FORMER prime minister Julia Gillard will visit Ballarat on Thursday.
Ms Gillard will be at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens from 3pm to unveil her bronze bust in the Prime Ministers’ Avenue.
The highly anticipated visit, which will unveil the sculpture of Australia’s first female prime minister, comes after the release of Ms Gillard’s autobiography, My Story.
The sculpture has been in storage since Ms Gillard’s initial 2012 sitting in Melbourne.
The bust was created by Rubbery Figures caricaturist and cartoonist Peter Nicholson, who completed the piece in July 2012.
Mr Nicholson detailed its creation to The Courier in September.
“Creating Julia’s sculpture was just like creating any other,” Mr Nicholson said at the time.
“For me it was about showing her in light as somebody who was under extreme pressure but who wasn’t beaten down and still kept her head held high.”
Ballarat’s Collins Booksellers is also hosting a sold-out launch of her biography including a talk and book signing at the Deluxe Spiegeltent on Armstrong Street South from 6pm to 8pm.