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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 0437130393

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Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright, Officials and Child at Kerkrade

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

Black and white photograph of three men and a child. A man, Frank Wright, is bending down to shake the hand of a young boy who is seated on a small chair in the middle of a sports ground. Squatting next to him is another man, possibly his father and behind the child is a man dressed in a uniform. At the bottom of the photo, the head of another photographer can just be seen. In the background can be seen a large audience in the stands and several officials are standing watching the interaction between Frank and the child. The place is Kerkrade, the Netherlands.

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

Hand written on the front of the mounting board - Foto Vinders

Photograph - Colour - University of Ballarat Council, 1995

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

20 members of the University of Ballarat Council are photographed. Back row left to right: David Fisken, William H. McGregor, Professor David E. Caro, P.J. Kennedy, I.S. Ferguson, David H. Haymes Middle row left to right: Trevor R. Hastings, Rex Hollioake, Stephen Bracks, Dick De Fegely, B.K. Dixon, Stafford McKnight, Robert T. Morell Back row left to right: Nina Valentine, Janet M. Tawney (Blythe), David W. James, Geoffrey N. Blainey, William J. Pryor, T.L. Williams, H.J. Williamson

Scientific Instument - Potentiometer: Type D - 73 - E

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

Potentiometer, Type D-73-E in polished wood box with lift out circuit diagram inside the lid. Black top panel with terminal posts, switches and selector knobs.

Historical information

Used in Physics and Electrical Engineering laboratory experiments

Inscriptions & Markings

Black Dymon tape on lid "Ass.No. 50"

Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright

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

Black and white photograph of a man dressed in a light coloured suit and carrying a hat. He is standing in front of the wall of a building. The man is Frank Wright

Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born on 2 August 1901. He lived at Laura Villa, and attended Smeaton State School. His father William was a gold miner and his mother's name was Sarah. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. Frank was tutored by Percy Code and was awarded a gold medal for the highest marks in the ALCM examinations in the British Colonies at the age of seventeen years. He became the Australian Open Cornet Champion by the age of eighteen. A year later, Frank conducted the City of Ballarat Band, and later the Ballarat Soldiers’ Memorial Band. He formed the Frank Wright Frisco Band and Frank Wright and his Coliseum Orchestra. These bands won many South Street awards, and Frank as conductor won many awards in the Australian Band Championship contest. In 1933 Frank Wright sailed to England to conduct the famous St Hilda’s Band and was later appointed Musical Director of the London County Council, where he organized many amazing concerts in parks, in and around the London district. He was made Professor of Brass and Military Band Scoring and conducted at the Guildhall of Music and Drama. Frank was often invited to adjudicate Brass Band Championships around Europe, in Australia, including South Street and in New Zealand. The Frank Wright Medal at the Royal South Street competition is awarded to an individual recognized as making an outstanding contribution to brass music in Australia.

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.

Document - Invoices to the Ballarat School of Mines, 1898

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

Invoices to the Ballarat School of Mines .10) George H. Parker, Gunmaker and Locksmith

Document - Vincent Richard

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

Photocopies of clippings and images concerned with Richard Vincent of Buninyong Shire Council

Historical information

Clippings and images document the role of Richard Vincent of Warrenheip on the Buninyong Shire Council. Information about the Vincent family history is documented as part of the 2012 Australia Day dedication of the Bungaree Memorial Plaque.

Book - The Educational Magazine: Centenary of the Education Department of Victoria, Vol 30, No 1.

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

White soft covered magazine featuring the title of the book on the cover 'The Educational Magazine: Centenary of the Education Department of Victoria'. Contents include a timeline, Naming Schools, The Rural School, School Architecture, Early Teachers, the School Paper, Olympic Village, Secondary Education.

Historical information

This book was a special edition to celebrate 100 years of the Victorian Education Department.

Photograph - Black and White

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

Black and white photograph showing five men. E.J. Barker is second from the left.

Photograph - Black and White - St Hilda's Band having tea at Neath, Wales, 1934

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

Black and white photograph of a group of men relaxing with a cup of tea. Some are dressed in a band uniform whilst others have removed their jackets. They are sitting and standing on a grassed area, perhaps a village green. Behind them are a group of houses. The men are the St. Hilda's Band with Frank Wright, the conductor standing, dressed in a suit with his hands in his pockets.

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

Written in pencil on the back - St. Hilda's band having tea at Neath, Wales, 4-6-34

Plan - Plan of the Squires Mount Mercer Gold Mining Plant

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

Large plan paper on linen, scale of 150 feet to one inch. Handcoloured.

Historical information

This plan is associated with former Ballarat School of Mines Student Richard Squire (1875-1876). Gift of the Squire Family

Book - Submission for Provision of Technical Facilities at the Mid Western Complex, 1978

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

Yellow soft covered book

Historical information

The Mid Western Compex comprised Beaufort High School, Derrinallum High School, Lake Bolac high School and Mortlake High School.

Book - ledger - Ballarat School of Mines General Cash Book, 1930-1934

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

Quarter leather bound, green covered ledger.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover title "Technical School No. General Cash Bookx

Photograph - Grampians, c2005

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

Flyer - Technical Art School Ballarat - exhibition of students works

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

Two copies of a small flyer advertising a display of the work of students from Ballarat Technical Art School inviting parents and the public to some and view it.

