“Grown from the gold fields, Ballarat grew during a time of wealth and prosperity.”
And with it, The Ballarat Historical Society.
A seventy-strong audience attended the 80th anniversary of the society held at Craig’s Royal Hotel on Saturday night.
President Andrew Wallace said the night was a retrospective of Ballarat’s heritage.
“The night was a way to celebrate 80 years worth of telling the story of Ballarat’s history, and we did that through a pictorial that dated back to 1880,” Mr Wallace said.
“I’ve been incredibly impressed with the amount of people who have are passionate about Ballarat’s heritage.”
Local historian Lloyd Jenkins spoke at the event about “Why Ballarat looks like Ballarat”.
Mr Wallace was drawn to the historical society in 2004 with a keen interest in Ballarat’s buildings and street-scapes.
“I felt that it was something worth preserving and being a part of. My great-grandfather arrived in Ballarat in 1860, so I’ve got a fairly strong affinity to the place,” he said.
“Ballarat has so many stories to tell, so many buildings and industries and a very rich history.”
The Ballarat Historical Society has more than 120 members and meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month.