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Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum Ballarat, Victoria

The Gold Museum, owned and operated by The Sovereign Hill Museums Association, is one of Australia's largest regional and community museums.

The Museum's principal focus is to collect, research and interpret material pertaining to the golden history and heritage of the Ballarat region. Holding extensive and valuable collections, the Museum is renowned for its expertise in, and knowledge of, the impact of gold, both locally and beyond.

Its exhibitions and public programs support and strengthen the living history experience of goldrush Ballarat as presented for visitors in Sovereign Hill's outdoor museum. At the Gold Museum, visitors view priceless displays of gold nuggets, coins and artefacts, along with original artworks of the period. 'Ballarat: Inspired by Gold' is a stunning permanent exhibition telling the story of Ballarat from earliest times through to the growth of pastoralism, the impact of the gold discoveries and the present day.

Contact Information

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Bradshaw Street Ballarat Victoria 3350 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 5337 1107

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Opening Hours

Daily 9.30am to 5.30pm; to 6.00pm during daylight saving

Location

Bradshaw Street Ballarat Victoria

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This collection is owned and managed by the Sovereign Hill Museums Association. Items from the collection are exhibited in Sovereign Hill outdoor museum and in the adjacent Gold Museum. The collection includes material that documents the diggings and township of Ballarat in the period 1851 to 1861, and the later period of above and below-ground mining. The collection also includes the Paul and Jessica Simon collection of gold nuggets and coins, and material documenting the history of Ballarat and the surrounding region. Special collection elements include the Arnott Rogers Collection, Art Collection, Ballarat Historical Society Collection, Bolte Collection, Costume Collection, Eureka Collection, FitzGerald Postcard Collection, Jessica and Paul Simon Collection, Pern Collection, Ballarat War Museum Collection, Pioneer Chair Collection, Rare Book Collection, Ballarat Sports Museum Collection, and the Social History Collection.

Significance

This collection documents the impact of gold and gold mining on the development of Ballarat, Victoria and Australia. It also includes material reflecting the local history of Ballarat and the surrounding region. The holdings of Chinese decorative arts, textiles and social history are of national significance. The photograph collection has been reported on in a significance assessment conducted by Stella Barber.

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Postcard: Lake Burrumbeet near Ballarat.

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The card is in colour and shows two cows on the edge of Lake Burrumbeet. Trees line the shore and there is a wide expanse of water behind with a hill on the far horizon. The sky is blue with white clouds. There is a triangular shaped piece of grass in the foreground.

Photograph

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Black and white photograph in China from Arnott Rogers Collection showing women's ward

The Philco Publishing Co., Holborn Place, London, W.C. Printed at The Works in Germany

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Postcard - refer to accession sheet for more information

Inscriptions & Markings

Refer to accession sheet

Postcard: Hotel Ballarat, Apollo Bay, Victoria

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Hotel Ballarat, Apollo Bay, Victoria. The imposing building is set on a corner. It has round arches on the ground storey and square windows on the first floor. An entrance with arches on both floors also has a section where the name is set. A light coloured fence surrounds the front section. It has a railing between posts.

Weights: Brass Weights For 70.2637

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Set of brass scales ranging from 1/4 oz to 48 oz. Troy weights. Stamped on rim (crown) "E 8 Vic"

Photograph

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Photograph of Queen Elizabeth II and party. Features the Queen , Prince Phillip and Official Party standing on the dias at the gardens where the Queen is about to speak to the public. Cardboard written caption at centre top. Numbered at the bottom right "B18'.

Ballarat Post Office

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Sketch of the Ballarat Post Office. Black n a blue/mauve background. Caption reads " Ballarat Post Office. S.W. corner Lydiard .... Street. Built ?. Demolished 1864.

Postcard: The Fernery, Botanical Gardens, Ballarat Vic.

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Fernery at the Botanical Gardens showing roof structure that filters the light and tree ferns surrounded by smaller plants. A pathway winds through the ferns.

Chocolate Box

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gold chocolate box with a picture of a hay cart, 2 horses & 2 men on the front in colour

Two long handled frying pans

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Two long handled iron frying pans

Postcard: Souvenir from Ballarat. Post Office.

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The card has a photograph of the intersection of Sturt and Lydiard streets in a black lined square. On the right is a illustration in gold of a model of a gold digger and pastoralist? Under this is some handwriting.

Glue Pot

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Cast iron pot with large handle. Used in the undertakers to melt glue. Had a cast iron ladle.

Fashions Of Yesterday And Today

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Soft-covered booklet with stapled format, cover and 1 inset page. "Style Marches On".

Postcard: Congratulatory Telegram.

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The telegram has a decorative heading with the words: Congratulatory Telegram, surrounded by coloured squares patterning and floral illustrations. Underneath the title is a picture of two hands shaking in the centre of a wreath.

John O'Groats Hotel

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Ink & crayon sketch of the John O'Groat Hotel.

Photo, Copy C1896

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b & w of family group having 'tea' in the garden. group from left: arthur blair, lewis blair, mary fenton blair, gladys tucker, eva blair, daisy blair.

Programme

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White single sheet with black print. St. Paul's Junion Choir words of "The Gypsies", "Swinging & Plantation Songs".

Postcard: Park Lane, Harefield

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The card is sepia toned and has a white border. Houses can be seen each side of the road. Children are paying in the street which curves around to the left of the picture.

