The Ballarat Branch was first formed in 1960, the first regional Branch outside of Melbourne, following community concern regarding the destruction of historical assets. Following its inauguration the Branch soon set about the task of classification of the many fine buildings and veranda’s throughout Ballarat. The Branch works closely with council and the community on local heritage issues and new members are always welcome at any of the Branch’s meetings and events. New Members always welcome

Branch Activities

The Ballarat Branch periodically offer guided walks around the CBD.

These include:

  • Lydiard Street North Walk
  • Lydiard Street South Walk
  • Art Deco Walk
  • Soldier’s Hill Walk
  • Sturt Street Monuments Walk


Current Projects

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Ballarat Railway Station

In April 1862 the train line from Geelong to Ballarat opened.  Originally only the Bluestone Goods Shed and the North Platform and its associated offices were constructed and it was not until 1889 that the southern portion of the station and its tower was completed. This coincided with the opening of the direct line to Melbourne.


The Ballarat Railway complex has been described as one of Victorias finest examples of a grand nineteenth century railway station and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.


In 2014 a Masterplan for the site was launched which included the restoration of the Goods Shed, the construction of a multi-deck carpark and the building of Quest Apartments.  As a result of these works much of the original infrastructure including multiple railway lines have been removed.  The Station building  is badly in need of maintenance and there is still no disabled access between platforms.  The interlocking railway gates were damaged due to a train accident  and have not yet been returned.  It is hoped that a decision on having them restored and operating again will occur in the near future.


Notwithstanding  the need for more works the station is not only an architecture gem  but is an important part of Ballarat’s history and well worth a visit.

Hepburn Graves

The Branch holds regular working bees to maintain this site with support from the neighbouring landholder. Information on those buried on the site can be found on the Trust’s Heritage Register.


Branch Publications

Contact the Branch

Branch President: Ms Dianne Gow

For all enquires, including membership, please contact the Ballarat Branch by email on

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