Metallurgy

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Ballarat School of Mines Metallurgical Laboratory, c1873. Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 5658)

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Metallurgy at the Ballarat School of Mines

In 1880 the Metallurgical Laboratory was described as being in very good condition, with 12 reducing furnaces, 3 cupel furnaces, and a small blast-furnace. The students were suplied with fuel, pots, balances, pestles, mortars and sieves for triturating and thoroughly mixing the ores operated upon. [1]

The 1880 course of study embraced:

  • theoretical and practical Metallurgy including Electro-Metallurgy.
  • Assaying in all it's branches, including gold and silver assaying, the examination of clays, fuels necessary for use in the Laboratory, and technical works. Twelve student could be accommodated in this class, and a furnace placed at the disposal of each.

Apparatus was supplied to any student conducting different methods of wet assays.[2]

The work performed the the Ballarat School of Mines Metallurgical Laboratory in 1880 was:

  • Assays of gold and silver - 1390
  • Assays of minerals - 200
  • Gold melted - 33,300 ozs
  • Silver melted - 600 ozs[3]
Hubert Murphy's Ballarat School of Mines Certificate of Competency as Assayer, 1897. Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 436)

Staff Members

Students

Cliff. E. Garrard - H. Lipson Hancock - Frederick Holst - H.R.W. Murphy - John Rowe - R. T. Vale

Ballarat School of Mines Certificate of Competency in Assaying (including Metallurgy)

# Name Year
Frederick James Gromm 1874
Alexander Hughes 1874
Alexander Thompson Morrison 1874
Richard Taylor Vale 1874
Isaac Lewis(New Zealand) 1875
Robert Malachy Serjeant 1875
Samuel Ernest Figgis 1875
Samuel Baird 1875
John Rowe 1875
Charles Flude 1876
Matthew Dougald Hamilton 1876
John Sharp 1876
William Edward Burbridge 1882
Stephen Harris 1882
James Robert Bradshaw 1883
William Thomas Henry Corbould 1883
William Thomas Gronow 1883
Arthur Edward Hogue 1883

References

  1. Ballarat School of Mines Annual Report, 1880, p42.
  2. Ballarat School of Mines Annual Report, 1880, p42.
  3. Ballarat School of Mines Annual Report, 1880, p42.
  4. Ballarat School of Mines Annual Report, 1880, p42.


Also See

Assaying

Ballarat School of Mines



--C.K.Gervasoni 09:57, 27 February 2014 (EST)

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