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

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

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

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

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

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Federation University Australia E.J. Barker Library (top floor) Mount Helen Victoria (map)
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+61 03 5327 9168
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Opening Hours

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

Entry Fee

Free

Location

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

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

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

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

Significance

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

Mrs Robyn Thompson 2 September 2016 9:17 AM

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

Amanda Osborne 25 September 2016 4:28 PM

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

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Object - Signwriting Equipment

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

Hinged box of stencils.

Historical information

The box of stencils was used by Ballarat signwriter Keith Rash, who studied signwriting at the Ballarat School of Mines.

Image - Cartoons by Henry Mortiz

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

Copy of a cartoon by Ballarat College of Advanced Education Design Lecturer Henry Moritz. The cartoons related to farewells for staff members

Book - The Making, Shaping and Treating of Steel

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

Blue hard covered book

Historical information

Alan Herbertson was a student of the Ballarat School of Mines in 1964.

Book - Geoffrey Bartlett: 280205

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

Black, hard covered book of 160 pages covering the work of sculptor Geoffrey Bartlett.28.5 x

Document - J. Wee Tow, Llanberis No. 2 receipt, c1908

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

Handwritten paper regarding a parcel of pyrites sent to the Ballarat School of Mines by J.Wee Tow of Llanberis No. 2

Historical information

Llanberis No 2 was a mine in Ballarat associated with the Chinese.

Inscriptions & Markings

J. Wee Tow llanberis No 2 3 to 4 ton Pyrites To be sampled Thursday mining. Cheque Saturday.

Poster - University of Ballarat theatre productions

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

5 postcard-sized colour posters of University of Ballarat theatre productions (2004-2007) printed onto card

Correspondence - South Street Society to Ballarat School of Mines

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

To letters to the Ballarat School of Mines on Grand National Eisteddfod of Australasia Letterhead (South Street Society) .1)Typed letter (Carbon) inviting the Council of the Ballarat School of Mines to a patriotic demonstration to be held at the Coliseum Ballarat on 22 June 1911 to celebrate the coronation of King George V. he letter is signed by W.D. Hill (Secretary) .2) handwritten letter requesting a tour of the Ballarat School of Mines by seven Queenslanders. The letter is signed by F. Coltman

Historical information

The Grand National Eisteddfod of Australasia, South Street Socitey was established in 1879, and incorporated in 1908. In 1911 the registered offices were located at the corner of Grenville Street and Little Bridge Streets.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) written in black ink on lower right " MM 26/5/11" .2) written in red ink on top right "807"

Photograph (black & White) - Colonel F. Howard - South Africa

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

Individual image from photographed poster of tobacco and cigarette cards.

Plan - Blueline - Former Ballarat Supreme Court (later Courthouse Theatre)

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

Book - The Use of Oxygen Breathing Or Rescue Apparatus for Work in Noxious Atmospheres, Etc, c1912

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

Green hard covered cloth book of 127 pages. Images include the Monmouthshire Colliery Owners' Rescue Association (T. Braithwaite, J.F. Tallis, A.S. Tallis, W. Stewart, W. Gregson. Robert Jordon, T.H. Deakin. W.H. Routledge, B. Nicholas); A.T. Winborn of the Miners' Rescue Station, Crumlin; Draeger apparatus in use; Dragerwerl Lubeck, Water Gauge for testing Injector, Injecting sample air into test tube containing lime water, Meco Apparatus, Pneumatogen Self Rescue Type, Animal Air-Tester

Photograph - black and white - Swimmers

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

Black and white photograph of eight people swimming.

Booklet - The Barkly Street Site: A Brief History, 1998

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

Booklet with four photographs of Barkly Street buildings. Contents include Ballaarat and Ballarat East, Henry Barkly, Ballarat East Library, Ballarat East Gardens, Ballarat Museum (Ballarat Historical Society), Ballarat Girls' School, Barkly Street buildings.

