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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

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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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Photograph - Colour - Dining Under the Replica Eureka Flag at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall, 2017

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

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Photograph - Colour - Memorial to Harold Beresford Irwin

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Photographs of a memorial seat to Harold Beresford Irwin in the grounds of Charles Anderson Grove, Ballarat.

Historical information

Charles Anderson Grove is the retirement village of the Old Colonists' Association, Ballarat.

Inscriptions & Markings

Harold Beresford Irwin was born in Ballarat in 1882, and died here in 1862l He loved the flora of this country, and he concerned himself for many years with these gardens, and with the welfare of the Old Colonists. The park about these cottages is names to commemorate him.

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Photograph - Colour - Old Colonists' Association shops, Lydiard Street, 2017

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A number of photographs showing 4 shops, and the Old Colonist's Hall entrance on Lydiard Street North, Ballarat.

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Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph - Newly Completed cottaged at the Charles Anderson Grove Retirement Village, 2018.

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Colour photographs of newly completed cottages at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Assoication retirement village at Charles Anderson Grove.

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Image - The George, Ballarat, c1903

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Black and white image of The George Hotel in Lydiard Street, Ballarat.

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

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Panoramic photo of the of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall, including donor marbles on the wall.

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

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

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Photograph - Black and White - Old Colonist's Association, Ballarat Founding Committee

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Six photographic portraits presented in a framed mount. The portraits are J.T. Farr; W.H. Butler; James William Graham; F.W. Osbourne; A. Croft; J. Brooksbank.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Presented by foundation members and first President to the Old Colonists' Association, Ballarat as a souvenir of the origin of our noble institution. Founded August 1883.'

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

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Photograph - Sepia - Aboriginal Men

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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.

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

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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.

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Photograph - Colour - John Brooksbank's Old Identities' medal

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Colour photograph of a sterling silver medal relating to The Old Identities' Association 1851-1854. The medallion, belonging to John Brooksbank, has a drilled hole at the top suggesting it was worn by the owner at some stage in its life.

Historical information

The Old Identities' Association was a forerunner of the Old Colonists' Association Ballarat. John Brooksbank was a very early arrival to Ballarat in September 1851, which was not long after the discovery of gold at Ballarat. J. Brooksbank lost a dog in 1857 "LOST from the Half Way House, Smythe's Creek Road, a black bloodhound and kangaroo dog. Anyone detaining him after this date will be prosecuted. J. BROOKSBANK" (Ballarat Star, 30 December 1857) Another very early identity in Ballarat, James Oddie, advertised the sale of J. Brooksbank's hotel in 1860: "JAMES ODDIE & CO. have received instructions from the Mortgagees, to sell I by auction at their rooms, Dana street, on Thursday, 20th September, at twelve o'clock, All that desirable properly known as the , Halfway House Hotel, Together with all that piece or parcel of ' land situate in the parish of Cardigan and county of Grenville, containing 34 acres 1 rood 26 ½ perches, part of allotment 1, section 6, of said parish, situated on the Ballarat and Smythesdale road, and recently occupied by Mr J. Brooksbank. The property consists of a spacious stone building one story high, strong and substantially built, the internal fittings and arrangements are neat and complete. The house possesses all requisite accommodation for a respectable country hotel. In addition are stockyards, stables &c, all well and securely fenced. Terms at Sale. (Ballarat Star, 20 September 1860) Four years later Brookbank was selling his hotel in Lyons Street Ballarat: "RARE OPPORTUNITY.-FOR SALE the BLACK BULL HOTEL, Lyons street. The proprietor of the above hotel being about entering into another line of business, begs to call the attention of parties looking for a safe and profitable investment, the above having undergone thorough repairs, and is now in good working order and doing a fair share of business. The conditions will, be half cash, balance six, nine, and twelve months. Apply, J. Brooksbank, proprietor, on the premises. (Ballarat Star, 22 October 1864)

Inscriptions & Markings

The medal has been engraved: Arrived "Sep 51 J. Brooksbank

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

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Bar at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club.

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Plan - Old Colonists' Association Proposed New Cottages Nos 1, 2, 3, 4

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

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Photograph - Colour - New Cottages at the Old Colonist's Association Retirement Village, Charles Anderson Grove, 2019

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Colour phootgraphs of the ribbon cutting to name a new cottage at the Charles Anderson Grove retirement Village the Braybrook Cottage. Left to Right: Vince Braybrook, Glynis Braybrook, Jamie Sleep (OCA President), Jo Barber (OCA Vice President).

Historical information

Vince Braybrook was a member of the Old Colonists' Association Council and was actively involved with the building of 15 new cottages at Charles Anderson Grove.

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

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Image - John Robson

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

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

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Object - Old Colonists' Association Ballarat Rosette

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Ballarat Old Colonists' Association rosette worn at funerals of members, and some social functions.

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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.

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

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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.

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Poster

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Photograph - Sepia - Mullawullah (King Billy)

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

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Photograph - Colour - The Naming of the Charles Cottage at the Old Colonist's Association Retirement Village, Charles Anderson Grove, 2019

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Colour phootgraphs of the ribbon cutting to name a new cottage at the Charles Anderson Grove retirment Village the Braybrook Cottage. Left to Right: Melville Charles, Marie Charles

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Gold License

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

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Photograph of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall taken on Christmas Day when there were no cars parked out the front.

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