- Ballarat, Victoria
Infobox Australian Place | type = city
name = Ballarat
state = vic
caption = Main street scene
pop = 85,197 (2006)
pop_footnotes=Census 2006 AUS|id=2027|name=Ballarat (VIC) (Statistical District)|accessdate=2007-09-27|quick=on]
poprank = 19th
density = 1220
elevation = 441
est = 1838
area = 740
timezone = AEST
utc = +10
timezone-dst = AEDT
utc-dst = +11
postcode = 3350
stategov = Ballarat East, Ballarat West
fedgov = Ballarat
City of Ballarat
Ballarat (formerly spelt "Ballaarat" [ http://www.ballarat.com/history.htm#ORIGINS%20OF%20SOME%20BALLAARAT%20NAMES Retrieved on 19 November 2007] ) is a city in Victoria,
Australia, and one of the country's largest inland cities. It is well-known for its history and heritage.
It is approximately 105 kilometres (65 mi) north-west of Melbourne, with an urban population of 88,437 [Census 2006 AUS|id=2027|name=Ballarat (VIC) (Statistical District)|accessdate=2008-01-05] people. The city lies at 441 metres (1,447 ft) AHD and consists of an area of approximately 740 square kilometres (286 sq mi), with the city occupying a built up area of approximately 75 square kilometres (29 sq mi).
Gold was discovered near Ballarat in 1851, and the influx of over 10,000 miners in less than a year transformed it from a pastoral town into Victoria's largest settlement. The
Victorian gold rushoccurred throughout the 1850s and 1860s whilst gold could be readily extracted from the surface. The city's growth slowed after the 1880s and Melbournequickly overshadowed it in importance. However, Ballarat has endured as a major inland regional centre and tourist destination, having retained much of its Victorian era heritage, a unique culture, and is highly regarded for its grand heritage listed public and private buildings, monuments, statues and expansive gardens.
The site of the city was originally a stock station established by
William Cross Yuilleand Henry Anderson in 1838 and named Ballarat (originally under the spelling Ballaarat), which was derived from local Aboriginal dialect meaning 'resting place'. Settlement, originally known as Ballarat, flourished in the early 1850s when goldwas discovered, the Post Office opening on November 1, 1851Citation
last = Premier Postal History | title = Post Office List | url = https://www.premierpostal.com/cgi-bin/wsProd.sh/Viewpocdwrapper.p?SortBy=VIC&country= | access-date = 2008-04-11 ] . The area where gold was found was situated northeast of Ballarat, about convert|3|mi|km|0 away. The total area was about convert|1|sqmi|km2|0, and an estimated 200,000 ounces of gold are said to have been extracted from the area. This made Ballarat the wealthiest city in the district. Additionally there were several other notable gold fields in the Ballarat area including the Berringa, Clunes, Creswick, Talbot and Enfield Gold Fields.
With a huge influx of population and wealth as a major participant in the Gold Rush, Ballarat was, for a time, Victoria's largest township.
Ballarat is notable as the site for Australia's only armed civil uprising, colloquially referred to as the
Eureka Stockadebut more correctly titled the Eureka Rebellion, which took place on 3 December 1854. The event, in which 22 miners died, is considered a defining moment in Australian history. The purported site of the rebellion contains an historical park and a memorial to the event. The remains of the original Eureka Flagare on public display in the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.
