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Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre) Mount Helen, Victoria

The Federation University Australia Historical Collection, (formerly University of Ballarat), is held in the Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre (GBRC), and is located on the top floor of the E.J. Barker Library (Mt Helen Campus). The GBRC includes three special book collections of the library, the Geoffrey Blainey Mining Collection, the Federation University Australia Research Collection, and the Creedy Economics Collection.

Titles from the three library special collections can be searched online via http://innopac.federation.edu.au, but must be read in the Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre Supervised Reading Room.

The Federation University Historical Collection is an extensive collection of historical material dating from the formation of the Ballarat School of Mines in 1869. The collection covers material from Federation University's predecessors including the Ballarat School of Mines, Ballarat Teachers' College, State College of Victoria, Ballarat; the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education, Ballarat College of Advanced Education, Ballarat University College, Wimmera Institute of TAFE, Monash Gippsland, Gippsland Institute and University of Ballarat. It is particularly strong in the themes of mining, education, and local history.

On 01 January 2014 the University became Federation University Australia with the amalgamation of the University of Ballarat and Monash University’s Gippsland campus. FedUni brings together skills and expertise throughout Ballarat, Gippsland and the Western region of Victoria for the benefit of our regional communities.

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Federation University Australia, Mt Helen Campus Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre, E.J. Barker Library (PO Box 663, Ballarat, VIC, 3353) Mt Helen Victoria 3350 (map)
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+61 03 5327 9168

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Opening Hours

Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre Hours: Tues 9.30am - 1.00pm Wed 1.00pm to 5.00pm Thurs 1.00pm to 5.00pm Fri 9.30am - 1.00pm or by appointment

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Free

Location

Federation University Australia E.J. Barker Library (top floor) Mount Helen Victoria

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The Federation University Historical Collection is located at the Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre (GBRC) on the top floor of the E.J. Barker Library (Mt Helen Campus) and includes a supervised reading room where collections can be accessed and read. The GBRC also houses the Geoffrey Blainey Mining Collection and the Federation University Library Special Collections.

Titles from the Federation University Library collections can be searched online at http://innopac.federation.edu.au. The Federation University Historical Art Collection online catalogue is located at http://guerin.ballarat.edu.au/curator/collection/ and the Federation University Historical Collection is searchable via Victorian Collections.

Federation University Historical Collection is an extensive collection of historical material dating from the opening of the Ballarat School of Mines in 1870. The collection covers material from the Federation University's predecessors including the Ballarat School of Mines, Ballarat Teachers' College, State College of Victoria, Ballarat; the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education, Ballarat College of Advanced Education, Ballarat University College, Wimmera Institute of TAFE, Monash Gippsland and University of Ballarat.

Significance

Federation University Historical Collection is significant because of its emphasis on local education, particularly at the tertiary level. It relates to the Ballarat School of Mines, Australia's first technical school, are an important aspect of the collection. Material on former staff, students and local identities are also housed in the collection. Through the Ballarat School of Mines Federation University is the third oldest tertiary institution in Australia, and has resulted in a strong and important emphasis on mining in the collection.

Mrs Robyn Thompson 2 September 2016 9:17 AM

Hello. I have just seen a photo of Pioneers of Ballarat on the web site. It has the Object registration 15771. A large group of men. I see my great ancestor D GUNN the photo. As I'm searching my family tree, I would love to have the photo of him Any chance that someone can help me with my request. Please contact me on thombsh@gmail.com Robyn Thompson (Mrs)

Amanda Osborne 25 September 2016 4:28 PM

My great great grandfather, William Simpson, and his three brothers worked in a mining area called Hard Hills near or between Ballarat and Buninyong. He married Mary Kelly, an Irish Orphan girl,arrived on the Pemberton in May 1849, the same year. Can you please tell me if you can identify a previous gold mining area called Hard Hills or if there is any documentation or photographic records relating to same. My gratitude and thanks in anticipation. Amanda Osborne guenevere13@hotmail.com 0437130393

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5787 items

Document - Eureka Stockade Site, 1991

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Ten typed pages of notes relating to the site of the Eureka Stockade by Iain Stuart of the Victoria Archaeological survey

Historical information

The Eureka Stockade was attached on 03 December 1854. It is not certain where the actual site of the stockade is.

