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A PRACTICAL ENGINEER is open to an engagement to erect Steam Engines, or any description of Machinery.
Address Lancashire Store, Main-road, Ballarat, nearly opposite Sweeney’s Horse Bazaar.<ref>The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Thursday 7 August 1856, page 3. Digital copy accessed via Trove.</ref>

In 1873 the candidate for the Certificate of Mining Engineer at the Ballarat School of Mines were required to pass the following subjects:


Geology, as applied to Mining


Inorganic Chemistry - Theoretical and Practical


The Principles of Mining, including Ventilation of Mines

Drawing Plans for and Construction of Machinery

Selected Specifications

Mechanics - Theoretical and Applied, Calculation of Strength and Strain of Materials

Natural Philosophy - including heat, Hydraulics, Hydrostatics - the Steam Engine.

Candidates could either present themselves for all the above Subjects at one Examination, or they may present themselves for the first five Subjects at one half-yearly Examination, and the remaining five Subjects at a second examination, but not more than two half-yearly examinations must intervene between the first and second examinations.[1]

The People

William Henry Shaw (1830-1896), assisted by Hugh Reid (c1841-1901) of the Phoenix Foundry taught Mechanical Engineering Drawing at the Ballarat School of Mines in <1880-1883>.[2]

Ballarat School of Mines Certificate of Competency for Engineering

# Name Year
William H. Keast 1872



See also

Ballarat School of Mines

Civil Engineering

Engineering Drawing

Fitters and Turners

Fitting and Turning

Mechanical Engineering

Mining Engineering



  1. The School of Mines Ballarat: A Statement of the Objects and Present Resources of the School, 1873.
  2. Ballarat School of Mines Annual Report, 1883.

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