From Melbourne to Ballarat – a town of the lost and found.

A have a few more typecasts to post about my trip to Melbourne that I’m to get out of the way… oh, by the end of the year? Hope you’re still enjoying these.

A view up one of Ballarat’s original gold-rush era streets, Lydiard street. 
*Correction: 1852, not 1952.
Inside the Ansonia hotel on Lydiard street. The glass roof is a modern addition to the historical building.
Photo courtesy of SkyScraperCity 
Part of the Avenue of Honour memorial.
‘Eureka Stockade’ by Beryl Ireland
An old photo of the rebuilt stockade that was on the site till the 90’s. 
The Consul that was part of the Martin Luther King display – ‘Incendiary Library’ display. 
The Remington portable that was part of the Mein Kampf display – ‘Incendiary library’.
The original southern cross flag.
Pieces of the flag that had been posted as a souvenir. 

18 thoughts on “From Melbourne to Ballarat – a town of the lost and found.

  1. Yes, very interesting history. In the US it was popularly about tea, but in Australia about gold, but still the same old thing of the empire fleecing the colonies. That hotel looks lovely. But “capricious” bathrooms where, I assume, one would never know what will happen when operating the spigots, turning on the shower, flushing the toilet, etc., might knock a star or two from the rating.


  2. Gee, I haven't been to Sovereign Hill since primary school. Gotta get back there and take a longer look at Ballarat. Maybe a day trip is in order sometime soon.
    Nice post, Scott.


  3. In belated and somewhat toe shuffling defence of the realm, it never really mattered what nationality the protagonists of exploitation were. It was just coincidence, at the time, that some Brits were especially well versed in capitalism and were greedy beyond all reason. Roll forward a century and replace imperial nation with exploitative mining corporation (RTZ?) to see how democracy and independence can pan out (excuse the pun) in the longer term. Thanks for the history lesson. I'd heard of Ballarat but never learned of its place in the development of Australian nationhood. I can really see how the remnants of the original Southern Cross constitute an almost holy relic.


  4. To be fair to the British, these were typically actions being conducted by the british colonial government (Australia didn't have its own government at the time, and it was this event that triggered that to eventually happen) and not so much the british people per-se as a nation.


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