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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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Newsletter - Genesis: The Dynamics of the Developing Campus Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education Mount Helen, 1971

Key words

mount helen campus
wendouree charitable fund
timken international fund of canton, ohio
e.j. barker
student housing
student residences
student housing precinct stage 1
e.j. barker library
buildings
applied science building
student union building
wlaker and jackson
history of the mount helen site
l.h. vernon and associates
r.n. and j.e. greenbank
landscape
australian natives association
ballarat institute of advanced education
computer centre
i.c.l. 1901a computer system
chemistry acquisitions
metallurgy acquisitions
physics acqiusitions
electrical engineering acquisitions
mechanical engineering acquisitions
centenary appeal
new courses

Two photocopies of July 1971 edition of 'Genesis'.

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

Map - Queenscliff, 1942

Key words

queenscliff
portsea
point nepean
point lonsdale
barwon heads
geelong
corio bay
port phillip bay

2 copies of printed colour map on paper

Inscriptions & Markings

"This map in an official document, if found, it must be handed i to the nearest military headquarters or police station."

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

Book - Ballarat Teachers' College Notes on running a carnival

Key words

ballarat teachers college
peter fryar
physical education
ballarat college of advanced education
state college of victoria
state college of victoria ballarat
carnival
english
english literature

Handwritten notes on foolscap paper bound in cardboard with a green taped spine.

Historical information

Peter Fryar became a staff member at the Mt Helen. He served on the staff at Ballarat Teachers' College, The State College of Victoria at Ballarat, Then Ballarat College of Advanced Education. Appointed to dean of the Faculty of Human Studies at Ballarat College of Advanced Education in 1980, and Department Director of Ballarat College of Advanced Education in 1987, He retired in 1989.

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

Hand written correspondence - Education Department, Victoria - Examination result for Gymnastics, 1899

Key words

education department
gymnastics
examination
a w steane
bendigo school
school no 1976
a p james

Hand written on printed form. Discolourisation.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed: A P James for Secretary of department [T Brodribb] Education Department Victoria official seal

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

Plan - Melbourne and Suburbs

Key words

melbourne
richmond
prahran
st kilda
collingwood
kensington
footscray
kew
studly park
kew lunatic asylum
yarra bend national park
hawthorn
clifton hill

printed plan on paper backed onto linen

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

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

Key words

geoffrey blainey
geoffrey blainey research centre
e.j. barker library

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

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

Annual Report - Ballarat School of Mines Annual Report

Key words

ballarat school of mines
annual report
henry sutton
electricity and magnetism

Includes the announcement that Henry Sutton had been appointed to teach Electricity and Magnetism.

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

Booklet - Presbyterian Church of Victoria: Fifty Years of Fellowship: 1888-1938

Key words

presbyterian church
anniversary
religion
fellowship
young men's fellowship
presbyterian girls' fellowship
fellowship arch

Grey soft covered book including photorgraphs

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

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Newsletter - Tech Times, Vol 1, Nos 1 and 2, 1957

Key words

ballarat junior technical school
newsletter
i. beaumont
t. parkes
r. cartledge
c. jessup
c. bath
1956 olympics
excursions
i. watkins
p. ritchie
k. peterkin
d. holmes
w. fry
j. cowan
reunion
coubould hall
coubould hall opening

Two Ballarat Junior Technical School newsletters. .1) Three foolscap typed pages .2) Six foolscap typed pages

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

Photograph - slide transparency - Ballarat Technical Art School Sculpture Folio

Key words

ballarat school of mines
ballarat technical art school
ceramics
sculpture
neville bunning
helen ross
peggy ross

15 slides in a yellow lidded Kodak Slide box. The images relate to Ballarat Technical Art School Student Helen Ross and Barbara (?)'s Diploma of Sculpture work.

Historical information

Helen Ross was a student of the Ballarat Technical Art School, a division of the Ballarat School of Mines. Edith Lawn was a teacher in the Art School.

Inscriptions & Markings

On lid 'Diploma Sculpture'

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

Photograph - Black and White - Ballarat Technical School Form 1AB - 1966

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

Photograph - Colour - Visit of the Krause Family to Federation University, 2018

Key words

krause
visit

Colour photograph of members of the Krause family on visit to Federation University.

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

Photograph - black and white - The Big Clock at Crystal Palace, 1933

Key words

frank wright
crystal palace
clock
glass roof

Black and white photograph of a large, ornate clock on the inside of a building which has a glass panelled roof and rows of glass windows and galleries. The place is the Crystal Palace.

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. He died in England in 1970 at the age of 69.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in pencil on the back - The big clock at Crystal Palace, F.W. Oct 1933

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

Costume - Ballarat School of Mines Blazer, c1935

Key words

ballarat school of mines
blazer
coat of arms
costume
textiles

Green woollen, mostly unlined (apart from the upper back and sleeves) 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 overlocked and there is a panel stitched to the inside where the top of the side 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.

