Ballarat SongWays Music Mapping
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How old is the tradition of music making in the area now known as Ballarat? Thousands of years? Tens of thousands of years? Have you ever wondered what the sounds and music would have been like 500 years ago?
When people migrated to Australia in the 1700s and 1800s, they brought their music traditions with them. When the gold rush kicked off in Central Victoria in the mid-1800s, literally tens of thousands of people from all over the world poured into the area in a matter of months, seeking their fortunes. The sound landscape changed as dramatically as it did rapidly.
When you explore this SongWays Music Mapping portal you will discover just a small selection of Ballarat's music places and spaces; how rich, diverse and prolific the music heritage of Ballarat is; how it has come to be known as a 'music city'; and how you can contribute your own unique music memories and engage with what is happening on the live and local music scene right now.
Ballarat SongWays Music Mapping is a living project - you are part of it!
Explore Ballarat's music-making sites and landscapes
Add your own SongWays story and upload images to Time Capsule Ballarat. Make sure you use the #SongWays hashtag in the comment box to link in your content to this project.
Yarrowee Creek Traditional Owners' Sacred Site S.T.Gill watercolour/ Eastwood Street Carpark source: Georgina Williams