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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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Contact Information

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

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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7190 items

Booklet - Eureka: The First Australian Republic?, 1997

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

Soft covered booklet of 6 pages, with an image of the Eureka Flag on the cover. It is a catalogue of a joint exhibition between the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and the Public Record Office Victoria, and includes an essay "Eureka - The First repubic?" bu Anne Beggs Sunter.

Historical information

The Eureka Stockade took place on 03 December 1854. The 1997 exhibition commemorating the Eureka Stockade toured over six venues.

document - Letter from Mr Gibson to Frederick Martell

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

handwritten letter in ink on paper

Historical information

Letter from Mr Gibson to F.J Martell requesting a letter regarding qualifications and attendance from the school.

Inscriptions & Markings

written in red 114 (correspondence number)

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

Booklet - Information on Apprenticeship for the benefit of Apprentices, Parents, Employers and Others, 1960

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

Six page pkklet issued on the authority of the Hon. George Oswald Reid, M.L.A., Minister for Labour and Industry.

Plan - Underground Workings, Working Miners United Co. Homebush

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

Printed map on paper

Inscriptions & Markings

various measurements and locations

Documents - Opening of the Ballarat School of Mines buildings - E.J. Barker, Ken Flecknoe and A.W. Steane, 1991

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

.1) Thank you letter to Premier Joan Kirner for opening the Barker, Flecknoe and Steane buildings at the Ballarat School of Mines. .2) Thank you letter from Eric Steane after the opening of the Steane Building .3) Letter thanking Eric Steane for attending the opening ceremony .4) Thank you letter from E.J.Barker expressing gratitude for name a building in his honour, and thanks to those who made the event so pleasurable. .5) Order of Proceedings for the renaming ceremony, including Peter Shields speech and a draft speech to be made by Joan Kirner. .6) Thank you card from Robyn [Studel?], daughter of Ken Flecknoe .7) Fax on thermal paper from Joy and Robyn Flecknow regretfully declining the invitation to attend the opening of the Flecknoe Building .8) Ballarat School of Mines Campus Plan, 1991 .9) Invitation to the Official opening and Naming of Ballarat School of Mines Facilities, 1991 .10) Fax to Eric Dearicott, Advisor to the Premier, concerning the wording of the plaque. .11) Order of plaques from C.G. Roeszlep and Son Ltd .12) Wording of illuminated address presented to A.W. Steane from the Ballarat School of Mines, 1991 .13) Letter requesting the Premier, Joan Kirner, to officially open four buildings at the Ballarat School of Mines. .14) Copies of two pages from Ballarat School of Mines Council Minutes relating to naming a building in honour of E.J. Barker and Ken Flecknoe .15) Programme for the opening of three buildings at the Ballarat School of Mines - Edward John Barker, Jenneth Johnson Flecknoe and Albert Whitelock Steane. .16) Newspaper clipping of Premier Joan Kirner opening buildings at the Ballarat School of Mines

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat School of Mines, c1980s

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

Ballarat School of Mines from Lydiard Street South. From left to right - the Ballarat School of Mines Administration Building, ans Ballarat Technical Art School.

Report - Reports of the Mining Surveyors and Registrars, 1867

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

.1) 39 page report dated 30 September 1867 .2) 40 page report dated 31 December 1871 .3) 46 page report dated 30 June 1872 .4) 42 page report dated 31 December 1873 .5) 45 page report dated 30 September 1872 .6) 44 page report dated 31 December 1881

Certificate - Ballarat Craftsman Certificate, 1966

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

A black and red Ballarat Craftsmans Certificate made out to William Lionel Bridges. It is signed by City of Ballarat Mayor William Roff, and town clerk J. Maddern.

Book - Ballarat Teachers' College Graduation Record

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

Large book with dark blue vinyl cover. Ballarat Teachers' College Record signed by gratuates from 1955 to 1976.

