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Students of the Ballarat School of Mines, c1900. Courtesy Federation University Historical Collection [Cat. No. 272]
Visit of the Chinese Commissioner to the Ballarat School of Mines, 23 November 1906.
Twelve men pose for a photograph on the stairs of a building at the Ballarat School of Mines. Back row left to right: Archibald D. Gilchrist (Prof. of Engineering), Bertram Whittington (Mathematics, Physics), Thomas Hart (Prof. of Geology and Mining), John M. Sutherland (Electrical Engineering)
Front row left to right: Dr Wong Chock Son (Ballarat), Frederick Martell, Alfred Mica Smith, Ah Ket esq (Melbourne Barrister), His Excellency Hwang How Cheng (Chinese Commissioner), Wen Esq (Secretary), Alderman Grase (mayor of Brisbane), Grase Esq (Ballarat).

Students of the Ballarat School of Mines stand in the background.
Courtesy Federation University Historical Collection [Cat. No. 206].



The original initiative for the founding of the Ballarat School of Mines was taken at a meeting of the Ballarat Mining Board on 06 October 1869.[1] On the suggestion of Harrie Wood, James M. Bickett moved that a school of mines should be established at Ballarat, making it the oldest site of technical education in Australia. The Board was concerned with the shortage of mine managers for the goldfields. Classes began in surveying, mathematics, chemistry and a decade later they included metallurgy, assaying and geology.[2]

With the decline in goldmining the direction of the college changed and broadened, the art School was established and the Junior Technical School developed. In 1976, the tertiary sector separated from the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat to form the Ballarat College of Advanced Education.[3]

In the 1980s SMB was a Community College of Technical Education and Further Education (TAFE) offering a wide range of vocational, enrichment and preparatory programs. It is continuing the tradition of providing for the education needs of people within the Central Highlands. During the 1970s and 80s it acquired and refurbished old buildings and developed new facilities to keep up with the needs of an expanding curriculum and student population. [4]


1870-1873 - School of Mines Ballarat[5]

1887-1894 - During the affiliation with the University of Melbourne the School was known as the School of Mines, Industries and Science.[6]

Since 14 September 1908, when the Ballarat School of Mines incorporated, it has been the School of Mines and Industry, with the acronym SMB remaining in popular use.[7]



On the motion of James M. Bickett the Ballarat Mining Board resolved to develop a school of mines. The purpose of the School was: -

to impart instruction in the various branches of science relating to mining engineering. it is proposed, as soon as practicable, to extend the operation of the school so as to impact instruction in those branches of technical science which may be considered most likely to exert a beneficial influence on the prosperity of Victoria.[8]

26 October 1870

The Ballarat School of Mines formally opened to public acclaim in the former Ballarat Circuit Court in Lydiard Street (South). The first President of the Ballarat School of Mines Council was Redmond Barry.[9]

23 January 1871

With little findin, no desks, an unpaid teacher (Joseph Flude), and four students the first Ballarat School of Mines classes began in the the converted Ballarat Circuit Courthouse. By the end of 1871 21 students were enrolled.[10]

April 1871

Without government or industry support the Ballarat School of Mines was struggling to survive. Chemist and staff member Joseph Usher gave public lectures as a means of raising funds.[11]

Late 1880s

Student could study Chemistry, Engineering, technical design, and other programs relevant to the gold mining industry.[12]


Ballarat School of Mines affiliated with the University of Melbourne.[13]


The Ballarat School of Mines opened a branch at Clunes.[14]


Classes in Astronomy were held at the Ballarat Observatory in Mount Pleasant.


The first professional Associateship (in Metallurgy) was awarded by the Ballarat School of Mines.


Ballarat Junior Technical School was opened under the control of the Ballarat School of Mines. Trade classes in Blacksmithing, Carpentry, Fitting and Turning, manual training, Plumbing and Telegraphy were added to the curriculum.[15]

By 1920

The Ballarat School of Mines had five branches:


The Ballarat Girls' Junior Technical School opened under the control of the Ballarat School of Mines. In 1862 it moved to Sebastopol to become part of the new Sebastopol Technical School.


The Ballarat Gaol of vacated and largely demolished.[16]


After significant lobbying by the Ballarat School of Mines the Victorian Government approved the use of a small part of a special Commonwealth grant for the purchase of a second Ballarat School of Mines campus to the located on 100 hectares at Mount Helen. The became the new tertiary arm.


