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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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6051 items

Reports - Big Cats Sightings and Stock Kills 2000-2011

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

Folder of reports of Big Cat by rangers.

Historical information

The folder or correspondence is the result of a Freedom of Informaition request made to the Department of Primary Industries in 2011. The folder was collected for research being conducted by David Waldron.

Postcards - black and white - Amiens, c1917

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

Seventeen black and white postcards showing Amiens, France during World War One

Inscriptions & Markings

verso of .9) Chapelle d'Armentieres, 19 March 1915 "Dear Mary, Hope my letter reaches you safely. Wrote Vic to-day. Am sending you these cards, as we have heard that cares are going to be prohibited from being sent home, so would like you o have these before we are stopped. Good-bye once more with love and best wishes From Gordon." (Gordon Spittle)

Photograph - Colour - Launch of the Book "Henry Sutton: The Innovative Man" by Lorayne Branch

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

Colour photographs of the book launch of "Henry Sutton: The Innovative Man" by Lorayne Branch at the Ballarat School of Mines.

Plans - University of Ballarat Technology Park: Developmental Proposal

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

Loose copies of plans for the development of the University of Ballarat Technology Park.

Sign - 'Broadway' Gem Pictures.

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

Sign on strawboard for the show Broadway as shown by Gem Pictures. The work is signed "gem" Studios Ballarat.

Historical information

This work was undertaken by Keith Rash.

Book - Steam

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

A small red book with a double black line bordering the front cover, with the text Longmans Elementary Science Manuals on the bottom of the cover. On the back cover is an L&Co logo

Historical information

This book was owned by Alf Gresham Johnston who was a former SMB mining student from the Ballarat School of Mines. He died at the age of 29 during military service in South Africa. The following is from the Federation Uni Honour Roll at http://federation.edu.au/about-us/our-university/history/geoffrey-blainey-research-centre/honour-roll/j/alfred-gresham-johnston-1872-1901 The October 1901 Ballarat School of Mines (SMB) Students Magazine reported 'Alf. Johnston's gone. The news came as a shock to all of us at the school. He who was with us a few short months ago, in all strength of sturdy manhood, has met a soldier's death in South Africa, and we sincerely mourn his loss…. His heart was in the school, and he did his best to further its interests … His last act on leaving Australian shores was to send a telegram from Albany to Prof. Mica Smith, to whom he was warmly attached, wishing the School and all connected with it "Good-bye". In his short, all to short, life of 29 years, he had more adventure than falls the lot of most men, and possibly the spirit of adventure, and also, of duty, prompted him to throw in his lot with the "colors," and leave for the front. The news of his death comes to us with added weight of sadness when we remember that he was one of the organisers of the School entertainment last year to help swell the fund for the erection of a statue to fallen Victorian soldiers.'

Inscriptions & Markings

On the title page is the inscription of the original owner of the book Alf G Johnston School of Mines Ballarat 1899. Inside the front cover and on page 19 is the stamp of the School of Mines Ballarat

Poster - University of Ballarat Manufacturing Technology Training Centre poster signed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard

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

A colour poster prepared for the 'turning of the sod' at the site of the proposed University of Ballarat Manufacturing Technology Training Centre (MTTC), Grant Street, Ballarat. The poster was signed on Friday 7 October 2011 at about 11:15 am at the Building Construction Training Centre (BCTC), Grant Street, Ballarat by: Hon. Julia Gillard MP Hon. Catherine King MP (Ballarat ) Prof. David Battersby, Vice Chancellor, University of Ballarat Mayor, Cr Craig Fletcher, Mayor of the City of Ballarat appointed in December 2010 Mrs. Karen Douglas, Chair University of Ballarat Building & Infrastructure Committee

