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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

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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 thombsh@gmail.com Robyn Thompson (Mrs)

Amanda Osborne 25 September 2016 4:28 PM

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

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Plan - Ballarat Technical Art School Plans for Proposed Fittings, 1914

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

Hand coloured plan for the proposed fitting for the Ballarat Technical Art School

Historical information

The Ballarat Technical Art School was a division of the Ballarat School of Mines. The new building opened in 1915

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped 'Department of Public Works, Melbourne, Victoria' W.J.G 7.12.14

Book - Scrap Book Compiled by William Robertson

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

Maroon covered minute book that has had handwritten minutes pasted overs with clippings collected by William Robertson. The minutes appear to be of the Budding Rose Juvenile Temple IOGS held in hte Piggoret Public Hall and/or Piggoreet Presbyterian Church Clippings include: Origins of man (Jubilee of Darwin's Theory) Fight Against Evolution (E. Grant Conklin) Neanderthal Man and Grimaldi Man Our First Immigrant Had Human Head, But MOuth Like a Mnkey Darwinism Mutton BurdsThe Missing Link: Supposed Discovery. Man who walked on all-fours Channel tunnel Ernest Haeckel and his work Mr McCabe's Lecture Taungs Skull Jumbo's Trunk Man hand written notes by Roberston are evident, including Heredity, Classification, Fossil Men, Broken Hill Skull (South Africa)

Report - University of Ballarat Future Development, 1993

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

Media release and newspaper articles relating to the establishment of the University of Ballarat.

Historical information

Ballarat University College is a predecessor institution of University of Ballarat. University of Ballarat is a predecessor institution of Federation University Australia.

Photograph - Black and White - Frederick Martell

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

Puple card from Gordon Techncial College Geelong requesting the presence of Mr Fred. Martell at the annual demonstration in the Mechanics; Institute.

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat College of Advanced Education, Mt Helen Campus, late 1980s

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

Aerial photo of Mt Helen Campus

Digital photograph - Ballarat from the Ballarat Town Hall Tower, c1940

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

Three scanned images of black and white photographs showing Ballarat as viewed from the Ballarat Town Hall. .1- Ballarat towards the Ballarat Post Office and Black Hill 2. Along Sturt Street Ballarat 3. Along Sturt Street and Bridge Street Ballarat looking towards Mt Warrenheip.

Historical information

The original of this photo is in the Kicinski Family Private Collection. Their ancestor William Holstead was hall keeper at the Ballarat Town Hall, so it is though he took these photographs.

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1964

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

Yellow soft cover with black inscriptions and black images on front cover, 96 pages including advertisements.

Historical information

Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1964. Editorial - Education or Indocrination, The Principal's Page, "The Happiest Days of your Life", From Mr. Arblaster, Ceremony to Stand On, The Creative Personality, Are we Overworked?, Folksinging by the Miners, S.M.B. Silent Movies Inc, Students' Representative Committee (S.R.C.), Presidential Report, Red Roar or the Commie Threat, Conventional Wisdom, The Malaysian Student in Australia, Conferring of Diplomas 1964, Prizes Presented, Sports, The Past and the Future, The possibility of Fusion Power, School Council, Members of staff, Full Time Diploma Students 1964

Image - black and white - Collins Street. Town of Melbourne, Port Philip. New South Wales

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

Photograph - Black and White - City of Ballarat "A" Grade Band at the City Oval Ballarat, 1920

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

Black and white photograph postcard of a brass band marching and playing their instruments. The band is the City of Ballarat "A" Grade Band and the place is City Oval Ballarat. The occasion is the 1920 South Street Competition. The conductor is Percy Cole, Solo Cornet is Frank Wright, the Solo Trombone is Jack Shakles, the Solo Euphonium is Lary Sheehan, the Soprano is Harry Black and the Solo Horn is Lewis Thomas.

Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born in 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 pen on the back - Information about who, what and where the band were playing. Also included were the pieces played.

Report - Proposed Name for the "Tertiary Division" of the Ballarat School of Mines

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

Seven foolscap pages of Principals comments on the proposed naming of the Ballarat School of Mines Tertiary Division to the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education.

