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Step back in time and immerse yourself in the captivating tales of Ballarat’s criminal past at the historic Ballarat Gaol site.

Join their knowledgeable guides as they lead you through the remnants of this once formidable prison, sharing stories and events that paint a vivid picture of its colourful history.

Delve into the gold rush era and uncover the lives of former inmates through a fascinating exhibition featuring artifacts, blueprints, and images.

This year, their tour proudly showcases an additional exhibition highlighting the works of First Nations artists and celebrates the launch of historian Roy Maloy’s latest publication, “Crime on Country: The Dawn of Crime Volume 7”. This groundbreaking work explores the intersection of First Nations people and incarceration during the Gold Rush, featuring captivating narratives of figures like Mulga Fred, James Pompy Austin, William Robinson, Henry Alberts, and the landmark Bonjon case that echoes through history.

Content: Tales from Rat City

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  • 18 & 19 May


Federation University SMB Campus

107 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

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Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.


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