Geoffery Blainey


Professor Geoffrey Blainey has a long and distinguished career in academic circles. For 20 years he was a professor of economic history and then Ernest Scott Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of many books, including The Tyranny of Distance and The Causes of War.

Where: Ballaarat Mechanics Institute, Sturt Street
When: Talk at 10am and panel discussion at 4pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free
Accessibility: Wheelchair access
Auslan Interpreted Talk: 10am Sunday

Geoffery Blainey
George Adams

George Adams: Ballarat as a Filming Location


Doctor Blake and Ballarat - no mystery there. The Doctor Blake Mysteries Creator George Adams discusses how Ballarat became a leading character in the ABC’s number one drama. George Adams has almost 30 years experience as a film and television producer in the UK and Australia. He has worked in executive drama roles for the BBC, Carlton Television, Columbia TriStar/Sony, Golden Square Pictures and Granada UK. In 2012, he created and produced The Doctor Blake Mysteries which has now completed its 5th season.

Where: Ballaarat Mechanics Institute, Sturt Street
When: Talk at 1pm and panel discussion at 4pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Ballarat Q&A


Join Geoffrey Blainey and George Adams for a lively panel discussion and Q&A about Ballarat and its history, mysteries and characters. Facilitated by Bryce Ives, head of the Fed Uni Arts Academy.

Where: Ballaarat Mechanics Institute, Sturt Street
When: 4pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Bryce Ives
Joanna Mendelssohn

High Tea with Lindsay Family Expert Joanna Mendelssohn


Join acclaimed author, researcher and art critic Joanna Mendelssohn for a decadent High Tea at Creswick’s historic American Hotel, as she talks about her journey uncovering the secrets of Creswick’s famous Lindsay Family. Amongst the lush surrounds of the Lindsay Room, Joanna will unravel how research into her two books - Lionel Lindsay: an artist and his family and Letters & Liars: Norman Lindsay and the Lindsay family - lead her to discover a different side to the family.

Where: Lindsay Room, The American Hotel, 90 Albert Street, Creswick
When: 2pm to 4.30pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: $46.50
More Information & tickets: Try Booking or Creswick Hub on 5345 2145
Accessibility: Wheelchair access