Pose: Portraits from the Gold Museum Collection

Step inside Ballarat’s famous photography studios     Ballarat has a rich history of photography. By the early 1890s, the city boasted over a dozen photographic studios capturing the city’s landscape, events and people. The Gold Museum’s photographic collection represents a variety of photographic studios which operated in Ballarat from the 1870s onwards. State-of-the-art studios […]

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A Victorian Dress

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 […]

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Awaken the Dragon Appeal

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. […]

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Canine Companions

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 […]

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