This BMI's Archives Collection dates from c. 1857, and consists of documents, minute-books, letter-books, ledgers, illustrations, photographs, digital images, artefacts and objects directly related to the BMI. Much of the material in the collection is fragile so a system of databases has been established to manage access to the archives.
The databases are set up in the FileMaker database program and are designed to reduce handling of fragile archival material while still allowing access to useful information held in the Institute’s archives. Topics covered by the databases include: inward and outward correspondence, minutes, photographs and images, artefacts, theatre/events, committee/board register, record of tenants, business and trade advertisements and maps and plans.
Meetings and Lectures 1859 – 1863
The Meetings and Lectures database contains information of activities undertaken by the Institute in the years 1859-1863.
This period includes the inauguration, start of educational lectures, the move from the Ballarat fire brigade station in Barkly street to the new building in Sturt street, and the early entertainment and fund-raising functions.
This information is taken from contemporary issues of the ‘Ballarat Star’, and the reference to these particular issues is also shown in the database to allow further research, as a few of the longer reports are curtailed on-line to conserve download time.
All original copies of these newspapers are in the BMI collection.