Drawing - Longitudinal Section 15 B.L. Turbine

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

Framed drawing of a longitudinal section of a 15 B.L. Turbine. It was drawn by R.O.S. and C.B. on 31 July 1919 and traced by N. Brown on 07 October 1921.

Historical information

This work most probably hung in a laboratory at the Ballarat School of Mines.

Photograph - black and white - Frank Wright on the S.S. Babranals, 1933

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

A black and white photograph of a man in a light coloured suit standing on a boast with a life belt on. 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in pencil on the back of the photo is "With a life belt on boat S.S. Babranals Sept. 1933 Red Sea

Book - A Treatise on the Motion of a Single Particle and of Two Particles Acting on One Another, 1850

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

Charcoal grey hard covered book

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped inside front "Presented to the School of Mines, Ballarat by Professor A. Mica Smith, 1926" Signed inside front "Dr R.A. Smith from the author"

Book - Coal and Metal Miners' Pocket Book, 1893

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

Dark, hard covered book. Contents include arithmetic, weights and measures, Cylinders, Geometry, Mensuration, Surveying, strength and Weight of Materials, wire ropes, chains, Colliery management, precious metals, ventilation, hydrostatics, hydraulics, mine railways, Friction of mine cars, colliery machinery, steam raising, rules for engine drivers, faults, electricity, glossary of Mining terms.

Historical information

this book was specially compiled and prepared for the convenient use of mine officials, mining engineers, and students preparing themselves for certificates of competency as mine inspectors or mine foremen.

Photograph - black and white - Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Umphelby

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

Individual image from booklet - "In Memory of the Gallant Officers and Men of Victoria in Transvaal War, 1899-1900".

Historical information

Charles Umphelby began his military career at Warrnambool Garrison in 1884. In 1885 he was appointed Lieutenant in the Victorian Permanent Artillery. He succeeded Major Daniel in command of Queenscliff Fort in 1890. He went to England in 1889 and was attached to the staff of Major-General Clarke. Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Umphelby was a Special Service Officer attached to the Censor's Department in Cape Town. He then went to the Howitzer Division of Lord Methuen's force at Modder River. Charles was wounded during the fight at Driefontein, 10 March and died 12 March 1900. He was married to the daughter of Thomas Austin, owner of Barwon Park near Geelong. They had two daughters.

Book - Federation University Australia Annual Report, 2016

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

Annual Report featuring items from the Federation University Historical Collection on the cover.

Program, Booklet, Newspaper Cuttings, Map - Quad Sports B.T.C., S.M.B., F.S 1961 and magazine

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

Program: Cream card, A4 size, folded in half to make 4 page program. Booklet: 8 cream pages plus cover with image of Ballarat School of Mines on front 7 small newspaper articles Map of SMB in black ink on cream paper

Historical information

The Diploma Course at the Ballarat School of Mines usually took four years to complete hence the title of the booklet "Your Four Years with Us".

Inscriptions & Markings

Program: Front: 1961, "Quad" Sports, B.T.C, S.M.B., F.S. printed in black ink. "Michael Whiteside SMB" handwritten on top right hand corner. Inside: Starting time, Event, Records, First, Second, Third, Time or Distance typed with three handwritten names, Michael Whiteside SMB, Philip Lockyer SMB, Judith Christensen BTC and time handwritten 2 Min 8.2 Sec for Men, 880 yards event. Back: Signatures handwritten on back. A KING & Sons Ballarat logo bottom at back Booklet: Michael N Whiteside SMB signature in blue ink on top right hand corner of cover. Inside cover: "This book was stolen from Michael N Whiteside handwritten in blue ink Map has lines drawn from building 3 to 10 to 15 to 14 to 7 with various numbers in circles hand drawn.

Photograph - Black and White - M.B. John Building, Federation University SMB Campus, c1992

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

Two black and white photographs of the MB John building at Federation University SMB campus. The building fronts Albert Street, Ballarat. .2) shows the edge of the Ballarat School of Mines Botanical Gardens.

