Special Collections


Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre (GBRC) Special Collections

The Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre is named after the foundation Chancellor of the University of Ballarat (now Federation University Australia) in recognition of his long and distinguished career in academic circles, and his generous donation of books. It is located on the top floor of the E.J. Barker Library (Mt Helen Campus).

The GBRC includes the Geoffrey Blainey Mining Collection, the Federation University Australia Special Collection and the Federation University Australia Art and Historical Collections.

Art Collection

Federation University seeks to develop and maintain a permanent collection of high quality works of visual art for the cultural enrichment of its student body, staff and wider community. The art collection consists largely of works by Australian artists, dating from 1909. The collection also includes various contemporary prints, ceramics, graphics, paintings and sculptures chiefly by graduates, postgraduates and staff of the University.

For a complete listing of the art collection and more up to date information, visit the Federation University Australia Art Collection page.

Historical Collection

Federation University has an extensive collection of historical material dating from the opening of the Ballarat School of Mines in 1870. Over 15,000 items in the collection are currently catalogued. A selection of these can be accessed digitally via the Library catalogue.

For up to date information, visit the Federation University Australia Historical Collection page.

GBRC location and opening hours

The collections are housed on site at Mt Helen Campus Library and in an offsite store.

It is advisable to contact the curator before planning your visit to ensure items will be available during your visit.

The GBRC can be accessed by appointment or during the following hours:

Tuesday9.30 am – 1.00 pm
Wednesday1.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Thursday1.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Friday9.30 am – 1.00 pm


Gippsland and Regional Studies Collection (GRSC)

The Gippsland and Regional Studies Collection facilitates research into, and interpretation of, not only the Gippsland region, but also of rural and regional Australia. Present collection strengths include the history, literature, Aboriginal cultures, education, land use, environment and natural resources, and social structure of Gippsland. Material in the Collection is of particular relevance to research auspiced by the Centre for Gippsland Studies (CGS), a research centre within Federation University Australia's School of Arts.

The GRSC is managed by the Library, and materials are only available for use within the reading room.

The Collection’s holdings can be found on QuickSearch, Trove and the GippsDoc indexes. Digitised images can be accessed through Trove and Federation ResearchOnline. However, most archival materials are not available digitally.

GRSC location and opening hours

The collections are available for use within the reading room at Gippsland Campus Library.

The GRSC can be accessed during the following hours:

Monday1.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Tuesday - FridayBy appointment

Contact us

For more information about the University's collections of historical material and artworks, please contact the University's Curator, Art and Historical Collections.

Clare Gervasoni
Curator, Art and Historical Collections
Email: c.gervasoni@federation.edu.au
Phone: 5327 9168