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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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5690 items

Scientific Instument - Post Office Box

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

A series of brass blocks connectable with insertable pint, mounted on black panel on a varnished wood base konwn as a Post Office Box (Sreies Resistors).

Historical information

These organ pipes were used for Physics experiments at the Ballarat School of Mines.

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial Number 1941

Computer card - 80 Column IBM Computer punch card

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

Yellow card with printed numbers. Used for feeding information into a computer.

Historical information

This IBM card format, designed in 1928,[18] had rectangular holes, 80 columns with 12 punch locations each, one character to each column. Card size was exactly 7-3/8 inch by 3-1/4 inch (187.325 by 82.55 mm). The cards were made of smooth stock, 0.007 inch (0.178 mm) thick. There are about 143 cards to the inch. In 1964, IBM changed from square to round corners.[19] They came typically in boxes of 2000 cards.[20] (Reference and more information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punched_card ) Early digital computers used punched cards, often prepared using keypunch machines, as the primary medium for input of both computer programs and data. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punched_card)

Photograph Album - Graduation Ceremony, 1987

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

Mustard photo album with photos from the 1987 Graduation Ceremony held in the 1870 Founders Hall, Mount Helen Campus (1271) Graduation Ceremony Academic Procession. Jack Harvey is at front right wearing blue tie, Geoff Hendy is behind him in blue suit. Council member Mary Akers is to the left of Geoff Hendy, and E.J. (Jack) Barker is at the end of the procession.

Correspondence - J.B. Rankine to Frederick Martell, 1898

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

Handwritten letter on folded, lined paper. The letter was written in Norseman and relates to school fees for the Ballarat School of Mines.

Historical information

"Mr. J. B. Rankine, the inspector for the Dundas goldfield, entered upon his duties on June 4, 1897. He states that his preliminary examination of the mines in active operation on the field, which was of a hurried nature, revealed in several instances a very unsystematic method of mining, which must have been attended with grave risk to the workmen had it been allowed to continue. The underground workings in one, particular mine which he inspected, and wherein a large number of men were employed, were of such a serious and dangerous nature that immediate steps and measures had to be taken to secure the ground for the safety of the men so employed. Without entering on this occasion into the question of culpability, he desired to place on record that the manager had shown a readiness and willingness to carry out his (the Inspector's) instructions. (West Australian, 21 February 1898)

Inscriptions & Markings

Norseman Oct 17 98 F. maretll esq Registrar Ballarat School of Mines Sir Yours of the 1st instant to hand and I have much pleasure in forwarding you a cheque for L8.8.0 the account of school fees. Your remarks re telling the Minister are really too funny to be taken seriously. the remind one of kids at School "If you don't give me my marbles ill tell your father" however you have been very patient in the matter + I don;t grumble. Hope school is doing well + maintaining its good name, My kind regards to proff Smith + other enquiring friends Yours very truly J.B. Roankine

Document - Agreement under the Miners Act, 1890, Part 2

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

A large sheet of paper with seals - an agreement under the Miners Act, 1890, Part 2 between Richard Brereton Squire of 66 Lewistram Road, Windsor and Alfred Rice of Mt Mercer. The agreement is unsigned, but dated 1919. Gift of the Squire Family, 2014

Historical information

Richard Squire was a former student of the Ballarat School of Mines.

Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright and Friend

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

Black and white photograph of two men dressed in suits and hats, sitting on rocks beside a creek in a grassy paddock, with a post a wire fence in the background. The man on the left is Frank Wright. The man on the right is unknown.

Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born. He lived at Laura Villa, and attended Smeaton State School. His father William was a gold miner and his mother's name was Sarah. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. Frank was tutored by Percy Code and was awarded a gold medal for the highest marks in the ALCM examinations in the British Colonies at the age of seventeen years. He became the Australian Open Cornet Champion by the age of eighteen. A year later, Frank conducted the City of Ballarat Band, and later the Ballarat Soldiers’ Memorial Band. He formed the Frank Wright Frisco Band and Frank Wright and his Coliseum Orchestra. These bands won many South Street awards, and Frank as conductor won many awards in the Australian Band Championship contest. In 1933 Frank Wright sailed to England to conduct the famous St Hilda’s Band and was later appointed Musical Director of the London County Council, where he organized many amazing concerts in parks, in and around the London district. He was made Professor of Brass and Military Band Scoring and conducted at the Guildhall of Music and Drama. Frank was often invited to adjudicate Brass Band Championships around Europe, in Australia, including South Street and in New Zealand. The Frank Wright Medal at the Royal South Street competition is awarded to an individual recognized as making an outstanding contribution to brass music in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on back - SELO

Photograph - Black and White - Frank and Alex Wright at waterfall

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

Two men dressed in trousers and shirt sleeves and carrying hats are standing in on the grassy bank of a pool fed by a waterfall. The men are Frank Wright on the right and his brother Alex on the left.

Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born on 2 August 1901. He, Alex and their siblings 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. Alex Wright travelled to England in 1930 and was known as the Prince of Mimic. His stage name was Navarre. He died in an air-raid in the Hippodrome Birmingham in 1940.

Magazine - Quadrangle: Magazine of the Ballarat Technical School, 1968

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

Cream and pink soft covered magazine.

Plaster cast - Plaster Cast of a Lion Footprint

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

Two plaster casts of a Lion footprint. These casts were used in the identification of photographs and sightings of large cats in the Australian Bush. Australian Animal Folklore Collection

Historical information

The cast of a captive female African Lion aged 5 months was made by David Pepper-Edwards at Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW. David Pepper-Edwards used a number of plaster cast footprints for comparison of unidentified field casts.

Inscriptions & Markings

verso: TZ, lion, male, 04/04

Photograph - Colour - Vice-Chancellor David James

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

A man in the regalia of the University of Ballarat Vice Chancellor. It is Professor David James.

Objects - glass, mirror and globe

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

glass, mirror and globe in a 'Big Ben' box

Historical information

Gift to the School of Education.

Document - Holmes Family Drafts: Children of Henry and Harriet Holmes

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

Hand written and typed information of the Holmes Family

Photograph - black and white - Morgan B. John is presented with an artwork of the Ballarat School of Mines M.B. John Building

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

Black and white photograph of Morgan B. John being presented with a framed artwork of the Ballarat School of Mines M.B. John Building created by Brian McLennan. Standing left to right: Morgan B. John, Brian McLennan, Ken Flecknoe, Peter Shiells

Historical information

M.B. John was a long time president of the Ballarat School of Mines Council

Document - Port Nepean Information, 1909

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

Photograph - Maurice Wright

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

Black and white photograph of a man standing in a formal pose holding the back of an ornate chair. The backdrop is a dark curtain and the man is standing on a floral carpet. The man is wearing a suit and light coloured hat with a dark hat band. The man is Maurice Wright.

Historical information

Maurice Wright was the brother of Frank Wright. Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born. He lived at Laura Villa, and attended Smeaton State School. His father William was a gold miner and his mother's name was Sarah. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. Frank was tutored by Percy Code and became the Australian Open Cornet Champion by the age of eighteen. A year later, Frank conducted the City of Ballarat Band, and later the Ballarat Soldiers’ Memorial Band. He formed the Frank Wright Frisco Band and Frank Wright and his Coliseum Orchestra. These bands won many South Street awards, and Frank as conductor won many awards in the Australian Band Championship contest. In 1933 Frank Wright sailed to England to conduct the famous St Hilda’s Band and was later appointed Musical Director of the London County Council, where he organized many amazing concerts in parks, in and around the London district. He was made Professor of Brass and Military Band Scoring and conducted at the Guildhall of Music and Drama. Frank was often invited to adjudicate Brass Band Championships around Europe, in Australia, including South Street and in New Zealand. The Frank Wright Medal at the Royal South Street competition is awarded to an individual recognized as making an outstanding contribution to brass music in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written on back - With best wishes from Maurice Nov. 1919 Printed on back - The 'Tesla Studios', Wanganui, N.Z.

