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The Yarrowee: Uncovering the secrets of the Ballarat River | Sesson 4

04/05/2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Yarrowee: Uncovering the secrets of the Ballarat River

BMI Twilight Talks are back! The series is hosted by Prue Bentley.

Prue Bentley

Session 4

Liquid gold down under, and the “sludgy” history of Yarrowee Creek

A Sludgy History of Yarrowee Creek

Ballarat’s mining heyday was not kind to Yarrowee Creek. Between 1851 and 1914 the Yarrowee was dug over, redirected, channelised and dredged. It became the receptacle for tonnes of liquid mining waste and was a conduit for diverting that waste to communities downstream. Susan will talk about how mining changed the Yarrowee and what was done to try to stop it.

Susan Lawrence | Professor of Archaeology at La Trobe University

Prof. Peter Dahlhaus

The importance of groundwater systems of Ballarat.Groundwater is often the subject of myths and mysticism. Although it is an unseen resource, groundwater has been critical to the cultural, social, environmental and economic prosperity of Ballarat. Groundwater supplies our rivers and wetlands, mineral springs, agricultural irrigation and urban water supplies. This talk outlines the groundwater systems of the Ballarat district and the holistic values these groundwater systems bring to our communities.

Prof. Peter Dahlhaus, Principal Research Fellow at Centre for eResearch & Digital Information, Federation University


The bar in the Humffray Room (level 4) will be open from 5pm.

Tickets | Session cost

The session cost is $8 per person BMI members | $12 per person general bookings.

Win a double pass to this Season’s Twilight Talks


What do you love about our Yarrowee River?

We’re collecting stories, pictures, and memories of life on and by the Yarrowee River for our latest series of Twilight Talks, focussing on this important local waterway.

Post your story or picture below, send a message to the BMI Facebook inbox, or complete the form below.

Each week from 10th April we’ll give away a double pass to that week’s talk.

So tell us your tales, and share your pictures!

Artwork Image: Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute | Max Harris Image Collection  | Albert Hall, 1953 | MH1615

MH 1615 | Alfred Hall, 1953
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5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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