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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Ballarat, Vic

The BMI’s core principles outlined in 1859 were “the diffusion of literary, scientific and other useful knowledge and the supply of rational in-door recreation to its members.” While this has evolved somewhat into the current day, the Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute is fortunate to have retained a substantial collection of 19th and 20th century material that is representative of the holdings of a large, regional Mechanics’ Institute during that period.

The Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute collection of some 16000 heritage books, periodicals and newspapers (approximately 80,000 issues) acquired progressively since 1859 is heritage listed and presents a rare example of the range of reading material available to the citizens of Ballarat and District from the mid 19th century to early part of the 20th century. In addition is the Reference Collection, featuring a large range of directories and other research material.
The collection also includes the Institute’s own Archives dating from c. 1857 including minutes, correspondence, annual reports, lithographs, artifacts and objects, and the newly acquired Max Harris historic Ballarat photography collection, part of the BMI Audio Visual Collection.

The Max Harris Photography Collection was compiled by collector and photographer Max Harris over forty years from various sources, including public, private, and his own images. Any knowledge regarding additional information about these images or pointing out double-ups can be made via the comment box and is much appreciated. The images that have been catalogued and uploaded here are from the digital files in the collection.
More information about the collection and regarding print and image usage:
https://ballaratmi.org.au/heritage/max-harris-photography-collection

Collection acquisition scope and process
An acquisition committee assesses donations to the BMI collections and requires donors to complete associated paperwork.

Key collecting areas are:

-Digital audio-visual material and paper ephemera relating to Ballarat city life
-Books for both lending library and Research Collection as per our collection criteria of relevance, condition etc.
-Ongoing collection of the Ballarat Courier

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Contact Information

location
117 Sturt St Ballarat Victoria 3350 (map)
phone
+61 53313042

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Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 10-4 Sat 9.30-12

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Location

117 Sturt St Ballarat Vic

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The BMI’s core principles outlined in 1859 were “the diffusion of literary, scientific and other useful knowledge and the supply of rational in-door recreation to its members.” While this has evolved somewhat into the current day, the Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute is fortunate to have retained a substantial collection of 19th and 20th century material that is representative of the holdings of a large, regional Mechanics’ Institute during that period.

The Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute collection of some 16000 heritage books, periodicals and newspapers (approximately 80,000 issues) acquired progressively since 1859 is heritage listed and presents a rare example of the range of reading material available to the citizens of Ballarat and District from the mid 19th century to early part of the 20th century. In addition is the Reference Collection, featuring a large range of directories and other research material.
The collection also includes the Institute’s own Archives dating from c. 1857 including minutes, correspondence, annual reports, lithographs, artifacts and objects, and the newly acquired Max Harris historic Ballarat photography collection, part of the BMI Audio Visual Collection.

The Max Harris Photography Collection was compiled by collector and photographer Max Harris over forty years from various sources, including public, private, and his own images. Any knowledge regarding additional information about these images or pointing out double-ups can be made via the comment box and is much appreciated. The images that have been catalogued and uploaded here are from the digital files in the collection.
More information about the collection and regarding print and image usage:
https://ballaratmi.org.au/heritage/max-harris-photography-collection

Collection acquisition scope and process
An acquisition committee assesses donations to the BMI collections and requires donors to complete associated paperwork.

Key collecting areas are:

-Digital audio-visual material and paper ephemera relating to Ballarat city life
-Books for both lending library and Research Collection as per our collection criteria of relevance, condition etc.
-Ongoing collection of the Ballarat Courier

Ron McLean 28 May 2017 8:26 PM

In your photo collection, photo MH60-119 is described as being a "Chevrolet sedan being admired". It is in fact a 1960 Cadillac Series 75 limousine. I believe it to be a car that probably belonged to Elvis Presley which was displayed in Ballarat many years ago. You will note the rear doors of the car are open to show the custom fitted shoe shine machine in the rear of the car.

Amy Tsilemanis 11 October 2018 3:05 PM

Thanks for this information Ron

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BTV6 Cameraman

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Town Hall & Crowd 1938 Festival

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Munro Saddler

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Beaufort

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

1960's from Peel St Looking West

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Town Hall Tower Armstrong St Sth looking south 1870s

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Max Harris Collection, Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

Lake Wendouree Boats

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Looking down Lydiard St Nth showing Federal hotel

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Bridge St From Grenville St Looking East circa 1928

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Inside Coliseum South St Comps Ballarat

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. This is the Mouth Organ Championsip of 1925. Some of the players shown are Percy Spouse, Stan Andrews, Harold Collier and Sydney Dickens. They are holding Boomerang Mouth Organs. Thanks to Phil from the harmonica riff raff blog for this information.

Dawson Ironmonger

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Ballarat Woollen & Worsted Co

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Decorated Arch

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Clunes 1887

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Livestock Markets Doveton St sth Ballarat

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Looking up Sturt St from Town Hall C 1890

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

House unknown

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Print 9

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Beaufort House

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Kirk's Dam 1887

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Ballarat East Town Hall

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

1938 Victoria Centenary Ballarat

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Plastic mount 35mm slide, brand of film unknown

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This photograph is from the Herb Richmond collection held in the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute Audio Visual Collection. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Ebenezer Church & Manse Armstrong St Ballarat

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Thornton Photo Studios

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Electric Supply Co workers in Sturt St opposite Bandstand Ballarat circa 1906

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

A stroll in the botanic gardens

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Panorama. Ballarat Railway Stn. Lydiard St Nth

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.

Baptist Church Victoria St

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Protestant hall

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Lake Wendouree

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This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries.