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Agitations on the Goldfields – Bendigo Goldfields Petition (eBook)

By Ballarat Heritage Services | March 31, 2021
$11.00 inc GST

“Drawn up in 1853, the Petition was signed by 1000s of diggers on the Victorian goldfields. The formulation of the Bendigo Goldfields Petition was amongst the earliest organised expressions of dissatisfaction with the conditions of the Victorian goldfields and could be placed in a context reflective of Chartist political culture, American republican rhetoric and Continental revolutions of 1830 and 1848.”

“The stories of organisers George Thomson, Dr David Griffith Jones and Irish-born American, ‘Captain’ Edward Brown, who presented the Petition to Lieutenant Governor LaTrobe and whose demands were totally rejected, are not as well known in Australian national mythology as that of the notorious bushranger Ned Kelly”

“The agitations on the Victorian goldfields from the very first discoveries in 1851 are almost forgotten in our national pyche but they are of great importance to the emergence of qualities that Australians pride themselves on; those qualities of free thinking, equality and mateship. ‘Australian Democracy’ began early on the goldfields of Victoria, acknowledged by the resistance shown by men (and women), especially those at the Eureka Lead on 3 December 1854.”

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From Humble Beginnings: St Alipius: Ballarat’s First Church (eBook)

By Ballarat Heritage Services | March 13, 2021
$11.00 inc GST


The story of the early history of St Alipius Roman Catholic Church in ePub format. It began from humble beginnings, a tent church that served also as a school on the Ballarat East Diggings. This book explores the first services, the school, the formative years and its involvement with the Eureka Affair. Six appendices include the First six marriages performed, A list of school children March 1854, A list of school children May 1854, John Manning’s letter, Children attending in August 1863, and A list of early priests. Enhanced with images and referenced.

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Story of Eureka Stockade: Epic Days of the Early Fifties at Ballarat (eBook)

By Ballarat Heritage Services | February 24, 2021
$11.00 inc GST

Annotated by Dorothy Wickham, and transcribed by Chrissy Stancliffe, The Story of Eureka was written in 1895 by John Lynch, an eyewitness to the Eureka battle.  This is in ePub format. You will be able to download one copy. The link will expire in 10 days. This book has 90 pages, and is illustrated with colour images.

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Pioneers in Two Colonies: The Armytage Family in Australia 1816-1876

By Ballarat Heritage Services | January 21, 2021
$66.00 inc GST

Today’s Australian States of Tasmania and Victoria, originally parts of the British Colony of New South Wales, were then known respectively as Van Diemen’s Land and the Port Phillip District. George Armytage, a free settler with ancestral roots in the north of England, founded a family dynasty in the first of these frontier lands, then expanded it in the second, and later beyond. Author Dennis Green traces the momentous social changes through which the family lived and made its fortune. These include the periods of convict transportation, the pastoralist squatters, frontier conflict with Aborigines, bush-ranging, colony separation, the gold rush, and the chaos of belated measures by government to regulate land sales. Many settlers gave up, but the Armytage spirit and achievement thrived.

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Pay Dirt! Ballarat and Other Gold Towns

By Ballarat Heritage Services | October 3, 2019
Original price was: $29.95.Current price is: $20.00. inc GST

Pay Dirt! Definition: something very valuable or very useful that is found after searching or effort.

This publication comprises an eclectic mixture of styles and topics by authors, all leading experts in their respective historical fields. The foreword by Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Blainey presents to the reader a tantalising glimpse of the following 19 chapters written by 17 contributing authors with full colour; index; 240 pages; ‘evocative illustrations’; and ‘unexpected topics’.

Explore the goldfields! Four major themes!


Authors: Fred Cahir, Ian D Clark, Leigh Edmonds, Terence FitzSimons, Clare Gervasoni, Tim Harrison, Benjamin Mountford, Janice Newton, David Nicholls, Val Noone, Robert Pascoe, Mark Pennings, Keir Reeves, Michael Taffe, Stephen Tufnell, David Waldron, and Dorothy Wickham.

Celebrating the 21st Birthday of BHS Publishing, this book offers new perspectives and different view points, setting fledgling Victoria in a global context. Meticulously and conscienciously researched, it brings to life the culture of the goldfields, hidden aspects of identity, Aboriginal life and corroboree, women, conquest and suffering.

Pay Dirt!   Something very valuable or very useful that is found after searching or effort.

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EMU Card Sets 1-5

By Ballarat Heritage Services | August 6, 2019
$33.00 inc GST

EMU (Extending Mathematics Understanding) Card Sets 1-5 are for use with primary school children.

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My Country All Gone: The White Men have Stolen It

By Ballarat Heritage Services | June 21, 2019
$55.00 inc GST

A history book about the invasion of Wadawurrung Country 1800-1870. Author Associate Professor Fred Cahir, from Federation University, using the invader’s own words taken from diaries, official records and letters, presents a challenging history between the interactions and relations with the First Nation’s people in the Geelong and Ballarat region – the Wadawurrung with colonial invader’s. My Country All Gone is a culmination of 30 years archival research that chronicles the three waves of invasion in the region from 1800 to1870 by the ngamadjidj – the white strangers from the sea.

Publisher: Australian History Matters. A4 format, 347pages. Paperback, 40 colour illustrations.

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Ballarat Views (eBook)

By Ballarat Heritage Services | September 5, 2018
$16.50 inc GST

BALLARAT VIEWS Full colour, illustrated. Ballarat Views features beautiful full colour photographs, and blends the new with the old, while highlighting many of Ballarat’s features such as grand streetscapes and impressive architecture. Sebastopol, Ballarat East and Wendouree, suburbs of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, are all covered. Lake Wendouree under snow, dry as a bone, and on fire…

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Discovering Central Victoria’s Goldfields (ebook)

By AscetDevTeam | August 31, 2018
$11.00 inc GST

Maps, photos and much much more! Part One gives hints on how to search for gold diggers in the Central Goldfields of Victoria, an overview of the Victorian Goldfields and includes a Goldfields Timeline as well as a list of the official discoverers of payable gold. Part Two gives a selection of records pertaining to…

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A – In the Days when the World was Wide (eBook)

By AscetDevTeam | August 16, 2018
$11.00 inc GST

Stories of the early 1840s to 1856, told through the eyes of an illiterate Irish man, Patrick Costello. An agricultural labourer, he was typical of many who left Ireland under extraordinarily difficult conditions. At least one million people are thought to have emigrated to America, Canada and Australia as a result of the famine.

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