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

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

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

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

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

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

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Opening Hours

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

Entry Fee

Free entry.

Location

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

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

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

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

Significance

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

Mrs Robyn Thompson 2 September 2016 9:17 AM

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

Amanda Osborne 25 September 2016 4:28 PM

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

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Book - Geological Gossip or Stray Chapters on Earth and Ocean, 1860

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

Brown hard covered book. Chapter 16 is on gold deposits and discusses the discovery of gold in California and Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brown hard covered book

Plan - Haddon County of Grenville, 1887

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

Parish Plan of Haddon showing the township of Haddon, Cardigan and Haddon State Forest, Lake Burrumbeet and Nentingbook Pre-emptive Right. Names on the allotments include H. Cuthbert, B. Hepburn, T.W. Lloyd, J. Palmer, E.A. Wynne, William Collard Smith, A. Porteous, P. Russell, J. Mitchell, G. Rennie

Inscriptions & Markings

handwritten 'J. H. Cunningham Applic'

Correspondence - Correspondence relating to Dick Richards, Hilda Wardle and Allan Richardson.

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

Correspondence relating to Dick Richards, Hilda Wardle and Allan Richardson.

Historical information

Dick Richards was the former Principal at the Ballarat School of Mines, and member of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition.

Inscriptions & Markings

“He [Dick] was a friend of my mother (then Hilda Allan Wardle) … and his wife, Dorothy, was, I understand a cousin of my mother. …” Dick Richards responds “Hilda was a great friend of both myself and my former wife.”

Correspondence - Documents relating to the Ballarat School of Mines, 1872

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

A number of documents and letters relating to the Ballarat School of Mines in 1873. .34) Letter from Gavin Duffy accepting the office of Governor of the Ballarat School of Mines, 12 April 1872.

Historical information

The Ballarat School of Mines was established to educate in the branches of the science related to mining. The aim was to 'make the School thoroughly practical and accessible to all parties' by establishing both day and evening classes with the resident master assisted by Professors, Lecturers and Examiners of the highest scientific attainments.

document - Letter to Frederick Martell of the Ballarat School of Mines

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

Handwritten letter in ink, with black mourning boarder

Historical information

letter to Mr Martell

Document - Ballarat School of Mines Memorandum of Association, 1990

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

.1) Roneoed 17 page copy of the Ballarat School of Mines Memorandum of Association on foolscap paper. The certificate of association is signed by H. Hoskin, and the legal document was prepared by Thomas Matthews Paul of Nevett & Nevett. A number of men were listed, along with their addresses, as being desirous of forming the Memo of Association. The names are Andrew Anderson, Richard Taylor Cale, James Milihinch Bickett, Richard Madden, Horatio Arthur Nevett, John Nankilville Dunn, George Buchanan, Samuel Ernest Figgis, Frank Herman, James Thomas, James Thomas Mitchell, William Morrison, Robert Scott, James Dyer Woolcott, James Lonie, Robert Ernest Williams, Walter Henry Cornell, William Henry Middleton, Henry Robert Salmon, Joseph Stanley Vickery, George Henry Fitches, William Henry Sewell, .2) Roneoed copy of the Gordon Institute of Technology Memorandum of Association on foolscap paper.

Newspapers - The Courier

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

There are five couriers 05/01/1987 07/01/1987 08/01/1987 09/01/1987 10/01/1987 12/01/1987 One copy of the Age 12/01/1987

