Saturday, June 14, 2014

My Town in Three Photos - Ballarat (Australia)

by Iris Blobel
 
 
 
Ballarat is a city located on the Yarrowee River and lower western plains of the Great Dividing Range in the state of Victoria, Australia, approximately 105 kilometres (65 mi) west-north-west of the state capital, Melbourne. It is the third most populous urban area in the state, with a population of 85,935. It is the state's most populated inland settlement, and fifth most populated inland settlement in Australia.
 
Lake Wendouree is an artificially-created and maintained shallow urban lake.The name Wendouree comes from a local aboriginal word wendaaree which means 'go away': a story is told that when settler William Cross Yuille asked a local indigenous woman what the name of the swamp was, that was her reply.
 
 
 
 
 
The Eureka Rebellion began in Ballarat and the only armed rebellion in Australian history, the Battle of Eureka Stockade, took place on 3 December 1854. In response to the event the first male suffrage in Australia was instituted and as such Eureka is interpreted by some as the origin of democracy in Australia. The gold rush and boom gave birth in many other significant cultural legacies. The rebellion's symbol, the Eureka Flag has become a national symbol and is held at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka in Ballarat.
 
 
 
 
Sovereign Hill is an open air museum in Golden Point, a suburb of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Sovereign Hill depicts Ballarat's first ten years after the discovery of gold there in 1851. It was officially opened on 29 November 1970 and has become a nationally acclaimed tourist attraction. It is one of Victoria's most popular attractions and Ballarat's most famous.





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10 comments:

  1. a lovely triptych of Ballarat Iris. :)

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    1. Lol ... Its not too bad :-). Tnx kd !

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  3. Iris, Ballarat looks lovely! I really enjoyed your pictures and learning about your town.

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    1. Thank you Christina. It's not a bad place to be ;-)

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  4. Lovely pictures, Iris! A visit to Australia is still on my bucket list of places to go.

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    1. Thanks Patty. I hope you'll make it to Australia one day. It's beautiful and very diverse in its scenery.

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    1. Thanks Jill. It took me a while, but I've settled here now. It's a good place to raise children!

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