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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 E.J. Barker Library (top floor) Mount Helen Victoria (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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Computerphone - Telecom Computerphone Executive Series

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

A 14 inch colour monitor, keyboard and phone handset complete with accessories and instruction manuals. The Computerphone was known as a 'CP'. See http://www.telephonecollecting.org/telecom.htm

Historical information

The computerphone was an advanced telephone, a personal computer with a built-in display and two micro-drives for storage, an information terminal, and electronic messaging terminal and included a printer option.

Document - Invoice from William M.K. Vale to the Ballarat School of of Mines, 1874

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

Blue invoice with the printed letterhead of William M.K. Vale. The invoice is handwritten out to the Ballarat School of Mines.

Historical information

William Vale was a bookseller, stationer, Newsagent and importer of periodicals. His premises were located at 1 Sturt Strret and opposite the Railway Station in Lydiard Street, Ballarat.

photograph - Black and White - Kate Braithwaite (nee Wright), Eileen, Laura, 54 Charles St St Kilda

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

Three women stand on the verandah of 54 Charles Street, St Kilda. They are Kate Braithwaite (nee Wright), Eileen, Laura Wright

Book - A Gladness Found: A celebration of the Life and Work of those who attended Ballarat Teachers' College in 1949.

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

Blue soft covered book with an image of the Ballarat Teachers' College class of 1949.The book is 235 pages and includes a biography of each member of the class of 1949, the schools graduates taught at, home towns, families, statistics

Historical information

Following a highly successful Reunion in 1989 it was announced that the display book of photographs, press clippings and programs for the 1949 year was missing. A survey was designed and distributed to the '49ers'. The responses were compiled and the book "A Gladness Found" was the result.

Image - Alan Sonsee at Adekate Camp, 1974

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

Alan Sonsee considers a nature exhibit in front of a class

Blueprint Technical Drawing - Blueprint

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

Blueprint of drawing of a Hydraulic riveter

Sign - Sign by Keith Rash

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

Cream thick paper with blue writing in sign writers paint. The sign was created by Keith Rash.

Historical information

Keith Rash was a Ballarat signwriter.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tuesday 28th August at 8.p.m. G.S.V. Speakers, Major C. Stephen, Pres. K. Holden, V. Pres.

Document - Royal Candian Air Force Pass

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

A small pink card associated with the Royal Canadian Air Force, No. 3 Wireless School. Tuxedo, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The pass card is made out to LAC D. L. Maddrell. (403445) Barrack No. 5a

Inscriptions & Markings

verso "Meet me at the "bay" is all you need to say" Personal shopping service.

Plan showing underground drives - Unidentified mine - underground workings

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

Ink on linen with green and brown shading. Red line.

Book - Final recommendations Ballarat Study Area Land Conservation Council, Victoria, 1982

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

Yellow soft covered report of 95 pages . The contents of the report include: Parks, reference areas, wildlife reserves, water production, harwood production, softwood production, flora Reserves and Flora and Fauna reserves, bushland reserves, historic area and reserves, rivers and streams, Roadside conservation and Highway parks, Education areas and School Plantations, Lake Reserves, geological reserves, recreation, scenic reserves, agriculture, mineral and stone production, utilities and survey, township land, Uncommitted Land, military training, other reserves and public land. Maps include: The Study area 1: 250 000 Supplementary Maps

Programme - Greater London Council Parks Development Programs, 1967

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

Small blue covered booklets .1) London Symphony Orchestra .2) London Symphony Orchestra, 3 June 1967 .3) Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, 24 June 1967 .4) Sinfonia of London, 8 July 1967 .5) New Philharmonic Orchestra, 22 July 1967 .6) New Philharmonic Orchestra, 01July 1967 .7) The Halle Orchestra, 15 July 1967 .8) Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, 10 June 1967 Gift of Frank Ritchie, Nephew of Frank Wright, 2014

Site Plan - Mount Helen Campus Academic area

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

Printed architectural plan

Historical information

Federation University site plan made for the Ballarat College of Advanced Education

Inscriptions & Markings

printed with location names and symbols

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat Junior Technical School - Tennis Team 1938

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

A formal group of four boys in tennis outfits with racquets and one adult male.

