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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.

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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Book - Anthropology, 1878

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

Green hardcovered book of 548 pages.

Historical information

Originally part of the Ballarat Ironworkers and Polytechnic Association Library.

Correspondence - Prime Minister to Frank Wright, 1967

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

.1) Typed letter on a printed letterhead .2) Typed and post marked envelope with printed address on reverse.

Historical information

In 1967 the British Prime Minister was Harold Wilson. 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

.1) Letter - Printed - Prime Minister's Crest of Office, 10, Downing Street Whitehall., Typed - Honours - In Confidence, July 31, 1967, Dear Mr. Wright, The Prime Minister has asked me to thank you for your letter of July 26 recommending the name of Mr. Edward Vaughan Morris for inclusion in an Honours List and enclosing particulars of his services. His name will accordingly be fully considered when the Honours Lists are under review.Yours sincerely, (hand written signature), F.J.H. Wright, Esq., M.B.E. .2) Envelope - Typed on front - Personal, F.J.H. Wright, Esq., M.B.E., 14, Highbury Grange, N.5, Prime Minister, Printed on back - 10 Downing Street, Whitehall

Photo - Holy Trinity, Bardsley and St Michael's and All Angels Church and Cemetery, Ashton-under-Lyne

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

.1) Sepia photograph mounted onto card showing Holy Trinity, Bardsley, Ashton-under-Lyne. Snow is evident in the foreground and the church is surrounded by a graveyard. .2) Sepia photograph mounted onto card showing St Michael's and All Angels church, alongside a graveyard.

Historical information

The Church of St Michael and All Angels dates from the 15th century and is the Parish Church for Ashton under Lyne. It is believed there was a church on this site before the Norman Conquest as the Domesday Book mentions a St Michael's Church in the east of the ancient parish of Manchester. Much of the structure was re-constructed in Victorian times. The church with large windows in Perpendicular style. Buttresses were required with this type of building as the large window area reduced the strength of the walls. The church boasts boasts some of the best examples of fifteenth century stained glass left in Britain. There are eighteen panels illustrating the life of St. Helena. The church tower is 145 feet high and has a peel of thirteen bells. (From ashton-under-lyne.com) Holy Trinity Church, Bardsley was consecrated on the 10th October 1844 by the Bishop of Chester. The church was only the third church in the Borough of Ashton-under-Lyne to be carved out of the parish of St. Michael & All Angels, Ashton. The church was built on land donated by the Hulme Trustees.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed lower LHS "J.W. Mellor" Lower RHS "Ashton-under-Lyne"

Photograph - Colour - Deirdre Scott, 1993

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

Framed photograph of Deirdre Scott, recipient of the 1993 Ballarat School of Mines Award for Excellence, receiving her award from Ballarat School of Mines President Bill Gribble. Ballarat School of Mines Acting Principal, Brian McLennan, stands to the left. The photograph is taken in the Lydiard Street Uniting Church, Where Ballarat School of Mines graduations took place.

Historical information

Deirdre Scott completed a Certificate in Office & Secretarial Studies at the Ballarat School of Mines, a predecessor institution of Federation University Australia.

Postcard - black and white - New Art Gallery, Birmingham

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

Black and white postcard showing a grand four storey building with clock tower. It is the new Art Gallery in Birmingham.

Historical information

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) first opened in 1885. It is housed in a Grade II* listed city centre landmark building. There are over 40 galleries to explore that display art, applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography.

Booklet - State College of Victoria, Ballarat Handbook, 1974

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

Small, green, soft covered booklet. Th book includes course, regulations, assessments, subject details, general information, art collection overview and student organisations. A good history of the evolution of the Ballarat Teachers' College and State College Victoria at Ballarat (SCVB) is given.

Historical information

In 1958 the Ballarat Teachers' College moved from Dana Street Primary School to a custom built college in Gillies Street. Accommodation again became a problem in 1968 with the introduction of the three year Diploma of Teaching (Primary) course. On 19 December 1972 the State College of Victoria Act received Royal Assent. The Act restructured the teacher training policies of Victoria. Ballarat was one of the State Teachers' Colleges which until 30th June 1973, was under Education Department control. Ballarat Teachers' College was renames the State College of Victoria at Ballarat and had its own governing council. In 1975 State College of Victoria at Ballarat moved to the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education campus at Mount Helen, and the name was changed to Ballarat College of Advanced Education.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Mr P. Fryar' on front cover. Signed 'Peter Fryar' on inside front page.