Student's Technical Drawing - Engineering drawing 'Shoe and pile details', 1972

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

Pencil on paper student's technical drawing .1) Engineering drawing 'Shoe and pile details' .2) Engineering drawing 'Concrete pile and mould'

Historical information

David Ronaldson was a student of Civile Engineering at Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education when he completed this drawing.

Photographs - coloured - Philip and Elizabeth Chatham: Queensland holiday

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

Packet with coloured photographs of Queensland.

Image - John Pascoe Fawkner

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

Portrait of John Pascoe Fawkner.

Historical information

From Westgarth's 'Port Phillip Settlement.

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

Photographs - Milano 20 Views of the City pack of photographs

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

Small red card package containing 15 photographs of Milan. The red card packaging has an oval cutout at the front

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: MILANO at top, 20 Views of the city 20 at bottom. Verso: Cecame

CD-ROM - School of Human Movement & Sports Promotional DVD

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

CD-ROM with promotional videos for the University of Ballarat School of Human Movement & Sports

Photograph - Colour - University of Ballarat Bachelor of Engineering Staff, 1994

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

Laminated colour photograph of the staff of the University of Ballarat Bachelor of Engineering course. Back Row: Ian McKee, Len Taylor 4th Row: Bill Vermeend, Roger Johnston, Zlatko Balazic, John Knowles, Malcolm Dorricott, Ewan Barker 3rd Row: Verna Barry, Colin Kline, Peter Reid, Bruce Cossins, Aleks Subic, Jeff Stewart 2nd Row: John McAllister, Graeme Hood, Marilyn Trahar, Aziz Albazzaz, Mounif Abdallah, Trevor Gourley Front Row: Heather Snibson, Jocelyn Parkes, Belinda Cronin, Sally Moxham, Sue Vinden, Turhan Coban

glass - Vegemite Glass

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

A small glass with three lines glass the the rim. It is known as a vegemite glass.

Historical information

Around the 1960s Vegemite produced a jar with a metal lid that could be used as a drinking glass after all the Vegemite was eaten. Many families had a number of vegemite glasses used by children as drinking tumblers.

Photograph (colour) - Ballarat School of Mines Brewery Building

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

Twenty five colour photographs of the Brewery Building at the University of Ballarat SMB (Ballarat School of Mines) campus. The Brewery Building is built on the site of the former Ballarat Brewery and incorporates the chimney and 'Cowley' boilers from that site.

Historical information

In 1872 William Tulloch and Alexander McLaren constructed a new brick 'Royal Standard Brewery' to the design of architect Henry R. Caselli. They had been operating a much smaller 'Royal Standard' Brewery, possibly since 1859. The Ballarat Brewing Company was established in 1895 and took over operations of the 'Royal Standard'. This new company resulted in the merger of the 'Royal Standard Brewery', James Coglans 'Phoenix Brewery' (Warrenheip) and Henry Leggo's 'Barley Sheaf Brewery' (Creswick Rd). J. Coglan and W. Tulloch were principals of the new company. By 1912 the Ballarat Brewery buildings fronting Armstrong Street were upgraded and new plant installed. Ballarat Brewing Company was well established as a thriving business. In 1926 'Ballarat Bertie' (the cellar-man) advertising image was introduced. It was used successfully until 1994 on 'Ballarat Bitter' labels. During the1940s and 50s the Ballarat Brewing Company was significantly upgraded and extended equipment and buildings. In 1959 Carlton and United Breweries purchased the Ballarat Brewery, its brewing rights and the land (but not the 114 BBC hotels or the Dana Street offices). The Lydiard Street frontage become the 'front' of the CUB Brewery. CUB ceased brewing at the Ballarat Brewery site in 1989 and closed the plant. Four years later the 'brewery site' was purchased by the Ballarat School of Mines to enlarge its campus area as TAFE was a rapidly expanding areas of education. In 1994 plans were developed for the 'Brewery Complex' with careful regard for needed educational facilities and due concern regarding historical aspects of the site and its buildings. There was close consultation and cooperation with the Ballarat City Council during the planning process. In 1995 most of the Brewery buildings were demolished by some special structures and features are preserved. The old brewery chimney was retained as a permanent reminder of the original industrial site, as were two boilers. The SMB Brewery Complex was completed in 1996 and reflects aspects of the former brewery's appearance. It was opened by Prime Minister John Howard on 28 February 1997. Further details at http://guerin.ballarat.edu.au/curator/buildings/site_listing_brewery-complex.shtml

