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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

Entry Fee

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.

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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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CD-ROM - Thylacine Oral History

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

White CD-ROM in white paper CD envelope. The CD-ROM contains an oral history between Simon Townsend and Bernie Mason on Thylacines.

Booklet - Ballarat Gold Centenary

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

Black and gold soft covered booklet.

Historical information

Gold was discovered at Ballarat in 1851. This book was produced to celebrate the centenary of that discovery.

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1934

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

Yellow, blue and green soft covered magazine of 52 pages.

Historical information

List of Full Course Students' 1934, Editorial, Obituary, Personal Column, Professor A. Mica Smith, Fumes from the Lab, Arts & Crafts Gossip, Sport, Echoes of the Past, A Trip to England, The Junior Tecs

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed on front cover by "H. Darby".

Book - British Standard Specification for Machine Cut Gears. A. Helical And Straight Spur

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

Grey hard covered book

Historical information

Alan Herbertson was a student of the Ballarat School of Mines in 1962-1966.

Report - Reports of the Mining Surveyors and registrars, 1867

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

.1) 39 page report dated 30 September 1867 .2) 40 page report dated 31 December 1871 .3) 46 page report dated 30 June 1872 .4) 42 page report dated 31 December 1873 .5) 45 page report dated 30 September 1872 .6) 44 page report dated 31 December 1881

Plan - Prince Regent Co. Transverse Section

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

Transverse section of the Prince Regent Company.

Images - Cornish Mining

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

Book - Gareth Sansom Alternative Persona

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

Soft covered Art Gallery of Ballarat catalogue of 36 pages featuring the work of artist Gareth Sansom. The book includes a reproduction of the work "Looking for God in Abstract Art 2" which is part of the Federation University Art Collection.

Historical information

The exhibition "Gareth Sansom: Alternative Persona" was held at the Art Gallery of Ballarat from 19 May 2012 to 01 July 2012. Gareth Sansom is a former lecturer of the Ballarat College of Advanced Education, a predecessor institution of Federation University Australia.

Booklet - Centenary of the Borough of Sebastopol 1864 - 1964

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

Large format booklet with municipal details.

Historical information

The first municipality of Sebastopol was established in 1864

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.

Document - Ballarat Teachers' College Ex-Students' Re-union, 1937

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

.1) Folded printed cream card with a message from the Ballarat Teachers' College principal W.H. Ellwood, and a balance sheet. Hon. A copy of a circular by Secretary W. Ian Young relates to the abandonment of the 1937 reunion due to the exceptional circumstances under which Infantile Paralysis rapidly spread throughout Melbourne, and the public opinion in Ballarat. .2) Foolscap typed circular re subscription payment .3) Blue printed document of 1937 Ballarat Teachers' College Ex-Students Association Office bearers and committee of year representatives, and a circular ot ex-students

Book - Mudeye: An Australian boyhood and beyond

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

Multi colored paperback book, 266 pages, about growing up in the gold town of Ballarat during the second World War

Correspondence - Education Department: Memorandum to A W Steane, 1907

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

Typed letter on note paper with Education Department letterhead.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed on behalf of the Secretary. Letter"R" at top of page

Photograph - Colour - Federation University Arts Academy, 2017

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

Colour photograph of the roofline of the brick former Ballarat Court House building.

Document - Uncoined Gold Exported

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

White Foolscap printed Government document listing gold returns between 1872 and 1879. The list shows the amount of uncoined gold exported from Victoria since the establishment of the Melbourne Mint.

Document - Examination Paper - Education Department, Victoria; Examination Paper for teachers - "Theory of Teaching", 1900

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

Cream coloured printed form

Historical information

Teachers at different levels were required to sit this examintion - "Theory of Teaching". Junior teachers - Pupil and those applying for admission to training - were only required to answer the first five questions. Those sitting for the Certificate of Competency or First Class certificate were required to answer the nine questions.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printer: Robt.S. Brain, Government Printer, Melbourne

Photograph - Colour - University of Ballarat Nursing

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

A group of University of Ballarat staffmembers and visitors from China are photographed outside the Nursing (S) building at Mt Helen. Front L-R: ? Hannalore Best, ? , Wayne Robinson

Photograph - black and white - Miners at work underground with a pneumatic drill

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

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph included in book "Victoria: Gold and Minerals" issued by Mines Department Victoria, 1935

Photograph - Black and White - Dr James Robert Pound

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

Black and white photograph of the bust of Dr. J.R. Pound.

