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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)
phone
+61 03 5330 8200

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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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Chairs

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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.

Chair

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Solid wood chancel chair with discreet carving; plaque on front side of back support

Historical information

Wife of the Rev T D Cairns, Minister of St Andrews Kirk, Mrs Mary Cairns served on the Council of Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College 1919 - 1949. Her generous guarantee of loans from the Ballarat Banking Company, together with other donations, enabled the Presbytery of Ballarat to purchase Clarendon Ladies College from Mr Kennedy in 1919 for 1500 pounds. Mrs Cairns was an inaugural member of the new Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College Council, established 1919 and remained on the Council for 30 years. This chair was a personal gift to Mrs Cairns by the PWMU to honour of her long and devoted service to that organisation. Mrs Cairns donated the chair back to St Andrews Kirk where it remained in use until the sale of the property in 2019. Congregation member, Max Harris, kindly arranged the donation of the chair to the school because of Mrs Cairn's long association with Clarendon PLC.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque: This chair was presented by the / Members of the St Andrews P W M U / on the occasion of the retirement of / Mrs T R Cairns / from the Presidency of the Branch / after holding that office for more than fifty years / as an acknowledgement of her devoted service / as President / & of their deep personal regard.

Chairs - Chancel chairs

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Matching set of three ornately carved, English Oak, chancel and clergy chairs; minister's chair with arms; elder chairs without arms.

Historical information

These chairs originate from St Andrews Kirk, Ballarat, c1870s. The Rev William Henderson, Presbyterian Minister of Ballarat (1857 - 1886), founded Ballarat College in 1864. The chairs were is use in St Andrews Kirk during his tenure. At this time Ballarat College was situated in the grounds of St Andrews Kirk and remained there until 1912. In 1995 a plaque to this effect was erected in the grounds of St Andrews Kirk, and unveiled by Old Collegian and school Council member, Kenneth D Baird.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaques at front of chair seats: Original St Andrews Kirk / Minister's Chairs c1870s / Gift Clark and Margaret Chester

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

Badge - Ballarat College Carnival 27-28 February 1953 badge

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Small round lapel badge with white printing on red; Ballarat College crest surrounded by motto and encircled with the words: Ballarat College Carnival 27-28 Feb. 1953

Historical information

The Carnival of 1953 was staged at College as part of the celebrations for the opening of the Tower, dormitories and Hall extension of the main Ballarat College buildings, 1425 Sturt Street, Ballarat. Opened by His Excellency, the Governor, General Sir Dallas Brooks and dedicated by the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Victora, Right Reverend W A Alston the formalities were followed by a two day Carnival and culminated in a dance on Saturday evening. The very successful Carnival raised 1334 pounds and was voted an outstandng success. For more information see the school magazine, The Minervan, August 1953, pp 6-8.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ballarat College crest surrounded by motto and encircled with the words: Ballarat College Carnival 27-28 Feb. 1953

Document - Ballarat College Prize Winners listed in Ballarat Star or Courier 1864 - 18771

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Three sheets of quarto paper with school crest and handwritten record, pinned together at top left corner

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

Book - Ballarat College Annual Reports 1868 - 1873

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Paper documents bound together with cardboard covers and spine; hand-written page numbers and index; 1875 newspaper clipping re College matriculation results inside front cover.

Historical information

Compilation of earliest Annual Reports and Honours Lists for Ballarat College 1865 - 1866; the College opened mid-year 1864.

Significance

Unique copies - highly significant and valuable

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover: Presented to Ballarat College / Council by Newton Wanliss Esq / August 1937

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

Book - Self-help: with illustrations of conduct and perseverance

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Full calf binding in mid-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 / Geography / First Prize / Third Form / Awarded to / Kate Whittle / Christmas [date obliterated]

Book - Thrift

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Full calf binding in mid-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; decorative bookmark included

Historical information

Prize awarded to Kate (Letitia) Whittle (DoB 6/12/1863; entered Ballarat College Girls' School 1881), for excellence in English; 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 / English/ First Prize / Fourth Form / Awarded to / Kate Whittle / Christmas [date obliterated]

Book - The poetical works of John Milton

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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]

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

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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]

Book - The book of noble English women

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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]

Framed items

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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.

Clock

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Wooden surround, glass front roman numerals on pale yellow face, battery operated; clock accompanied by frame description.

Historical information

Keith Charles Hofmaier (1927 - 1994) was one of Ballarat College's most distinguished sons. He attended the school from 1941 - 1945 serving as librarian, school prefect (1945) and member of the Rowing Firsts (1945). After school he became a successful farmer, well-known historian, organist, Freemason, philanthropist and community worker. He continued to give generously to the school and the Weatherly Library throughout his life. He endowed poetry and music prizes in memory of his daughter Ann who died in an accident. The Students' Representative Council gave a clock tot he school library in memory of his contribution to the school in 1994.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque on clock glass: Keith Hofmaier 1927 - 1994

Coulter Cup

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Small silver double-handed cup with ornate edge to cup lip and engraving on face

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'. This Coulter Cup was awarded in 1946 to Barbara Walter.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on face of cup: CPLC crest / THE COULTER CUP / 1946

Photographs

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Black and white photographs mounted on heavy card

Historical information

Five photographs of Ballarat College sport teams in the 1930s featuring Basil Heriot and Keith Heriot, donated to the school by Wendy Moyle in 2019.

