As I mentioned yesterday, Mother’s Day weekend has become Heritage Weekend in Ballarat. There were lot’s of cool and interesting things going on and the Fashion Mister and I used it as an opportunity to get out to some of the fantastic buildings we rarely have a chance to see.
Tomorrow, I’ll share some of the photo’s of what I was wearing but for today, I just want to share a little of Ballarat with you.
For those of you who don’t know about Ballarat, we are a Regional Centre of about 100,000 people in the city but our region is nearly half of Victoria! Or at least feels like it is most days at the hospital. It is also one of those cities originally founded on gold. A fair few extremely large nuggets of gold were found in the region back in the 1950s…and one recent that I may have mentioned not long ago. Another interesting tidbit about Ballarat is that the only “civil war” occurred in Ballarat at the Eureka Stockade. The Fashion Mister always says it lasted for 1/2 hour…until the pubs opened…but if you check it out on Wikipedia you’ll find out a bunch of interesting details.
Needless to say, Ballarat was a very wealthy place back in the mid 1800s and there are still lot’s of buildings heralding back to that time. As a fan of architecture, it’s a pretty cool place to live.
Around the corner of Lydiard and Sturt Streets are some of the best examples of Victorian era buildings, however Ballarat (the “Rat” as locals call it), is filled with historical spots and buildings.
I’ve always thought it was kind of cool that I grew up in a historical gold mining part of California and have ended up in a historical gold mining spot in Australia. In fact there were miner’s who had been part of the California Gold rush of 1849 who came here to Ballarat to have a go at the Gold Rush of 1854.
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