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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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Gold License

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Image - John Robson

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photographic portrait of John Robson, member of the Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat.

Historical information

John Robson sailed to Australia on the "Arabian, landing at Port Phillip in 1854.

Photograph - Colour - Marble Honour Boards listing Benefactors to the Ballarat Old Colonists' Associations, 1897

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Marble Honour Boards listing benefactors to the Ballarat Old Colonists' Associations. The name was added to the boards the year of the donors death. 1897 William Taylor joseph Langdon W.C. Phillips Henry Dobson Peter Brose Edwin Park John Magor Natale D'Angri Lawson Ure James Malcolm Robert Sim W.J. Clarke F.N. Martin William Kelly Edward Grose Francis Edwards William Kay James Simpson J.R. Simpson W.B. Booth

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

Photograph - Colour - Architectural Features on the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall Balcony, 2018

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

A number of photographs of olumns and other architectural features on the balcony of the Old Colonists' Hall.

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 of the Eureka Flag replica in the Old Colonists' Hall, Ballarat.

Gold License

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph - Colour - Old Colonists' Hall, 2018

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photographs of tables in the Old Colonists' Hall.

Document - Old Colonists' Club Ballarat Executive Committee 1966-67

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Typed list of Old Colonists' Club Ballarat Executive Committee for 1966-67 on letterhead of the Old Colonists' Club Ballarat.

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.

Image - Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Crest

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph - Colour - Old Colonists' Association Ballarat Foundation Stone

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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 - Entrance to the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photograph of a timber door.

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.

Clock - Wall Clock

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Timber cased wall clock

Historical information

This clock has been changed to battery operation.

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.

Photograph - Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Cottages, 1958

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Aerial photographs of the Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Cottages at Charles Anderson Grove. 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)

Mining License

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph - Colour - Old Colonists' Club Ballarat (exterior detail), 2011

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Image - Maryborough Water Supply, c1903

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Black and white image of the dam at the Maryborough Town Hall awater supply.

Image - Andrew Kofaod Michelson

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photographic portrait of Andrew Michelson, member of the Old Colonists Association of Ballarat.

Photograph - Sepia - Mullawullah (King Billy)

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph - Colour - Gough Whitlam Speaking at the Old Colonists' Hall, 1997

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph of The Hon. E.G. Whitlam addressing guests at the Old Colonists' Club.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Eureka Stockade Memorial Trust 2nd Annual Eurela Luncheon - 30 Nov 1997 Pictured: Key note speaker, The Hon. E.G. Whitlam, AC, QC Addressing guests at the Old Colonists' Club

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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 - Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall and Shops, 2017

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photographs of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall and the four associated shops. The hall is located at 20 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat, and was built in 1887.

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Image - Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Homes, 1925

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Two black and white images of Old Colonists' Association homes from a Special Christmas edition of the Courier in 1925. The top image shows 'Clark Cottage', erected by S.W.J. Clark, and the lower image shows the 'Williams Cottage' erected by Mr and Mrs F.J. Williams. The cottages are locate in Charles Anderson Grove, Ballarat.

Historical information

The homes were presented by the donors for the use of the Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat. The homes fulfil the original 1888 aim of 'aid and assist indigent or suffering old colonists' and 'to provide the shelter of a home for old and indigent pioneers of the gold fields, their widows, or anyone connected with the association'. From the minute books: "Mr and Mrs F.J. Williams, both natives of Ballarat, offered to build a cottage on the Association's ground at PErry Park [now Charles Anderson Grove] something after a style of the Hassell Homes. That Offer was immediately followed by another from Mr S.W.J. Clark, a member of the Council. Both offers were promptly and gratefully accepted." 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. 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. == Purposes == ::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.<ref>Revised Rules of the Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., 2016

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat Old Colonists' Club World War One Honour Board

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Timber honour boards with names on repoussed copper.

Historical information

This Honour Board was made by the Ballarat Technical Art School, a division of the Ballarat School of Mines.