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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

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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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Image - John E. Cowley

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Image of John Cowley, member of the Old Colonists' Associtation.

Image - Edward Grose

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Photographic portrait of Edward Grose, member of the Old Colonists Association of Ballarat. He was manager of the Ballarat Star. In March 1873 he married Robina Orr, daughter of Archibald Fulton Orr, at Mount Bolton.

Photograph - Black and White - Francis McGill (later Penhalluriack)

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Framed photograph of Francis McGill is thought to be the first white child born in the Ballarat area. She married Francis Penhalluriack who is believed to be an participant in the Eureka Stockade battle.

Image - Thomas Stoddart

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Image of Thomas Stoddart, member of the Old Colonists' Associtation.

Photograph - Black and White - Patrick Edmund Carroll's First Car, c1946

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Three children of Patrick Edmund Carroll and Mary Matilda Fitzgerald sit on the 'Morris Cowley' car. This was Pat Carroll's first car. He farmed at 'Hillside', crossley, Victoria. The children on the car are (Left to right), Rosemary Carroll, Ronald Carroll, Kathleen Carroll (later Gervasoni).

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

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

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

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Gold License

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

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Historical information

The Farrer Cottage was built in 1956.

Photograph - Colour - Committee of the Old Colonists' Club, 1999-2000

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Photoraph of the Committee of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club. Standing Left to right: David Edwards, Peter Reardon, Mary Batten, David Wright, Tony Moran Sitting left to right: Harley Morton, Stephen Carter, Tim Etchells.

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

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

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall Entrance Lobby, 2017

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

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Bar at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club.

Photograph - Colour - Doctor Blake "Playing" Billiards at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall, 2017

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Photograph - Colour - Coat of Arms on the Old Colonists' Hall, Ballarat, 2018

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Colour photograph of the coat of arms on the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall

Spreadsheet - Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Database (in process), 2019

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Listing of members and roles of people associated with the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association and the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club.

Miner's License

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Photographs - Colour - Original Window Frame Maker Plaque, 2017

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Colour photograph of the original window makers plaque on an Old Colonist shopfront in Lydiard Street Ballarat.

Photograph - Colour - The Club Cottage, Charles Anderson Grove, Ballarat, 2017

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

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Permewen Cottage at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village, Charles Anderson Grove.

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

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

Photograph - Colour - View from the Balcony of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall, 2017

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

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Photograph - Old Colonists' Association Ballarat Medallion made out to Patrick O. Sullivan

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Photograph of a medal associated with the Old Colonists' Association Ballarat.

Historical information

The medallion states that Patrick O. Sullivan arrived in Victorian in 1854. Patrick Sullivan arrived on the “Violet” in 1854. <ref>PROV, Book 10 pp425. </ref>

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand engraved into the medal is "Patrick O. Sullivan arrived Melbourne 1854"

Gold License

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

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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.

Image - Thomas Tuke Hollway

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Photographic portrait of Thomas Tuke Hollway, member of the Old Colonists Association of Ballarat. He was also president of the Wendouree Rowing Club.

Photograph - Black and White - The Carroll Family of Crossley

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Black and white family of the Carroll family of Crossley. Back L-R: Jack Carroll, Patrick Edmund Carroll, Alec Carroll Centre L-R: Alexander (Sandy) Carroll, Nell Carroll (Finn), [Gina?] Struth, Ellen Carroll Front L-R: Bessie Carroll, Mary Carroll (Allport), ?, Jim Carroll

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

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

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