During the last 50 years of the 19th century Ballarat prospered on gold mining, being proclaimed a city in 1871. The railway came to the town with the opening of the Geelong-Ballarat line in 1862,cite web
title=Rail Geelong - Geelong Line Guide
accessdate=2008-04-23] with the current direct route to Melbourne completed in December 1889.cite journal
year = 1990
month = March
title = Tracks Across the State
author = Sid Brown
journal = Newsrail
publisher = Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division)
pages = pages 71–76 ]
The early confidence of the city's early citizens in the enduring future of their city is evident in the sheer scale of many of the early public buildings, generous public recreational spaces, and oppulence of many of its commercial establishments and private housing. The period from the 1880s to the early 20th century witnessed a successful transition of the city from a gold rush town to an industrial age city. Many industries and workshops that had been established as a result of manufacturing and servicing for the deep lead mining industry during the 19th century later made successful transition into engineering and manufacturing businesses throughout the 20th century. Pressure on the state government for decentralisation saw the
Victorian Railwaysopen their Ballarat North Workshopsin April 1917.cite book |author=Lee, Robert |title=The Railways of Victoria 1854-2004 |publisher=Melbourne University Publishing Ltd |year=2007 |isbn= 9780522851342 |page=page 144]
During 1901, the Duke of Cornwall and York, later King George V, opened the first Commonwealth Parliament in Melbourne. While in Victoria, the Duke and Duchess made several journeys by train, one of which was on 13 May from Melbourne to Ballarat via Geelong, returning to Melbourne via Bacchus Marsh ["Royal Visit to Ballarat 1901" McLean, Jack Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, August, 1994 pp211-233] .
In 1930 an aerodrome was established, which was ceded to the Commonwealth in 1940 as part of the
Empire Air Training Scheme. During WWII the base was a RAAF Wireless Air Gunners' School as well as the base for USAF Liberator bomber squadrons. During the war the airport was expanded and consisted of three sealed runways of which two were over 2,000 metres (6,550 ft) long and 45 metres (150 ft) wide. The aerodrome remained the RAAF School of Radio until 1961 when it was returned to civil operations. The City of Ballarat is the civil operator of the aerodrome. The site is now listed on the Victorian Heritage Registerfor its social and historic significance.
After World War II, Ballarat expanded significantly to the North West. An acute post war housing shortage was eased with the establishment of an extensive
Housing Commission of Victoriaestate on the former Ballarat Common (Today known as Wendouree West). [ [http://www.wendoureewest.com/renewal/wendwest.htm#history Wendouree West ] ] The estate was originally planned to contain over 750 prefabricated houses. Whilst planning for the estate began in 1949, main construction occurred between 1951 to 1962. During the 1970s a further 300 houses were constructed. Private housing in the adjacent suburb of Wendouree closely matched and eventually eclipsed this by the mid 1960s. The suburb of greater Wendouree and Wendouree West had evolved by the 1970s as the suburban middle-class heart of the city.
From the late 1970s and early 1980s urban growth slowed in Wendouree and began expanding to the Southern and Western corridors of the city. In 2008 the City Council released a plan directing that growth of the city over the next 30 years is to be concentrated to the west of the city centre and through the redevelopment of inner city housing blocks, and other under-developed inner city land in the East that is being redeveloped to create a higher density housing structure. Throughout the 20th century Ballarat maintained steady economic and population growth, keeping pace with that of the Australian national average without ever experiencing any significant growth surges. Steady population and economic growth has enabled the city to mature and preserve much of its historical grandeur and beauty whilst accommodating thoughtful and modern development. Ballarat's modern architecture was designed to blend with the old with examples being the City Library, the Law Courts and Justice Centre and the Ballarat Base Hospital.
Ballarat is linked directly to Melbourne by a combination of state highway and dual carriageway freeway. Regular rail services on the Ballarat Line from Ballarat railway station run to Melbourne, in addition to Ararat Line in the opposite direction. Ballarat is also served by an extensive public
busservice and taxi system.
airport, located convert|8|km|mi|0|abbr=on North-West of the CBD consists of two sealed runways (each approximately 1,400 m/4,600 ft length and 30 m/100 ft wide) as well as extensive sealed aprons, night lighting and NDB Navaid. The Ballarat Aerodrome is listed on the Victorian Heritage Registerfor its social and historical significance. In 2005 the City of Ballarat commissioned a Master Plan 2004-2014, [http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/Files/BallaratAerodromeMasterPlan2004-2014.pdf] that outlined future development and growth of the Airport. The report made a series of recommendations and forecasts that included eventual lengthening, widening and strengthening of the existing main runway up to 1800 metres (5,900 ft), consideration for expansion of the passenger terminal and recommendations for future use of aprons and development of future structures supporting larger aircraft and increased frequent usage. It is forecast that by 2012-15 regular domestic passenger services using 40-50 seat commuter aircraft may feasibly commence.