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

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Book - Ballarat University College Proposal for Recognition as a University, 1993

Key words

strategic plan
university
ballarat university college
recognition of universities
tertiary education in ballarat
tafe
ballarat school of mines
merger
affiliation agreement
univsity of ballarat establishment
haddon storey
robert h.t. smith

Green A4 report including future directions and recommendations. The appendices include the affiliation acreegment between Ballarat University College and the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat Limited.

Historical information

In 1889 an affiliation agreement was signed between the University of Melbourne and the Ballarat College of Advanced Education, with Ballarat University College commencing on 01 January 1990. In December 1992 Ballarat University College proposed to the Minister for Tertiary Education that it be recognised as a University. The University of Ballarat was established in 1994.

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

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Book - Winter Wet Soils in Western Victoria: Options for the Dairy Industry, 1998

Key words

richard macewan
wet soils
westvic dairy
dairy research and development corporation
soil
waterlogging
pastue management
wet soil management

Buff coloured report of 96 pages

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

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Booklet - Ballarat School of Mines Annual Report, 1967-1968

Key words

ballarat school of mines
annual report
a.e. stohr
rex hollioake
arthur nicholson
e.j. tippett
ken webb

Soft covered Ballarat School of Mines Annual Report

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

Photograph - Colour - VIOSH -Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management Intake 30 2006|

Key words

viosh
viosh australia
occupatonal health and safety
victorian institute of occupational safety and health
wayne baker
alisha bedggood
kristy bellman
joanne blurton
martin bonwick
peter bos
greg boyle
jon brown
hank bruyn
max burns
andrew cashin
david champion
thomas cyples
amanda day
peter deberner
paul dzamko
rachael evans
theresa facer
garron farrell
kirsten gandert
lisa garland
paul geraghty
carolyn grosser
peta hagemann
charles halloran
brian hamer
mark harding
andrew hardy
katrina hastings
kim hennessy
sankaran kutty
matthew landrigan
bee ling
peter tick
darren mccraw
steven main
peter marshman
rodney maule
erryn munchenberg
kirsten niglia
bernadette okeefe
carolyn penfold
anthony peters
nicholas poulakos
vicki pryse
mark rio
andrea rowe
samantha ryan
igor smek
bridget taylor
mark thiedecke
david venour
dianna williamson
greg wong
stephen wyley
denise zumpe

Gold framed photograph with the title and names of students underneath. Brown mount

Historical information

Federation University VIOSH Australia students are safety managers, senior advisors and experienced OHS professionals. They come from all over Australia and industry. Students are taught active research and enquiry; rather than textbook learning and a one-size fits all approach. VIOSH accepts people into the Graduate Diploma of Occupational Hazard Management who have no undergraduate degree – on the basis of extensive work experience and knowledge.

Inscriptions & Markings

Commenced 2006 Framers name on verso

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

Photograph - coloured - Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety , Oil Search, Papua New Guinea, group 2, intake 41, 2006

Key words

viosh
viosh australia
occupatonal health and safety
papua new guinea
joel amani
andrew anis
samuel capanis
graham dalbie
bobby dari
eddie edimani
tobias giriri
leonard hawkaya
gilbert kengi
benstead kingstord
roger lusan
samson mano
alnold guring
francis pora
pam pryor
kenny sogo
les wratten
matthew yami

brown framed photograph with title and names of students underneath, blue background, glass removed due to braekage.

Historical information

Federation University VIOSH Australia students are safety managers, senior advisors and experienced OHS professionals. They come from all over Australia and industry. Students are taught active research and enquiry; rather than textbook learning and a one-size fits all approach. VIOSH accepts people into the Graduate Diploma of Occupational Hazard Management who have no undergraduate degree – on the basis of extensive work experience and knowledge.

Inscriptions & Markings

Framers details verso lls: "Artafact"

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

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Report - Community and Organisational Plan: Barwon Heads Village by the Sea",

Key words

victorian tourisim industry
tourism
barwon heads
village by the sea
michael pearlman

Report compiled by four students of Tourism at University of Ballarat (later Federation University Australia)

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

Photograph - Colour - Ken Clements at the Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre, 2010

Key words

ken clements
geoffrey blainey research centre
registrar

Colour photographic portrait of volunteer Ken Clements on the first day of the newly created Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre.

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

Plan - Plan for Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited, 316 Collins Street Melbourne

Key words

architecture
plans
peters
gilpin
colonial mutual life assurance society limited

Three plans for the Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited, 316 Collins Street Melbourne. It appears to have been used for refurbishment purposes and includes annotations.

