As part of the Ballarat Heritage Festival, the Lake Wendouree Museum and Golden City Paddle Steamer Museum Society are exhibiting photographs and visual material documenting 100 years of the lake's history from the 1860s.
From its original state as a swamp, haven for wildlife and food source for First Nation peoples, a (sometimes typhus-poisoned) water supply for the city and a paddle-steamer playground, through to an Olympic venue and recreational icon, Lake Wendouree has been at the centre of Ballarat's identity.
"Heritage of the Lake" will run each weekend through May, displaying photographs and some film footage of the changes which have taken place around Lake Wendouree since the early days of colonisation.
Don Holmes, manager of the Museum Society, says it's an opportunity for the public to see the many buildings in the area, and on the lake, that have come and gone over time. A slideshow in the theatrette will present images of the Max Harris Collection, courtesy of the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute.
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