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Ballarat is located 100km west of Melbourne.

Settlement began in the late 1830's then gold was discovered in 1851.

The gold rush in the region meant up to 60,000 diggers were scouring the soils around Ballarat.

During the 1860's Ballarat became an exporter of expertise & machinery to other goldfields around Australia & the world.

By 1918, when the last mine closed, some 60,000 tons of gold had been removed.






Today Ballarat is a community of 80,000 & is a communications & industrial centre for a large area of western Victoria.