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

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

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

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

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

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Contact Information

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

Opening Hours

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

Entry Fee

Free entry.

Location

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

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

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

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

Significance

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

Mrs Robyn Thompson 2 September 2016 9:17 AM

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

Amanda Osborne 25 September 2016 4:28 PM

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

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Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Annual Report and Financial Statement, 1995

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

.1) Brown, green and orange soft covered Ballarat School of Mines Annual Report .2) Financial Statements

Booklet - Ballarat Victoria Australia: Gold Centenary

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

Soft covered book with many black and white images of Ballarat. It was the programme for the Ballaarat Centenary Celebrations in 1951.

Historical information

The book includes a brief History of Ballarat by Nathan Spielvogel.

Certificate - The School of Mines and Industries Ballaarat: Diploma Certificate (Blank)

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

Certificate on thick paper with deckled edges. Black printing.

Historical information

Form prepared for those students who have obtained their Diploma. Provision made for name of Student, course they studied, signatures of Principal, Registrar, President and Vice President of the Council. States that they have been admitted as an Associate of the School of Mines and Industries, Ballaarat.

Inscriptions & Markings

Badge of the School of Mines

Photograph - Geoffrey Blainey at the opening of the Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre, 2009

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

Geoffrey Blainey at the launch of the Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre, in the Federation University E.J Barker Library, Mount Helen Campus.

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat School of Mines Corbould Building, 1986

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

Black and white photography of a double storey brick building known as the Ballarat School of Mines Corbould Building. It houses automotive studies.

Historical information

The Corbould Building is located on the corner of Grant Street and Albert Street, Ballarat.

Image - James Esmond

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

Image of James Esmond who was the first discoverer of payable gold in Victoria.

Book - Grampians Tourist Survey - Summary Results January-December, 1991

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

White bound book of 12 pages plus 15 tables and 1 appendix.

Historical information

Grampians Tourist Survey - Summary Results January-December, 1991. Tourism & Marketing Unit, Ballarat University College, Students' Project.

Photograph - Colour - Dr Ron Wild

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

Portrait of Ron Wild, the Director of the Ballarat School of Mines.

Historical information

Ron Wild was a principal at the Ballarat School of Mines.

Photograph - Study in Light

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

A mounted black and white photographs of an apple. If you are able to provide information on the photographer or photography please use the comment box below.

Honour Board - Ballarat Junior Technical School World War I Honor Board

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

A timber honour board with names written in gold. The board was designed by H.H. Smith, Principal of the Ballarat Technical Art School. A central case holds a copy of the Victorian Education Department War Service Book.

Historical information

The Ballarat Junior Technical School (BJTS) was the junior division of the Ballarat School of Mines.The honor board was unveiled on 17 June 1922 by Sir Alexander Peacock, the Minister for Public Instruction. it was witnessed by a large gathering of parents, friends, students, past student, Albert Steane (Headmaster) and the president, Council and Staff of the Ballarat School of Mines. At the conclusion of the ceremony the junior Technical School was opened for public inspection and afternoon tea was provided by a ladies committee. The Honour Board contains 28 names and of these only one lost his life on active service. this was Francis G. Davis. After the unveiling his father, A. Davis, planted a tree in the grounds of the Junior Technical School in memory of his deceased son. The following names are on the Honour Board Adair, S.H. Allen, W.I Bennett, H.G Bernaldo, Allan Borradale, Robert Brittain, C.C.. Burge, A.A. Burrow, B.C. Carmichael, N.C. Carnegie, G Collins, H.A. Crick, R.J Cunningham, C Davis, Francis G (killed) Edwards, S.F. Frank, P.C. Gilbert, J.H. James, J.F. Leech, G.J. McGrath, D.G. McNab, J.C. Parkin, R. Paterson, W.J Ronaldson, L.A. Shannon, G.O. Steele, S.L. Terry, W.R. Townsend, S.H.

Minute Book - Eureka Stockade Memorial Park Committee Minute Book

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

Nine red hard covered books with the handwritten and computer generated minutes Eureka Stockade Memorial Park Committee

Photograph - black and white - William Coghill Jnr and Catherine (Holmes) Coghill

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

Black and white studio photograph of a standing man and seated woman. They are William Coghill and his wife Catherine Holmes

Historical information

William Coghill jnr of Coghill's Creek died in 1884 aged 63 and was buried at Ballarat. His wife Catherine Holmes was the daughter of Henry Holmes. She drowned in the 1866 wreck of the Ly-ee-Moon off Green Cape with the loss of 76 lives

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in blue ballpoint pen verso: "Thought to be Wm Coghill Jnr and his wife (Miss Holmes). Wm Coghill buried Ballarat, died 1884, aged 63 years. his wife drowned in wreck of Ly-ee-moon, a popular passenger ship, off Green Cape (near Eden) with the loss of 76 lives, 1866.

Scientific Object - Petrographic Microscope

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

A petrographic optical microscope, with three objected lens turret. Black enameled frame, chrome components. Blonde polished wood storage box.

