The BMI's role in the 21st century Ballarat

The BMI’s mission is to preserve and make accessible Ballarat’s social and cultural past in a digital present and future. The BMI is a centre of many skills and latent assets awaiting development to attract locals and visitors.
Here are some projects that donations and bequests to the BMI Foundation will enable the BMI to develop for community and tourism benefit:
  • Ongoing employment of a curator to optimise preservation, visitor accessibility and promotion of the Max Harris collection of historic photos
  • Acquisition, curation and display of moving images of Ballarat from private movie collections and the first 60 years of local television history
  • Exploiting the interest and value in the BMI’s unique holdings of every print copy of Ballarat’s newspapers – Times and Star from 1850s/60s, Courier from 1867 to present
  • Restoration of the basement vaults to make them safe for public visitation. This unique, under-old-Ballarat space is a major visitor attraction unavailable for public access in its present condition.


Recording Your Name in Ballarat’s Annals

The BMI would welcome attachment of your name to the achievement in whole or significant part of any of the projects cited. The list is not exhaustive; the multi-faceted BMI may well be the appropriate venue for another Ballarat cultural heritage or community development project you have in mind.

We would be happy to discuss any ideas with you. Your name and your family’s name are part of the story of Ballarat. The name is known for the business or industry you developed, the employment you created or the professional services you provided over many years in Ballarat.

A Major Benefactors’ Honour Board, prominently displayed in the BMI, will record benefactions in four categories of $1000 and over of people in their lifetime or through bequests. These names will forever be part of the annals of our city.


How to make a donation to the foundation

Download the donation form

To make a donation to the BMI Foundation, please use the Donation Form. Donations may be made in full at the one time or in instalments across a number of years.


The BMI Foundation is a charity registered with the Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission.

Gifts of $2 or more are tax deductible. They will be paid into the Foundation account and receipts issued. Disbursements from this account must be approved by the Trustees. If you would like to discuss your donation and uses to which it might be put, you are invited to contact one of the listed Trustees via the BMI contact details shown.

BMI's Foundation of Trustees

Michael Morrow Solicitor
Graham Gooding Mining Engineer (ret)
Dr Frank Hurley OAM Past President of BMI, previous Institute Patron
Andrew Oliver Mng. Dir (ret) Oliver & Stevens P/L

Denotes past President of the BMI

ABN 12 175 281 492

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