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

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Free

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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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Photograph - Sepia - Frank Wright, Conductor of St Hilda's Band, London

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

Sepia studio photographs of a man in a band uniform. He is holding a baton in a different position in each photo. The man is Frank Wright and the band is St. Hilda' s Brass Band.

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

16 MAR 1934, British made, Jerome

Photograph - Black and White - Thomas Stephen Hart

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

Photographic Portrait of Thomas Stephen Hart of the Ballarat Schoo of Mines.

Casette Tape Recorder - Sanyo Casette Tape Recorder

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

Black and silver electric or battery powered plastic tape recorder wit 5 black and 1 red push button to operate and record on the equipment. The recorder also has a counter and a rec.batter light.

Historical information

Early recorders were intended for dictation and journalists, and were typically hand-held battery-powered devices with built-in microphones and automatic gain control on recording. Tape recorder audio-quality had improved by the mid-1970s, and a cassette deck with manual level controls and VU meters became a standard component of home high-fidelity systems.[1] Eventually the reel-to-reel recorder was completely displaced, in part because of the usage constraints presented by their large size, expense, and the inconvenience of threading and rewinding the tape reels - cassettes are more portable and can be stopped and immediately removed in the middle of playback without rewinding. Cassettes became extremely popular for automotive and other portable music applications. Although pre-recorded cassettes were widely available, many users would combine (dub) songs from their vinyl records or cassettes to make a new custom mixtape cassette. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassette_deck)

Document - "If I can't go to the W.M.C., I shall die"

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

Blue pen written on paper - perhaps this is a press release - written about the lengths that Frank Wright, although ill and in hospital earlier in the week, went to, to honour his commitment to be a part of the jury to judge the World Music Contest at Kerkrade.

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 (the GLC or Greater London Council), where he organized many amazing concerts in most of the 150 parks, in and around the London district. He was also responsible for some of London’s major concerts at Kenwood, the Crystal Palace and Holland Park. 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 document

Booklet - Dredging for Gold and Tin

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

Fifty six page, soft brown covered booklet including methods of dredging and a catalogue of various pumps. Illustrations include: Thompson's Head Office: Natual Head Method; Pontoon Plant method; floating pontoon suction cutter method and pontoon plant method.

Historical information

Thompson and Co. were a large foundry and engineering works in Castlemaine, Victoria.

Report - Report and Recommendations to the Council of the School of Mines and Industries, Ballarat on the Master Plan for the Mt Helen Development

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

Grey card covered, stapled, foolscap report on the Mount Helen Development. It included 14 typed pages and 6 plans. The report covers: Campus planning, Mt Helen Master Plan, retention of trees, sports fields, student accommodation, student amenities, library, car parking, site, landscape, land use study, Mt Helen Site, L.H. Vernon.

Historical information

A master plan for the campus was developed by L.H. Vernon and Associates. Geoff J. Harrison prepared a report and made recommendations on the master plan, including suggestions for improvement.

Booklet - An Act to consolidate the Law relating to the Purchase, Smelting and Treatment of Gold

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

Historical information

Victorian Government Act No. 6264

Inscriptions & Markings

Victorian Government emblem Front cover "Mr Brady"

Book - The Photographers Note Book on Lenses

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

Blue soft covered book of 96 pages.

Booklet - Ballarat University College Financial Statements Year Ended December 1991

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

Brown soft covered report of 20 pages.

Booklet - Turkey Lolly Man

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

Green soft covered booklet of 14 pages. It is a collection of poetry.

Inscriptions & Markings

To Keith fron the author Lionel Welsh 1/4/1954

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 standing on a path inside a fenced garen. There are tall trees in the background. The men are Frank Wright and a friend, possibly at "Laura Villa" Smeaton.

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

Stamped on the back - Printed at Scott's Pharmacy, (143) Sturt Street Ballarat

Photograph - Black and White - Fitting Petton Wheel to Water Turbine, Lower Rubicon Station, Rubicon Hydro Electric Scheme

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

Certificate (copy) - School of Mines and Industries, Ballarat - Junior Technical School - 1948

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Certificate awarded to John A Caird, Section 1B. Passed in 10 Subjects with HONORS in Modelling (and) Solid Geometry. Signed by: Section Master J Hanrahan; Head Master C F Jeffery Date: Dec 1948

Certificate - Result of examination of teachers - Dorothy M. Wright

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

piece of white paper headed "Examination of Teachers". Education Department Document relating to Ballarat Teachers' College student Dorothy M. Wright and her results in the elementary singing certificate.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped "Elementary singing certificate Musical theory part 1" and hand written "Miss Dorothy M. Wright, Ballarat Teachers College, 1314 November 1956" Pass. Signed with a stamp W. T. Place Verso: D.Timmins (Wright)

Badge - Ballarat Girls' High School Badge

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

A collection of 39 hat badges and 9 prefect bands.

