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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)
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.

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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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Magazine - Extra Muros, 1959

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

A black and white soft covered magazine of the Ballarat Teachers' College. The cover design was by Doug Sheen. Articles include: education in North Borneo, Webster St Hostel, Gillies Street Girls Hostel, Victoria Street Hostel, Camp Street Hostel, Gillies Street Boys Hostel, Ex-Students' association, The Joys of caravaning, How to Spend One's Leisure, Ideas from the Design Club, Faces Behind the Wheel, Life's Bitterness, Characterization, Such is Life.

Historical information

The Publications Committee were Ken McDougall, Kath Hayes, Brian Haig, Sue Tucker, heather Bell, Dawn Brown, Ian george, elizabeth Lemmon, Janette Leviston, Leah Harwood, Tony scanlon. Mal Wordsworth. Ian Walshe. The Year Book Committee were Carmel Keys, Judy Krahe, Jill Mayo, and Mr Ryan was the staff representative. The Students' representative council for 1959 were J. O'Neill, I. Ferguson, I. Jenkins, E.Davies, B. Matthews, M. Robinson, R. Cummings, B. Vandenberg, N. Wright, D. McKimmie, K. McDougall, D. Eldridge, N. Beacham, K. Ryrie, J. Rae and D. Wise. The social committee comprised R. Power, G. Briggs, D. Ryan, G. Wallace, V. Delbridge, S. Dawe, Miss Lloyd, Mr Bourke, R. Kelly, M. Grey, J. Cadzow, E. Davies, Monica Miller, G. Commons and F. Mason.

Photograph - Black and White - School of Mines Ballarat Hockey Team 1940

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

Black and white formal photograph of School of Mines Ballarat Hockey Team 1940. Names L. George, H. Patterson, U. Chisholm, B. Robertson, A. Howard, L. McPherson, J. McCarthy, M. Kerr, L. Stephens, L. Halliday, J. Martin, A. Janetski, J. Daniel, J. Horsey.

Historical information

Ballarat School of Mines is a predecessor of Federation University

Inscriptions & Markings

on back in pencil "1940"

Photograph - Colour - Memorial to Francis Davis in the grounds of Federation University, SMB Campus, 2012

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

A number of photographs of a tree and marble plaque in the grounds of the Ballarat School of Mines. It was a memorial to Francis Davis, a former student of the Ballarat Junior Technical School, who died on active service during World War One.

Historical information

Francis Gordon Davis was born in Ballarat on 09 August 1899. He is the only former student of the Ballarat Junior Technical School who was killed on service during World War One. Davis enlisted into the Australian Flying Corps, Laverton, on 12 April 1918 at which time he was 18 and 8 months and served as a second class Air Mechanic. His service number was 3310. He died accidentally from shock resulting from an accident resulting from skidding a Leyland Motor Lorry at Leighterton, Tetbury, Gloucester, England on 28 January 1919 and is buried in Grave 6 in the Soldiers Corner of the Leighterton Cemetery. Francis Davis was accorded a full military funeral, firing party, bugler and pallbearers. The coffin was draped in the Union Jack and surmounted in several beautiful wreathes sent from his brother 2/A.M. E.H. Davis (A.F.C Leighterton), officer of the A.F.C. Leighterton, Gloucester, Cadets of A.F.C. and many other personal friends of the deceased. The "Last Post" was sounded at the graveside, and the Rev. Major K.D. Norman C. of E. A.I.F. officiated. The grave was to be turfed and an oak cross erected by the A.I.F. London. Administrative Headquarters A.I.F. London were represented at the funeral. (http://bih/index.php/Francis_G._Davis) In June 1922 Alfred Davis, the father of Francis Davis, planted a tree in the grounds of the Ballarat Junior Technical School in honour of hos son. It was the first tree of six planted in the grounds of the Ballarat School of Mines on Arbor Day 1922. Speaking of the planting of the tree by Mr Davis the Chief Secretary (Mr M. Baird M.L.A.), said he trusted the memory would ever remain green at the school. Had he and others not given their lives nothing that we could have done to-day could have retrieved the time. Australians had indeed done splendidly, but they should take a wider outlook than Australia, and reading the history of the Genoa Conference he had been struck by what had been done ... We should honor such men as he in whose memory that tree was planted, and the schools that sent them out to fight for us. He hoped the empire would always be able to produce such men, so that the Empire would always be able to lead the World's struggle for the benefit of humanity. The last post was then sounded by Mr. H. Green. ... (Ballarat Courier, 19 June 1922)

Photograph - Bells Beach, c2005

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

Plans (copy) - 'Proposed new Premises at Horsham for Paterson's Furniture Pty Ltd' by Herbert L. Coburn

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

Copy of 2 plans for a proposed double storey building at Horsham for Paterson's Furniture Pty Ltd.: .1) Ground and first floor plans .2) Elevations

Historical information

Ballarat born Herbert L. Coburn grew up to be a renowned Ballarat architect, practising from 1905 to 1956. He taught Architecture and Building Construction at the Ballarat School of Mines (SMB) from 1918, resigning in 1948 due to ill health.