Historical information

Dr Pound taught Chemistry at the Ballarat School of Mines.

Newspaper - Ballarat Star 16 November 1893

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

3 x four page broadsheet, including an advertisement for the Ballarat School of Mines, and many other Ballarat organisations.

Photograph - Black and White - Jeff Coward with a Reichert Microscope, late 1940s

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

Jeff Coward looks through a Reichert microscope set up on a table at the Ballarat School of Mines

Historical information

The image was taken in the Ballarat School of Mines Metallurgy Laboratory at Lydiard Street, before moving to Mount Helen Campus in 1970.

Invitation - The Centenary of Local Government in the District of Buninyong - Official Luncheon Invitation

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

Light card folded with Menu and Toast List. Gold and red lettering on front with red lettering inside.

Inscriptions & Markings

Shire of Buninyong emblem

Photograph - Black and White - Lindsay Hillman

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

Photographic Portrait

Map - Ballarat Municipalities and City Boundary.

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

Piece of linen attached at top and bottom with wooden rails. Top half of linen has a paper map of Ballaarat Province and Surrounding Municipalities directly attached to it and reads 'Ballaarat Province' in red ink which outlines the greater Ballarat area with surrounding municipalities shown in blue. Scale is '8 miles to 1 inch'. Bottom half is drawn directly onto linen and depicts Ballaarat City Boundary including street names. 'Scale about 20 chains to 1 inch'.