Historical information

Desmond Tutu

Inscriptions & Markings

Articles on the visit of Desmond Tutu

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1943

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

Black, green and gold soft covered magazine of 62 pages including advertisements. Artworks Mr Ferguson - By Beryl Grinter Miss Will - By Beryl Grinter Mr Tern - By Ruth Mole Editor - By Margaret Dark Digger - By Joan Walter Kangaroos - By Margaret Dark Lake Wendouree (Fairyland) - By Marion Beckwith Trees at Lake Wendouree - By John Lannen SMB - So much better - By Max Coward Miss Grigg - By Joan Walter Margaret By Joy Martin Head Study from Life - By Ruth Mole Joan - By Margaret Dark Study from Nature - By Beryl Grinter Muriel - By Ruth Mole Carrol - By Ruth Mole Murrell - By Beryl Grinter Betty - By Ruth Mole Kath - By Ruth Mole Pat - By Margaret Dark Betty - By Joan Walter Dorothy - By Joan Walter Margaret - By Margaret Dark Jeanie - By Joan Walter Lois - By Margaret Dark Peanut - By Beryl Grinter Curly - By Ruth Mole Joan - By Patricia Allan Alison - By Ruth Mole June - By Ruth Mole Ice Cream - By Margaret Dark Wright - By Beryl Grinter Willian - By Margaret Dark Duke - By Margaret Dark Redfern - By Beryl Grinter Tilgner - By Beryl Grinter Walla - By Joan Walter Fumbrey - By Joan Walter Coad - By Margaret Dark Fletcher - By Ruth Mole Legs - By Joan Walter

Historical information

List of Full Course Students' 1943, Editorial, News, Obituary, News and Notes, The Literary Society, Fumes from the Lab, Arts & Crafts Gossip, Sport, Commercial Notes, The Junior Techs

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed on front cover by "H. Yates".

Booklet - University of Ballarat Master of Health Services Management & Bachelor of Nursing (Postregistration)

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

White soft covered booklet of 14 pages covering the University of Ballarat Master of Health Services Management & Bachelor of Nursing (Postregistration). Includes to inserts relating to Hong Kong

Historical information

The University of Ballarat was later named Federation University Australia.

Plan - Proposed Manager's Residence at Albury

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

Two plans showing front elevation and layout plans

Report - Ballarat School of Mines Principal's Monthly Report, 1916

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

4 typed foolscap page.

Photograph - Colour - Robert Hook and Zig Plavina, 2005

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

Two colour photographs of Robert Hook (left) and Zig Plavina.

Plan - Plan of the Ballarat School of Mines Applied Physics Department, 1965

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

A plan of the proposed rearrangement of the Ballarat School of Mines Physics Laboratory.

Images - Caricutures of Art and Craft Teachers at the Ballarat Technical Art School, c1975

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

Historical information

These five caricatures are thought to have been made by a student of the era.

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat School of Mines and Industries Honour Board for Directors and Council Presidents

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

Three colour photograph of Founders Room, and an honour board in Founders Room at the SMB Campus Administration Building. It lists the Directors, and the School Council Presidents.

Photograph - Black and White - School of Mines Ballarat: Members of Staff

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

Black and white photograph mounted on fawn card

Historical information

T Humphrey & Co were located at 264 Collins Street Melbourne in 1900.

Inscriptions & Markings

T Humphrey & Co., 264 Collins St., Melb.

Book - Decorative Work of Robert and James Adams, 1900

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

Green hard covered oversized book with 30 illustrated plates/

Photograph - Colour - Memorial to Francis Davis in the grounds of Federation University, SMB Campus, 2019

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)

Book - Principles and Practice of Electrical Engineering, 1940

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

586 black, hardcovered book on Electrical Engineering.

Photograph - Colour - Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge, 1998

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

Photograph of Philip and Elizabeth under the Barcaldine Tree. It was in the shade of this tree the Australian workers rallied and the Australian Labor Party was formed after the ramifications of the great shearers strike in 1891.

Historical information

Its twisted old trunk is gnarled, its disembowelled carcass plump with cement and now, like many outback legends, its cadaverously pale and very dead. It has stood, an unmolested leafy sentinel, over Barcaldine’s Railway Station depot since the 1880s. It was a living Australian Labor Party memorial and heritage-listed. The double centurion, Oak Street’s most senior resident, was respectfully nursed into its dotage by Barcaldine’s faithful. Countless thousands of travellers photographed it, patted it and peered up at its bushy green tops with dutiful reverence. ... And then, by an act of craven foul play, it was murdered. Allegedly. Cold, hard forensic science pronounced death by poisoning. Sometime around May Day 2007 they reckon. (Australian Travellor, November 25, 2007.)