Photograph - Colour - Paris Souvenir photographs

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

Seven coloured photographs showing scenes of Paris, France .1) Arc deTriomphe .2) Napoleon's Grave .3) Avenue des Champs Elysees .4) Corner view .5) Exhibition Building .6) Looking up Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe .7) New Concert Hall

Photo - Ballarat School of Mines Ball, 1965

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

A black and white photograph of a number of young adults at a long table at the Ballarat School of Mines Ball.

Photograph - Black and White - Volunteer Military Force, Fort Queenscliff

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

Mounted photograph of 20 men in uniform posing in front of a weatherboard building (probably at Fort Queenscliff)

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat Ladies Pipe Band

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

Black and White photograph of Ballarat Ladies Pipe Band marching.

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)

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back owner has written, Ballarat City Oval. Pipe Band Competitions. Judges McLennan - Pipes, W/CMD Slight - CO of RAAF Camp Ballarat, F/LT Gleghorn - RAAF

Book - Prodromus of the Palaeontology of Victoria

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

A Paperback cover book. Decade v. Title is written in black on front cover and on title page. At head of title: Geological Survey of Victoria. Illustrations, plates in b/w; 41 p. It includes figures and descriptions of Victorian Organic Remains and contents of Decades on back cover.

Historical information

This publication consists of many Decades which contain "figuers and descriptions of the fossil organic remains to be used for the determination of the geological ages of the different geological formations of the country." (p. 3). Frederick McCoy was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1817. He was a Professor of Natural Sciences, University of Melbourne 1854-1899. McCoy lectured in geology, zoology, chemistry, mineralogy, geography and botany. In 1858 He became the Director of the National Museum of Victoria and the President of the Royal Society of Victoria in 1864. In 1888, McCoy was awarded FRS for work in Palaeontology in Ireland, England and Australia. He died in his office while correcting examination papers in 1899.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped Ballarat East Public Library"

Photograph - Colour - University of Ballarat Council, 1995

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

20 members of the University of Ballarat Council are photographed. Back row left to right: David Fisken, William H. McGregor, Professor David E. Caro, P.J. Kennedy, I.S. Ferguson, David H. Haymes Middle row left to right: Trevor R. Hastings, Rex Hollioake, Stephen Bracks, Dick De Fegely, B.K. Dixon, Stafford McKnight, Robert T. Morell Back row left to right: Nina Valentine, Janet M. Tawney (Blythe), David W. James, Geoffrey N. Blainey, William J. Pryor, T.L. Williams, H.J. Williamson

Photograph - Colour - Federation University Students Walking, c2005

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

Student walk on a mountain top.

Map - Geological - Gaspereau Lake, Nova Scotia: Glacial and Till Clast Geology: Map 94-14

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

Large coloured map depicting different areas and deposits. Includes a legend, symbols used, mineral abbreviations and alteration abbreviations.

Historical information

Produced by Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Branches. The Minister of the Department was the Honourable Donald R Downe and the Deputy Minister was Darrell D Hiltz

Inscriptions & Markings

Symbols

Plan - Ballarat Railway Plan, 1860

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

Photocopy of the Melbourne to Ballarat via Geelong Railway plan. The section is the area adjoining Bakery Hill, Ballarat. The plan shows the Yarrowee River, central Ballarat, Government Camp, Imperial Hotel, Union Hotel, Crown hotel, electric Telegraph line, Eureka Lead, Black Hill Lead, Ballaarat Old Cemetery., Bank of Australasia.

Historical information

This plan was created by the Railway Department, Victoria.

Implement - Machine Wheel with Mandrel

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

Iron frame with handle. Vice section for attaching to bench. Mandrel for shaping

Historical information

A mandrel (/ˈmændrɪl/; also mandril or arbor) is one of the following: * a round object against which material can be forged or shaped; or * a flanged or tapered or threaded bar that grips a workpiece to be machined in a lathe. A flanged mandrel is a parallel bar of a specific diameter with an integral flange towards one end, and threaded at the opposite end. Work is gripped between the flange and a nut on the thread. A tapered mandrel (often called a plain mandrel) has a taper of approximately 0.005 inches per foot and is designed to hold work by being driven into an accurate hole on the work, gripping the work by friction. A threaded mandrel may have a male or female thread, and work which has an identical thread is screwed onto the mandrel.

