Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

26 05 2008

Today folks, I was in Ballarat. It was a 2-hour drive from the city of Melbourne. How tiring it was!

When we reached there, there were school kids from at least 4 or 5 different school. On our way to the entrance, we passed a small gift shop with a toilet and some beautiful souvenirs. My dad wanted to go to the toilet so in the mean time, I ventured into the shop and looked at some jewellery.

Later, we walked on towards the ticket counter. There was this elderly lady dressed in a green vintage dress. She gave us each a map. Apparently, everyone in the whole town was dressed as if it was the 19th century. Even the buildings were nothing like what we have now. The attention to details is really amazing!

Its like travelling back in time!

After my dad paid for the tickets, we went into the town. The people had made it look like it was in the

1850’s. The workers there were dressed in vintage clothes.

It was very interesting. We waited patiently for the musket firing demonstration. The ‘policeman’ there was very sarcastic.

Later, while we waited for the ‘red coats’ march, we went on a carriage ride. There were four big horses pulling it. It was loads of fun, though it was only for five minutes and it cost us AUD 13.50.

After that, my mom and I went to Tinsmiths. A shop that sells brass and copper products. We also bought some nice initialized handkerchiefs from the silk and garment store, next to the Tinsmiths.

Soon, the red coats came out and marched. When they stopped, three of them – there were only 5 of them : the captain, a drummer and 3 soldiers – got ready to fire their pistols. It was very loud and they asked us to put our fingers in our ears.

It was a very memorial ceremony.

Later, I insisted on going to the gold mining place where we can take can plates and pretend that we’re actual gold miners. This is what it was how they prospected for gold.

It was a lot of fun.

How it feels to go into the world of Ballarat in the 1850’s!

We had a meal in one of the restaurants there. It was very 19th century, as my dad says.

There, we ended our day in Sovereign Hill. It has a lot of memories for us to remember forever.

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