Historical information

Used in the mid-seventies in petrology laboratories of BIAE.

Inscriptions & Markings

TOWER No 19621. On frame self-adhesive sticker: "Ballarat CAE GEOLOGY"

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat College of Advanced Education, Aerial view of the Mt Helen campus from the north

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

black and white photograph: Aerial view of Mt Helen campus from the north

Book - Ballarat Junior Technical School Attendance Book, 1960-1964

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

Charcoal green hard covered foolscap book listing weekly attendances at the Ballarat Junior Technical School No names are given.

Book - Ballarat College of Advanced Education Handbook, 1983-84

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

Red and white soft covered handbook for the Ballarat College of Advanced Education.

Historical information

Ballarat College of Advanced Education is a predecessor institution of Federation University Australia.

Newspaper - The Courier, 03 December 1994

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

1 Courier - full edition 104 pages 12 pages of Courier - installation of the University of Ballarat Chancellor, Professor Geoffrey Blainey

Historical information

University of Ballarat later beame Federation University Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Uni installs Chancellor

Photograph - Colour - Staircase in the Ballarat School of Mines A Building, 2019

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

Colour photograph of a timber and cast iron staircase with counterlevered stone stairs.

Contour tracings - B.U.C. residence carparks and detail survey of Mt Helen campus

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

3 ink on tracing paper survey maps .1) Detail survey Mt Helen campus 1992 .2) Top residence car park 1991 .3) BUC residences' car park 1991

Correspondence - Sympathy note From Jessie Wood concerning the Death of Frank Wright, 1970

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

1). Letter of condolence from Jessie Wood, addressed to the Executors to the late Frank Wright Esq. hand written in thick black pen on note paper with a printed address at the top. 2). Envelope hand addressed.

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

Hand written letter.

Photograph - Black and White - St. Hilda's Band at Cardiff, Wales

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

Black and white photograph of a group of men dressed in a band uniform seated on a variety of wooden chairs, playing their instruments. They are seated in a grassed area with a stadium on the left and other large buildings in the background. The men are the St. Hilda's Band with Frank Wright as the conductor. The place is Cardiff, Wales.

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

Written in pencil on the back - St Hilda's, Frank Wright Conductor, Cardiff (Wales), 9-6-34

Document - Extract from the Government Gazette Victoria

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

Foolscap size 3 page photocopied extract from the Government Gazette Victoria Vol 2, 1892, pp 3196-8 on rules of management for technical schools with a with compliments slip from Tony Dare

Image - Morrell Aston

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

Image of two men in the Ballarat School of Mines Chemistry Laboratory. Morrell Aston. is on the left and Professor A.S. Buchanan (Melbourne University) is on the right.

Booklet - Australasia No. 2 Mine Disaster Centenary

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

Blue covered booklet of 16 pages

Historical information

Australasia No. 2 Mine, Creswick, was one of the worst mine disasters. It occurred on 12 December 1882.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription on cover from donor. Signature of author on back page

Photograph - Black and White - Rutherford / Yung family

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

Five black and white photos

Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright and Alex Wright, 1921

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

Black and white photograph with 2 men in 3 piece suits one of the men is Frank Wright aged 19 years and the other is Alex 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.

Significance

Photograph of Frank Wright and his brother Alex Wright

Inscriptions & Markings

printed on back , Post Card, Mendelssohn Studios 80 Swanston St, Melbourne, written on back Frank Wright (aged 19 years ) Alex Wright 12th March 1921

Photograph - coloured - University of Ballarat, Arthur Postle Handicap - 70 metres

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

Coloured photograph framed in dark brown folder

Historical information

Photograph shows the finish of the University of Ballarat Arthur Postle Handicap Race at Stawell. The names and placings are indicated with the photograph.

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed slip attached with names of competitors, placings and time of event

Camera - Kodak Six-20 'Brownie' C

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

Morocco-grained imitation leather covered metal body with two brilliant finders. Plain matt enamel front; metal wind knob and release button with a single blade shutter. (http://www.brownie-camera.com/71.shtml) This camera took box rollfilm, with 629 film size. The picture size was 2 1/4 X 3 1/4" .(http://www.brownie-camera.com/71.shtml) Instruction books for this model are available at http://www.brownie-camera.com/manuals.shtml

Historical information

This model of camera was made between 1946 and 1957. (http://www.brownie-camera.com/71.shtml)

Booklet - Machine Drawing for the Use of Engineering in Science and Technical Schools and Colleges, 1924

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

Red soft covered book used for machine drawing.

Correspondence - Ballarat School of Mines to Henry Haymes Pty Ltd, 1948

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

Typed letter to Henry Haymes Pty Ltd of 6-10 Davis Street from F.E. Ferguson, Registrar of the Ballarat School of Mines. The letter relates to payment of goods supplied to the Ballarat School of Mines.

Historical information

Henry Haymes Pty Ltd were manufacturers of paint