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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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PO Box 663 Ballarat Victoria 3353 (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

Entry Fee

Free entry.

Location

Federation University Australia, Mt Helen Campus 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 0437130393

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Book - University of Ballarat Handbook, 2000

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

White, royal blue and gold covered handbook for University of Ballarat.

Historical information

University of Ballarat was a predecessor of Federation University

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat Technical School Form 5 General - 1966

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

Object - City of Ballaarat Pipe Band Life Member's Medal

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

A City of Ballaarat Pipe Band Life Member Medal, pinned to a piece of Mackenzie Tartan with bow

Historical information

Margaret Bennett was a student at Ballarat Teachers' College in 1949. She attended the Ballarat School of Mines as a full-time day student for three years, gaining her Diploma of Art in 1972. She was Drum Major of the Ballarat Ladies' Pipe Band from 1950-1975. She was also the set and costume designer for Junior Light Opera Company.

Inscriptions & Markings

City of Ballaarat Pipe Band, Life Member on the front Inscribed on the back is Drum Major Margaret Bennett

Document - Petition - Influx of the Chinese, 1856-7

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

Blue foolscap government report relating to the Chinese on the jim Crow (Daylesford) Goldfield.

Postcard - colour - Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

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

Colour postcard of a street with cars, double decker buses and four storey buildings. The street is Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland.

Historical information

auchiehall Street /ˈsʌxihɔːl/ is one of the main shopping/business streets in the city centre of Glasgow, Scotland. Along with Buchanan Street and Argyle Street, it forms the main shopping area of Glasgow, containing the majority of Glasgow's high street and chain stores.[1] Although commonly associated with the city centre, Sauchiehall street is over 11⁄2 miles (2.5 km) long, finally meeting Argyle Street in the West End, in front of the Kelvingrove Museum, where they form Dumbarton Road which continues through Partick. The two streets run parallel through the city centre, before starting to conjoin westward of the M8 motorway at Charing Cross. (Wikipedia)

Photograph - Colour - Steve Bracks

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

Portrait of Steve Bracksx

Historical information

Ballarat born Steve Bracks in an alumni of Federation University Australia obtaining both a Diploma of Business Studies (Accounting) and Graduate Diploma of Education (Economics).. Attending Ballarat College. . He entered Parliament as the Member for Williamstown in 1994. After serving as a Shadow Minister in the Employment, Industrial Relations and Treasury portfolios, he became Leader of the State Opposition early in 1999. Mr Bracks fought the Election later that year with a completely new set of policies he oversaw and personally drafted in Opposition. Steve Bracks went on to become Victoria’s 44th Premier in October 1999. He became one of Victoria’s most successful Premiers winning three consecutive elections including achieving record majorities in the 2002 and 2006 elections.

Object - Specimen Jar

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

Clear plastic container with yellow plastic lid.

Historical information

Removed from unused laboratory at Mount Helen Campus 'S' Building.

Book - Graduate Professional Education Through Outreach: A Nursing Case Study

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

Blue, pink and white soft covered book of 194 pages.

Historical information

This book was in the University of Ballarat School of Nursing until 2011. Margaret Stevens is a former staffmember of that school.

Inscriptions & Markings

On title page "To Margaret who shared in this venture during her visit to the United States. Love from your colleague Dorothy" Inside Front Cover "Margaret G. Stevens [address] Mount Pleasant 3350 Ballarat [phone]. Please return promptly."

Costume Accessories - Epaulette

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

An epaulette with the rank of major - four arrows in brownish gold - embroidered onto a piece of dark green material

Historical information

Margaret Bennett was a student at Ballarat Teachers' College in 1949. She attended the Ballarat School of Mines as a full-time day student for three years, gaining her Diploma of Art in 1972. She was Drum Major of the Ballarat Ladies' Pipe Band from 1950-1975. She was also the set and costume designer for Junior Light Opera Company.

Photograph - Black and White - Sarah and Alex? Wright (at Sewell's?)

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

Black and white photograph of a man in shirt, trousers and braces hugging a woman in a dark frock. They are standing in front of a fence with trees and a paddock in the background. They are Sarah Wright and her son Alex?.

Historical information

Alex Wright travelled to England in 1930 and was known as the Prince of Mimic although his stage name was Navarre. He died in an air raid in the Hippodrome Birmingham in 1940. Alex was the brother of Frank Wright who 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 - Printed at Scott's, Velox

Photograph - black and white - Mount Helen Campus Under Construction, 1971

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

Views of the Mt Helen Campus during the time of the construction of the first buildings. The Tree of Knowledge is evident.

Correspondence - Correspondence on Mount Isa Mines Letterhead, 1959

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

Three quarto letters, two on Mount Isa Mines letterhead. They asked the Ballarat School of Mines for a photograph of W.H. Corbould.