The city maintained a horse
tramway system from 1887 until 1909 when they were replaced by electric trams operated by the Electric Supply Company of Victoria ["Horse Trams of Ballarat" Jack, W. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, May, 1942 pp57-59] . These, in turn, were replaced, in September 1971, when services were replaced by buses. A short section of track continues at the western end of Lake Wendouree as a museum line operated by the Ballarat Tramway Museum. [ [http://www.btm.org.au/ Ballarat Tramway Museum - Ballarat Trams are Ballarat History ] ] In recent times there have been studies conducted to reinstate sections of tram line or light railto service key tourist routes and high usage bus services between the city and Wendouree.
In late 2006, a second railway station for the city was being established in Wendouree to service direct links to Melbourne and western distributor lines. A naming competition by the Victorian Government saw the new station dubbed Wendouree by the people of Ballarat, because of its geographical significance to the area. The station is expected to be operational in 2010.
Ballarat is renowned for its
cultural heritageand decorative arts, especially applied to the built environment, combined with the gold rush, this has created a picturesque urban landscape.In 2003 Ballarat was the first of two Australian cities to be registered as a member of the [http://www.city.kyoto.jp/somu/kokusai/lhcs/eng/index.htm International League of Historical Cities] and in 2006 hosted the 10th World League of Historical Cities Congress.
Many of its features demonstrate the breadth and depth of Ballarat's Heritage, [ [http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/Building_and_Planning/Heritage/index.aspx Heritage - City of Ballarat ] ] which are celebrated during heritage weekend in May. [ [http://www.ballaratheritageweekend.com/home Ballarat Heritage Weekend - Home ] ]
Grand avenues and boulevards
Ballarat is notable for its very wide boulevards. The main street is Sturt Street and is considered among one of the finest main avenues in Australia with over 2 kilometres of central gardens known as the
Sturt Street Gardensfeaturing bandstands, fountains, statues, monuments, memorials and lampposts.
Ballarat is home to the largest of a collection of several Avenues of Honour in Victoria. The fifteen kilometre (9.3 mi) long Ballarat Avenue of Honour consists of a total of approximately 4,000 trees, mostly
deciduouswhich in many parts arch completely over the road. Each tree has a bronze plaque dedicated to a soldier from the Ballarat region who enlisted during World War I. The Avenue of Honour and the Arch of Victoria are on the Victorian Heritage Register.
tatues and monuments
The city also has the greatest concentration of public statuary in any Australian city with many parks and streets featuring sculptures and statues dating from the 1860s to the present day.
Some of the other unique memorials located in the
Sturt Street Gardensin the middle of Ballarat's main boulevard include a bandstand situated in the heart of the city that was funded and built by the City of Ballarat Band in 1913 as a tribute to the bandsmen of the RMS Titanic, a fountain dedicated to the early explorers Burke and Wills, and those dedicated to Monarchs and those who have played pivotal roles in the development of the city and its rich social fabric. The most recent memorial is dedicated to a war hero Sir Albert Ernest Coates. Sir Albert Ernest Coates was a soldier and a surgeon born at Mt Pleasant in Ballarat who served as a medical orderly at Gallipoli, trained as a doctor on his return and was worked tirelessly with minimal resources to save countless lives in Prisoner of War camps during World War 2. [http://www.ballarat.edu.au/curator/honour-roll/honourroll_Coates,Albert.shtml University of Ballarat Honour Role.]
Recently (late 2006), the Ballarat "Big Miner" was erected at the eastern entrance to Ballarat. The larger-than-life statue of a miner holding a pick and pan greets visitors as they approach the city from the east.
