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Sovereign Hill’s Gnarrwirring Ngitj/Learning Together events program Kicks off on 26 May

This award-winning Aboriginal history and living culture festival will this year be celebrated beyond the confines of Reconciliation Week. While the first event of the annual program, the Gnarrwirring Ngitj Lecture (free), will continue to be held on National Sorry Day (26 May), other events like the weaving and painting workshops, and the Corroboree will this year be held throughout the year to provide a wider variety of events and opportunities to learn about local Aboriginal history and culture. Many of the events are free, however tickets need to be booked to ensure a seat. In 2017 this productive...

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A Victorian Silhouette Exhibition to showcase Gold Museum’s vast fashion collection

A new fashion exhibition, A Victorian Silhouette, opening at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum in Ballarat will provide a glimpse into the fashion trends and role of women in the Victorian era (1837-1901). Running from 18th May to 4th November, the exhibition draws on the Gold Museum’s incredible collection of original Victorian garments and accessories, shown alongside reproductions made by Sovereign Hill’s Costume Department to highlight the craftsmanship in recreating Victorian-era fashion. “Female clothing in the Victorian era reflected the role and status of women in society. Wealthy and middle class women wore more decorative and elaborate clothing, while the...

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WORLD KIDNEY DAY: RESEARCHERS MOVE ONE STEP CLOSER TOWARDS FUNCTIONING KIDNEY TISSUE FROM STEM CELLS

Today (March 8) marks World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day, and Kidney Health Australia is applauding recent ground-breaking research, led by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute’s Professor Melissa Little with researchers from Australia and the Netherlands, which may go on to save thousands of Australian lives. The impact of kidney disease is often underestimated. One in three Australians is at increased risk of developing kidney related disease, and 53 are dying with kidney related disease every day, yet most are tragically unaware they have it until it is too late. Kidney Health Australia, which has contributed to funding Prof...

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SILENT KILLER: INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE OF KIDNEY DISEASE

Indigenous Australians are more than twice as likely to have indicators of chronic kidney disease and four times more likely to die with it, yet the vast majority do not know they are at increased risk, according to Australia’s leading kidney health organisation. Kidney Health Australia Interim CEO, Dr Lisa Murphy said raising awareness is the key focus of this year’s Kidney Health Week (March 5-11). “A lack of awareness of kidney disease is an issue across the entire population because kidney disease can progress very silently. It is especially concerning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults as...

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LOVE BLOOMS IN THE GROUNDS OF NARMBOOL

Dozens of couples are expected to gather in the beautiful gardens of pastoral property Narmbool, near Elaine, as they exchange vows as a part of the ‘Festival of LOVE’ on the same day that Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle! Held for the first time on Saturday 19th May, the ‘Festival of LOVE’ will provide couples with a drop-in wedding solution with a difference. “Many couples today are wanting to get married with minimum fuss, yet want to be able to create a memorable day with their family and friends,” says Narmbool Functions and Events Sales Manager, Danielle Neil. “With...

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SILENT KILLER: ONE IN THREE AT RISK OF CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

Kidney related disease kills more Australians each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer and road accidents combined, yet awareness of this silent killer remains low according to Australia’s leading kidney health organisation. Kidney Health Australia Interim CEO Dr Lisa Murphy said while one in three Australians is at increased risk of developing kidney related disease, and 53 are dying with kidney related disease every day, most are tragically unaware they have it until it is too late. “One Australian dies every 27 minutes and 1.7 million are affected by chronic kidney disease but it is highly undiagnosed and less than ten percent of people who are affected know they have the disease,” Dr Murphy said. “The more Australians that know their risk and check their kidneys, the higher chance we have of sparing millions of Australians from prolonged suffering, expensive dialysis and unacceptably high fatalities.” Dr Murphy said one simple online test, which helps people to understand their risk factors, could help prevent this devastating and costly toll. Kidney-related illness is estimated to cost the Australian economy $4.1 billion a year and is projected to rise to $12 billion by 2020. With the launch of Kidney Health Week (March 5 to 11), Kidney Health Australia is urging everyone to see if they are one of the ‘one in three’ people living in Australia who is at increased risk of...