The Ballarat School of Mines structured into three educational components:-

  • Ballarat Technical School (Secondary Students)
  • Ballarat School of Industries (apprenticeship, vocational and technical training)
  • Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education (tertiary students, principally in Science and Engineering.[17]

19 October 1967

The first sod was turned at Mount Helen.[18]

01 July 1976

The now merged Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education and the State College of Victoria Ballarat (formerly the Ballarat Teachers' College) formally became the Ballarat College of Advanced Education. The Ballarat School of Mines forged a separate identity [19]


With the excision of the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education from the Ballarat School of Mines, the Council decided to relinquish supervision of the Ballarat Technical School. The Technical SChool merged with sections of Ballarat Girls' High School and relocated to Mount Clear to become the Ballarat Technical High School (now Mt Clear College) on 01 January 1977. The Ballarat School of Mines developed an array of programs to meet business, industry and community needs in Central and Western Victoria. [20]


The Ballarat School of Mines established a 24 hectare Land Laboratory for rural studies on the Ballarat Common.[21]


Ballarat School of Mines acquired the former Ballarat Brewery which was partly demolished and rebuilt as the Brewery Complex between 1995 and 1997.[22]


The University of Ballarat became a multi-campus multi-sector university after merging with the Ballarat School of Mines, Wimmera Institute of TAFE and Ararat Technical School to form a single institution that taught both Vocational Education and Training and Post-graduate degrees,


The Ballarat School of Mines is the oldest School of Mines in Australasia. It was establised as a result of the initiative of the public spirited and enlightened mninig men of Ballarat at a meeting of the Mining Board on 06 October, 1869.

THE VICTORIAN SCHOOL OF MINES. (From the S. M. Herald.) THE school of mines is one of the institutions of Ballarat. It was first suggested by Mr. Harrie Wood, the present secretary for mines in New South Wales. To decide on a thing in Ballarat is to do it. There was an old court-house which had seen better days, and a lease of it was granted by the government. Many thought it had served its day and generation, and should be permitted a quiet death, but it was renovated, and became a new thing. Situated as it is, in an enclosure between the jail and the Wesleyan church, it commands a most extensive prospect, and is, naturally of course, in a commanding position itself. The main building, this old court-house, has a front age to the street of 50 feet by a depth of 74 feet. The chemical and metallurgical laboratories behind are 40 feet long by 388 feet wide. In the centre of the main, building. a gallery has been fitted up entirely round the hall, and this is the museum, In this museum there is an almost endless variety of exhibits, casts of all the celebrated nug-. gets found in the colony are there, and indeed a specimen of nearly everything is there from the great laboratory, of nature. Timber and fruits and cones found in auriferous beds as deep as 320 feet are there, and amongst the specimens are ores of tin, antimony, copper, silver, lead, iron, rock, crystal, amethyst, jasper, chalcedony, dolomite, crystallised sulphur, &e. There is also to be seen a shark's bone found 116 ft.. from the surface. The many beautiful and instructive exhibits which abound in this emporium of nature have been obtained from other colonies as well as Victoria, and also from European countries, including Italy. The contributions from the last named are worthy of special note. They consist of beautiful polished marble squares, taken from the Italian quarries and polished expressly by a count of that land for the school, which he had visited with pleasure a year or two before. Those marbles alone are worth a visit, and, as they are all ticketed and in part described, they afford plenty of food for study. Sir Henry Parkes would only be too glad to get an opportunity of purchasing the mineralogical collection of the Rev. W.B. Clarke here. New South Wales must eventually be a great mining country, and unless her people are to follow the primitive idea as regards metals and minerals of the Cornish miner, " where they are there they are," and specimens which Mr. Clarke took a lifetime to collect, will prove a most valuable means of imparting technical instruction. It is by watching and noting the different strata and their relation to the existence of minerals and metals that will alone secure successful mining, and this is only to be done by such a collection so scientifically arranged and explained as has been done by Mr. Clarke. In the manner indicated the Ballarat school of mines has proved peculiarly advantageous. Let not our readers imagine, that the usefulness of the Ballarat school ends with its museum. That is a very small part of it. Mathematics, mining, and land-surveying, principles and practice of mining, mineral ology, assaying, chemistry, telegraphy, practical mining, practical engineering, and practical engine-driving, are subjects that are all taught in the school. Regular examinations are held; and certificates are issued to the candidates in whatever subjects they pass. Thus mining managers, under ground managers, engine-drivers ; and engineers can obtain credentials of their suitability and skill; and it is in view now to make the holding of a certificate from the school imperative on the part of anyone who seeks to hold one of these positions. The chemical laboratory is a very interesting sight when all the students are engaged at their several experiments. This laboratory is fitted with all the appliances and chemicals necessary for studying inorganic chemistry to its highest stages; and so also are the metallurgical departments, with their twelve smelting - furnaces used for assaying ores as well as smelting gold. Last year no less than 66,408 oz. of gold and 715 oz. of silver were smelted in these furnaces, and 2114 assays and analyses were made. The school, in the matter of assays, offers a great boon to miners who come in with their gold, not knowing its real value. All they have to do is to go to the school and get their cake of the precious metal assayed, and they are told to the fraction of a penny what the gold-buyer or bank should give. There are also cupellation furnaces and a blast furnace, the balances for ascertaining the specific gravity of substances, and for weighing in connection with quantitative analysis to the 1000th part of a grain. A feature connected with the school of mines is the yet unfinished pyrites works. The extraction of the gold from pyrites and the utilization for commercial purposes of other substances connected with pyrites are peculiarly important to Ballarat, because were a simple and inexpensive method devised there are millions and millions of tons of: quartz that would then be made remunerative. With this thought in their minds two scientific gentlemen invented the school of mines self-acting rotatory furnace. This, for lack of funds, has not been completed as yet, but the amount in hand for the purpose. is daily increasing, and it will eventually be. an accomplished fact. It is in contemplation also to erect machinery shops,in connexion with the school, and it is purposed to construct a steam-engine to do at once the work of the pyrites treatment and the machine room. A model shaft and mine too are being prepared for on the reserve, so that practical mining of the most thorough character may be taught on the ground.[23]

