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

The Federation University Australia Historical Collection, (formerly University of Ballarat), is held in the Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre (GBRC), and is located on the top floor of the E.J. Barker Library (Mt Helen Campus). The GBRC includes three special book collections of the library, the Geoffrey Blainey Mining Collection, the Federation University Australia Research Collection, and the Creedy Economics Collection.

Titles from the three library special collections can be searched online via http://innopac.federation.edu.au, but must be read in the Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre Supervised Reading Room.

The Federation University Historical Collection is an extensive collection of historical material dating from the formation of the Ballarat School of Mines in 1869. The collection covers material from Federation University's predecessors including the Ballarat School of Mines, Ballarat Teachers' College, State College of Victoria, Ballarat; the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education, Ballarat College of Advanced Education, Ballarat University College, Wimmera Institute of TAFE, Monash Gippsland, Gippsland Institute and University of Ballarat. It is particularly strong in the themes of mining, education, and local history.

On 01 January 2014 the University became Federation University Australia with the amalgamation of the University of Ballarat and Monash University’s Gippsland campus. FedUni brings together skills and expertise throughout Ballarat, Gippsland and the Western region of Victoria for the benefit of our regional communities.

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PO Box 663 Ballarat Victoria 3353 (map)
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+61 03 5327 9168

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Opening Hours

Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre Hours: Tues 9.30am - 1.00pm Wed 1.00pm to 5.00pm Thurs 1.00pm to 5.00pm Fri 9.30am - 1.00pm or by appointment

Entry Fee

Free entry.

Location

Federation University Australia, Mt Helen Campus Federation University Australia E.J. Barker Library (top floor) Mount Helen Victoria

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The Federation University Historical Collection is located at the Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre (GBRC) on the top floor of the E.J. Barker Library (Mt Helen Campus) and includes a supervised reading room where collections can be accessed and read. The GBRC also houses the Geoffrey Blainey Mining Collection and the Federation University Library Special Collections.

Titles from the Federation University Library collections can be searched online at http://innopac.federation.edu.au. The Federation University Historical Art Collection online catalogue is located at http://guerin.ballarat.edu.au/curator/collection/ and the Federation University Historical Collection is searchable via Victorian Collections.

Federation University Historical Collection is an extensive collection of historical material dating from the opening of the Ballarat School of Mines in 1870. The collection covers material from the Federation University's predecessors including the Ballarat School of Mines, Ballarat Teachers' College, State College of Victoria, Ballarat; the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education, Ballarat College of Advanced Education, Ballarat University College, Wimmera Institute of TAFE, Monash Gippsland and University of Ballarat.

Significance

Federation University Historical Collection is significant because of its emphasis on local education, particularly at the tertiary level. It relates to the Ballarat School of Mines, Australia's first technical school, are an important aspect of the collection. Material on former staff, students and local identities are also housed in the collection. Through the Ballarat School of Mines Federation University is the third oldest tertiary institution in Australia, and has resulted in a strong and important emphasis on mining in the collection.

Mrs Robyn Thompson 2 September 2016 9:17 AM

Hello. I have just seen a photo of Pioneers of Ballarat on the web site. It has the Object registration 15771. A large group of men. I see my great ancestor D GUNN the photo. As I'm searching my family tree, I would love to have the photo of him Any chance that someone can help me with my request. Please contact me on 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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6327 items

