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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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16-14 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 - Old Colonists' Association Counctil, 1977

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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.

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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 - R.M. Goodfellows Premises, Ballarat, c1903

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Black and white image of Goodfellow's cordial factory.

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 - Maryborough Town Hall and Port Office, c1903

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

Image - John E. Cowley

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

Image - Thomas Stoddart

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

Image - Walter Cornell

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Image of Walter Cornell, member of the Old Colonists' Associattion.

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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

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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.

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 - The Club Cottage, Charles Anderson Grove, Ballarat, 2017

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The Club Cottage at Charles Anderson Grove

Photograph - Colour - Permewen Cottage at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village, 2018

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Permewen Cottage at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village, Charles Anderson Grove.

Photograph - Colour - Farrer Cottage at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village, 2018

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Colour photograph of the Farrier Cottage at the Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat retirement village.

Historical information

The Farrer Cottage was built in 1956.

Photograph - Colour - Mitchell Cottage at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village, 2018

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Brick cottage known as the Mitchell Cottage at the Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village at Charles Anderson Grove.

Photograph - Colour - Cottages at the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village, 2018

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The Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat retirement village at Charles Anderson Grove.

Photograph - Colour - New Cottages at Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village Community Centre Under Construction, 2017

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photographs 15 new units under construction at the Old Colonists' Association Charles Anderson Grove Retirement Village.

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.

Image - John Paul Murray Sculpture at the Entrance to the Old Colonists' Association Hall, 2018

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Sculptural portrait of John Murray, President of the Old Colonists' Association, Ballarat.

Photograph - Colour - Coat of Arms on the Old Colonists' Hall, Ballarat, 2018

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

Newsclipping - 'In the spirit of giving', 2017

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A newspaper article from 'Ballarat News'. Four members of the Old Colonists' Association, Vince Braybrook, Andrew Tweedie, Andrew Robson and Ian Fraser, are photographed in front of the new community centre at the Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village at Charles Anderson Grove.

Historical information

The Old Colonists' Association provides affordable housing for pensioners, and undertook the biggest building project since the first cottages were built in the 1920s. One of the oldest charities in Ballarat, the Old Colonists' Association initially assisted miners and their families who were in financial difficulty, including assisting with funeral expenses and providing wood and other essential services for their homes. The cottages in the retirement village are funded by the Association and while rent is charged to the pensioners, it is only a percentage of their pension and is highly subsidized.

Photograph - Colour - Opening of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village Community Centre, 2017

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photographs of the opening of the new 15 units at the Old Colonists' Association Charles Anderson Grove Retirement Village.

Photograph - Colour - Ballarat Old Colonists' Eureka Flag, 2018

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Eureka Flag facsimile displayed at the Old Colonists' Hall, Ballarat.

Historical information

The Eureka Flag hanging on the wall is an exact replica of the Southern Cross flag which flew over the Eureka Stockade. It was copied from the original flag held by the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Exact measurements were taken from the flag and the replica was made by George Lemke and Co. The replica was made because the original was in fragile condition. (Ballarat Courier, 16 February 1965)

Photograph - Colour - Old Colonists' Hall, 2018

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Colour photographs of tables in the Old Colonists' Hall.

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.

Plan - Old Colonists' Association Proposed New Cottages No. 4, Sheet 5

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

Blueline plan of the Old Colonists' Association.

Plan - Old Colonists' Association Proposed New Cottages, Perry Park

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central

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

Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central