Ballarat School of Mines Overview published in 1920 for the 50th anniversary

'Ballarat has helped to influence the life and destinies of Australia in many ways, the recital of which would perhaps prove tedious to the citizens of less favoured localities! However, it can be said, without much fear of contradiction, that only less known thought Australia than its fame as a gold field is the reputation won for it by its School of Mines, ...

Ballarat was still quite a new place when the School was founded, but a very prosperous and popular place all the same, with a go-ahead lot of citizens brim full of the spirit of enterprise which seems to animate mining populations generally. Money was plentiful, and they launched out into ventures, which later, were to develop and take the place of the gold mines, while what is more to the point, they understood the value of education. The old digging days were passing away. So far as Ballarat itself was concerned the day of the cradle and tin dish had already passed into an antiquity "as dead and distant as the age of the Tubal Caon," said Sir Redmond Barry on declaring the School open. Mining had become a serious business, and the mining engineer, the metallurgist, and the geologist had become a power in the land. In these circumstances the suggestions to found a School of Mines met with ready acceptance.

Plan of the Ballarat School of Mines, 1881.. Courtesy Federation University Historical Collection [Cat. No. 941].

The late Mr James M. Bickett had the honor of bringing forward the proposition at a meeting of the Ballarat Mining Board in October, 1869. It was agreed to, and the Government, having been approached for assistance, granted a lease of the old Supreme Court buildings at a nominal rental. A modest sum, including 100 pounds from the Borough Council of Ballarat West, was subscribed by a number of sympathisers, and on the 26th October, 1870, the inaugural address was delivered by Sir Redmond Barry, the first President of the School. Classes were commenced on the 23rd January, 1871.

The students at first were mostly adults. They were chiefly men employed at the mines, who had the wisdom and energy to devote their spare time to study, and, though their attendance was somewhat irregular, they made very good progress. Old prints which have been preserved show them at work at furnaces, big bearded men of the old-fashioned type of miner.

It is interesting to note that among those who gave evidence and encouragement was Sir Roderick Murchison, who many years before had advised Cornish miners to emigrate to Australia to search for gold, and who in 1848 was in possession of gold ore sent from this country. Sir Roderick sent a parcel of books for the library, and gave useful advice as to the curriculum which should be adopted.

The Museum, which now contains a most valuable collection of minerals, was one of the first things attended to, and the reports presented to the Council from time to time speak of additions being made from all parts of the world. New equipment was constantly being added to the School, a good deal of assay work was done, and some specimens were sent from the East Indies for examination as far back as 1873. By this time there was a difficulty in providing accommodation for the students who wished to enroll, and the number of instructors had grown from two to four.