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

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Reports - Large Cats, Thylacenes and Large Predators Sigtings

Key words

australian mythical animals collection
david waldron
brian waters
moonambel
joyce collins
ian smith
thylacene
marrarkuli
burragorang
m.g. hornocker
mt bepcha
billywing upland
john a. henry
bryan wlaters
ken bodinnar
harcourt
kevin farley
fowlers bay
carolyn hodges
puma
macarthur
paynesville
john aldreson
animal damage control
mountain lion
bryan walters
cougar
big cat
maryborough
joan kirner
bernard mace
tasmanian tigers
d.g. willey
calder highway sightings
kevin phelen
mt richmond national park
feral cat
felis catus
lancefield
pyalong
broadford
pyalong pantherleopard
porsche park
dick shaw
big cats in victoria
peter hall
lyn sellens
south gippsland
plaster cast
foot cast
unidentified wildlife
john seeback
michael moss
carnivores
halls gap
halls gap puma scats
kooreh
ballan
ballan large cat
a.g. kerr
south gippsland tasmanian tiger sightings
central victorian puma
otways
wilsons promontory
john higgins
tasmanian wolf
j.k. depmster
vermin
lion
cooper's creek
warrego river
dingo
thylacinus cynocephalus
mirboo north
newham
operation puma victoria
australian skeptics
kangaroo ground
rare fauna
black wildcat
pyalong panther
bob warneke
black puma
maryborough puma
creswick panther
cape bridgewater
pyrenees panther
footprints
daisy hill
bung bong
phantom puma
geranium springs
maurice hornocker

Folder of correspondence and newsclips relating to "Big Cats" and other large predators. Please note: sections of this file are closed to protect the privacy of correspondents.

Historical information

The folder of correspondence is the result of a Freedom of Information request made to the Department of Sustainbility and Environment in 2011. The folder was collected for research being conducted by David Waldron.

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

Book - Album of Hundred Birds (Teaching / Learning Kit), c1880

Key words

mei ling xing ye feng
china
calligraphy
birds

Book with cream cover, stitched spine, and chinese calligraphy depicting birds. Text is in running script.

Historical information

Comments on this book made by Raphael Beh of the Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo, are available.

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

Plan - Rushworth Goldfield: Parishes of Moora and Waranga

Key words

rushworth
moora
waranga

Printed plan on paper with hand colouring

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

Numismatics - Ballarat School of Mines Centenary Medal, 1970

Key words

ballarat school of mines centenary medal
centenary
anniversary
victor greenhalgh
geoffrey blainey
stokes & son
e.j. barker
g. biddington
e.j. tippett
sir paul hasluck
l.j.f. hillman
miss b. archdale
sir douglas menzies
h.j trudinger
m.b. john
b.r. hames
v. grennhalgh
r.w. richards
a. senior
j. clark
dr. stephen murray smith\
n. crouch
h. dixon
p. law
nigel bowen
peter lees
mrs j. lawn
dr. j birrell
d. kellock
g. dixon
john baker
k. kelly
w. anderson
w titteridge
a.e. stohr
r. chambers
g. smith
m.g. beanland
j.v. robertson
v. white
mrs m. scott
r cairns
p. zass
j. england
h. sienering
i.g. whitcher
v. lisle

Medal struck for the Ballarat School of Mines centenary. .1) Two framed centenary medals, showing both sides of the medal .2) Sterling silver medal in a black hinged box. .3) Booklet listing receipients of Centenary Medallion

Historical information

"A limited number of Centenary Medallions designed by Mr. V. Greenhalgh were produced by Stokes & Son, Melbourne to commemorate the Centenary of the School. The medallion was produced from copper base metal with a silver oxide finish and has been well received by past student, present students, staff members and the general public. A quantity of 50 medallions have been reserved for presentation purposes on special occasions."

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Presented to Professor Geoffrey Blainey, AO Guest Speaker Founders Day 26 October 1995"

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

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Booklet - Turkey Lolly Man

Key words

lionel welsh
poetry
keith rash

Green soft covered booklet of 14 pages. It is a collection of poetry.

Inscriptions & Markings

To Keith fron the author Lionel Welsh 1/4/1954

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

Document - St Hilda's Band Reference for Frank Wright, 1934

Key words

frank wright
jimmy southern
st hilda's band
conductor
brass band

This single sheet of paper is a typed letter of reference, thanks and congratulation from Jimmy Southern of the St Hilda's Band to Frank Wright.

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.

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

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Document - Ballarat Teachers' College Singing Certificate, 1956

Key words

ballarat teachers' college
singing

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

Book - Lucas's Staff's Appreciation of Brave Men, June 1919

Key words

ballarat
lucas
ballarat arch of victory
ballarat avenue of honour
world war one

Beige covered book with picture of Ballarat's Arch of Victory of 102 pages.

Historical information

The book relates to the Ballarat Arch of Victory and avenue of honour

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