Booklet - Everyone@UB

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

A series of monthly bulletins covering all University of Ballarat campuses. .1) University merger, John Bailey, Michael Adermann, Vice-Chancellor, Jenny Nemeth, Katherine Birkin, Rowena Coutts, technology park, Ron Wild .2) Chancellor appointment, Chancellor retirement, Geoffrey Blainey tribute, David Caro, Katherine Birkin, Arno Besse, George Murdoch, Bullarook, Stephen Kemmus, Neville French, ceramics, Tristan Smith, Horsham, Arnhem Land film, Ararat, Kerry Cox, anorexia, salary packages, University of Ballarat Brass Band, Natalie Radomski, becoming a university. Images: Geoffrey Blainey, David Caro, David James, Katherine Birkin, Arno Besse, George Murdoch, Geoffrey Blainey, Stephen Kemmis, Neville French, John Ackland, Richard Jardine, Glen Auld, Dennis Arne, Andrew Kotsonis, Kerry Cox, Suzanne McLaren, Marcua Pope, Rosemary Green, Leonie Otago, Natalie Rodomski .5) October 1998 - Carolyn Taylor, misogyny, Horsham campus building under construction, David Caro, Miranda Kerr, Martin Westbrook, Iain Reid, virtual onitors, teaching practice, Joanne Knight, John Pidgeon, Sally Buckland, arsenic, Ian Rae, Bob Allan, Patricia Cartwright, Matthew Baker, Sundru Sivamalai, Janine Smith, Pat Mann, International Student Market Research, Steve Mennen, Copyright, internet to the outback, Charters Towers, Engineering students, Darryl Dyason, Andrew McDougall, Dianne Jacono, Ross Morgan, Keith Boast, Cranbrook Academy of Art (Detroit), Helmut Stenzel, Mt Helen vegetation, Jan Bedggood, Ann-Maree Haintz, Kathleen Lakey, Adrienne Ryan, Fiona Schmidt. .11) Phil Candy, flexible learning, strategic planning. .12) diving, Reconciliation, Learning City, Student residence, Alex Rubinov, Graduate Centre, Ceramics, horse, Wimmera, tree regeneration, student poverty, UB museum, David Manterfeild, Heather Hatfeild. Redundancy, video conferencing Images: Steve Matthews, Craig Holloway, Peter Pilven, Sneha Kirubakaran, Phil Honeywood, Kerry Cox, David Manterfield, Martin Westbrooke, Ram Karan, Barry Jones, Gael Ramsay, Jenny Hargave, Heather Hatfield. .16) Jeff Kennett, Honorary Doctorate, Technology Park, Mary Atkinson, Ian Wright, Internet, Disability Action Plan, Robert Munt obituary, Sandra Stepcich obituary, Virginia Fenwlon, East Timor, Centre for Environmental Management, Wayne Jolly, 130th anniversary, Craig Hurley, Barry Wemyss, John Murray, Tori Power, Grant Curnow. Images: Vivienne Witwer, Claire Hetherington, Ian Wright, Virginia Fenelin .17) Broadband, AARNet, David James Retirement, wetlands, Debbie Eagles, Centre for Rural and Regional Health, numeracy, nursing, Sue Turale, Max Palmer, Camp Street, Arts Academy, library, SMB scholarship, Landcare, Mallee pipeline, Verna Barry, Alice Mills, Marian Brown, .18) Fiji, Texans, Greenhill, Robert Whitson, Ian Clark, Abororiginal history, Yuille St, Peter Baird, Martin Westrbrook, Robert Allen, Arts Academy, John McGrath, Phil Ruglen, 3BBB, John Ferrier .21) Beverley. Lassiter, Vice-ChAncellor appointment, Kerry Cox, Craig Hurley, Barry Wemyss, Ceramics, Bill Pryor, University Games, Olympics, Broken Hill, Alex Rubinov, Jonathan Halls, Dare to be different, Wayne Muir, Student Union Refit. Images: Wayne Muir, Alex Ruminov, Kerry Cox .22) December 2000 - nursing, David James, Phil Candy, John McLean, Debbie Eagles, brewery, brewing, Meredith Sussex, Lyn Faneco, TAFE,Joy Nunn, ARC, mosaics, Timor, Alfredo Pires, Centre for Rural and Regional Health, diabetes, kangaroos, Murray-Darling, Leagher Homestead, David Welch, Joy Nunn, Jill Blee, Maryanne Coutts, positive discrimination, Theresa Saunders, Imelda Crebbin .23) March 2001 - Nancy Lange, Paul Lambeth, Yvonne Button, Don Pennell, Natalie Radomski, Marcia Pope, McKinnon Walker, Marc Brodie, TAFE, WorldSkills, Horticulture, Ararat, Website, library, Leeanne Pitman, Liz Hartmann, nursing, Miranda Walker, Ciaran Pier, Anxiety Disorders, volcano, brewing, beer, Peter Aldred, Rob Greig, Jeremy Smith, Alice Mills, Geoff Burgess, .24) May 2001 - Graduations, Talia Venn, Stephen Carthew, Honory Doctorate, Steve Monaghetti, Heather Moore, Brendan O'Brien, Bill Pryr, Terry O'Brien, Carole Wilson, Carolyn Taylor, rape law reform, Federation at the Ballarat School of Mines, Work Skills, Debbie Eagles, Sue Purtle, Longerenong, Mohair, Early Childhood, Horsham, Kerry Cox, Willy Hobbs, David Firth, Kim Durban, BAPA, maryanne Coutts, Ewen McDonald, butterflys, Fukuoaka INstitute of Technology, Jane Wilkinson .25) Wayne Robinson, Neil McAdam retirement, Anne Beggs Sunter, nursing, Eileen Sellers, Hannelore Best, international nursing, Francis Adams, copyright, Roy Taylor, Wendy Bolger, unplugged, Horsham, Robert Irvine, Horsham graduations, Anxiety Clinic, Carole Wilson, Heart Mat, University of Ballarat Mission, Diabetes, Emelia Martinez-Brawley. Images include Wayne Robinson, Anne Beggs Sunter, Eileen Sellers, Hannelore Best, Phil Candy. Meg Tasker, Roy Taylor, Wendy Bolger, Robert Irvine, Angus McLachlan, Roger Castleman, Stephen Roberts, Philip Smith, Bob Allen, Rob Greig, Dennis Jeandet, Carole Wilson, Doug Lloyd