Mr. Barnard, the registrar of the School of Mines, has considerately thought of the boys in the Orphan Asylum, and has offered to the secretary of that institution to allow a limited number of them to attend at the school each Saturday afternoon to witness the series of experiments there made, with a view to engender a taste for the same, and to afford them interesting and instructive amusement.[24]

In 1882 the first building was being erected on what was then part of the gaol reserve. A little more than ten years afterwards a building formerly serving as a Methodist Church was absorbed, while later on, the demand for accommodation increasing, the attack upon the gaol was renewed. The School continued to grow in reputation and size, and became the science centre of the district, and in 1889 a large new building was opened by Sir Alexander Peacock. Students came from over seas as well as from all the States of Australia, and after going through their courses they took with them the name and fame of the old School to all parts of the globe. School of Mines boys have played a great part in developing the mining fields of Western Australia, South Australia, and Africa, while old students who have made a name in their profession are constantly dropping in to see how the old place is getting along.

A deputation from the Ballarat Town Council waited on the Chief Secretary yesterday morning to ask that a piece of land behind Ballarat Gaol, and contiguous to the School of Mines, should be conveyed to the school.
Mr. DEAKIN said he would inquire into the matter, and send a written reply.[25]

It was not to be expected, however, that the Ballarat School would be left without rivals, its very success inspiring competition. Mining Schools were started in other parts of Australia, and, at the same time, Victoria ceased to hold first place as a mining state. On the other hand there was a great advance in manufacturing, and the demand for technically trained men became a great and as insistent as ever it had been for trained mining men. The Council was quick to adapt the school to the new conditions, and the result is seen in the institution, which is one of Ballarat's proudest possession. Instruction is given in all branches of technical work, and the classes are filled with students who are building up for Ballarat a reputation as an industrial centre, which promises to equal that which it formerly held as a mining town.

Ballarat School of Mines Council Agenda, 1871,University of Ballarat Historical Collection (Cat. No. 502-14 )
'At the monthly meeting of the executive council of the local school of mines, great dissatisfaction was expressed with the manner in which the institution is being hampered by the Education department. The new building for the school is completed, but no response has been obtained from the Minister of Education to an application made some time ago for a grant for the necessary fittings and furniture to enable the building to be occupied. In the meantime, whilst the new building, erected at an outlay of £2,000, is standing idle, the building at present used for the school is so cramped and uncomfortable that proper teaching cannot be given to the classes, and some classes for which there are a number of students entered cannot be started for want of room; whilst, owing to there being no fireplaces in the present rooms, a number of students have left intimating that they will not attend during the winter months unless better accommodation is provided. The metallurgical, mineralogical, and advanced chemistry classes cannot be started for want of accommodation and appliances. It was resolved that the Minister for Education again be appealed to on the matter, and the urgency of the case pointed out. Letters were received from Professor Kernot and other scientific gentlemen, consenting to delivery a series of popular lectures on scientific subjects, in connection with the school.'[26]

‘At the School of Mines yesterday the Ballarat Teachers’ Association presented the late hon. Secretary, Mr. E. P. Date, with an address and a purse of sovereigns on his retirement from office. The presentation was made by the president, Mr. J. C. Molloy, who highly eulogised Mr. Date for his valuable efforts on behalf of the association and in the cause of public education.’[27]


The following SCHOLARSHIPS are open to all Boys of the State:-
Applications must be handed in not later than the 1st November, 1914.
Application forms and full particulars obtainable at the office.
L. ST. G. F. AUSTIN, Registrar.[28]

Owing to its bracing climate, its abundant opportunities for recreations, and its accessibility, Ballarat as a city is an ideal place for educational purposed, and is yearly becoming more and more appreciated throughout the State. The chairman of one of Ballarat's biggests industries claims that the workman can do twice the day's work here that he can do in Melbourne. He was a little enthusiastic over it, perhaps, but it is a well-known fact that the healthy and invigorating Ballarat climate is conducive to both physical and mental activity, and the records of the School provide ample proof of it.