Document - Store License Issue to J.S. Rainer, Storekeeper at Eureka, 1854

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

Digital copy of an original store and business licence. Rainer's store was at Eureka and the 3 month license cost 15 pounds in September 1854.

Historical information

This miner's right is a copy from an original held by the Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat. The original was glued onto a page in a large album of photographic images of early Ballarat. Recognising their significance the Council of the Old Colonists’ Association had them removed and restored. The originals are now framed and on display in the Old Colonists’ Hall.

Postcard - photographic - Harold Reid

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

Harold Reid, dressed in Australian Army uniform poses for a photograph during World War One.

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso 'Harold Reid, taken at place where we have our maps printed.'

Object - Oil Can

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

Two oil cans (or brass oil feeders) with flat base and long neck. (a) Miniature cylindrical body with flat base, and long narrow spout. Head of flow adjuster is missing. Made by Fisher & Ludlow, Birmingham. (b) Has a miniature plug with chain attached, and a decorative scrolled handle. Made by Whites.

Historical information

Probably used at the Ballarat School of Mines

Image - Joseph Flude

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

Photographic portrait of Joseph Flude, early lecturer at the Ballarat School of Mines

Costume - University of Ballarat Tie

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

Three predominantly blue ties with a blue, red and yellow University of Ballarat logo featuring the Southern Cross in a golden wreath.

Historical information

Federation University Australia was established on 1 January 2014. Formerly known as the University of Ballarat, its enabling legislation was the University of Ballarat Amendment (Federation University Australia) Act 2013. Although formally created as a University in 1994, the University of Ballarat has a lineage back to 1870 with the establishment of the School of Mines Ballarat, making it the third institution of higher learning to be established in Australia and the first to be established in regional Australia. On 1 January 1994, Ballarat University College became the University of Ballarat and in 1998 the University merged with three TAFE Institutes to become a dual sector institution with multiple campuses. On 1 January 2014, the University of Ballarat amalgamated with the Monash University Gippsland Campus to form Federation University Australia. The Gippsland Campus also had a long lineage dating back to 1928 with the establishment of the Yallourn Technical School which became a predecessor institution to the Gippsland College of Advanced Education formed in 1968. In 1990, it was renamed the Monash University College and in 1993 became the Gippsland Campus of Monash University. In 2016, Federation University Australia announced plans to take possession, over a two-year period, of Monash’s Berwick Campus in the south-east corridor of Melbourne. Federation University Australia, or FedUni, is headquartered in Ballarat and offers programs in Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training to regional Victoria and beyond. The University’s commitment to educational and social equity, teaching excellence, research distinction, environmental sustainability and regional capacity building has enabled it to develop in a way that draws on its proud heritage to inform its future. Its regional character sets a framework for the University’s priorities but does not constrain it from serving wider community interests, nationally and internationally. The name Federation University Australia was chosen to convey the scope and capacity of an expanded regional university with a federated network of campuses.