Historical information

Morgan Bevan John was a president of the Ballarat School of Mines for many years. In 2014 the building was used for Ceramics and 3D Art, other former uses now being carried out in the Skills Centre. The M.B. John Trade–Art building (Albert Street front) of SMB was officially opened by the Hon. John Cain, Premier of Victoria, in the presence of Morgan B. John. Programs include 3 Dimensional Art, Painting & Decorating, and Engineering Trades. (SMB Institutional Plan 1989)

Book - Never Forget Austrlia: Australia and Villers-Bretonneux 1918-1993

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

Yellow soft covered book with the cover featuring a carved timber memorial.

Historical information

This book was published to celebrate the Villers-Bretonneux 75th anniversary pilgrimage. The book is written in English and French. Chapters include 'Never Forget Australia', Battles of Villers-bretonneux, The 1920s, the 1930s, The 1940s, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, The 1950s, the 1960s, the 1970s, The 1980s. The Royal Victoria Regiment, The 1990s, The 1993 Pilgrimage.

Object - Brick mould and brick

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

.1) An oblong-shaped timber box open at top. Only butt joints are used. Iron strapping wraps around the vertical pieces of timber and across the top edge of the box. The longest pieces of vertical timber protrude past the end and are shaped like solid handles - one is broken. On each end piece there are small, blank iron plates held with screws. The base piece of timber is made from two different width weatherboard-style timbers. The nails in the base piece appear to be hand-made. Remnants of clay still line the interior. .2) Light brown brick. Please note: Brick mould and brick may be from different sources.

Significance

John Nunn was one of the earliest brickmakers on record in Ballarat and has a road named for him - Nunn Street - where he resided.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Handwritten (possibly in ink) on one long side: MR H. G. SMITH ...(illegible) Ballarat .2) Imprinted: J. NUNN

Flag - Eureka Flag (small)

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

Small, blue, paper Eureka Flag on white plastic stick used during the Diggers' March in 2004.

Historical information

The five Eureka Flags were collected at the Diggers march during the 2004 Eureka 150 celebrations.

Postcard - colour - Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

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

Colour postcard of a street with cars, double decker buses and four storey buildings. The street is Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland.

Historical information

auchiehall Street /ˈsʌxihɔːl/ is one of the main shopping/business streets in the city centre of Glasgow, Scotland. Along with Buchanan Street and Argyle Street, it forms the main shopping area of Glasgow, containing the majority of Glasgow's high street and chain stores.[1] Although commonly associated with the city centre, Sauchiehall street is over 11⁄2 miles (2.5 km) long, finally meeting Argyle Street in the West End, in front of the Kelvingrove Museum, where they form Dumbarton Road which continues through Partick. The two streets run parallel through the city centre, before starting to conjoin westward of the M8 motorway at Charing Cross. (Wikipedia)

Book - Manuel of Cyanidation by E.M. Hamilton, 1920

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

Photograph - black and white - City of Ballarat Band

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

Black and white photograph of the members of a brass band with their instruments and some gentlemen in suits. They are situated in a park with trees as the backdrop. In the lower centre front position is Frank Wright. The band is the City of Ballarat 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.

Programme - Ballarat Teachers' College Ex-Students Reunion Menu, 1932

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

Two brown coloured, thin card with pencil markings inside one, programmes for the Ballarat Teacher's College Ex-Students Reunion 1932.

Historical information

Was property of J. H. McNaughton who was a student of the Ballarat Teacher's College in 1929.

Book - Wannan's Marine Engineer's Pocket Book, 1902

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

Maroon hard covered book of 183 pages.

Historical information

Small, illustrated maroon hard cover book containing the latest (1902) board of trade rules and Data for Marine Engineers.