Historical information

This book contains the names and signatures of all graduates from the Ballarat Teachers' College from 1955 to 1976. The Ballarat Teachers' College was established after the Victorian State Government and the State Education Department decided to establish two provincial teachers' colleges, at Ballarat and Bendigo. On 04 May 1926 W.H. Ellwood (Principal), Miss A. Bouchier, and Mr A.B. Jones, welcomed the first enrolment of 61 students to undertake the one year course. In 1927 the College moved to the former Ballarat East Town Hall in Barkly Street, which was remodelled for their use. It closed in December 1931 due to the Great Depression. In 1946 Ballarat Teachers' College reopened and relocated to the Dana Street State School. It was originally planned to open as a women's college, for whom the residence at 130 Victoria Street was purchased, but the decision was made to admit resident men from Ballarat. Mr T.W. Turner was appointed as Principal in 1951 and directed the introduction of a two year course for the Trained Primary Teachers' Certificate. The former one year course was terminated at the end of 1951. In 1958 the College was relocated to a custom built facility at Gillies Street, in close proximity to the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Numbers increased with the introduction of the Trained Infant Teachers' Certificate course under the guidance of Mary Egan. With the introduction of a three year Diploma Course in 1968 accommodation became cramped. The introduction of the Diploma of Teaching (Primary) led to the Trained Infant Teachers' Certificate being discontinued in 1969, and the end of the Trained Primary Teachers' Certificate in 1969. Secondary Art and Craft students began studies at Ballarat Teachers' College in 1969 under Mr Ted Doney. In 1971 Mr D. Watson was appointed Principal. The State College of Victoria was proclaimed by Order in Council on 24 July 1973, and Ballarat Teachers' College became a constituent college of the State College of Victoria, and was known as State College of Victoria, Ballarat. By 1975 the College moved to Mount Helen as part of the Ballarat College of Advanced Education. Pre service teachers currently undertake their studies on the Mount Helen Campus of Federation University. ("Ruffians Attempted to Carry of the School Tent: A History of State Education in Ballarat", 1974, p73-4.)

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

Book - a naem ov mie oen

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

Red covered book with goat on the cover written in Pitman's initial teaching alphabet

Historical information

Mary Egan who died on April 4th, 1981, spent 23 years as a greatly-respected lecturer in English curriculum at the Ballarat Teachers College, State College of Victoria and Ballarat College of Advanced Education.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book Plate, University of Ballarat Library sticker inside front cover and barcode on front cover, shelving sticker on back cover. University of Ballarat Stamp on inside cover. A-75 written on first page stamped inside back cover with State School 719 Yendon

Postcards - Birmingham

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

Two black and white postcards of Birmingham. .1) Bull Ring, Birmingham featuring a church and steeple in the mid background and people waling in the streets. .2) Colmore Row, Birmingham featuring three storey buildings on either side of a road. People walk on the footpath and a horse and carriage are parked on the left.

Letter - Letter from Roy Payne of Royal Albert Hall to Frank Wright, 13 July 1970

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

A single page typed letter containing the logo of the Royal Albert Hall with handwritten additions. This was written to Frank Wright whilst in hospital by the Assistant Manager of Royal Albert Hall, Roy Payn, thanking him for the donation given by the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

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

Additions are handwritten in blue pen.

Certificate - Attendance Certificate from Ballarat Teachers' College 60 year reunion.

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

Marbled yellow A4 sheet with certificate for Ballarat Teachers' College 60 Year reunion printed on it.

Historical information

Ballarat Teachers' College was a predecessor of Federation University.

Booklet - School of Mines (and Junior Technical School) Ballarat Students' Dirgerie, c1924

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

Blue soft covered book of songs including the Ballarat School of Mines yell, the Ballarat Junior Technical School Yell, and other songs. 20.5 x

Inscriptions & Markings

Singed on front cover E.J. Tippett 1924

Photograph - Ballarat Teachers' College Staff and Second Year Students, 1955

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

Ballarat Teachers' College staff and Second Year Students.