Image - Ballarat Junior Technical School Choir, 1956

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

Back Row L-R: R.J. King, J. Halliday, B. Antonio, P. Montgomery, W. Wilkins, G. Kiddie, J. Clarke, G. Nicholls, K. Burge, J. Gullock Middle Row L-R: W. Doyle, I. Treganza, M. Moore, D. McLeod, B. Gamble, M. Elsey, W. Dowler Front Row: J. Taylor, G. Caddy, B. Flood, G. Rapkins, R. Whitten, R. Priddle, R. Wilson. J. Carroll, M. Tucker, F. Trigg, I. Franklin, N. Dell, N. Yean, C. Judd.

Historical information

The Ballarat Junior Technical School

Book - The Bandsman's Everything Within

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

Hard card covered book, 208 pages. Cover is cream, with very small maroon writing and title in black print. At bottom of the page is an ornate bordered title "Hinrichsen". Back cover: Black print on cream. Black print title on spine.

Historical information

This book was part of the collection of Frank Wright OBE.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signature in blue ink "S. A. Freeman" in front end paper

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.

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

ThreeBooks 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 teh time of leving and reason for transfer.

Book - Matriculation and Junior Commercial Examinations, 1905

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

Brown buff paperback book, 106 pages, fold out typewriting exam on page 60

Historical information

University of Melbourne Archives, ref No: 1979.0018, University of Melbourne, Public Examinations Branch, 137 Volumes, Matriculation Examination entries 1855-1903, results and returns 1856-1905, Historical Note describing Matriculation Principal Dates for 1905 from Melbourne University including matriculation

Books - Ballarat Junior Technical School Attendance Rolls, 1922-1935

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

Fourteen Department of Education books covering attendance at the Ballarat Junior Technical School from 1922 to 1935. Some of the rolls also include classification and ages of pupils enrolled at the Ballarat Junior Technical School, as well as quarterly returns. Names of students are handwritten onto the roll, and each student's age at 01 January is given.

Historical information

The Ballarat Junior Technical School was established in 1913 and was a division of the Ballarat School of Mines.

Plan - Plan of Mount Helen

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

Plan of Subdivisions to Mount Helen, Shire of Buninyong, Sheet 1 and Sheet 2 Scale 200 feet to one inch

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat Teachers' College Staffmembers, 1947

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

Seven staffmembers of the Ballarat Teachers' College pose in front of a building in the grounds of the Dana Street Primary School. Standing Left to right: Carl Bryan, trudy Kentish, Mephan McEwin, Alan Sonsee. Sitting left to right: Beth Hughes, W.F. Lord, Monica Miller

Historical information

In 1947 classes at the Ballarat Teachers' College were held in the bluestone building at the Dana Street Primary School.

Document - Ballarat School of Mines Quartlerly Principals Report to Council, 1911

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

Handwritten report relating to art and trade classes at the Ballarat School of Mines. It includes student statistics.

Historical information

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

Surveyors Instrument - Boxed Theodolite

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

A boxed (timber) theodolite with crossbars and full-length stadia wires. The theodolite can be mounted on a metal straightedge base. The box also contains a magnetic compass with two bubble levels, a plumbing folk, and 4 brass paper clips designed to suit a plan table.

Historical information

according to Max Clarke this item was used for surveying classes at the Ballarat School of Mines

Postcard - colour - Australians Parading For The Trenches

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

World War One official war postcard showing Australians inUnifrom with guns and helmets.

Historical information

Most probabaly purchased by Harry Holmes.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back "These are teh men who shortly after midnight on Sunday, July 23, 1916, took Pozieres by a splendidly dashing advance through shrapnel, shell and machine-gun fire.

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat School of Mines Buildings Along Albert Street, Ballarat, 2007

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

Three colour photographs showing brick buildings along Albert Street Ballarat. They are part of Federation University SMB Campus.

