Photographs I’ve taken during my trips to Ballarat.
I collect, therefore I am.
A blast from the past......
Looking south-west over the junction of Sturt and Lydiard Streets in 1913.
Edwardian postcards of Ballarat.
Concept design for Eureka Stadium
Street scenes with trams by Weston Langford.
December 1961, intersection of Sturt and Lydiard Streets.
February 1962, on Sturt Street.
December 1962, Lydiard Street tram terminus.
December 1962, intersection of Sturt and Drummond Street.
December 1962, looking down Sturt Street.
Lydiard Street from Ballarat Railway Station in December 1963.
Lydiard Street in December 1962.
Tuesday 16 June 2015
The Andrews Labor Government is upgrading Ballarat’s Eureka Stadium precinct, giving families more space for sport and ensuring Ballarat can host the big sporting events.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Sport, John Eren, today joined Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knight, Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard, and President of Western Bulldogs Football Club, Peter Gordon, at Eureka Stadium to confirm the $31.5 million funded in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget will flow from 1 July, 2015, with $2.5 million already fast-tracked so the project can start sooner.
It includes $15 million for Eureka Stadium, $9 million for Wendouree Sports and Events Centre, $5 million for the Ballarat Showgrounds upgrade and $2.5 million towards C.E Brown Reserve.
Next three down are all of Sturt Street in September 1971.
Ballarat Town Hall in 1930.
Snow on Sturt Street in 1901.
Shops decorated for the Ballarat Centenary in 1938.
Ballarat Centenary Celebrations in 1938.
Rose's Corner Store Decorated for the event.
A horse-drawn float with the sign 'Queen Of Sport'.
Bridge Street in 1970.
A Ballarat tram in Christmas 1968.
A Ballarat tram in Christmas 1969.
Crowds at the procession for the arrival of Prince Albert and Prince George at the corner of Lydiard Street and Sturt Street in May 1881.
Gala Day Celebrations in 1938.
Decorated shopfronts and street furniture, including a tram shelter decorated as Noah's ark. Part of the celebrations for Ballarat Gala Day in 1939.
Coles Stores in Ballarat in 1939.
Gala Day Celebrations, Coles Stores decorated float, Ballarat in 1935.
The Eureka Stadium redevelopment has hit another milestone with the release of the detailed designs by architect Peddle Thorp for the 5,000 seat grandstand that will ensure Ballarat has AFL football from 2017.
Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford, Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight and community representatives to formally launch the architectural designs that will now go to contractors currently tendering for the project.
The redevelopment has already passed a number of important milestones including realigning the football oval’s orientation by 32 degrees to meet AFL and Western Bulldogs requirements, laying an upgraded playing surface the same size as Etihad and new lights.
28 October 2016
In an AFL first, reigning premiers the Western Bulldogs will line up for Premiership points against Port Adelaide at Ballarat’s Eureka Stadium in 2017 – bringing the great game to the heart of regional Victoria.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford today joined Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight, the Member for Buningyong Geoff Howard, Western Bulldogs Chief Operating Manager Michael Quinn and Bulldogs’ Ballarat Engagement Manager Brett Goodes at the ground to celebrate the release of the 2017 fixture.
The Andrews Labor Government working in partnership with City of Ballarat, the AFL and the Western Bulldogs to bring premiership league games to regional Victoria in a win for fans and the regional economy.
The Bulldogs’ inaugural Ballarat match will be against Port Adelaide in Round 22 and is set to attract thousands visitors to the region – providing economic benefits far beyond the footy field.
This year, the project has already delivered a reoriented and resized playing field, new light towers at the main oval and North Oval 2, installation of structural steel, concrete sections and a lift well for the Eastern Stand.
Over summer, the project will continue to make gains with the warmer weather ensuring the project stays on track for completion ahead of the scheduled game.
Locals can expect to see significant progress with action occurring on the Eastern and Western stands and existing Social Club interchange area over the coming months.
The completed redevelopment will mean more than 5,000 undercover seats and a total stadium capacity of more than 11,000.
29 November 2016
The Andrews Labor Government’s redevelopment of the Ballarat Station Precinct is on track with the Pellicano Group set to deliver regional Victoria’s newest conference centre and hotel facility.
Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford, Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight and Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard to announce the winning team to build the $44 million project, kick-starting the revitalisation of Ballarat’s historic station precinct and surrounding area.
The precinct will include:
• A modern 4.5 star 77 room hotel to be run by Quest
• 1,700m2 conference centre, a 300-seat theatrette and a 300-seat banquet room within the Goods Shed
• 900m2 of retail and dining options within the Goods Shed and a public plaza for community events
• 420 car parks with 270 for commuters and 150 for hotel patrons, with scope for future expansion.
The Spotless Group will operate the conference facilities under their EPICURE brand and will focus on building an events base including exhibitions, performances, weddings, conventions, community events and galas.
Thanks to $25 million from the Labor Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, work is expected to start in the second half of 2017, with 140 jobs created during construction and 30 ongoing jobs once completed. Construction will be staged in such a way to minimise disruptions to local residents and commuters.
12 April 2017
The Andrews Labor Government will restore the Reid’s Coffee Palace building in Ballarat, which now offers low-income housing for those most in need.
Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today joined Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight to announce a $700,000 Living Heritage grant for conservation works and other upgrades to the iconic building.
One of Ballarat’s oldest and most treasured buildings, Reid’s Coffee Palace now operates as Reid’s Guest House.
It’s run by Uniting Care and provides safe and secure accommodation for up to 60 vulnerable and disadvantaged locals every night.
Reid’s Coffee Palace was built in 1886 as one of several businesses owned by immigrant John Reid, who also ran the New York Bakery and the Provincial Hotel.
Reid arrived in Ballarat from Germany via New York. His baking skills helped feed hordes of hungry goldfields miners.
The building has retained its stunning façade, but is in a state of deterioration with varying degrees of damage to the highly decorative parapet and veranda.
The $700,000 Labor Government grant will cover essential conservation works, as well as a reconfiguration of internal spaces and restoration of the building’s prized decorative finishes.