Ballarat in Victoria has a rich history and this collection features footage dating back to 1901. 

Before Europeans first arrived in the region in 1837, the Ballarat area was home to at least 25 Aboriginal tribes known as the Wathaurong (Wadawurrung) people that formed part of the Kulin Nation of Aboriginal people.

The inland city became famous when the first discovery of gold was made public on 2 August 1851, sparking a major gold rush. On 3 December 1854, Ballarat experienced Australia’s only armed civil uprising - the Eureka Rebellion - as miners protested new licensing laws.