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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

Entry Fee

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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6889 items

Book - Charming University - Fusing into the three gorges - Going into the world

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

Book in a box with matching green covers. The book contains DVDs and stamps on several pages.

Booklet - Gold Fields Statistics, 1863

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

Blue foolscap printed report foron the Parliament of Victoria

Photograph - sepia - Ballarat from the Town Hall Tower, 1872

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

Framed photograph showing Ballarat looking north west. St Patrick's Cathedral bell tower in Dawson Street South is evident at the top right. The street in the central part of the photograph is Errard Street South. Businesses shown in the photograph include: Klug Brothers, O'Farrell and Sons Horse Bazaar, Smith Brothers Timber Yard, J. McKay, Dobson's Timber Yard, Criterion Hotel, Saddler's Arms Hotel, Stork Hotel

Historical information

This photograph was taken from the newly completed tower of the Ballarat Town Hall.

Book - Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

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

Red hard covered book.

Historical information

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

Photographs - Images relating to the Vincent Family of Warrenheip and Durham Lead, Victoria

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

Black and white and colour photographs of people, letters and newspaper clippings depicting dimensions of the Vincent family history .1) Photograph of Vincent family home .2) Photograph of the Bungaree and District Historical Society Heritage Wall .3) Photograph of the Vincent family plaque on the Bungaree and District Historical Society Heritage Wall .4) Photograph of information about the Bungaree and District Historical Society Heritage Wall .5) Photograph of local football l team .6) Photograph of the Mt Buninyong R. F. B. .7) Photograph of haystack .8) Photograph of letter from Shire of Buninyong to Mr R Vincent regarding the naming of Vincent Road .9) Photographs of newspaper clippings concerning Cr Vincent becoming the next Buninyong President

Historical information

Richard and Amelia (Job) Vincent arrived from Cornwall in 1855. richard was a farmer at Warrenheip. Their children were Richard, Mary, Thomas Job (died in infancy), Thomas Job, Annie, Emily, Selina, Amelia, Ada and George. Annie Vincent married Edward huggins in 1884. Their children were Edith, Robert, Ada, George, Stella, Roy, Lillian, Harold and Ronald.

Significance

Provides a record of the descendants of Richard and Amelia Vincent who arrived from Cornwall England in 1855 and became farmers at Warrenheip. Photographs capture dimensions of the life of Councillor Richard Vincent, who became President of the Buninyong Shire Council in 1953.

Book - Ballarat Junior Technical School Enrolment Figures, 1966-1971

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

Hard covered book with red spine. Ballarat Junior Technical School attendance lists. Includes lists of students who left during the year.

Historical information

Ballarat Junior Technical School enrolment figures 1966 - 451 1967 - 434 1968 - 421 1969 - 416 1970 - 390 1971 - 406

Images - Margery Lawrie and Ann Punshon, 1927

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

Photograph of Margery Lawrie and Ann Punshon who studied at the Ballarat Teachers' College, in their sports uniform and holding hockey sticks.

Banner - University of Ballarat Banner

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

University of Ballarat Satin Banner

Photo - Black and White - Frank Wright

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

Black and white studio photograph of the torso of a young man wearing a mid coloured suit and tie. The man is Frank Wright.

Historical information

Frank Wright was a renoun resident of Smeaton, where he was born on 2 August 1901. He lived at Laura Villa, and attended Smeaton State School. His father William was a gold miner and his mother's name was Sarah. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. Frank was tutored by Percy Code and was awarded a gold medal for the highest marks in the ALCM examinations in the British Colonies at the age of seventeen years. He became the Australian Open Cornet Champion by the age of eighteen. A year later, Frank conducted the City of Ballarat Band, and later the Ballarat Soldiers’ Memorial Band. He formed the Frank Wright Frisco Band and Frank Wright and his Coliseum Orchestra. These bands won many South Street awards, and Frank as conductor won many awards in the Australian Band Championship contest. In 1933 Frank Wright sailed to England to conduct the famous St Hilda’s Band and was later appointed Musical Director of the London County Council, where he organized many amazing concerts in parks, in and around the London district. He was made Professor of Brass and Military Band Scoring and conducted at the Guildhall of Music and Drama. Frank was often invited to adjudicate Brass Band Championships around Europe, in Australia, including South Street and in New Zealand. The Frank Wright Medal at the Royal South Street competition is awarded to an individual recognized as making an outstanding contribution to brass music in Australia. He died on 16 November 1970.

Scientific Instument - Voltmeter

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

A.C. Voltmeter, 150-600 volts non liner, semicircular scale ventilation holes. One termnal post on each side panel. Maker's name plate on top face below scale windo. Adjacent: spring-loaded contact button.

Inscriptions & Markings

Model 155. Serial Number 42339

Plan - Mannibadar Geological plan

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

Coloured plan of Mannibadar, County of Grenville.

Certificate - Australian Juvenile Exhibition Ballarat Certificate, 1896

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

Timber framed certificate relating to the Australian Juvenile Exhibition Ballarat and awarded to William Baragwanath for the model of the Welcome Gully.