Historical information

The buildings were built for the Ballarat School of Mines.

Report - Ballarat Municipal Observatory - Conservation Management Plan

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

A Conservation Management Plan of the Ballarat Municipal Observatory, produced by Dr David Rowe of Authentic Heritage Services Pty Ltd and Wendy Jacobs, Architect & Heritage Consultant for the City of Ballarat and the Ballaarat Astronomical Society in April 2007.

Book - Manual of Mining Tools

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

Hard cover book of 207 pages with buff cloth cover. The books covers materials andf processes used in the manufacture of tools, special uses, qualities and efficiciency. It includes 235 wood engravings of mining tools drawn to scale. Tools include borers, hammers, sledges, picks, shovels, spades, saws, helves and handles.

Historical information

The author, William Morgans, was a lecturer on mining at the Bristol School of Mines. The owner of the book, William Baragwanath, was a former student of the Ballarat School of Mines who held the following positions: Department of Mines (1897-1922); director of the geological survey (1922-24); chief mining surveyor (1924-32); secretary for mines (1932-34); chief mining surveyor (1934-43); consultant to the Department of Mines (1943-50); President, Royal Society of Victoria (1943-44), councillor of the Ballarat School of Mines (1916-50).

Inscriptions & Markings

Title page handwritten in ink 'W.B.' [William Baragwanath]

Photograph - Colour - Mark Spargo Receiving an Award for Outstanding Trade School Results, 1988

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

Mark Spargo Receiving an Award for Outstanding Trade School Results in 1988. He was equal top in the Western Region Apprenticeship Scheme.

Historical information

Mark Spargo had outstanding results from trade school. He completed his modules with 23 credits out od a possible 24. In two of his elective modules he scored 100 percent and his overall acerage mark over three years was 87.5 percent. However, it was not the results alone remarkable as they are - he managed to motivate and maintain the enthusiasm of both his teachers and the rest of the class during the three years. The Western Region Gampians Apprenticeship Scheme runs an annual award for the top apprentice.

Blueprint Technical Drawing - Blueprint

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

Blueprint of drawing of a Hydraulic riveter

Photograph - X-ray - X-Ray of a boys hand, c1896

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

Photograph of an X-ray of a four year old boy's diseased second finger, mounted on card.

Historical information

X-ray experiments were conducted at the Ballarat School of Mines in July 1896, with a public demonstration on 22 July 1896. J.M. Sutherland pioneered works on X-rays in Australia by conducting displays in Ballarat in 1896.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Boy 4 yrs old diseased 2nd finger"

Chatham-Holmes Collection: Collection of old photographs

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

Historical information

A collection of old photographs showing various people. No knowledge of who these people are

Photograph (Black & White) - Ballarat School of Mines Students

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

A black and white photograph mounted onto dark card showing a group of Ballarat School of Mines students and staff posing around the stairs at the back of the New Classrooms (now known as the Administration Building)

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso: Group of Ball. Sch. Mines Students 25.10.07

Engineering - Steam Engine Indicator

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

Brass steam-engine indicator 125mm tall - accompanied by four steel piston springs - and a wooden measuring rule

Historical information

For an explanation about the history of steam engine indicators, visit: http://www.archivingindustry.com/Indicator/contentback.htm [last viewed 20 May 2013]. For information about the Richards' Improved Patent Steam-Engine Indicator see John Walter's publication 'The Engine Indicator: a short history of the autographic patterns from 1800 to the present day' - available online via: http://www.archivingindustry.com/Indicator/chaptertwo.pdf Information on Casartelli, Manchester is also available online via: http://www.archivingindustry.com/Indicator/chapterfour.pdf Refer pp.21-22 [last viewed 20 May 2013]

Inscriptions & Markings

Indicator [a] Casartelli Manchester [b] 41 ; Ruler [a] 12 to the Inch [b] No.2 [c] Casartelli & Son Manchester

coloured photograph - Ballarat Academy of Performing Arts (BAPA) students

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

coloured photographic print

Book - I.C.S. Reference Library: Architectural Design, Ornamental Plaster Work, Ornamental Metal Work, Lighting fittings, stained Glass and Mosaic

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

Maroon hard covered book

Photograph - Black and White - Coogee Beach, 1923

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

Black and white seascape photograph of a beach curving around to a treed headland at end of the beach. The beach is dotted with people both in and out of the water. The location is Coogee, Sydney.