Photograph - Black and White - Michael Wilson

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

Photograph of Michael Wilson standing beside a shelf of hand thrown pots.

Book - Ballarat Junior Technical School ledger for materials and activity fees, 1938-1953

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

Foolscap book listing names, teachers, material fees and Activity fees relating to the Ballarat Junior Technical School from 1939 to 1953. Teachers include J. Hosie, William Paterson, A.V. Gilpin, G.V. Bergin, A.C. Miller, R.R.F.L. Collins, J.J. Watson, J.J. Hanrahan, F.L. Collins

Historical information

The Ballarat Junior Technical School was part of Ballarat School of Mines.

Booklet - Printopics

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

Yellow soft covered booklet with work by Ballarat School of Mines Print students

Minute Book - Eureka Stockade Memorial Park Committee Minute Book

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

Red hardcovered book. The book includes the Eureka Stockade Memorial Park Committee minutes

Rocks - Petrified Wood, New South Wales

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

Historical information

From the Ballarat School of Mines.

Report - A Fourth University for Victoria

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

Blue soft covered foolscap report of 24 pages. It covers Ballarat's Claim for University Development.

Historical information

In 1973 the tertiary division of the Ballarat School of Mines was the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education, which was situated on a new campus at Mt Helen which opened in 1970.

Book - Serving Victoria. 50 Years of Service. State Electricity Commission of Victoria

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

A blue, soft covered book.

Report - Community & Organizational Plan for the Echuca/Moama Region, 1998

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

Report compiled by five students of Tourism at the University of Ballarat (later Federation University Australia).

Photograph - Black and White - Jack Barker and Education Minister Lindsay Thompson

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

Photograph - Black and white - Ballarat Junior Technical School Scholarship and Studentship winners, Captains and Prefects1926

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

Black and white image on cream mount. Thirteen males sit in three rows. They are the Ballarat Junior Technical School Scholarship and Studentship winners, Captains and Prefects for 1926

Seal Press - "E.M.U" Press

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

Black enamelled iron. E.M.U. (standing for Education Media Unit) presses onto paper Brass circular head on steel disc base.

Historical information

The press was in a show case in the Library of the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education and the the University of Ballarat. It came from the Education Media Unit.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maker's name

Object - commemorative tile - Commemorative Tile of South China Business College

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

Glazed commemorative tile of South China Business College, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. Surrounded by red wood with shaped cutouts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, South China Business School printed in gold on the back.

Stone tools - Aboriginal stone axe blank and grinding stone

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

(.1) Stone axe blank of Western Australian origin, found at Hill View Station. The tertiary rock is quartzite, a metamorphosed igneous rock, and has a red, or iron oxide colour. (.2) An oval grinding stone of Western Australian origin, found at Hill View Station. The rock is metamorphosed igneous rock, potentially greenstone. One surface has evidence of a rough depression, possibly made in preparation for sharpening of a tool or similar.

Correspondence - Correspondence of Dick Richards

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

Correspondence .1) Dick Richards to the Ross Sea Committee, 06/06/1957 .2) Letter from Wilis N. Tressler to Dick Richards, 21/12/ .3) Letter from Dick Richards to Willis N Tressler

Historical information

Dick Richards joined the Ballarat School of Mines in 1914, and soon afterwards was granted leave to join an expedition to Antartica. In 1915 he sailed from Australia with the Antarctic Exploration Expedition, led by Sir Ernest Shackleton. Prime Minister Bob Hawke wrote in 1984 'Your incredible journey of almost 2000 miles across the Antarctic Wastelands - involving some 9 months in the field with makeshift equipment - and you're adherence to duty in the face of enormous difficulty, suffering from scurvy, and the death of comrades, will; be an inspiration to your countrymen of the future as it is to us today." After returning to Australia Dick Richards resumed his work at SMB as Lecturer in Physics and Mathematics, and developed many pieces of experimental equipment. During World War Two he acted as a scientific adviser in the production of optical apparatus in Australia. In 1946 he was appointed Principal and twelve years later he retired after a total of 44 years service.

Photo - Jodie Lowe, 1999

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

Photograph of Jodie Flag standing at University of Ballarat (now Federation University Australia), in from of the Australian and Aboriginal flags flying on tall flagpoles.

Historical information

Jodie Lowe was born in Ballarat but her Aboriginal origins are the Gundtjmara people of south-west Victoria. While working as a Support Office at the University of Ballarat Aboriginal Education Centre she received the 1999 Victorian Young Achiever Award. The achievement was written up on the Koori Mail in July 1999.