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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Boozy Ballarat

Ballarat’s breweries and temperance movement. Breweries and other alcohol distilleries were established on Ballarat’s goldfields to meet diggers’ drinking needs. Alcohol was a particularly popular beverage as available water was polluted. Diarrhoea, dysentery, cholera and typhoid were a serious threat to anyone drinking local creek water. [1] Warrenheip Brewery The Warrenheip Brewery was established in […]

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