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

Written in pen on back - The surf at Coogee, Sydney. Easter 1923, F.W. (au)

Brochure - The Eureka trails

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

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

Historical information

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

Scientific Instrument - Voltmeter D.C.

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

D.C. Voltmeter, 100-250 volt range in cylindrical brass shell for panel mounting, but adapted. It is mounted on a freestanding timber stand for temporary laboratory setups.

Postcard - Sepia - Shaw's Bridge, Belfast

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

A bridge with five arches crossed a river in Belfast. Cows graze in the foreground

Plan - Lal Lal Iron Company Steam Engine Plan

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

Large original plan of an engine. Note, this item is in fragile condition and can only be viewed exceptional circumstance. Digital image details are available

Inscriptions & Markings

"W. Watson Prectical Mechanical Engineer Draughtsman Windermere St Ballarat

Document - The Aumuller Family

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

Type and hand written documents

Booklet - The School of Mines and Industries Ballarat, Annual Report, 1912

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

Photocopy - 4 page booklet relating to the Ballarat School of Mines in the year 1912.

Historical information

In 1912 W. H. Middleton was Acting President of the Ballarat School of Mines. Part of the report includes are: 'The Trade Classes in Plumbing, Manual Training, Carpentry, Telegraphy, Blacksmithing and Fitting and Turning are all being carried out with success'. 'Classes in Agricultural Chemistry and Botany for teachers have been carried on during the year, and have been well attended by those for whom they were intended'.

Book - Ballarat Illustrated : Under the Seals of the City & Town Councils

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

Soft cover. Front cover with some red. 80 pages. Back cover Plan of Ballarat Map. Photographic plates. Brief history of Ballarat and the topics photographed. . Ballarat City Municipal Chambers . The Ballarat Banking Company Limited . Art Gallery Ballarat . The Ballarat Trustees, Executors & Agency Company Limited . John MacLeod & Coy Pty Ltd . The Ballaarat Gas Coy . Ballarat's Homes . J. J. Goller & Co. . Ballarat East Views . Star Office . The Ballarat Courier . Morshead's . M. B. John Ballarat - The largest Inland Brass Foundry in Australia . Rowlands Koomah Spa . Huttons the Jewellers . Botanical Gardens Ballarat . Millers the Clothiers . Jas Smith Agricultural Machinery . Views of Lakes Learmonth & Burrumbeet . Coles & Pullum Stock & Station Agents . Harry Davies & Co. . Views about the City . Benoit's Sun Foundry . Ballarat College (for Boys) . Wm Paterson's . Lydiard Street Views . Eureka Terra-cotta & Tile Co. of Australia Limited . Churches of Ballarat . The Ballarat Woollen & Worsted Co. Ltd Sunnyside Mills . Red Shop Tea Rooms . Tyler's - Bridge Street, Ballarat . Allchin Bros Ballarat . Loreto Abbey Mary's Mount Ballarat . Brinds - Dunnstown . Ballarat Brewing Co. . Turnbridge's Arcade . Zoological Gardens Ballarat . A. Cant Plumber & Gasfitter . Interiors of some Ballarat Churches . Hugh Jones & B . W. F. Coltman . Views in Eureka Reserve . Loveland & Haslem, Moter Engineers . Public Institutions Ballarat . G. Warner & Co. Prop. Ltd . The Electric Supply Company of Victoria Limited . Ballarat East Views . Longhurst's Specialities . P. C. Thornton Proprietor Sturt St Ballarat . Cowley's Eureka Ironworks Pty Ltd . W. Owen Sports Depot & Tobacconist . Clarendon Ladies' College . Crocker's . Evening Echo Office . London Bank Chambers . Proprietors of Business . Broadbent Bros & Co. Gifted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman Central Queensland University, 2014.

