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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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5643 items

Booklet - Information on Apprenticeship for the benefit of Apprentices, Parents, Employers and Others, 1960

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

Six page pkklet issued on the authority of the Hon. George Oswald Reid, M.L.A., Minister for Labour and Industry.

Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright in Uniform

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

Black and white photograph of the torso of a man dressed in band uniform. The man is Frank White.

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 (partially obscured by the remnants of a stamp) - Richards & ... Ballarat

Photograph - Black and White - City of Ballarat Brass Band at South Street Competitions, 1921

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

The Ballarat City Band on an oval in Ballarat as part of the 1921 South Street Competition. .1 Shows Ballarat City Band on stand. .2 show close up of band marching off oval and .3 show band marching and playing.

Historical information

All three photos are of the Ballarat City Band preforming at the 1921 South Street Competitions. Frank Wright is the Bandmaster and conductor for the B grade competition and .1- for the "A grade" test piece the conductor was Bert Baile. Bob Pattie of the Ballarat Brass Band believes the Ballarat City Band with Frank Wright as Conductor travelled to Queensland to take part in a contest up there. This is supposed to be the very first time that a Victorian Band had gone to Queensland to take part in a contest. "Frank Wright is actually marching with his band. That's him near the side drummer. He has a bow tie on and dinner suit. Note the dog: In those days you couldn't keep a dog away from the Band Contest ... everyone in town was there! (16/08/2013)

Significance

The Ballarat City Band won the B grade Quickstep at this competition

Inscriptions & Markings

.1 - The "A Grade" Test Piece "Tschiakowsky" Ballarat City on stand (Frank Wright) conductor & showing "Newcastle steel works" on ground (Bert Baile conductor) Won at South Street 1921 .2 - The finish of the B Grade Quickstep - Won by City of Ballarat Band. 1921 South Street. Bandmster - Frank Wright. Drum Major Albert Boyce South St 1921 .3- Showing City of Ballarat Band on B Grade Quickstep South Street comps 1921. Won by Ballarat City, Bandmaster - Frank Wright, Drum Major - Albert Boyce

Booklet - Mining Under Wendouree Parade, Ballarat West, 1861

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

Blue foolscap printed order in council under the Gold Fields Act.

Scientific Instument - Telegraph Relayer

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

Electromagnetic relay device used in telegraphy. The working parts mounted on a brass plate, attached to a wood base. Equipped with four terminal posts. Adjustable contactor mechanism. This electromagnetic Relay Device was used in Telegraphy at the Ballarat School of Mines. After a special meeting of the Ballarat SChool of Mines Council in 1874, a decision was made to offer instruction in Telegraphy, a subject not directly related to mining. Telegraphy was taught by W.P. Bechervaise, postmaster at Ballarat. On 07 October 1874 the Ballarat Courier correspondent reprted on Telegraphic training: "... these classes ... are a snare and a delusion, as there is scarcely the remotest chance of obtaining employment when the examination has been passed."

Historical information

Probably acquired for use in Telegraphy courses run at the Ballarat SChool of Mines between 1875 and 1893. Telegraph relays amplified electrical signals in a telegraph line. Telegraph messages traveled as a series of electrical pulses through a wire from a transmitter to a receiver. Short pulses made a dot, slightly longer pulses a dash. The pulses faded in strength as they traveled through the wire, to the point where the incoming signal was too weak to directly operate a receiving sounder or register. A relay detected a weak signal and used a battery to strengthen the signal so that the receiver would operate. This relay was made by the firm of Charles T. and John N. Chester, two brothers who successfully partnered in New York City. Charles (1826-1880) founded the firm and provided the expert telegraphy knowledge while John (1820-1871) kept the books and managed the business operations.(http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_706518, accessed 25/01/2018)

Photograph - Colour - Plaque Commemorating the Opening of the Greenhill Enterprise Centre, 1996

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

Colour photograph of a plaque for the groundbreaking for the Greenhill Enterprise Centre, at the Ballarat Technology Park.

