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

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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)

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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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Document - Proposition for Membership to the Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Printed form for potential Members of the Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat to fill out. The annual life membership fee was two pounds to shillings, and the annual member fee was 10 shillings per annum. Potential members were asked for the Name, Age, occupation, residence, birthplace, place and the of arrival in Australia, name of ship, date of propositions, proposer and seconder.

Historical information

To qualify for membership of the Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat the potential member had to be 21 years in the Australian Colonies. This suggests the form was printed before the federation of Australian States in 1901.

Passenger Ticket

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Gold License

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Homes, Charles Anderson Grove, Ballarat

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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HISTORY OF THE BALLARAT OLD COLONISTS' ASSOCIATION HOMES AT CHARLES ANDERSON GROVE, LAKE GARDENS One of the original objectives of the Association was “to 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.” While the first home at Charles Anderson Grove was built in 1925 the Association had previously provided relief for needy pioneers from the time it was formed in 1883. Relief included monthly monetary payments, loads of firewood, medical assistance and distribution of Christmas boxes of groceries to deserving pensioners and in some cases payment of burial costs. Records indicate that in September 1922 three of the pensioners being assisted by the Association were accepted as residents in the newly erected Hassell Homes in Gillies Street (now demolished-opposite the High School). The first site for an Asylum for Indigent Members of the Old Colonists' Association was temporarily reserved from sale in October 1891. The site was approximately 28 acres in area in Mt Clear nearly opposite Midvale Shopping Centre in Main Road. The site was heavily timbered and when cleared over 260 tons of wood was sold to the Woah Hawp Gold Mining Company. A set of gates were erected but no homes built, although a plan for this reserve was drawn which showed twenty buildings ranging from one to four unit per building. The reserve was revoked in November 1909. The second site temporarily reserved in November 1909 as an Asylum was in Alfredton and consisted of some 7 acres and was adjacent to land reserved for an Abattoirs for the Ballarat Council. The reserve was revoked in February 1912 as it was deemed more appropriate to be added to the Abattoir site. Council suggested four (4) other sites in exchange for this land and they were inspected by the President, Vice President and Secretary on 22 December 1912. The first site inspected was land on the west side of Creswick Road opposite the brick kilns (now occupied by the showgrounds and oval). The land was described as being good quality, well fenced, no trees, good drainage and ample acreage but some distance from trams. The second site was Perry Park which was described as being good land, well fenced, having frontage to Gillies Street, good drainage and about 26 acres (but subsequently reduced to 10 acres). It was closely planted with Pinus Insignias and Wattle and had easy access from the Botanic Gardens tram. The third site was the North West portion of Victoria Park (corner of Sturt and Gillies Street) and was described as good land, well fenced and drained and well located. The fourth site was the South West corner of Victoria Park and known as Pound Paddock (corner of Winter Street and Gillies Street). It was considered to be low lying and too close to the Abattoir, and was also a considerable distance from trams. While the third site was recommended as the most suitable for the erection of homes it was considered unwise from the point of view as citizens to reduce the acreage of the park and therefore it was recommended that the Perry Park site be asked for as the most acceptable to the Association for the building of homes. The site was eventually temporarily reserved for an Asylum for Indigent Members of the Association in April 1914 with the gates from Mt Clear having been removed to the site a year earlier and eventually erected in 1917 for £12.10.0. In the same year the first 290 pine trees were advertised for removal in July and sold for £16. A sign indicating that the site was reserved for the erection of cottages was erected in September 1917. Stripping of the wattle bark (for tanning) and the cutting of the wood occurred in November 1918 with the land then being leased until it was required for the construction of the first homes in 1924. While the site was the third to be reserved it was the only one which was used for its intended purpose. It was named as Charles Anderson Grove in honour of Charles Anderson who joined the Association in 1918 and was President of the Association from 1942 to 1944.

Photograph - Colour - Billiard Roomat the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall, 2015

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photograph of one of the three full size billiard tables at the Old Colonists' Hall.

Programme - Old Colonists' Club Ballarat Smoke Social, 1922

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Programme for the 1922 Old Colonists Club Smoke Social.

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph - Colour - Old Colonists' Association Meeting Room with Replica Eureka Flag, 2015

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

A timber table and replica Eureka Flag dominate an interior room of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall.

Image - John Paul Murray Sculpture at the Entrance to the Old Colonists' Association Hall, 2018

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Sculptural portrait of John Murray, President of the Old Colonists' Association, Ballarat.

Photograph - Colour - Old Colonists' Hall, Lydiard Street North, Ballarat

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph of the two stroey Old Colonists' Hall in Ballarat.

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 - Symons Cottage, Charles Anderson Grove, Ballarat, 2017

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph - Colour - Opening of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village Community Centre, 2017

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Panaromic photograph of the interior of the Charles Anderson Grove Community Centre.

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Brick cottage known as the Mitchell Cottage at the Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village at Charles Anderson Grove.

Photograph - Colour - Architectural Features on the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall Balcony, 2015

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Card

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph - Sepia - Three Aboriginal Men

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph - Colour - Guymer Cottage, Charles Anderson Grove, Ballarat, 2017

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Historical information

The Guymer Cottage was built in 1956.

Photograph - Colour - Farrer Cottage, Charles Anderson Grove, Ballarat, 2017

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Historical information

The Farrer Cottage was built in 1956.

Photograph - Colour - Bar at the Old Colonists' Club, Ballarat, 2015

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Bar at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club.

Photograph - Colour - Titheridge Cottage, Charles Anderson Grove, Ballarat, 2017

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

The Titheridge home in the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village.

Image - Foyer of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall, 2015

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Panoramic photo of the of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall, including Presidents' and life governors marbles on the wall.

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Entrance staircase at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall.

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.

Image - Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Residence - Wilson Homes

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photograph pf a cream brick building known as the Wilson Homes. They are a part of the Old Colonists' Association, Ballarat Retirement Village.

Historical information

The Wilson homes were completed in 1966. 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)

Register - Names of Ships by Which Old Colonists Arrived

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Hand written book which starts with minutes from the Kitty's Quartz Mining Company.

Photograph - Colour - Charles Anderson Grove from Gillies Street, Ballarat, 2015

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Retirement Home cottages at Charles Anderson Grove.

Photograph - Colour - Descendant of Hugh Brady Visit the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club, 2015

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Descendants of Hugh Brady stand in from of a replica Eureka Flag at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall.

Historical information

Hugh Brady was involved with the Ballarat Reform League, and was a member of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club.

Club rules, framed

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central