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Author and Historian, Doug Bradby discusses the different phases of mining in Ballarat to explain why it did not become a ghost town after the first rush to find gold. Doug is the author of the Seriously Weird History of Australia series. Music by Men O’ The Hill. Download text here.
This terrific visual pdf explains the geology of Ballarat that created gold-bearing deep leads (buried rivers) for which Ballarat is famous. This presentation was made by Peter D’Auvergne, Senior Geologist with Ballarat Goldfields. Each page contains explanatory notes by Tim Sullivan (Deputy CEO and Museums Director, Sovereign Hill) and Peter D’Auvergne. Published in December 2009.
In 2009 the State Library of Victoria purchased a new diary of a miner on the Ballarat diggings in 1855. It is fascinating. The author is believed to be a Scotsman and he writes in great detail about his daily life. He records his mining activities, the local gossip including what gold has been found and the news including the escape of a Bengal Tiger in Main Road. Sovereign Hill’s Barry Kay has recorded interesting excerpts of the diary and they are available in the Ballarat Goldfields Diary page. Published in July 2009. Return to Index
Jim Quinn explores Ballarat’s Chinese Cemeteries and what they tell us about Chinese culture and practices. Jim is accompanied by the beautiful music of Mr. Sheng Pangeng on the erhu. Download text here. Published in July 2009.
Author and Historian Jill Blee speaks about early Catholic Schools on the Ballarat Diggings. The recording contains some wonderful quotes about the poor standards and the hardships faced by students and teachers alike. Music by Men o’ the Hill. Quotes by Barry Kay. Download text here. Published in May 2009.
In this podcast Jan Croggon (Sovereign Hill Historian) and Terence FitzSimons (Historical Researcher) talk and sing about the fascinating world of old Easter traditions. Download the text here. Published in April 2009.
Dr. Fred Cahir talks about Indigenous contact with Europeans during the Victorian Goldrushes at a symposium held at Sovereign Hill on 11 November 2008. Fred’s research is ground-breaking in that he shows the Wathaurong people to be active agents in trade and gold prospecting. Fred’s PhD thesis won the Australian History Association’s Alan Martin award. Published in December 2008.