Inscriptions & Markings

University of Ballarat Technology Park To commemorate the Ground Breaking for the Greenhill Enterprise Centre of the Ballarat Enterprise Centre by The Honourable Mark Birrell, MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology on Friday 18 April, 1996. Professor G.N Blainey, Chancellor Professor David James, Vice-Chanellor

Object - Early X-Ray Tube, 1896

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

Two X-ray tubes used in pioneering x-rays at the Ballarat School of Mines in 1896. They have been boxed for safety.

Magazine - Extra Muros: Ballarat Teachers' College Magazine, 1948

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

Blue soft covered magazine of the Ballarat Teachers' College. Contents include: * Foreward by Principal Frank Lord "Ich Dien" * Highlights of the College Year * Review of Teacher-Training System Photographic reproductions include: * 1948 staff and students * Magazine Committee * Group Leaders and Student Council * Sports Committee * Social Committee * Exies

Historical information

During 1948 Principal Frank Lord, a Gallopili verteran, gave an inspiring address reminding students of the great sacrifice made by teh Anzacs at Gallipoli. "These men set a high standard whoch has been followed by men of the second World War. We as teachers can help set standards amongst the children we are priviledged to teach, and this we have an important task to do. We also must pay particular care to children of the men who fought and died in the two Great Wars thorugh which our country has passed."

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover "Monica Miller"

Photograph - black and white - View of Golden Point, Ballarat, Taken from West

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

Photograph of a lithograph of view of the Golden Point - Ballarat by William Strutt. The Golden Point goldfield at Ballarat is depicted with a number of people congregated along a creek (Yarrowee Creek), some tents, stockyards evident, a butcher's shambles (tent) a bullock dray, three aborigines and a number of 'diggers' walking towards the goldfield are evident.

Historical information

The lithograph is held by the State Library of Victoria. Printed below the image is Lithographed by Campbell & Macartney. The title is beneath image and continues: 'Respectfully dedicated to the inhabitants of Victoria / By their obedient servant / Wm. Strutt.'

Photograph - Black and White - Aerial View of the Ballarat School of Mines

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

Aerial photograph of the Ballarat School of Mines soon after the Ballarat Gaol was demolished. The photograph shows the Corbould Building, tennis court, Model Mine, Ballarat Junior Technical School, Administration Building, former Wesleyan Church, Former Court House, Former Ballarat Gaol walls, Old Plumbing Building, Old Chemistry Building, Botanical Gardens, Corbould Hall, Ballarat Brewery, Ballarat Girls' School, Albert Street, Grant Street, Hickman Street

Document - Visit of Governor General to the Ballarat School of Mines, 1972

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

Typed itinerary relating to the Australian Governor General's visit to the Ballarat School of Mines

Plan - Goldmining Lease Blocks at Darkbonne

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

Paper plan showing Goldmining Lease Blocks at Darkbonne, north west of and near St Arnaud, on the Sunraysia Highway.

Costume - University of Ballarat / St Patrick's Old Collegians Rugby Top, 2010

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

Framed greenj rugby top.

Plans - Ballarat School of Mines Amenities Building

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

Three printed plans with coloured shading of SMB Student Centre (later called the Amenities Building: .1) Ground Floor Plan .2) First Floor Plan .3) Elevations

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Discussion Paper for a meeting with Hon.I. Predl, 1985

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

Soft page booklet Ballarat prepared for a meeting with I. Predl - Acting Chair of the TAFE Board. Topics include Responsibilities of Council, L.F.J. Hillman Recreation Building, Maintanance of Buildings, Campus titles and future development, College Management Study, Uncertainties re Blackburn report.

Photograph - Colour - UB Australian International Beer Awards judges in the snow

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

Colour photograph of 10 men standing in the snow holding a glass of beer in front of 'G' Building at Federation University Mount Helen Campus. They are the judges of the University of Ballarat Australian International Beer Awards. One of the is Rob Greig.

Historical information

University of Ballarat is now Federation University Australia

Booklet - The School of Mines, Ballaarat, Annual Report 1884.

