Gold Museum to store historical records

MORE than 150 years of Ballarat’s history will now be stored at the Gold Museum. 

Gold Museum curator Roger Trudgeon, Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society president Phil Franklin and director Gerard Ballinger.

Gold Museum curator Roger Trudgeon, Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society president Phil Franklin and director Gerard Ballinger.

The Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society this week donated all of its records, dating back to 1861, to the museum. 

The collection, which documents most of the society’s rich history, includes annual reports from each year and minutes from meetings. 

Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society director Gerard Ballinger said the documents would now be stored more securely and any member of the public can access them for historical purposes. 

“We have been discussing the proposal for quite some time at our board meetings and always thought it would be a great way to preserve the records,’’ Mr Ballinger said.

‘’We are pleased they will be secured and available for public record.’’

The records have kept track of the society’s actions since its inception in 1856. They had been housed at the society’s showgrounds office since 1934. 

Mr Ballinger said the records would one day be put online, allowing even greater access for the public. 

For more information the Gold Museum can be contacted on 5337 1107.

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