Book - The Elements of Algebra Designed for the use of Schools

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Small brown rectangular book of 168 pages, with miscellaneous examples and answers to examples, in part one of unnumbered section at back of book. Appendix contains University Local Examination papers on Algebra - accompanied by answers.

Historical information

This plan is associated with former Ballarat School of Mines Student Richard Squire (1875-1876). Gift of the Squire Family

Inscriptions & Markings

Richard B Squire Ballarat (handwritten in ink on top of front cover)

Photograph - Black and White - John Brittain

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

A man in a jacket looks toward a microscope on a table with white tablecloth. The man is John Brittain who lectured at the Ballarat School of Mines.

Historical information

On 28 June 1907 John Brittain, a well known writer and lecturer on astronomical subjects was appointed lecturer and demonstrator in Astronomy in the Department of Engineering and Surveying at the Ballarat School of Mines.

Poster - The Salvos Gaoled in Ballarat

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Poster reproduced for a University of Ballarat Historical Collection Exhibition highlighting the Ballarat Gaol and Court in relation to the gaoling of Salvation Army minister in March 1892. The exhibition marked 120 years of the Salvation army in Ballarat.

Student's Technical Drawings - Technical drawings

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Pencil on paper student's technical drawings Turf Roller: .1) Assembly .2) Details - frame .3) - .4) Details

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat Technical School Form 3C -1970

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Invitation - University of Ballarat End of Year Exhibition invitation, 2009

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Black card invitation with an image of Ponsonby Carew-Smyth with the words "EYE" over his face.

Photograph - Black and White - School of Horticulture, 1939

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Mounted black and white photo of a group of people who studied Horticulture. One of them is John McNaughton who stands second from the left in the back row.

Historical information

John McNaughton studied at the Ballarat Teachers' College in 1929. The School of Horticulture depicted in this photograph could be associated with the Education Department who had a State Schools' Nursery at Hughesdale.

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso in pencil - ' School of Horticulture, Part 1. May 1939. John [McNaughton] 2nd left back row.

Cartoons - World War One Cartoons by Edwin Cannon, 1916

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Digital images of a number of cartoons published in the Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1916. Ted Cannon sent cartoons home to Ballarat from the World War One front.

Historical information

Edwin (Ted) Cannon was born at Ballarat on 30 July 1895, the only son of Edwin and Florence Cannon. He studied art at the Ballarat School of Mines Technical Art School. Ted displayed a talent for industrial design but it was his black and white work that 'drew' most attention. His cartoons and caricatures, heavily influenced by Phil May, were of a particularly high standard. During the Ballarat Exhibition of 1913 Ted's work was singled out for notice and he was awarded First Prize. After completing his art course Ted was employed as an assistant teacher at the Ballarat Technical Art School, before taking a position as cartoonist with the Ballarat Star newspaper at the end of 1914. With the war raging in Europe Ted discovered a darker aspect for his artwork, but, still, he could not resist depicting Turkey as a full-feathered, fez-wearing bird. In 1915 Ted was awarded the prestigious Victorian Education Department Senior Technical School Scholarship. Only months into his scholarship, Ted volunteered for the AIF. A keen member of the local 71st "City of Ballarat" Regiment Ted was already primed for a life in the army. He embarked from Port Melbourne on 23 November 1915 with reinforcements to the 6th Infantry Battalion bound for Egypt. It was during the Battle of Pozieres on the Western Front that Ted Cannon came into his own. His work with the Scout Platoon (under the command of Lieutenant Jack Rogers) sketching the enemy's gun emplacements proved invaluable to the Brigade and brought Ted to the attention of the Australian High Command. On 13 September 1916 Ted was given a special assignment for General C.B.B. White. Ted was sent out forward of the Old Mill at Verbrandenmolen (in the Ypres Salient) to draw a panorama of the German lines in the area from Hill 60 to The Bluff. It was a hazardous task and Ted was warned to be careful. Tragically he was sniped by an enemy machine-gunner and sustained severe abdominal wounds. Stretcher-bearers rushed him to the 17th Casualty Clearing Station where he was operated on by the doctors at 8.30 that night. With little chance of success, but ever resilient, Ted remained conscious almost to the end. He died early in the morning of the 14 September 1916. His body was buried in the large Military Cemetery at Lijssenthoek. See http://www.ballarat.edu.au/about-ub/history/art-and-historical-collection/ub-honour-roll/c/edwin-joseph-ted-cannon-1895-1916