Correspondence - Rough Correspondence to Hilda Wardle from Ballarat School of Mines, 1915

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

Rough Correspondence in blue pen on white paper (now cream) to Hilda Wardle from Ballarat School of Mines, 1915.

Historical information

The Ballarat Technical Art School was part of the Ballarat School of Mines. In 1915 the Principal of the Ballarat Technical Art School was Harold Herbert.

Inscriptions & Markings

SMB 2.8.1915 Miss Hilda Wardle Technical School, Daylesford Dear Madam, I have pleasure in informing you that at the meeting of the Council of the school of Mines held on Friday last, you were appointed a full time day teacher at the Technical Art School, Ballarat, at a salary to be paid at the rate of 100 pounds per annum. You are requested to report for duty as soon as possible. Yours faithfully L St G P Austin Registrar

Photograph - sepia - Australian Army Camp

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

Image of an Australian army camp site at Suez Canal during World War One.

Historical information

Suez Canal

Inscriptions & Markings

.2) General view of our present Camp. Suez Canal. 20-5-'16. Harry [Holmes]

Photograph - Bells Beach, c2005

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

Photograph - black and white - Hydraulic sluicing

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

Photograph of a hydraulic sluice in action.

Historical information

Photograph included in book "Victoria: Gold and Minerals" issued by Mines Department Victoria, 1935

Plans - Plan of Truck Road for Kong Extended G. M. Company

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

3 hand drawn plans, 2 with orange and blue shading, of a truck road .1) hand drawn poppet head and road, timber specifications and iron bolts .2) hand drawn plan of poppet head .3) elevation and plan of mine workings

Book - Courses of Study

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

Black hard bound cover with typed notes used by Ballarat Teachers' College student Denise Lewis.

Historical information

Denise Lewis married Michael Boyko, also a former student of the Ballarat Teachers' College.

Certificate - Ballarat School of Mines Certificate of Competency as Assayer for William Hicks, 1905

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

Ballarat School of Mines Certificate of Competency as Assayer for William Hicks who passed examinations in Theoretical Chemistry, Practical Chemistry, Metallurgy, Assaying, Mineralogy.

Booklet - Creating Our Future: A Community Plan for Ballarat, 1994

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

White, black and blue soft covered book

Map - Creswick Gold Field Map

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

Rectangular geological map with brown paper strip n top edge with 4 holes on top edge. Scale is 40 chains to one inch.

Historical information

A fragment of the original 1880 map is also held in the collection. See 116

Inscriptions & Markings

Geologically and topographically surveyed by Ferdinand M Krause. Lithographed by R. Shepherd. Printed by J. Finnie. Mining Department, Melbourne. Preprinted with additional shaft and lead detail. F. D. Atkinson, Government Printer 1981

Correspondence - Thomas Hart writes to Frederick Martell of the Ballarat School of Mines, 1891

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

Historical information

Thomas S. Hart was a member of the Ballarat Field Naturalists.

Inscriptions & Markings

Daylesford Nov 25th 91 Dear Mr Martell I have been out at the Stony ck Basin this afternoon and have obtained several good specimens well worth coming for. Leaves at least 5 species. Eucalyptus - another [Dicohptreter?) apparently a monocotyledon perhaps [illegible] than one species + 2 or 3 [illegible] (small) insects. At least 4 species of beetles [illegible} very good specimen insects other more doubtful [illegible] of insects - Also some plant stems layer that I had noticed before. I intend going out again tomorrow morning and getting more specimens. There is nothing of my subjects on till Saturday. I will be at the school first thing on Saturday. Thompson has, I think enough to keep him busy. I intend to exhibit the [illegible] at one one of the societies so as to have them recorded even if I cannot get a short [illegible] written for the meeting. Yours sincerely Thomas S. Hart

Plaster cast - Plaster Cast of a Lion Footprint

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

Plaster cast of a Lion footprint. These casts were used in the identification of photographs and sightings of large cats in the Australian Bush. The plaster has remnant straw like material attached. Australian Animal Folklore Collection

Historical information

The cast of a captive African Lion was made by David Pepper-Edwards at Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW. This cast was taken in deep mud to demonstrate the abnormal shape of such casts. Sometimes cats claws are clearly visible from such casts and so being confused with that of a large dog. David Pepper-Edwards used a number of plaster cast footprints for comparison of unidentified field casts.

