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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.

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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Object - Round sculpture from Shenzhen Polytechnic

Key words

resin
sculpture
shenzhen polytechnic
multicolored
round

Sculpture from Shenzhen Polytechnic. [Resin?] Sculpture round in shape, multicolored and gold.

Inscriptions & Markings

Shenzhen Polytechnic

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

Image - [Where to Gussy?]

Key words

gussy
stickjaw
carne
f. carne
grocer
wood's great pepperment cure.

Handcoloured ink drawing shwing Carne's shop with lamp on the corder and people walking across the street. The drawing is glued onto a piece of card that has an advertisement on the other sife for Wood's Great Pepperment Cure.

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

Booklet - An Act to consolidate and amend the Law relating to the Purchase Smelting and Treatment of Gold and for other purposes, 1938

Key words

victoria
government
king george vi
act of government
law
purchase
smelting
treatment
gold
treatment of gold
gold buyers
gold smelters

Printed booklet of 32 pages

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped with the Ballarat School of Mines stamp

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

Photographs - Photographs relating to runner Tony Benson

Key words

tony benson
olympics
olympic games
running
ballarat teachers' college
peter fryar

Five images from the Collection of Tony Benson. .1) Ballarat Teachers' College Lap of the Lake, 1962 .2) Ballarat Teachers' College Athletics, 1963 .3) Ballarat Teachers' College Athletics, 1963. Lecturer and coach Peter Fryar hand out the oranges. .4) Ballarat Teachers' College Tennis Team, 1963 .5) Tony Benson defeating the great Kip Keino at the 1971 Stockholm Grand Prix

Historical information

As of 2016 Tony Benson is the last Australian to win the 5000m at one of the major meets (now called Diamond League). That year Tony Benson was undefeated in Europe something no Australian has done since. He was also undefeated in the USA in early 1972 and probably would have medalled in Munich 1972 except for an incurring a hamstring injury 10 days before the race AND not being able to find the team medical doctors until some 16 hrs after the injury due to them being away from the village. Despite running with a torn hamstring Tony Benson broke Ron Clarke's Australian Olympic record for the 5000m but had no 'kick' and finished 7th in the heat. None of those who made the final had ever beaten Benson. Kip Keino and Tony Benson became friends. Keino received the first ever Olympic Laureate Award by the IOC at the Rio opening ceremony in 2016.

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

Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright and friends at The Strand, London, 1937

Key words

frank wright
cornet
conductor
ballarat
st hilda's band
strand

Black and white photograph of two men dressed in suits and a woman in a summer dress, hat and gloves, In the background are city buildings and other people. They are Frank Wright, Harry Mortimer and Miss F Bantin. The place is The Strand in London.

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in faint pencil on the back - Harry Mortimer, Miss F. Bantin, (Sec. Nat. Band Festival), Frank Wright, Strand London Aug. 1937

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

Booklet - Education Department Victoria Technical Schools Register of Attendances in the Subject of Joinery, 1986

Key words

joinery
ballarat school of mines
george pyke
trades

Blue hard covered book with red tape spine. It includes attendances for students in Joinery. The instructor was George Pyke. Includes a blank Ballarat School of Mines enrolment form.

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

Photograph - Colour - Aeroplane at Ballarat Airport before photographing aerial views of Ballarat

Key words

aerial
ballarat
aeroplane
ballarat airport

Colour photograph showing an aireal view of an area of Ballarat

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

Booklet - Eureka official Souvenir, c1954

Key words

eureka stockade
eureka
anniversary
swimming pool
eureka flag

Twenty page booklet with black and white illustrations. The content includes: Eureka Flag, the affair at Eureka, Eureka Swimming, Lily Pond Eureka Hall, Helen McKay Memorial Gates. Illustrations include: Peter Lalor Sculpture, Lily Pond, Eureka Stockade Memorial Park, Eureka Caravan Park, kiosk

Historical information

The Eureka Stockade took place on 03 December 1854. This booklet was most probably published for the centenary in 1954.