Scrapbook - Ballarat Teachers' College Scrapbook, 1951-c1970

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Brown hardcovered scrapbook folio relating to the Ballarat Teachers' College. It inlcudes Mavis Canty's graduation photo, appointment letter to the Ballarat Teachers' College, flyer for Education Week in Ballarat at Alfred Hall, signatures of 1952 & 1954 & 1958 & 1959 & 1960 graduands, Gillies Street Campus Opening, and various newsclippings

Historical information

in 1950 Mavis Canty graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts.

Newspaper - The Ballarat Star, 16 November 1893

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Document - Ballarat Progress Association Notice of Meeting Card

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Two cream cards with black print and some hand writing 12067.1 Cream front and verso 12067.2 Light brown with cream strip on right hand side , cream verso

Historical information

In 1906 the Ballarat Progress Association commissioned Powell and Co. to publish a booklet called Guide to Ballarat the Beautiful.This booklet contained many photographs (including coloured photography) and description of businesses and icons of which inhabitants of the city could be proud. Berry, Anderson & Co. were commissioned to produce: 1918 Beautiful Ballarat: The City of Charm & Beauty and 1923 Beautiful Ballarat: The City of Charm and Beauty. http://bih.ballarat.edu.au/index.php/Ballarat_Progress_Association The card was made out to Frederick Martell who was registrar of the School of Mines Ballarat (SMB). W. Coulthard was secretary of the Ballarat Progress Association

Inscriptions & Markings

12067.1 24 Sept 07 hand written in black ink towards top right hand side of card. "Election of officers etc" hand written towards bottom middle of card. "Mr Martell" hand written in black ink on verso 12067.2 "June 10th 1907 hand written in black ink on front. Mr Martell handwritten in black ink on back

Book - Ballarat School of Mines Handbook, 1970

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Green and white soft covered handbook for the Ballarat School of Mines.

Historical information

Ballarat School of Mines is a predecessor instution of Federation University Australia

Photograph - University of Ballarat International Student, c2005

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Photograph - Black and White - Dawson Street Baptist Young Men's Club, 1908

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Large mounted photo of 26 members of the Dawson Street Baptist Young Men's Club.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to A.E. Ewins Esq By the members of the Dawson St Baptist Young Men's Club as a token of esteem.

Photograph - Colour - Shearing and Shearing Shed at Kur-a-ruc, Rokewood, c1990s

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Four photographs of shearing in the Kur-a-ruc Shearing Shed, interiors, and an exterior view.

Photograph - Colour - SMB Catering Students

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Large laminated colour photograph of SMB students

Report - Ballarat School of Mines Planning Officer's Report to Council, 1978

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Report from the Ballarat School of Mines Planning Officer . Planning Document 41.78

Book - Prodromus of the Palaeontology of Victoria No iv

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

A Paperback cover book. Decade IV. Title is written in black on front cover and on title page. At head of title: Geological Survey of Victoria. Illustrations, plates in b/w; 32 p. It includes figures and descriptions of Victorian Organic Remains and contents of Decades on the back cover of the book.

