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

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Bar at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club.

Photograph - Colour - Old Colonists' Association Ballarat Foundation Stone

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Colour photograph of a bluestone foundation stone with gold writing. It is the foundation Stone of the Old Colonists' Association Ballarat building in Lydiard Street North, Ballarat.

Inscriptions & Markings

This stone was laid on Jubilee Day A.D. 21st June, 1887, by J.P. Murray esq J.P. President of the Old Colonsts Association. Ballarat

Photograph - Colour - Items in the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall, 2017

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Colour photographs of boxes and a barrell in the Items in the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall.

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

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Photograph - Colour - Dr Blake at the Bar of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club, 2017

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Photograph - Black and White - The George Hotel, Ballarat.

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Black and white photograph of the George Hotel in Lydiard Street, taken from the balcony of the Old Colonists' Hall.

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

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

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

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

Photograph - Colour - Bar at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club, 2016

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

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Historical information

The Guymer Cottage was built in 1956.

Costume - Aboriginal Chest Plate

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Clock - Clock by J.T. Sleep of Ballarat

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Photograph of a wall clock featuring the name J.T. Sleep on the face.

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall Shopfront (Former R.F. Scott), 2017

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Colour photographs of a shopfront associated with the Old Colonist's Hall in Lydiard Street, Ballarat. This shopfront was refurbished in 2017-18 and returned to its original design.

Historical information

The Old Colonists shopfronts underwent refurbishment and restoration in 2017-18.

Photograph - Colour - Old Colonists' Association Ballarat Foundation Presidents Board

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Colour photograph of a marble honour board relating to the founders of the Old Colonists' Association Ballarat.

Inscriptions & Markings

Old Colonists; Association Established 1883. Founders W.H. Butler, John Brooksbank Isaac A. Twaits, Henry Hannington Arthur Croft, J.T. Farr, W.F. Osbourne. Old Colonists' Hall Foundation Stone Laid June 21st 1887 Inauguration August 31st 1888 Officer and Council 1887-88 President John P. Murray Vice Presidents J.W. Graham Thomas Stoddart Treasurer Daniel Fern Trustee J.W. Graham John McCafferty Wiliam Irwin Council W.B. Perry. James Ward W.H. Butler. Frederick Ramsden. James Vallins. Charles Dyte. Secretary John Fraser Past Presidents A.K. McBain 1954-1956 C.A. Hoskin 1956-1957 C.H. Clamp 1957-1959 J. Curwen-Walker 1959-1961 A.C. Fraser 1961 - 1963 S.A. Wilson LBS, BBSc, DDS 1963-1965 W. Titheridge 1965 - 1966 A.J. Symons 1966 -1968 W.J. Selkirk 1968-1970 L. McBain 1970-1972 R.J. Buchanan 1972-1974 J.E. Crocker 1974-1976 L.J. Drury 1976-1978 F.A. Peebles 1978-1980 Dr D.L. Morton 1980-1982 I.G. Bishop 1982-1984 D.L. Pratt 1984-1986 B.R. Drennan 1986-1988 M.J. Charles 1988-1990 F.A. Peebles 1990-1992

Photograph - Andrew Anderson

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Photographic protrait of Andrew Anderson.

Image - Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Crest

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Photographs - Colour - Interior of Old Colonists' Association Shops showing bluestone foundations from former Camp building, 2017

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Colour photograph of original bearers in the Old Colonists shop awaiting replacement floorboards, and the bluestone foundations which were reused from an earlier building on the site that was associated with the Government Camp.

Photograph - Colour - Plaques on the Community Centre at the Old Colonist's Association Retirement Village, Charles Anderson Grove, 2019

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Plaques relating to the Community Centre at the Old Colonists' Association Retriement Village at Charles Anderson Grove, and previous donors.

Gold License

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

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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.

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.

Store License

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Photograph - Colour - Council of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Inc., 2015

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Colour photographs of Council Members of the Old Colonists' Association Inc., after agreeing on the builder for the new Charles Anderson Grove Units.

Historical information

This photograph was taken on the occasion of choosing a builder for the new units at Charles Anderson Grove, Ballarat

Photograph - Colour - Entry Gates to Charles Anderson Grove,

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Three Aboriginal Men, one wearing a chest plate

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Image - Walter Cornell

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Image of Walter Cornell, member of the Old Colonists' Associattion.

Historical information

Walter Cornell as a Chemist in Ballarat, and a member of the Old Colonists' Association.

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

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Photograph - Colour - Old Colonists' Association Counctil, 1977

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Framed photograph of the Old Colonists' Association Council. Ed Drury (President) Dr D. Morton Back row left to right: L.McBain, A.J. Symons, J.E. Crocker. R. Buchanan, J. Peebles Front row left to right: C.H. Clamp. Dr S.A. Wilson, E.J. Drury, J.C. Curwen-Walker, W. Titheridge

Photograph - Sepia - Aboriginal Man and Woman in front of Two Scarred Trees

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