Book - A Descriptive Catalogue of the Minerals in the Museum of the School of Mines, Ballaarat, 1882

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

Brown soft covered book of 94 pages with gold lettering on the front. The book includes a plan of the museum layout, plan of the grounds and buildings of the Ballarat School of Mines and a prefatory notice by James Oddie. It also includes handwritten notes by Curator Ferdinand Krause. .2) Business card of I.H. Barbery, engraver with F.W. Niven. The lithography of the plan of the Ballarat School of Mines at the back of the catalogue was undertaken by F.W. Niven.

Historical information

The Museum of the Ballarat School of Mines was established in 1872. The curator in 1882 was Ferdinand Krause. Prefatory Notice by James Oddie). The want of a guide through the technical collections of The School Mines has long been felt by visitors and students - a guide , not so much to those who merely 'look' at the various exhibits in the Museum, but an instructor to those who desire to take away with them some practical information on the natural occurrence and economical value of the objects exhibited. This want is being filled by the labour of Mr. Krause, whose first installment - 'A Descriptive Catalogue of the Minerals' - is herewith represented to the visiting public." Introduction to the catalogue: " The collection is still in its early growth, and far from being a complete representation of the Mineral Kingdom; many varieties, species, and even whole groups are absent. This state of incompleteness will, no doubt, be adjusted in the sequence, and progressive lists issued from time to time. 'Ad interin' the present catalogue will, be found useful to students and visitors of the School. As far as practicable, the classifications of the minerals accords with that adopted at the Royal School of Mines, London. The numbers prefixed to the species in the catalogue agree with those on the descriptive labels which accompany each specimen, and also with those attached to the specimens themselves. On the descriptive labels the chemical composition of the minerals is expressed in formulae usually employed in standard mineralogical works. Students who have note paid attention to mineralogical chemistry will note that each dot over a symbol is equivalent to one atom of oxygen, .... A bar through a symbol denotes a double atom of the base, .... " In 1882 the collection was housed in 33 cases. The catalogue outlines the specimen types housed in each case.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten inclusion of extra entries (probably by Ferdinand Krause).

Drawing Equipment - Ruler, Straight /Parallel Lines

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

Brass rule with straight edges. Mounted on grooved roller mounts. Lifting knobs at each end. Polished wooden box (blackwood) with brass hinges and clips.

Historical information

The item was a donation to Ballarat School of Mines sometime in the early forties. It was handed in to Geoff Biddington thinking it may have nostalgic relevance to the Museum Collection. He handed it on to Bill Ryan who was the collector - Museum Exhibit. The type of solid brass ruler may have been used in Drawing Offices of Consultants - Engineers, Architects, Surveyors.

Scientific Instrument - Theodolite: Serial No. 52608

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

Theodolite with internal focussing. One plate bubble level. Three levelling screws. Engraved. "Crosshair" and stodia lines. Aladide levelling bubble with top mirror. Fully rotatable telescope with gunsight. Fits tripod Catalogue Number 4107.

Book - School Boys Story Book

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

Correspondence - Girls' Preparatory Technical School, c1916

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

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Principal of the Technical Art School (Mr HH Smith) states that application for admission to the Girls' Preparatory Technical School have quite come up to his expectation and it is anticipated that the school will have a very successful opening next year. In order to give students who are undergoing examination for qualifying or merit certificates an opportunity of joinng, it has been decided to extend the date for receiving applications."

Notes - Report on the Mining Features of Portion of the Moliagul and Dunolly Districts

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

5 pages of photocopied and handwritten notes (located with 04473)

Document - Ballarat School of Mines Vision and Mission Statement, 1997

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

Framed Ballarat School of Mines Vision and Mission Statement.

List of Guests - Centenary Dinner Guest list

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

3 Foolscap size typed pages that is a list of guests attending the centenary dinner at the School of Mines, Ballarat

Historical information

The Centenary dinner was to celebrate the centenary of Technical Education in Victoria in 1970.

Document - Ballarat Technical Art School Subject Legend, c1910

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

Handwritten list of Ballarat Technical Art School subjects. This are most probably a legend for enrolments.

Historical information

The Ballarat Technical Art School was a division of the Ballarat School of Mines

Image - Buninyong, 1959 - Looking East

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