Historical information

In 1973 the tertiary division of the Ballarat School of Mines was the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education, which was situated on a new campus at Mt Helen which opened in 1970.

Photograph - Black and White - Chatham-Holmes Collection: Bill Holmes

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

Black and white photograph of male in glasses. Tie pin possibly a badge.

Historical information

Photograph of Bill Holmes, brother of Elizabeth Chatham

Image - Ballarat School of Mines M.B. John Building, 1990

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

Framed image of a drawing of the M.B. John Building Albert Street frontage.

Historical information

In 2017 the front arch stairs were demolished to make way for the repurposing of the building into the Ballarat Technical School.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed 'Brian McLennan '90"

Images - Ballarat Teachers' College Student Residence, 1966-1968

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

Black and White photograph of three men on a seat at a swimming pool.

Historical information

These images were used in a rolling slide show during the 2017 reunion of Ballarat Teachers' College 1967-1968.

Postcard - black and white - Charleroi. Entree de la Ville

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

Black and white postcard depicting a cobbled street with horse drawn carriage and people gathered around a flag.

Historical information

Charleroi is a city and a municipality of Wallonia, located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. Heavy fighting took place during World War I due to the city's strategic location on the Sambre. This postcard was most probably purchased during an australian soldier during World War One.

Book - Ballarat School of Mines Register of Fees

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

Large brown book listing students in Alphabetical Order, and the subjects they have paid fees for.

Photograph - Black and White - Chatham-Holmes Collection: Bridesmaids at Jack Holmes' Wedding

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

Black and white photograph of Elizabeth Chatham (Holmes) as a bridesmaid at her brother Jack's wedding to Shirley Dean

Book - Ballarat Junior Technical School Transfer Note Book for State Secondary School. 1958-1968

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

Three books relating to applications for students at the Ballarat Junior Technical School to transfer to other schools. Includes full name, birth date, date of admission, date of leaving, name of parent, address at the time of leving and reason for transfer.

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

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

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

Photograph - Black and White - Chatham-Holmes Collection: Lance Corporal Horace Pickford

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

Postcard - black and white portrait of Horace Pickford.

Historical information

Horace Pickford was born at Clunes, Victoria. Private Horace Pickford (2882) enlisted for service during [[World War One]] at Melbourne. on 18 June 1915. He gave his mother, Bessie Pickford of Yeovil Estate Clunes, as his next of kin. He served with the 57th Battalion until he was transferred to the 58th Battalion on 15 March 1916. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 01 December 1916, and was wounded in the back in France the next day and evacuated to England from Rouen. On 03 March 1917 Pickford was awarded the D.C.M. for conspicuous gallantry in action, and rejoined his unit in France on 09 July 1917. On 24 August 1917 Horace Pickford was promted to Corporal. He was killed in Action in France on 27 September 1917 and buried in the vicinity of Polygone Wood. The grave was later docuemnted at being located in the Tyne Cot. Military Cemetery (Plot 62, Row E. Grave2). This cemetery is in Passchendaele, 5 1'2 miles north east of Ypres. Horace Pickford married after enlistment, and his wife Mrs Sarah Ida Isabel (Ida) Pickford of 261 Malvern Road South Yarra became his next of kin.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on back: "Lance Corporal Horace Pickford 2882 C Company 58th Battalion Aust Imp Forces On Active Service Abroad"

Newspaper - The Machinery Market

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

A small illustrated journal with advertisements and pictures. pages 328-356 (and 26 pages of illustrated advertisements). Illustrations include machinery, corn crushers, condensers, chlorination plants. stea, hammers, steam engines, steam pumps, lamps, saw bench, leather belting, casks, barrels,