Historical information

The University of Ballarat in 1998 comprised the Mt Helen Campus, SMB (Ballarat School of Mines) Camput and the Horsham Campus. In 1998 Everyone@UB was a monthly staff newsletter edited by Peter Baird in consultation with Don Moconachie.

Inscriptions & Markings

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Photograph - black and white - Ballarat School of Mines Model Mine

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

Eleven black and white imaes of a number of Ballarat School of Mines Buildings. .1) Former Supreme Court House (Electrical Trades) .3) Pre Fab Building with brick wall .4) Lean to (POssibly added to pottery building as a stoar and used for pottery hand work in 1972. .5), .6), .9), 10), .11) Corrugated iron buildings - former Model Mine, Albert Street, Ballarat .8) Prefab buildings used for motor mechanics

Historical information

These images were supplied by Philip Law in support of capital extimates requests to the state and Commonwealth Governments.

Photograph - Colour - University of Ballarat 3rd Year Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement), 1994

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

Class photograph of the basketball court at Mount Helen.

Historical information

University of Ballarat is a predecessor Institution of Federation University Australia.

Photograph - Ballarat Junior Technical School World War One Honour Board, 2015

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

Photograph of a timber World War One Honour Board honouring students from the Ballarat Junior Technical School, a division of the Ballarat School of Mines.

Historical information

The Ballarat Junior Technical School Honour Board was unveiled on Saturday 17 June 1922 by Minister for Public Instruction, Alexander Peacock, in the presence of many parents, friends, students and staff. The Honour Board was designed by H.H. Smith, Principal of the Ballarat Technical Art School.

Book - Gebrauch's Graphite No 10, Vol. 13

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

Large blue hard covered book with leather spine.

Photo album - Photographs of New Zealand Scenery.

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

Large green album containing numerous B/W original photographs of New Zealand, especially volcanos. - Includes Pink and White Terraces (no longer in existance). Photos were taken before and after eruption.

Historical information

Before Mt Tarawera erupted, the Pink and White Terraces at Lake Rotomahana in New Zealand’s North Island, were considered one of the wonders of the world. Tourists came to soak in the thermal hot pools and view the marble-like terraces. Due to a volcanic eruption of Mt Tarawera On June 10 1886, between 108-120 people were killed and several settlements were destroyed. It also destroyed the world-famous Pink and White Terraces. The terraces became a crater over 100 metres deep. Within 15 years it filled with water, forming a much larger new Lake Rotomahana. The chain of craters at Waimangu became the site of many new geothermal features, including Waimangu Geyser, the largest in the world, and New Zealand’s largest hot spring, Frying Pan Lake. The Burton brothers (photographers), Alfred Burton was born in 1834 in Leicester and died in 1914 in Dunedin. His brother Walter Burton was born in 1836 and died in 1880. Many of the Burton Brothers' works and original equipment were collected by Dunedin photographer and historian Hardwicke Knight, and are now housed in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each photo has a caption.

Costume - Blazer - Ballarat School of Mines Honor Blazer, 1955

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

Green woollen Ballarat School of Mines Blazer worn by Graham J. Willey who was the recipient of the 1955 Honor Blazer.

Historical information

Each year one honor blazer was awarded at the Ballarat School of Mines. In 1955 Graham Willey was captain-coach of the Ballarat School of Mines, president of the Students; Representative Council, captain of Stewart House and champion athlete.

Inscriptions & Markings

The pocket includes the words 'XViii' 'Ath' 'X1' 'Honor 1955' and 'SRC'

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1921

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

Green soft covered magazine.