Historical information

J.W. Foots was the General Manager of Mount Isa Mines, and was a former student of the Ballarat School of Mines.

Brochure - The Eureka Trails

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

Double sided A3 brochure with colour reproductions of scenes related to the Eureka Stockade. The brochure includes a map showing the route the Government forces took on their way to the Eureka Stockade as well as sites of interest to Eureka.

Historical information

The brochure gives information on the Eureka Stockade which took place on 03 December 1854.

Photograph - coloured - Portrait of Wayne Muir

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

Mounted and framed photograph

Historical information

Wayne Muir was a former head of the University of Ballarat Aboriginal Education Unit

Image - Matthew Flinders' Map of Port Phillip

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

Historical information

Scanned from "The Old Pioneers' Memorial History of Melbourne From the Discovery of Port Phillip to the World War".

Scientific Object - Petrographic Microscope

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

Boxed optical microscope, equipped with the following accessories: 1. Two ocular lenses, one with crosschain graticule 2. 6 objective lenses; AA, aa, a, 1/4 inch, 1/16 inch, 1 inch - cartridge only, 3/5 - lens without cartridges, Jictable frame

Inscriptions & Markings

Scratched on top of right side front leg 'CM'.

Document - Correspondence from Louis Buchner to Fred Martell of the Ballarat School of Mines, 1911

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

A lined quarto sheet of paper with handwriting in pen. It is a letter from former Ballarat School of Mines student Louis Buchner to Frederick Martell, Registrar of the Ballarat School of Mines.

Inscriptions & Markings

School of Mines Ballaarat To Mr F.J. Martell registrar S.M.B. Dear Sir, As I have passed the examinations and completed the requisite practical experience, I beg to apply that the interim certificates for Mine Manager and Geologist respectively be issued to me. I would also be glad if you could issue an official testimonial, as I am about to apply for a position in the Mines Dept, soon to be vacant, + I wish to forward the above certificates (official interim) and Testimonial in support of my applicant. I have the honour to be, sir, Faithfully Yours Louis W.G. Buchner 20.5.11

Image - Judge John Warrington Rogers

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

Portrait of Judge J.W. Rogers.

Map - Ballarat, 1936

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

Map of Ballarat and surrounds, including Lake Learmonth, Snake Valley, Linton, Newton, Durham Lead, Sebastopol, Lake Wendouree, Winter Swamo. It was surveyed in 1933.

Photograph - Black and White - A.D. Gilchrist

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

Black and white photograph of A. D. Gilchrist in military uniform.

Image - black and white - Throwing a Boomerang

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

Black and white Image of an Aboriginal man about to throw a boomerang.

Historical information

Digitised directly from 'The Native Races of the British Empire: Victoria'

Object - Micro-Pipettes

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

A blue box containing micro-pippettes.

Correspondence - Letter regarding gold assay from Mount Egerton Mine

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

Hand written letter from Margaret Malone of the Mount Egerton Mine.

Historical information

Margaret Malone was associated with a kaolin mine at Mount Egerton.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mount Egerton Mine February 10/14 The Manager Mining Dept Dear Sir, Last Monday week, I left with Mr Martell, a parcel of stone to be treated, requesting that cost of treatment, be deducted from some and balance of gold be forwarded me to above address. I was informed, this would occupy about a day or so, but not having received any communication so far, I shall be glad to hear from you re same. Yours faithfully Margaret Malone

Image - black and white - Spear Fishing on the Daly River

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

Black and white depiction of an Aboriginal man spearing fish at the waters edge.

Historical information

Digitised directly from 'Blackfellows of Australia' by Charles Barrett and A.S. Kenyon (Sun Books)

Certificate - Certificate of Competency in Swimming and Life Saving - 1912

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Signature of Director of Education, Victoria: C McPherson A W Steane of Sloyd Centre Ballarat 13 June 1912

News Clippings - Young Australia League, 1912

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

Numerous foolscap pages with newsclips relating to the Young Australia League. amd correspondence on letterhead relating to a tour from Perth to Ballarat.

Flag - Herald Shield 1934-35, 1938-39

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

Large blue fabric Herald Shield pennant

Image - black and white - Truganini

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

Aboriginal woman named Truganini Seaweed) wearing a shell necklace. She was a native of Bruni Island, Tasmania.

Historical information

Digitised directly from 'Blackfellows of Australia' by Charles Barrett and A.S. Kenyon (Sun Books)

Inscriptions & Markings

Title - Truganini (When She Died Her Race Became Extinct).

Book - Chemistry, Theoretical, Practical and Analytical, as Applied to the Arts and Manufactures. By Eminent Chemists, Volume II

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

Brown and leather covered book with gold and black detailing. 1008 pages. Images included.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover "No. 3." Wm Lloyd 17th Feb. 1885" Stamped "W. Lloyd"

Map - Portarlington, 1929

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

Printed colour map