Booklet - VTAC Guide to Courses in College and Universities, 1989

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

green soft covered book of 105 pages. It includes course information on Ballarat College of advanced Education, Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education, and Melbourne College of Advanced Education at the time of their Amalgamation with University of Melbourne.

Historical information

The VTAC book listed all post-secondary courses in Victoria to enable students to pick High Degree courses.

Plan - Station Reserve Bakery Hill, Ballaarat

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

.1) Oversized photocopy of large plan depicting railway right of way where Mair and Humffray Streets meet. Main landmarks include Duke of Richmond Hotel, Prince of Wales Hotel, Duke of York Hotel, Welcome Nugget Claim and Shaft, Imperial Hotel, Union Hotel, Kingston St, Otway St, Wellington Claim, Gravel Pits Gold Working and Robert Burns Hotel. .2) Same of above.

Postcard - black and white - Mont-des-Cats Abbey

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

A black and white postcard showing a french abbey which is sitting behind a garden in winter.

Historical information

At Mont-des-Cats Abbey a first community of the Hospital Brothers of St. Anthony was settled in 1650 and lasted until the French Revolution which closed the monastery in 1792. In 1826, a new community of Trappists (Reformed Cistercians) was funded, and this congregation has run the abbey ever since. (wikipedia). This card was most probably purchased during an Australian soldier during World War One.