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

Electrical Instrument - Electric Belt Sander

Key words

ballarat school of mines
building studies
david flintoff
timber
smooth
miter cuts
polishing
buffing
thinning

Stainless steel with rollers and sanding plate. Hand held. Continuous loop of sandpaper would be mounted.

Historical information

Used in Building Studies at Ballarat School of Mines. The sander used to sand rough timber smooth, remove old finish from wood, put a bevel on a door, reduce the thickness of timber, dress up a poor saw cut. Also used for back cutting miter cuts for neater joints and for polishing and cutting.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maker's Plate: MILLER FALL TOOLS CATALOG 830 3 INCH BELT SANDER MODEM "C" USE 3" X 21" BELT 230/250 VOLTS 3 AMPS 25-60 CYCLES MADE IN USA PATENT 2,991,595 MILLER FALLS COMPANY, GREEFIELDS, MASS. TO CHANGE BELT PULL LEVER DIRECTION OF BELT

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

Scientific Instument - Voltmeter

Key words

scientific instrument
voltmeter
evershed and vignoles

DC Voltmeter 0-150 volt, analogue display on semi-circular scale. Scale wndow protected wit hinged black metal lid. Lacquered wood case. Leather carry strap on right hand side. Two terminal posts on bottom end.

Inscriptions & Markings

Trade Mark "Megger" Serial Number 117729

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

Photograph - Black and White - The University of Ballarat Mace, 1996

Key words

university of ballarat
mace
trefor prest
vern robson

Black and white photograph showing three men holding the new University of Ballarat (now Federation University) mace. From left to right they are Vern Robson (Chief Executive Officer City of Ballarat), Trefor Prest (Sculptor) and Professor David James (Vice Chancellor).

Historical information

The University's mace was carried in procession for the first time during the Graduation ceremonies in May 1996. The mace was presented to the University by former Chief Commissioner of the Ballarat City Council, Vern Robson, at a ceremony on 02 February, following a national competition for its design, sponsored by the Council. (The Flag, Issue 2, July 1996) Nineteen artists responded to the competition which called for a design that would embody a distinctive Australian image reflecting the heritage of the city and in relationship with gold, an Aboriginal element and the history of the University. The winning entry, dominated by a poppet head, was submitted by Central Victorian artist/sculptor Trefor Prest, a sessional lecturer in sculpture at the University.(The Flag, Issue 2, July 1996) The Herald Sun of 03 February 1996 reported 'the new mace shows importance elements of Ballarat's heritage as well as the university's focus on the future. The artist emphasises the egalitarian nature of Australia as embodied in Ballarat's famous slice of history - the Eureka uprising. ... The mace has a poppet head at the top of the shaft - an unusual element for a mace - but it represents Ballarat's mining history and the University's evolution from the Ballarat School of Mines. An opening egg at the top stands for the nurturing of development and learning. The mace's straight shaft is depicted as the tree of knowledge and, incorporating a bark canoe scar, Ballarat's Aboriginal heritage. At the end of the shaft is a surveying device, which represents precision and accuracy ads embodied in the university's academic pursuits.' Bob Morrell of the University organised the national competition to design the mace and said 'It is in keeping with the university's logo, 'proudly flying the flag', which incorporates the Southern Cross.' Trefor Prest lectured in Sculpture at the University of Ballarat from 1995-1996.

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

Programme - Thirteenth Annual Eureka Sunday Luncheon, 2009

Key words

eureka
eureka sunday luncheon
women of eureka
julie bishop
clare gervasoni
dorothy wickham
ballarat old colonsts' club
judy verlin
val d'angri
frank williams
anniversary

4 page colour programme and menu for the Eureka Luncheon held at the Old Colonists' Club. Guest speaker was The Hon. Julie Bishop MP, MC was Clare Gervasoni and Dr Dorothy Wickham spoke on the women of Eureka.

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

Correspondence - Letter Concerning Extension of the Telephone Service to the Ballarat Girls' Technical School, 1954

Key words

telephone
ballarat school of mines
postmaster-general
hickman street
ballarat girls' technical school
f.b. reilly

Typed letter on letterhead of the Commonwealth of Australia Postmaster-General's Department, District Telephone Office, Ballarat. The letter outlines requirements for extending the Ballarat School of Mines Telephone line (Ballarat 659) to the Ballarat Technical Girls' School in Hickman Street.

