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 Society, Keeping the Wonder Alive celebrates the Society’s 80th anniversary, and honours its work in preserving and promoting the history of Ballarat. This exhibition reveals many hidden treasures from the Society’s collection, from the Eureka Stockade to the Society’s own history from the 1930s. It also seeks to acknowledge the Society’s 38-year working relationship with the Sovereign Hill Museums Association.
In 2013, photographer Bill Llewellyn OAM generously donated over 300 cameras to the Gold Museum. They range from well-recognised examples, like the Box Brownie, to rare stereographic cameras and a very rare 16mm movie projector from 1928. The Focus on Ballarat exhibition presents a variety of photographic equipment alongside a selection of framed prints chosen from Bill’s extensive collection of slides.
The launch function for both exhibitions was held on Thursday, 10 April in the Gold Museum’s Clark Community Gallery, and was attended by over 100 guests. The guest of honour was Hon Heidi Victoria MLA, Minister for the Arts, Women’s Affairs and Consumer Affairs in the state of Victoria, who officially opened both exhibitions.
Other speakers included Mr. Andrew Wallace, President of the Ballarat Historical Society, and the official presenters from the Sovereign Hill Museums Association were Dr. Jeremy Johnson (Chief Executive Officer), Mr. Brett Dunlop (Museums Director) and Mr. Roger Trudgeon (Manager/Curator, Gold Museum).
Keeping the Wonder Alive and Focus on Ballarat will be on display at the Gold Museum until September 28, 2014. For more information, please visit the website: http://www.sovereignhill.com.au/gold-museum-ballarat/exhibitions/