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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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Photograph - Colour - Billiard Roomat the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall, 2015

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Colour photograph of one of the three full size billiard tables at the Old Colonists' Hall.

colour photograph - Old Colonists' Hall, Ballarat

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photograph of a night view of the Old Colonists' Hall in Lydiard Street North, on White Night 2019

Historical information

White night was held on 03 October 2019 and an event was held at the hall for members.

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Image - Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc. Council Online Meeting due to Covid19 Lock Down, 2020

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Members of the Old Colonists' Association Council attend an online meeting during the Covid-19 pandemic

Image - Zoom Association Council Meeting due to Covid19 Lock Down, 2020

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Members of the Old Colonists' Association Council attend an online meeting during the Covid-19 pandemic

Book - Facsimile of Address From the Old Colonists of Victoria to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh K.G

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Blue hard covered 35 page book with an address, a reponse from Prince Alfred, and a number of signatures.

Inscriptions & Markings

To his Rotal highness Prince Alfred Ernest Albert Duke of Edinburgh K.G. &c &c &c May it please Your Royal Highness. We the undersigned, being Colonists of Victoria wirh expressions of a Century and upwards venture to approach you Royal Highness with expressions of unaltered loyalty to Her Majesty's throne and person, and our very sincere and heart congratulations to your Royal Highnedd on your auspicious visit to his distant dependency of the British Empire. We can confiently assure your Royal Highness that however attractive Republicans Institutions may be to many young communitites generally Victoria is in the main free from the taint of any such prediliction. The loyalty and attachment to Monarchial Government of those numbered amonst her older Colonists have been strenghtened bu their enlarged and by the deep connection ever increasing with their ripening years that their material interests will be best protected by the perpetuation of the intimate connexion with the Great Empire over which Her Majesty rules - an Empire the Language, Laws, Customs and Institutions of which it is their privelige to inherit. We may be allowed to esteem the visit of your Royal Highness to these shores as of teh utmost importance, regarded from the Imperial as well as from a Colonial point of view. Your Royal Highness has now had an opportunity of satisfying yourself, and may bear testimony on your return to Europe that the Colonists of Victoria, although they have left their Mother COuntry, have not lost the spirit of enterprise, the energy, the self-reliance, the love of law and order which distinguish the British Race - and that in common with their fellow countrymen at home they possess qualities, the possessoin of which by her peple has made England great and glorious amongst the nations - while your presence here proves to the Colony at large, be especially to our Colonial born youth that Her Majesty 's solicitude for our welfare is unabted. Wish a sincere hope that the visit of your Royal Highness to the other COlonies of the Australian Group may be gratifying to you, and your ultimate return to the Royal Circle safe and attended with every happiness. We beg leave to remain, With the greatest respect, Your Royal Highness' Most humble and most obedient servants, Signature Date of arrival in the Colony. Edward Henty Novr 19th 1834 Francis Henty Decr 9th 1834 John Pascoe Fawkner Oct 9th 1835 Many ignatures follow including John Wilson Novr 1841 Joseph Bickett 27 September 1842 Theophilis Dredge January 1839 Archibald Fisken August 1839 Samuel Legge April 1841 David Coghill March 1838 Joseph L'Estrange 1849 December Thomas W. Wills Dec 1839 James Cuthbert November 1840 John Lamb May 1838 John Hogan November 1839 William Higgenbotham Born Oct 19th 1840 Richard Winter January 1840 Alexander Aitken Born Melbourne June 30 1842 William Cross Yuille February 1837 George Black Decr 1840 Peter Scott Sept 1840 Robert Hoddle March 1837 Henry Darlot September 1839 W. Bacchus 1837 C.B. Hutton Feby 17th 1842 H. Gerrard Feby 1839 Thomas P. Scott 10 August 1838 William Rutledge 19th Decr 1829 in Sydney, at Melbourne in July 1838 Rodk Urquhart March 1842 Thomas Black Septr 1842 J.B. Were November 1839 Thomas Anderson 1839 John Bull June 1842

Photograph - Colour - Facade of the Old Colonists' Hall, Ballarat, 2020

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photographs of the high facade of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Hall, featuring the heraldic device.

Photograph - Colour - Centenial Plaque on the outside of the Old Colonists' Hall, Lydiard Street North, Ballarat.

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat This plaque was unveiled by Cr. J.E. Reeves, Mayor of the City of Ballaarat, on 21st June, 1987, to comemorate the centenary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Old Colonists' Hall B.R. Drennan J.E. Crocker President Secretary

Image - Members of the Old Colonists' Association, 1917

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Members of the Old Colonists' Association in the Old Colonists' Hall. Front Row (left to Right): Messrs. S. Walker, J. T. Sleep, W. H. Stokeld, J. A. Blight (Trustees), R.U. Nicholls (Vice-President), Wm. Robertson (Vice-President). E. E. Llewellyn (Councillor). Mrs. R. Smith, Messrs, A. Sheppard, J. T. Clarke. Second Row: Messrs. J. Lamb, T. W. Scott, S. Walmsley, C. Robinson, G. R. Coutts, J. Lammin, A. W. Crowe, J. Don, W, G. Chalmers, J, Jones, C. Simpson, A. M. Palmer, H. Fields, W. Trahar, H. C. Handford. Third Row: Messrs. S. Walsh, A. Cant, J. Nicholls, J. Longstaff, A. Robertson, J. Welham, J. King, C. E. Wright, J. Pounder, C. R. Anderson, G. Merz, and D. M. Paterson. Anderson, G. Merz, and D. M. Paterson. Anderson, G. Mers;, and D. M. Paterson.

Historical information

Although the portrait of Graham is still in existence, the rest of the memorbilia on the wall is no longer in the hands of the Association.

Image - Old Colonist's Association of Ballarat visiting Melbourne Old Colonists' for a Bowls Competitition, 1913

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

A group of members of the Old Colonists' Association, Ballarat during the annual bowls challenge against the Melbourne Old Colonists' Club.

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Photograph of the two stroey Old Colonists' Hall in Ballarat.

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

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.

Photograph - Colour - Stained Glass at the Old Colonists' Hall, Lydiard Street Ballarat, 2019

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photograph of the stained glass windows in the bar of the Old Colonists' Hall.

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour phootgraphs of the ribbon cutting to name a new cottage at the Charles Anderson Grove retirement Village the Joe White Cottage.

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour phootgraphs of the ribbon cutting to name a new cottage at the Charles Anderson Grove retirement Village the Hilton White Cottage.

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 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.

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

Image - The George, Ballarat, c1903

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

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 - John E. Cowley

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Image of John Cowley, member of the Old Colonists' Associtation.

Image - Thomas Stoddart

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Image of Thomas Stoddart, member of the Old Colonists' Associtation.

Image - Walter Cornell

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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.

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 - 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.