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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

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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.

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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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Education Gazette

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

Book - Education Gazette, 1939

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

Education Gazette

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

Education Gazette, 1968

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

Photograph - Black and White - Victoria United Gold Mine

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

Black and white photograph on worked at the Victoria United Gold Mine.

Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1964

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

Yellow/orange soft covered book of 96 pages. Articles include: Initiation, The creative Personality, Folk Singing by the Miners, SMB Silent Movies Inc., Red Roar and the Commie Threat, Paleopyrology, Conventional Wisdom, B-Day, The Malaysian Student in Australia, Moral Heresy, Sport, The Past and the Future?, The Possibility of Fusion Power, School Council, Members of Staff, list of full time diploma students. Those who had diplomas conferred were listed, as were the prize winners. Snippets: D.M. Pollard won the R.W. Richards Medal; John Costa was SRC Secretary, Jon McDonald was SRC President Images are named and include student activities Advertisement include: Ronaldson Brothers and Tippett; Electrolytic Zinc Company, Myers, Mount Isa Mines, Austaluco Aluminium, Owen's of Ballarat, Alexandria Tea Rooms, Roy Brack's Men's Wear, Lamanz, A.J. William Electrical Instruments, H.B. Selby, M.G. Taylor, T.J. Coutts, Ballaarat Gas Company, H.A. Davis Motor Service, Henderson-Palmer, Coca-Cola, Philps Electrical Industries, the Wattle, Eclipse Motors, BHP, M.B. John & Hattersley, Sheffield's Record Bar, Andrew Gault, Tait Book Company, Broken Hill Associated Smelters, Ballarat Colour Centre, Morsheads, Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, J.J. Mortimer, Ewins, Gallery 321, J.a. Hoskin

Historical information

Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine was a Students' Association magazine. The president was G.N. Hart and the 1964 editors were Kelvin Whitford and Armand Krastins. The cover was designed by Colin Jellet. Advertising was obtained by Jon McDonald and Peter Smith. Active collaborators were John Costa, Ken Delany, Roger Lonsdale, John Byrne and Bobby Ong Gim Sen. Harry Arblaster retired in 1964 as the Principal of the Ballarat School of Mines, and E.J. Barker was appointed in his place. The Vice-Principal was H.J. Trudinger

Booklet - Confined 8

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

Booklet highlighting the Torch program and participating indigenous artists in prisons.

Historical information

The torch aims to strenghtn artists'cultural connections and art practice and to reduce reoffending after release.

Plan - Blueprint

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

Plan - New Rush Creek near Omeo

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

Map - Eastern Ballarat (c) Retail and Business Guide, 2004

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

Map of Ballarat East including Brown Hill, Mount Clear and Buninyong.

Photograph - Black and White - Mount Helen Campus, 1975

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

Three views of the Mount Helen Campus. .1) Signposts at first turnoff to the campus from Gear Avenue. .2) Front View of Student Residences, Stage one .3) Back view of Student Residences, Stage One

Rocks - Geological Specimen

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

Geological specimen

Historical information

From the Ballarat School of Mines.

Rocks - Banded Sandston - Hemimorphite, Schistosity

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

Geological specimen

Historical information

From the Ballarat School of Mines.

Rocks - Mixture of Stones for Tumbling

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

Mixture of Stones for Tumbling including petrified wood, and jasper.

Historical information

From the Ballarat School of Mines.

Rocks - Galena Crystal Form, Broken Hill, New South Wales

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

Three geological Specimens, with some breakaways.

Historical information

Very good samples from the Ballarat School of Mines.

PLan - Bungal County of Grant

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

Colour geological plan of Bungal.

Drawing - Engineering Drawing - Surveying

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

A set of 3 sgeets of field data, plotted on a 360 degree protractor grid. .1) Station 4 .2) Station 5 .3) Station 6

Plan - Mindai County of Grenville

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

Plan showing geological eras.

Plan - Corindhap, County of Grenville

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

Colour Parish Plan of Corindhap, County of Grenville, and a report on the Parish.

Plans - Mt Helen Librar Refurbishment Plans, 2008

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

Six pages of plans for the E.J. Barker refurbishment, including the creation of the Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre.

Map - Sebastopol (Delacombe, Redan and Ballarat South) Retail and Business Guide, 2005

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

Sebastopol, Delacombe, Redan and Ballarat South and business guide map.

Map - Wendouree (Alfredton and Ballarat North) Retail and Business Guide, 2005

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

Wendouree, Alfredton and Ballarat North Retail and business guide map

Map - Central Ballarat Retail and Business Guide, 2004

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

Map of the Ballarat Central area, and business guide.

Rocks - Opal Potch, Lightning Ridge, New South Wales

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

Four geological specimens

Historical information

From the Ballarat School of Mines.

Rocks - Mica Schist With Form of Mineral Included

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

Geological specimen

Historical information

From the Ballarat School of Mines.

Rocks - Calcite

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

Two geological Specimen of Calcite.

Historical information

From the Ballarat School of Mines.

Map - Central Ballarat Retail and Business Guide, 2003

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

Map of Central Ballarat Streets, Central Square, Bridge Mall Shopping Centre and Creswick Plaza, with a legend of businesses and locations.

Plan - Parish of Clarkesdale, County of Grenville

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

Geolgical plan.

Rocks - Geological specimen

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

Geological Specimen

Historical information

From the Ballarat School of Mines.

Rocks - Geological specimen

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

Geological Specimen

Historical information

From the Ballarat School of Mines.