By late October 2019 the resource collection of The Ballarat & District Genealogical Society (BDGS) was relocated to the Eureka Centre in Ballarat East. Materials are itemised in the library's online catalogue and are available for public access during PROV hours: Mon-Thu 10.00-4.30pm. The Ballarat Courier and Star (newspapers) are available on microfilm at the Centre. Visitors would most likely want to use the Ballarat Directories to find street addresses and occupations of residents. We have some electoral rolls (1900s), BDMs for all states of Australia, some school records and church records, Ballarat and surrounding district cemeteries - headstones, transcriptions and/or registers, Ballarat Hospital Admission registers, and many other items of interest to the family historian. Although we do not roster our members they are often present and along with the Research Librarian will provide assistance to visitors. For the use of our collection we would appreciate a contribution to the donation box if you are not a member of the society.
The Ballarat Archives Centre of the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) was relocated in June 2019 to the Eureka Centre in Ballarat East. The Joan Hunt reading room is open Monday to Thursday 10-4.30pm. Shipping records are on microfilm as well as Ships' Deserters Lists. They hold Victoria-wide indexes to Inquests, Will & Probate papers and Children's Registers for those taken in State care. Particularly useful are local rate books and local court registers, a range of maps and many other records.
The Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute in Sturt Street is the preferred meeting place for family history visitors and researchers. It is open all weekdays 9-4.00pm and Saturdays 9.30-12.00pm. To make an appointment please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the Society's postal address is PO Box 1809 Bakery Hill Mail Centre, Victoria 3354, Australia. To speak with the Secretary phone 0467 241 352.
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