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

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

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

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

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

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

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Opening Hours

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

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Free entry.

Location

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

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

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

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

Significance

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

Mrs Robyn Thompson 2 September 2016 9:17 AM

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

Amanda Osborne 25 September 2016 4:28 PM

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

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6542 items

Ethnographic - Advanced Stage Points and Scrapers

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

Stone points and scrapers at an advanced stage, some just need sharpening. Collection includes rocks of silcrete, quartz, and quartzite.

Historical information

Silcrete can create sharp flakes and has been an important material for stone tool making in Australia. Silcrete was commonly used and widespread. Heat treatment of silcrete made the rock easier to fashion into flakes.

Banner - Chinese Calligraphic Banner

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

A Chinese calligraphic banne a a famous poem 'On the Stork Tower' written in the Tang Dynesty by Wang Zhihuan. The Sun along the mountains bows; The yellow river seawards flows. You will enjoy a grander sight; By climbing to a greater height.

Historical information

Presented to the Ballarat School of Mines from Changzhou Educaiton Delegation.

Photograph - University of Ballarat Council, 1997

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

Formal group photograph of 22 person. R.J. L. Cotsell, David Caro, Stafford McKnight, David Haymes, B.K. Dixon, Robert T. Morrell, Trevor Hastings, W.R.R. Beggs, William H. McGregor, Rex Hollioake, L.M. Francis, M.N. Valentine, Pam Davies, W.D. McGrath, Dick de Fegely, D.W. James, Geoff Blainey, William J. Pryor, A.D.C. Fisken, I.S. Ferguson, J.M. Torney, H.J. Williamson

Photograph (Black & White) - Spring Hill Near Creswick

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

.1) A black and white image of Spring Hill near Creswick, glued into a thick card with a gold gilt edge. .2) Martin family house at Subiaco Hill, Western Australia. Brick house built by Corby Statford Cambell, Elly Campbell's father.

Historical information

Both images are associated with Ellie Campbell. James and Bridget Martin were early settlers at Spring Hill. All their children attended the Ballarat School of Mines.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Written in blue pen on front of photograph 'Spring Hill near Creswick - Victoria' Taped onto back 'Farmland allotted to James George Martin in c1849. He took his bride, Bridget Hyde (19 years old) by bullock dray from St James Church, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne to this new allotment - 10 children born there - William, Robert, Samuel, Elizabeth, Ellen, Emily, Mary (died 2 months old mother also died). J.G.M. moved to Ballarat - attended Dawson Street Baptist Church. Here he married a widow with 2 sons, Mrs ____. Her 2 sons were born, George and Charles (was in USA) . Children all attended School of Mines, Ballarat .2) On yellow sticky label with photo - "Family home Subiace Rd Subiac WA. Builtby Statford Campbell, Elly's fayher. Now Coppin St.

Booklet - An Address to [Ballarat-Horsham Regional Council for Technical Education] Council by Neville Barwick 8.80

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

White cardboard cover with black plastic spine

Book - Extra Muros 1971

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

Black front cover, off white back cover. Soft covered magazine for the Ballarat Teachers' College.

Historical information

1968 A three year Diploma was offered at the Ballarat Teachers’ College for the first time. (Beggs-Sunter: 84)

Book - Trees and Gardens from the Goldmining Era: A Study of the Maldon Landscape

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

Yellow soft covered book of 99 pages.

Historical information

This book was prepared by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Mebourne

Sign - Sign by Keith Rash

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

Cream thick paper with blue writing in sign writers paint. The sign was created by Keith Rash.

Historical information

Keith Rash was a Ballarat signwriter.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tuesday 28th August at 8.p.m. G.S.V. Speakers, Major C. Stephen, Pres. K. Holden, V. Pres.

Photograph - Great Ocean Road, c2005

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

Photograph - Australian Soldiers at Moarcar, Egypt

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

Four Australian soldiers

Historical information

The photograph was associated with Harry Holmes who was a member of the Australian Imperial Force based in Egypt at the time. 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. 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)

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso: 'Moascar, Egypt, June 14th '16. From left to right. S.G.S. [Gordon Spittle], Cam Williamson & Harry [Holmes]. Sitting is Private Berry a son of the big merchants in Melbourne. Am sending these negatives to Jim W. so if they arrive safely, you'll be able to get better proofs from him. From Gordon [Spittle].

