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Panoramas of Ballaarat (1998) - Published by Harris House of Photography
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  1838 Coronation of Queen Victoria
  1838 Mar WC Yuille's camp at the Black Swamp
  1838 Aug White settlement of the Ballarat district
  1839 WC Yuille homestead site chosen on Yarrowee
  1851 Feb 8 Black Thursday
  1851 About the beginning of August a Mr Hiscock found gold in a gully near Buninyong.
  1851 Aug 21 Gold discovery at Poverty Point
  1851 Aug 25 Golden Point named when gold was discovered in that area. This was the
          beginning of the great gold discovery that became The Ballarat Diggings.
  1851 From the end of August till September a number of parties arrived at Golden Point
  1851 Sep 4 Geelong Advertiser report of gold discovery
  1851 Sep 10 Messr Esmond and Cavanagh washed out 50 lbs of gold and this was the
          first gold sent down by escort to Geelong.
  1851 Sep 19 Police Camp established near Magpie St hill
  1851 Sep 20 First gold licence issued
  1852 First house built by David Meek, cnr Mair & Lydiard
  1852 Post Office moved to cnr of Mair & Lydiard Sts
  1852 Proclamation of Township of Ballaarat
  1852 Jan 17 W.S. Urquhart's survey map of Ballarat
  1852 Jul Police Camp moved to Camp Hill
  1852 Aug 25 First Township land sale
  1853 Jul 1 Thomas Bath opened the Ballaarat Hotel (Craig's)
  1854 Christ Church building commenced
  1854 Apr 5 Gold claim extent 12ft x 12ft for one man
  1854 May 19 Post Office opened cnr Mair & Lydiard Sts
  1854 Jul 12 Bentley's "Eureka Hotel" opened
  1854 Oct 7 Death of James Scobie
  1854 Oct 17 Burning of Bentley's Hotel
  1854 Nov 11 Ballarat Reform League formed
  1854 Nov 29 Eureka Flag first raised on Bakery Hill
  1854 Nov 18 Bentley's Trial
  1854 Dec 3 Eureka Stocka
de
  1855 Mar 4 First Wesleyan Church in Lydiard St opened
  1855 Mar 4 St Paul's first church opened
  1855 Sep 22 The Star first published
  1855 Nov 10 P Lalor & JB Humffray elected to parliament
  1855 Dec 8 Ballarat proclaimed a Municipality
  1856 First Ballarat Council election
  1856 Gaol building commenced at southern end of Lydiard Street
  1856 Apr Temporary Council building completed in Sturt St
  1856 Aug 11 Hospital opened in Drummond St
  1856 Oct 24 Streets being metalled in Township
  1856 Dec 3 First electric telegraph from Melbourne to Ballarat
  1857 Walter Craig bought Bath's Hotel
  1857 May 5 Ballaarat East Municipality proclaimed
  1857 Jul 1 Union Bank opening in Lydiard St
  1857 Sep 13 Christ Church, Lydiard St opened
  1858 Ballarat Botanical Gardens begun
  1858 Jan 20 Wesleyan Chapel in Lydiard St opened
  1858 Jun 9 Welcome Nugget unearthed
  1858 Jul 17 Opening of the Gas Company Works
  1858 Aug St Paul's Church built in Humffray St on Bakery Hill
  1858 Nov 21 Ballarat's first water pipeline from Yuille's Swamp
  1858 Dec 19 Post Office building in Sturt St opened
  1859 Apr 12 Botanical Gardens planting commenced
  1859 Sep 24 Town Hall burnt down


