The original United States Hotel appears in Ballarat newspapers from 1855 onwards. Located in Main Road, it was named by its two founders, Americans Albion Nicholls and John William Emery. Tragically, the hotel burnt down in the early hours of 1st December 1855, killing three people, including Nicholls. Newspaper items of the day report a […]
Discover the story behind the stunning wallpaper featured in Sovereign Hill’s United States Hotel
Dangerous. Rebellious. Controversial. Ballarat’s first newspaper, the Ballarat Times, had a colourful history.
Discover the history of David Jones’ Criterion Store which is recreated alongside other businesses on Sovereign Hill’s Main Street
A collection relating to Ballarat’s Harris and Pearce family has been lovingly donated to the Sovereign Hill Museums Association.
Deakin University student Jessie Tudor tells us about her Museum Studies internship at the Gold Museum
Deakin University student Trinity Gurich reflects on her internship at the Gold Museum
A replica in the making Our latest exhibition, ‘A Victorian Silhouette’, features original 19th century garments and accessories alongside reproductions created by Sovereign Hill’s Costume Department. Production Assistant Megan Anderson writes about the process of creating a replica prototype (toile) using an original 1840s dress from the Gold Museum collection. The starting point in creating a […]
Contribute to caring for a Ballarat icon As Manager and Senior Curator of the Gold Museum, my chief joy is the extraordinary collection with which I am privileged to work with. The collection, owned and managed by the Sovereign Hill Museums Association, has so many strengths that it is sometimes hard to know where to start. […]
During this Year of the Dog, we celebrate our best friend The massive influx of people into Victoria during the 1850s also brought a huge number of animals to the diggings. Many were working animals, such as horses and bullocks, or were raised for meat consumption. High maintenance pets such as canaries and other birds were typically […]