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines, Student Magazine, First Term, 1909

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

Peach coloured booklet of 24 pages.

Historical information

Table of Contents: Editorial, The Graduate's Problem, An Interesting Nevada Cyanide Plant, To the Students', Easter Geological Camp, New Methods for the Volumetric Estimation of Lead, New Students', Obituary, Answers to Correspondents, Mount Morgan Mine, Tin Dredging at Tingha, N.S.W., History Repeats Itself, Proverbs Modernised, Notes on the Iodide Estimation of Copper, Students' Association Rules, Sports and Pastimes, A Scientific Wooing, Past Students, Old Boys, News and Notes, Editorial Notes.

Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright in Uniform

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

Black and white photograph of the torso of a man dressed in band uniform. The man is Frank White.

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 (partially obscured by the remnants of a stamp) - Richards & ... Ballarat

Postcard - St Higgins (music) by Frank Wright

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

Postcard - white background printed in black featuring music by Frank Wright and words by Gerard O'Connor

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

The Deep Harmony Hynmary, St. Higgins, Copyright, Frank Wright, Words by Gerard O'Connor

Designs - Ballarat Tech School Designs

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

Seven designs for the Ballarat Tech School, used during the launch of the refurbishment if the M.B. John Building on 11 April 2017.

Historical information

On 11 April 2017 Education Minister James Merlino and Wendouree MP Sharon Knight visited Federation University to unveil designs for the new Ballarat Tech School where students will be able to grow their trade skills. Ballarat Tech School will focus on science, new energy technologies, food and fibre, advanced manufacturing and information technology. The M.B. John Building on Albert Street will be refurbished at Federation University SMB Campus at an estimated cost between $6 to $10 million. The fifteen partnered schools are Ballarat Christian College, Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat Grammar, Ballarat High School, Ballarat Secondary College, Ballarat Specialist School, Damascus College, Daylesford Secondary College, Federation College, Loreto College, Mount Clear College, Phoenix Community College, St Patrick’s College Ballarat and Yuille Park Community College.

Scientific Instrument - Crookes Tube

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

A sealed conical glass tube, equipped with two electrical connections. One, at the narrow end, terminated inside with a sic shape electrode and faces a cross-shapped aluminium steel target near wide end. Other electrode is side branch, which also provided means of mounting on a polished wood circular stand. A Crookes Tube is an early experimental electrical discharge tube, with partial vacuum, invented by English physicist William Crookes and others around 1869-1875, in which cathode rays, streams of electrons, were discovered. May also be called a Crookes–Hittorf tube or Maltese Cross Tube

Historical information

This item was used at the Ballarat School of Mines Physics department until the 1970s-1980s to demonstrate tha electrons have a straight line.

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat College of Advanced Education 3rd Year Librarianship, 1985

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

Colour photograph of Ballarat College of Advanced Education 3rd Year Librarianship student at Mount Helen Campus. Back Row: Cheryl Lewis, Anne Martin, Peter Stutchbery, Mark Vanner, Brenda Astbury, Rosey Arnts, Pam Bignell 2nd row: Erin Oliver, Sharon Sabbatini, Jennifer Murphy, Chew Poh Li, Michelle Cooper, Camille Vearing, Fifi Stamos, Heather Howard Front Row: Sharon Dent, Dianne Guille, Anthony Insana, Carolyn Bray, Sue Nichols

Four page printed document outlining the Ballarat Junior Technical School, 1914. - Free Technical Education - Ballarat Junior Technical School.

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

Four page pamphlet outlining what the Junior Technical School aims to provide for boys who have reached a certain level of education and wish to study further. Areas covered are Day Courses, First Year Course, Second Year Course, Reduced Tram and Railway Fares, Free Tram and Railway Travelling and Compulsory Drill.