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

Soft covered pale green booklet of 67 pages. The Ballarat School of Mines Annual Report for 1984.

Historical information

The School of Mines Ballaarat Annual Report 1884. Annual Report, Balance Sheet, Certificates Granted by the Council, Examination Papers - Elementary Science Classes (Appendix), Fees, Honorary Correspondents, Life Governors, Museum - open to Visitors', Office Bearers, Report of the Curator of the Museum and Library, Report of the Lecturer in Mathematics, Report of the Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Report of the Lecturer in Electricity and Magnetism, Report of the Lecturer in Telegraphy, Report of the Lecturer in Botany, Report of the Lecturer in Materia Medica and Physiology, Report of the Lecturer in Astronomy, Scale of Charges for Assays and Analyses, Examinations Held, Statement of Receipts and Expenditure for the year 1884, Statement of Receipts and Expenditure for Special Funds, Subjects and Lecturers, Subjects and Examiners, Subscriptions and Donations from 1st January to 31st December 1884, Time Table

Photograph - Black and White - All Purpose Band Graduation

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

Formal grouping of students and conductor

Historical information

The All Purpose Band Graduation with the conductor Warren Tiller. Lloyd Stinton is on the cornet, back row, fourth from the right.

Postcard - Edith Cavell Memorial, Brussells

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

Black and White postcard showing the memorial erected in Brussels to Edith Cavell. A portrait of Edith Cavell in nurses uniform is inset.

Historical information

Edith Louisa Cavell (4 December 1865 – 12 October 1915) was a British nurse and patriot. She is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from all sides without distinction and in helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during World War I, for which she was arrested. She was subsequently court-martialled, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. Despite international pressure for mercy, she was shot by a German firing squad. Her execution received worldwide condemnation and extensive press coverage. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Cavell)

Poster - Aboriginal Dreamtime Trails Tours, Ballarat

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

Poster on thick white card, with dark blue, orange and grey text and design

Historical information

Poster advertising a tour in Ballarat called "Dreamtime Trails Tours". Booking made by ringing number advertised. The tour was by bus.