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

Miner's Right - Miner's Right made out to John Paterson at Pleasant Creek, 1859

Key words

miners' right
mining
john paterson
pleasant creek

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

Signs - The Wooden Desktop Signs with Gold Lettering

Key words

ballarat school of mines and industries
harry arblaster
principal
wooden desktop signs
science
metallurgy
pure science
civil
engineering

Wooden desktop signs with gold lettering and stands

Historical information

The three signs were used at Ballarat School of Mines and Industries, possibly during the time Harry Arblaster was the Principal - 1959 - 1964. They would have come from the Science and Engineering Departments.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gold lettering: .1) METALLURGY; .2) PURE SCIENCE; .3) CIVIL

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

Photograph - Colour - Stairs at St Peter's Anglican Church, Ballarat, 2015

Key words

st peter's anglican church, ballarat
cast iron
stairway
architecture

Two colour photographs showing a cast iron stairway at St Peter's Anglican Church which leads to the choir loft.

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

Digital photograph - Ballarat from the Ballarat Town Hall Tower, c1940

Key words

ballarat
ballarat townscape
sturt street
black hill
tram
warrenheip. bridge street
holstead

Three scanned images of black and white photographs showing Ballarat as viewed from the Ballarat Town Hall. .1- Ballarat towards the Ballarat Post Office and Black Hill 2. Along Sturt Street Ballarat 3. Along Sturt Street and Bridge Street Ballarat looking towards Mt Warrenheip.

Historical information

The original of this photo is in the Kicinski Family Private Collection. Their ancestor William Holstead was hall keeper at the Ballarat Town Hall, so it is though he took these photographs.

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

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat College of Advanced Education: 3rd Year Primary Education, 1986

Photograph mounted on cream card. Names of students printed under the photograph..

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

Scientific Instument - Capacitor

Key words

scientific instrument
capacitor
electrical engineering
laboratory

Capacitor, 1/3 M.F.D. (microfarad) within wooden insulating box. Two terminal posts set in an insulating box.

Historical information

DEFINITION microfarad Posted by: Margaret Rouse WhatIs.com Contributor(s): Kenda, Jack Clements The microfarad (symbolized µF) is a unit of capacitance, equivalent to 0.000001 (10 to the -6th power) farad. The microfarad is a moderate unit of capacitance. In utility alternating-current (AC) and audio-frequency (AF) circuits, capacitors with values on the order of 1 µF or more are common. At radio frequencies (RF), a smaller unit, the picofarad (pF), is often used. This unit is equal to .000000000001 (10^-12) µF. In RF scenarios, capacitances range from about 1 pF to 1,000 pF in tuned circuits, and from about 0.001 µF to 0.1 µF for blocking and bypassing. At audio frequencies (AF), capacitances range from about 0.1 µF to 100 µF. In power-supply filters, capacitances can be as high as 10,000 µF.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maker's name and place 1/3 M.F.D No. 34402

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

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Booklet - The School of Mines and Industries Ballarat: Case Statement, c1969

Key words

ballarat school of mines
tertiary campus
mount helen campus
victoria institute of colleges
mt helen campus acquisition
first buildings
g building
f building
appeal
great hall appeal
founders hall
centenary appeal

Yellow soft covered booklet

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

Correspondence - National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain to Frank Wright, 1967

Key words

frank wright
e vaughan morris
conductor
london parks
royal albert hall

1).Typed letter on National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain letterhead, acknowledging the receipt of a letter and newspaper clippings from Frank Wright regarding band concerts at Royal Albert Hall. 2). Newspaper clipping from the Sun Telegraph on 2/7/1967 about 'Park Music' 3). Newspaper clipping from the Sunday Times on 14/5/1967 entitled 'The Lew Grade of the GLC'

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). Typed Letter and signature 2). Written in pen on the front - Sun Telegraph 2.7.67 3). Written in pen on the front - Sunday Times 14 May 67

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

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Reports - Ballarat School of Mines Regional College Committee Sub-Committee Report on S.M.B. Organization, 1976