Historical information

In February 1913 the Ballarat Junior Technical School opened its doors to its 86 pupils. The old bluestone building in the grounds of the Dana Street Primary School became their temporary for eight years. In its early years the school offered only a two-year course. The first year was of a general nature giving a thorough grounding in Mathematics and Instrumental Drawing, and introducing students to the various branches of trade work. The second-year students studied for the Junior Technical Certificate and specialized in a course of their choice - either a trade (Woodwork or Fitting and Turning) or a course leading to higher studies at the School of Mines. This pamphlet was provided to parents whose boys wished to attend the new secondary school.

Plan - Mt Helen Engineering Diploma Buildings, 1967

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

Copies of plans for Mount Helen E Building.

Photograph - Black and White - City of Ballarat Brass Band at Brisbane, Easter 1923

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

Photograph of band standing at attention for inspection. Drum Major is Albert Boyce. Conductor is Frank Wright who is located in the back row second from left with bow tie on (Conductor didn't have to wear same uniform as the players).

Historical information

City of Ballarat Band winners of the A & B grade Quickstep competitions in Brisbane Easter 1923.

Inscriptions & Markings

Regent Studios Thos Mathewson, Brisbane. on front of photo. On back - The City of Ballarat band (winners A. & B Grades Quickstep) Brisbane ( Queensland) Easter 1923 "Inspection"

Book - Regional Matters: An Atlas of Regional Victoria

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

Green soft covered book including chapers on population, jobs and industry, housing, road and rail transport, health services, education, and water resources

Postcard - ColourTarbet Hotel, Loch Lomond

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

Badges - Chatham-Holmes Collection: Anzac and Legacy Badges

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

Plan - Proposed Ballarat School of Mines Bycycle Shed to House 90 Bicycles

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

Photograph - Black and White - Cyril Callister

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

.1) Portrait of Cyril Callister, inventor of Vegemite .2) Three men in the Kraft Laboratory. The man of the far left is Cyril Callister. Courtesy of the Callister Family

Certificate - Ballarat School of Mines Mining Management Certificate for Jonathan Rankine, 1896

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

Certificate with red seal of the Ballarat School of Mines.

Photograph - Black and White - Massed Brass Bands, Dunedin, 1933

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

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.

Poster - Eureka: 164th Anniversary Celebrations

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

Coloured poster - beige with dark brown writing

Historical information

Celebrations begin at 4am and finish at 10pm. Various venues are used to remember the activities of the day of the Eureka Rebellion.

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Diploma Course, 1949

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

Carbon copy of a typed list of courses.

Plan - Parish of Cardigan County of Grenville

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

Photograph - Black and White - Mount Pleasant Primary School No 1436

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

Black and white photograph of a primary school in the Ballarat suburb of Mount Pleasant. The brick school is sat on bluestone foundations.

Historical information

Mount Pleasant Primary School 1435 was formerly known as Clayton's Hill, and evolved from a tent school, commenced in 1855 by William McIntosh. When changed from a Wesyleyan day school to a Common School it was given the number 424, received State funding and was conducted by William H. Nicholls. On 01 January 1873 the school became a non-vested school under control of the Education Department until 31 August 1873. The State then leased the school until 31 July 1874, with the current brick school, Mount Pleasant No.1436, opening on 01 August 1874. The Head Teacher of the new school was William H. Nicholls, remained at the school until 1887. His assistants were Thomas Gray, Jane Shaw, Jane Tratham, Catherine J. Berriman, John Blight, Herbert Berchaivaise and Annie Hicks, all who had worked at Mount Pleasant No. 424. William Nicholls and his assistant Gray established after school classes to enable students to gain Exhibitions and Scholarships to matriculate for the University of Melbourne, and courses enabling entry to teaching, pharmacy and civil service. Before the establishment of State Secondary and Technical Educaiton over 100 pupils from Mount Pleasant Primary School has matiriculated and entered the various professions. (Visions and Realisations, Vol. 2, pg 653 and 767) William Henry Williams became the first classifier of teachers for the Victorian Education Department. He died aged 51 while Head Teacher at Yarra Park Primary School on 01 April 1899. Some former students of this school include: J.G. Eagleston (County Court Judge); H.E. Starke (Judge of the High Court of Australia ); Bernard O'Dowd (parliamentary draughtsman and poet); Albert Coates (Surgeon and Medical Officer in Burmese Prisoner of War Camps). Gold was discovered at Caylton's Hill in 1853.