Historical information

Sport and available playing areas were important and every effort was made to provide this for the students when they moved into the new building in 1921. The terraces leading down from the gaol wall were terraced and clearing areas of rubble to provide playing areas for football and cricket was done by the students. In November 1922, a tennis court was opened in the Battery Paddock. It was designed by Syd Chambers and constructed by Les Waller, former students of the Ballarat School of Mines. A new tennis court was built and opened in 1934, in the same area. This photograph is of the 1938 Tennis Team - Ballarat Junior Technical School. The boys standing are L to R: D. Eltringham and J. Burt. Seated on the left is W. Rowe and W. Edwards on the right. They are with Mr J. Hosie - staff member 1938-41. Donald Eltringham was Dux of the school in 1938. He obtained a Diploma in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the School of Mines Ballarat - 1944/47

Inscriptions & Markings

Photographer's stamp embossed on front with rubber stamp on back "Richards & Cc - photographers - Ballarat. In pencil - "Jun Tech" and "1938"

Photograph - Rosalie Broad - Student at Ballarat Teachers' College, 1967

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

Panorama photograph - colour

Historical information

Photograph taken on top of Ayers Rock. This feature is now known by the Aboriginal name, Uluru.

Book - A Manual of the Steam Engine Part II Design, Construction and Operation of the Steam-Engine

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

A deep red plain cover with John Wiley and Sons name near the bottom of the spine using gold colour. Includes beautiful line illustrations.

Historical information

This book was part of the Ballarat School of Mines Library

Inscriptions & Markings

Bookplate - " School of Mines Ballarat / No. 1253 / Date 28 / 92"

Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright

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

Black and white photograph of the torso of a man in a dark double breasted suit. The man 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

Printed on back - Jerome Stamped on back - 26 June 1939

Banner - University of Ballarat Banner

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

University of Ballarat Banner and stand for tabletop in black carry case

Photograph - Black and White - Tourist Scenes of Brussels

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

Nine black and white photographic views of Brussels. .1) Market Place .2) St James Coudenberg's Church .3) Hallepoort .4) Parc Royal .5) Memorial Egmont and Hornes .6) North Station (Gare du Nord) .7) Courts of Justice .8) Chapel Church .9) de Broukere Place

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat School of Mines Netball Team, 1985

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

Twelve members of the Ballarat School of Mines Representative Netball team and their coach pose for a photograph. The team members wear a gold netball uniform. Standing left to right: Fiona Johnston (Coach, Bernadette Murphy, Wendy Townsing, Debbie Austin, Julie Grdovic, Denise East, Andrea Turner, Donna Robertson, Julie Kay (Captain), Michelle Lafranchi, Anne Prendergast. Absent: Pam McLean.

Document - Ballarat School of Mines List

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

Photograph - black and white - Ballarat Junior Technical School Staff, c1913

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

Black and white photograph of eight men in front of Dana Street Primary School. They are the original members staff of the Ballarat Junior Technical School. Standing left to right: Frank N. King, Harold G. Wakeling, Sam Mayo, H.Victor Maddison Sitting left to right: H.W. Malin, Albert W. Steane (Headmaster), William J. Paterson, Rex L. Cutter

Historical information

In February 1913 the Ballarat Junior Technical School opened its doors to its 86 pupils. The old bluestone building in the grounds of the Dana Street Primary School became their temporary for eight years. In its early years the school offered only a two-year course. The first year was of a general nature giving a thorough grounding in Mathematics and Instrumental Drawing, and introducing students to the various branches of trade work. The second-year students studied for the Junior Technical Certificate and specialized in a course of their choice - either a trade (Woodwork or Fitting and Turning) or a course leading to higher studies at the School of Mines. The photograph shows the Albert Steane, the first Headmaster, with other members of Staff outside the Dana Street Primary School where the Junior Technical School first began.

Shield - University of Ballarat Crest

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

Metal University of Ballarat logo on timber crest.

Historical information

The University of Ballarat was created on 1 January 1994 under the sponsorship of the University of Melbourne. The logo incorporated the Stars of the Southern Cross (Eureka) Flag.