  1860 Barkly Street Church built
  1860 Western Fire Brigade Foundation Stone laid
  1860 Feb 20 Ballarat Benevolent Asylum opened
  1860 May 20 First recorded football match at Green's paddock
  1860 Aug 16 City Hall 1st Foundation Stone laid
  1860 Aug 28 Brick Police Barracks completed
  1860 Sep 28 Mechanics Institute Foundation Stone laid
  1861 Nov 20 Ballarat Rowing Club established
  1861 Burke and Wills perished
  1861 Feb 1 First part of City Hall opened
  1861 Oct 1 Last issue of Ballarat Times
  1861 Dec 26 Ballarat East Town Hall Foundation Stone laid
  1862 Kirks Reservoir obtained by both Councils
  1862 Lester's Hotel in Sturt St
  1862 St Paul's Anglican Church red brick tower built
  1862 Feb 18 Ballarat Gaol walls completed
  1862 Apr 11 First train from Geelong

  1862 Dec 10 Ebenezer Church Foundation Stone laid
  1863 Christ Church in Lydiard St completed
  1863 Gate Lodges built at the Gardens
  1863 Union Hotel in Sturt St built
  1863 Jul 27 Report of cutting down of Camp St Logs tree
  1863 Oct 21 Eastern and Western Municipalities declared Boroughs
  1863 Nov 8 St Patrick's Cathedral opened
  1864 Ballarat East Fire Station tower erected
  1864 Apr 4 St Paul's Church subsided
  1864 May 6 First Rowing Regatta on Lake Wendouree
  1864 Jul 1 Ballarat College founded
  1864 Aug 14 St Andrew's Church opened
  1864 Dec 29 Post Office building (present)opened
  1865 First steamer placed on Lake Wendouree
  1865 Jan 11 Main Road fire destroyed 60 premises
  1865 Feb 11 Shenandoah Grand Ball at Craig's
  1865 Apr 23 St Paul's Anglican Church rebuilding in front of the tower opening
  1865 Jun 11 Opening of St Peter's C of E
  1866 Jul 8 Ballarat & District Orphan Asylum opened
  1867 Jan 8 Mining Corner buildings removed
  1867 Jun 10 First issue of the Courier
  1867 Aug 26 Burke & Wills monument second Foundation Stone laid
  1867 Nov 4 Burke & Wills monument completed
  1867 Nov 20 Alfred Hall completed across Yarrowee
  1867 Dec 9 First Royal visit, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh
  1868 Clarendon Ladies College founded
  1868 Court-house south of the gaol opened
  1868 Rowing course at Lake Wendouree created
  1869 BBH Prince Alfred Wing Foundation Stone laid


  1870 Mitchell's Building built in Sturt St
  1870 Aug 1 Ballarat Acclimatisation Society formed
  1870 Aug 9 Withers first edition published
  1870 Sep 9 Ballaarat proclaimed a City
  1870 Oct 26 School of Mines opened
  1871 Town Hall tower built
  1871 Ballarat Town Hall completed
  1872 State Savings Bank built
  1872 Jan 8 Lydiard St Wesleyan Sunday School opened
  1872 Aug 23 Borough of Ballaarat East proclaimed a Town
  1873 Jun 30 Sunnyside Woollen Mill commenced production
  1875 Gill's Lake View Hotel built
  1875 Jun 7 Academy of Music (Her Majesty's) opened
  1875 Dec 18 Launch of first commercial PS Wendouree
  1876 Queen's College founded
  1876 Jul 31 First football match played on Saxon Paddock
  1877 Gong Gong Reservoir built
  1877 May 29 Ballarat Yacht Club formed
  1879 Crown-shaped Rockery built at the Lake

