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Directors Dr Dorothy Wickham, Clare Gervasoni and Wayne Phillipson established Ballarat Heritage Services, in February 1998, a boutique publishing house  using the imprint BHS Publishing.

Our team of experts now include professional historians, archivists, curators, family historians and educationalists. BHS offers an extensive range of heritage and education related services including consultancy, publishing, mentoring, training and assistance, and oral histories.

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Eureka a Multicultural Affair

Eureka: A Multicultural Affair   Dorothy Wickham & Clare Gervasoni   The Victorian goldfields boasted a community comprised of a large number of different nationalities. People held multifarious political and…

Federation

ANCES-TREE (Naming patterns relating to Australia's Federation in 1901)   Clare Gervasoni   Q. My great grandmother's name was Nora Federal Gina Paterson. Nora and Gina are family names, but…

The Silver Club

The Silver Club   Dorothy Wickham   Charles Cairns, a tailor, founded The Silver Club in 1921 and was also associated with the work of friendly societies. Born in Ballarat…

Electricity: The New Wonder

Electricity: The New Wonder   Dorothy Wickham   The "wonder of the 19th Century", electricity, was introduced to Ballaratís householders in 1905. According to the newspapers of July 7th "An…

Art Deco

The Jubilee of Ballarat coincided with Federation and many unusual features reflecting the pride in nationhood abounded in the City of Ballarat. Prime examples are the cast iron rotundas at…