Key words

ballarat school of mines
tafe
graham beanland
e.j. tippett
l.c.yandell
r.j. dobell
j.a> chisholm
e.j. barker
f. collishaw
e. loughnan
k. andrews
peter shiells
r. lloyd
l.r. shannon
j. bell
a.e. stohr
l.f.j. hillman
r.j. stone
regional college committee

A number of typed foolscap reports

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

Plan - Ballarat East, 1916

Key words

ballarat east
bakery hill
eureka stockade site
eureka gardens
ballarat orphanage

Plan of streets and allotments in Ballarat East. Includes: Bakery Hill, Canadian Station, Eureka Cemetery, Orphan Asylum, Eureka Gardens and Reserve, Gun Club

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

Book - Extra Muros 1955

Key words

btc
ballarat teachers' college
black
sanders
williamson
jm blair
c handreek
m meagher
e ingleton
w hall
s mclay
j roberts
bremner
flavell
chasey
mccleary
williams
ross
hamilton
keith hamilton
croft
bob croft
walpole
sonsee
canty
miller
pryor
turner
rodger
jenkins
linton
fox
hill
doney
pattenden

Light blue cover with dark blue and yellow text, back cover cream soft covered annual magazine of the Ballarat Teachers College. Includes yearly events. The Ballarat Teachers' College 1955 Second Year Students and Staff photo includes (left to right): Back row: C. ussing, R. Flavell, R. Jones, P. Dawson, W. Hughes, B. Williams, F. Tinney. 2nd row: B. Jones, B. Hancorne, R. Potter, I. Neilson, K. Holloway, I. Pritchard, G. Maggs. 3rd row: C. Handreck, Keith Hamilton, J. Carter, L. Harper, E. Lynes, J. Rae, B. McCleary, M. Joyce, J. Matthews, B. Harrison, E. Lewis, B. Moore. 4th row: D. Thompson, M. Bone, J. Cotter, C. Bolte, D. Powrie, L. Edge, S. Edwards, D. Cleary, B. McIntyre, F. Dridan, B. Connellan, L. Martin. 5th row: A. Nailon, M. McCallum, E. Medwell, M. Meagher, J. Butler, E. Dobson, J. Black, M. Anderson, W. Hanstock, M. Harris, G. Bowers. 6th Row: M. Casey, M. Crocker, B. Heath, W. Hall, U. Dempster, J. Burns, I. Bradshaw, J. Sanders, M. Williamson, Z. Walker, J. Brehaut, B. Boadle. 7th row: M. Fraser, Howard Pattenden, J. Gould, M. Byrne, A. Hancock. J. Murphy, M. Morgan, E. Ingleton, V. Rance, M. Walker, J.M. Blair, R.R. Reed. Front Row: J.M. Hill, J, Fox, A.H. Linton, Bob Croft, Ted Doney, Monica Miller, T.W.H. Turner, Mavis Canty, Alan Sonsee, E.O. Walpole, C.A. Pryor, C. Rodger, G.A. Jenkins.

Historical information

1951 Ballarat Teachers’ College offers a two year trained Primary Teachers’ Certificate for the first time. (BTC Handbook 1965) December 1955 Ballarat Teachers’ College held its first Graduation Ceremony. The words of the Graduation Hymn were written by Mavis Canty. (BTC Handbook 1965)

Inscriptions & Markings

Has autographs on inside of back cover: John M Blair, Margaret R Chasey, Elizabeth Constable, Jean W Black, George A Jenkins, Clarice Handreck

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

Photograph - Ballarat School of Mines Athletics team wins the Herald Shield, 1919

Key words

a
ballarat school of mines
dick richards
athletics
herald shield
fred messenger
dick dale
noel hoy
frank larkin
reg wilson
peter cutter
carl schache
r w richards front
row
left
to
right
mccallum
bill
o halloran
shaddock

Screened image of the Ballarat School of Mines Athletics Team and officials with the Herald Shield. Back Row left to right: ? , ? , Fred Messenger, Dick Dale, Noel Hoy, Dick Richards (with moustache), Frank Larkin, Reg Wilson, Peter Cutter, Carl Schache. Front row left to right: A. McCallum, Bill, O'Halloran, Bill Shaddock.