Historical information

This publication consists of many Decades which contain "figuers and descriptions of the fossil organic remains to be used for the determination of the geological ages of the different geological formations of the country." (p. 3). Frederick McCoy was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1817. He was a Professor of Natural Sciences, University of Melbourne 1854-1899. McCoy lectured in geology, zoology, chemistry, mineralogy, geography and botany. In 1858 He became the Director of the National Museum of Victoria and the President of the Royal Society of Victoria in 1864. In 1888, McCoy was awarded FRS for work in Palaeontology in Ireland, England and Australia. He died in his office while correcting examination papers in 1899

Plan - Ballarat School of Mines New Classrooms (now Administration Building), 1899

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

2 copies on paper: .1) Admin buildings .2) Admin buildings

Plan - City of Ballarat (Part) (Ballaarat East)

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Crown Cadastral Plan showing Governement Roads, Crown Parcels, Dimensions, Crown grantees, dated of grants, etc in Ballarat East. The plan shows features such as Bakery Hill, Canadian Station, recreation reserves, timber reserves, Yarrowee Creek, Black Hill Reserve, Eureka Reserve and Garden, Orphan Asylum, Rifle Butts Reserve, Ballarat Woollen Mill, Ballarat Observatory, Sovereign Hill Recreation Reserve, Specimen Vale, Market Reserve, Cemetery WGS 84 Centroid 37 degrees 33' 55" S 143 degrees 52' 38" E E.W. Extent; 5 km N-S Extent; 4 km

Book - Cyaniding for Gold, 1939

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Orange, hard, cloth covered b270 page book with brown dust jacket. Chapters include sampling sand and slime dumps; treating sand; aeration; treatment of slime; smelting; solution testing; cyanide solution; air- slaked lime; cyanding in Queensland; copper troubles; treatment of concentrates; amalgamations; assaying; floatation; chemistry; testing for minerals. Includes photographic reproductions of a cyanide plant for sand; aeration tower; mixer tank; Eleanora cyaniding plant;

Historical information

500 of these books were printed, and many were used in the field, making good copies very rare.

Significance

A simple but detailed account of the process written especially for the working miner and the small syndicate, the Quintessential Australian gold Mining book.

Photograph - Black and White - Warren Perry, Graham Beabland, E.J. Tippett, Bill Ryan

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Four men stand in from on an historical display at the Ballarat School of Mines. They are Warren Perry (author), Graham Beanland (Principal) , E.J. Tippett (President), Bill Ryan.

Historical information

Warren Perry write a history of the Ballarat School of Mines which was published in 1984. Bill Ryan was an Ballarat School of Mines staff member who acted as his research assistant.

Photograph - University of Ballarat Geology Students, c2005

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright, Sydney

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Black and white photograph of a man in a band uniform and hat, carrying a case. Behind is the stone wall, window and grating of a building. The man is Frank Wright. The place is Sydney.

Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born. He lived at Laura Villa, and attended Smeaton State School. His father William was a gold miner and his mother's name was Sarah. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. Frank was tutored by Percy Code and was awarded a gold medal for the highest marks in the ALCM examinations in the British Colonies at the age of seventeen years. He became the Australian Open Cornet Champion by the age of eighteen. A year later, Frank conducted the City of Ballarat Band, and later the Ballarat Soldiers’ Memorial Band. He formed the Frank Wright Frisco Band and Frank Wright and his Coliseum Orchestra. These bands won many South Street awards, and Frank as conductor won many awards in the Australian Band Championship contest. In 1933 Frank Wright sailed to England to conduct the famous St Hilda’s Band and was later appointed Musical Director of the London County Council, where he organized many amazing concerts in parks, in and around the London district. He was made Professor of Brass and Military Band Scoring and conducted at the Guildhall of Music and Drama. Frank was often invited to adjudicate Brass Band Championships around Europe, in Australia, including South Street and in New Zealand. The Frank Wright Medal at the Royal South Street competition is awarded to an individual recognized as making an outstanding contribution to brass music in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in pen of the back - Frank Wright (20) Sydney. Easter 1922. Taken by Vernon Holt Printed on back - Post, Correspondence

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat School of Mines students making the Possum Skin Cloak "Dyirranga", 2002

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Photograph of students makig the Ballarat School of Mines Possum Skin Cloak.

