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Author: Elizabeth Denny
You can now find more than 400 maps of Ballarat online, including the newly digitised Ballarat and Ballarat East Town Allotment Survey Plans (VPRS 4771).
Ranging from the 1850s to the early twentieth century, among the collection you’ll find four nineteenth century plans of Camp Street providing a snapshot of the growth of Ballarat.
Some of the most influential political and social movements from the 1850s gold rush to the early nineteenth century were debated and promoted in Camp Street, among them Australian unionism, Federalism, and the anti-conscription campaign of the First World War.
With its proud history and significant buildings, Camp Street is perhaps the most beautiful street in Ballarat - described by author and historian Anne Beggs Sunter as a cultural powerhouse of both Ballarat and Australia in her book Camp Street, Ballarat from Eureka to Federation.
The street is now an active arts precinct used by the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Camp Street Campus of Federation University’s Arts Academy.
Camp Street’s development
Three more maps in VPRS 4771 show Camp Street’s development over a decade.
You can find nineteenth century photographs of these sections of Camp Street contrasted with current streetscapes in Ballarat Revealed on the City of Ballarat’s Historic Urban Landscape website.
Searching VPRS 4771
Note that there are more digital images than there are physical units. This is because some physical units contain several discrete plans on one sheet. These have been created as individual items, but can only be ordered as units.
If you want to order the original record to view in the Ballarat Archives Centre Reading Room, use our online catalogue to select and order your map from the P1 consignment listings for VPRS 4771.
These digitised maps come thanks to the hard work and dedication of our wonderful volunteers.