Ballarat Talks is a podcast for the city of Ballarat. Each week brings you stories and issues about Australia's best regional city. Its sporting events, thriving arts scene, rich history and heritage, its architecture, education, and business opportunities, all combine to make Ballarat a great place to live.
Ep12 Peter FitzSimons: The Legacy of the Eureka Stockade
What legacy has the Eureka Rebellion had on contemporary Australian democracy? Peter FitzSimons, Chair of the Australian Republican Movement, and author of 'Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution', says it's impact was hugely significant, not only in Australia but overseas. Peter FitzSimons delivered 2017's annual Peter Tobin Oration at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, a place he says is an important contribution to the story of democracy.
Ep11 Pompey Elliott at war, Part 3/3
Like many returned soldiers, Pompey Elliott had seen more than his fair share of blood, suffering and death, which had affected him for the rest of his life. In this final 3-part chat with historian and author Dr Ross McMullin on his latest book, Pompey Elliott at War, we discuss the fighting general's life after the Great War and his legacy a century later.
Ep10 Pompey Elliott at war, Part 2/3
Historian and author Dr Ross McMullin, continues with his analysis of Pompey Elliot by examining the fighting general's leadership at the battle of Polygon Wood in World War I.
Ep9 Pompey Elliott at war, Part 1/3
As a fighting general, none was as famous as Pompey Elliott. That's historian and author Ross McMullin's assessment of him in his recent book 'Pompey Elliott at War' a collection of war correspondence and quotes from the general.
Having attended Ballarat College, Harold 'Pompey' Elliott was involved from the very beginning of the Great War - landing on the beaches of Gallipoli - to the very end in western Europe. Pompey's diary entries, letters to his wife and fellow commanders are vivid, and show his personality which endeared him to his men, yet ruffled his superiors.
This is the first of a 3-part episode with Ross McMullin, who takes us on a journey of Pompey Elliott's early life in Ballarat to the mud of Western Europe.
Ep8 Supporting Ballarat and the western region with footy
Western Bulldogs is firmly committed to making Ballarat its second home as it continues to build support in the western region of Victoria. President Peter Gordon says the support from Ballarat has been encouraging as the club commits to two AFL games at Mars Stadium each year from 2018, and with further plans to play AFL Women's home games at the newly built stadium in the future.
Peter discusses his love of footy, the tumultuous years of saving the club from the brink of extinction and the club's focus on men's health through its Sons of the West initiative.
Ep7 Ballarat to Melbourne: a push for a 59-minute train time
Eleven years ago a train from Ballarat arrived at Melbourne's Southern Cross Station in 59 minutes, a record which was applauded by State politicians at the time - a record which, alas, hasn't been repeated. That sub-hour time is Committee for Ballarat's focus in its #59minuteBallarat campaign aimed at State and Federal governments to help ease the growing pains of Melbourne and support the wider region of Ballarat. The Committee's Nick Beale and Melanie Robertson discuss the campaign and what the benefits would bring to not only Ballarat and Melbourne, but the rest of Victoria.