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City of Ballarat Community Magazine April 2011
Ballarat Heritage Weekend
Saturday 7 - Sunday 8
This year Ballarat Heritage Weekend takes us back to the lessons and
discoveries that shaped Ballarat and the world as we know it today.
This Mother's Day weekend discover the stories of two of Australia's distinguished
sons; this year's event highlights, Henry Sutton, an outstanding intellect from
Ballarat who once shared the world stage of inventors with Thomas Edison;
and Major General Harold Edward 'Pompey' Elliott an exceptional fighting
leader in the First World War.
Ballarat Heritage Weekend will be launched this year with the unveiling
ceremony of a 'Pompey' Elliott statue in Sturt Street to honour his
incredible contribution to Australia's military service.
Ballarat's heritage will come to life with a full program of collections,
demonstrations, free guided tours and activities located within and around
some of Ballarat's most significant heritage venues. Visitors can collect a
trail sheet at specific heritage venues and learn about intriguing architectural
features and discover mysteries and accounts of past inhabitants.
The event program will be available in The Courier on Saturday 30 April or
during Ballarat Heritage Weekend from 9am -- 5pm in the Mining Exchange,
Lydiard Street North. Be sure to start your journey at the Mining Exchange
where you can collect a map from the event desk and follow your own trail
to these locations.
With so much on offer this year it's a great idea to plan ahead. Plan your own
Ballarat Heritage Weekend itinerary using the space provided in the event
program or follow the suggested itinerary.
Australia's forgotten genius -- the Henry Sutton Story. Between 1870 -- 1912
Henry Sutton invented:
the telephane (a forerunner to the television, developed three years
• before John Logie Baird was born);
23 different telephones;
the carbon filament light bulb (16 days after Edison had announced
• his success);
the world's first portable wireless radio;
a colour printing process; and
built and drove one of the first motor cars in Australia.
By the time he was 14 Sutton had read every book in the Ballaarat Mechanics'
Institute and was already credited with being the first person in Australia to
have experimented with flight using his ornithopter.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to see two of Suttons' original and possibly
last remaining invention prototypes. Listen to some amazing stories of Suttons'
inventions from his great granddaughter -- Lorayne Branch - and follow the
timeline of his achievements to discover Australia's forgotten genius.
Above: Cr Ben Taylor and Cr Samantha McIntosh at last year's Heritage Weekend event
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