Book - The Home Book of Quotations, 1967

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

Red hardcovered book

Scrapbook - Mining articles and notices, 1932 - 1936

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

Hardcover minute book with charcoal green cover and red spine. Numerous newspaper clipping have been pasted onto the pages, most related to mining. The clippings include: 26 September 1932 - Castlemaine Goldmines - Best Prospects for Years 12 October 1932 - South New Chum Syncline Goldmines NL 30 November 1932 - New Morning Star Co. 19 February 1934 - Berringa Gold Syndicate NL April 1934 - Bendigo Mines Limited May 1934 - Church Centenary - St Luke's Campbell Town Interesting History (image) Tasmania 1932 - Evolution of Auto-Car - Cugnot's Steam Trolley (image) 1932 - Evolution of Auto-Car - Push Foot Schemes (image) 1933 - Evolution of Auto-Car - Hancock's Steam Omnibus (image) 1933 - Evolution of Auto-Car - First Petrol Car (image) 1934 - The Gold Standard - How Australia Forsook It August 1934 - Bolwarrah and Gordon's Amalgamated NL 23 August 1934 - Dunolly Gold Mines NL 12 September 1934 - Murchison Goldfield - Triton Gold Mine 08 September, Adelaide Advertiser - Australia's Heritage of Golden Days by Ernestine Hill 28 November 1934 - Chronicles of Early Melbourne by Garyowen 05 May 1936 - Bendigo Mines Director's Policy (image of E.C. Dyason) 30 June 1936 - Lamplough Mine 27 June 1936 - Gold Dredging Company for Newstead 30 May 1935, The Herald - Gordon Battery in Production 19 September 1936 - Wattle Gully reef - Payable Values at 655 Feet 30 June 1936 - Avoca Developments NL 16 July 1934 - Westralia Renown Mines NL Prospectus 07 November 1936 - Ballarat East Gold Field - English Company's Deal (Victoria United, Britania United, First Chance, Last Chance, Llanberris No 1, Llanberris No 2, Sulieman No. 1, Sulieman No. 2, Sulieman No. 4, North Normanby, North Woah Hawp, Woah Hawp Canton, Tinworth's, Prince Regent Consolidated) 07 November 1936 - Large Scale Operations at Ballarat (image of A.E. Llewellyn) * How an Australian Discovered the World's Greatest Goldfield -The Beginning of The Rand.

Card - Ballarat Teachers' Reunion Souvenir, 1933

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

Printed card with a black and white photo of the Ballarat Teachers' College (former Ballarat East Town Hall).

Historical information

This card was used by John McNaughton, student of the Ballarat Teachers' College in 1929.

Poster - Peace Be Unto This House

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

Printed poster with green background and floral garland around words. Glued to cardboard

Image - Phoenix Foundry Co., Ltd. : Locomotive Works

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

Images of the Phoenix Foundry in Ballarat

Image - Ballarat Teachers' College students, 1927

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

Photograph of a group of Ballarat Teachers' College, probably on excursion

Correspondence - Letter to the Ballarat School of Mines on Grand National Eistedffod of Australasia letterhead, 1907

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

Handwritten letter on Grand National Eisteddfod of Australasia letterhead/

Historical information

https://royalsouthstreet.com.au/z

Inscriptions & Markings

Dear Sir Will you kindly let W. POwell of the "Echo" office have one of your latest photos without delay to be placed in the guide book and oblige Yours faithfully WD Hill Gen Sec.

Book - Petrology for students : an introduction to the study of rocks under the microsope, 1908

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

Red hard covered book of 329 pages. Includes black and one line illustrations of microscopal views. Fourth edition.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed inside front "S. Mayo"

Plan - Ballarat School of Mines 'Old Chemistry Building' Plan

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

Two plans showing the Ballarat School of Mines Old chemistry Building and the Ballarat Technical Art School Building. It also shows the location of the Ballarat School of Mines Model Mine, Battery House, etc.

Historical information

Ballarat School of Mines is a predecessor institution of Federation University Australia.

Object - Abacus

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

Rectangular abacus, Chinese style rosewood or blackwood with brass fittings on corners and dividing framework,13 rods, 65 lower beads, 26 upper beads. Gift of Helen Burgess

Historical information

Donated by Helen Burgess former lecturer in Craft at the Ballarat School of Mines and the Ballarat College of Advanced Education. This abacus was purchased while Helen was visiting Asia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvsnftXXKdw Usage: check wikipedia

Inscriptions & Markings

Manufacturing stamp on lower RHS inside frame: "1963 6" Unidentified Chinese characters on the framework behind the lower beads on both central vertical supports, on the LHS framework and on the centre portion of the lower framework.

