Making Sebastopol is a part of the City of Ballarat Engaging Communities Program. It aims to develop public place projects guided by the local community and other stakeholders. Community members are working to develop innovative ways to ensure their suburb is loved, lived in and valued into the future. So far the community are telling us that they want to strengthen the identity of Sebastopol.
Find out more about the program in the My Neighbourhood Sebastopol newsletter
Sebastopol 'fun fact':
In 1855 the area, commonly referred to as ‘Bonshaw’ after the squatting run, was renamed ‘Sebastopol’ after Sevastopol in the Ukraine, the site of an important battle during the Crimean War, fought by the Ottoman Empire, Sardinia, France and Britain against Russia on the Crimean Peninsula in Europe. The Crimean War was notable as the first war to be extensively reported to the public through daily reportage and photography. The name ‘Sebastopol’ was also inspired by the realistic reportage of the Crimean War. The use of gunpowder by miners to blast through the basaltic rock of the plateau was said to remind miners of the canon fire described in the heavy trench and artillery warfare of the Crimean War.
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The Sebastopol Heritage Amendment (Amendment C200) is now on public exhibition. The Amendment proposes to acknowledge the historic significance of the Sebastopol area by applying Heritage Overlays to significant places. If you’d like to have your say, now is the time. Find out more on the City of Ballarat website
What's changed over time and what stays the same?
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Sebastopol, Victoria Hotel, Albert Street Sebastopol, 1866 - Source: Pictures Collection, State Gallery of Victoria
Sebastopol, Welsh Presbyterian Church, Albert St Sebastopol, 1866 - Source: Pictures Collection, State Gallery of Victoria