One of the most interesting and successful branches of the School of Mines and Industries - if the name be enlarged with the enlargement of its scope - is the Technical Art School. "The City of Statues" has from its earliest days been a stronghold of art. Art schools have flourished here, and in 1905 the Education Department came to the conclusion that the best thing to do with them was to place them under the management of the School of Mines Council. A magnificent new Technical Art School was built at a cost of some 12,000 pounds on the site of the old Supreme Court building, and was formally opened on the 23rd July, 1915. The results have not only been justified but surpassed all anticipations. The most comprehensive list of subjects is taught, and this list is constantly added to. Students have flocked to the art School, which may be said to occupy a unique position in Australia, and its record of success is really astonishing. Its students supply art teachers for the newer schools that are being built, and many occupy leading positions in important business houses. So well is its reputation known that orders are constantly being received, not only from Victoria, but from other States, for honor boards and challenge shields to be designed and made.

The most recent addition to the School of Mines and Industries is the Junior Technical School, for which a new building is now being erected on a portion of the gaol site, transferred to the School of Mines Council by the Government. At the present moment temporary quarters are being occupied. Some students after passing through the Junior School go straight to employment, continuing perhaps to attend the evening trade classes, while others move on to the senior School.

In a review of the work of the School of Mines mention must be made of a series of industrial research carried out under supervision of the Principal. One in particular, regarding the suitability of the local ores for the manufacture of pigments attracted much attention, while the experimetns on the manufacture of white pottery from Victorian clays were considered of sufficient importance by the Federal Advisory Council of Science and Industry to warrant the appointment of a special investigator. The results of these have been most encouraging, and may have far-reaching consequences.

The vocational training of returned soldiers also should not be overlooked. The work was taken in hand from the first, before the Repatriation Department gave assistance, and now with the help of the department of the School has become one of the largest vocational training centres in Victoria outside of Melbourne. The soldiers, trained in a variety of occupations, have made remarkable progress, and already considerable numbers have found employment in local workshops and factories.

To sum up, the School is divided into the following departments, each well staffed and equipped: - The School of Mines, Science, and Engineering; the Technical Art School, the Boys' Junior Technical School, the Girl's Preparatory Technical Classes, Trade Classes, and the Commercial School. The School of Mines, Science and Engineering, comprises the following branches: - Mining, Metallurgy, Geology, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Chemistry, and Pharmacy. Battery treatments, Cyanide Testing, Smelting, Assays, and Clay Testing from a regular part of the School's work. Students gaining qualifications obtain concession in their courses at the university, should they proceed there to continue their studies. The Technical Art school curriculum includes training in all branches of Pictorial and Applied Art, an Architectural Diploma Course, a Draughtman's Course, Technical Art teachers' Course, Photography, Ticket Writing, Art Metal Work, Woodcarving, Needlework, and Leather work. The Trade Classes give instruction in Telephone Mechanics, telegraphy, Carpentry, Cabinet Making, Plumbing, Blacksmithing, Fitting, Electric Wiring, and Printing. Numerous Scholarships are offered every year, and altogether students will find few places to equal the Ballarat School of Mines and Industries as a training place for their life's work. One of the fist in the continent to be established, its Jubilee finds it still in the front rank, keeping pace with the times, and offering to the youths of this country the means of taking advantage of Australia's teeming opportunities.[29]

Ballarat Technical Art School

See Ballarat Technical Art School

Harold Herbert, Deputy Principal <1916>

H. H. Smith, Principal <1916>

Ballarat Junior Technical School

The Ballarat Junior Technical School was under the jurisdiction of the Ballarat School of Mines. In 1949-50 the aims of the school was to:

1. Give all students a sound general and cultural education to the Intermediate standard for technical Schools.
2. Prepare those with the necessary ability for the higher professional courses of the Ballarat School of Mines in Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Mining engineering, Applied Chemistry, Metallurgy, Assaying, Architecture, Art and Crafts or technical Teaching.
3. In addition to a sound education, it gives students not proceeding to the higher courses, a pre-vocational training which will enable them to become competent artisans in any of the skilled apprenticeship.

Ballarat Girls' Junior Technical School

Ballarat Girls' Junior Technical School

Ballarat School of Mines Subjects


Applied Mechanics


Art Metal Work, Repousse, etc


Black Horse Mining Company



Captain of Shift

Carpentry & Joinery






Electricity and Magnetism

Electrical Engineering


Engineering Drawing

Engine Driving



Materia Medica


Mechanical Engineering


Mine Manager's Course


Mining Geology

Municipal Engineers' Class




Practical Mining

Signwriting, Ticket Writing and House Decoration



Typing and Shorthand

Fitting and Turning

Underground Manager

Veterinary Science

Awards and Scholarships

Awards and Scholarships

Ballarat School of Mines Clubs and Groups

Ballarat Science and Field Naturalists Club

Ballarat Science Club


Ballarat School of Mines Colours, Mottos and Logos

In July 1899 it was reported that the Ballarat School of Mines Colour Committee had chosen blue with a narrow band of gold between the blue, as the School colours. A badge was also decided up, the shape being a shield, surmounted by a scroll bearing the school motto, The shield is divided diagonally by two equi-distant lines, between the letters S.M.B.The right hand corner contains two miner's picks crosswise, whilst the left hand quarter contains a pestle and mortar. The groundwork of the badge is in dark blue, with the motto, scroll, and emblems in gold.[30]