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SOVEREIGN HILL’S ‘A VICTORIAN SILHOUETTE’ FILM NAMED AS WINNER IN VAMFF 2018 FASHION FILM AWARD

Sovereign Hill’s evocative film ‘A VICTORIAN SILHOUETTE’, presenting a glimpse behind the door of the boudoir to experience the secrets of the 1850s Victorian silhouette, has been named a winner in the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Fashion Film Awards for 2018. First shown as a runway show at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum in 2016, and then again in 2017 as a part of that year’s Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program, this film offers a new way of interpreting a museum’s collections. “A Victorian Silhouette is different to other fashion films in that we’ve been able to use a...

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, POP! INTRODUCING COBS NEW MOVIE BUTTER POPCORN

Lights! Camera! Action! Fans of Australia’s favourite natural popcorn brand, Cobs, can now curl up with their favourite movie and the perfect popcorn flavour – Movie Theatre Butter Popcorn. Made with real butter, quality wholegrain corn, and salt, this new flavour is the new star of the show, and is ready for its close-up during movie season. “Movies and popcorn go hand in hand, so we wanted to create a delicious popcorn flavour that evokes memories of going to a movie at the theatre, at home,” says co-founder John Walys. “The mouth-watering aroma, rich buttery flavour, and the crunch...

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WELCOME IN THE ‘YEAR OF THE DOG’ AS SOVEREIGN HILL CELEBRATES CHINESE NEW YEAR

Join in the spectacle and exhilaration of an authentic Chinese New Year celebration, as Sovereign Hill, Victoria’s favourite outdoor museum, heralds in the Year of the Dog, one of the 12 animals that appear as part of the Chinese zodiac. Sovereign Hill, together with the Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat, will offer visitors the chance to participate in a traditional Chinese New Year celebration, with a range of activities taking place on Sunday 18th February and Sunday 25th February. With a host of colourful, authentic celebrations, visitors can step back in time and experience what life was like for...

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Cobs Popcorn’s Americana range for giveaways

Cobs Popcorn’s Americana range is available for giveaways: Paying homage to the land of popcorn, Australia’s favourite popcorn brand, Cobs, has launched a classic ‘Americana’ range, featuring three delicious new flavours. From sunny California to the green mountains of Vermont, and the American heartland of the Midwest, this popcorn range crosses state borders and blazes a trail to deliver the ultimate in flavour and taste. The three Americana range flavours include: Vermont Maple Vanilla – celebrating Vermont’s state tree, the Maple, this delicious flavour combines the smooth taste of maple, with flavoursome vanilla, and the finest quality corn. Three...

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Sovereign Hill CEO Steps Down

Sovereign Hill Board President, Adrian Doyle, announced today that its long-serving CEO, Jeremy Johnson, will be leaving in mid-2018. Mr Johnson has been employed at Sovereign Hill since 1995 and has been CEO since 2002. “Jeremy has indicated to the Board that he wishes to step down from this role in June, 2018,” Mr Doyle said. “This will enable a transition period to be developed by our Board and management while recruitment for his successor is undertaken.” Mr Doyle paid tribute to the achievements of the organisation under Mr Johnson’s stewardship. “We have won the last four annual State...

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Law and Order restored to Sovereign Hill these School Holidays

Things are heating up at Sovereign Hill this January as the law-makers struggle to maintain law and order. Timothy Hayes, a rebel and ringleader, has been accused of treason for his participation in the Eureka Rebellion. The authorities want him arrested and prosecuted, but others believe he should be freed. These school holidays at Sovereign Hill, visitors will become jurors as they debate and decide the fate of this man. The Trial of Timothy Hayes will provide visitors with the chance to re-write history, as they get to sit on the jury during this explosive trial, ask questions of...

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SPREAD TRADITIONAL JOY WITH A CHRISTMAS SHOPPING NIGHT AT SOVEREIGN HILL

Spread some old-fashioned joy with a traditional Christmas at Sovereign Hill. ‘Tis the season to be merry as Victoria’s iconic tourist destination, Sovereign Hill, gets ready to celebrate the festive season. If you’re searching for a unique gift reminiscent of the 1850s, then Sovereign Hill’s shopping night will have something for the entire family. For a shopping night that evokes a Christmas of times passed, bring your family and friends to Sovereign Hill and browse Sovereign Hill’s traditional Christmas gifts for the entire family. For mum and grandma, there will be beautiful, coloured parasols and lace handkerchiefs, soaps and...