Photograph

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B/w lithograph by Francois Cogne of The General (Old) Cemetery Ballarat 1859.

Shaping a Shire: The Story of Numurkah

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The booklet has a yellow cover. The title is in brown and there is an illustration of an Aboriginal shield. The book has black and white photographs of sporting teams, street scenes and maps.

Order Of Service

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Canberra, Parliament, King George V

Postcard: Ferry Boat on Lake Wendouree, Ballarat

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There are two boats on LakeWendouree, a sailing vessel and a paddle steamer. There are some black swans in the foreground. People are standing in the paddle steamer. they appear to be wearing hats.

Photograph

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Black and white photograph in China from Arnott Rogers Collection showing mountain village scene

Photograph: "Pioneers Of Ballarat"

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Framed, glazed and mounted photograph montage entitled "Pioneers Of Ballarat Prior To The First Issue Of The Gold Licence, 20th September 1851". Reframed at some point, original card mount retouched badly with grey paint

Jade Sculpture.

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Very light green colour jade sculpture. Engraved with bird and foliage, leaves etc.

Photograph

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B/w photo features 5 rows of machinery parts all identical & brand new. Inscription on card mount: "60 Of 150 Ronaldson Tippett Diesels purchased by Bulk Handling Ltd. Perth, Western Australia For Driving Wheat Elevators".

Night Cap

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A cream night cap with a light net area on the top. It is trimmed with blue cotton & has blue rosettes & ribbon on the bottom.

Programme

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White double sheet "Figaro" with black print & illustrations surrounded by Ballarat advertisements. Page 1: Mr. George Rignold in "Mates On The Goldfield" originally titled "My Partner". Page 3: The Richards-Lette Comedy Company in "On Guard".

Photograph

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Black and White photograph of a parade. Both sides of the street are lned with people. Caption reads "Street scene Begonia Procession 1957."

Photograph

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B/w photo features group of men & women sitting in rows in front of a brick doorway. Mounted on grey cardboard.

Sampler

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Piece of embroidered linen with alphabet, flowers in cross - stitch. Name embroidered: Jane Patterson.

Photograph

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Black and white photograph in China from Arnott Rogers Collection showing town wall in bare terrain

Supper Cloth

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Small square organdie cloth, cream, hand hemmed with white thread, stem stitched edging. One (1) cross + embroidered on the hem.

Panoramic Views: The Garden City of Ballarat and District

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Brown cover, gold lettering for title, decorative elements around title of flower shapes, stapled spine. Contains photographs of Ballarat & district with some histoy. Back cover contains printer's name surrounded by a decorative circular shape.

Wooden Plaque

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indonesian oval metal plaque with "gemah ripah repah raphi" & rectangle below reads - "pemerintah propinsi djawa-barat". has flip-out wooden stand at back.

Whip - Coachmans Presentation Whip

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Cane whip with nickled rings (bands) about body. Handle is encased by pressed tin and has a nickled knob on end. The remains of original paper underlay towards handle.

Presented to the Old Colonists Association of Ballarat

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Sepia toned montage of twelve gentlemen. Inscription reads: "Presented to the Old Colonists Association of Ballarat by the Officers and Committee of Management 1886".

Photograph

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Black and white photograph from Arnott Rogers Collection showing old city street scene

Photograph

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B/w print of a group posed by a brick wall. Caption: "Ballarat C.C. v Ballarat Ladies At Eastern Oval". Names listed.

Photograph

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B/w photo features group of young men in cricket gear, mounted on card. Inscription: "Ballarat v England 1921". Label: Woodfull's First Game". Player's names but mainly illegible.

Photograph

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Black and white photograph from Arnott Rogers Collection showing group in front of stone wall

Postcard: The Nazi No. 1 Ace

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The booklet has a yellow and red cover with an illustration of Werner Moelders on its front. It tells of his change from fighter pilot for the Nazis to Christian.

Postcard: Port Said

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Port Said.

Miner's Right

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Miner's Right issued to Robert Govan by his guardian James Govan at Ballarat 11th November 1921. 22nd November to 21st November 1922, cost 2/6d. No 51546.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten and signed

Photograph

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Black and white photograph in China from Arnott Rogers Collection showing path of steps

Postcard: Public Reserve, Sturt Street, Ballarat, Vic

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The sepia card shows three men and a boy sitting on a seat in the garden reserve in Sturt Street. The statue in memory of the Boer War is in the background. The garden areas are surrounded by iron fences and the tree in the foreground by a wooden surround. Snows building (now Myer) can be seen in the background.

Monash: The Outsider who won a War

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An account of General Sir John Monash's life in text and photographs. The cover has a photograph of Monash on horseback.

Photograph

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B/w photograph of a Council gathering. Caption: "Mayor A. Levy And The Members Of The Town Council 1908".

Photograph

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Sepia toned photograph titled: "Sturt Street Facing City Hall". Caption reads: "Cab Rank Opposite City Hall 1887". Reverse: Photograph titled: "The Corner And Mechanics Institute".

Identification Card - Bank Sheet

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A. Card with red stroke across diagonally, German printed wording and ink entries. B. Bank receipt butt in German, stamped Berlin 14 August 1918 and marked in stamp on reverse "Remitted By The Australian Red Cross Society". Items used by Roy Holloway while Prisoner Of War under Germans in WW1