Historical information

The new Manufacturing Technology Training Centre (MTTC), a part of the proposed Building Construction Training Centre (BCTC), will be a purpose-built, stand-alone, fully fitted-out industry-standard facility. This new space will accommodate current course provision along with specialist training spaces for developing skill requirements in manufacturing technology such as robotics, mechatronics, engineering and industrial automation. Project funding was provided by the Education Investment Fund from the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The project budget is $18.09m, and the resulting building will have a floor space of 4,755m2. The Manufacturing Technology Training Centre is being built in conjunction with the Technical Education Centre (UBTec). While the buildings will have separate street identities the buildings will be joined with shared amenities areas. UBTec will provide a facility including individual learning spaces, learning studios, administration/office space, circulation, open plan learning space, staff common areas, computer rooms, meeting rooms, staff work areas and kitchen areas as well as car parking and site-wide amenities. While the buildings will have separate street identities the buildings will be joined with shared amenities areas. Funding for the UBTec component of the building is provided by Maintaining the Advantage: Skilled Victorians from the Victorian State Government.

Inscriptions & Markings

The poster is signed by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Julia Gillard MP; Karen Douglas; the Hon. Catherine King MP (Ballarat ); Prof. David Battersby (Vice Chancellor); Craig Fletcher (Mayor, City of Ballarat)

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1924

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

Blue soft covered magazine of 75 pages.

Historical information

Editorial, Fumes from the lab, Arts & Crafts gossip, Echoes of the past, Sport, The Junior Techs, Answers to correspondents, Alumni, Harold Herbert Bereavements, Noel Hay, Harry Reed,

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed on front cover by "H. Darby"

Object - Candle Remnant - Candle remnant from early Ballarat mine

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

White/cream candle remnant. Candle mold seams are evident. Stored in green pharmaceutical tin with screw lid. Handwritten note inside 'Piece of Candle from Mullock's Britania Mine. Ballarat. (?) Found when removing for filling motor spaces Camp Street.

Historical information

from the Britannia Mine (Ballarat)

Significance

Candle remnants from early Ballarat mines are quite rare.

Shield - Ballarat School of Mines Shield

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

Timber shield with the Ballarat School of Mines coat of arms and motto in enameled metal.

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed onto sticker adhered verso "Presnted to S.A. Mendelson, Secretary to SMB Countil, 17th December 1986.

Reports - Ballarat Institute of Advanced Eduation Library Report, 1973

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

A typed report giving borrowing statistics, staff, books, equiment, and services.

Book - History of Architecture, 1902

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

Brown hard covered book

Document - Ballarat School of Mines Council Minutes, 1970

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

Ballarat School of Mines council minutes including reports from the Hall of Residence and Union Committe, Centenary Committee and Appeal Committee

Book - Minute Book of the Ballarat School of Mines Science and Field Naturalists Club, 1915-1918

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

Dark blue hard-cover minute book with dark red spine. 186 numbered lined pages with left hand margin. Last entry on p.128. Courier Newspaper article 'Victorian National Park: Our Fauna and Fauna' by Charles Hoadley published 16/06/1915

Historical information

This minute book records the reformed Science and Field Naturalists Club of the Ballarat School of Mines. Such a club had existed in 1888 and 1889. Final recorded meeting took place on 17th November 1918, resolved that "there would be no further meeting of the Club until further notice was given." (Ballarat School of Mines Annual Report of 1888, p.17. Also mentioned in Annual Report 1889, p.195)

Inscriptions & Markings

Included: State Savings Bank of Victoria account booklet No. 128.155, issued to School of Mines Science and Field Naturalists Club.

Photograph - Harold Yates with Quartz Crystals

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

A man leans over and insects quartz crystals. Two microscopes are present in the background.