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat Technology Park IBM Building, c2005

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

Book - Understanding Our World, 1939

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

Green hardcovered book awarded to Graham. Beanland for first prize (Progress and Results) at B.H.T.S. The book has many illistrations.

Historical information

Graham Beanland became a Principal at the Ballarat School of Mines.

Inscriptions & Markings

B.H.T.S. Awarded to G.H. Beanland. First Prize Progress and Results Section 2 E.H. Beanland Principal 17-12-43

Book - Flat Ornament: A Pattern Book Of Designs of Textiles, Embroideries, Wall Papers, Inlays, Etc.

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

Large brown hardcovered book with leather spine.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped " Ballarat School of Art Library: Bookplate of the Ballarat Technical School Library R/5

Engineering drawings - Technical drawing

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

pencil on paper student's technical drawings .1) Ogee weir .2) Roof truss .3) R.C.tank, 780 gals .3) Crane bogey

Photograph - Colour - Former Ballarat Teachers' College Students with Inge King's Sculpture, 2017

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

Former Ballarat Teachers' College Class on 1967 Students Stephen Bibby and Michael Boyko stand beside Inge King's Sculpture 'Organic Form'. The Class of 1967 purchased the sculpture by Inge King.

Historical information

This photograph was taken on the Federation University Mount Helen Campus when Michael Boyko and Stephen Bibby were researching in preparation for the 50th anniversary Reunion of the Class of 1967.

Newspaper - The Sun

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

12 page, broadsheet

Inscriptions & Markings

The Sun, yellowing pages Number 11,081

Scrap Book - Ballarat School of Mines Scrap Book

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

14 April 1931 - Martha Pinkerton Obituary

Certificate - Department of Education Victoria - Intermediate Technical Certificate, 1927

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

Certificate printed on beige paper. Name and signature added

Historical information

Frank Tate was the first Director of Education for Victoria, 1902-1928. During this time World War I occurred and he enlisted. Due to his support for the French during this time he was awarded "Chevalier of the Legion of Honor".

Inscriptions & Markings

Signature of Director of Education: Frank Tate Certificate made out to Ed M Roberts Certificate number: 4 "Credit" hand written after statement of pass Red school stamp - Ballarat School of Mines

Postcard, Colour - New Gantries, Harland & Wolffs, Belfast, Ireland

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

Two photographic postcards showing the new gantries, Harland & Wolffs, Belfast, Ireland

Historical information

Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries is a heavy industrial company, specialising in shipbuilding and offshore construction, located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Harland & Wolff is famous for having built the majority of the ships intended for the White Star Line. Well known ships built by Harland & Wolff include the Olympic Class trio: RMS Titanic, RMS Olympic and RMS Britannic, the Royal Navy's HMS Belfast, Royal Mail Line's Andes, Shaw Savill's Southern Cross, Union-Castle's RMS Pendennis Castle, and P&O's Canberra. Harland and Wolff's official history, Shipbuilders to the World, was published in 1986.

Book - University of Ballarat Annual Report, 2006

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

Blue and white soft cover book of 55 pages and a cd-rom of financial statements. Contents include: Robert r.t. Smith, David Battersby, mission and goals, National Centre For Sustainability, Dennis Olmstead, David Suzuki, Shenzhen Polytechnic, Wang Qiang, Kwong Lee Dow, Caroline Taylor, John Murray, Martin Westbrook, Opening of the sir Albert Coates Complex, Steve Bracks. .3) Financial Statements

Book - Higher Education: A policy Discussion Paper, 1987

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.1) Green soft covered book

Historical information

Robert H.T. Smith was Chancellor of University of Ballarat (later Federation University Australia).

Inscriptions & Markings

Areas of text have been highlighted throughout the text.

