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Initially designed as a rich man's hobby horse and sporting tool the
bicycle has a proud history in Australia.
Bicycle collector Paul Farren's 30-year hunt for old bikes has resulted in
one of the world's best early bike collections, including 160 bicycles from
the 1800s. Farren estimates he now owns around 85% of Australia's
surviving pre-1900s bicycles.
Paul Farren's vintage bicycle collection will be on display at the Mining
Exchange in Lydiard Street North throughout the weekend from 9am to 5pm.
Polka dots, ruching and boning styles, swimwear from the past has it all when
it comes to looks, fit and fashion. Nicole Jenkins stunning collection includes
men's, women's and children's costumes from the 1930s to the 1970s.
The vintage swimwear collection will be on display at the Ballarat Trades
Hall at 24 Camp Street throughout the weekend from 10am to 5pm.
With their amazing architectural styles and shining embellishments of
rhinestones and pearls, Lucite Handbags were fabulously exclusive to high
society and came in a wide variety of colours and shapes. Lucite
Handbags were manufactured in the USA after WWII from acrylic plastic
that had been originally developed for aircraft manufacturing. Canberra's
Rae Harvey has one of the classiest collections of post war vintage Lucite
Handbags in Australia.
The Lucite Handbag collection will be on display at The George Hotel at 27
Lydiard Street North throughout the weekend from 10am to 5pm.
The first walking sticks were, of course, just a crude branch used for
support when walking with difficulty. But during the mid-18th century the
kind of stick a person carried reflected their station in life and wealthy and
aristocrats swung their canes or sticks along easy street.
The walking sticks collection will be on display at Portico at 203 Dana
Street throughout the weekend from 10am to 5pm.
Vintage and classic car collection
You will think you have stepped back in time, as you drive or stroll through
Ballarat's main streets during Ballarat Heritage Weekend, and stop and
marvel at the wonderful collection of vintage cars parked outside heritage
buildings. The cars you will see over the weekend depict the motoring era's
from 1920s to 1970s.
The vintage and classic car collection will be on display at Craig's Royal
Hotel, Mining Exchange, Ballarat Town Hall and Portico throughout the
weekend from 9am to 5pm.
Town Hall postcard collection
Postcards once had an important and dual purpose, as a method of
communication before the telephone and also as a method for sharing
travel and holiday experiences. The Ballarat Town Hall will showcase for
the first time a unique collection of historic Ballarat postcards, produced
from photos taken of key tourism offerings and icons around town during
the 20th century.
The postcard collection will be on display at the Ballarat Town Hall
throughout the weekend from 10am to 5pm
Ballarat's Tourism Guides collection
Ballarat has been a tourism city for over 100 years. The first tourists came
as early as the 1870s but after 1900 Ballarat actively promoted its
attractions to visitors by publishing the 'Beautiful Ballarat' Guide Books.
The Ballarat Historical Society's collection of tourism guides will be on
display at the Ballarat Town Hall throughout the weekend from 10am to 5pm.
Transported Back - Public Records Office
The story of Victoria's railways is more than trains, tracks and signal boxes.
It is a social history of Victoria and the developments of the colony and
state. The Public Records Office present - Transported Back - a
photographic exhibition which illustrates Victoria's history via public
The Public Records Office 'Transported Back' exhibition will be on display at
the Ballarat Railway Station throughout the weekend from 10am to 5pm.
Chinese heritage artefacts collection
The Chinese had a significant presence on the Ballarat goldfields in the
1850s, making up more than 25 per cent of the local population. The
display in the Ballarat Town Hall will highlight the contribution made by
Chinese people both past and present.
The Chinese heritage artefacts collection will be on display at the Ballarat
Town Hall throughout the weekend from 10am to 5pm.
City of Ballarat Community Magazine April 2010
Above: A vintage bicycle collection will feature as part of Ballarat Heritage Weekend
Below: Built in 1911, Lal Lal Estate will open their extensive gardens during Ballarat
Heritage Weekend for visitors to explore
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