Historical information

Editorial, Fumes from the Lab, Answers to correspondents, Trip to Mt Feathertop and Mt Buffalo, Trade Topics, Excursion to Melbourne, Melbourne Electric Railways, Arts & Crafts gossip, Bush camp, Manuals, Echoes of the Past, Past Students', Sport, Shun Military notes, The Junior Techs.

Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright in concert

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

A series of 11 black and white photographs and one paper receipt. 1,2,4 & 8 are of Frank Wright conducting a large orchestra on a stage, the front of which is dressed in gathered fabric with floral tributes along its length. In the foreground the audience can be seen and the background of the stage is black with four white frames containing floral bouquets. The roof with large square lights can also be seen. 9-11 are front views of Frank Wright holding his baton and conducting the orchestra. In the foreground, the rear of the head of a violinist can be seen and in the background the audience can be seen fading out of sight in the darkness of the theatre. 3,6 & 7 are of Frank Wright with various groups of people at a reception. In two he is seated and in one he is standing. He is holding a glass of wine in two and has a plate, napkin and cutlery in the other. 5 is a photo of Frank White inspecting the cornet of a uniformed, young man who is part of a brass band. They are standing with the band in an outdoor venue with an audience seated on tiered rows in the background. 12 is a printed black ink on white paper receipt on which is the handwriting is in blue ink. It is for the cost of the photographs.

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 the back of photographs - Copy-right, Jo Pottgens, Old Hickoryplein 4, Kerkrade

Postcard - Black and White - Sackville Street, Dublin

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

Black and white postcard showing a street in Dublin with trams, horse drawn carriages, people, monuments and multi-storey buildings

Photograph - Black and White - Aboriginal Childcare Workers

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

Brian McLennan of the Ballarat School of Mines hands a certificate to six Aboriginal childcare workers.

Photograph - Colour - Art Gallery of Ballarat and Alexandria Tea Rooms from the George Hotel Balcony, Lydiard Street Ballarat

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

Emagazine - Fedpress Magazine

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

PDFs of the Federation University Magazine 'fedpress'. Hardcopy of the following years: Issue No 10, 2016 Issue No 12, 2016 Issue No 13, 2016 Issue No. 14, February 2017 Issue No. 15, May 2017 (James Charlton, Rebecca Fletcher, Timothy Kirkham, Mohammad Sami Baardarani, Lajan Maharjan, Jennifer Pont, Kate Williams, Damian Brown, Matthew James, Zoe Ormiston, Freya Fogliani, Myles Hema, Jess Powell) Issue No. 17, October 2017 (Jack Barnes, Damian, Syed Zain Ali, Molly Irvine, Rebecca Fletcher)

Historical information

Formerly known as Hotch Potch, FedPress is the student publication of Federation University Australia. FedPress is a space for students to showcase their written and visual talents. The editorial team aim to inform, inspire, and entertain. We are looking for a range of different creative individuals — journalists, reviewers, poets, designers, artists, and photographers — to submit content. FedPress Magazine prints four issues a year and is distributed across FedUni's Ballarat, Wimmera and Gippsland campuses.

Book - Extra Muros, 1968

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

Black and white soft covered magazine of the Ballarat Teachers' College

Image - black and white - Ballarat Junior Technical School Exhibition of Student Work, 1914

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

Exhibition of Ballarat Junior Technical School Sloyd work, including drawing, modelling, sheet metal and woodwork.

Historical information

Ballarat Junior Technical School was a division of the Ballarat School of Mines.

Photograph - Colour - Hercules

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

Plaster caste used from Drawing at the Ballarat Technical Arts School.

Report - A guide to the heritage buildings at the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat, campus of the University of Ballarat, c2000

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

A sixteen page PDF outlining informnation on heritage buildings on the Ballarat School of Mines Campus (later Federation Uinversity SMB Campus). Contents A short history of the Ballarat School of Mines Timeline Former Wesleyan Church Administration Building Ballarat Technical Art School Building Former Ballarat Gaol Former Ballarat Court House

Scientific Instrument - Fuller Calculator

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

A polished, hinged, timber box containing: 1. Fuller Calculator 2. instruction Manual 3. A "provenance" statement from E.J. Barker. There are a makers and a retailers label inside the lid.

