Summer Down Under Part 5

Activity 7: a taste of the past - Ballarat

Why did we love this place? Well, for one we were transported back to the 1800s, back to the time of the gold rush and thousands of people travelled to here to try their luck at striking rich.

The place was carefully put together based on accounts of people and books and the town like how it was back then was built. The trades that were prevalent then were also somethings we saw as we spent our afternoon there.


 The living quarters - this very tiny house would have been home to as many as 7 people. For a while, we had to just be still to take the information in because it was difficult to imagine how all of them would and could be comfortable in such a small space. Some children could have been sleeping on the floor even.




 Chinese also made their way there and we learned that they had an extremely harsh and difficult time there due to the discrimination they faced.

 Daddy and C tried their luck at finding their own gold.






 The goldsmith. It was quite an experience to see how gold was processed back then and C, together with the children got to touch the massive gold bar after it was done. 

 Another important trade back then - candles were their source of light as there weren't such a thing as electricity.



Another of my favourite spot there - the Press. We could get signs made here.

The tickets to Sovereign Hill could get us in for 2 days because really, there was so much to see and do. 



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  • It's been a while since we sat ourselves in a plane. Definitely itching to fly over, to let our hair loose, to catch up with friends and be tourists.