Lydiard Street South, Ballarat


The first Australian School of Mines was established at Ballarat in 1869, with the first enrollments in 1870.

Pioneering X-Ray demonstrations took place at the Ballarat School of Mines on 18 July 1896. The original x-rays and x-ray tubes are still in existence.[31]

Community Involvement

The Ballarat School of Mines participated in Factory Day, 1917, an initiative of the Forward Ballarat Movement.

Works Produced

Workplace Relations

The People

Charles Kent, auditor (1886)

Staff Member Listing

List of Ballarat School of Mines Staffmembers

Former Students Listing

Ballarat School of Mines List of Students

Ballarat School of Mines Presidents

List of Ballarat School of Mines Presidents

Ballarat School of Mines Vice-Presidents

# Vice-President Term
Judge Rogers <1870>
James Oddie <1880-1883>
R. Denham Pinnock <1896>
R. T. Vale <1896>
James M. Bickett <1916>
John Nankiville Dunn <1916>
F. Barrow <1930-1935>
D. Maxwell <1930-1935>
M.G. Beanland <1953>
M.B. John <1953>
Bruce C.M. Muir <1982>
Lindsay Hillman <1982>

Ballarat School of Mines Life Governors

# Life Governors Term
Somerville Learmonth 1870>
Robert Brough Smyth 1872>
Joseph Flude 1872>
R. W. Newman <1873>
J. G. Reeves <1873>
Henry R. Caselli <1873>
Mathilde Meglin <1874>
Philip Russell <1874>
Judge Rogers <1874>
William Bailey <1874>
Martin Loughlin <1874>
W. H. Barnard <1875>
William John Clarke <1876>

Ballarat School of Mines Council Members

Ballarat School of Mines Council Members

Ballarat School of Mines Registrar

# Registrar Term
W. Henry Barnard 1870-1881
Andrew Berry 1882-1895
Frederick Martell 1895-1914
L. St. G.P. Austin 1914-1922
John B. Robinson 1923-1935
F. E. Ferguson 1936-1961
Eric A. Bald 1961-1971
Robert Thomas Morrell 1971-1976 (Title changed from Registrar to Registrar and Business Manager)
Steven A. Mendelson 1976-1993 (Title changed from Registrar to Registrar and Business Manager)

Ballarat School of Mines Principals/Directors

# Principal/Director's Term
Frederick Martell 1895-1911
W. Poole 1912-1914
Maurice Copland 1916-1920
A.F. Heseltine 1921-1946
Richard W. Richards 1946-1958
E.J. Barker 1964-1976
Graham Beanland 1976-1982
Peter Shiells 1982-1993
Ron Wild <1994-1998>
Terry Lloyd -1912

Ballarat School of Mines Associates

Ballarat School of Mines Associates List

In the early 1880s the Ballarat School of Mines Council introduced a three year course of training under the professors to qualify students in the following professions:

1. Mining Engineering
2. Metallurgy
3. Geology
4. Electricity [32]

Each of these courses had an additional, but optional, fourth year of study. The prescribed subjects of study for an Associateship was set out in the Calendar of the Ballarat School of Mines in each year. Any student who passed the prescribed examinations in any of the above courses was issued with a Certificate of Competency, and conferred with the distinction of Associate.

By the 1890s the professorial staff had drawn up a curriculum leading to an Associateship of the Ballarat School of Mines. The first two years work was to be common to all courses, but in the third and subsequent years the student wold be devoted to a specialised branch of study. The Associateship was to be conferred in one of another of the following Courses: Agriculture, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, [Geology], Metallurgy and Mining Engineering. All were three year courses except for Agriculture which was two years. Each course was conducted in accordance with a prescribed curriculum and syllabus.[33]

In 1960 an new procedure for admission to graduate status as Associates was introduced to the Ballarat School of Mines where Associateship would be conferred at a public ceremony.[34]

After 01 July 1976 graduates of Ballarat College of Advanced Education and Ballarat College of Advanced Education were admitted in major studies relating to mining for Australian accreditation and overseas purposes.

