Dedication - Australia
Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune. Explore the recreated streets and buildings of Gold rush era Ballarat, head underground through the mines, pan for gold and try your hand at Kegel, an early version of tenpin bowling.
- Visitor's explored Sovereign Hill, met other friends of Nieder-Weisel and participated in a re-enactment of the Kegel Match held in 2010 in Nieder-Weisel at the Bowling Saloon in Sovereign Hill
Families and friends gathered for dinner and speeches in Ballarat on Saturday night.
- Ballarat Lodge (previously known as The
- Mercure Hotel) at 613 Main Road, Ballarat at 7pm for
The small town of Smythesdale located 19kms from Ballarat will host the Official dedication and is home to the Memorial Plaque. Smythesdale and surrounds was home to a number of Nieder-Weisel descendans during the Victorian Gold Rush. Smythesdale residents today share a peaceful but varied lifestyle with other nearby towns in the Golden Plains Shire. The small township is centred around the Police Camp Historic Precinct which includes the Court House, Police Lock-up, Police Stables, the original Post Office (now a handsome residence) and the old Court House Hotel. Little remains today of the original Smythes Creek district that created so much wealth and little physical evidence exists of old mining infrastructure and relics.
Events at Smythsdale included:
Walk around the history precinct and visit the police barracks, the lock-up, stables and the court house. See the gallows that were used in Ballarat for several hangings. Then call in at “The Well” Community Centre for a welcome cup of tea or coffee with musical entertainment, locals in period costume, photo displays. Hosted by Woady Yaloak Historical Society
The official Dedication Ceremony with local music,commemorative speeches, and the unveiling and dedication of the memorial by Pastor Kevin Zwar, Lutheran minister (retired), himself a descendant from German origins. Followed by a memorial lunch.
Getting from Ballarat to Smythesdale: From Sturt Street in Ballarat, turn left into the Midland Highway (A300), continue about 3km and turn into the Glenelg Highway (B160) at the Sebastopol roundabout to Smythesdale, Skipton and Hamilton.