Historical information

This book was a donation to Federation University Australia's Professor David Battersby from Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman of Central Queensland University.

Image - Ballarat School of Mines Baseball Team, 1955

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

Black and white image from the Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1955. Back row L-R: N. Spears, T. Prior, B. Matthews, B. Dixon, E.J. Barker, G. Ditchfield, R. Dunlop, A. Clarke. Front Row L-R: T. Seabrook, Wiliam Saggers, B. McLennan.

Historical information

The coach of the Ballarat Baseball team was Jack Barker.

Photograph - Black and White - Swimming Bath on 'Remo', Red Sea, 1940

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

Black and white photograph of a group of people swimming in a canvas pool on board a ship. Behind the pool can be seen part of the ship and water to the right. The ship is the Remo, the place is the Red Sea and the man in the middle of the group is Frank Wright.

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

Written in pencil on the back - Swimming bath on 'Remo' Red Sea, Jan 1940, F.W. in centre

Poster - FEderation University Anti Harassment Posters

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

Four posters from the University of Ballarat (now Federation University Australia) Equity and Equal Opportunity Office

Photograph - coloured - Portion of Victoria showing auriferous areas and mineral localities, 1935

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

Fold out coloured map

Historical information

Map included with book "Victoria: Gold and Minerals" issued by Mines Department Victoria, 1935

Inscriptions & Markings

Yellow mark indicating deposits

Numismatics - ANZAC Commemorative Medal for R.M. Serjeant

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

Bronze commemorative medal in black presentation case showing Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded soldier to safety. A crown is situated on top of the medal, and the word ANZAC beneath the medal. The opposite side depicts Australia, New Zealand and the Southern Cross Constellation. The lower half is bordered with New Zealand Fern leaves. The commemorative medal was presented to the family of Robert M. Serjeant. Gift of David Stevens, 2014.

Historical information

Robert M. Serjeant was the only son of Theo and Alice Serjeant, and grandson of famed mine manager Robert Malachy Serjeant (1829-1902). Robert Serjeant was a past student of the Ballarat School of Mines (SMB), and at the time of his World War One enlistment he had just finished an electrical course, and was working as a junior member of the SMB Department of Electricity. Robert Serjeant enlisted in December 1914. Corporal Serjeant (2138) of the 8th Battalion, died of wounds received in action at Gallipoli on 28 April 1915, aged 20. He was buried at sea and his name is listed at the Lone Pine Memorial. A brown paper parcel of Robert Serjeant's belongings was returned to his parents. It contained his discs, wrist-watch (damaged), notebook, hymn book and letters. [1] The Ballarat Courier reported: 'He was of quiet disposition, and a great student, devoting himself closely to his work.' Further information on R.M. Serjeant can be found at https://bih.federation.edu.au/index.php/Robert_M._Serjeant_Jnr The following statement on the ANZAC Commemorative Medallion and Badge was made by by Prime Minister Holt in 16 March 1967 when the Minister for Defence announced that it had been decided by the Australian Government, in consultation with the New Zealand Government, to issue a medallion and lapel badge to the veterans of the Gallipoli Campaign. "Last March, the Minister for Defence announced that it had been decided by the Australian Government, in consultation with the New Zealand Government, to issue a medallion and lapel badge to the veterans of the Gallipoli Campaign. I am glad to be able to announce that arrangements have now been completed for the production of the medallion and the badge. The Minister for the Army will be arranging distribution to those wishing to receive them as soon as possible. The Government hopes that production of the medallion and lapel badge will be sufficiently advanced to permit at least some of them to be distributed by ANZAC Day. The medallion (with the name of the recipient inscribed) will be issued to the surviving members of the Australian Defence Force who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, or in direct support of the operations from close off-shore, at any time during the period from the first ANZAC Day in April, 1915 to the date of final evacuation in January, 1916. Next of kin or other entitled persons will be entitled to receive the medallion on behalf of their relatives, if the relative died on active service or has since died. For surviving members, a lapel badge will also be available for wearing. This will be a replica of the obverse (or front) of the medallion and will be about 1 inch high and 2/3 inch wide - the same size as the RSL badge. The medallion is the work of Mr. Raymond Ewers, the well-known Australian artist, based on a suggestion by Mr. Eric Garrett, a staff artist with the Department of the Army. It has been endorsed by both the Government of New Zealand and ourselves. It will be approximately 3 inches high and 2 inches wide. The obverse of the medallion depicts Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded soldier to safety. It will be bordered on the lower half by a laurel wreath above the word ANZAC. The reverse (the back) shows a relief map of Australian and New Zealand superimposed by the Southern Cross. The lower half will be bordered by New Zealand fern leaves. The medallion will be cast in bronze and the lapel badge will be metal of a bronze colour. For the information of the honourable members I present also a brief statement setting out the conditions of eligibility which will apply to the medallion and badge and the manner in which those desiring to receive them should apply."(https://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/anzac/medallion/doc.asp, accessed 26/02/2014) Conditions of eligibility. All members of the Australian Defence Force who served during the Gallipoli Campaign are entitled to receive the ANZAC Commemorative medallion. The campaign lasted from April 25, 1915 to January 8, 1916. The award will be made for service on the Gallipoli Peninsula and service in support of the operations in an area off-shore eastward of a line drawn from Yukyeri Point (lat 39 50' 40'' N long 26 9' 45'' E) through a point in lat 39 53' N long 26 0' E thence to Cape Gremea (lat 40 35' N long 26 6' E). The award will also be available to members of philanthropic organisations and the Press who were accredited to the AIF, and to Australian members of the crews of merchant ships or hospital ships which operated in direct support within the defined area. Note: The boundary line would run just off-shore from the land masses north and south of the Dardanelles, and is estimated to be within about 5 miles from the beach at ANZAC Cove. (https://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/anzac/medallion/doc.asp, accessed 26/02/2014)

