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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Views from Bagdad … Tasmania

The Gold Museum will host Aaron Claringbold’s exhibition, Bag(h)dad, during the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. Aaron’s work explores ideas of cultural constructions, responsibility and conflict in a modern Australian setting. Shot in and around the town of Bagdad, Tasmania, this collection of photographs hints at an uncomfortable mood, observing and alluding to micro-conflicts within a […]

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Two New Exhibitions

EXHIBITIONS BY THE BALLARAT HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND PHOTOGRAPHER BILL LLEWELLYN The Gold Museum presents two new exhibitions that highlight the history of Ballarat through two significant collections: Keeping the Wonder Alive: Celebrating 80 Years of the Ballarat Historical Society and Focus on Ballarat: The Bill Llewellyn Photographic Collection. Designed and curated by the Ballarat Historical […]

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Fake “Mermaid” Photograph

PHOTOGRAPH OF A “MERMAID”: AN EXAMPLE OF A POPULAR FORM OF FAKES AND HOAXES This unusual photograph was donated as part of a larger collection of social history items relating to a local Ballarat family. The donor’s father had a keen interest in photography, collecting images as well as taking them himself. The donor believes […]

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