Ballarat Treasures Register


The Ballarat Treasures Register was an initiative linked to the League of Historical Cities World Conference held in Ballarat in 2006. The register sought to recognise buildings, places, structures, landscapes, collections and objects that have been significant in shaping Ballarat's history and cultural identity.

The inaugural Ballarat Treasures Register was announced on 20 August 2007 at the Ballarat Town Hall.

Eureka and Gold

  • The Eureka Flag
  • 1857 Map of the Municipality of Ballarat East
  • Ballarat School of Mines, Lydiard Street
  • Ballarat Mining Exchange, Lydiard Street
  • Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute and its collection Sturt Street
  • First Ballarat School of Mines enrolment book
  • Eureka Stockade Gardens
  • Ballarat Trades Hall, Camp Street
  • Former Police Station (Huyghue House), Camp Street

Lakes and Gardens

  • Lake Wendouree
  • Ballarat Botanical Gardens
  • Eastern Oval and Elm
  • Sturt Street Gardens and statues
  • Norman Street geological cutting
  • Black Hill
  • Ballarat LINCS & Great Dividing Trail
  • Mount Buninyong
  • Union Jack Reserve, Buninyong
  • Buninyong Botanic Gardens


  • Dutch Elm at the Eastern Oval
  • Tree of Knowledge / Big Tree, Federation University Australia , Mount Helen
  • Blue Atlas Cedar in the Eureka Stockade Gardens
  • Tasmanian Blue Gum in the Lakeland Reserve, Bakery Hill
  • Canary Island Pine at the Synagogue
  • Cork Oak in Ligar Street
  • Aboriginal tree in Kline Street
  • Oak in Dytes Parade
  • Elms in Hickman Street, White Flat
  • Silky Oaks in Inglis Street, Buninyong

Heritage and Arts

  • Her Majesty's Theatre
  • Ballarat Bertie Mural, corner Lyons and Eyre Streets
  • Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and its Collection
  • Federation University Australia Art Collection

Memorials and Monuments

  • The Avenue of Honour and Arch of Victory
  • Australian Ex-Prisoner of War Memorial
  • The Eureka memorials in the Ballarat Old Cemetery
  • The Titanic Bandstand, Sturt Street
  • The Memorial to pioneers and indigenous inhabitants, Addington
  • The Avenue of Honour Monument, Learmonth
  • Pre-Federation cannons (various locations)
  • World War One trophy field guns (various locations)
  • Punt guns in the Ballarat Town Hall
  • Queen Victoria Jubilee lamp, Learmonth
  • World War One Memorial, Miners Rest
  • Boer War Monument, Sturt Street
  • Queen Alexandra Bandstand, Sturt Street

Pioneering City Structures

  • Lake Wendouree drain and Gnarr Creek air vent
  • Pre-1930 post boxes, various locations
  • Brick bridge, Bald Hills Road, Sulky
  • Bluestone bridge, Glendaruel
  • Remnant city stone infrastructure: flagstones, bollards and drains
  • Leggo's Bridge, Invermay
  • Morton's Cutting, Learmonth
  • Windermere weighbridge
  • Ballarat Tramway Museum, trams and remaining tracks
  • Gas lamps, Lydiard Street South
  • Stone mileposts, Delacombe and Ballarat


  • Loreto Convent and College, Mary's Mount, Sturt Street
  • Primary School No 33, Dana Street
  • Former Primary School No 668, Cardigan
  • Primary School No 2093, Nerrina
  • Ballarat High School, Sturt Street
  • Federation University Australia historical collection and mace

Religious Buildings

  • Cathedral Church of Christ the King, Lydiard Street South
  • St Patrick's Cathedral, Dawson Street South
  • Barkly Street Uniting Church and hall
  • St Paul's Anglican Church, Humffray Street South
  • St Andrews Uniting Church and hall, Sturt Street
  • Ballarat Synagogue, corner Barkly and Princes Streets
  • Former Baptist Church, Dawson Street
  • Former Congregational Church and hall, corner Mair and Dawson Streets
  • Lydiard Street Uniting Church and hall
  • Former Roman Catholic Bishop's Palace, Sturt Street

Public Buildings

  • Ballaarat Municipal Observatory
  • Former Ballarat East Free Library
  • Ballarat Fire Station, Barkly Street
  • Former Ballarat Gaol complex, Lydiard Street
  • Former Buninyong Library
  • Ballarat Railway Station and complex
  • Ballarat Town Hall, Sturt Street
  • Buninyong Town Hall
  • Former Ballarat Post Office
  • Former Female Refuge and Alexandra Babies Home, Scott Parade
  • Former Ranger Barracks, Curtis Street
  • Former Shire of Ballarat hall, Learmonth
  • Former Ballarat RAAF Base, Airport Road
  • Camp Street heritage precinct

Commercial Buildings

  • Craig's Royal Hotel, Lydiard Street South
  • Crown Hotel, Buninyong
  • Former Commercial Club (Alexandria Tearooms), Lydiard Street North
  • Former banks designed by Leonard Terry: Bank of New South Wales, Colonial Bank and National Bank, Lydiard
  • Street North, Bank of Australasia, Sturt Street and Union Bank, Lydiard Street South
  • Former Reid's Coffee Palace, Lydiard Street North
  • Former Unicorn Hotel facade, Sturt Street
  • George Hotel, Lydiard Street North
  • Iron verandahs at the following corner locations: Drummond and Urquhart Streets; Urquhart and Windermere Streets; Pleasant and Queen Victoria Streets; Lydiard and Macarthur Streets; Geelong Road and York Street; Macarthur and Doveton Streets
  • Lake Wendouree boatsheds
  • Mitchell's building (Myer), Sturt Street
  • Old Colonists Club, Lydiard Street North
  • Former Old Curiosity Shop, Queen Street
  • Pratt's warehouse, corner Mair and Camp Streets
  • Provincial Hotel, Lydiard Street North
  • Walter Davis shop, Bridge Mall
  • Lydiard Street, Bridge Mall and Sturt Street heritage precincts which include heritage buildings, gardens, statues and monuments, trees and gutters.

Residential Buildings

  • Montrose Cottage, Eureka Street
  • Bailey's mansion, corner Drummond and Mair Streets
  • Ballantrae, Geelong Road, Buninyong
  • Cardross, Eyre Street
  • Clowance, Barkly Street
  • Former residence of Dr Emil Guthiel, 802 Sturt Street
  • Lauderdale, Prince Street, Alfredton
  • Yarrowee Hall, Darling Street

What Registration Actually Means

Items included on the Ballarat Treasures Register are recognised as being significant in the history and heritage of Ballarat. The list has no statutory standing, however many of the treasures are included on statutory registers and are included in Ballarat’s ‘heritage gaps masterplan’, meaning that they will be assessed during the roll out of future heritage studies over time.


Nominations were called for under the four criterion:

  1. Criterion 1: Historical Significance
  2. Criterion 2: Aesthetic/Technical/Design Significance
  3. Criterion 3: Scientific or Research Significance
  4. Criterion 4: Social or Spiritual Significance



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