Plan (copy) - 'Design for Brick Residence Cnr Sturt and Russell St for K. Price Esq.' by Herbert C. Coburn

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Photocopy of a plan by architect H. L. Coburn

Historical information

Ballarat born Herbert L. Coburn grew up to be a renowned Ballarat architect, practising from 1905 to 1956. He taught Architecture and Building Construction at the Ballarat School of Mines (SMB) from 1918, resigning in 1948 due to ill health.

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines, Student Magazine, April ,1900

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Soft covered magazine of 14 pages. Articles include: News and notes, Glimpses of Rhodesian Police Camp Life, New Caledonia, Summaries and notes from the mining and engineering journals, Boot and saddle, Examination results 1899, Personal notes, Correspondence, Editorial Notes.

Photograph - Black and White - Jenny Gough, 1993

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Photographic portrait of Jenny Gough, Staff Development Officer at the Ballarat School of Mines.

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1958

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Yellow soft covered 56 page magazine with green ink. Contents include: New Students from Asia (Anthony Yeung Chai Shing, Yep Kwok Ming, Archari Kassibhrimi Sarikananda, Teddy Gan Ben Chiang, Richard Tann, Somsack Satapuntu, Chermsak Tanskul, Charles Tai, Chit Cheng Foo); Italian Coachwork Sets the Fashion; the White Australia Policy; Wool; Artists' Society; Literary Society; Maryborough Visit; Roll Call; Higher Education for Girls; Sports, Football, Baseball, Badminton, tennis, School of Mines Society of Artists; Girls' Association Images include: Craig's Royal Hotel, Dick Richards, Peter Robinson, Lansell groat, Elizabeth Scott, Patrick Collier, Nelson Hails, Biruta Mellins, William Widdop, Frank Pomeroy, Alan Clarke, Kaspar Bitans, Walter, Reimann, Gladys Hocking, Keith Alexander; Murray Gillan; John Skuja

Historical information

The Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine was published annually. 1958 editor was Peter Robinson. Contents include: School Council, Members of Staff, A Balanced Education, Retirement of the Principal, Principal's Page, Prominent Personalities, Have we the Right Approach?, Sweet and Sour, Paying Homage to the Dead, Sports Awards 1958, Italian Coachwork Sets the Fashion, The "White Australia" Policy, Wool, Roll Call

Ledger - Ballarat School of Mines Council Minute Books

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Handwritten minutes of the Ballarat School of Mines Council in a large ledger. The Minutes Include: 1921 - Former Ballarat Gaol

Photograph - black and white postcard - Monument to Mohamed Aly, Alexandria, Egypt

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Black and white postcard showing a statue in the middle of a townscape in Alexandria, Egypt. The monument is Mohamed Aly.

Historical information

The photograph is associated with Harry Holmes and Gordon Spittle who were members of the Australian Imperial Force based in Egypt at the time. Egypt was a major base for the AIF from December 1914. A number of campaigns were fought in this theatre. There were two campaigns involving the AIF. Note that not all the fighting was actually geographically in Egypt. (http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8888/about3.html) Gordon Spittle was the youngest of Three brothers. He grew up in Creswick and attended Creswick Grammar School. Gordon purchased 'Mt Cavern' in 1912. It had 4 years of a 10 year lease to run. His mother and father took delivery of it on 1 April 1916. They lived there and farmed it until Gordon returned from active service in May 1919. He married Violet Holmes and both lived at "Mt Cavern" until their deaths. Gordon died in 1942 aged 51. Violet Holmes-Spittle dies in 1949 aged 56.

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso "Monument to Mohamed Aly which is erected in the square Alexandria. Gordon. 30/3/16

Photograph - Student operating vacuum equipment in a metallurgy laboratory

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Large black and white photograph of student using vacuum equipment in a metallurgy laboratory

Poster - Ballarat School of Mines Dance, 1966

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Original poster. Black in on cream paper showing a nude woman depicted in the Art Nouveau style.

Inscriptions & Markings

SMB Dance Corbould Hall 22 July

Plan - King River Mine

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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.