Scientific Instrument - Theodolite

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

Theodolite with four levelling screws. External focusing

Historical information

The theodolite is used in surveying and measures vertical and horizontal angles. Placed on a tripod, it is used to find angles in road building, tunnel alignment and other civil engineering work. The theodolite

Booklet - Ballarat Show Programme, 1966

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

Green soft covered book with the ring programme for the 100th Ballarat Show

Student's Technical Drawing - Engineering drawings

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

.1) Pencil on paper student's technical drawing 'Sliding roof' .2) Pencil on paper student's technical drawing 'Drainage inlet to river'

Photographs - University of Ballarat Graduation Album, 2004

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

A black/grey covered photograph album of photographs from the 2004 graduation ceremony taken by Williams Studio. Image courtesy of Williams Studio, 2004.

Historical information

In 2004 Kiran Mazumbar-Shaw received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ballarat/

Book - The Woodworker and Art Craftsman

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

Bound copies of magazines. Black fabirc cover with black leather spine and corners, with gold lettering on the spine.

Map - Smythesdale, County of Grenville, 1888

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

Coloured map of the County of Grenville. The edge has been taped. The scale is 40 chains to 1 inch. The map is accompanied with a foolscap sheet printed by the Mines Department in 1898. It is a Report on the Parish of Smythesdale by F.M. Krause and includes information on the water reserve, worked quartz veins, Watson's Hill, Surface Hill and Sugarloaf Hill, Haddon, Trunk Lead and the Crucible Shaft.

Historical information

The map maker, Ferdinand M. Krause, was a professor at the Ballarat School of Mines. This land was printed form the Crown Lands Department, Melbourne.

Photograph - black and white - Grave of a Shepherd's Daughter, Lal Lal

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

Two small black and white photographs showing a timber enclosure built around the grave of Mary Ann Paterson at Lal Lal. .1) Shows the grave in the bushland context. A grasstree grows on the left hand side. .2 Out of focus photographic detail of the grave.

Historical information

Mary Ann Paterson, the daughter of William Paterson, died in 1863.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Verso "Grave of Mary Ann Paterson "The Sheperd's daughter" Lal Lal. Died1850-1964" .2 Verso "Grave of the Shepherds Daughter Died 1850s 60s Lal Lal Mary Ann Paterson aged"

Photograph - Colour - Installation of University of Ballarat Chancellor Paul Hemming, 2012

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

Colour photograph of three men in academic regalia sitting inside the Ballarat Uniting Church, Lydiard Street South. Chancellor Dr Paul Hemming sit in the centre, with Vice-Chancellor Professor david Battersby on the left.