Significance

This Item is significance because is was only issued to members of the Australian and New Zealand Defence Force who served at Gallipoli. This Medallion is significant because of its relationship to Robert M. Serjeant who died on 28 April 2015 at Gallipoli of wounds received in Action.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved: "1238 R.M. Serjeant"

Photograph - Black and White - Sylvia Williams

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

Black and white image of the head and shoulders of a woman. She is Sylvia Williams, former head of the Ballarat School of Mines Dressmaking Department.

Historical information

Sylvia Williams was head of the Ballarat School of Mines Dressmaking Department between 1845 and 1960. Previously she had been a staff member of the E. Lucas and Co., clothing manufacturers of Ballarat and Melbourne.

Book - Memoirs of the Geological Survey of Victoria No 7., The Deep Leads of Victoria

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

Pink paper covered book by Stanley Hunter, Engineer in Charge of Boring Operations. Contents include tunnelling, deep sinking, the Chiltern Method, the Ballarat Method, Stawell, Ararat, Moyston, Raglan, Wimmera, Landsborough, Avoca, Ballarat West Leads, Berry-Moolort-Loddon Lead System, Clunes, Creswick, Bullarook Affluent, Corinella, Daylesford-Castlemain Tributary, Majorca-Carisbrook tributary, Huntly, Coliban, Campaspe, Rutherglen., Smythesdale, Durham Lead, Tanjil. Plans include: geological Map of Stawell, ararat, Raglan and Landsborough; Kempson's Freehold Mine, Stawell; Geological Map of Beaufort, Avoca, Maryborough, Ballarat west, Berry-Moolort, Loddon, Creswick, Marong, &c; Cardigan Propriety Gold Mine; Working Miners United Gold Mine, Homebush; Hepburn Deep Lead Plan; Madame Berry West Mine; West Berry Consols Mine; Spring Hill and Central Leads; Berry Consols Extended Mine; Loddon Valley Goldfields; Chalk's No 3 Mine; Charlotte Plains Considated Mine; Duke United Mine; Geological Map of Bendigo, Huntley, Campaspe, Malmsbury, Kyneton, trentham, &c; Geological Map of Chiltern, Rutherglan, Eldorado, Beechworth, &c; Chiltern Valley Gold Mine; Wallace Chiltern Valley Consols Mine; great Southern and Chiltern Valley United Mine; great Northern extended Consols; Prentice and Southern deep Leads; Glenfine South Gold Mine; Geological map of Pitfield, Rokewood, Mt Mercer, Ballark, Meredith, &c.; McEvoy Mine; Dargo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Booklet - Ballarat School Of Mines Agenda for meeting with Chairman of the TAFE Board