  1880 Apr 1 Galloway Monument presented
  1881 Congregational Church built
  1881 Tunbridge Building in Lydiard St built
  1881 View Point jetty completed
  1881 Jun 29 Royal visit Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence & Prince George, Duke of
         York (George V)
  1883 Oct 15 Wendouree Rowing Club formed
  1884 Ballarat Football League formed
  1884 Gabled extensions to the Fernery built
  1884 Lydiard St Wesleyan (new) Church opened
  1884 St Andrew's Kirk spire erected
  1884 May 24 Stoddart Statues unveiled
  1884 Jul Ballarat Fine Art Gallery established
  1885 Post Office tower commenced
  1885 Jun 16 Golden City steamer launched on Lake Wendouree
  1886 Bones Building built in Lydiard St
  1886 May 26 Death of James Russell Thomson
  1886 Aug 27 Eureka Monument presented to Town Council
  1887 City Oval grandstand built
  1887 Withers Revised Edition
  1887 Apr 21 Robbie Burn's Statue unveiled
  1887 Jun 21 Queen Victoria's Jubilee Foundation Stones laid for Mining Exchange, Art
          Gallery & Old Colonists Hall    
  1887 Dec 21 Horse-drawn trams commenced on Gardens route
  1888 Old Colonists Hall built in Lydiard St
  1888 Feb 13 Mining Exchange in Lydiard St opened
  1888 Aug 3 Thomson Bequest Statues unveiled
  1888 Nov 30 Anglican Cathedral Foundation Stone laid
  1889 Feb 9 Death of Peter Lalor
  1889 May 24 Wallace Statue presented
  1889 Dec 3 Thomas Moore Statue unveiled


  1890 Claxton Memorial Fountain erected
  1890 Lake Pavilion constructed
  1890 May 23 Victoria Park Arbor Day planting
  1890 Jun 13 Opening of Fine Art Gallery building
  1891 Mar 9 Death of J.B. Humffray
  1891 Jul 3 St Peter's Tower Foundation Stone laid
  1891 Aug 30 Nazareth House opened
  1892 Marble lions presented to Town Hall by E. Morey & W. Little
  1892 Jan 14 Death of Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence & Avondale
  1892 Jun 22 Disastrous cyclone, loss of life and immense damage
  1892 Dec 31 66 Hotels closed by Local Option
  1893 Marble lions in the Gardens were presented
  1893 Bank Smash
  1893 Jan 26 Peter Lalor Statue unveiled
  1894 Ballarat Electric Supply Company founded
  1894 Morey Gates presented
  1895 Jan 24 Electric Light illuminates Ballarat streets
  1885 Feb 10 First issue of "Echo"
  1895 Apr 11 Ballarat Golf Club formed
  1896 Shoppee Square in Sturt St proposed

  1897 Bluestone pillars erected at the Gardens
  1897 Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee
  1897 May 10 Severe earthquake shock
  1898 Apr 11 Battle of Ballarat at Victoria Park
  1898 Dec 17 Official trial of Ballarat Melbourne telephone line
  1899 Apr 3 City Oval officially opened
  1899 Apr 3 Hebe Statue in Shoppee Square unveiled
  1899 Apr 3 Her Majesty's Theatre opened
  1900 May 24 Queen Victoria Statue unveiled
  1901 Queen Alexandra Bandstand built in Sturt St
  1901 Jan 22 Death of Queen Victoria
  1901 Jan 31 Edward VII proclaimed King
  1901 Apr 4 City Library Foundation Stone laid
  1901 May 9 Federation - First Federal Parliament, Royal Exhibition Building
  1901 May 13 Royal visit, Prince George & Princess May (King George V and Queen
          Mary)
  1901 May 13 Soldiers Statue Foundation Stone laid
  1902 George Hotel built with 3 storeys
  1902 Yarrowee paved with basalt
  1902 May 24 Queen Victoria drinking fountain presented
  1902 Aug 9 Coronation of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra  formerly Prince Albert
          Edward, Prince of Wales who succeeded his mother Queen Victoria
  1904 Aug 23 Power House Foundation Stone laid
  1904 Dec 3 50th Anniversary of Eureka
  1905 National Mutual Building completed
  1905 Aug 18 First electric tram
  1906 Nov 1 Soldiers Statue unveiled
  1907 Jun 14 Art School transferred to SMB
  1908 Nov 10 Moorabool Reservoir construction began
  1908 Dec 16 Water restrictions
  1909 Sep 28 Coliseum opened


