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The plaque commemorates the centenary of the opening of the railway from Melbourne to Ararat in 1875.

Another link in the chain of railway communication throughout the colony has been added by the completion of the Ballarat and Ararat Railway, the opening of which was celebrated by a demostration at Ararat on Tuesday. This line was authorised under the Railway Construction Act of 1871, introduced by the Duffy Government, which also included the Castlemaine and Dunolly and the Ballarat and Maryborough lines, the first railways constructed on the light line principle. The length of the Ballarat and Ararat Railway is 57½ miles.
The Australasian (Melbourne), 10 April 1875.



Address:Birdwood Avenue, Ararat Railway Station , Ararat, 3377
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.282311
Long: 142.936484
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event Start Date:07-April-1875
Actual Event End Date:07-April-1975


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 5th April, 1975
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Erected to commemorate the centenary of the opening of the railway from Melbourne to Ararat on April 7 1875

Australian Railway Historical Society
Ararat City Council
Victorian Railways

April 5, 1975


Source: MA
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