The History Group undertakes research into the history of the Gardens. A major project which has involved members for many years is the extraction of references to the gardens primarily from Ballarat City Council correspondence files which are housed at the Ballarat Archives Centre of the Public Record Office Victoria, but also from newspapers and resources held by the Ballarat Historical Society at the Gold Museum. This primary research material has been collated to form the basis of a major work on the history of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, published in 2012, "An Eden of Loveliness".
Several major collections of documents, photos and books have generously been donated to the Friends. These include material from the late Roy Mosman, first historian of the Friends, and the late Jessie Scott, first female mayor of Ballarat who did much to enhance Ballarat's reputation as the 'Garden City'. In 2008 about 500 horticultural books were bequeathed to the Friends by the late Mr Jeffrey Bunn. These have been shelved in the George Longley Building where acquisitions are being catalogued and computerised by a team dedicated to the task.
The electronic preparation of historical panels for displays in the Conservatory, a series of interviews (on video) with old identities associated with the Gardens, powerpoint presentations of historic photos of the Gardens and the production of an educational DVD on the Gardens and Lake Wendouree are among the notable achievements for this group.
Meetings are held in the George Longley Building on the first Tuesday of the month at 4.30pm.
The Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens History Group have a new booklet available for purchase.
Ballarat's Blooming Begonias is available for $5.
A 40 page booklet celebrating one of Ballarat's enduring icons. Pick one up at the George Longley Building during the Begonia festival or order by email by contacting email@example.com
AN EDEN OF LOVELINESS
"Ballarat Botanical Gardens by Lake Wendouree
Compiled by The Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens History Group
When the Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens first formed in 1982, one of the projects envisaged for the group was the production of a book. This project lay in the to do pile until, at the suggestion of Past President, Joan Garner, the History Group - Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens - banded together to produce this book in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.
An Eden of Loveliness is a Pictorial History of The Ballarat Botanical Gardens. The book documents the relationship between the Botanical Gardens and the community, an involvement evident from inception to the present day.
A selection of archival photographs and family snapshots sit side by side, chronicling the cultural, education, horticultural and scientific aspects of these Gardens. It uses images from the Ballarat City Council Collection as well as sourcing materials from the Ballarat Library, the Ballarat Art Gallery, The Ballarat Gold Museum, Public Record Office Victoria, Ballarat Archives Centre, The Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens' own collection and the community.
It is not intended to be a comprehensive history."
To purchase 'An Eden of Loveliness' please contact FBBG by telephone (03) 5364 2764 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2007 the 150th Anniversary of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens was celebrated with special events and displays.
Growing History display panels in the Conservatory 28 Sep 2007 and the winning design for Botanical Gardens Ballaarat 1858