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

Yellow covered A$ booklet bound with plastic. The book as in agenda for a meeting with I. Predl, acting Chairman of the TAFE Board. Items for discussion were: * L.F.J. Hillman Recreation Building * Maintenance of Buildings * Campus titles and future development * Quality Improvements * College Management Study * Uncertainties Re Blackburn The booklet also includes an aerial photograph of the Ballarat School of Mines campus, including dates each building was erected. The image shows the site of the newly demolished Ballarat Gao, and still has a tennis court and Mining laboratory onsite. The book also show allotment plans of the Ballarat School of Mines site.

Newsclippings - Framed Front Page of the Ballarat Courier, 09 October 1993

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

Framed front page of the Ballarat Courier announcing the extablishment of the University of Ballarat (later Federation University Australia).

Scientific Instument - Dip Circle Apparatus

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

Dip circle apparatus contained in a glass-sided vertical wood cabinet, which can be rotated around a vertical axis through 360 degrees. Fully graduated circular scales and levelling screws in the base. Instructions for use available.

Photograph - black and white - Descendant of Thomas Hiscock at the Hiscock Obelisk , Buninyong

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

Black and white photograph showing the five descendants of Thomas Hiscock stand in front of the Buninyong granite obelisk which recognises Hiscock's gold discovery at Buninyong in 1851

Historical information

Buninyong celebrated 100 years since Hiscock discovered gold there in August 1851.

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso: "Buninyong Gold Centenary 4 Aug 1951 Hiscocks Obelisk Hiscock Family."

Book - London International Exhibition of 1873 (Melbourne 1872-3) Official Record, 1873

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

.1) London International Exhibition of 1873 (Melbourne 1872-3) Official Record containing introductions, catalogue of exhibits, index of exhibitors, reports and recommendations of experts, official awards of commissioners and essays and statistics on the social and economic resources of the Colony of Victoria, mining and mineral statistics .2) International Exhibition Essays, 1872-3: * Progress of Victoria by William Henry Archer. This includes birth places for the People of Victoria (1871), Education. * The climate of Victoria by Robert L.J. Ellery * Wines * Preserved Meats * The climate of Victoria in reference to vegetable production. * Agriculture

Historical information

Royal Commissioners for Victoria for the London International Exhibition of 1873 included William Foster Stawell, Redmond Barry, Gavan Duffy, William Vale, W.W. Wardell, Paul De Castella, J. O'Shannassy.

Plan - Ballarat - Mining Lease No 5611

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

Plan showing mining lease no 5611 along Yarrowee Creek, Ballarat. Bonshaw Pre-Emptive Right is recorded on the plan.

Postcard - embroidered - World War One Souvenir Christmas Postcard

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

White Postcard with embroidery on white silk. The embroidery features green ivy leaves and red berries, and the words "Happy Christmas".

Historical information

Soldier Harry Holmes of Ascot, Victoria sent this postcard to his family while serving in the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) in France. HENRY SMERDON (Harry) HOLMES was born in 1897 at the family property, ’Sauchieburn’, 17 km north of Ballarat, in the Ascot district. He was the youngest of four children. After finishing his education at St Patrick’s College, Ballarat, Henry joined the Holmes family farming interests. At the age of 18 he enlisted and served with AIF in Egypt, France and Belgium 1915-1918. Henry served at the famous battlegrounds of Ypes and Somme in the Australian Army 8th Battalion. He was a Driver with the 4th D.A.C. The postcard is of "The Ascot" boys. Includes [Samuel] Gordon Spittle, Henry [Harry] Holmes's first cousin, and other Ascot lads and district connections: neighbours, Ascot State School classmates and football mates from Clunes / Creswick districts. (Research by Jane Dyer)

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso "All good wishes to all the dear ones at home for a happy Xmas and a bright New Year from Harry 11/11/16."