Ballarat has an extensive array of significant war memorials, the most recent of which is the Australian
Ex Prisoner of War Memorial. The most prominent memorial in the city is the Ballarat Victory Arch that spans the old Western Highway on the Western approaches of the city. The archway serves as the focal point for the Avenue of Honour. Other significant individual monuments located along Sturt Street include those dedicated to the Boer War (1899-1901), the World War II (1939-1945) cenotaph, and Vietnam (1962-1972) (Located adjacent to the Arch of Victory).
Parks and gardens
Ballarat Botanical Gardensuntil recently were amongst the finest Botanical Gardens in Australia with extensive varieties of native and introduced species of plants and trees. The Gardens have been stressed and significantly underplanted by the caretakers due to stesses imposed by an enduring drought that has affected the region for 13 years. Lake Wendoureehosted the rowing events for the 1956 Summer Olympics, and is normally a large recreational lake that was created out of former wetlands. The Lake has also recently been stressed by the dought and plans are well advanced to address water supply issues with a permanent solution. The gardens are home to the annual "Ballarat Begonia Festival", and feature a modern glasshouse and horticultural centre. Also of note is the " Prime Minister's Avenue" which features bronze busts of every Australian Prime Minister.
The town is also home to the award winning tourist park
Sovereign Hill, a recreated 1850s gold mining settlement that is rated amongst one of the best tourism theme parks in the world. Ballarat Wildlife Parka popular tourist attraction covers 32 acres and includes a large reptile collection.
The legacy of the wealth generated during Ballarat's gold boom is still visible in a large number of fine stone buildings in and around the city, especially in the Lydiard Street area. This precinct contains some of Victoria's finest examples of
Victorian erabuildings, many of which are on the Victorian Heritage Registeror classified by the National Trust of Australia.
Notable civic buildings include the Town Hall (1870-72), the former Post Office (1864), the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery (1887), the Mechanics' Institute (1860, 1869), the Queen Victoria Wards of the Ballarat Base Hospital (1890s), and the
Ballarat railway station(1862, 1877, 1888).Other fine buildings include the Provincial Hotel (1909), Reid's Coffee Palace(1886), Craig's Royal Hotel (1862-1890) and Her Majesty's Theatre (1875). A history of Her Majesty's Theatre, the oldest intact and operating lyric theatre in Australia, has been written. [ Her Maj: A History of Her Majesty's Theatre, Ballarat by Peter Freund with Val Sarah ISBN 9780975748312.]
Ballarat has what is considered to be the greatest concentration of historic architectural cast iron lace building decoration in the world, with lacework adorning many public buildings, commercial establishments and houses. Considerable efforts have been made in recent years to restore or rebuild some of the more significant cast iron lace verandahs that were torn down in the 1960s. The most recent significant projects include the rebuilding of the 1914 Mechanics Institute verandah and the restoration of the former Unicorn Hotel facade. Information about heritage related things to do and see is found on the City of Ballarat webpage. [ [http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/Building_and_Planning/Heritage/Heritage_in_Ballarat/HeritageEventsOpps/index.aspx HeritageEventsOpps - City of Ballarat ] ]
In 1998 a group of concerned citizens formed the Ballarat Citizens for Thoughtful Development with the aim of ensuring Ballarat's unique architectural heritage was given due consideration in the planning process. The group is now incorporated as
Ballarat Heritage Watch.
uburbs and city layout
The suburbs of Ballarat were originally concentrated on the gold mining areas in the east and south of the city, incorporating the modern day suburbs of:
The post gold rush era has seen a boom in planned suburbs, particularly in the north and west of the CBD, including:
Ballarat Northand parts of Nerrina
Invermayand Invermay Park
Ballarat also has some more rural suburbs of 2-20 acre blocks within 15 minutes of the CBD that are very popular with families.
Industry and employment
Ballarat's major industries include
tourismand hospitality, textiles, small engineering, food products, brick and tile manufacture, building, prefabricated housing, automotive components, education and information technology services.