Historical information

The artists who contributed to this work were undertaking an Advanced Certificate in Koori Art and Design, which ran at the Ballarat School of Mines from 1995-2002)

Photograph - black and white - St Joseph's Orphanage Brass Band, 1924

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Black and white photograph of a group of boys dressed in a band uniform all carrying brass instruments. The conductor is seated centre front with two drums, one on top of the other placed in front of him. The group is arranged in front of shrubbery and a statue of Mary. The conductor is Frank Wright and the grounds are the boys orphanage, St Joseph's Home - now Blythewood Grange

Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton. He lived at Laura Villa, and attended Smeaton State School. His father William was a gold miner and his mother was Sarah Wright. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. Frank was tutored by Percy Code and became the Australian Open Cornet Champion by the age of eighteen. A year later, Frank conducted the City of Ballarat Band, and later the Ballarat Soldiers’ Memorial Band. He formed the Frank Wright Frisco Band and Frank Wright and his Coliseum Orchestra. These bands won many South Street awards, and Frank as conductor won many awards in the Australian Band Championship contest. In 1933 Frank Wright sailed to England to conduct the famous St Hilda’s Band and was later appointed Musical Director of the London County Council, where he organized many amazing concerts in parks, in and around the London district. He was made Professor of Brass and Military Band Scoring and conducted at the Guildhall of Music and Drama. Frank was often invited to adjudicate Brass Band Championships around Europe, in Australia, including South Street and in New Zealand. The Frank Wright Medal at the Royal South Street competition is awarded to an individual recognized as making an outstanding contribution to brass music in Australia. St Joseph's home was later known as Nazareth House.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in ink on front - '1924'

Plaster cast - Plaster Cast of an Alpine Dingo

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Plaster casts of an Alpine Dingo Footprint. These casts were used in the identification of photographs and sightings of large cats in the Australian Bush. Australian Animal Folklore Collection

Historical information

The cast of a captive Alpine Dingo was made by David Pepper-Edwards at Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW. David Pepper-Edwards used a number of plaster cast footprints for comparison of unidentified field casts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso: TZ, Alpine Dingo, 4/04

Posters - Student's Representative Association, Ballarat: Res Ball Posters

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Posters of Res Ball featuring different themes

Drawings - Engineering drawings

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Set of drawing excercises and examples of various items associated with electrical engineering. Drawn in ink on tracing paper. .1 - .3)

Plan - Nuggets at the Head of Ironbark Gully, Tarnagulla

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Plan showing part of the township of Tarnagulla, and the Ironbark Gully area including Western Reef and Creek's Hill.

Poster - The Enchanted Forest

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

colored poster

Historical information

poster advertising the University of Ballarat Residences Ball in 2013

Inscriptions & Markings

printed "The Enchanted Forest...Res Ball...2013"

Plaster Cast - Plaster Cast of Woman's Head

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

White plaster cast of a woman with closed eyes. The cast is hollow, with an opening at the back. There is a metal wire at the back so it can hang on the wall.

Historical information

Used at the Ballarat School of Mines Technical Art School. Also used by TAFE visual arts students at the University of Ballarat until removal to the University of Ballarat Historical Collection in 2012

Technical drawing - Hand drawn plan for timber bridge

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Ink on paper technical drawing for timber bridge

Balance Scales - Balance Scales (field set)

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

A self-contained demountable balance scale set mounted and housed in a timber box. Complete with balance weights -

Map - Geological - Geological Survey of Victoria - Ballarat, 1857

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Geological map featuring four colours.

Photograph - Black and White - A Party of Camels in front of a Pyramid, 1940

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Black and white photograph of a party of three people, two men and a woman sitting on camels being held by their keepers. They are standing in front of the Great Pyramid in Egypt. The man on the right is Frank Wright.

Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born. He lived at Laura Villa, and attended Smeaton State School. His father William was a gold miner and his mother's name was Sarah. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. Frank was tutored by Percy Code and was awarded a gold medal for the highest marks in the ALCM examinations in the British Colonies at the age of seventeen years. He became the Australian Open Cornet Champion by the age of eighteen. A year later, Frank conducted the City of Ballarat Band, and later the Ballarat Soldiers’ Memorial Band. He formed the Frank Wright Frisco Band and Frank Wright and his Coliseum Orchestra. These bands won many South Street awards, and Frank as conductor won many awards in the Australian Band Championship contest. In 1933 Frank Wright sailed to England to conduct the famous St Hilda’s Band and was later appointed Musical Director of the London County Council, where he organized many amazing concerts in parks, in and around the London district. He was made Professor of Brass and Military Band Scoring and conducted at the Guildhall of Music and Drama. Frank was often invited to adjudicate Brass Band Championships around Europe, in Australia, including South Street and in New Zealand. The Frank Wright Medal at the Royal South Street competition is awarded to an individual recognized as making an outstanding contribution to brass music in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in pencil on the back - at the Great Pyramid, May 1940

Photograph (black & white) - James Oddie and the Shackleton Vapourizer

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Black and white photo mounted onto card. L-R: Messrs B. Deakin, MIEE; Daniel Walker, SMB; Frederick J. Martell, Director of SMB; Dr Cherry, Director of Department of Agriculture; T.P. Long, President of Benevolent Asylum; Prof. Alfred Mica Smith, SMB; ? ; James Oddie, FRGS, etc, inventor of the Shackleton Polarizer.

Historical information

The Shackleton Polarizer was presented to the Ballarat School of Mines in May 1910 by the inventor James Oddie. It is thought to be along the lines of an air conditioner

Inscriptions & Markings

On mount 'Richards & Co Ballarat'

Photograph - black and white - Ballarat School of Mines TAFE Art Teachers

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Left to right: ?, Alistair Heighway, Brian McLennan, Val D'Angru, Betty Collier, ?

Documents - Gordon Mechanics' Institute and Free Library Receipt

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Two receipts from Gordon Mechanics' Institute and Free Library. Payment received from Mr E. Rash

Historical information

During the late 1920s Edwin Rash, father of Keith Edwin Rash, toured moving pictures around central Victoria under the name 'Gem Pictures'.

Photograph - Colour - Windows and doors at Seymours Hotel, Ballarat, 2018

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

A number of photographs showing windows and doors at Seymours Hotel.

Historical information

Seymours was previously known as the Soldiers' Hotel, and the North Grenville Hotel. It was built in the late 1850s, and is classified by the National Trust. The hotel closed suddenly on 27 July 2018.

Plan - Proposed Manager's Residence at Albury

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Two plans showing front elevation and layout plans

Poster - University of Ballarat Camp Street Campus, 2000

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Framed poster of a collage of images showing plans for the University of Ballarat Camp Street Campus, later known as the Arts Academy.

Historical information

The University of Ballarat became Federation University Australia in 2014. The Camp Street Campus was later known as the Arts Academy.

Inscriptions & Markings

"In acknowledgement of the joint agreement to redevelop historic camp Street as a dynamic arts precinct utilising the central business district area of Ballarat."

Photograph - Black and White - Charles Bush and Tom Turner in front of the Leonard French Mural, 'Tapestry', 1960

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Framed black and white image of artist Charles Bush and Ballarat Teachers' College Principal, Tom Turner, shakes hands in front of the mural 'Tapestry' by Leonard French. Student Represetnative Council President, Bruce Vanderburg, stands in the centre of the photograph. The mural was commissioned by students and staff of the Ballarat Teachers' College.

Historical information

The caption on this item incorrectly indentifies Charles Bush and Leonard French.

Photograph - Colour - Residential Support Team, 2018

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

A colour photograph featuring a group photograph of the 2018 FedUniLiving Residential Support Team, with their names in white lettering underneath.

Historical information

At the end of every year, FedUniLiving accepts applications from current residents towards becoming a Residence Assistant (R.A.) Successful applicants are revealed at the end of the year at the Res End of year Event.

Inscriptions & Markings

2018 Residential Support Team written in white lettering on top. FedUniLiving and Federation University Australia logos on the bottom-left corner.

