The evolution of Sturt Street during Ballarat’s golden years | PHOTOS

If you are a Ballarat local, it can be easy to take the rich history of our great city for granted.

The beautiful buildings that adorn our city centre have stood the test of time and and are a testament to a time when Ballarat was booming with wealth.

Sturt Street itself is a jewel in the crown of Ballarat’s history and the photos above will show you exactly why.

Thanks to the National Gallery of Victoria, we have trawled through the archives to bring you a collection of photos dedicated to one thing  – Sturt Street in Ballarat’s formative years.

Dating way back to 1861, you can now see what Ballarat looked like in the 1800s and how it grew as a city.

How many of the buildings above can you recognise?