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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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5170 items with images

Costume - Ballarat School of Mines Blazer

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

Green woollen, unlined blazer with embroidered emblem on breast pocket. The edges are bound including the three pockets and the sleeve cuff 9 cm from the edge. There are three green buttons at the front. The internal edges are bound and there is tape stitched to the inside where the top of the side and breast pockets are stitched.

Historical information

The School of Mines was established in 1870 in Ballarat, making it Australia's third oldest tertiary institution. Redmond Barry was its first president, and he was involved in the creation of university degree level courses for the school. The School of Mines was divided into a tertiary division and a technical division. The tertiary division provided higher education courses such as mining engineering, geology, education and business studies, while the technical division provided such programs as wool classing, plumbing and bricklaying.It remained in that form until the 1967 when it was split into three institutions, Ballarat School of Industries, Ballarat Technical School, and Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education. They remained three entities until 1976. Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education merged into Ballarat College of Advanced Education. The Ballarat School of Industries and Ballarat Technical School merged into the School of Mines and Industries, Ballarat (SMB) in 1976. Several entities merged or had arrangements with SMB. In 1994, a memo of understanding (MOU) was signed between SMB and the Ararat Technical School, which was founded in 1969. Then, in 1998, SMB and the Horsham-based Wimmera Institute of TAFE (1984), dating back to 1882, merged into the University of Ballarat to create a larger University.

Inscriptions & Markings

Embroidered patch on breast pocket. Makers woven tags.

Photograph - Black and White - Keith Rash

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

Photgraphic portrait of Keith Rash.

Photograph - Black and White - Band Contest at Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand, 1940

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

1). Black and white photograph of an oval and spectators in the foreground and houses beyond the far fence, with mountains in the distance. On the oval are several bands in different areas. The place is Basin Reserve, Wellington and the occasion is the band contest. 2). Newspaper photograph and caption of an oval with spectators in the foreground and brass bands formed in a square around a raised platform on which is standing the conductor. The place is Wellington and the conductor 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 (the GLC or Greater London Council), where he organized many amazing concerts in most of the 150 parks, in and around the London district. He was also responsible for some of London’s major concerts at Kenwood, the Crystal Palace and Holland Park. 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

1). Written in pencil on the back - Band contest at Basin Reserve Wellington, Feb 1940 2). Written in pencil on left side - Free Lance Feb 1940

Photograph - Black and White - Jeff Coward with a Reichert Microscope, late 1940s

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

Jeff Coward looks through a Reichert microscope set up on a table at the Ballarat School of Mines

Historical information

The image was taken in the Ballarat School of Mines Metallurgy Laboratory at Lydiard Street, before moving to Mount Helen Campus in 1970.

Postcard - black and white - Versailles

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

Black and white postcard showing Versailles, France.

Historical information

This postcard was most probably sent to Australia by an Australian soldier during World War One.

Image - University of Ballarat Coat of Arms

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

An image of the University of Ballarat Heraldic Device as depicted on the front cover of the University of Ballarat 1999 Annual report, and the transparent representation from the inside of the same report.

Historical information

The University of Ballarat was granted a Coat of Arms from the College of Arms in London. The grant has five parts: the Shield, the Crest, the Supporters, the Motto and the Badge. The origin of the University Arms is based on the history of the University and its antecedents. The earlier institutions include the School of Mines and Industries, the Ballarat Teachers' College and its successor, the State College of Victoria at Ballarat. Significance A Coat of Arms signifies the heraldic achievements of an individual or community. The University of Ballarat's Coat of Arms symbolises the golden past of the City of Ballarat and the former institutions, the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat Ltd and the Ballarat Teachers' College, which came together to form the University. At the same time, the motto 'dare to be different', presents a challenge to everyone in both the University and the region to strive for new ways of achieving.

Significance

A Coat of Arms signifies the heraldic achievements of an individual or community. The University of Ballarat's Coat of Arms symbolises the golden past of the City of Ballarat and the former institutions, the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat Ltd and the Ballarat Teachers' College, which came together to form the University. At the same time, the motto 'dare to be different', presents a challenge to everyone in both the University and the region to strive for new ways of achieving.

Book - Anderson's Fairy Tales Illustrated

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

Hard covered brown book of fairy tales illustrated with nearly 100 full page and other engravings.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bookplate presented to Mary Holmes 1st prize in Spelling and Writing S.S. Ascot 1900 P. Scott. H.T.

Photograph (black & White) - Major-General R. Clements - South Africa

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

Individual image from photographed poster of tobacco and cigarette cards.

