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18-September-2017 (Neil Follett)
18-September-2017 (Neil Follett)

Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown / Neil Follett

The plaque commemorates the centenary of the Geelong to Ballarat rail line.

The Geelong Ballarat rail line was officially opened on 10th April 1862. This line was built to a high standard by the Victorian Railways, with double track provided throughout, stone station buildings at all of the initial stations, a number of stone bridges for roads that crossed the line, and the 440 metre Moorabool Viaduct over the river of the same name.

This line remained the only way from Ballarat to Melbourne until 1889 when the current direct line was complete.


Address:Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Railway Station, Ballarat , 3350
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.558865
Long: 143.859306
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event Start Date:10-April-1862
Actual Event End Date:10-April-1962


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 7th April, 1962
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1862 - 1962

This plaque commemorates the centenary of the opening on 10th April, 1862 of the railway line from Geelong linking Ballarat with Melbourne.

Ballarat Historical Society
Geelong Historical Society
Australian Railway Historical Society

7 April, 1962.

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au