Postcard - Colour - Conservatory, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, Ireland

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

A coloured postcard showing a large glasshouse standing in the middle of Belfast Botanic Garden.

Historical information

The gardens' most notable feature is the Palm House conservatory. The foundation stone was laid by the Marquess of Donegall in 1839 and work was completed in 1840.[4] It is one of the earliest examples of a curvilinear cast iron glasshouses in the world. Designed by Charles Lanyon and built by Richard Turner, Belfast's Palm House predates the glasshouses at Kew and the Irish National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin, both of which Turner went on to build. The Palm House consists of two wings, the cool wing and the tropical wing. Lanyon altered his original plans to increase the height of the latter wing's dome, allowing for much taller plants. The Palm House also features a 400-year-old Xanthorrhoea. (Wikipedia)

Photograph - black and white - Members of the City of Ballarat Band at the Queens Hotel, Toowoomba, 1922

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

Black and white photograph of three men, two wearing band uniforms and one in a suit, hat and fob, sitting on chairs outside a building. The men are Spencer Peady, Earnest Bolitho and Frank Wright. The place is at the back of the Queens Hotel in Toowoomba, Queensland.

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 pen on the back - At the back of the Queens Hotel (Toowoomba) (Q), Spencer Peady, Earnest Bolitho, Frank Wright, Easter 1922, Taken by Percy James.

Photograph - Colour - T Building on the Mount Helen Campus of Federation University Australia, 2006

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

An image of T Building on the Mount Helen Campus of Federation University Australia taken from the top floor of the E.J. Barker Library.

Photograph - Colour - Monash University Gippsland Students Union Past Presidents Board, 2014

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

Timber honour board with gold painted names.

Historical information

The Monash University Gippsland Students Union (MUGSU) closed its doors in 2016.

Inscriptions & Markings

Past Presidents 1972 John Vines 1973 Peter Vines 1974 Cal Callister 1975 Ed Brew 1976 Phillip McRoberts 1977 Chris Hobson 1978 Ken jeanes 1979 Greg Vines 1980 Michael Flynn 1981-2 Chris Allen 1983 Roslyn Heuer 1984 John Dougan 1985-6 Clive Pattison 1987 Martin Gamble 1988 Timothy Feely 1989 Peter Shacklock 1990 Sharon Cooke 1991 Jerome Foenander 1992-3 Josh Beggs 1994 Graeme Wiggins 1995-6 Heather Anderson 1997 Ross Goeman 1998-9 Jenny Farrar 2000-1 Ken Hull 2002 Andrew Schmidt 2003 Tim Burl 2004 Terry Pritchard 2005-6 Sean McLoughlan 2007 Christopher Milne 2008 Leslie Anne Schmidt 2009 Julia Aucello 2010 Maghan Hopper 2011 Rowan Lace 2012 Ben Rogers 2013 Ben Rogers / Jason O'Dea 2014 Daniel Whittingham Life Members John Vines, Val Callister, Winifred Miller, Chris Hobson, Peter Herbert, Julie Patrick, Ed Brew, Chris Fraser, Neil Hanley, Max Campbell, Anthony Benn, Christine Body, Abdel Halabi, Murray Homes, Tony Manning, Keith Hamilton, Beatrice Faust, Graham Middlemiss, Jenny Hill, Christian Zahra, Jenny Farrar, Ken Hull, Faye G., Chris Allen, John Harris, Glenn Doolan, Simon Parsons, Brian Grimes, John Hutchinson, Judy Tennant, Brian MacKenzie, Chris Milne, Aspen Kilby, Sarah Lawless, Michael Taplin, Kingsley Pursch, Samantha Fryer, Jeff Gordon, Dorothy Herbert, John Preston, Oscar Ri Hao Teng

Numismatics - 'Dead Man's Penny' for Edwin Joseph 'Ted' Cannon

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

Large bronze medallion or plaquette featuring an image of Lady Britannia surrounded by two dolphins (representing Britain’s sea power) and a lion (representing Britain) standing over a defeated eagle (symbolising Germany). Around the outer edge of the medallion are the words ‘He died for freedom and honour’. Next to Lady Britannia is the deceased solider’s name, with no rank provided to show equality in their sacrifice. (http://nma.gov.au/blogs/education/2010/11/14/dead-mans-penny/) "Returned home" by W. & O. Mayne.