Annual Review - Ballarat School of Mines Annual Review, 1987

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

A number of soft card covered annual report for the Ballarat School of Mines. .2) 12 page black covered report featuring an image of the E.J. Tippett Library. Includes information on death of E.J. Tippett, disability policy, Peter Quinn, Patti McNulty, Bob Feary, Shane Everand, Integration, Fiona Watson, retirement of Robert Morgan, Opening of the carpentry and Joinery Facility in Davey Street, formation of the School of Business and Information Technology, Melissa Bone, opening of the E.J. T. Tippett Learning Resource Centre (Library), Refurbishment of the Administration Building, Food Service Building (Prospects), Court House Theatre, Enrolment centre, Museum, Creche, Women's Trade technical Program, Rural Education Program, Ararat Prison Program, Community Studies Section, Ararat Adult Literacy Group. Literacy Assistance for Undergraduates, Fire training, fitness, open Learning, Training & Employment Group, Awards, Filipino Visitors, oil Seed Research, Brunei, Barometer (gift) for Horticulture, Special Equipment (guillotine and brake press; programmable logic Controller; theodolite: laser lever; Universal testing Machine; Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer)., organisational Structure. Photos include Ken Flecknoe, Peter Quinn, Patti McNulty, Bob Feary, Shane Everard, Fiona Watson,Linda Bland, Robert Morgan, David McCaughey, E.J. Tippett, Frank Sheehan, Julie Baulch, Jo Reeves, Col McCurry, Jenny Garnham .3) Blue covered book with a photograph of the M.B. John Building taken from Albert Street on the cover. Topics include: Ken Flecknoe, Peter Shiells, Ararat Campus, David Haddow, Kevin Martin, Rendle Hannah, Gary Eason, Geoff Pope, Albert Peart, M.B. John building opened, Hairdressing Salon, Community Centre, Creche, closure of Lydiard Street, Museum, Jenny Levison, Inskill, Small Business Training, Ballarat Eat free Library, Barkly Street, Wormalds Valve Group, Aboriginal Programs, Horticulture Center, Awards, Country fire Authority, tractor Donation, Women's Policy. Special purchases included surveying equipment with data recorder, test rig , CDT MIG welder, compact gas chromatograph with FID and single pen recorder, Olivetti stand-alone word processing unit. Images include Ken Flecknoe. Peter Shiells, John Crowe, Trevor Slater, Brian McLennan, Kerrie Cross, Albert Peart, John Cain, M.B. John, Enrollment Centre, Museum, Jo Watson, Wormalds, Brian Webber, Dianna Nikelson, Ian Aitken, Brendan B, Chez Dichiera, Heather Dixon, Julie Broadbent .11) Black card covered booklet with five images of exteriors of the Ballarat School of Mines. the contents include: Jack barker, Peter Shiells, Peter Ellyard, Ian Stoney, Terry Moran, Wayne Strong, David Ince, Simone Titheridge, Ian Aitken,Kevin Alsop, Bill Bridges, Clive Carmichael, Bb Feary, Rendle hannah, Roly Parfenovics, Graham Snibson, Kevin Stockdale, Len Wilson, Child Care Centre opening, Student accommodation, Victoria Street, Brewery site. naming buildings, E.J. barker. A.W. Steane K.J. Flecknow, Carpentry and joinery, Inskill, Hospitality, Pottery, ceramics, Founders' Day, Warren Perry, Agreement between Ballarat School of Mines and Ballarat university College, merger, Peter Baldwin, Awards, obituary Lindsay Hillman. Images include: Wayne Strong, David Ince, Simone Titheridge, kerrie Cross, Joan Kirner, Frank Sheehan, Bill Gribble Ros Wilkie, Judi O'Loughlin, Tony Leonard, Gemma Hearnes, Brendan Hill, Joanne Bell, KarlMoon, Stella Savy, Shirley Falkinder, Peter Baldwin, Jack Barker, Michael Ronaldson, David Kemp, Peter Shiells, Margot Healey, Sharon McLennan, Kerrie Firns, Petrena Brookers, Deb Goudappel, Claire Bond, Administration Building Lindsay Hillman

Historical information

The Ballarat School of Mines was established in 1870 through the initiatives of the Ballarat Mining Board making it the oldest site of technical education in Australia. The Board was concerned with the shortage of mine managers for the goldfields. Classes began in surveying, mathematics, and chemistry and a decade later they included metallurgy , assaying and geology. With the decline in goldmining the direction of the college changed and broadened, the art School was established and the Junior Technnical School developed. In 1976, the tertiary sector seperated from teh School of Mines and Industries Ballarat to form the Ballarat College of Advanced Education. In the 1980s SMB was a Community College of Technical Education and Further Education (TAFE) offering a wide range of vocational, enrichment and preparatory programs. It is continuing the tradition of providing for the educaiton needs of people within the Central Highlands. During the 1970s and 80s it acquired and refurbished old buildings and developed new facilities to keep up with the needs of an expanding curriculum and student population. The era of these annual reports is just before the merger with the University of Ballarat.

Document - Invoices to the Ballarat School of Mines, 1896-9

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

Two printed paper invoices from Ballarat and London. .1) William Wesley and Son, scientific Booksellers. .2) William Gooch invoice, Mining Exchange, Lydiard Street North, Ballarat

Historical information

The two invoices were sent to the Ballarat School of Mines.

Image - Black and White - Union Anglican Church, Scotsburn, c1956

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

Image of the Anglican church at Elaine.

Book - Official History of Australia in the War, Vol 7, Sinai and Palestine

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

Red hard covered book of 844 pages, with 77 maps and 83 illustrations.

Document - Rough Notes Regarding Subscriptions to the Ballarat Science and Field Naturalists Club, c1915

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

Rough correspondence concerning overdue subscription to the Ballarat School of Mines Science and Field Naturalists Club.