Newspaper - The Ballarat Star

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

The Ballarat Star, broadsheet - 4 pages, part of last page missing.

Photograph - Black and White - A.F. Heseltine

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Black and white photographic portrait of A.F. Hesiltine.

Historical information

A.F. Heseiltine, B.E. (Adelaide), F.S.A.S.M. was born in 1881 and dies in 1957. He was principal of the Ballarat School of Mines from 1921 to 1946.

Report - The Site of the Eureka Stockade, 1993

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Twelve page document relating to the site of the Eureka Stockade.

Historical information

Jack Harvey presented these notes at a public presentation at the Ballarat University College, 19 October 1993.

Framed Photograph - Ballarat Teachers' College

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

Framed black and white photograph of: .1) the former Ballarat East Town Hall .2) the old Dana Street Primary School during the era it was used as the Ballarat Teachers' College. The photographed is surrounded by a green matboard. .3) Ballarat Teachers' College, Gillies Street.

Historical information

These images were hung in the corridor of the University of Ballarat School of Education (Mount Helen). It most probably dates from around the time of the transfer of the College. The Ballarat Teachers' College was established after the Victorian State Government and the State Education Department decided to establish two provincial teachers' colleges, at Ballarat and Bendigo. On 04 May 1926 W.H. Ellwood (Principal), Miss A. Bouchier, and Mr A.B. Jones, welcomed the first enrolment of 61 students to undertake the one year course. In 1927 the College moved to the former Ballarat East Town Hall in Barkly Street, which was remodelled for their use. It closed in December 1931 due to the Great Depression. In 1946 Ballarat Teachers' College reopened and relocated to the Dana Street State School. The building used by the Teachers' College was the original bluestone building facing Doveton Street South. It was originally planned to open as a women's college, for whom the residence at 130 Victoria Street was purchased, but the decision was made to admit resident men from Ballarat. Mr T.W. Turner was appointed as Principal in 1951 and directed the introduction of a two year course for the Trained Primary Teachers' Certificate. The former one year course was terminated at the end of 1951. In 1958 the College was relocated to a custom built facility at Gillies Street, in close proximity to the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Numbers increased with the introduction of the Trained Infant Teachers' Certificate course under the guidance of Mary Egan. With the introduction of a three year Diploma Course in 1968 accommodation became cramped. The introduction of the Diploma of Teaching (Primary) led to the Trained Infant Teachers' Certificate being discontinued in 1969, and the end of the Trained Primary Teachers' Certificate in 1969. Secondary Art and Craft students began studies at Ballarat Teachers' College in 1969 under Mr Ted Doney. In 1971 Mr D. Watson was appointed Principal. The State College of Victoria was proclaimed by Order in Council on 24 July 1973, and Ballarat Teachers' College became a constituent college of the State College of Victoria, and was known as State College of Victoria, Ballarat. By 1975 the College moved to Mount Helen as part of the Ballarat College of Advanced Education. Pre service teachers currently undertake their studies on the Mount Helen Campus of Federation University. ("Ruffians Attempted to Carry of the School Tent: A History of State Education in Ballarat", 1974, p73-4.)

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque under photo "Ballarat Teachers' College Doveton Street 1926, 1946-1957 (Part of Dana Street Primary School No. 33)

Postcard - Colour - Conservatory, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, Ireland

Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre), Mount Helen

A coloured postcard showing a large glasshouse standing in the middle of Belfast Botanic Garden.

Historical information

The gardens' most notable feature is the Palm House conservatory. The foundation stone was laid by the Marquess of Donegall in 1839 and work was completed in 1840.[4] It is one of the earliest examples of a curvilinear cast iron glasshouses in the world. Designed by Charles Lanyon and built by Richard Turner, Belfast's Palm House predates the glasshouses at Kew and the Irish National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin, both of which Turner went on to build. The Palm House consists of two wings, the cool wing and the tropical wing. Lanyon altered his original plans to increase the height of the latter wing's dome, allowing for much taller plants. The Palm House also features a 400-year-old Xanthorrhoea. (Wikipedia)