Historical information

It's assumed that this journal was read at the Ballarat School of Mines

Textiles - Needlework

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

Nos 1-16 are group of samplers made from cotton lawn, cotton with sateen weave and flannel and made by Ruth McGannon. No 17 is a pair of gloves made by Margaret Russell. .1) A small square of yellow lawn with three horizontal rows in blue thread and three vertical rows in red thread of running stitch each 3.5 centimeters apart. The edges are frayed to 1.2 centimeters. .2) A larger rectangle of yellow lawn with three horizontal rows 7.8 centimeters apart and three vertical rows 10 centimeters apart of long stitch, stitched in blue thread. The edges are frayed to 2 centimeters. .3) A small square of yellow lawn with three horizontal rows and three vertical rows of blue thread of running stitch, each 1.9 centimeters apart. The edges are frayed to 1.5 centimeters. .4) A larger rectangle of yellow lawn with three horizontal rows 9 centimeters apart and three vertical rows 11.2 centimeters apart of running stitch, stitched in red thread. The edges are hemmed with two rows of long stitch .5 centimeter apart with a loose blue thread of laced running stitch weaving in and out of the red long stitch. .5) A rectangle of hemmed yellow lawn with a pocket formed at each end. Two rows of long stitch in red thread hem the edges with a blue thread stitched between each red stitch. The pockets are formed by turning back the edges and stitching them down in brown thread. R.M. is embroidered in brown chain stitch on the right side. .6) A rectangle of hemmed blue lawn the same as the previous piece but with five rows of back stitch in yellow and orange thread creating a pattern. .7) A rectangle of blue lawn with the top and bottom edges hemmed with two rows of long stitch close together in yellow and orange. The other two edge are frayed to 2.5 centimeters and has four rows of long stitch .7 centimeter apart in yellow and orange thread. .8) A blue lawn bag with two packets was made by hemming a rectangle of fabric on three sides in long stitch with orange thread, then yellow thread between the stitches. The fourth side is hemmed in hemming stitch in yellow thread with blanket stitch in yellow thread along the edge. This edge is folded up by one third to create a pocket. The edges on either side are stitched together. A row of chain stitch in orange thread is stitched down the middle to create two pockets. A tape is stitched to either side at the top and this is folded over the pocket. .9) A cream cotton with sateen weave rectangle is hemmed with a double row of orange thread in long stitch. On both sides is embroidery in orange and yellow thread. .10) A yellow cotton with sateen weave baby's bib is made from a rectangle of fabric with a semi circle cut out of the top. The edges are turned and hemmed with a narrower turning on the neck. A tape is stitched at either side of the neck. On the front is embroidered a train in blue and yellow threads. .11) A yellow lawn embroidery sampler using blue and brown thread shows long stitch, stem stitch, herringbone stitch, chain stitch, fly stitch, lazy daisy stitch, cross stitch and satin stitch. It is hemmed using drawn thread work and the bottom is scalloped and finished in blanket stitch. .12) A pink lawn embroidery sampler with green thread shows herringbone stitch, stem stitch, running stitch, chain stitch, cross stitch, lazy daisy stitch, fly stitch, feather stitch, satin stitch and back stitch. The bottom is scalloped and finished in buttonhole stitched. The other three edges are hemmed using drawn thread work. .13) A small cream flannel square with two smaller squares are stitched together down the middle in decreasing sizes using chain stitch. The largest piece is hemmed using both herringbone and a decorative blanket stitch. It also has a run and fell seam on the opposite side using both running and herringbone stitches. A row of feather stitch is on either side of the seam. The two smaller squares are frayed on the edges. .14) A cream rectangular flannel sampler has two seams along the length. One is a run and fell seam using running and herringbone stitches and the other is an open seam using running stitch and both edges are stitched down with herringbone stitch. The two shorter edges are bound and the longer edges have a tape which is stitched down to neaten the edges. On the right side are two rows of feather stitch. .15) This blue lawn apron has a rectangular gathered skirt which is attached to a waistband and in turn attached to a bib front which goes over the head. The bib and skirt sides are hemmed using decorative blanket stitch in pink and dark blue thread. The skirt hem and both sides of the waistband are stitched in two rows of herringbone in pink and dark blue thread. .16) This pale pink lawn child's shirt has french seam side seams, a waist band to which the shirt is attached using slight gathering. The sleeves have cuffs. There is a front facing and a collar and there is a small pocket in the left hand breast. .17) These yellow knitted gloves are made using plain stitch for the hand and rib for the wrist.