Booklet - State Savings Bank of Victoria - Ballaarat Passbook for the School of Mines Science and Field Naturalists Club 1915-1917

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

Light blue covered bankbook with red spine with the account number 128.155. It has two pages of deposits and payments. The Depositor was Charles Archibald Hoadley of the Ballarat School of Mines.

Historical information

The State Savings Bank of Victoria was established in 1841. In 1915 the Ballaarat manager was J.P. Cooke.

Blueprint Plan - Ballarat School of Mines Administration Block - Plan for the Installation of UG Cables and Electric Light and Power, 1899

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

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat School of Mines Surveying Students

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

CD-ROM - Speech by Geoffrey Blainey on the Occasion of the 140th anniversary of the Establishment of the Ballarat School of Mines, 2010

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

CD-ROM where Vice-Chancellor David Battersby introduced Frank Hurley of the Ballarat Mechanics; institute to speak, followed by Professor Geoffrey Blainey who speaks on "When Ballarat was more important that Canberra". Included information on Ballarat Mechanic's Institute Library. Mr Smith, fruiterer of Wendouree; Nathan Speilvogel, author of 'Gumsucker on the Tramp'. Gumsucker was an abbreviaton for a Victorian. Ballarat in 1901-1910, Alfred Deakin, Canberra. 57.33 minutes long.

Historical information

Geoffrey Blainey was foundation Chancellor of the University of Ballarat (later Federation University Australia). The talk has been transcribed by Julie Prowse in January 2018.

Book - Ballarat School of Mines Reports, 1900-1915

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

Black covered foolscap book with brown leather spine and corners. The handwritten reports were written for the Ballarat School of Mines Council

Historical information

27 June 1902 - Davey Paxmen Steam Engine 01 September 1905 - James Oddie donation a pair of lanterns and a lantern Microscope 03 August 1906 - Costs of starting an Agricultural High School in the district - Dr Stewart Bequest 29 April 1910- Planning for new Art School Building 28 April 1911 - Ballarat Observatory 26 May 1911 - Ballarat Observatory. Mr Brittain living in the caretaker's cottage, and proposes moving his telescope to the observatory 30 June 1911 - H.H. Smith in conjunction with Mr Clegg asked to prepare sketch plans for a new art school 28 July 1913 - Establishment of the Ballarat Junior Technical School 04 April 1913 - Removal of organ and pipes from the former Wesleyan Church 26 June 1914 - Laying of the Foundation Stone for the Ballarat Technical Art School. A photograph was taken featuring Mr Tate, Mr Carew-Smyth and Col. Watson.

Report - Ballarat School of Mines Planning Document for Meeting with the Minister for Education the Hon. Robert Fordham, M.P., 1983

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

Ballarat School of Mines planning document for a meeting with the minister for education.

Photograph - Black and White - Chatham-Holmes Collection: Group of young women in costume, possibly Loreto School students

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

Photograph - black and white - William Smerdon Holmes, c1890

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

A black and white photograph glued into card. It shows a moustached man in coat, collar, tie and tie-pin. It is William Smerdon Holmes

Historical information

William Smerdon Holmes married Violet Mary Macfie (1859 – 1942) on 9 April 1890 at Geelong. William and Violet lived at "Sauchieburn", Ascot on the 291 ha (720 acre) property that William inherited from his aunt Catherine Coghill (nee Holmes). William and Violet Holmes had four children: • Violet Catherine (1891- 1949) married Samuel Gordon Spittle 11 August 1920; Mary Coghill (1892 - 1979); • William Edward (1894 - 1964) married Charlotte Anne Alexander 20 June 1933; • Henry Smerdon (1897 - 1954) married Edith Sarah Pickford 28/2/1922. William Smerdon Holmes was the grandfather of Henry John (Jack) Holmes (1922-1972) William Smerdon Holmes (1927-1993), David Coghill Holmes (1929-1950) and Mary Elizabeth Chatham (Elizabeth) (nee Holmes) (1932 - 2006). William Smerdon Holmes died in June 1914 and is buried at the Ballarat New Cemetery.