Historical information

Major General R.A.P. Clements was the commander of the British brigade in the Battle of Nooitgedacht, 1900. This battle was against the Boer commandos led by Generals Koos de la Rey and Christiaan Beyers during the Second Boer War. The British were defeated and suffered many losses. Clements and the remnant of his brigade rode off towards Pretoria.Thanks to his quick response to the crisis, Clements was able to save his brigade from complete annihilation.

Artwork - Artwork from the Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1934

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

Artwork by students of the Ballarat Technical Art School from the 1934 Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine .1) Stairs to the Ballarat Junior Technical School from Grant Street .2) Caricatures by Nornie Gude .3) work by Colin S. Hunt .4) A girl and a rooster by Gilda Gude .5) Self Portrait .6) Main entrance to the Ballarat Technical Art School by Lorna Bailey .7) Artwork from the magazine

Historical information

Sir Alexander Peacock opened the Ballarat Technical Art School in July 1915. It cost 10,000 pounds and was constructed by the Public Works Department from plans drawn by the then Art School Principal, Herbert H. Smith. The building contractors were Messrs Gower and Eddards. According to the SMB Annual Report of 1914 'the internal upholstering and fittings have all been carried out in Australian timbers, with Queensland maple largely used throughout.' Before this building was constructed art and craft classes were held in various buildings around Ballarat. The building could be described as federation-art deco in style. It features sandstone insertion with sandstone string coursing. The base of the building is rusticated sandstone. The relief stone panel on the front with the words "Technical Art School" features stone pilaster brackets and corbels. In the centre front can be seen rectangular sandstone pediment with decorative stonework incorporating the date of construction. The windows in the lower floor feature five supporting keystones whereas the upper windows have sandstone lintels. The building also features decorative cast iron downpipes. The entrance on the northern side has attractive leadlight glazing in an art deco style. Above the door a miner's lamp and pick are featured in the design. The building is functional in design with large metal windows in the south wall to ensure good light into the studios. The northern wall has standard double hung windows. The interior of the building features a carved wooden staircase and cast iron ceiling vents. The rear drawing studios can be made into one large studio by opening panelled timber doors. This opening features classical plaster pilasters with a pediment above. This building is now the Gribble Building on the Federation University Australia SMB Campus.

Postcard - photographic - Joe Fawcett and Jack Nase

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

Image of two Australian soldiers in uniform during World War One. They are Joe Fawcett and Jack Nase.

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso: "Joe Fawcett and Jack Nase"

Photocopy of Photograph - Black and White - Copy of photo taken at Crow's Nest, Queenscliff

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

Photocopy of black and white photograph from the Ballarat Teachers' College taken at Crow's Nest, Queenscliff.

Historical information

Crows Nest was a Government owned camp in Queenscliff that was used by the Ballarat Teacher's College

Book - 'Manual of Orchestration' by Hamilton Clarke

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

Red hard covered book, 100 pages, with gold lettering title on cover

Historical information

Percy Code was the elder son of Edward Thomas Code, one of Australia's foremost bandmasters of the early 1900s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Edwd. Code Elsternwick 1891 (left hand side front end paper) 15 27 9 14 33 (right hand front end paper), Some pencil markings inside near text

Image - Black and White - Union Anglican Church, Scotsburn, c1956

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

Image of the Anglican church at Elaine.

Medallion - Ballarat School of Mines Reunion Medallion, 2005

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

Medallion in a blue back with yellow pull string.

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso: "SMB 1943-44 Science School Class Reunion 24/4/2005"

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat College of Advanced Education: Engineering Student

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

Colour photograph mounted on board

Historical information

Photograph of student of electrical engineering at Mt Helen - E Building

Scientific Objects - Test Tubes

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

Box of plastic test tubes, some with lids. A few other items such as a plastic pipette.

Historical information

These items were removed from a disused laboratory at Mount Helen Campus 'S' building.

Poster - Statement of Reconciliation

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

printed poster

Inscriptions & Markings

printed "Statement of Reconciliation University of Ballarat Council July 2012...."

Photograph - Black and White - Frederick Martell, c1879

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

Head and shoulder of a man with beard.He is Frederick Martell of the Ballarat School of Mines.

Historical information

Frederick J.C. Martell was born in 1912 in Geelong. He was Principal of between in 1895 and 1912, and registrar of the School from 1895 to 1914. He was an avid amateur photographer, and was involved with pioneering X-Ray demonstrations at the Ballarat School of Mines.