Historical information

The Dead Man’s Penny is a commemorative medallion which was presented to the next-of-kin of the men and women from England and the Empire who died during World War One. The Dead Man’s Penny was accompanied by a letter from King George V, stating ‘I join with my grateful people in sending you this memorial of a brave life given for others in the Great War’.[http://nma.gov.au/blogs/education/2010/11/14/dead-mans-penny/] Popularly known as the "Dead Man’s Penny", because of the similarity in appearance to the somewhat smaller penny coin. 1,355,000 plaques were issued, which used a total of 450 tonnes of bronze, and continued to be issued into the 1930s to commemorate people who died as a consequence of the war. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Plaque_(medallion)] It was decided that the design of the plaque was to be picked from submissions made in a public competition. Over 800 designs were submitted and the competition was won by the sculptor and medallist Edward Carter Preston with his design called Pyramus, receiving a first place prize of £250.[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Plaque_(medallion)] They were initially made at the Memorial Plaque Factory, 54/56 Church Road, Acton, W3, London from 1919. Early plaques did not have a number stamped on them but later ones have a number stamped behind the lion's back leg. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Plaque_(medallion)] Ted Cannon's plaquette does not have a stamped number. Ted Cannon was a gifted artist and cartoonist who studied at the Ballarat School of Mines Technical Art School. During the Battle of Pozieres on the Western Front Ted Cannon worked with the Scout Platoon sketching the enemy's gun emplacements. Ted proved invaluable to the Brigade and brought he came under the attention of the Australian High Command. On 13 September 1916 Ted was given a special assignment for General C.B.B. White. Ted was sent out forward of the Old Mill at Verbrandenmolen (in the Ypres Salient) to draw a panorama of the German lines in the area from Hill 60 to The Bluff. It was a hazardous task and Ted was warned to be careful. Tragically he was sniped by an enemy machine-gunner and sustained severe abdominal wounds. Stretcher-bearers rushed him to the 17th Casualty Clearing Station where he was operated on by the doctors at 8.30 that night. With little chance of success, but ever resilient, Ted remained conscious almost to the end. He died early in the morning of the 14 September 1916. His body was buried in the large Military Cemetery at Lijssenthoek. The effects of the late Ted Cannon were returned to his parents. These were an autograph book, three brushes, prayer book, housewife, whistle, book, hymn book, curios. Another listing gives his effects as "identity disc, letters, photos, wallet, 2 books, Mexican Dollar, 1 cent (Ceylon), 3 German Straps, Fountain Pen, Cigarette-holder, Franc Note, 50 centimes Note, devotional book, mirror, rosary, scapula, metal ring, two combs, book of views, nail clippers, badges, tie clip, Egyptian stamp.[http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=3202589] Ted Cannon was an only child. It is not known how the 'Dead Man's Penny' came into the ownership of the donor, but it is thought that it may have been left in a house owned by the donor's mother. Further information on Ted Cannon can be found at http://bih.ballarat.edu.au/index.php/Edwin_J._Cannon and http://www.ballarat.edu.au/about-ub/history/art-and-historical-collection/ub-honour-roll/c/edwin-joseph-ted-cannon-1895-1916

Photograph - black and white - Ballarat Junior Technical School Basketball Team

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

Photograph of students of the basketball team If you have information about the students/date, please use comments section below

Inscriptions & Markings

Photographers stamp on back - 1215 17

Plan - Ballarat School of Mines Supply and Installation of Hot Water Service, 1941

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

Plan for installation of an electric hot water service into the new workshops at the Ballarat School of Mines.

