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Special Collections


Special Collections

The Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre (GBRC) 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

The 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 FedUni Art Collection page.

Historical Collection

The 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.

Visitors are welcome to access the collection in the Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre during opening hours or by appointment. For up to date information, visit the FedUni Historical Collection page.

Centre hours

The Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre can be accessed by appointment or during the following hours:

Tuesday - 9.30am – 1.00pm

Wednesday - 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Thursday - 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Friday - 9.30am – 1.00pm


Gippsland and Regional Studies Collection

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

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

Opening hours

The Collection is available for use:

Monday - 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Thursday - 9.00am – 1.00pm

And by appointment, Monday to Friday.