Historical information

The certificate was designed by David Kent in 1896

Inscriptions & Markings

Frame is by W.H. Burgoyne, Picture Frame Maker, artist, Castlemaine

Photograph - Colour - Visit of Mandawuy Yunipingu to University of Ballarat, 1999

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

Six people pose for a photo at the Mount Helen Campus of University of Ballarat (now Federation University Australia). From left to right they are Wayne Muir (University Aboriginal Officer), John Morris (Ballarat Aboriginal Co-operative), Professor David James (University of Ballarat Vice-Chancellor), Mandawuy Yunipingu (Yothu Yindi Foundation), Professor Stephen Kemmis, Mary Hickey (Director, Academic Services.

Magazine - Extra Muros: Ballarat Teachers' College Magazine, 1948

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

Blue soft covered magazine of the Ballarat Teachers' College. Contents include: * Foreward by Principal Frank Lord "Ich Dien" * Highlights of the College Year * Review of Teacher-Training System Photographic reproductions include: * 1948 staff and students * Magazine Committee * Group Leaders and Student Council * Sports Committee * Social Committee * Exies

Historical information

During 1948 Principal Frank Lord, a Gallopili verteran, gave an inspiring address reminding students of the great sacrifice made by teh Anzacs at Gallipoli. "These men set a high standard whoch has been followed by men of the second World War. We as teachers can help set standards amongst the children we are priviledged to teach, and this we have an important task to do. We also must pay particular care to children of the men who fought and died in the two Great Wars thorugh which our country has passed."

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover "Monica Miller"

Booklet - The School of Mines Ballaarat Annual Report 1883

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

Ballaarat School of Mines annual Report. Hard cover red book of 101 pages.

Historical information

The School of Mines Ballaarat. Annual Report 1883. Statement of Receipts and expenditure, general balance sheet, and list of subscriptions donations 1882. Sketch of School of Mines. Sketch Section from Lal Lal to the Moorabool (looking north) Geological map of Lal Lal. In the County of Grant. Annual Report, Balance Sheet, Certificates granted by the Council, Examination Papers - Elementary Science Classes (Appendix), Extracts from Visitors' Book, Fees, Form of Bequest, Honorary Correspondents. Life Governors, Museum - open to visitors, Notes on the Geology of Lal Lal (with Geological Plan & Sections), Obituary, Office Bearers, Paper of Particulars, Rules of the Ballaarat Field Club and Science Society (Appendix), Report of the Curator of the Museum and Library, Report of the Superintendent of Laboratories, Report of the Lecturer in Mathematics, Report of the Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Report of the Lecturer in Telegraphy, Report of the Lecturer in Materia Medica, Statement of Receipts and Expenditure for the year 1882, Subjects and Lectures, Subjects and Examiners, Subscriptions and Donations, from 1st January to 31st December 1882.

Booklet - Rewards to Discoverers of Gold fields, 1867

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

White Foolscap printed Government document relating discoverers of Victorian goldfields. It lists each discover, the location of their discovert, amount recommended, amount paid, date of payment, who paid.

Photograph - Colour - Snow at "Launchley", Ascot, Victoria

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

Four photographs of snow at "Launchley", Ascot, Victoria.

Photograph - colour - Former Ballarat Brewery Chimney, 2008

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

Technical Drawing - Design for a Cornish Boiler

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

Student's technical drawing: Design for Cornish Boiler

Book - Old Lace: A handbook for Collectors

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

Brown hard covered book was an account of the different styles of lace, their history, characteristics and Manufacture. Library cards from the Ballarat Technical Art School are still in place in the back of the book.

Ephemera - Federation University Student Promotional material from the 2017 End of Year Exhibition

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

A number of booklets, cards and business cards.

Photograph - black and white - Morgan B. John is presented with an artwork of the Ballarat School of Mines M.B. John Building

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

Black and white photograph of Morgan B. John being presented with a framed artwork of the Ballarat School of Mines M.B. John Building created by Brian McLennan. Standing left to right: Morgan B. John, Brian McLennan, Ken Flecknoe, Peter Shiells

Historical information

M.B. John was a long time president of the Ballarat School of Mines Council

Plans - Sewerage Plans

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

Two hand coloured sewerage plans .1) Barkly Street .2) as above

Photograph - Colour - Drum Major Marching

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

Coloured photograph of Drum Major Margaret Bennett marching. Gift of Margaret Bennett, 2019

Historical information

"After the war Pipe-Major Duncan McLennan, moved to Ballarat and took up a position as cadet instructor and leader of the Ballarat Highland Pipe Band and the Ballarat Ladies Pipe Band. " (Victorian Historical Journal Vol. 85, No. 1, June 2014)

Photograph - Black and White - Federation University E.J. Barker Library Under Construction, 1972

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

Federation Universitsity E.J. Barker Library Under Construction. The Coates Building (formerly the Union Building) is located in the right foreground of the photograph.

Frank Wright

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

Map - Port Campbell, 1942

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

Printed colour map on paper

Receipt - Banking Receipts, 1910

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

White and blue printed and hand written banking receipts made out to the Ballarat School of Mines. .1 and .2) Union Bank of Australia Limited, Ballarat branch, signed by H.R. Murphy .3) Ballarat Banking Company Limited, signed by F. Martell

Photograph - Geoffrey Blainey at the opening of the Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre

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

Geoffrey Blainey at the launch of the Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre, in the Federation University E.J Barker Library, Mount Helen Campus. He speaks to Vice-Chancellor David Battersby (centre) and E.J. Barker (left)

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat Technical School Senior Students

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

Senior students from Ballarat Technical School posed for a group photograph in a garden setting.