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SPREAD SOME MONSTER CHEER THIS YEAR WITH HEADSTART’S TOP CHRISTMAS TOYS FROM SESAME STREET

Spread some joy and laughter this year with Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby, as Headstart reveal their top Sesame Street toys for Christmas. From the new Tickle Me Elmo plush to a Cookie Monster Puppet that’s always hungry for cookies, the Sesame Street gang is guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of children, young and old, this festive season. Headstart’s Top Sesame Street Toys for Christmas include: Tickle Me Elmo, RRP $44.99 Tickle Me Elmo by Headstart is back to delight a new generation of children – more cuddly, more ticklish and with more sounds than...

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Narmbool Gardens in Full Bloom on Open Day

Narmbool, a beautiful pastoral property of 2,000 hectares located south of Ballarat, will be out in full bloom at this year’s Open Garden Day on Sunday 19th November, for the first time since the devastating Scotsburn bushfires. Owned by The Sovereign Hill Museums Association, the open day will provide visitors with the opportunity to see the beautiful post-fire garden restorations, and the remarkable period of regeneration by Mother Nature. Lunch and Devonshire tea will be served in the picturesque Garden Room, and children and their families will enjoy a Garden Treasure Trail activity. A photographic display, outlining Narmbool’s bushfire...

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ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S OLDEST CHINESE DRAGONS REAWAKENS IN NEW GOLD MUSEUM EXHIBITION

A new exhibition at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum will unveil one of the most extensive Chinese artefact collections, and for the first time in over five decades, will reawaken Loong, one of Australia’s oldest dragons. Running from 5th October 2017 – 15th April 2018, ‘Re-awakening the Dragon’ will showcase items once used by Ballarat’s Chinese community for social, cultural and religious ceremonies, including the spectacular dragon. In 1897, Queen Victoria marked her sixty-year reign over the British Commonwealth, and celebrations were held throughout the colonies on Diamond Jubilee Day on 22 June, 1897. Ballarat’s Chinese community joined the festivities...

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Flying into Sovereign Hill these School Holidays

During the 1850s gold rush, thousands flocked to the goldfields in search of their fortune, and this year, visitors of the feathered and furry variety are flocking to Sovereign Hill! From Saturday 23rd September – Sunday 8th October, Sovereign Hill will come alive with the sounds of bleating, baa-ing, and squawking as they welcome a range of animals to the outdoor museum. From magnificent birds of prey to donkeys, chickens and horses, visitors can get up close and personal with some of these animals, and learn about how animals contributed to life on the goldfields. Animals played an important...

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Sesame Workshop Spreads Kindness with Elmo’s #ShareTheLaughter Challenge

Sesame Workshop today launched Elmo’s #ShareTheLaughter Challenge, a social media campaign inspired by the kindness curriculum of Sesame Street’s 47th season. The centerpiece of a yearlong “Spread Kindness, Share the Laughter” initiative, this star-studded social campaign encourages viewers to tell their favorite jokes in short videos, post them online, and keep the fun going by tagging friends to do the same. In the kickoff video, comedian Kate McKinnon shares a joke with Elmo and challenges Cookie Monster to make a video of his own. As the campaign unfolds, other celebrity participants will include: Musicians like recent Tony Award nominee...

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GOLD MUSEUM PRESENTS DOCTOR BLAKE’S MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT

Put your crime-solving skills to the test at the Gold Museum’s Doctor Blake’s Murder Mystery Night, where attendees are given clues and must work together to solve a baffling murder case! If your mystery solving skills are as good as Doctor Lucien Blake, it’s time to put your Detective hat on, and solve one of the city’s biggest murder mysteries.  Throughout the evening, strange happenings will start to occur. There will be a series of murders taking place over the course of the night and guests must find out who the murderer is. Guests will be broken up into...

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Cobs Pays Homage to the Land of Popcorn

Paying homage to the land of popcorn, Australia’s favourite popcorn brand, Cobs, has launched a classic ‘Americana’ range, featuring three delicious new flavours. From sunny California to the green mountains of Vermont, and the American heartland of the Midwest, this popcorn range crosses state borders and blazes a trail to deliver the ultimate in flavour and taste. The three Americana range flavours include: Vermont Maple Vanilla – celebrating Vermont’s state tree, the Maple, this delicious flavour combines the smooth taste of maple, with flavoursome vanilla, and the finest quality corn. Three of nature’s wonders combined into a sweet, fragrant...

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