Documents - Establishment of the Ballarat School of Mines, 1870

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

Correspondence and planning documents relating to the setting up of the Ballarat School of Mines. it includes tenders for contractors for the refurbishment of the former Ballarat Circuit Court. .1) Rules for the pupils of the Mining School at Zurickau, 18/11/1870 (not translated by Emanuel Steinfeld, perhaps by W. Henderson) .2) Regulations of the Mining Academy at Frieberg, 18/11/1870 .3) Einrichtungen, Freiberg, 1870 (written in German) .4) Letter from Somerville Learmonth of Ercildoun to Harrie Wood, Clerk of the Board of Mines Ballarat, accepting a position as one of three trustees of the Ballarat School of Mines, along with Redmond Barry and R.H. Bland, 08/01/1870 .5) Printing order with Robert Wreford, 26/01/1870 .6) H. Waymouth to Mr Bickett re the Ballarat School of Mines, 1780 .7) Letter from R.H. Bland of Clunes to Harrie Wood of the Ballarat Mining Board, 27/01/1870 .8) Letter from Somerville Livingstone Learmonth of Ercildoun to Harrie Woods of the Ballarat Mining Board refusing the offer to be a Trustee of the Ballarat School of Mines, 28/01/1870 .9) Minutes of the meeting of the Ballarat School of Mines Executive Council, 05/02/1870 and Correspondence from Harrie Wood to J. Warrington Rogers re the lease of the building for the Ballarat School of Mines, 21/01/1870 .10) Chief Secretary's Office to Ballarat Mining Board re Life Membership of the Ballarat School of Mines, 02/02/1870 .10b) Letter from Redmond Barry, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne re the visit of the Governor of Victoria to the Ballarat School of Mines, 04/02/1870 .12) Letter from Charles Pucke on behalf of Mr McCulloch to H, Ainswood, Secretary of the Ballarat Mining Board, 11/07/1870 .13) Correspondence from Henry Rosales of Walhalla (Chairman of the Gippsland Mining Board) to James Baker of the Ballarat School of Mines, 28/12/1870 .11) Meeting of the Executive Council, Bickett, Eddy Downes, 08/02/1870 .14) Letter from John Phillips, contract surveyor of St Arnaud to Mr Newman, Vice-President of the Ballarat School of Mines, 15/12/1870 .15) Articles ordered and obtained for the Ballarat School of Mines, 03/01/1870 .16) Telegram from John Lewis of Clunes to the Ballarat School of Mines. .16b) Quote from painter Thomas Robson for painting the Ballarat School of Mines, 05/06/1870 .17) Note from Duncan Gillies to Harrie Wood re grant for the Ballarat School of Mines, 05/06/1870 .18) Correspondence re Grant to the Ballarat School of Mines, Duncan Gillies, 04/07/1870 .19) Correspondence concerning the Ballarat School of Mines from F. Valient to Harrie Wood, 14/05/1870 .19b) Correspondence from Somerville Livingstone Learmonth to Harrie Woods - an apology for a meeting with Judge Rogers, 23/05/1870 .20) Letter from R.H. Bland to Harrie Wood, 15/07/1870 .22) Telegraph from J. Warrington Rogers to Harrie Wood of the Ballarat Mining Board concerning tenders for the Ballarat School of Mines, which was established in 1870. .23) Letter from Ballarat Mining Board to Judge Warrington Rogers, 31/05/1870 .24) Telegraph to Harrie Wood of the Ballarat Mining Board from J. Warrington Rogers concerning Sir Redmond Barry. A note at the bottom of the telegraph notes ‘This telegram has been delayed through repairs on line. .25) Letter on Melbourne Public Library Letterhead from librarian Augustus Fulk, 05/08/1870 .26) Letter from R.H. Bland to Harrie Wood, 30/05/1870 .27) Letter from Robert Park re alteration of the former Ballarat Court House for use as the Ballarat School of Mines, 05/05/1870. .28) Letter from G. Whitty re painting of the former Ballarat Court House for use as the Ballarat School of Mines, 04/05/1870 .29) Letter from William Newman re plastering of the former Ballarat Court House for use as the Ballarat School of Mines, 05/05/1870 .30) Letter from Charles A. Abbott re teaching Mechanical Drawing at the Ballarat School of Mines, 04/04/1870 .32) Letter from Redmond Barry to the Ballarat School of Mines, 07/1870 .31) National Insurance Company of Australia insurance for the Ballarat School of Mines (former Ballarat Circuit Court), 01/05/1870 .33) Letter from R.H. Bland to Harrie Wood, 09/1870 .34) Letter from Somerville Livingstone Learmonth to Harrie Wood, 06/09/1870 .35) Letter to the Chief Secretary to the Ballarat School of Mines Library & Museum, 30/11/1870 .36) Parliament house (Kitto) to the Ballarat Mining Board, 15/11/1870 .37) H. de la Poer Wall of Grenville College to R.W. Newman of the Ballarat School of Mines, 27/04/1971 .38) W.H. Odgers to the Ballarat East Town Clerk, 20/05/1870 .39) Correspondence to the Borough of Clunes for the Ballarat Mining Board requesting a grant to set of a school of mines at Ballarat. 25/03/1870 .40) Surveyor to Harrie Wood, Mining Registrar, 27/04/1870 .40) Letter to Judge Warrington Rogers re the contractor's account for satisfactory completion of work on the Ballarat School of Mines, 11/07/1870 .43) Desks for the Ballarat School of Mines by Henry Gough, 1870 .44) Ballarat Star Office to James Baker of the Ballarat School of Mines, 1870

Photograph - Black and White - Girl with Dalmation dog

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

black and white photograph adhered to card

Historical information

Paul Lambeth's photography class

Book - English Scottish & Australian Bank Limited Cheque Book, 1958

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

Photograph - Black and White - St Joseph's Home Band, Sebastopol, Ballarat, 1923

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

A small photograph of a group of young boys with an array of band instruments

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.