Photograph - Black and White - Frederick, Charles and Harold Fred (Jnr) Martell

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

Three photographs relating to the Martell Family of Ballarat. .1) portrait of Frederick Juan Martell .2) photograph of two boys holding a hat and leaning on a table. They are Charles Henry Martell and Frederick Juan C. Martell. .3) Harold Fuld Martell

Historical information

Frederick Juan Martell was employed at the Ballarat School of Mines.

Folder - Margaret Stevens Nursing (Clinical Experience) Folder, 1981-1986

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

Grey lever arch folder of notes, faxes and timetables relating to the teaching of the Diploma pf Applied Science (Nursing) at Ballarat College of Advanced Education (now Federation University Australia). Includes a letter of Ballarat College on Advanced Education 10th Anniversary letterhead, student lists, student placement, timetables

Trophy - Six Metre Henk Miller Line Special

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

Silver cup with handles relating to the Gippsland Advanced Institute Education

Inscriptions & Markings

Six metre Henk Miller Line Special The GAIE Annual Raft Perpetual Trophy Hazelwood Pondage 1981 F Golly, S Corlett, G Honeychurch, M Jongerius, P Llewellyn, D Patching, D Wagner 1982 S Corlett, G Honeychurch, P Llewellyn, D Wagner, M Jongerius, D Patching, 1983 C Blowers, A Casser, P Coultox, I Namiltox, A Hassak, S Kallbacka, R Lestin, R Shellcot, T Stevens 1984 D Patching, P Llewellyn, G Honeychurch, N Bates, R Dathan 1985 G Honeychurch, P Llewellyn, G Martin, A Lonneveid, P newman 1986 James (Pas) Bennet Lindsay Fawell 1975 Meredith Annand, Ken Jeanes Tim Gallacher, Jeff Goodchild 1976 Ken Ken Jason, Chris Westaway, Karen Pearce, Charlie Wheelan 1977 Jeff Leamon, Chris Hobson 1978 Jeff Leamon, Ken Jeanes, Greg Vines, Vicki Whiteside

Documents - Reports - Frank Wright Reference by S. Hope, 1934

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

Single sheet of of white paper with printed header and a typed letter of reference signed by S Hope the editor of 'British Bandsman', a weekly paper.

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

A pen signature - S. Cope

Magazine - Pix - The War in Europe Souvenir Issue, 1945

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

32 pages The War in Europe Souvenir Issue

Historical information

World War 2 Pictorial History of the War images of the war

Inscriptions & Markings

The Empire's ideals Pictorial Diary of the war

Photograph (black & White) - Lieutenant-General, Sir George Stuart White, V.C. - South Africa

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

Individual image from photographed poster of tobacco and cigarette cards.

Historical information

White fought at the Battle of Charasiab and at the Battle of Kandahar in the Second Anglo-Afghan War. For his actions he was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1879. White became commander of the forces in Natal in 1899 at the opening of the Second Boer War and fought at the Battle of Elandslaagte. He withdrew to Ladysmith where he took command of the garrison during the Siege of Ladysmith. When his position there became untenable he was instructed by General Sir Redvers Buller to destroy the guns and surrender the garrison on the best terms he could. White insisted on staying and held out for another four months before being relieved in February 1900. For this he was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George. Earlier he had been made Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order. In 1903 he was promoted to Field Marshall. White received many awards for his service to his country. They include the Victoria Cross (1879); Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire (1893); Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (1897); Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India (1898); Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (1900); Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (1900); Order of Merit (1905). He also received the Indian Mutiny Medal; Afghanistan Medal; Kabul to Kandahar Star; Egypt Medal (1885); India General Service Medal (1885-87); Queen's South Africa Medal - Defence of Ladysmith; Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Medal; King Edward VII Coronation Medal; King George V Coronation Medal; Khedive's Star. Sir George Stuart White's medal and honours are displayed at the Gordon Highlanders Museum.