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

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Correspondence - James and Rebecca Oldham

Key words

james oldham
ballaarat mechanics' institute school of design
education
rebecca oldham
rebecca gundry

Email correspondence containing information on James Oldham

Historical information

James Oldham (1840-1908) emigrated from Newark-on-Trent and went to Ballarat where he took up a teaching position at Mount Pleasant in 1860. He was appointed head teacher of the Wesleyan Lydiard Street School in 1864. In 1886, after other appointments he became Head teacher at the Dana Street Primary School No. 33. He married Rebecca Gundry, and had twelve children. He founded the School of Design at the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute in 1870, and taught there as the Master until 1885.

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

Newpaper - Lal Lal Iron and Coal as reported in the Ballarat Courier

Key words

electricity
lal lal
lal lal iron
lal lal coalfield
morwell
gippsland

.1) Pages 7 to 10 of the Ballarat Courier, 10 July 1923. Page 7 includes the article 'Cheap electricity' and poses questions such as 'should Ballarat look to Morwell for cheap power?', and should an independent power plant be installed at Lal Lal using the brown coal deposits there. Page 9 includes articles on Ripon's roads, Mount Cole Springs; Soldier Settlement Rates Beaufort; Creswick brass band Officers; Daylesford Road Deviation to Hepburn Springs; Dereel Public Telephone; State Electricity Supply for Beaufort; Newlyn Valedictory to Mr and Mrs W. E. Bennett Page 9 - Racing at Ascot; Avoca Golf Tournament, Chinese Herbalists Page 10 - Auctions and house sales Advertisements include Harry Davies; Fred Halls; C. Marks and Co., London Drapery, Creer the Cashman; Chamberlain's Cough Remedy; Cornell's Little Liver Pills; Paynes; W. Fley Chemist; Bickart and Dawson; Rivers; Allchin Bros; J. Bartam & Son .2) Ballarat Courier, 30 July 1937, page 1 and 2 Page 1 reports Lal Lal's Iron Ore Company being formed. Page 2 reports the Prospectus of the lal lal Iron and Steel Blast Furnaces Mining Company, No Liability; Mining News - Wattle Gully; Commercial News Advertisements include Crockers, Arnolds, Harry Hall, Ewins, Harry Davies, Fred Halls, The London Drapery

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

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Photograph - Black and White - John Bainbridge School Photographs

Key words

john bainbridge
golden point
state school
primary school
grade 1
grade 4

Group of children posed for photograph Board indicating year and grade

Historical information

Golden Point State School photographs that include John Bainbridge. One shows children in Grade 1 and the other shows children in Grade 4. In the 1970s all State Schools (Prep to Grade 6) changed to being known as Primary Schools.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Board: Golden Point - State School - 1965 - Grade 1B .2) Board: Golden Point - State School - 1968 - Grade 4.1

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

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Model - Model of the Munro Reaper

Key words

ballarat school of mines
ballarat school of mines museum
munro machinery
model
munro reaper

Metal model with red paint detail in sections

Historical information

An example of good invention in an era of innovation in Australian manufacture and production. Levers raise the height of the cutter, disengaging the drive from the blades. The moveable blades under the fixed ‘fingers’. An eccentric rod changes circular motion to linear back and forth of the blades. Such a machine is now known as a mower for cutting grass for hay, and other grasses for storing as sheaves.

Inscriptions & Markings

M263

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

Polarised Light Apparatus - Microscope

Key words

optics
lenses
mirrors
smb
rocks
microscope
polarisers
scientific instruments

A vertical arrangement of lenses, mirrors and polarisers mounted on a brass stand 50cm high with a heavy metal claw foot base. Circular calibrated 360 degrees platform with small brass clips holding a glass lens in position. Parts appear to be original, though the object appears to be missing a eye piece, a mirror to reflect the light, and a viewing platform.

Historical information

Used in physics/optics laboratory at Mt Helen, most probably transferred from SMB to Mt Helen

Significance

c1870 as SMB start date but could be much earlier

Inscriptions & Markings

CS - 77

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