ to his mother - undated) Death notice (unreferenced newspaper clipping) Biographical and family relationship details Photocopy of The White Family 1906 showing (standing) Adeline, Leslie, Harold (father), Muriel (mother), William; (seated) Albert, John (Grandfather), Elizabeth, Allan, Elizabeth (Grandmother), Evelyn (baby) and Benjamin

Historical information

Significant items relating to Albert Telfer White who entered Ballarat College April 1912 and left December 1918. Albert was born 29 June 1897 at his home 'Ashford Vale" farm, Cuthbert's Road, Cardigan. Albert, a second generation Australian, was the fourth son and sixth of eleven children born to dairy farmer John White and his wife Elizabeth, nee Douglas. Albert attended Bunker's Hill State School prior to enrolling at Ballarat College. After College he obtained employment with the engineering firm Ronaldson and Tippett in Ballarat. Following his eighteenth birthday Albert enlisted in the AIF in Ballarat with the rank of Private, No 2012. He embarked for the Middle East with 23rd Battalion on 26 August 1915 and was 'taken on strength at the Gallipoli Peninsular 25 October 1915". On 10 January 1916 Albert was posted to Alexandria, Egypt and during this time he was able to meet with his aunt Rose Douglas, an Australian Army Nursing Sister. This was a great comfort to his family. Albert was sent to France 19 March 1916 and transferred to the 22nd Battalion. He was mentioned in dispatches for 'good and gallant conduct' 5 August (1917?). Albert was hospitalised 30 March 1918, rejoined 22nd Battalion 3 June 1918, wounded in action 3 October 1918 but died of wounds at Rouen 10 October 1918. news of his death was received by his family n Australia just prior to the armistice. Albert Telfer White's sacrifice is commemorated at Ballarat College, Avenue of Honour Ballarat (Tree 1214), Ballarat Shire Honour Avenue Learmonth (Tree 163) and the Australian War Memorial Canberra. (These notes provided by family November 2016)

Inscriptions & Markings

The ANZAC book 1916 (flyleaf inscribed: No 2012 / Pte A T White / H Quarters / 22nd Battalion / 6th Inf Brigade / France) Gallipoli medal: engraved on reverse: A T WHITE Embossed lettering on death penny: ALBERT TELFER WHITE Handwritten on reverse of portraits: Lovingly yours / Cis / 21/11/17; your / loving sister / Addie; your loving / sister / Evelyn; Yours lovingly / Bessie Handwritten on back of postcard of ship H M A T 'Anchisis' 14.3.16: Dear Mother, I am sending you a card / of the boat we are on. Our deck is right / on the back. I have marked it with an X. / We are not allowed to put the date on or / where we are. I am sitting on the deck now / holding the card in my hand so it is hard / to write. We are together yet haven't been / separated Bill, Matt and myself. Haven't / had anything to do. I will write a couple / of letters now. Albert Handwritten on back of postcard photograph of Albert at camp: 30th September 1915 / Dear Mother / There is a studio at the / camp so Matt and I got our Photos / taken yesterday morning, & got them/ this morning. I am sending / Ciss one of Matt.

Autograph book

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Small autograph book with faux snake-skin cover and coloured pages

Historical information

This book was completed with autographs from fellow students at Ballarat College during Bruce's years at the school (1946 - 1953). Includes some staff signiatures and greetings. Staff names include - George Hay, Keith Young, Hewson, Stuckey, Porter, Student surnames include - Price, McClure, Hewitt, Davidson, Dehnert, Dodd, Cameron, Fraser, Gibson, Walker, McDonald, Ronaldson, Gray, Naismith, Fyffe, Oxburn, Dyer, Cumming, Coulson, Gilbert, Gilmour, Chester, Young, Gray-McIntosh Girls names include - Barbara Day,

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten signatures and sayings throughout book

Autograph book - My album

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Tiny red-leather bound blank book titled 'My album' featuring plastic picture inset on front cover; sewn binding

Historical information

The blank autograph book was gifted to Mavis Hucker Christmas 1929 and used by her throughout 1930 to collect signatures and homilies from her fellow students at Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College. Entries feature poems, proverbs and hand-drawn artwork.

Significance

Historic significance due to insight into work ethic amongst female students in the 1930's. Social significance to the school due to personal signatures of students

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover: 'Wishing Mavis / A merry Xmas / 1929'

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

Badge

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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.

Badge - House Captain's badge

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Two gold-plated badges with House name in red lettering. Rectagular name plate sits on red circle. Gold border to both pieces. Pin fastening fixed across rear.

Historical information

House captain's badge provided by Ballarat Clarendon College for the Captain of Henderson House.

Inscriptions & Markings

Face: HENDERSON

Badge - House Captain's badge

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Gold-plated badge with House name in black lettering. Rectagular name plate sits on black circle. Decorative gold border to rectangle and plain gold border to circle. Pin fastening fixed across rear.

Historical information

House captain's badge provided by Ballarat Clarendon College for the Captain of Garbutt House.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: GARBUTT

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

Badge - Head prefect

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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

Badge - Walker House Captain badge

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Gold plated rectangular plate with patterned border on black round enamle mount

Historical information

Badge awarded to House Captain of Walker House (earlier style)

Inscriptions & Markings

On reverse: BRIM / MELB

Badge - Cairns House Captain badge

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Gold plated rectangular plate with green stripe on face and green round enamel mount

Historical information

Badge awarded to Cairns House Captains

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 - 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

Badge - Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College badge set

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Silver plated badge in the shape of the Clarendon presbyterian Ladies College crest; blue scrolls at base of shield have silver lettering; motto inscribed on shiled along with open book and star; burning lamp on top of shield. Two badges identical in detail but different sizes; pin fastening fixed diagonally across back;

Historical information

Smaller badge could be tie-pin and larger badge lapel pin

Badge - Clarendon Ladies College crested badge

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Gold-plated metal crested badge with gold pin across back and gold safety chain attached to bottom right hand back corner

Historical information

Badge repsented to Phyllis Evans from the boarders at Clarendon College. Phyllis entered Clarendon Ladies College in 1912 at 15 years of age.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rear: To / P EVANS / from the / BOARDERS / OF / C.C.