Historical information

This item was first owned by R.W. Richards, c1918. He presented this calculator to E.J. Barker in the early 1960s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial Number 5721-26 on top end of brass scale.

Book - Freemasonic Records Ballarat and District 1854 - 1957

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

Printed green book with soft cover. The book lists all masonic bodies, including lodges and chapters, that have worked within 30 miles of Ballarat during the first 100 years of Freemasonry in the district. Includes a Loose, one page addenda et Corrigenda.

Historical information

Born at the Victorian town of Sandhurst (now Bendigo, Albert Steane attended the Gravel Hill State School until the fourth class, then transferred to the Central School 1976 where he gained the Merit Certificate. The monitor system of teacher training had been introduced and he passed as a fourth, third, second and first class pupil teacher. At about 16 years of age Steane was appointed a teacher monitor at £12 per annum. Albert Steane was awarded the Teachers' Certificate of Competency in 1897. He was the first headmaster of the Ballarat Technical School, and opened the Sloyd (woodwork) Centre in 1902 at the Ballarat East Art School (later known as the Ballarat East Free Library). According to the Ballarat Courier of 23 March 1957 Steane established the Ballarat Junior Technical School in February 1913, a part of the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat. The beginning classes with 86 pupils were held at a temporary site at the Dana Street School. Classrooms were so scattered that Steane recalled without his motorbike he would never have covered the ground! By 9 September 1921 the Junior Technical School Building was officially opened on the site of the old Ballarat Gaol. In a confidential report of 1916 Steane was described as one of the best organizers in schools at that time, and he was noted for his strong but fair discipline. In the 1926 school report the Chief Inspector wrote that 'no boy is neglected'. Steane held the position of headmaster at the Ballarat Junior Technical School for 29 years retiring on 16 April 1942. Steane is known for the teaching of Sloyd or woodwork, which was an important point in his career, and for his love of gymnastics. He was made a life member of the Ballarat Y.M.C.A. in 1968 aged 91 years. The teaching of woodwork in Victoria began in 1901 and Steane was chosen, among 18 others for the inaugural training course at Queensberry State School in Melbourne. Because of his lifelong love of gymnastics Steane organized a gymnastic display for the Education Department in 1902 at Bendigo's Golden Jubilee Exhibition. He was one of those instrumental in establishing the Ballarat Y.M.C.A. and directed its physical culture evening classes in 1906. In 1908 Steane toured the world visiting the Swedish Naas Institute and the Gymnastic Festival in Germany. Steane in his reminiscences recalls: "In 1908 I obtained leave of absence and undertook a world trip to further my knowledge of both manual art training and physical training. On this trip I visited U.S.A., Canada, Scotland, England and Europe. Notable events were the attendance at the great 11th Deutche Turnfest at Frankfurt, inspection of the Naas Training School for Sloyd at Naas, Sweden inorgorated [sic] by Otto Solomon, and attendance at Physical Education Demonstrations at London given by the Swedish institution. These P.E. demonstrations were given to assist the organization and introduction of P.E. training in London schools.On returning to Ballarat I resumed my position at the Ballarat East Sloyd Centre and continued my studies at the Ballarat Art School gaining the Drawing Teachers' Certificate." Steane died, aged 93 years, on 13 July 1970, at Sydney, leaving his widow Grace Elliott Steane and children Eric and Violet. Steane is listed on the University of Ballarat Honour Roll at https://www.ballarat.edu.au/curator/honour-roll/honourroll_steane.shtml

Inscriptions & Markings

The image of Albert Steane in the front of the book is inscribed "Yours faithfully A.W. Steane."