Ballarat School of Mines Associates could ascribe ASMB after their name.


Ballarat School of Mines Subscribers

World War One Service

The third term opened during the month, and the enrolment so far is not satisfactory. A large number of our full course, as well as short course and trade students have enlisted for active service, but this does not fully account for the falling off.[35]
Enlistments and extra drill nights required by the Military authorities continue to have their effect upon the number and regularity of attendance of students in the evening classes. The military authorities having also arranged for the Annual encampment at a time when the Annual examinations will be in full swing. This is going to come very hard upon the school and Students. Representations has been made to the Department with a view to securing exemption for students attending Tech. classes and it is hoped some satisfactory arrangement will be come to.[36]

Click this link for a listing of '''Ballarat School of Mines Staff and Students who served during World War One'''.

World War Two Service

Click this links for Ballarat School of Mines Staff and Students Who Served During World War Two.

Samuel J. Ainsworth

Patricia Allan

Beverley Allen

Olive Armstrong

Ian Avent

J. Baird

Frances Bayly

Alex J. Bell

William Boreham

Muriel Boyd

Lloyd Burfurd

Ken Butler

Ralph Butler

E.G. Causen

Herbert Christensen

Peggy Coles

Ian Cooper

Max Coward

Neil Crouch

Walter Day

Catherine Douglas

James Duncan

Sir Thomas Dunhill

Gordon Dye

Cliff Ellis

Don Eltringham

Geoffrey Farrar

Vera Field

Violet Fisher

Mary Fitzpatrick

Rupert P. Flower

Eric Goon

Ernest Gribble

Ronald Hammond

Mattie Hayes

Jack Henderson

Frank Hollioake

Evelyn Jones

Ronald A. Jones

Jean Keith

Jack Lannen

Joyce Laurens

Dorothy Laurie

Graham Laurie

Stan Laurie

Maxwell Lawrence

Murray Linklater

James S. Lochhead

Phyllis Loveland

Ronald Ludbrook

Fifi Malseed

Bessie Martin

Jim Martin

Joy Martin

Jim McClure

Ian McLachlan

Kevin McLachlan

Edwin McLenehan

Henry George McNeil

Kenneth McRae

Maureen McRae

Dick Menhennet

Carrie Mouser

Norman Murray

Jack Nott

Lila Nunn

Ken Palmer

Bonnie Penberthy

Frank Penney

Fred Petchell

Marian Pierce

Mona Rasmussen

Norma Rigney

Betty Robertson

Coral Robertson

Bill Rowe

Philip Rowe

Elsie Scott

Geoffrey Shorten

Beth Speak

Lesley Stapleton

Thomas Stevens

Lorna Stone

Ralph Taylor

Edna Thomas

Herbert J. Trevenen

Pam Vallins

Bill Walters

Adrian Ward

Joy Ware

Frederick Welsh

Donald White

William White

Joe Wilkinson

William Williams (2)

Alan Wilson

John Wilson (2)

Bill Wray

Keith Wylie

Gordon Yorke

Joan Zilles

Legacies, Scholarships and Awards

  • Frank Pinkerton Scholarship - 30 pounds per annum for three years and free tuition in Architecture, Metallurgy, Applied Chemistry, Mining, Electrical, Mechanical or Civil Engineering.


  • Martha K. Pinkerton Art Scholarship
  • Mica Smith Scholarship - 30 pounds per annum for three years and Free tuition in Mining Engineering, Metallurgy or Applied Chemistry.[38]

Colombo Plan and International Students

The Colombo Plan is a regional organisation of 27 countries designed to strengthen economic and social development of member countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It was established by Great Britain in Colombo, Ceylon, in 1950, and launched in Australian in 1851. The primary focus of its work is on the development of human resources in the region.[39] Programs focussed on training and education, health and the provision of food supplies, equipment and financial loans. The goal was to not only build the developing countries’ physical capital (including technology and infrastructure such as hospitals, roads and schools) but also to raise peoples’ skill levels so they could effectively utilise resources and deliver services in areas such as health, education and public administration. The Australian government, amongst other contributions to the Colombo Plan, offered scholarships and other assistance for students from member countries to study and gain practical training in Australia. By the 1980s over 20,000 students had the opportunity to study in Australia in their field, with the intention that they would assist their home countries’ technological, economic, social and political development. While students had to return home after their studies were complete, a number later migrated permanently to Australia under skilled migration programs.[40]

The Ballarat Asian Students Association was active between <1966-1968).

