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

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

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

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

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

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

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Opening Hours

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

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Free entry.

Location

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

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

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

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

Significance

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

Mrs Robyn Thompson 2 September 2016 9:17 AM

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

Amanda Osborne 25 September 2016 4:28 PM

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

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7022 items

Postcard - Tivoli panorama

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

Postcard with sepia scene - panorama - on front of Tivoli.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: Tivoli Panorama con cascatelle Verso: L12 on top right hand side on stamp mark Ed. ris. Provizie - Tivoli on left hand bottom corner I., P. at bottom of centre line

Photograph - Colour - Family and friends of Elizabeth and Philip Chatham

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

Photos include Jack Crameri, Pip and Mary Coghlan, Pat Hynes, Dorothy Shinnick and Elizabeth and Phillip Chatham.

Historical information

Philip Chatham, Jack Cramer, Dorothy Shinnick, Mary Coglan and others shown at home and races.

Photograph - Federation University Mount Helen Campus A Building, 2011

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

Colour photograph of the building beside the oval at Federation University Australia Mount Helen Campus.

Historical information

This building was built for the teaching of Visual Art on the Mt Helen Campus. With the move of Visual and Performing Arts to the Camp Street Arts Academy the buildings have been repurposed.

Book - The Last Antarctic Heros by Lennard Bickel

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

Green book with titles in white font, 230 pages.

Historical information

The Last Antarctic Heros. This journey is without parallel in the annals of polar expedition....a task almost beyond human endurance. Lennard Bickel has made a career of writing little-known epics of human triumphs over adversity, triumphs that have brought benefit to mankind.

Photograph - Black and White - Harvest Time, Nunn's Property - Chepstowe, 1945

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

Framed black and white photograph showing Eddie Nunn and Les Burt going off to mow hay on Nunn's property, Chepstowe.

Historical information

According to the donor these image copies were used in an exhibition, and distributed at the conclusion. The originals are thought to be in the collection of Snake Valley HIstorical Society.

Booklet - Federal Referendums: The Case For and Against, 12/02/1913

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

Grey soft covered book of 80 pages. The book outlines the textural alterations and additions proposed for the referendum to be held on Saturday 31 May 1913.

Historical information

R.C. Oldham was the Chief Electoral Officer for the Commonwealth

Photograph - sepia - Chatham-Holmes Collection: Unknown locations

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

Very faded sepia photographs

Booklet - University of Ballarat Master of Nursing Graduate Diploma of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing

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

Blue soft covered booklet relating to the University of Ballarat Master of Nursing Graduate Diploma of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing (Postregistration)

Photograph - Little Gem tintype - Portrait of a Man

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

.4) A tintype portrait of a man, attached to a card.

Historical information

The tintype (or ferrotype or Melainotype) was produced on metallic sheet (not, actually, tin) instead of glass. The plate was coated with collodion and sensitized just before use. It was introduced by Adolphe Alexandre Martin in 1853. The most common size was about the same as the carte-de-visite, 5.5cm x 9.0cm, but both larger and smaller ferrotypes were made. The smallest were "Little Gem" tintypes, about the size of a postage-stamp, made simultaneously on a single plate in a camera with 12 or 16 lenses. They were often produced by travelling photographers, and were cheaper than Ambrotypes so made photography available to working classes, not just to the more well-to-do. The print would come out laterally reversed (as one sees oneself in a mirror). Being quite rugged, tintypes could be sent by post. Tintypes were eventually superseded by gelatin emulsion dry plates in the 1880s, though street photographers in various parts of the world continued with this process until the 1950s. (Above information abridged from http://www.rleggat.com/photohistory/history/tintype.htm) The firm of Gove and Allen opened in Sydney in 1880 and were responsible for the belated popularizing of the gem tintype in Australia. The firm traded as both The American Gem Studio and The American Studio. Others franchises were opened in Melbourne, Ballarat and Sandhurst (Bendigo). The Sandhurst branch closed in 1882 and Adelaide in 1884. All Gove and Allen studios had ceased trading by 1885. The studio addresses were: 23 King William St, Adelaide; 324 George St, Sydney; 95 Swanston St, Melbourne; Howard Place, Sandhurst; 7 Queen St, Brisbane; The card mounts used in Gove and Allen studios in Australia are identical to those used in America. They were initially made of plain white card with embossing around the oval image opening in the mount while some also had simple geometric and floral printed designs as well. Although Gove and Allen studios produced the majority of gem tintypes in Australia, other studios offered them including: - London, American & Sydney Photo Company, 328 George St, Sydney; - David Edelsten, 55 & 57 Bourke St, Melbourne; - Burman's Portrait Rooms, St. George's Hall, 209 Bourke St, Melbourne; - Bell's Gem Portrait Studio, 57 Bourke St East, Melbourne; - R. H. Kenny, Bridge St, Ballarat; - Marinus W. Bent, Sandhurst (Bendigo); - George Fisher, Victoria; - Anson Brothers, Hobart Town. (Abridged information from http://members.ozemail.com.au/~msafier/photos/tintypes.html)

