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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)

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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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222 items with images

222 items with images

Book - 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.

Business License

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Card

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Clock - Clock by J.T. Sleep of Ballarat

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Wall clock featuring the name J.T. Sleep on the face.

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.

Clock - Clock by J.T. Sleep of Ballarat

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

Costume - Aboriginal Chest Plate

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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.

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.

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Typed listing of the Old Colonists' Club Ballarat Executive Committee 1968-69

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.

Gold License

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Gold License

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Gold License

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Gold License

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Gold License

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Gold License

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Gold License

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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 donor marbles on the wall.

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.

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.

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.

Image - Zichy Woinarski

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photographic portrait of Dr Woinarski, member of the Old Colonists Association of Ballarat. In 1882 he married Miss Dundas-Robertson of Mortlake.

Image - Edward Grose

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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.

Image - Josiah Magor

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photographic portrait of Josiah Magor, member of the Old Colonists Association of Ballarat. He was associated with the Two Ton mine at Black Hill. He was involved with local charitable work, and was a life governor of the Orphan and Benevolent Asylum.

Image - James Bickett

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photographic portrait of James Bickett, member of the Old Colonists Association of Ballarat.

IMage - Robert U. Nicholls

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photographic portrait of R.U. Nicholls who arrived in Australia in 1853.

Historical information

Robert Uriah Nicholls was born in Devonshire, England, and arrived in Victoria in 1853, and Ballarat in 1854.] He ran R.U. Nicholls &​ Co., nurserymen in Doveton Street North, Ballarat. He was a member of the Ballarat Horticultural Society for 51 years, and was President of the Old Colonists' Association in 1907. Robert Nicholls died in 1910, and is buried at the Ballaarat New Cemetery.

Image - Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Crest

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

Image - John Paul Murray

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Portrait of John Murray