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

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Mon-Fri 10-4 Sat 9.30-12

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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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Shopping Arcade, Bath Lane

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Shopping Arcade, Bath Lane 1960s ballarat shopping arcade bath lane

Bridge St Shops

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Bridge St Shops 1960s ballarat bridge st shops

Car accident with shop

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Car accident with shop 1960s ballarat car accident shop

Outside unknown butcher shop

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Outside unknown butcher shop ballarat butcher shop outside

Church & Opportunity Shop Eureka St

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Church & Opportunity Shop Eureka St 1960s ballarat church opportunity shop eureka st

Shop Store Interior

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Shop Store Interior This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. unknown shop interior

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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.

Shop Buckley & Nunn

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Shop Buckley & Nunn This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. ballarat buckley & nunn shop

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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.

Car towing

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Car towing 1960s ballarat car accident shop towing

Car towing 2

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Car towing 2 1960s ballarat car accident shop towing

Ching Grocer shop

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Ching Grocer shop 1960s ballarat ching grocers

Connie Russo hairdresser

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Connie Russo hairdresser 1960s ballarat connie russo shop hairdressers

Barnett's shop front Bridge St

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Barnett's shop front Bridge St This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. ballarat barnett's shop

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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.

Red Shop Tea Rooms

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Red Shop Tea Rooms This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. ballarat red shop tea rooms

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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.

Red Shop advertisement

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Red Shop advertisement This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. ballarat red shop tea rooms

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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.

Red Shop & Tea Rooms advertisement

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Red Shop & Tea Rooms advertisement This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. ballarat red shop

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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.

Briants Red Shop Tearooms

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Briants Red Shop Tearooms This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. ballarat briant red shop tea

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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.

Shop Window detail

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Shop Window detail This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. shop window hams george farmer war

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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.

Blacksmiths shop corner Camp & Mair Sts 1960

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Blacksmiths shop corner Camp & Mair Sts 1960 This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. 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.

Bakery Hill shops

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Bakery Hill shops This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. ballarat bridge mall bakery hill

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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.

Front of Red Shop Tea Rooms Sturt St Ballarat

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Front of Red Shop Tea Rooms Sturt St Ballarat This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. 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.

Centenary Decorated Bridge St shops

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Centenary Decorated Bridge St shops This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. In 1938 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. In 1938 Ballarat celebrated 100 years since white settlement with a city wide floral festival and parade. Businesses decorated their shops with elaborate displays.

Talking Shop Stories from Ballarat women

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Talking Shop Stories from Ballarat women Audio file. Edited from oral histories collected at Talking Shop exhibition Community Day March 2019, featuring the voices of Heather Horrocks, Shirley Whitefield

Audio file. Edited from oral histories collected at Talking Shop exhibition Community Day March 2019, featuring the voices of Heather Horrocks, Shirley Whitefield, and Isabel Gribble

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These oral histories were collected at a Talking Shop Community Day, March 2019, where the community was invited to come and share their memories on local shops and businesses. This edited piece was created for International Womens Day and features the voices of Heather Horrocks (speaking about the haberdashery business Picot and Widmer and the controversial McDonald's established on Bakery Hill in the 1970s), Shirley Whitefield (speaking about Ballarat tram and shop memories and playing local football in the 1960s), and Isabel Gribble (recalling visits to local shops and hotels). These snippets capture some of the varied and spirited lives of Ballarat women.

Amy Tsilemanis (curator), Pauline O'Shannessy-Dowling (artist in residence) and guests in the Reading Room at Talking Shop Community Day 2/2/19

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Amy Tsilemanis (curator), Pauline O'Shannessy-Dowling (artist in residence) and guests in the Reading Room at Talking Shop Community Day 2/2/19 Amy Tsilemanis (curator), Pauline O'Shannessy-Dowling

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This photograph is held in the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute Audio Visual Collection. Please contact BMI for all print and image inquiries Talking Shop: Ballarat in Business and City Life was an exhibition and program of events held at Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute Between January and April 2019 the BMI hosted Talking Shop: a world of Peters Icecream cones, milk bars, vintage advertising, historic photographs and ephemera, and contemporary photographs and creative responses exploring Ballarat's shops and businesses. Community events invited the community to contribute their images and memories to the BMI collection, and engage in creative activities. This exhibition was curated by Amy Tsilemanis at the BMI who worked with artists Pauline O'Shannessy-Dowling and Margie Balazic, collector John Kerr and Ballarat businesses, council, and schools to create a 'generative' exhibition where material and collaborations could grow.

Early days H.Barnett

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Early days H.Barnett This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. ballarat barnett butcher shop

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Sturt St Lindsays

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Sturt St Lindsays This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. ballarat lindsays shop sturt

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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.

Morsheads Ad

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Morsheads Ad This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. ballarat morsheads tailor shop

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Faulls 1930's

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Faulls 1930's This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. ballarat faulls shop 1930s window

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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.

Faulls 1960

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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat) Faulls 1960 This photograph is from the Max Harris Collection held by the Ballaraat Mechanics' Institute. Please contact BMI for all print and usage inquiries. ballarat faulls inside shop shoes footwear

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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.

Centenary Decoration

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Walter Davis & Co store window 1938

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davis window shop fashion 1938

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