A collection of stories about people, places and the living landscapes of Ballarat.

Memory Atlas

Memory Atlas is a documentary project that brings to life the memories of the people of Ballarat.  Click here to see videos on Memory Atlas...

CultureVictoria stories about Ballarat

Click here to find a range of stories about Ballarat on the CultureVictoria website.

The Chinese on the Goldfields

Wind & Sky Productions

In the 1850s tens of thousands of Chinese people flocked to Victoria, joining people from around the world who came here chasing the lure of gold. Fleeing violence, famine and poverty in their homeland they sought fortune for their families in the place they called ‘New Gold Mountain’. Facing discrimination and injustice they carved out lives in this strange new land. 

White Night Ballarat 2017

White Night Ballarat

On Saturday 4 March 2017, White Night Ballarat brought the city to life with a series of breathtaking works. Here are just some of the stunning highlights.. 


Behind the scenes with Wadawurrung - Walking with Waa (White Night Ballarat 2017)

White Night Ballarat

Take a look at Wadawurring Walking with Waa – a piece made up of 70 paintings by Aunty Marlene and her daughter, Deanne, being turned into a spectacle of projections at White Night Ballarat in 2017. Son Barry will accompany the work by singing in the traditional Wadawurrung language.

Making history at the BMI

Yum studio and Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute 

A commissioned work by the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute on the occasion of celebrations around the completion of restoration of this beautiful space built in 1859. Full of ideas, stories and fabulous folk the BMI is Ballarat's independent cultural hub, running since 1859. 

Derby Hotel in Miners Rest

Miners Rest & District Lions Club

A presentation by Mr Bill Loader for the Miners Rest & District Lions Club on the history of the Derby Hotel.

You can locate the hotel and hear more local history at Miners Rest Memories.

#LoveBallarat - The story of Ballarat

City of Ballarat

Ballarat is one of the nation’s greatest cities and has a unique and world renowned history. The City of Ballarat is proud to partner with governments, organisations and the community to conserve and promote our city’s story.

#LoveBallarat - The heart of Ballarat

City of Ballarat

The CBD is the heart of business, investment, retail, entertainment, and arts and culture in Ballarat. Led by the Making Ballarat Central Strategy (2010), Council has invested in attracting residents and visitors to the CBD with better travel and transport, building community safety and confidence, more quality events, and stronger economic development.

#LoveBallarat - Arts and Culture

City of Ballarat

Seeing the land from an Aboriginal canoe (Award winning!)

Wind & Sky Productions
Explores the little known contribution Aboriginal people made in colonial times by guiding people and stock across the river systems of Victoria.  The film highlights values held by Aboriginal people: sharing, heroic and an entrepreneurial spirit. These values remain a part of Australia's identity to this day.

This video was awarded Highly Commended at the National/Australasian MAGNA 2016 Awards ceremony on the 18th May in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Last Goodbye

Wind & Sky Productions

In 1914 Australia went to war. Thousands of young recruits passed through Ballarat on their way to the front, to prepare for battle and to say a last goodbye.

This documentary film explores the meaning of remembrance and looks at the way the Great War changed us, through the eyes of young people of Ballarat today.

The film was launched on Sunday the 8th November at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.
The Memories of War Film and Research Project was a collaboration between the Ballarat RSL, Federation University Australia, the Ballarat Gold Museum, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka and Wind & Sky Productions. It was funded by the Australian Government Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program and the Victorian Government Anzac Centenary Major Grants Program.

Restoring St Nicholas 

Heritage Council of Victoria and With Direction Pty Ltd

Restoring St Nicholas is a short film about the restoration of a Greek Orthodox Church in Ballarat. In 2009 the Greek Orthodox community of St Nicholas approached the City of Ballarat, Heritage Victoria and the trade school at the University of Ballarat to form a unique partnership to restore the church. This project allowed young apprentices to learn traditional trade skills and practice the technique of mixing and using lime mortar. This film documents the project and was developed for Culture Victoria, which showcases stories from cultural agencies and collecting organisations around the state. 

FedUni Arts Academy Living Heritage Performances 

A selection of moments from Living Heritage at Ballarat Heritage Weekend, 2013

The Inside Story - Ballarat. A story of chaos and hope.

City of Ballarat in conjunction with Yum Studio
The inside story of Ballarat.

Perspectives of the Ballarat Railway Station

Weave Length Productions
Images taken and gathered by Amy Tsilemanis exploring the precinct for creative audio tours, Ballarat Heritage Weekend 2011 & 2012. Music by Mick Trembath.

The Peel Street Story

City of Ballarat and With Direction Pty Ltd
A story about the people who lived and worked around Peel St and a look at historic buildings in the area: highlighting that even derelict places can hold meaning for communitys. 

The Ballarat National Theatre - Entertaining Audiences Since 1938

Wind & Sky Productions
This short documentary explores the history of the Ballarat National Theatre through the eyes of past and present members and asks why community theatre is relevant today.

In Memory of Bull Allen

Wind & Sky Productions
This short film tells the little-known story of Leslie ‘Bull’ Allen, brought up in hardship in Ballarat in regional Victoria, to become a courageous, complex war hero.

Wadawurrung language: Ballaarat

Tammy Gilson & Larissa Romensky
This story is about the meaning behind Ballaarat, now Ballarat. 

Wadawurrung language: Bonan Youang

Tammy Gilson & Larissa Romensky
This short clip is set at Bongerimennin, in Linton and tells an important story about how the land was created. 

Wadawurrung language: Borombeet

Tammy Gilson & Larissa Romensky
This story is about Borombeet, now known as Lake Burrumbeet. 

Wadawurrung language: Kareet Bareet

Tammy Gilson & Larissa Romensky
This story is about the creation of the Wadawurrung people at Kareet Bareet, now known as Black Hill near Gordon. 

Wadawurrung language: Warrenyeep

Tammy Gilson & Larissa Romensky
This video tells the meaning behind Warrenyeep, now known as Mt Warrenheep. 

Wadawurrung language: Lal Lal

Tammy Gilson & Larissa Romensky
This video tells the story of Lal Lal, a very spiritual place for Wadawurrung people. 

Wadawurrung language: Modewarre

Tammy Gilson & Larissa Romensky
This video was filmed at Modewarre, now known as Lake Modewarre.