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines proposal for Certificate of Applied Art: Ceramics, 1983

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

Black and white soft covered book with plastic ring type binding, and features an image of a plate being turned on the wheel. The book was prepared for the proposed Certificate of Applied Art: Ceramics at the Ballarat School of Mines. Population statistics for the Central Highlands region in 1981 is given. The book includes a list of Ballarat and District potters, and galleries. Two articles on John Gilbert's Old Ballarat Pottery are attached. The book is planning Document 7.83

Photograph - Colour - Professor David Battersby and Professor Robert H.T. Smith

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

Photograph of two men wearing academic regalia. They are University of Ballarat Vice Chancellor, Professor David Battersby (left) and Chancellor, Professor Robert H.T. Smith.

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat School of Mines from the north-east corner

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

.1) Ballarat School of Mines buildings from Dana Street, near Albert Street, Ballarat showing Caselli's Gauge Tower, Administration Building, and Model Mine. .2) similar view to .1) but showing more foreground and additional buildings, c1917

Plan - Alterations to the Ballarat School of Mines Electrical Engineering Department, 1947

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

Copy of a plan showing the Ballarat School of Mines Electrical Engineering Department, and wrought iron gates.

Book - South Berry Consols Journal

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

Green water marked linen covered journal with maroon spine with red feint lined blue pages. Label on front cover is cream with black printing JOURNAL with handwritten SOUTH BERRY CONSOLS hand written in black and red ink. Pages held together inside the book with three metal clips

Historical information

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

Book - Birds of Australia

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

Green hard cover book, black leather spine and corners. Title on spine written in gold letters, gold decorations on spine. Pages not numbered. Coloured plates (lithographs).

Historical information

Not Gould although on spine. Similar on abcbooks.com.au Minutes of the SMB council 14 April 1891 "6, A requisition from Professor Krause for a new work on the birds of Australia was referred to the Education committee. Broinowski was commisioned by the Department of Public Instruction in New South Wales to supply them with pictures of Australian birds which he published in 6 volumes from 1887 - 1891. Gracius Broinowski was born in Poland in 1837. To avoid conscription with the Russian army he roamed Europe in poverty,his possessions having been stolen earlier in Germany. Hearing tales of the Australian gold fields, he borderd the 'Windjammer' bound for Victoria as a deckhand. Broinowski swam ashore at Portland, Victoria in 1857 age twenty. For seven years he walked from one rural settlement to another working as a shepherd, stockman and independent farmer. In 1864 Bronoiwski married in Melbourne and found work with Hamel & Ferguson (print sellers and publishers). 'The Birds of Australia' was finalised in 1891 with 303 full page illustrations lithographed in colour with notes on over 700 species. Limited to 1000 copies the edition sold out quickly. Bronowski died in 1913 at Mosmon NSW, aged 76. He was survived by his wife, a daughter and 6 sons.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped throughout the book "School of Mines Ballarat Library".

Architectural Drawing - Ballarat School of Mines Proposed Trade Workshops (M.B. John Building)07/1979 by Ewan Jones and Associates, Architects

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

Large format copy of a drawing projecting the new M.B. John Building into the Ballarat School of Mines environment. The view is from within the School of Mines in close proximity to the Ballarat School of Mines Botanical Gardens.

Historical information

On 11 June 1987 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)

Image - Ballarat School of Mines (Birds Eye View)

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

Birds Eye View of the Ballarat School of Mines

Photograph - Colour - Federation University Stawell Campus, c2005

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

Annual Report - The Geelong Harbour Trust Commissioners' Third Report for the year ending 31st December 1908

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

Red soft covered foolscap report of 101 pages

Inscriptions & Markings

Seal of the Geelong Harbour Trust Commissioners

Poster - 'Lysistrata ' Production Poster, 1974

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

White paper poster with black text and drawing of a woman in front of some gruesome looking people. The the poster was for a State College Victoria (formerly Ballarat Teachers' College) production held at the college hall in Gillies Street, Ballarat.