Book - Laboratory Instructions in Assaying and Practical Chemistry

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

Red hard covered book of 203 pages. Contents include practical assaying, principles of qualitative Analysis, Volumetric analysis, alcohol tables, atomic weights, apparatus for Assay Plant.

Historical information

This book is an authorised textbook for New Zealand Schools of Mines.

Inscriptions & Markings

frontispage is signed in pencil "H.J. Robertson"

Photograph - Black and White - Kenneth Joynson Flecknoe

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

Black and white photograph of Kenneth Flecknoe.

Historical information

Kenneth Joynson Flecknoe joined the Ballarat School of Mines Council on 16 April 1975, and was elected Vice-President on 15 July 1979, and became its eleventh president in 1981. His time on Council was one of rapid chance for the School, from separation of the tertiary division and the Junior Technical School to the development of TAFE. Six major capital projects were completed and buildings opened during Ken Flecknoe's time as President, as well as significant refurbishment and development across the School.

Booklet - History of the Port Phillip Gold Mining Company

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

Yellow soft covered booklet

Booklet - Ballarat Teachers' College Song Book

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

1 blue covered Ballarat Teachers' College Books. Includes a photograph of Monica Millar in the front inside cover.

Historical information

Students at the Ballarat Teachers' College would sing the songs in the songbook regularly. 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. The building used by the Teachers' College was the original bluestone building facing Doveton Street South. 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.)

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover 'Monica Miller' autographs in inside book pages from the reunion on 1. 9. 1960 of BTC 1930

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat Technical School Form 3E -1970

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

Engineering drawing - 'Friction Clutch'

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

Student's technical drawing

Scientific Instrument - Plane Table

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

A wooden platform used in surveying equipped with a 2.7 cm diameter dowel at each end that would hold the charts/papers in position. A spherical mount on the underside, designed to match the receptacle on top of the tripod - Item 04129.

Historical information

Used at the Ballarat School of Mines in Surveying classes. It was used in conjunction with Item 04129 - Collapsible leg surveying instrument, tripod, and at times with Item 4127 - Tripod location chains.

Inscriptions & Markings

Manufacturer's stamp underneath.

Scientific Instrument - Quadrant letter scales

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

Set of Quadrant Letter Scales, black metal legs with brass platform and pendulum, scale to 18oz

Historical information

Used in admin office to weigh parcels

Inscriptions & Markings

On dial - "Concav"

Certificate - Death Certificate for William Henry Middleton

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

Large yellow death certificate

Historical information

William H. Middleton was a Master Plumber and President of the Ballarat School of Mines. He died on 01 June 1940 at Novar Hospital. His father, Edward Middleton, was a miner, and his mother was Emily Tadman. William Middleton was buried at the Ballaarat Old Cemetery on 03 June 1940.