Photograph - Colour - University of Ballarat Volunteer Tutor Program Graduation, 2009

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

A number of photographs of the presentation of certificates to graduates of the University of Ballarat Volunteer Tutor Program. The event was held in the Brewery Complex, SMB Campus.

Book - A Survey of British Industrial Arts, 1935

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

Red hard covered book including chapters on interior decoration, furniture, woodwork, carpets, textiles, metalwork, lighting, heating, pottery, and glass. Formerly Book R528 in the Ballarat Technical Art School Library.

Artwork - print - 'Sturt-street, Ballarat', 1880

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

Framed, handcoloured print of Sturt Street Ballarat. The building with a tower and flag is the Ballarat Town Hall, and in front of that is the Burke and Wills Fountain.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten verso: "Donated by College intake on '66, '68 (ITC, TPTC) after 21st reunion held here in August '86."

Scientific Instrument - Transformer or Voltage Switch

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

Transformer with switch for different voltage settings. Globe connected to unit. Universal transformer

Historical information

Transformer with switchable voltage. Voltage ranges from 110 to 240. This means it can be in different countries. It has a 6 volt input for light/lamp. Made in 1940s. The core of the transformer is laminated steel, each layer insulated to stop from over heating. The transformer is still in working order.

Image - Ballart School of Mines - Ballarat Institute of Adanced Education with Compliments Card, c1972

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

Book - Education Gazette, 1945 and 1946

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

Photograph - Colour - Former Union Bank of Australia, Ballarat, 2015

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

Photograph of a former bank building in Lydiard Street South, Ballarat, and a plaque.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque "1857-1957 This tablet commemorates the opening on 1st July 1857 of the Ballarat branch of the Union Bank of Australia Limited. These premises housed the branch until 30th September 1951 when the Union Bank of Australia Limited was merged with the Bank of Australiasia to form Australia and New Zealand Bank Limited."

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat SChool of Mines Hockey - Boys versus Girls

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

Black and white photograph of hockey players on White Flat Oval. Some boys are dressed as girls.

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

Photographs - Washed Away Bridge at Garibaldi

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

Three black and white photographs showing flood damage to the bridge over the Leigh River at Garibaldi, plus a photocopy of a newspaper clipping from The Argus December 1933 describing the extent of the flood damage. .1) shows blue stone buttress and collapsed bridge/road. .2) mirror image of above .3) unknown man waling an a girder of the Garibaldi bridge .4) photocopy of newspaper clipping about flood damage from The Argus December 1933

Historical information

Newspaper clipping documents deputations to the Minister of Public Works for grants to be made available for repairs to bridges and roads damaged by heavy flooding in 1933, in particular, the replacement of a stone and concrete bridge over the Leigh River at Garibaldi in the Buninyong Shire. The concrete slabs were still in the water in the 1960s/70s or even later.

Inscriptions & Markings

Damage by Floods: Bridges washed away (The Argus December 1933)

Correspondence - Letters from the Repatriation Commission, 1948

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

Three letters between the Commonweath Repatriation Commission and the Ballarat School of Mines.

Historical information

In 1948 Betty M. Whitford, Dawn E. Carey and Norreen B. Willis were studying Dressmaking at the Ballarat School of Mines.

Correspondence - Invoice from the Ballarat School of Mines to H.G. James of Mildura, 1911

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

Invoice on the letterhead of the Ballarat School of Mines and Industries. A notation has been added in ink "Enclosed please find postal note for 5/- Faithfully yours H.G. James

Book - Ballarat School of Mines Enrolment Book, 1900

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

Hardcover book with red leather spine containing the subjects undertaken by Ballarat School of Mines students in 1900.

Historical information

This book has been indexed into the 'Ballarat School of Mines Student Spreadsheet" by Ken Clements.