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Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc. Ballarat Central, Victoria

The origins of the Ballarat Old Colonists’ Association can be traced back to 1867 when James Oddie instigated a reunion of early gold miners. The group was known initially as the Golden Point Old Pioneers Association and later simply as the Ballarat Pioneers Association. The miners initially met on an ad hoc basis for social purposes and in 1883 meetings were formalised becoming the formal beginning. The name was changed over and finally to its current ‘The Old Colonists’ Association of Ballarat’.

The home of the Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat was constructed in 1887-9 on the site of the barracks and stables of the gold escort in Lydiard Street North. The Association represented the early pioneers in the vicinity, who came in search of gold from the 1850s. It was a benevolent body that aimed to specifically assist indigent miners.

The original objectives of the Association were documented in August 1883 as follows:
"To form a band of brotherhood amongst those whose past experience in commercial and mining pursuits so intimately associate them with the early history of the goldfields; men to whose indomitable energy and perseverance Ballarat and other mining centres of the Colony are so largely indebted for their development and commercial property. Some of whose names are also closely identified with the memorable and sanguinary struggle for Freedom and Constitutional Liberty i 1854 (Eureka). To gather within one fold, those who survived stirring times; to meet occasionally in friendly and social intercourse; to relieve our brethren who are overtaken by sickness or affliction; t provide the shelter of a house for those Pioneers of the Goldfields whom the reverses of fortune have deprived of the means of procuring the comforts of life in their declining years; to assist the widow and succor the orphan; to materially cheer and support each other in our temporary troubles and vicissitudes, as we journey onward to the grave; and lastly, to render a tribute of respect to the memory of a departed brother, by following his remains to their final resting place."

The Old Colonists’ Association (OCA) know captures the spirit of the original objectives and interprets it to suit contemporary needs. It remains as a philanthropic charitable organisation providing accommodation for elderly people. In the 1920s Charles Anderson Grove was established to provide low cost accommodation to the elderly and currently twenty seven homes are available (constructed in stages between 1923 and 1983) with each Independent Living Unit identified by a name plate referencing the benefactor. Accommodation is offered at significantly below market rates. The Association has been providing low cost accommodation to the elderly since the 1920s. A number of further Independent Living Units to be built at Charles Anderson Grove will be constructed in the near future. The OCA Council oversees the running of this facility on a voluntary basis. The OCA is a Public Benevolent Institution with the Australian Tax Office Deductible Gift Recipient Status.

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16-14 Lydiard (North) Street Ballarat Central Victoria 3350

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Opening Hours

The Old Colonist's Club is open to members. Visits can be arranged by appointment, or during special openings such as Ballarat Heritage Weekend (May)

Entry Fee

N/A

Location

16-14 Lydiard (North) Street Ballarat Central Victoria

Bernadette 30 April 2019 2:03 PM

I have been referred to you to ask about the availability of accommodation.

Clare Gervasoni 30 April 2019 3:34 PM

Hi Bernadette, There are some requirements for entrance to our retirement village. Please direct your enquiry to the Old Colonists' Association, 20 Lydiard Street South Ballarat, or drop into the Old Colonists' Hall and ask the manager for further details.

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Photograph - Colour - Billiard Table at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall, 2017

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photograph of a full sized billiard table at the Old Colonists' Hall, Ballarat.

Photograph - Colour - Sculptural portrait over the door to the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club, 2016

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Sculptural portrait over the door to the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club.

Photograph - Colour - Mary Batten, 2003

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photograph of Mary Batten.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Mary Batten President Old Colonists' Club 2002-2003 Presented by the Council to the Old Colonists' Club at the Association's Annual General Meeting 20th November 2003 as a token of respect & in recognition of Mary's contribution as the first lady President of the Old Colonists' Club"

Speech notes - 120th anniversary of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club by Gerald Jenzen

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Four page speech written and delivered by Gerald Jenzen on the occasion of the 12oth anniversary of the Old Colonists' Club, Ballarat.

Three Aboriginal Men, one wearing a chest plate

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph - Colour - Second Lieutenant William Joseph Pearce (probably), c1916

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Framed photograph of a second lieutenant during World War One. It is thought to be William Joseph Pearce.

Photograph - Colour - Aerial View of Charles Anderson Grove, Ballarat, 2017

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Drone footoge featuring the Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., retirement village at Charles Anderson Grove.

Photograph - Colour - Farrer Cottage at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village, 2018

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photograph of the Farrier Cottage at the Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat retirement village.

Historical information

The Farrer Cottage was built in 1956.

Plan - Old Colonists' Association Proposed New Cottages, Perry Park

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph - Colour - Interior View of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall, 2015

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Passenger Ticket

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph - Colour - Interior View of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall, 2015

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph - Sepia - Mullawullah (King Billy)

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Image - John Paul Murray

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Portrait of John Murray

Photograph - Colour - Aerial View of Charles Anderson Grove Retirement Village, Ballarat, 2017

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Drone footage of Charles Anderson Grove Retirement Village off Gillies Street, Ballarat.