Other major sectors of employment in the city include retailing, service industries, state and federal government branch offices and agencies and health care.
Ballarat has two local newspapers, both owned by
Rural Press Limited, 'The Courier' is a daily, and the 'Ballarat News' is a free weekly, distributed almost universally across the city every Wednesday, and containing news of community events, advertisements for local businesses, and a real estate and classifieds section.
Local radio stations include '3BA', 'Power FM', 'Noise FM' and also several community radio stations. There are also local branches of ABC-run ABC Radio,
Triple Jand ABC Classic FM.
* [http://www.3ba.com.au 3BA] 102.3 FM (local "classic hits" commercial radio station)
* [http://www.powerfm.com.au/ballarat Power FM] 103.1 FM (local "top-40" commercial radio station)
* [http://www.noisefm.com.au Noise FM] 87.8 FM (local chart music narrowcast radio station)
*Voice FM 99.9 FM - formerly known as 3bbb (local community-accessoradio station)
Triple J107.1 FM (Government-funded Youth Radio)
*ABC Local Radio 107.9 FM (Government-funded local news, current affairs, light entertainment and talkback)
ABC Radio National621AM (Government-funded, mostly news and talkback)
ABC Classic FM105.5 FM (Government-funded, classical music station)
Gospel Radio103.9 FM (Non-denominational community-based religious station)
Television station BTV Channel 6 Ballarat commenced transmission of test patterns on 17 March 1962. Among the many local programs BTV6 produced, the 90 minute live variety program "Six Tonight" (1971-1983) hosted by local Ballarat identity Fred Fargher, was one of the few live Australian programs of this type being presented in Australia.
In his 1999 book "And Now Here's..." (Four Decades of Behind the Scenes Fun in Australian Television), Mike McColl Jones fondly remembers local live television variety."...and in Ballarat, Victoria, a Tonight show ("Six Tonight") was carving its name into Australian television history. The show, hosted by Fred Fargher, ran for 13 years, and managed to attract many of the top name entertainers in the world, simply by offering them a limo ride to this beautiful country centre, a no-pressure spot on the show, and then a great dinner afterwards at one of the city's excellent restaurants. The sheer bravado of the offer enticed some of show business' biggest names."
Today Ballarat is serviced by five 'free to air' High Definition and Standard Definition Digital television services. Two television broadcasting stations are located in the city including WIN (a sub-licensee of
Nine Network) and PRIME (a sub-licensee of Seven Network). These two stations broadcast relayed services throughout regional Victoria. The city also receives Southern Cross Ten(a sub-licensee of Network Ten) that is based in Bendigobut operates a local office. Ballarat television maintains a similar schedule to the national television network but maintains local demographic commercials and local/regional news. In addition to commercial television services, Ballarat receives Government ABC and SBS television services.
Subscription television services are provided by
Neighbourhood Cable, Austar, and SelecTV.
Ballarat is home to two universities - Australian Catholic University Ballarat (Aquinas) and the University of Ballarat. The origins of the
University of Ballaratlie in the Ballarat School of Mines, founded in 1870 and sometime affiliated with the University of Melbourne. The university consists of six campuses, three of which are in Ballarat. Two of these are located in the city (Camp Street and SMB campuses), while the main campus is located at Mount Helen, approximately 6 kilometres (3.75 mi) southeast of the city at the foot of Mount Buninyong. Ballarat is the only regional campus of the Australian Catholic University, which has campuses in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane.
Ballarat has four State Government-operated secondary schools, of which Ballarat High School (established in 1907) is the oldest. The other schools are Sebastopol College, Mount Clear College, and Ballarat Secondary College. Ballarat Secondary College was formed in 1994 by the amalgamation of Ballarat East Secondary College, Wendouree Secondary College and Midlands Secondary College. The city is well serviced by Catholic schools, with 8 primary schools and 3 secondary colleges, the all-boys
St Patrick's College, the all-girls Loreto College, and the co-educational Damascus College, which was formed by the amalgamation of St Paul's Technical Schooland Sacred Heart Collegein the 1990s. Additionally, there are two private day or boarding schools which provide education from Years 1 to 12; Ballarat and Queens Anglican Grammar School and Ballarat and Clarendon College.