Historical information

In April 2012 former Royal Australian College of General Practitioners president Dr Paul Hemming was appointed the University of Ballarat’s new chancellor. Dr Hemming was a deputy chancellor of the university since 2011 and a member of the university council since 2007, and replaces outgoing chancellor Robert Smith. He was a founding director of Beyondblue and has been president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. He was also president of the Australian Medical Association Victoria and has served on numerous federal government medical bodies and tribunals. Chancellors are appointed to chair the university's council (governing body) as the senior office holder of the University. They also confer the academic awards of the university, and represent the university at meetings, functions and ceremonies. At the installation of Dr Hemming as the Fifth Chancellor Of The University Of Ballarat Governor of Victoria Alex Chrnov said: "I join Bonnie Fagan in acknowledging the traditional owners of this land and I pay my respects to their elders past and present. It is my great pleasure, as Governor of Victoria and Visitor to the University of Ballarat, to install Dr Paul Hemming as the fifth Chancellor of this University. I extend to him and his family my warmest congratulations on this appointment and wish him all the best in his new role. I have no doubt that he will be an industrious and wise leader of this University. Although the University of Ballarat is one of Australia’s newest Universities, it is the third oldest Tertiary institution in our country with the School of Mines being established in 1870. It has much to be proud of, and should be recognised for its commitment to being one of our most outstanding regionally focused higher education institutions. It offers on six campuses a diverse, yet suitably targeted, group of learning models that include higher education, TAFE and senior secondary school education, and is one of the few universities in the country that has an associated Technology Park. This University is uniquely placed to provide higher education in Regional Victoria. For example, I understand that by 2020 the population in the Ballarat area will increase by 20% so this University will have the responsibility and opportunity to provide educational opportunities for this growing population. The role of the Governor can be divided into three parts – ceremonial, constitutional and community engagement. It is the third aspect of the role that is most time consuming and, I add, enjoyable. It includes making official visits to Regional areas of Victoria. To date Elizabeth and I have been on 16 such visits and the thing that stands out is that despite the challenges that face Regional communities whether it be through natural disasters, or the economy more broadly – the stoicism, volunteerism and self reliance are always present. Ballarat is an example of such resilience and confidence in its future that can be dated back to this University’s inception. When the School of Mines was established in 1870 on the back of the gold rush era of the 1850s, the local community had vision and faith in its future that is reflected in the building of this institution. It is not dissimilar to Melbourne, where its relatively few citizens established the iconic pillars of our society like the State Library, the University of Melbourne, Parliament Houses and the National Gallery of Victoria. The contribution by the University of Ballarat to Regional Victoria cannot be overstated. Not only does it provide top educational opportunities for students from the Region but its graduates almost invariably end up working in Regional Australia, and often in their own local communities. More specifically, almost three out of every four of the graduates from this University end up finding employment in Regional areas. Such figures highlight the University’s significant contribution to the Regional economy. But its impact is not limited to our Regional areas – it extends to other parts of Australia and overseas. But like so many other higher education institutions in Australia, the University of Ballarat is facing challenges brought about by events such as global uncertainties and the high Australian dollar that impact on the inflow of international students, and dealing with students, more and more of whom come from the lower socio economic sector. It is in those circumstances that the Chancellor must show leadership that involves, amongst others, objectively guiding the Council and supporting the Vice-Chancellor, albeit without becoming involved in the day to day micro management of the University. A strong, trusting and respectful working relationship between the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor is, I believe, critical to the sound progress of a University. Before I turn more specifically to Dr Hemming, I would like to reflect briefly on his immediate predecessor, Emeritus Professor Robert Smith. I am sure that Dr Hemming has already found in Professor Smith an invaluable source of assistance. He was a skilled and effective leader not only here, but also in the broader higher education sector. I mention by way of example his instigation and leadership two years ago of the much acclaimed Chancellors’ Conference that was held in Melbourne. There was great diffidence amongst the Chancellors in having it at all. It was a little like herding cats. But Bob Smith spearheaded the organisation of it, with great attention to detail. And it was his hard work and leadership that resulted in the Conference being such a success and of assistance to all Chancellors who attended. It was an illustration of Bob Smith’s skills as a leader in the sector and of this University. And the sector, just as this University remains indebted to him. And I have no doubt that Dr Hemming will similarly lead this University through the challenging, yet exciting, times that lie ahead. He is eminently qualified to do so, in terms of his personal attributes, academic achievements and experience in governance. With his extensive medical career as a General Practitioner, service on a number of Federal Government medical boards and tribunals, and having been a Founding Director of ‘Beyondblue’, President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and President of the Australian Medical Association (Victoria), his list of personal and professional achievements, as well as his strong sense of public and community duty, is impressive. Importantly, Dr Hemming has a long standing connection with the Ballarat community, having moved here with his family from the United Kingdom in 1977. He is now even accepted as a “local” I am told. Given his range of experience to which I have referred and the time he has already spent on the Council and Standing Committees of this University, he is obviously well placed to take part in leading this University. So it is a great pleasure for me to install Dr Hemming as the fifth Chancellor of the University of Ballarat." (http://www.governor.vic.gov.au/victorias-governor/publications/speeches/speech/speech/104)

Book - Journal of Tertiary Education Administration, 1992

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

Soft blue/green covered book. .1) Vol. 14, No 1., May 1992. Contents include Governance and Corporate Indentity in Network Universities; Management of Multicampus Insitutions, Australian Universities, Equal Opportunity Officers in Australian Higher Educaiton Institutions. .2) Vol 12, No. 1, May 1990. Contents include University Management: Tensions in a Changing Environment, New Agenda for Higher Education, The Establishment of Curtin University of technology, University Computing Centres, Admission of School Leavers to Higher Education in Queensland.

Historical information

Robert H.T. Smith was Chancellor of University of Ballarat (later Federation University Australia).

