Melting Pot of Innovation

Horse-Drawn Vehicles on the Victorian Goldfields Until the 1850s, most of the horse-drawn vehicles available to Victorians were either English imports, or locally built and based on English designs. In the English tradition of coachbuilding each wheel, undercarriage and carriage body was made specifically for a single vehicle. As a result, there was great variety […]

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F.W Niven

Francis Wilson Niven was a noted engraver, lithographer and printer based in Ballarat between the 1860s and 1880s. The Gold Museum holds an extensive collection of Niven’s work which highlight the development of Ballarat’s advertising and tourism industries during the gold boom. Niven was born in Dublin, Ireland on 15 July, 1831. The search for […]

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Real World Insight

Deakin University student Michelle Derrick writes about her recent internship at the Gold Museum. As part of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) internship program, I was fortunate to take part in a paid collections and curatorial internship at the Gold Museum. For two days per week over eight weeks, I worked within two main […]

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Re-Awakening the Dragon

Re-Awakening the Dragon showcases the Gold Museum’s extensive Chinese processional and temple collections. The exhibition will feature Loong, one of Australia’s oldest processional dragons. In 1897, Queen Victoria marked her sixty-year reign over the British Commonwealth, and celebrations were held throughout the colonies on Diamond Jubilee Day on 22 June, 1897. Ballarat’s Chinese community joined […]

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Turning Learning into Practice

Deakin University student Natalie Carfora writes about her internship at the Gold Museum Now that I am nearing the end of my Master of Cultural Heritage, I am starting to think about applying for jobs. I spend a lot of time reading position descriptions and worrying about the competition. I recently saw a graduate internship […]

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Doctor Blake’s Ballarat: Public Programs

Get exclusive access to the making of Doctor Blake. Hear stories about the creative process behind the show and the exhibition. Places are strictly limited so bookings are essential. Tickets include entry to Doctor Blake’s Ballarat. BEHIND THE SEAMS Meet the team behind Lucien and Jean’s hair, makeup and costumes. Louise McCarthy (costume designer), and […]

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