Curious: Federation University students Tessa Luminati and Tobin Varley take a peek into a strange and different world. Picture: Lachlan Bence
BALLARAT will become a veritable cabinet of curiosities this weekend.
With a theme of “Ignite Your Curiosity” the Ballarat Heritage Weekend aims to reimagine the quirky, weird and downright odd inventions, contraptions and cures of the mid 1800s to early 1900s.
A Curiosity Trail, featuring installations of various bizarre oddities throughout the city,has been created by local researcher AmyTsilemanis.
Starting at the Mining Exchange, curious folk can meander through Ballarat taking a peek at a steampunk piano, mini theatres, strange medical cures and reproductions of inventions by Ballarat’s own historic clever creator –Henry Sutton himself.
Performers from the Federation University Arts Academy will bring the strange characters and curios of Ballarat’s history to life.
Visitors can view the performers in “unexpected places” around the CBD and the Mining Exchange as they explore the trail.
“Ballarat is a unique city full of curious tales and passionate people, both past and present,” MsTsilemanis said.
“I love thinking about all the traces of story that inhabit the city as I explore it, and make creative work in it, everyday.”
MsTsilemanis said creating the installationshad been a lot of fun.
“Through making stories tactile, creative and accessible,history becomes something not just of the past but a through-line to the present,” she said.
She suggested taking a look at the historic bicycle, the velocipede, and women learningjui-jitsu or dressing as men in order to take control of their lives.
Curious will also be available for viewing upstairs in Suttons House of Music, the Old Post Office Building on Lydiard Street and the newCAFS Legacy and Research Centre.
“Steam travel tinkerology” and steampunk goggle-making throughout the weekendat the Town Hall.
TheBallaarat Mechanics’ Institute will come to life with a curiosities display in the Reading Room,aMax Harris Ballarat photographic collection display in the lending library, and 15-minute talks throughout both days.
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