In 2014 the New Colombo Plan was established as a signature initiative of the Australian Government aiming to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.[41]

Colombo Plan Enrolments at the Ballarat School of Mines (not complete)

Richard and Teddy depicted at

See also

Australian Mining Corps

Ballarat Field Club and Science Society

Ballarat Junior Technical School Honour Board

Ballarat School of Mines - Establishment

Ballarat School of Mines Botanical Gardens

Ballarat School of Mines Brewery Complex

Ballarat School of Mines Department of Scientific Research

Ballarat School of Mines Honour Book

Ballarat Observatory

Ballarat School of Mines Museum

Ballarat School of Mines Repatriation Scheme

Ballarat School of Mines Scientific Instrument Committee

Ballarat School of Mines Stamper Battery

Ballarat School of Mines Students' Scientific Improvement Society

Ballarat School of Mines Subjects

Ballarat School of Mines Staffmembers and Supporters

Ballarat Technical Art School

Clunes School of Mines (a campus of the Ballarat School of Mines)

Gauge Tower

Model Mine

Martha Pinkerton

Tertiary Education

Recommended Reading

Perry, Warren, The School of Mines and Industries, Ballarat, Ballarat School of Mines, Ballarat, 1984.


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  3. Ballarat School of Mines Annual Report, 1986
  4. Ballarat School of Mines Annual Report, 1986
  5. Lines of Succession: The Origins of the University of Ballarat from 1870. University of Ballarat, 2012
  6. Lines of Succession: The Origins of the University of Ballarat from 1870. University of Ballarat, 2012
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  8. Lines of Succession: The Origins of the University of Ballarat from 1870. University of Ballarat, 2012
  9. Lines of Succession: The Origins of the University of Ballarat from 1870. University of Ballarat, 2012
  10. Lines of Succession: The Origins of the University of Ballarat from 1870. University of Ballarat, 2012
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  14. Lines of Succession: The Origins of the University of Ballarat from 1870. University of Ballarat, 2012
  15. Lines of Succession: The Origins of the University of Ballarat from 1870. University of Ballarat, 2012
  16. Lines of Succession: The Origins of the University of Ballarat from 1870. University of Ballarat, 2012
  17. Lines of Succession: The Origins of the University of Ballarat from 1870. University of Ballarat, 2012
  18. Lines of Succession: The Origins of the University of Ballarat from 1870. University of Ballarat, 2012
  19. Lines of Succession: The Origins of the University of Ballarat from 1870. University of Ballarat, 2012
  20. Lines of Succession: The Origins of the University of Ballarat from 1870. University of Ballarat, 2012
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  23. Queanbeyan Age, 18 September 1978.
  24. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), Saturday 11 November 1876, page 8. Digital copy accessed via Trove.
  25. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), Thursday 24 April 1890, page 11.
  26. The Argus, 16 May 1891.
  27. The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), Wednesday 14 September 1892, page 3.
  28. The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Wednesday 14 October 1914, page 8.
  29. The Ballarat School of Mines and Industries Jubilee Booklet, 1920. University of Ballarat Historical Collection [Cat. No. 317].
  30. Baccarat School of Mines Magazine, July 1899.
  31. Perry, Warren, The School of Mines and Industries, Ballarat, Ballarat School of Mines, Ballarat, 1984.
  32. Perry, Warren, The School of Mines and Industries, Ballarat, Ballarat School of Mines, Ballarat, 1984.pp 73, 177.
  33. Perry, Warren, The School of Mines and Industries, Ballarat, Ballarat School of Mines, Ballarat, 1984. p. 91.
  34. Perry, Warren, The School of Mines and Industries, Ballarat, Ballarat School of Mines, Ballarat, 1984, p. 436.
  35. Ballarat School of Mines Principals Monthly Report, July 1915. (Cat. No. 1109.15).
  36. Ballarat School of Mines Monthly Principals Report, June 1916/
  37. Ballarat Courier, 18 November 1942.
  38. Ballarat Courier, 18 November 1942.
  39., accessed 15 February 2021
  40., accessed 21 April 2021.
  41., accessed 21 April 2021

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