Photograph - slide transparency - Ballarat Ladies Highland Pipe Band Photograph

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

Coloured photograph of taken from a slide.

Historical information

"After the war Pipe-Major Duncan McLennan, moved to Ballarat and took up a position as cadet instructor and leader of the Ballarat Highland Pipe Band and the Ballarat Ladies Pipe Band. " (Victorian Historical Journal Vol. 85, No. 1, June 2014)

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on slide - Drum Major - Ballarat March 62

Photograph - Colour - Visit of the Krause Family to Federation University, 2018

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

Booklet - The School of Mines, Ballaarat, Annual Report 1881.

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

Soft covered pale green booklet of 63 pages.

Historical information

The School of Mines Ballaarat Annual Report 1881. Annual Report, Additional Examination Statute, Certificates Granted by the Council, Copy of letter received from the Honble. Francis Ormond, M.L.C., Extracts from the Visitors' Book, Fees, Form of Bequest, Life Governors, Museum - open to Visitors', Office Bearers, Paper of Particulars, Report of the Curator of the Museum and Library (with plans), Report of the Superintendent of Laboratories, Report of the Lecturer in Telegraphy, Report of the Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Statement of Receipts and Expenditure for the year 1881, Subjects and Lecturers, Subjects and Examiners, Subscriptions and Donations from 1st January to 31st December 1881, The Lignite Deposit at Skipton (with Section and Plan)

Posters - Architectural History

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

Five printed teaching posters illustrating architectural design from the Ballarat Technical Art School Library: .1) English 15C Perpendicular Architecture .2) English late 17C Architecture .3) English mid 17C .4) English late 15C

Historical information

These posters were used at the Ballarat Technical Art School.

Scientific instrument - Globe

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

Royal Ediswan, 240 V 60 W, pear shaped, wire filament bayonet light bulb.

Historical information

First type of metal filament lamp. Used as spot lights or a bank of these bulbs were used for load when testing the generators at SMB or University of Ballarat.

Minute Book - Eureka Stocade Memorial Park Association Minute Book No 5

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

Brown cloth covered book, with brown packaging tape down the spine.

Coloured photograph - Construction of the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

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

Coloured photograph of the section on the corner of Camp and Sturt Streets Ballarat showing the extension to the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. These are the former Library (white building) and shops. In the background on the right can be seen the back of the former Mining Exchange.

Historical information

Coloured photograph of the section on the corner of Camp and Sturt Streets Ballarat showing the extension to the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. These are the former Library (white building) and shops. In the background on the right can be seen the back of the former Mining Exchange.

Photograph - Colour - Plaster Cast from the Elgin Marbles of the river god Ilissos

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

Plaster cast used during Drawing classes at the Ballarat Technical Arts School. it is a headless depiction of the river god Ilissos.

Historical information

Although known locally as 'Hercules' this cast is in fact a cast of one of the Elgin marbles (figure of a river god). It depicts one of a number of relics acquired by Lord Elgin in Athens in the early 19th Century, now known collectively as the Elgin Marbles. Ownership of the artefacts, once part of the 2,500-year-old Parthenon temple, is disputed by Greece. It maintains that Lord Elgin removed them illegally while the country was under Turkish occupation as part of the Ottoman Empire. The items have remained in the British Museum ever since.

Booklet - The Geelong Junior Technical College, Gordon Technical School Prospectus , 1913

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

Brown cover with red, green and blue print

Historical information

Used in Ballarat School of Mines.

Inscriptions & Markings

A.W. Steane written on the front cover.