Document - Blank Aerogramme and envelopes

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

Three cream envelopes with a blue insignia on the top left hand corner . Three blank aerogramme sheets with a blue insignia on the top left hand corner and a blue printed stamp on the top right hand corner

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

On the three cream envelopes in the top left hand corner is a blue rectangle insignia with "By Air Mail" in it and "Par Avion" underneath it. On the three blue aerogrammes, is a Blue rectangle insignia on the top left hand corner with" By air mail air letter" in it and underneath it is" Par Avion Aerogramme" and on the reverse side is written " Senders's name and address"and down the bottom "An air letter should not contain any enclosure; if it does it will be surcharged or sent by ordinary mail"

Photograph - black and white - Iris

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

Photographic portrait of a girl

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso: Dear Mary, I am sending one of my photos and hope you will like it. Please get your taken and send me one and ask Violet and the boys also. Mother and daphne send their love to all. From Iris.

Map - Municipality of Ballarat East, 1857

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

Large map backed onto linen. The map has read and blue highlights, and identifies areas such as Mount Pleasant, Golden Point, White Flat, Nightingale, Malekoff, Old Post Office Hill, Red streak, Gumtree Flat, Old Gravelpits, Bakery Hill, Ballaarat Flat, The Camp, Specimen Gully, Pennyweight Hill, Warrenheip Gully, Gays Gully, Pennyweight Flat, Eureka, Black Hill, Pinchgut, Crocodile, Hit or Miss, Little Bendigo, Brown Hill, Mopoke, Cricket Reserve, Canadian Hotel, Ballarat East

Historical information

Gold was discovered in Ballarat in 1851. This plan was created six years later and names some of the great gold locations of Ballarat East. It also shows the locality of the Eureka Stockade (1854) and the walking tracks and roads on the Ballarat East Goldfield.

Significance

In 2007 this map was listed on the inaugural Ballarat Treasure's Register.

Document - Examination Paper - Education Department, Victoria; Examination Paper for teachers - "Theory of Teaching", 1900

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

Cream coloured printed form

Historical information

Teachers at different levels were required to sit this examintion - "Theory of Teaching". Junior teachers - Pupil and those applying for admission to training - were only required to answer the first five questions. Those sitting for the Certificate of Competency or First Class certificate were required to answer the nine questions.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printer: Robt.S. Brain, Government Printer, Melbourne

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat University College: Engineering Staff, 1991

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

Colour photograph, mounted. Names are printed at the bottom

Historical information

Staff posed on the entry steps.

Photograph (black & White) - Major-General Sir William Forbes Gatacre - South Africa

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

Individual image from photographed poster of tobacco and cigarette cards.

Scientific Instrument - Gunsight in a wooden storage Box

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

Gunsight in a wooden storage Box. An arrangement of lens contained in a 6cm diameter x 70 cm long steel tube. Contained in a polished wood box with a hinged lid. Box also holds several accessories - aperture, resisters, filters. Serial Number 173

Rocks - Rhodonite

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

Rhodonite

Historical information

From the Ballarat School of Mines.

Object - School of Mines Ballarat Lapel Badge

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

These Coat of Arms of the School of Mines Ballarat are circular lapel badges and are made of sterling silver and enamel. The circular disc is attached to a long pin. 1). The enamel is yellow, green and blue 2). The enamel is white, yellow, green and blue

Historical information

Tertiary education at Ballarat began with the establishment of the School of Mines in 1870, making it Australia's third oldest tertiary institution. Classes began in surveying, mathematics, chemistry and a decade later they included metallurgy, assaying and geology. The technical division provided such programs as wool classing, plumbing and bricklaying. In 1967, it was split into three separate institutions, Ballarat School of Industries, Ballarat Technical School, and Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education. Then in 1976 the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education became into Ballarat College of Advanced Education. The Ballarat School of Industries and Ballarat Technical School became the School of Mines and Industries, Ballarat (SMB). In 1998, the Ballarat School of Mines and Industries and the Horsham-based Wimmera Institute of TAFE merged with the University of Ballarat. The university merged with Monash University's Gippsland (Churchill) campus in 2013 and the merged schools are now the Federation University Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

On face - Ingenio Effodere Opes

Photograph - Black and White - The Apple Arch, Tasmania

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

Correspondence - Letter from Joan Kirner to Margaret Evans, 1989

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

Typed A4 page on Ministry of Education Letterhead.

Historical information

Joan Kirner was Deputy Premier and Minister for Education in Victoria. Joan Kirner (Hood) taught at Ballarat Girls' Technical School.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by Joan E. Kirner

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat School of Mines Staff, 1915

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