Photograph - Black and White - Top of Clissold Street, Ballarat

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

black and white photograph

Historical information

Paul Lambeth's photography classes

Inscriptions & Markings

inscriptions in pencil on verso "Clissold St, Ballarat" and "walking track down to Princes St, Bllt East"

Photograph - Two women seated in the Sturt Street Gardens

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

A black and white photograph of two women seated on a park bench. The women are Mrs Wright and her daughter Laura Wright. They are seated in the Sturt Street gardens. Ballarat Town Hall is in the background.

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 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 - Mrs Wright & Laura. Taken in Sturt St Gardens, Ballarat. 16/10/22, F.W.(au)

Document - Geological Society of London Subscription Receipt

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

Printed and handwritten receipt on blue paper from the Geological Society of London and made out to F.M. Krause of the Ballarat School of Mines. The receipt was signed by treasurer Thomas Wiltshire and clerk F.E. Brown.

Historical information

Professor Ferdinand M. Krause lectured in Geology at the Ballarat School of Mines. His subscription to the Geological Society of London was paid by the School.

Significance

Geology, geological, FM Krause, Ferdinand Krause, Ballarat School of Mines, FE Brown, Thomas Wiltshire

Correspondence - Amalgamated Mining Managers' Association of Australasia Letterhead, 1898

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

Handwritten letter on Amalgamated Mining Managers' Association of Australasia letterhead inviting students of the Ballarat School of Mines to attend the lecture on 'A Chapter in West Australian Geology' delivered by F.G. Johnson, F.G.S. at the Ballarat Mining Exchange.

Book - Fegeli, de Fégely, 1341-2008 : Fribourg to Ararat, 2009

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

Green soft covered book covering the history of the de Fegely family from Fribourg, Switzerland, to Ararat, Victoria.

Historical information

Dick De Fegeley was born at Ararat. His ancestor, Charles Strachan Baron de Fegely arrrived from Switzerland in 1879, aged 19. He was appointed Private Secretary to G.S. Leveym Secretary of the 1880 Melbourne Exhibiton. Dick De Fegely served as the member for Ballarat Province, and was a member of the Ballarat College of Advanced Education, Ballarat University College, and University of Ballarat Councils, resigning in2006. These are all predecessors of Federation University.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover "In appreciation for my 12 years on Council R. de Fegely"

Photograph - black and white - Broadcast from Simpelveld, Holland

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

1). Black and white photograph of a group of five men seated around a table in the outdoors. They appear to be listening to the tape playing on a reel to reel tape player which is located on the table. The man in the middle is Frank Wright and the place is Simpelveld in Holland. 2). Same as above although only the hand is visible of the fifth man.

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in pencil on back - Broadcast from Simpelveld Holland, on Music Concourse (Kenknade), Aug 1954

Report - The Eureka Stockade Memorial (The Eureka Centre), 1996

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

A report for the City of Ballarat Historic Sub-Committee covering background material for exhibition designers Attractions Internation. The report includes a detailed Eureka timeline and topics relating to the Eureka Stockade.

Photograph - Black and White - X-Ray Demonstration at the Ballarat School of Mines, 1896

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

Digital copy of two men sit in front of x-ray equipment at the Ballarat School of Mines. The man in the foreground is John M. Sutherland. The copy is from the original framed 1896 X-Rays (Cat. No. 1243)

Historical information

Four months after the discovery of the Roentgen tube the Ballarat School of Mines were conducting pioneer X-ray demonstrations in Ballarat. This photograph is thought to be taken at that time, and is framed along with some of the x-rays taken at that time.

Newsclip - Around Ballarat with Dudley Gordon - Frank Wright

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

A clipping from a 1949 newspaper, depicts a cartoon version of the band adjudicator and composer Frank Wright. In one hand he is holding his baton and in the other he is holding a sheet of music. This visual is accompanied by a ittle ditty. The cartoonist is Dudley Gordon and the newspaper is the Ballarat Courier,

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.

Photographic montage - Art class c1989

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

Colour photograpic montage of art class Colour photographs adhered to cardboard

Inscriptions & Markings

on verso 'Hockney inspired'

Blueprint Technical Drawing - Blueprint copy

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

Blueprint of drawing of bicycle shed for 20 bicycles, Maryborough SS No 404