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

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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 - Sepia - Three Aboriginal Men

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph - Colour - Entry Gates to Charles Anderson Grove,

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Historical information

The Farrer Cottage was built in 1956.

Passenger Ticket

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Photograph - Colour - Coat of Arms on the Old Colonists' Hall, Ballarat, 2011

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

Photograph - Colour - David Pratt and Andrew Tweedie (President of the Old Colonists' Association, Ballarat ), 1916

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photograph of David Pratt (left) and Andrew Tweedie (President of the Old Colonists' Association, Ballarat )

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.

Miner's Right

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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 - The Bar of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club, 2017

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Colour photograph of the bar at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club.

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

Photograph - Colour - Old Colonists' Association Cottages at Charles Anderson Grove, Ballarat, 2015

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Retirement Home cottages at Charles Anderson Grove.

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour phootgraphs of the new cottages at Charles Anderson Grove.

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

Photograph - Colour - Old Colonists' Association Counctil, 1977

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Miner's License

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Image - Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Residence - Permewan Cottage, 2016

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photograph of Permewan Cottage at The Old Colonists' Assiation of Ballarat Inc retirement village at Charles Anderson Grove, Ballarat.

Historical information

This cottage was completed in 1956. 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)

Photographs - Colour - Floor replacement at the Old Colonists' Association Shops, 2017

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Colour photograph of original bearers in the Old Colonists shop awaiting replacement floorboards.

Image - Alexander Bell

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Portrait of Alexander Bell, member of the Old Colonists Association of Ballarat.

Historical information

Richard Bell was born in Dumfermline, Scotland in 1850, arriving in Victoria with his family as a child. He worked at the grocery store of W.L. Wilson, Skipton Street, Sebastopol for six years before opening his own grocery business on the corner of Drummond and South Streets, Ballarat. The business was successful and he retired 15 years later. He was elected to the Ballarat City Council in 1891, and in 1892 he started an auctioneering and sharebroking business in partnership with Mr Lambert. Organisations such as the Ballarat Woollen Company and the Ballarat Tramway Board benefited from Richard Bell's association with them, and he was the Director of many mining companies. He was a member of the Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat, the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute and the Commercial Club. Richard Bell was interest in erecting statues in Sturt Street to the memory of the poets Burns and Moore, and served on the relevant committee to that end. He was a long term truster of the Miners' Association, and took a very active part in the South Street Debating Society. In April 1874 Richard Bell married Jessie Scott, and the couple had two sons and seven daughters.

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

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Drone footage of Charles Anderson Grove Retirement Village off Gillies Street, Ballarat.

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photograph of a double storey building in Lydiard Street South known as the Ballarat Old Colonists' Club.

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Image - Maryborough Town Hall and Port Office, c1903

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Black and white imahe of the Maryborough Town Hall and Port Office, with horse drawn vehicles in the foreground.

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.

Photograph - Colour - Charles Anderson Grove Picnic (Pre Building new Units), 2016

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Panoramic images of a picnic at Charles Anderson Grove retirement village before the community centre was built.

Image - Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Residence - Wilson Homes

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photograph pf a cream brick building known as the Wilson Homes. They are a part of the Old Colonists' Association, Ballarat Retirement Village.

Historical information

The Wilson homes were completed in 1966. 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)