Correspondence - Correspondence from the Royal Institute of Architects regarding the Architectural Technicians' Course, 1949

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

11994.1 Typed letter on quarto paper with letterhead 11994.2 Typed letter on quarto paper 11994.3 Typed letter on airplane paper, with an airoplane watermark 11994.4 Typed letter on quarto paper

Historical information

11994.1 Page 01. Letter, dated 26/09/1949, from the Secretary of The Royal Victorian Institute Of Architects to F. E. Ferguson Esq., Registrar, The School of Mines and Industry. Letter requests a new architectural syllabus that caters to the separation of architectural professions into Qualified Architect and Architectural Technician 11994.2 Page 02. Recommending the Ballarat School of Mines establish an Architectural Technician course 11994.3 Page 03. Recommended Architectural Technicians course; 1st, 2nd & 3rd year subjects 11994.4 Letter from F.E. Ferguson to The Royal Victorian Institute of Architects confirming the establishment of the Architectural Technician course

Correspondence - Education Department, Victoria: Examination and Classification of Teachers - 1898 - A W Steane

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

Report form on pale green paper with hand written comments. List of subjects of examination and results achieved.

Inscriptions & Markings

Official stamp of the Education Department Victoria. Signature A James representing the Secretary. Date of examination. Date of report. Initials on top left corner.

Book - Ballarat College of Advanced Education Annual Report, 1981

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

Blue book of 44 pages.

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Student's Magazine, Fourth Term, 1907

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

Peach coloured booklet of 28 pages.

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Table of contents: Editorial, A motor problem, Electricity in mining, The wet assay of tin, Sintering slimes at the Broken Hill Pty Works, Smokeless cities, An unusual process for the treatment of concentrates, Diamond drilling, E. M. Weston, Recent advancements in the treatment of slimes from the reduction of gold bearing ores, Norman Stuckey, W. T. Cronow, The gold miner and the prospector, Cornish mining, A trip to the North-East, New Zealand coal, Rich mine water, Making standard solution of alkalies, Notes on the refining of base bullion, Pipe lines for corrosive liquors, Electro-galvanising, Ankylostomiasis or earth eating disease, News and notes, Method of preparing blue paper, Past students, Correspondence, Answers to correspondents, Magazine balance sheet, Editorial notices.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed on front cover by Les? M. Deane

Photograph - Black and White - Aerial Depiction of a Plan for the Mount Helen Campus, c1969

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

Artwork showing an aerial view of a planned academic campus at Mount Helen. .1) Black and white print of a line drawing. 2) Transparency of above image

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The new campus at Mount Helen was part of the Ballarat School of Mines, and was known as Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education. The drawing was prepared in the early stages of the Mount Helen campus development, while Stage I buildings ('E', 'F', 'G') were constructed. the Union Building (now Albert Coates Centre), Library, 'S' Building and student accommodation were in the design stage. The original drawing was photographed by using special equipment in the offices of Department of Crown Lands, treasury Place, Melbourne.

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Discussion Paper for a meeting with Evan Walker MLC, 1985

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

Soft page booklet Ballarat prepared for a meeting with Evan Walker MLC - Minister for Planning and Environment and Minister for Public Works. Topics include the Redeveloment of the Lydiard Street Campus, The ability of colleges to manage building projects, inadequacy of maintenance funding, and the future of the former Court House

Photograph - Colour - William James Gribble, 1996

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

.1) Portrait of Bill Gribble, President of the Ballarat School of Mines Council .2) Presentation to ill Gribble on his retirement from the Ballarat School of Mines Council

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Ballarat School of Mines Council President, Bill Gribble, studied Art at Ballarat School of Mines Technical Art School. In 1956 he was working with Villiers Engineering, then Bendex Mintex in 1966. He retired from there in 1988 as Chairman and Managing Director. In 1989 Bill Gribble was appointed to the Ballarat School of Mines Council. He served as President from 1992 until his retirement in 1996. In that year the Ballarat Technical Art School building was named the W.J. Gribble building.

Inscriptions & Markings

The presentation states: "The Council expresses its deep appreciation of the outstanding contribution of William James gribble. During your time as a member of the Council from 1988 and as President from 1992 until 1996 the Institute experienced a significant expansion in progress, enrolments and facilities, faced many challenges and achieved great success. Your dedication , commitment and loyalty to the institute is acknowledge. The vigorous leadership you provided as President of Council ensured the continued development of the Institute as an outstanding provider of technical and further education well placed to face challenges ahead. The Council, Staff and Students wish you well for the future and thank you for your devotion to the good governance of the institute."

