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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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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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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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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 (artist in residence) and guests in the Reading Room at Talking Shop Community Day 2/2/19

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

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.

Bakery Hill in early Bridge Mall days

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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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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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Barnett's shop front Bridge St

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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.

Blacksmiths shop corner Camp & Mair Sts 1960

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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.

Briants Red Shop Tearooms

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Briants Red Shop Tearooms

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.

Bridge Mall

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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 Mall being built

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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 Mall being built

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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 Mall being built

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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 Mall being built

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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 Mall being built

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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 Mall being built

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Bridge Mall being built

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Bridge Mall being built

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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 Mall being built

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Bridge Mall being built

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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 Mall being built

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Bridge Mall being built

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Bridge Mall being built

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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 Mall being built

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Bridge Mall being built

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Bridge Mall being built

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Bridge Mall being built

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Bridge Mall being built

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Bridge Mall being built

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Bridge Mall being built

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Bridge Mall being built

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Bridge Mall being built Bottom of Sturt

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Bridge Mall being built from Grenville

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