Historical information

These items were made as samplers either at school or most likely college. They are samples of embroidery stitches, seam types and sewing and knitting techniques.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on paper and stitched on to a couple of items - Ruth McGannon V.3 - 312 Written on paper and stitched to the gloves - Margaret Russell x No2

Object - Flashcards

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

A box of flashcards as used by primary school teachers.

Booklet - The School of Mines Ballarat: A Statement of the Objects and Present Resources of the School, 1873

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

22 page booklet titles 'The Ballarat School of Mines: A Statement of the Objects and Resources of the School.' The book has a number of illustrations including the interior of the Ballarat School of Mines Laboratory, and the former Ballarat Circuit Court House. It includes a statement of the formation, progress, and present position of the School of Mines, Ballaarat. The image of the Ballarat School Mines Assay Room shows assay furnaces, crucibles, chimney, and teacher Joseph Flude on the far right. This room is now is a building known as the 'Old Chemistry Building'. Plan and elevation of the new Metallurgical Laboratory and Proposed Chemical Laboratory is depicted.

Historical information

The Ballarat School of Mines was the first School of Mines in Australia and was established in 1870.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front cover "Recorded in M-A" "1873"

Photograph - Colour - Chatham-Holmes Collection: Ascot Fire Brigade

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

Historical information

Fire brigade in attendance at a fire on a property in Ascot. Possibly a shed at Launchley. Philip and Elizabeth Chatham standing at the gate.

Map - Dereel, County of Grenville, 1890

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

Geological map of Dereel in the County of Grenville featuing six colours (predominantly grey and yellow). WGS 84 Centroid Lat: 37 degrees 48 feet 50 inches S Long:143 degrees 42 feet 10 inches S N-S: 6.4 km E-W: 15.2 km

Photographs - Three reproductions of early SMB buildings

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

Three mounted black and white reproduction photographs depicting early SMB buildings .1) View of Ballarat Gaol, Old Court House and Wesley Church .2) Lydiard St South .3) SMB buildings 75 years later

Trophy - National beer and Brewing Exhibition, Ballarat: Best aggregate for Open Class

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

Lidded silver trophy on timber stand featuring metal plate with engraved winners. The trophy was awarded to the Open aggregate winner of the National Beer and Brewing Exhibition, Ballarat

Historical information

The University of Ballarat conducts courses in brewing and holds the Australian International Beer Awards. This trophy dates from an early incarnation of that award.

Inscriptions & Markings

Winners engraved onto the metal plate: 1988 - Bond Brewing W.A. Ltd 1989 - Dominion Breweries Ltd - Central 1990 - Not held 1991 - Dominion Breweries Ltd - Waitemate 1992 - Not held 1993 - Dominion Breweries Ltd - Tul 1994 - Dominion Breweries Ltd - South Island 1995 - Tuohey's Breweing Team, Tuohey's Pty Ltd (Lidcombe, NSW) 1996 - DB Mainland Brewery, Timaru

Image - Framed Tribute to Henri Moritz

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

Framed compilation of cartoons produced by Henri Moritz in 1982 as a fundraiser for the Ballarat Amateur Radio Group.

Plan - Tanjil Sheet 2

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

Printed plan on paper backed onto linen

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Calendar, 1908-9

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

Pale blue covered 74 page booklet relating to the Ballarat School of Mines in the year 1908-9.

Historical information

In 1908-9 Andrew Anderson was President of the Ballarat School of Mines. Contents of this booklet are: Asssociatesjip Final Certificates, Calendar, Classification of Subjects, Departmental Regulations, Discipline, Discipline Board, Examination Results Nov-Dec 1907, Fees, Full Certificates Issued, General Regulations, Introduction, Notices, Officer Bearers, Professors and Lecturers, Subjects of Instruction - Department of Chemistry and Metallurgy, Geological Department, Engineering Department, Electrical Engineering Department, Department of Mathematics and Physics, Practical, Plane and Solid Geometry, Photography, Subscriptions and Donations 1907, Technical Art and Trade Schools, Time Table, Photos of Buildings and Grounds