  1910 Aug 27 Ballarat High School opened
  1911 King Edward VII Pavilion built
  1911 Feb 17 Ballarat Church of England Grammar School founded
  1911 Mar 3 Death of James Oddie aged 87
  1912 Apr 15 Titanic sank on maiden voyage from England to New York
  1913 Titanic Bandstand built
  1913 Apr 14 Last horse-tram to Sebastopol

  1914 Aug 4 War declared against Germany
  1917 Ballarat Railway Workshops completed
  1917 Apr 4 Back to Ballarat celebrations
  1917 Oct 23 Exceptionally brilliant meteor
  1918 Nov 11 Armistice Day, end of WW I
  1919 Jun 9 Avenue of Honour planting completed
  1919 Aug 27 Fly Fishers Club founded
  1920 Jun 2 Royal visit, Prince Edward, Prince of Wales (Duke of Windsor)
  1920 Jun 3 Arch of Victory opened
  1921 May 25 Amalgamation 0f Ballarat East and West
  1922 Feb 9 Death of C.H. Petersen, Fountain in Sturt St
  1922 Dec 6 Sewerage construction commenced
  1923 Mar 7 Fire destroyed Sunshine Biscuit Factory
  1925 Jul 1 Sewerage scheme in operation
  1927 Jan 28 - Feb 4 Home to Ballarat celebrations
  1927 Apr 29 Duke & Duchess of York (later King George VI) visited Ballarat
  1934 Jul 1 State Electricity Commission assumed charge
  1934 Aug 27 Yuille Cairn unveiled at Lake Wendouree
  1934 Oct 6 Eureka Tile Factory fire
  1934 Nov 1 Royal visit, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester
  1935 Oct 31 BBH Eildon House opened
  1936 Mar 24 Burning of the Coliseum
  1937 George V Statue erected in Sturt St
  1938 Centenary of founding of Ballarat Colony of Victoria
  1938 Mar 8 Floral Festival began
  1938 Mar 10-12 Ballarat's first floral carpet displayed
  1940 Prime Ministers Avenue opened
  1945 Dec 6 Royal visit, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
  1952 Frank Pinkerton Bequest Statue unveiled in Sturt St
  1953 First Begonia Festival held
  1954 Mar 6 Royal visit, Queen Elizabeth II & Duke of Edinburgh
  1955 BBH Prince Alfred tower demolished
  1956 Olympic Games events on Lake Wendouree
  1958 Oct 18 Ballarat Yacht Club House officially opened
  1958 Mar 2 Royal visit, Queen Mother
  1965 Ballarat Gaol closed
  1969 Horse Statue erected in Sturt St
  1970 Nov 29 Sovereign Hill opened
  1971 Ballarat Tramways closed
  1972 Fly Fishing jetty built


  1980 Dec 18 Ornamental lamps erected outside Town Hall
  1983 Apr 15 Royal visit, Prince Charles & Princess Diana
  1989 Jul 4 Ballarat Goldfields mine shaft sunk
  1989 Nov 16 Freak hailstorm, damaged roofs and cars
  1990 New lamps in Lydiard Street
  1991 First Ballarat Region Conservation Strategy
  1992 Jan International Scout Jamboree at Victoria Park
  1994 Mar Royal visit, HRH Prince Edward
  1994 Local government amalgamation, City of Ballarat
  1995 William Dunstan VC Memorial erected in Sturt St
  1995 WW II Memorial erected in Sturt St
  1996 May Nerrina Wetlands Project began
  1996 Nov 6 Refurbishment of Town Hall
  1996 Nov 24 Community Adventure Playground built at the Lake
  1998 Jan 1 Merger of SMB, Wimmera TAFE & University of Ballarat
  1998 Mar 27 Eureka Centre opening
  1998 May 29 Preview of Panoramas of Ballarat at Craigs Royal Hotel
  1998 May 30 Launch of Panoramas of Ballaarat at Collins Bookstore, Bridge Mall

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Created : 28 June 1999
Last Modified : 12 May 2011
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