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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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488 items

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.

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

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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

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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

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

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 Sophie Bell top left and Chrissie Bell on floor at left

Framed photograph

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Gray-scale photograph, with ornately-printed grey mount in thin black frame

Historical information

Taken in garden of Clarendon Street property and includes students and teachers

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on back: 1901

Framed photograph

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on back: Nov 1931 Clarendon College Old Collegians reunion

Photograph - Centenary Football Match 3rd July 1964

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

medium size, gray-scale photograph on large, white, heavy card mount

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on mount: Centenary Football Match 3rd July 1964 / B C C 3-3 (21) / S P C 6-8 (44)

Framed photograph

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Framed set of 4 formal school photographs; thin black wood frame; photographs on school mounts with names inscribed; hanging wire across back of frame; label pasted to verso

Historical information

Significant record of Archibald Wearne's sporting achievements in 1925. Arch was the Son of Mr John Wearne, Woomelang. Born 31/5/1909, Arch entered Ballarat College in mid-1924 as a boarder.

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed label on verso: PRESENTED BY / ARCH WEARNE / 1988 / 1925 CREW - / COX - NOEL HAMMOND / STROKE - ARCH WEARNE / THIRD - ANGUS WOTHERSPOON / SECOND - A McLEAN / BOW - DAVID DAVIES

Photograph - 1921 B.P.S. Old Boy's Race

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Gray-scale photograph on heavy card with smaller photograph inset at bottom right corner; two detached pieces of mount with inscriptions

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on large piece of mount: BALLARAT OLD COLLEGIANS WINNERS / -NAMES- / J WOODWARD [BOW] H KNOX [NO 2] A DAWSON SEN [NO 3] A DAWSON [STR] A KING [COX] Inscribed on smaller piece of mount: B.P.S. / OLD BOYS RACE 1921

Photograph - 1893 Ballarat College Football Premiers

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Facsimile gray-scale photograph, oversize

Historical information

Original photograph is framed and displayed in Sturt Street campus reception foyer

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on football held by student in middle of front row: Premiers 1893

Photograph - 1900 Ballarat College Cricket Team

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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

Historical information

Seven members of the Ballarat College Cricket Team served during the 1914-1918 war. Milligan, Mitchell, Uthwatt, LA and H A, Vaughan returned servicemen; Elliot George and E S Holgate died.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on verso: names of team members

Photograph - c1895 Ballarat College Cricket Team

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Sepia-toned photograph, oversize

Photograph - c1900 Ballarat College Cricket

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Gray-scale photograph, plywood mount, oversize

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

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

Gray-scale photograph, plywood mount, oversize

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photograph - 1900 Ballarat College Cadets

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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

Photograph - 1897 Ballarat College Football Champions

Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on football held by student in middle of front row: Champions 1897