Ballarat has several public libraries, the largest and most extensive of which is the City of Ballarat Library, located on Creswick Road. Another unique library service is provided by the
Mechanics Institutein Sturt Street, which contains an excellent collection of historic, archival and rare reference material.
Arts and culture
Ballarat Fine Art Galleryhouses one of Australia's oldest and most extensive collections of early Australian works. It is considered to have the best Australian collections outside any capital city in Australia.
The University of Ballarat operates the Post Office Gallery in the Wardell designed former Post Office on the corner of Sturt and Lydiard Streets. [ [http://www.ballarat.edu.au/curator/buildings/site_listing_Post-Office.shtml UB Site Listing ] ]
Ballarat has a lively and well established theatrical community with several local ensembles as well as a number of large performing arts venues. Major performing arts venues include:
* Her Majesty's Theatre - Seating 940
* Post Office Box Theatre (University of Ballarat Arts Academy, Camp Street Campus) – Flexible Seating up to 100
* Helen Macpherson Smith Performing Arts Theatre (University of Ballarat, Arts Academy Camp Street Campus) – Seating 200
* The Founders Hall (University of Ballarat, Mount Helen Campus) - Seating 600
* The Courthouse Theatre (University of Ballarat, SMB Campus) - Seating 140
* The Victoria Theatre (Sovereign Hill) - Seating 300
* Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts (Ballarat Grammar School) – Seating 900
* Gay E. Gough Theatre (Mt. Clear Secondary College) – Seating 350
Additionally the Mechanics Institute hall (seating 700) is used from time to time for travelling performances and cinema shows.
Ballarat is also the home to Australia's oldest and largest annual performing arts eisteddfod. The Royal South Street Eisteddfod is an all-encompassing performing arts festival and competition event that is conducted over twelve weeks annually. [ [http://southstreet.ballarat.net.au Royal South Street Society ] ]
Entertainment and Nightlife
In the 1970s the Ballarat urban area contained no less than 60 hotels. The introduction of gaming machines in the early 1990s has brought about significant change in the city entertainment precincts. By 2006 at least 20 hotels had closed and some of those that remain have been redeveloped as dining and/or gaming venues. Gaming machines have brought significant revenue to the remaining hotels, sports and social clubs which has enabled many to expand and modernise.
The city has several dance clubs as well as a highly active live music and jazz scene. Hotels are popular meeting places for young people. The city has many fine restaurants, wine bars and eateries as well as themed restaurants located at
Sovereign Hilland Kryal Castle. December 2006 saw the creation of BTR, an organisation within Ballarat that has begun hosting dance events in Ballarat.
A large cinema complex consisting of several theatres is located behind the facade of the old Regent cinemas in the heart of the city.
Dance parties are popular within the Ballarat area; however, the director of Ballarat Health Services (BHS), Andrew Rowe, has stated that Ballarat is "an inappropriate place to hold a rave" and has called for the Moorabool Shire Council to forbid raves (such as the one held at Kryal Castle) around the immediate Ballarat area.cite news
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Ballarat has produced many notable sports people, perhaps the most famous being
marathonrunner Steve Moneghetti. The city is well endowed with parks, sport fields and organised sporting clubs and associations. Australian rules footballand cricketare highly popular in the city. Basketball, horse racing and rowing are also popular.
The city is excellently equipped with indoor stadiums and training centres for most sports. The city has three international standard cricket ovals, an international standard athletics track, two Olympic sized pools as well as an indoor 25 metre (82 ft) competition short course pool.
Notable sporting teams in Ballarat include the North Ballarat Roosters who compete in the
Victorian Football Leagueand the Ballarat Minerswho compete in the South East Australian Basketball League. The region is home to the strong Ballarat Football Leagueand Central Highlands Football League. Ballarat, Lake Wendouree and North Ballarat City have teams in the Ballarat Football League. The Ballarat Football Club, formed in 1860, remains one of the oldest football clubs in the world.