Framed artefact

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Framed wool football jumper in mount under glass

Historical information

Jumper belonging to old collegian John Birt (1954); John played in the 1954 Football Premiership team

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque on mount: Ballarat College / Premiership Jumper / 1954

Framed photograph - Ballarat College first five enrolments 1864

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Framed item featuring photographs of first four students enrolled at Ballarat College in 1864

Historical information

Mein's history of Ballarat College, published 1964, records the school's first enrolments this way. "The Ballarat College will be opened on Wednesday morning, 6th July, 1864, at 9 o'clock, in the Rev. Wm. Henderson's Church. Intending students will assemble at that hour" Advertisement in the Ballarat Star. 'Two seven year old boys 'assembled'. They were cousins, and their names were: Samuel Baird and James Brown. On the following Monday....came three more pupils: Charles J Henderson, James W Nicol and William Govan Finlayson. framed item collated after their deaths, possibly for centenary celebrations.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ballarat College / First Four Enrolments / 1864 / The Late Mr Sam Baird / The Late Mr J C Brown / The Late Mr W G Finlayson / The Late Mr C J Henderson

Book - Redgauntlet

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Small, maroon, leather-bound book with gold lettering and detail on spine and gold crest on front cover; book plate inside front cover

Historical information

Awarded to Donald Neil Symons for excellence in Scripture during 1926 at Ballarat College. Neil was educated at Ballarat College (Dux 1933) and Ormond College, Melbourne University. He became a Clothing industry leader and was Fletcher Jones' distinguished successor as chief executive of the FJ organisation, and a prominent advocate for the Australian textile and clothing industries, decentralised industry and government support of employee share ownership schemes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: School crest / Ballarat College / Third Prize / (Lower division) / Awarded to / N Symons / A Richardson BA / December 1927 Principal

Book - The land that is desolate: an account of a tour in Palestine

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Medium-sized, maroon, leather-bound book with gold-lettering and decoration on spine and gold school crest on front cover; bookplate inside front cover

Historical information

Awarded to Donald Neil Symons for excellence in Scripture during 1926 at Ballarat College. Neil was educated at Ballarat College (Dux 1933) and Ormond College, Melbourne University. He became a Clothing industry leader and was Fletcher Jones' distinguished successor as chief executive of the FJ organisation, and a prominent advocate for the Australian textile and clothing industries, decentralised industry and government support of employee share ownership schemes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bookplate inside front cover: School crest / Ballarat College / Sixth-Lower Form / Dux Prize / Awarded to / D N Symons / A Richardson BA / December 1930 Principal

Book - Paul the ambassador: the life story of the great apostle re-told for young people

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Thick, maroon leather-bound book with gold lettering on spine, black wording and detail and gold school crest on front cover; bookplate inside front cover

Historical information

Awarded to Donald Neil Symons for excellence in Scripture during 1926 at Ballarat College. Neil was educated at Ballarat College (Dux 1933) and Ormond College, Melbourne University. He became a Clothing industry leader and was Fletcher Jones' distinguished successor as chief executive of the FJ organisation, and a prominent advocate for the Australian textile and clothing industries, decentralised industry and government support of employee share ownership schemes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bookplate inside front cover:School crest / Ballarat College / IVA Form / Scripture Prize / (The gift of Mrs Cairns) / Awarded to / Neil Symons / A Richardson BA / December 1926 Principal

Book - Charles George Gordon

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Small, maroon leather-bound book with gold title and detailing on spine and gold school crest on front cover; plain endpapers; bookplate inside front cover.

Historical information

Awarded to Donald Neil Symons for excellence in Scripture during his final year at Ballarat College. Neil was educated at Ballarat College (Dux 1933) and Ormond College, Melbourne University. He became a Clothing industry leader and was Fletcher Jones' distinguished successor as chief executive of the FJ organisation, and a prominent advocate for the Australian textile and clothing industries, decentralised industry and government support of employee share ownership schemes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front covers: school crest / Ballarat College / Sixth Form / Scripture Prize / (Gift of Mrs T R Cairns) / Awarded to / D N Symons / A Richardson, BA / December 1930 Principal

Medal

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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

Framed item

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Collection of papers, framed under glass; thin black frame with fine gold line on molding; cardboard backing and paper sealing tape; hanging wire across back.

Historical information

Framed set of documents, including letter from Ballarat College Principal, John Garbutt to George Howard, Esq. teaching master, Grammar School, Echuca 25 June 1878; memorandum confirming ongoing employment and raise of salary from Principal Garbutt to G Howard 17 December 1879; male and female student lists and results by subject covering Geography Form V, Arithmetic Form VI, Latin Form V, Mathematics Form III, English Form V, Mathematics Form VI, Mathematics Upper VI.

works of art

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

large framed works of art; hand coloured linocut

Historical information

Artist Vida Pearson of Ross Creek; given to school by the family of Old Collegian Andrew Craig Noonan. Andrew attended the school 1983 - 1989. Works titled 'Proteaceae' and Butterflies and Angels'.

Inscriptions & Markings

handwritten on reverse: In loving memory of / Andrew Craig Noonan (died 21/7/1992) / and in grateful and sincere thanks / for the love, care and support / given to us by the staff of / Ballarat and Clarendon College / Ron, Pam and Damien 20/2/1993

Framed photograph

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Black and white photograph mounted on grey card of Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College student cohort in 1933. The students are arranged in five tiered rows. The photograph is taken in the Mair Street quadrangle. The photograph is accompanied with a typed list of names.

Historical information

This extraordinary record of the student cohort in 1933 reveals aspects of school life in the early 1930's. It shows young boys from the Kindergarten class, uniform and property detail.

Significance

This photograph has social significance because of its detail regarding schooling in the early 1930s.

Framed photograph

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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

Historical information

Clarendon Ladies College class photograph with Principal Lillie Crump

Framed photograph

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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

Historical information

Clarendon Ladies College class photograph; possibly Matriculation

Framed photograph

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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

Historical information

Clarendon Ladies College class photograph