Document - Lawalul Estate No. 1 Gold Mining Company Prospectus, 1934

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

Prospectus for the Lawalul Estate No. 1 Gold Mining Company Prospectus, 1934

Object - Ballarat Bertie

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

Plaster model of Ballarat Bertie, leaning on a bottle of Ballarat Bitter. Cast lettering on the base "Bertie the Cellarman: On the underface of the base some eight signatures/na,es and with blue felt pen "Property of B.U.C. N. Gower"

Historical information

Ballarat Bertie was presented to lecturer Neville Gower by students of the first course in Brewing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brass Plate "Presented to Neville Gower on behalf of Malting and Brewing Class 1990"

Booklet - Dredging for Gold and Tin

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

Fifty six page, soft brown covered booklet including methods of dredging and a catalogue of various pumps. Illustrations include: Thompson's Head Office: Natual Head Method; Pontoon Plant method; floating pontoon suction cutter method and pontoon plant method.

Historical information

Thompson and Co. were a large foundry and engineering works in Castlemaine, Victoria.

Handwritten document - Memorandum of Agreement, 1877

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

Photograph - Colour - Premier Steve Bracks, 2000

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

A photograph of four men. One is Premier Steve Bracks, former President of the Ballarat College of Advanced Education Student Association.

Historical information

In November 2000 Premier Steve Bracks was given life membership of the University of Ballarat Student Association.

Book - Agreement Rules & Regulations of the metropolitan Gold Mining Company, Little Bendigo

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

printed book of rules, regulations and shareholders.

Exercise book - Monica Millers Speech training notes

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

Blue and beige covered exercise book.

Certificate - The School of Mines and Industries Ballaarat: Diploma Certificate (Blank)

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

Certificate on thick paper with deckled edges. Black printing.

Historical information

Form prepared for those students who have obtained their Diploma. Provision made for name of Student, course they studied, signatures of Principal, Registrar, President and Vice President of the Council. States that they have been admitted as an Associate of the School of Mines and Industries, Ballaarat.

Inscriptions & Markings

Badge of the School of Mines

Document - Port Nepean Information, 1909

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

Photograph - Colour - Nursing Students Wearing Old Nursing Costumes

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

Six colour photographs of nursing students wearing old nursing costume, and also a straight jacket. Many of the nursing costumes are now held in the Federation University Historical Collection.

Poster - Ballarat Teachers' College: Breakfast with the Stars

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

Green poster size cover paper with hand drawn portrait and lettering in texta.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Breakfast with the Stars" Date: Wednesday 24th March at 8 am $1.50c Performing Arts Studio

Correspondence - Department of Mines correspondence

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

Hand written letter from Department of Mines to Mr. Keith Rash. Department of Mines Victoria logo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on letterhead "Mr Keith Rash 519 Humffray St Ballarat Dear Keith, We are currently preparing an obituary for Mr Baragwanath for our mining & Geological journal. We have found out that he attended Victoria College and the Ballarat School of Mines. Do you know whether Victoria College was the forerunner of the present Ballarat College or not? Any other personal recollections you may have of Mr Baragwanath would also e useful. Yours faithfully John L Kinglet."

Document - Steiglitz Mining Division

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

Three typed pages on the Steiglitz goldfield prepared by Laurie Moore.

Document - Ballarat School of Mines and Industries Diploma Courses, 1946

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

Carbon typed document

Booklet - Creating Our Future: A Community Plan for Ballarat, 1994

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

White, black and blue soft covered book

Plan - Ballarat School of Mines Proposed Layout

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

Blueline plans of the present and proposed layout the Ballarat School of Mines

Photograph - Maurice Wright

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

Black and white photograph of a man standing in a formal pose holding the back of an ornate chair. The backdrop is a dark curtain and the man is standing on a floral carpet. The man is wearing a suit and light coloured hat with a dark hat band. The man is Maurice Wright.

Historical information

Maurice Wright was the brother of Frank Wright. 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 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

Hand written on back - With best wishes from Maurice Nov. 1919 Printed on back - The 'Tesla Studios', Wanganui, N.Z.

Scientific Instrument - Hygrometer

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

A circular dial with non-linear graduations and centre-pivot pointer. it is mounted in a brass case, with rear mounting flange. The markings on the Hygrometer at Very Dry, Dry, Normal, Moist.

Historical information

Probably used at the Ballarat School of Mines

Photograph (black & White) - St Alipius Catholic Church, Ballarat East

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

Black and white photograph of a bluestone church. St Alipius Catholic Church is located in Victoria Street, Ballarat East.

Historical information

St Alipius Church is often associated with the Eureka Stockade in 1854. The priest of that era, Father Patrick Smythe, attempted to maintain peace among his parishioners, and was present at the amputation of Peter Lalor's arm.