Technical Drawing - Design for a Cornish Boiler

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

Student's technical drawing: Design for Cornish Boiler

Photograph - Colour - Corindhap, 2018

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

Buildings at Corindhap

Photograph - Black and White - Laura Wright, 1924

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

Black and white photograph of a woman standing beside a net curtained window. The sunlight illuminates the face and torso. There is a marked contrast between the light and the darkened room. The woman is Laura Wright

Historical information

Laura Wright was the sister of Frank Wright who was a renown resident of Smeaton, where they was born. They lived at Laura Villa, and attended Smeaton State School with their siblings. Their father William was a gold miner and their 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. Laura married Mr W.M. Ritchie and lived in Ballarat

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in pen on the back - Laura Wright, 2/1/24, F.W.

Book - Guide for Prospectors in Victoria, 1931

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

Grey soft covered book of 90 pages. Includes fold out map of a portion of Victoria showing auriferous areas and mineral localities. Also show Counties of Victoria and localities of minerals such as tin, antimony, copper, silver lead, Malybdenite, tungsten ores, manganese, platinum, osmiridium and iron. Chapter heading s include: working alluvial deposits, equipment, geology of Victoria, gold deposits, quartz reefs, indicators, economic minerals, assistance to prospectors, Miners' Right, mining bye-law, mining leases, forest regulations and glossary. Descriptions are given of a god dish, puddling tub, cradle, puddling machine, ground sluicing, boring, windlass, whim, hand dollying, sweeping, California pump, and wing dam.

Historical information

The handbook was intended for those with little experience who wanted to prospect of fossick.

Poster - A.C.C.A. The thousand mile stare

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

Black and white exhibition poster on card

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat Technical School Form 4AB - 1966

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

Photograph - Colour - Residential Support Team, 2016

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

A colour photograph featuring a group photograph of the 2016 FedUniLiving Residential Support Team, with their names in white lettering underneath, along with the Residence Hall they were assigned.

Historical information

At the end of every year, FedUniLiving accepts applications from current residents towards becoming a Residence Assistant (R.A.) Successful applicants are revealed at the end of the year at the Res End of year Event.

Inscriptions & Markings

Recto: 2016 Residential Support Team written in white lettering on top. FedUniLiving and Federation University Australia logos on the bottom-left corner. Verso:Catalogue Number written in Pencil '23155'.

Photograph - black and white - The Big Clock at Crystal Palace, 1933

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

Black and white photograph of a large, ornate clock on the inside of a building which has a glass panelled roof and rows of glass windows and galleries. The place is the Crystal Palace.

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. He died in England in 1970 at the age of 69.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in pencil on the back - The big clock at Crystal Palace, F.W. Oct 1933

Photograph - black and white - Frank Wright

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

Black and white studio photograph of the torso of a man dressed in a dinner suit with a carnation in the buttonhole. 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on back - Photo by:- Cyril Arnold, 15 Grape St., London, W.C.2, Phone--Temple Bar 0573 Written in pen on back - 1779/c

Poster - Welcome to: Ballarat Teachers College: Class of 1971: 45 Year Reunion: 5 & 6 November 2016

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

This is a photographic collage poster featuring many mug-shot style photographs of the members of the class of 1971, with a note to identify which classroom they were a part of. Sticky notes with hand-written labels identify three members of the group with a personal achievement. A poem titled 'Extra Muros' is displayed verso inbetween two logos of the Ballarat Teachers College.

Historical information

The Ballarat Teachers College held a 45 year Reunion for the class of 1971 on the 5 & 6 November 2016. All students plus their four teachers were invited. Three sticky notes are attached to the poster to identify famous persons.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ballarat Teachers College logo as part of a flag.

Booklet - Federal Referendums: The Case For and Against, 12/02/1913

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

Grey soft covered book of 80 pages. The book outlines the textural alterations and additions proposed for the referendum to be held on Saturday 31 May 1913.

Historical information

R.C. Oldham was the Chief Electoral Officer for the Commonwealth