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Active Retirees : Active Retirees June-July 2012
Active RetireesTM | 23 travel doMeStic Fields of gold When gold was found at Ballarat, the small town was inundated with prospectors from every background, some of whom prospered while others armed themselves for uprising. Now a charming regional centre, Ballarat proudly displays the signs of its extraordinary boom. By caroline Gladstone A s a non-Victorian I used to confuse Ballarat and Bendigo; both begin with B, both are gold rush towns with grand architecture and both boast a burgeoning wine industry. But once I dipped into Ballarat’s past and understood how the turmoils of the 1850s helped forge the stereotypical Australian identity, this city of 83,000 people – Victoria’s third largest – was forever etched in my memory. Ballarat, 106km north-west of Melbourne, witnessed one of the richest gold rushes in Australia in the 19th century, and the events of December 1854 – the Eureka Rebellion, or Stockade, as it’s popularly known – changed colonial Australia for ever. Ballarat means ‘resting place’ in the local Aboriginal language, however, the tranquillity of the region was forever shattered when John Dunlop and James Regan struck gold in August 1851. By September, »
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