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Ballarat Region Local History

Prior to European settlement, this region was populated by the Wathaurong Indigenous Australians, along the Yarrowee River.

1837, six Scottish squatters

from Geelong, led by Somerville Learmonth, in search of land for their sheep to graze. Learmonth, Yuille and Anderson, squatted a 10,000 acre sheep run. 1838 the first houses were built near Woolshed Creek and Black Swamp.

1850s, Ballarat Gold Rush

, the publicised discovery of gold was by Thomas Hiscock on 2 August 1851. A few weeks later John Dunlop and James Regan struck gold at Poverty Point and a gold rush began with news reaching the world of half to five ounces of alluvial gold daily. Within months a huge influx of immigrants and tent citys spring up every where. The population swelled to over 1,000 people.

1851 Ballart's First Post Office

, opened 1 Nov,

1853, Ballarat's First Newspaper

, "The Banner" was published 11 September as print media play a big role in the early history. Ballarat attracted many miners from the 1948 Californian gold rush aka "Ballafornians".

1854, Eureka Stockade

3 Dec., civil disobediance led to Australia's only armed uprising, the “Eureka Rebellion” where 22 miners were killed. Defining Australian History.

1850s Ballarat nicknamed “The Golden City

. The gold rush population peaked at almost 60,000 by 1858.

1867, Prince Alfred

(Duke of Edinburgh) visited 9-13 December

1871, Ballarat was Declared a City

.

1889, Ballart Direct Rail to Melbourne

was completed in December.

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