Document - Speech Notes by Frank Wright, 8 July 1970

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

4 pages of handwritten notes by Frank Wright. Page 1 contains a 'Speech of welcome to Joan Hammond when she was resented with the Sir Charles Santley Award by the Worshipful Company of Musicians' on 8 July 1970. The final three pages are a report by Frank as the Chairman of the Committee to the Court of the Worshipful Company of Musicians at the same meeting.

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

All handwritten notes.

Booklet - A History of Ballarat Libraries

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

Red Soft covered booklet of 63 pages. Includes an images of the Academy of Art in Camp Street

Historical information

The author, Austin McCallum was the Chief Librarian at Ballarat for a number of years, and started the Australiana Collection. He was highly involved with Ballarat history.

Documents - Reports - Reports and articles relating to Big Cats

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

Research documents relating to reports into big cats and other animals of Australian Folklore. (1) Acclimatizing the World: A history of the Paradigmatic Colonial Science by Michael A. Osborne. (.2) A novel microsatellite (STR) marker for forensic identification of big cats India by Anju Singh et al. (.3) The Feral Cat by Ian Mahood (.4) Report Re Faeces Suspected to Be from a Big Cat by David Cass (.5) Indentification of Leopard, Panthera Pardus, in South Eastern Australia by Analysis of DNA from Hairs by Stephen Frankenberg and david Cass. (.6) David Cass's Story by David Cass (.7) Animal calls mistaken for big cats- Graeme Ambrose (.8) Review of Cat Ecology & Management Strategies in Australia - Elizabeth Denny and Christopher Dickman (.9) Ecology of the Feral Cat, Felis catus (L.), in South eastern Australia. III.*Home ranges and Population ecology in Semiarid North-West Victoria -Evan Jones and Brian Coman. (.10) Feeding Ecology and population Dynamics of the feral cat (Felis Catus) in relation to the availability of prey in central-eastern New South Wales - Robyn Molsher, Alan Newsome and Chris Dickman. (.11) Thylaine associated with the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales - R.N. Paddle. Australian Animal Folklore Collection

Historical information

The articles were used for research into Australian Animal Folklore.

Report - Township of Maldon Tourism Development Strategy, 1992

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

Report compiled by four students of Tourism at Ballarat University College (later Federation University Australia)

Document - Crown Lands in Villiers and Westward Counties, 1856-7

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

Blue foolscap printed Government document lon Crown lands in Villiers and Westward Counties. It inlcudes the return shoiung number of acres of land sold and the amount received for same.

Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright at 6 Pleasant Street North, Ballarat, 1923

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

Black and white photograph of a man standing standing on a path beside the wall and windows of a house. The man is dressed in a suit and is holding a cornet. The place is 6 Pleasant Street, North Ballarat and 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 is pen on the back - Frank Wright 21, 6 Pleasant St N. Ballarat, Taken by Vernon Holt, Jan 1923

Correspondence - Reference from the Ballarat School of Mines for Ong Gim Sen, 1966

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

Carbon copy reference from E.J. (Jack) Barker, Principal of the Ballarat School of Mines for student Siah Yok Lin.

Artwork - Blueline sketch

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

Newspaper - The English and Chinese Advertiser, 28 November 1857

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

Four page Ballarat newspaper written in English and Chinese

Album - Coloured photographs take of reunions of the 1949 Ballarat Teachers' College.

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

Album of coloured photographs take at the 25th, 40th and 45th reunions of the 1949 Ballarat Teachers' College, as well as as some photographs of some rose blooms that was important to the attendees because it was named the forty niner rose. Some of the photographs are original others are photocopies.

Historical information

Ballarat Teachers' College was a predecessor of Federation University

Image - Judge John Warrington Rogers

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

Portrait of Judge J.W. Rogers.

Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright in the Soldiers Memorial Band uniform

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

Two black and white photographs of a man dressed in a band uniform leaning against the ornate wrought iron railings of a brick house. The man is Frank Wright and the uniform is of the Soldiers Memorial Band in Ballarat.

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.