Document - Letter to Returned Soldiers' Association, 1916

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

White paper with handwritten script in ink. The rough draft letter relates to free tuition for returned soldiers at the Ballarat School of Mines

Historical information

Ballarat Shool of Mines played an important role in training returned World War One servicemen via the Repatriation Vocational Training Scheme. Operating from 1917 to 1922, this scheme offered trades-based training to a large number of returned soldiers, depending on aptitude and level of disability. Many returned soldiers were unprepared for the workforce after demobilisation because of war injuries, or lost study opportunity during the years of their service. The Scheme was designed to give ex-servicemen the skills to find jobs, boost post-war economic recovery and add to social cohesion. It operated from 1917 to 1922.

Inscriptions & Markings

28.8.1916 Major Lazarus Secretary Returned Soldiers Association Y.M.C.A. Ballarat Dear Sir. On the 25th February last my Council adopted a resolution to the effect that application from returned soldiers for free tuition at this school would be favorably considered. At the Council meeting held on Friday last, the 25th inst., the matter was further discussed and, at Colonel Bolton's suggestion, it was decided that it would be in the best interests of the movement, if application for admission were received through your association. The undermentioned gentlemen were appointed as a sub-committee to receive such application and will be very pleased to interview any soldiers whom you would recommend as trainees. Yours faithfully Joseph A. Day Sub committee:- Col. W.K. Bolton, Mr T. Hurley. W.R. Stephenson, The Principal of the Science School (Mr E. Fenner), and the Principal of the Art School (Mr H.H. Smith)

Invitation - The Centenary of Local Government in the District of Buninyong - Official Luncheon Invitation

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

Light card folded with Menu and Toast List. Gold and red lettering on front with red lettering inside.

Inscriptions & Markings

Shire of Buninyong emblem

Document - The place of dogs in Victorian Aboriginal society in the nineteenth century: a reconsideration of the archival record

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

Unpublished typed manuscript. This item is part of the 'Australian Mythical Animals Collection'.

Historical information

Abstract: ‘Dingo’ is today the name given to Australia’s wolf-like native dog Canis dingo, however it was originally the Dharuk word for a ‘domesticated dog’ - the Dharuk word for a wild dog was ‘warrigul’ (Dixon, Ramson, and Thomas 1992, pp. 65, 87). In its populist usage today this distinction has fallen away and dingo now refers to both wild and domesticated native dogs. Anthropological discussions about the role and significance of dingoes and dogs in northern Australian Aboriginal society have been extensive (Meehan, Jones and Vincent 1999; Smith and Litchfield 2009). Archaeological (McCoy 1882; Barker 1979), ecological (Nowak 2006) and taxonomic debates (Corbett 1995; Coman and Jones 2007) have existed for almost two centuries about the dingo’s origins (Jardine 1839; Gill 1951; Barker 1979; Savolainen et al 2004), and an intense sociological discussion has focused on what has been termed the ‘economic-utilitarian perspective’ that attributes to dingoes a decisive usefulness in Aboriginal people’s food quest (Kolig 1978). Contributors to this lively debate have been almost exclusively northern Australia-centric in their conversations, with the notable exception of Jones (1970), which is understandable given the rich vein of accessible Aboriginal informants in this region and observational data neither of which is possible or available in much of southern Australia. In this paper the authors shall build upon the northern Australian research of Meggitt (1965), Rose (1992), Meehan, Jones and Vincent (1999), and Parker (2006) and demonstrate that there exists a concomitant range of ethno-historical and archeological sources from south-eastern Australia which adds a considerable body of knowledge to our understanding of the utilitarian and symbolic significance of dingoes for Aboriginal communities. Furthermore, the authors shall examine the impact of British colonizers upon Aboriginal peoples’ associations with dingoes in Victoria. The word dingo shall be used throughout this paper to connote dogs as well as dingoes.

Photograph - Colour - Chatham-Holmes Collection: Fishing on the Murray River, 1980s

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

Coloured photographs with negatives included

Historical information

Philip and Elizabeth Chatham with family'friends fishing on the banks of the Murray River.