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Active Retirees : Active Retirees June-July 2012
Active RetireesTM | 25 The legacy of extraordinary local wealth is a city of broad avenues lined with grand buildings, stately gardens and galleries, and museums packed with priceless art and historical relics. The tattered remains of the Eureka flag, which fluttered above the stockade, are displayed under glass at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, while a heritage walking trail winds along elegant Sturt and L ydiard streets, linking more than 50 significant sites. Grand buildings include the Town Hall and Mechanics Institute (1859) and the old Post Office (1864) in Sturt Street, while L ydiard Street, considered one of the grandest thoroughfares in the country, displays late 19th century splendour in the Mining Exchange building, Her Majesty’s Theatre and the magnificent Craig’s Royal Hotel. A visit to Sovereign Hill, a recreated 1850s gold-mining town, is a must for a snapshot of everyday life in Ballarat’s early boom days. The mock village with old-fashioned lolly shops and horse- drawn carriages morphs into an open air theatre at night to stage Blood on the Southern Cross, a sound and light show depicting the tragic Eureka events. Ballarat’s heritage buildings now house boutique hotels and fine restaurants, including the 1870s hotel Ansonia on L ydiard, Craig’s Royal Hotel and the L ydiard Wine Bar, whose extensive list of local and international wines and cosmopolitan menu saw it take out the region’s 2011 Golden Plate award for best restaurant. •• August 1851 John Dunlop and James Regan strike gold. One month later, 1000 miners have arrived in camp. In 1853 20,000 miners are trying their luck By the 1860s the local population reached 64,000 with 3 town halls, 11 banks, 56 churches, 300 mining companies, and, of course, 477 hotels In the first six years of prospecting in the region 77,700kg of gold was sent under police escort to the Melbourne Treasury. Experts say this was only half of the haul, with the rest sold illegally. By the time the last mine closed down in 1918 640,000kg of gold had come out of Ballarat’s goldfields, worth approximately $10 BIllIon thRough the yeARs ! Prime Ministers Avenue in the Botanic Gardens displays one of many legacies of Ballarat's boom: sculpted busts of each of Australia's Prime Ministers. Watch that Space The popular Eureka Centre, on the western edge of Ballarat, is undergoing an $11.1 million redevelopment and will reopen later this year as the Australian Centre for Democracy @ Eureka.
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