Model Mine

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Ballarat School of Mines Model Mine, c1920. Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 0370 )



The Ballarat School of Mines (SMB) Model Mine enabled students to get hands on experience while studying. The School of Mines completed assaying for many mining companies.[1]

Joseph Flude was a member of the original teaching staff of the SMB from 1870 to 1882. He carried out early gold-smelting and analyses and assays at cost only. Flude was noted for for his early gold smelting analyses and assays. Together with mine manager Robert Malachy Serjeant, he patented an apparatus for roasting pyrites, which he called the "Ballarat School of Mines Self-acting Pyrites Furnace". They subsequently signed the patent over to SMB in 1877. [2]

In 1900 the contract for the new mining laboratory building was let at about 3,0000 pounds. The galvanized iron buildings were not pretentious, with the money mainly being used to lay foundations and retaining walls for the site chosen on the steep hill, necessitating extensive terracing behind the boiler house. The new battery consisted of a 5-head stamper and all its adjuncts to the most complete manner. It was erected under the direction of Mr Jenkins the Government Metallurgist.[3]

In 1895 the following battery assistants earned the monthly salary of £2-1-8: E. Lurnbull, E. Curnow, J. Kittelty, Robert Kearne.[4]

In 1960 the Battery Building was targeted for renovation , and the equipment disposed of:

Renovation of Battery Building
The Principal said that he recommended that the five head battery, wilfley table, chilian mill, amalgamation barrel and two other items of equipment be disposed of and the building renovated and lined if the Education Department can be persuaded to co-operate.

Cr Tippett asked whether the equipment mentioned would be need in the future. Professor Worner said that he had had experience with similar equipment at Bendigo School of Mines. They are now really museum pieces and modern practice would not require their use.

It was resolved that the Principal take the necessary steps for disposal of the plant and prepare plans and recommendations regarding the building, and present them at the next meeting.[5]

Battery Building
It was resolved that the Education Department be asked to undertake the conversion of the battery building into an ore dressing laboratory, class rooms and foundry as recommended by the Principal in his report.[6]


Cyanide Tanks

Disposal of old cyanide tanks
On the recommendation of the Principal it was resolved that the three old iron tanks be given to Mr J. Mullins, part-time cleaner.[7]

Also See

Ballarat School of Mines

Ballarat School of Mines Museum

Cliff. E. Garrard - Harold H. Bieske


  1. University of Ballarat Historical Collection Biographical File of Joseph Flude.
  2. University of Ballarat Historical Collection Biographical File of Joseph Flude.
  3. Ballarat School of Mines Magazine, April 1900.
  4. Federation University Historical Collection Biographical File of Joseph Flude.
  5. Ballarat School of Mines Council Minutes, 15 June 1960, p492.
  6. Ballarat School of Mines Council Minutes, 20 July 1960, p510.
  7. Ballarat School of Mines Council Minutes, 21 October 1959, p403.

--SS 15:46, 16 December 2011 (EST)

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