Book - Ballarat School of Mines Journal (of Valuations?)

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

Large ledger with brown spine.

Photograph - Colour - Former Ballarat Gaol Gates and Warden's Quarters, 2001

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

Colour photograph of the main gate of the former Ballarat Gaol and the Warden's Quarters. The gate features a beautifully executed arch keystone of basalt and appears to be cut from one single block of stone. The two storey Warden's Quarters are to the right of the gates.

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The Ballarat Gaol operated between 1862 and 1965. The complex was based on a central hall from which radiated wings of cells. This meant one guard could stand in the centre of the hall and see all the cells. Most of the gaol was demolished to allow the School of MInes Ballarat to expand. The remaining structures at the site include the main gate, the Warden's Residence, shown in the photo, and the Governor's Residence. These buildings are now used by Federation University. The Warden's Residence is home to the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sports and its Prevention.

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine,1940

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

Soft covered, stapled magazine with yellow, red, green, black and white cover.

Historical information

The Ballarat School of Mines was established in 1870. It is a predecessor institution of Federation University Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

The magazine has been signed by Shirly Bolan, Betty Delimo, Albert Stephen, Bessie Sargent, Sheila Moss, max coawad, R. Rowlands, William Paterson, G. Wilson, D. Menhennet, Geoffrey Mounter, R. Monteirth, Maurice Collins, M. Hinch, G. Sutherland, Alan Kirsey, Joy Martin, Alan Gilpin, Colin Richards

Document - Petition - Influx of the Chinese, 1856-7

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

Blue foolscap government report relating to the Chinese on the jim Crow (Daylesford) Goldfield.

Photograph - Colour - Federation University Met Helen Campus D Building, c2005

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

Programme - Installation of the Chancellor Professor Emeritus David Edmund Caro

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

Eight page programme booklet relating to the installation of the Unversity of Ballarat Chancellor Professor Emeritus David Edmund Caro, AO, OBE. The programme includes an order of proceedings, an overview of Professor Emeritus David Caro, University of Ballarat Coat of Arms, Role of the Chancellor, Chancellor's Regalia, University of Ballarat Mace, and Looking to tomorrow,

Historical information

Professor Emeritus David Caro was installed as the University of Ballarat Chancellor on 28 October 1998 by His Excellency, the Honourable Sir James Gobbo, AC, Governor of Victoria.

Programme - National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain - The Welsh Regional Qualifying Finals, 1968

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

A printed programme of the Welsh Regional Qualifying Finals for the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. The front cover is blue, grey and white, whilst the rest is printed in black and white. On the page containing 'Third Section', there is a brief biography of Frank Wright's musical achievements as he is the adjudicator for this section. Inside the front cover is note from Vaughan Morris confirming a meeting at Brangwyn Hall in Swansea.

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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 appointed in 1934 as the Musical Director of the London County Council (the GLC or Greater London Council), where he organized many amazing concerts in most of the 150 parks, in and around the London district. He was also responsible for some of London’s major concerts at Kenwood, the Crystal Palace and Holland Park. He was made Professor of Brass and Military Band Scoring and Conducting and was a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Frank was often invited to adjudicate Brass Band Championships around Europe, in Australia, including South Street and in New Zealand. Frank was awarded an M.B.E. in 1967. 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.

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Written in blue pen on a With Compliments slip - See you Brangwyn Hall at 12:15pm Saturday 17th Feb: Bring the Test Pieces with you!

Correspondence - Education Department: A W Steane, Appointment to Bendigo State School, 1900

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

Light grey paper form with sections filled in with handwritten information

Historical information

"The Policy should be forwarded to the Education Dept. for transmission to the Public Service Board". This piece of information would have been provided to assist with obtaining an Insurance Policy as instructed to comply with regulations.

Inscriptions & Markings

Official seal of the Education Department, Victoria Signed: A James on behalf of the Secretary Stamp indicating when it was received Nos. S00/7997 00/C Note written in pencil up left side: "The Policy should be forwarded to the Education Dept. for transmission to the Public Service Board."

Map - Geological Survey of Victoria

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

Printed colour map on paper

Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright with trumpet and conductor's baton

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

Black and white formal photograph of a man dressed in a dinner suit and holding a trumpet in his left hand and a baton in his right hand. The man 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