Snow in Ballarat? It’s not as rare as you think

Show covering Sturt Street on June 6, 1887. PICTURE: CITY OF BALLARAT

Show covering Sturt Street on June 6, 1887. PICTURE: CITY OF BALLARAT

SEEING as how it's getting cold - really cold - we decided to take look back at snow days in Ballarat over the years - starting with 1887.

If you have a great snow photo of Ballarat over the years - send it to jordan.oliver@fairfaxmedia.com.au to have it included.

1887 - Think it's cold this winter? Take a look at the conditions on June 6, 1887 (above). This image of locals wandering about in the snow in Sturt Street was tweeted by the City of Ballarat last week. Makes this week look tropical.

1901 - Christmas in Ballarat usually means hot days with the sprinkler on - not snow and icy conditions. But that's exactly what happened in 1901 according to the Museum of Victoria. This shot at Cowley's Foundry and the goods shed of the East Ballarat-Melbourne line.

Cowley's Foundry and the goods shed of the East Ballarat-Melbourne line. Christmas Day 1901. PICTURE: MUSEUM VICTORIA

Cowley's Foundry and the goods shed of the East Ballarat-Melbourne line. Christmas Day 1901. PICTURE: MUSEUM VICTORIA

1901 - Another amazing one from 1901 - this time of the Sturt Street median strip. 

Picture: MUSEUM VICTORIA

Picture: MUSEUM VICTORIA

1901 - Track works are keeping trains stalled on the Ballarat line at the moment - but there was a much different reason - a much colder reason - for no trains to Ballarat in 1901.

Ballarat rail line. PICTURE: MUSEUM VICTORIA

Ballarat rail line. PICTURE: MUSEUM VICTORIA

1902 - Snow in Ballarat has always been a novelty. Even more than a century ago. These people took the chance to jump in a photo with a snowman they had cobbled together during 1902.

Men with a snowman in 1902. PICTURE: MUSEUM VICTORIA

Men with a snowman in 1902. PICTURE: MUSEUM VICTORIA

1902 - More people jump in a photo with a snowman they cobbled together in 1902.

Men with a snowman in 1902. PICTURE: MUSEUM VICTORIA

Men with a snowman in 1902. PICTURE: MUSEUM VICTORIA

1905 - Front yards normally green instead turned white in Ballarat on this snow day in 1905.

PICTURE: MUSEUM VICTORIA

PICTURE: MUSEUM VICTORIA

1906 - The very next year, snow covered the Ballarat Botanic Gardens. The marble statue not the only white thing on the manicured grounds.

Snow in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens in 1906. PICTURE: MUSEUM VICTORIA

Snow in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens in 1906. PICTURE: MUSEUM VICTORIA

1909 - A postcard of snow in Ballarat during 1909. It's one of the better snowmen we've seen. 

A postcard of snow in Ballarat during 1909. PICTURE: SUPPLIED

A postcard of snow in Ballarat during 1909. PICTURE: SUPPLIED

1940s:  Photos of snow at St Andrews Church at the corner of Sturt and Dawson streets.

PHOTO: State Library of Victoria

PHOTO: State Library of Victoria

1940s:  Photos of snow at St Andrews Church at the corner of Sturt and Dawson streets.

PHOTO: State Library of Victoria

PHOTO: State Library of Victoria

1980 - The university at Mt Helen felt the full blast of winter in 1980.

1980 - The university at Mt Helen felt the full blast of winter in 1980.

1980 - The university at Mt Helen felt the full blast of winter in 1980.

2002 - Photographer Lachlan Bence captured these images of Snow at Mt Buninyong in 2002.

Mt Buninyong, 2002. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

Mt Buninyong, 2002. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

2002Then 13-year-old Rhys Millikin and 13-year-old Troy Burton at the Macarthur Street Railway Crossing.

Then 13-year-old Rhys Millikin and 13-year-old Troy Burton at the Macarthur Street Railway Crossing. PICTURE: MT BUNINYONG.

Then 13-year-old Rhys Millikin and 13-year-old Troy Burton at the Macarthur Street Railway Crossing. PICTURE: MT BUNINYONG.

2004: It snowed on CHFL grand final day in 2004. PICTURE: Lisa Gervasoni

It snowed on CHFL grand final day in 2004. PICTURE: Lisa Gervasoni

It snowed on CHFL grand final day in 2004. PICTURE: Lisa Gervasoni

2007: Melissa Carroll Parker took this photo of her backyard on July 17, 2007.

Ballarat in the snow in 2007.
PHOTO: Melissa Carroll Parker. July 17, 2007.

Ballarat in the snow in 2007. PHOTO: Melissa Carroll Parker. July 17, 2007.

2007: Another from July 17, 2007. This one from Lisa Gervasoni at Town Hall.

Another from July 17, 2007. This one from Lisa Gervasoni at Town Hall.

Another from July 17, 2007. This one from Lisa Gervasoni at Town Hall.

2008 - Plenty of people were enjoying the snow up at Mt Buninyong in 2008.

Plenty of people were enjoying the snow up at Mt Buninyong in 2008. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

Plenty of people were enjoying the snow up at Mt Buninyong in 2008. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

2008 - This view from Mt Buninyong in 2008 was stunning.

Plenty of people were enjoying the snow up at Mt Buninyong in 2008. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

Plenty of people were enjoying the snow up at Mt Buninyong in 2008. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

2013 - It snowed at Evansford, just east of Ballarat in 2013. This photo of sheep show just how cold it was.

Snow falls on sheep near Ballarat in 2013. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

Snow falls on sheep near Ballarat in 2013. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

2013 - Matt McLean and Ritchard Kendall did their best to keep their car snow-free on the snow day in 2013 at Blampied.

Matt McLean and Ritchard Kendall did their best to keep their car snow-free on the snow day in 2013 at Blampied. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Matt McLean and Ritchard Kendall did their best to keep their car snow-free on the snow day in 2013 at Blampied. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

2014: Snow falls near Ballarat on July 9.

Rachael Duggan,10, at Dean on July 9, 2014. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Rachael Duggan,10, at Dean on July 9, 2014. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

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