Photograph - Colour - Golden City Hotel, Ballarat

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

Photograph of a double storey hotel in Sturt Street Ballarat. The hotel features a verandah with cast iron work. A red pillar box is evident on the corner of Sturt Street and Dawson Street.

Historical information

The Golden City Hotel was established in 1856. It was known as GeeCees in 2015.

Object - Variable Resistance Box

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

Rectangular box with black bakelite top and knobs.

Photograph - Colour - Mount Lyell, 1992

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

Photograph of Mount Lyell Mine

Programme - Ballarat Teachers' College Grand Concert Programme, 1949

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

Yellow coloured program from the Grand Concert of the Ballarat Teachers' College held at St Paul's Hall, Ballarat, Thursday August 25th 1949. Includes the name of the performance and the performer/s.

Costume - Ballarat School of Mines Windcheater

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

This orange coloured cotton knit windcheater has a built-in v-shaped rib fabric inset at the top front. The rib is also at the round neck, cuffs and waist. On the front is printed in black, the crest with the words 'School of Mines' around the crest and 'Ballarat' underneath.

Historical information

This windcheater was worn by John Barker who was the son of E J Barker who from 1949-1960 was a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the Ballarat School of Mines (SMB). Then from 1960-1964 was Vice Principal at SMB and was Principal of SMB from 1964-76. Then from 1976-1987 was Foundation Director of the Ballarat College of Advanced Education (BCAE) until his retirement. The Library at Federation University was named in honour of E J Barker. John completed a Diploma of Mechanical Engineering at the Ballarat College of Advanced Education and a few years later a Bachelor of Engineering. John was a keen sportsman particularly enjoying hockey and sailing. He died as a result of an accident on 16 June 1994.

Photograph - Black and White - William and Sarah Wright

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

3 photos showing the same couple and cottage taken at the same time - .1) Close up black and white photograph of a man wearing a dark suit and light hat and a woman in a dark skirt and cardigan standing beside a car in front of two weatherboard cottages. The man is William Wright and the woman is his wife Sarah. .2) Black and white photograph of a man wearing a dark suit and light hat and a woman in a dark skirt and cardigan standing beside a car in front of two weatherboard cottages. The man is William Wright and the woman is his wife Sarah. .3) Black and white photograph of a man wearing a dark suit and light hat and a woman in a dark skirt and cardigan standing on the front verandah of a weatherboard cottage. The man is William Wright and the woman is his wife Sarah.

Historical information

William Wright was a gold miner and his wife's name was Sarah. They lived at Laura Villa, Smeaton. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. Frank Wright their son was born and attended Smeaton State School and was a renown resident of Smeaton. 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.

Booklet - National Music Conference: "Music in Britian-Today and Tomorrow", 1960

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

Printed 64 page booklet with the front cover printed in navy blue and black. The rest is printed in black. The booklet is the Draft Report of the National Music Conference of November 18-21 1960, entitled 'Music in Britain - Today and Tomorrow'. It was sponsored by the National Music Council of Great Britain. In Commission 5, Frank Wright is the Rapporteur for the session entitled 'Music for Amateurs'. Inside the front cover is a newspaper article from The Guardian, Monday 21 November 1960, in which Frank Wright is quoted when speaking at the conference.

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 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in pencil on front cover - 49 F.W.; pencil markings on pages 50 & 51.

Book - Ballarat School of Mines Annual Report, 1975

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

Pink, soft covered, stapled, annual report. An image o the barbecue area at Mount Helen is depicted on the front. Contents include: financial statement, resignatino of K.C. Webb from the Council, tertiary level merger, State College of Victoria at Ballarat, Ballarat girls High School, Perpetuation of the school of Mines Roll of Associates, campus planning, G.J. Harrison, Campus master Plan, The Following staff appointments were made: R. Maud, A. Maksay, B.M. Lloyd, F.J. Bonner, L.J. Miller, M.S. Brooke, R.A. Marty, Peter Blizzard, J.I. Stewart, N. Clarke, retirement of Mollie Jardine, student residences, tennis court construction, TAFE

Historical information

The president of the Ballarat School of Mines in 1975 was M.B. John,

Photograph - black and white - Ballarat Junior Technical School - Bill Durant

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

Black and white photograph of student in school uniform, standing against a brick wall.

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat Technical School Basketball Team - 1966

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

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1933

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

Yellow soft covered magazine of 56 pages.

Historical information

List of Full Course Students' 1933, Editorial, Obituary, Personal Column, Fumes from the Lab, Arts & Crafts Gossip, Sport, Echoes of the Past, Commercial Notes, Trip to Yallourn, The Junior Techs

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed on front cover by "H. Darby".

Booklet - Education Department Victoria Technical Schools Register for Classes in Upholstery, 1981

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

Blue hard covered book with red tape. The instructor was G. Dunne.

Poster - Ballarat School of Mines all staff named

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

Image (printed photograph) - Ballarat School of Mines Blacksmithing Students at Work

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

A number of men train on three blacksmith forges at the Ballarat School of Mines. The men are working in pairs on anvils and appear to have two supervisors

Historical information

Blacksmithing was a subject taught at the Ballarat School of Mines. This image was reproduced in the 1914 Ballarat School of Mines Annual Report.

Newsclip - Memorial Wall to Remind of Locals' War Service, 1993

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

Newsclip on Ballarat memorial wall for those who served during World War One.