Photograph - Black and White - Laura Ritchie and Sarah Wright at 214 Armstrong (Nth) Street, Ballarat

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

A black and white photo of two women sitting on a wicker couch on the verandah of a brick house. The older woman is wearing a dressing gown and slippers and the younger woman is wearing a light coloured suit. The women are Sarah Wright and her daughter Laura Ritchie. The house is Laura's home at 214 Armstrong Street Nth, Ballarat

Historical information

Sarah Wright was married to a gold miner named William. 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. Laura Ritchie was his sister and lived in Ballarat with her family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in pencil 214 Armstrong St Nth, Laura and Sarah Wright

Book - Ballarat Junior Technical School Teacher Education Correspondence, 1977

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

A number of letters relating to teacher education and inserviing. Includes letterhead from the State College of Victoria at Hawthorn. It includes a yellow covered booklet "Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration", and application form

Postcard - photographic - Harry Holmes' battalion

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

Ray Blight in centre

Photograph - Colour - Replica Eureka Stockade at the Eureka Stockade Reserve

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

Colour photograph of a Replica Eureka Stockade at the Eureka Stockade Reserve.

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat School of Mines Staff, c1995

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

Colour photograph showing five people, one holds a black balloon. They are staff members of the Ballarat School of Mines. Left to right: Kieran Jones, ? , ? , ? , Pam Merritt

Historical information

Staff members of the Ballarat School of Mines

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat Junior Technical School Excursion to Hepburn Springs, c1965

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

Two black and white photographs showing Ballarat Junior Technical School students tasting Mineral Water at the Hepburn Springs Reserve.

Historical information

In the late 1960s and early 1970s it as the practice for Form One boys at the Ballarat Junior Technical School to spend a week at Hepburn Springs

Photo - Turning of the Sod at Mount Helen, 1967

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

A set of black and white photographs of the turning of the sod ceremony at Mount Helen.

Historical information

The Mount Helen site was selected for the tertiary division of the Ballarat School of Mines, known as the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education. The turning of the sod for the first buildings took place on 19 October 1967 By Lord Casey.

Photograph - Black and White - John Robinson

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

Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright standing in front of a bandstand at Staines, Middlesex

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

Black and white photograph of a man dressed in a band uniform standing on the grass in front of a raised bandstand. The bandstand has a stone and brick base, a white railed balustrade, white timber support columns and a roof. In the back ground is a garden, timber building and trees. The man is Frank Wright and he is dressed is the St. Hilda's band uniform.

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 - Frank Wright 32, Conductor St Hilda's, Staines, 22/5/34

Plan - Ballarat - Mining Lease No 5611

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

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

Photograph - Black and white - Former Cyril Retallick House (Now Aistralian Catholic University), Ballarat

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

Photograph of a double storey brick building on bluestone foundations, with cast iron balcony.

Historical information

In 1881 Cyrus Bath Retallack purchased land now known as 1200 Mair Street Ballarat. Retallack was a successful Cornish miner and engineer. He built a two storey brick mansion between 1882 and 1883, naming the property ‘Carn Brae’ after the castle in Cornwall. Substantial grounds were established with with range of exotic trees planted, a tennis court was laid out and a stables building was erected. In 1918 the site become a campus of Queen’s GIrls’ Grammar School, then Aquinas College which was merged into the Australian Catholic University from 1973.

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1941

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

Black, green and gold soft covered magazine of 56 pages including advertisements.

Historical information

List of Full Course Students' 1941, Editorial, Honour Roll, The Literary Society, Fumes from the Lab, Arts & Crafts Gossip, Sport, Commercial Notes, The Junior Techs

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed on front cover by "H. Darby"

Book - Jan Senbergs Drawing

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

81 page Art Gallery of Ballarat catalogue of the exhibition "Jan Senbergs Drawing".

Book - Report on the Pitfield Plans Gold-Field, 1901

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

Blue soft covered foolscap report with 15 plans and sections.

Magazine - Quadrangle: Magazine of the Ballarat Technical School, 1977

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

Blue, yellow, black and white soft covered magazine. It includes a history of the Ballarat Technical School. The magazine lists ex students who played AFL football at the highest level, namely Michael Malthouse (Richmond); Val Perovic and Robert Muir (St Kilda), Don Disher (Ballarat, winner of Henderson Medal)

Historical information

In 1977 the Ballarat Technical School was closed, and officially removed from the list of post-primary schools in Victoria on 01 January 1977.