Certificate - William Corbould's School of Mines Certificates, signed by James Oddie

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

Three Ballarat School of Mines certificate made out to William Corbould. All have the seal of the Ballarat School of Mines is attached, and are signed by Andrew Berry, James Oddie, and William Thomas Henry Corbould. .1) Theoretical and Practical Assaying. Also signed by William Stawell (President) .2) Certificate of Competency in Organic Chemistry Practical Tests .3) Chemistry, first stage, 1884

Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright

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

2 Black and white photographs of the head and torso of a man dressed in a suit and tie, which is blowing to the side in the breeze. In the background are the trees of a large park. The man is Frank Wright.

Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born on 2 August 1901. 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.

Photograph - Black and White - Sarah Wright at 'Laura Villa', Smeaton, 1928

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

Black and white photograph of a woman in a long dark skirt and white blouse standing in front of steps leading to the verandah of a weatherboard cottage. The woman is Sarah Wright and the cottage is Laura Villa, Smeaton

Historical information

Sarah Wright was married to a gold miner named William. They lived at Laura Villa, Smeaton. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. Frank Wright their son was born and attended Smeaton State School and was a renown resident of Smeaton. 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 on the back - Mrs W. Wright, "Laura Villa", Smeaton, March 1923, F.W.

Photograph - Little Gem tintype - Portrait of a Woman in a hat

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

A tintype portrait of a woman's head and shoulders, attached to a card. The cheeks have been hand coloured.

Historical information

The tintype (or ferrotype or Melainotype) was produced on metallic sheet (not, actually, tin) instead of glass. The plate was coated with collodion and sensitized just before use. It was introduced by Adolphe Alexandre Martin in 1853. The most common size was about the same as the carte-de-visite, 5.5cm x 9.0cm, but both larger and smaller ferrotypes were made. The smallest were "Little Gem" tintypes, about the size of a postage-stamp, made simultaneously on a single plate in a camera with 12 or 16 lenses. They were often produced by travelling photographers, and were cheaper than Ambrotypes so made photography available to working classes, not just to the more well-to-do. The print would come out laterally reversed (as one sees oneself in a mirror). Being quite rugged, tintypes could be sent by post. Tintypes were eventually superseded by gelatin emulsion dry plates in the 1880s, though street photographers in various parts of the world continued with this process until the 1950s. (Above information abridged from http://www.rleggat.com/photohistory/history/tintype.htm) The firm of Gove and Allen opened in Sydney in 1880 and were responsible for the belated popularizing of the gem tintype in Australia. The firm traded as both The American Gem Studio and The American Studio. Others franchises were opened in Melbourne, Ballarat and Sandhurst (Bendigo). The Sandhurst branch closed in 1882 and Adelaide in 1884. All Gove and Allen studios had ceased trading by 1885. The studio addresses were: 23 King William St, Adelaide; 324 George St, Sydney; 95 Swanston St, Melbourne; Howard Place, Sandhurst; 7 Queen St, Brisbane; The card mounts used in Gove and Allen studios in Australia are identical to those used in America. They were initially made of plain white card with embossing around the oval image opening in the mount while some also had simple geometric and floral printed designs as well. Although Gove and Allen studios produced the majority of gem tintypes in Australia, other studios offered them including: - London, American & Sydney Photo Company, 328 George St, Sydney; - David Edelsten, 55 & 57 Bourke St, Melbourne; - Burman's Portrait Rooms, St. George's Hall, 209 Bourke St, Melbourne; - Bell's Gem Portrait Studio, 57 Bourke St East, Melbourne; - R. H. Kenny, Bridge St, 6 Sturt St Ballarat; - Marinus W. Bent, Sandhurst (Bendigo); - George Fisher, Victoria; - Anson Brothers, Hobart Town. (Abridged information from http://members.ozemail.com.au/~msafier/photos/tintypes.html)

Book - Wonders of Engraving, 1871

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

Brown hard covered book with gold trim. Former Ballarat School iof Mines and Ballarat College of Advanced Education Library Book.

Book - Text Book of Counterpoint

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

Blue hard covered book

Inscriptions & Markings

"Frank Wright Laura Vila Smeaton 18.2.1920"

Book - The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918, Vol, 6, The A.I.F. in France 1918

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