Goldfields Stories Now Online

Goldfields Stories Now Online

Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Victoria Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu

Unearthing Goldfields Gems With New Online Project

Victor P Taffa

Mark Twain’s writings about Maryborough Railway Station and Australia’s first cold beer being poured in Bendigo are amongst the fascinating stories from Victoria’s Goldfields region being shared with Victorians online.

Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu have invited Victorians to delve into history through Goldfields Stories, a new online project presented by Culture Victoria.

Goldfield Stories is a collection of nine online videos that follow local pioneers and detail the history of key events and significant sites.” Premier Baillieu said.

The project is the result of creative collaborations between Victorian artists and staff and volunteers at nine community museums throughout the Goldfields, who created videos as part of a pilot program that provides support for local museums in the Goldfields region.

The program supports local and community museums to bring their collections to life and share them with new and wider audiences.

Goldfields Stories was officially launched last weekend at Ararat’s Langi Morgala Museum by Member for Western Victoria, David O’Brien MLC.

The event also marked the centenary of the birth of botanical illustrator and Ararat resident Stan Kelly whose story is captured in Goldfields Stories.

“I was very proud to launch this project which has brought together a range of people within Goldfields communities.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“This project has resulted in an ongoing legacy of our history and produced media-rich resources for tourism, education and general audiences.”

“I thank and congratulate all involved for bringing our stories to life and encouraging greater participation in local cultural and heritage activities.” Mr. O’Brien said.