Photograph - Colour - Ceiling at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall, 2015

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Object - Old Colonists' Association Ballarat Rosette

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Ballarat Old Colonists' Association rosette worn at funerals of members, and some social functions.

Photograph - Colour - Old Colonists' Hall, Ballarat, 2011

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photograph of a double storey building in Lydiard Street South known as the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club.

Image - Maryborough Town Hall and Port Office, c1903

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Black and white imahe of the Maryborough Town Hall and Port Office, with horse drawn vehicles in the foreground.

Document - Old Colonists' Club Ballarat Executive Committee 1968-69

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Typed listing of Old Colonists' Club Ballarat Executive Committee 1968-6 on letterhead of the Old Colonists' Club Ballarat.

Photograph - Black and White - Old Colonists' Associatoin of Victoria Annual Reunion 23rd 1905

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph of the Old Colonists' Associatoin of Victoria Annual Reunion. The man at centre front could be James Oddie.

Image - Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Residence - Ian Rollo Currie Foundation Homes

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photograph of the Ian Rollo Currie Foundation Cottage at The Old Colonists' Assiation of Ballarat Inc retirement village at Charles Anderson Grove, Ballarat.

Historical information

These homes were built in 1981. One of the first objectives of the Association was "to provide the shelter of a hose for those Pioneers of the Goldfields whom the reverses of fortune have deprived of the means of procuring the comforts of life in their declining years." The first home at Charles Anderson Grove was built in 1925. Before that time the Association provided relief for needy pioneers. relief included monthly monetary payments, loads of firewood, medical assistance and distribution of Christmas bosed of groceries to deserving pensioners, and in some cases payment of burial costs. ::a) The dominant purpose of the Association is to give public benevolent relief as a charity, but providing independent living accommodation in our Retirement Village for person in need who are over 65. ::b) To raise funds by membership subscription, commercial and residential rents, donations, gifts and voluntary work, for the purpose of providing direct relief of poverty, distress, misfortune or helplessness. ::c) To maintain the important heritage and ongoing viability of the Old Colonists' Association. (Revised Rules of the Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., 2016)

Photograph - Newly Completed cottaged at the Charles Anderson Grove Retirement Village, 2018.

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photographs of newly completed cottages at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Assoication retirement village at Charles Anderson Grove.

Costume - Aboriginal Chest Plate

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

F.J. Williams' Home, Charles Anderson Grove

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Historical information

The Old Colonists' Association Ballarat Inc. is a not for profit charitable organisation providing accommodation for elderly people. It manages a 27 Home retirement village at Charles Anderson Grove Ballarat. Accommodation is offered at significantly below market rates. It has been providing low cost accommodation to the elderly since the 1920s. The Association Council overseas the running of this facility on a voluntary basis. "GIFT COTTAGES.- Ballarat Old Colonists Benefit BALLARAT.— High tribute to the good citizenship of Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Williams, now of Melbourne, and Mr. S. Clark, of Ballarat. was paid by a representative gathering at Gillies-street on Thursday afternoon, when the two cottages respectively presented by them for the use of old and indigent colonists were handed over to the council of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association. The cottages are handsome brick structures, modern in design and equipment, and cost about £650 each. Mr. A. H. Nevett, president of the Ballarat organisation, expressed the gratification of the association at the commencement of a scheme of cottages for old colonists, which had been the aim of the association for many years. Mr. Williams said that when in Ballarat he had been in many public movements as President of South-street and president of the amalgamtion (sic) movement, but in giving this cottage for the use of the old people he had established a tangible and definite link between himself and Ballarat. Similar sentiments were expressed by Mr. Clark, who said his benefaction had given him a great and genuine pleasure. Both donors were warmly thanked on be half of citizens generally by the mayor (Cr. A. E. Nicholson). At subsequent social gathering appropriate toasts were honored, and assurances were given that the association's scheme for 50 gift cottages on the lines of Melbourne would be furthered by several in the not far distant future. (The Age, 30 October 1925.)

Photograph - Colour - Cottages at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village, 2018

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Brick cottages at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village.

Photograph - Colour - Dining under the replica Eureka Flag at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall, 2017

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photograph pf a set table, with a replica Eureka Flag on the wall.

Historical information

The Eureka Flag hanging in the Old Colonists' Hall is an exact replica of the Eureka Flag that flew over the Eureka Stockade. It was copied from the original flag that was in the possession of the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Exact measurements were taken from the flag and the replica made by the Ballarat firm George Lemke and Co. It was decided to made the replica because of the fragile condition of the original flag. At the time the original flag was beyond being displayed and it was felt steps should be taken to obtain a copy before it deteriorated further.

Photograph - Colour

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph - Colour - New Cottages at Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village Community Centre Under Construction, 2017

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photographs 15 new units under construction at the Old Colonists' Association Charles Anderson Grove Retirement Village.

Photograph - Colour - Dining at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall, 2017

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central