Badge - Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College Fete 1922 badge

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Round plastic coated badge on metal backing and pin across back. School crest stamped on centre front with lettering encircling crest

Historical information

Badge made to promote fete held at Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College in 1922. According to the school history 'The lamp burns brightly' a special committee of the school ouncil were appointed to organise a great fete in August 1922 to raise money towards the purchase of new property in Webster/Mair Streets. "The Oriental Fair transformed the Ballarat City Hall for three consecutive days. Stalls of many types were heavily laded, and, as one reveller commented, 'The perpetual motion of the fairty floss machine, producing its quaint confection, was an object of interest and wonderment to many, and the crack of the pea rifle in the adjoining shooting gallery almost dispersed the feathery flakes of fairy floss as they issued from the magic machine'. An arochestra provided continuous music, varied at times by vocal solos, eurythmic displays and other enterainments. the fair raised the remarkable sum of 1,576 pounds." (TLBB p. 20)

Significance

Unique item

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: CLARENDON PRESBYTERIAN LADIES COLLEGE FETE 1922

Badge - Clarendon Old Collegians

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Three circular enamel brooches featuring outer circle in royal blue with lettering enclosing features of school crest - open book in white with gold border, royal blue lamp with gold flame at base of book and gold star at top of book

Historical information

The Clarendon Old Collegians Association existed from very early times in the school history and was a singificant controbutor to school socail capacity and infrastructure. The OC's regularly donated funds and purchases to special projects. Sections of the society met in different geographic areas, such as Melbourne or the Wimmera.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lettering around border: CLARENDON OLD COLLEGIANS

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

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.

Badge - Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College badge

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Gold-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 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. The badge worn worn as a tie-pin or fixed to the entre of the tunic bodice. It is possible the gold badge was for senior students or prefects only and the silver badge for other students.

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

Badge - Cap badge

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A silver-coloured 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'. The badge is sewn to a fragment of Garbutt House ribbon.

Historical information

The badge was worn by John Hall in 1909 when he was 12 years of age.

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)

badge - Cross oars

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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.

Badge - Cap badge

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A gold-coloured 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

Historical information

This cap badge was worn by John Stanley Coltman, while he attended Ballarat College 1913 - 1920. He was Dux of School 1919 and School Captain and Captain of Rowing, Football, Athletics and Cricket, 1920

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)

Badge - Lapel badge

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Gold-plated lapel badge featuring Minerva head in centre on black oval background surrounded by gold school motto on red background and decorative gold edging on blue background.There is a single pin attached to the rear of the badge.

Historical information

School lapel badge worn by John Stanley Coltman. John attended Ballarat College 1913 - 1920; dux of college 1919 and school captain 1920. The blue border is unusual. This may denote the rank of school captain.

Significance

Only one of its kind in collection to date

Inscriptions & Markings

School motto on face: E STUDIIS CLARITUDO VENIT

Badge

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Gold-plated, oval-shaped medallion featuring Ballarat College crest and centenary inscription. The college crest is red and black enamel and the Minerva head, inscriptions and other marking are gold-plate. There is circular link attachment at the top. The following insciption is on back of the medallion: 'SICUT PATRIBUS SIT DEUS NOBIS'

Historical information

This medallion was produced for the Ballarat College centenary celebrations held during 1964. The insciption on the back of the medallion is translated: 'as with our fathers, may God be with us'. As such is appropriately expresses the sentiment of the College council at this auspicious milestone in the College history and reflects the Christian heritge of the College.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed around Minerva Head 'BALLARAT COLLEGE CENTENARY 1864-1964' Inscribed on back of medallion: 'SICUT / PATRIBUS / SIT DEUS / NOBIS'

Badge

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Gold-plated prefect's badge featuring oval school emblem (Minervan head surrounded by motto) and decorative edge. Engraved with 'Prefect' in black across top of badge and '1972' at bottom of badge. There is a single pin attached to the rear of the badge and the name 'Pitcher' is engraved on the pin base.

Historical information

This gold-plated prefect's badge is an excellent example of its era. It is interesting that the school does not list a prefect in 1972 with the name 'Pitcher'. There is no student with the surname Pitcher registered as attending the school in 1972.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved around top of badge front: 'PREFECT'; and around base of front: '1972'. Engraved on pin at back of badge: 'Pitcher'

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)

Badge - Prefect's badge

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Gold-plated prefect's badge featuring oval school emblem (Gold Minerva head on black background surrounded by gold motto on red) and decorative gold pattern on black border. Further border of decorative gold scroll work. Engraved with 'Prefect' in black across top of badge and '1971' at bottom of badge. There is a single pin attached to the rear of the badge and the name 'Pitcher' is engraved on the pin base.

Historical information

This gold-plated prefect's badge is an excellent example of its era. It is interesting that the school does not list a prefect in 1971 with the name 'Pitcher'. There is no student with the surname Pitcher registered as attending the school in 1971. The school also holds a 1972 Prefect's badge (VC oooo14) for this student.

Significance

Rare item

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved around top of badge front: 'PREFECT'; and around base of front: '1971'. Engraved on pin at back of badge: 'Pitcher'