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The area was named after Sevastopol in the
Ukraine, the site of an important battle in
1854-55 during the Crimean War. The relentless
gunfire at the siege of Sevastopol was compared
to the sounds of local miners blasting in the rock
to access the gold bearing leads under the basalt
plateau southwest of Ballarat. And the name
Sebastopol was born...
There are many sportin
organisations in Sebast
Leading sports clubs include netball, cricket,
football, cycling and lawn bowls. Other popular
local groups include the Sebastopol Senior
Citizens Club, Sebastopol RSL, Karate Club,
dance classes, Sebastopol Ladies Carpet Bowls
and more. This month, the Sebastopol Country
Women's Association (CWA) celebrated its 60th
anniversary with an afternoon tea attended by
CWA State President at the Sebastopol RSL.
Sebastopol is home to the City of Ballarat
Sebastopol Library, 181 Albert Street. Opening
10am to 1pm; Friday closed; Saturday 9.30am
to 12 noon; and Sunday closed. For information,
Stop by the Ballarat Community Health Centre,
260 Vickers Street, and ask about upcoming
activities including exercise and health classes.
There are also a variety of support groups that
welcome new members. Visit www.bchc.org.au
Our Neighbourhood... Sebastopol
Sebastopol is a southern suburb on the rural-urban fringe of Ballarat. Formerly its own township,
Sebastopol had municipal status from 1864 to 1994 before it was merged into the City of Ballarat.
ng groups and community
hours are Monday: 2 to 5.30pm; Tuesday 10am
to 1pm; Wednesday 2 to 5.30pm; Thursday
Doug Higgins OAM
Doug Higgins is well recognised face in
Sebastopol, which comes as no surprise as he's
called the suburb home for 42 years. As you
would expect, Doug has witnessed significant
change in the neighbourhood since moving to the
area in the 1970s.
Doug has been involved with the Sebastopol
Fire Brigade and the Sebastopol Football Club,
but the most notable has been his involvement
with the Ballarat RSL where he has served as
president for the past 18 years. In 2009, Doug
was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his
service to veterans and their families.
Doug enjoys living in Sebastopol because of
its close knit community and its ability to pull
together when needed to get a job done.
When catching up with friends or celebrating
a special occasion his favourite place to go is
the Sebastopol Bowling Club and for recreation,
he recommends Marty Busch Reserve. He also
suggests that people wanting to find out more
about the history of Sebastopol should visit the
Cenotaph in Albert Street.
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