Since Western Victoria is experiencing a cold snap with snowfalls around Ballarat and the Grampians in the past 24 hours, I thought a snow theme for Trove Tuesday appropriate.
This treasure found at Trove is a postcard from 1909 and for those that know Ballarat, the scene is instantly recognisable as the former police station in Camp Street.
Snowfalls on the hills around Ballarat and surrounding district are not uncommon, but the snow rarely settles in the town. Mt William, the highest peak in the Grampians gets a snow cap some winters, but for a short time only. Further west, it is less likely to snow in Hamilton and from memory in the 18 years I lived there, it may have snowed once, but it was closer to sleet than snow. I have never known it to snow as it did in July 1901, when snow fell for around nine hours in Hamilton. It would have been a beautiful sight.
With Trove’s help, I found a photo of a snowman built at Hamilton in 1901, held by Museum Victoria. Unfortunately copyright restrictions don’t allow me to show it here but you can view it by following the link – Hamilton Snowman.
In 1905, heavy snow saw high jinx in the streets of Ballarat that got out of hand resulting in a revolver wielding publican and the Mayor, Councillor Whykes suffering concussion
In 1910, Hamilton saw another heavy snowfall. Such was the novelty, snowballing in the streets took priority over opening the shops. A large snowman was built on nearby Mt Pierrepoint.
Well, this post is my 52nd Trove Tuesday post. I did it. I managed to post every Tuesday since Amy Lehmann launched Trove Tuesday on August 28 last year. Next week, we celebrate Trove Tuesday entering a second year and I will share some of the most popular posts from the past 52 weeks.