Sturt Street Gardens
Aerialviewgardens.jpg
Aerial view of the eastern part of Sturt Street Gardens looking east
TypePublic park
LocationBallarat, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates37°33′40″S 143°50′59″E / 37.56111°S 143.84972°E / -37.56111; 143.84972Coordinates: 37°33′40″S 143°50′59″E / 37.56111°S 143.84972°E / -37.56111; 143.84972
Area2.87 hectares
Operated byCity of Ballarat

The Sturt Street Gardens is a central reservation running along Sturt Street, one of the main thoroughfares of Ballarat, (Victoria, Australia). The formal gardens span 13 city blocks from Grenville Street in the east to Pleasant Street in the west, are 20 metres (22 yd) wide and cover an area of 2.87 hectares (7.1 acres) running east–west.[1]

The historic gardens are the main gardens of Ballarat's Central Business District and significant for their heritage features including significant statues, bandstands, memorials and trees. Three of the reserve's monuments are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and the entire gardens are listed as a heritage precinct by the City of Ballarat.[1] The gardens are important to the culture of Ballarat.

Several blocks along the gardens have individual names based on their history and features such as Queen Victoria Square and Alexandra Square.

History

Sturt Street, the main boulevarde of Ballarat, was created by the first survey of the town in 1851 by WS Urquhart. In the 1860s a dual carriageway with central median strip was created.

Victorian Heritage Register Sites

Titanic Memorial Bandstand

RMS Titanic Memorial in front of Mechanics Institute.
RMS Titanic Memorial in front of Mechanics Institute.

The SS Titanic Memorial Bandstand is an excellent and unusual example of creative bandstand design of the Edwardian period, a picturesque composition with dominant roofs of oriental character, it is an exotic and important element of the streetscape of Sturt Street.

Constructed in 1915, it is one of the few remaining examples of what was once a building type found commonly in the parks and gardens of many municipalities. It serves as a tangible reminder of a highly popular form of entertainment, prominent on the community agenda for many years. The construction of the bandstand and its survival until now also reflects the place of music in Ballarat's cultural identity and the continuing prominence of music in the community.

It is a memorial to the sinking of the RMS Titanic, a disaster still recalled today, and principally to her heroic musicians who played as they went down with their ship.

The bandstand and its construction is indicative of Ballarat's self-image and patriotic fervour.[2]

Queen Alexandra Bandstand

The Alexandra Bandstand is a typical and well resolved example of creative bandstand design; it polygonal form surmounted by a 'Moorish' onion dome is representative of bandstands of this period. The bandstand has particularly fine wrought iron detailing incorporating musical motifs and is an important and exotic element of the streetscape of Sturt Street.

Built in 1908 during the heyday of the band movement, it is now one of the few remaining examples of bandstands in Victoria. It serves as a tangible reminder of a highly popular form of entertainment, prominent on the community agenda for many years. The construction of the bandstand and its survival until now also reflects the prominence of music in Ballarat's cultural and civic identity.[3]

Statues

The City of Ballarat has a walk of the statues within the Sturt Street Gardens.[4]

The main statues in order from West to East are:

Memorials and monuments

Gallery

References

  1. ^ a b Ballarat Open Space Strategy, Volume 1, City of Ballarat, Australia. March 2008.
  2. ^ "Titanic Memorial Bandstand, Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H0971, Heritage Overlay HO105". Victorian Heritage Database. Heritage Victoria.
  3. ^ "Queen Alexandra Bandstand, Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H0972, Heritage Overlay HO106". Victorian Heritage Database. Heritage Victoria.
  4. ^ Trails and Tracks Brochure, Visit Ballarat, Australia.
  5. ^ a b "Frederick William COMMONS m 1884 Emily Ada WILLIAMS".

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