The city has a soccer competition, known as the
Ballarat has excellent horse and
greyhound racingtracks, and the Harness Racing centre is considered to be among the best in Australia.
Ballarat is home to numerous rowing clubs, and annually hosts the Victorian Schools Rowing Championships. Lake Wendouree plays host to the annual 'Head of the Lake' rowing regatta- contested by Ballarat High School, Ballarat and Clarendon College, Ballarat Grammar School, St Patrick's College and Loreto College. The city hosted rowing events for the
1956 Olympic Games.
Ballarat's Eastern Oval hosted a game in the 1992 cricket world cup.
Ballarat experiences a temperate climate with four seasons. Its elevation, at 450 metres (1,476 ft) above sea level, causes its mean monthly temperatures to tend on average 2-3 degrees Celsius below those of Melbourne. The mean daily maximum temperature for January is 24.9 °C (76.8 °F), while for July it is 10 °C (50 °F). The mean annual rainfall is 705 millimetres (27.75 in), with August being the wettest month (77 mm/3.0 in). There are an average of 198 rain-free days per year.In winter,
snowoccasionally falls on nearby Mount Buninyong, and in very cold winters, has been known to fall heavily in the city. It is not uncommon however for snow to fall in the city during most winters.
In recent years, Ballarat (along with South Eastern Australia) has experienced a severe decrease in average annual rain fall with falls averaging as low as 400mm per year since 2001. This is evident by the recent drying out of Lake Wendouree and substantial water restrictions being imposed on the city and many other regional centres throughout Victoria. The City of Ballarat, The Central Highlands Water Commission, and State Government of Victoria have initiated a number of projects that are designed to ensure that the city is guaranteed a steady water supply and that the lake will be regenerated using storm water and recycled water from the city's treatment plants. Many residents have become pro-active and redirect grey water from homes directly onto gardens and for outdoor cleaning as a matter of daily routine.
The City of Ballarat is further using the drought as an opportunity to dredge the lake and upgrade the international rowing course. Many decades-old introduced species of trees planted in many of the public spaces around the city have not coped well with the recent, persistent drought prompting the City Council to plan for their eventual removal and replacement with similar looking Australian native varieties that are considerably more dry weather tolerant.
Henry Bolte, Premier of Victoria
Steve Bracks, Premier of Victoria
John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia
Henry Daglish, Premier of Western Australia
Alfred Deakin, Inaugural Federal Member of Parliament for Ballarat and Second Prime Minister of Australia
Duncan Gillies, Premier of Victoria
Thomas Hollway, Premier of Victoria
Peter Lalor, Leader of the Eureka Rebellion(1854)and colonial Parliamentarian
Robert Menzies, Prime Minister of Australia
George Pell, Catholic Archbishop of Sydney
James Scullin, Prime Minister of Australia, 1930-31
History Books on Ballarat
*Bate, Weston."Lucky City: The First Generation of Ballarat 1851-1901" (1978)
*Bate, Weston."Life After Gold: Twentieth-Century Ballarat" Melbourne University Press (1993)
*Carboni, Raffaello. "The Eureka Stockade" (1980) first published (1855)
*Goodman, David. "Gold Seeking: Victorian and California in the 1850s" (1994)
*Lynch, John. "The Story of the Eureka Stockade: Epic Days in the early fifties at Ballarat", (1947?)
*Fleet, James. "The History of Gold Discovery in Victoria"
*Moloney, John. "Eureka", (1984)
*Serle, Geoffery. "The Golden Age: A History of the Colony of Victoria, 1851-1860", (1963)
* Freund, P with Sarah V, Her Maj A History of Her Majesty's Theatre, Ballarat (2007)
* Ballarat City Council
* Victorian Heritage Register, Heritage Victoria
* [http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au Ballarat City Council]
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