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Sovereign Hill is the place to see rare 19th century trades and crafts practised by skilled operators using original machinery and equipment. The goods they produce are sold here through our shops and factories.

 

Gold Smelting Works/Gold Pour

Gold Smelting Works/Gold Pour

The story of gold in Ballarat, from discovery and processing to the pouring of a spectacular gold ingot.

Gift Shop

Gift Shop

Gifts, jewellery and souvenirs.

Wheelwright and Coachbuilder

Wheelwright and Coachbuilder

Watch our skilled craftsmen make a hub and spokes, and then assemble a coach wheel.

Candle Works

Candle Works

See 19th century candlemaking machines in action, and buy the kids a candle to dip. The shop sells candles made in our factory, candle accessories, lanterns and soaps.

Foundry

Foundry

Foundries were important to the growth of heavy industry in early Ballarat. Here you can see lathes used to spin metal into goldpans and household wares.

Tinsmith

Tinsmith

Watch the tinsmith at work, making domestic items such as baking trays, scone and biscuit cutters, candleholders and lanterns.

Horse Bazaar – Coach Rides

Horse Bazaar – Coach Rides

Sovereign Hill has a large stable of working horses, including Clydesdales and Percherons. Catch a ride in a coach drawn by some of our gentle giants.

Drapery Store

Drapery Store

Fashionable hats and accessories for ladies and gentlemen, fine quality linen and baby wear, plus a selection of Victorian-style china.

Confectionery Factory

Confectionery Factory

Watch our confectioners use original equipment and processes to make traditional boiled lollies.

Theatre

Theatre

Live entertainment was popular on the goldfields. The Victoria Theatre offers a full daily program of music and theatre.

Saddlery

Saddlery

Saddlers flourished in towns relying on horse-power for transport and operating simple mining equipment. Our saddler sells leather belts and hats.

Apothecaries’ Hall

Apothecaries’ Hall

The apothecary was a goldfields chemist. The shop displays medical equipment and has a doctor’s surgery. Herbal soaps, lotions, remedies and hair brushes are all for sale.

Jeweller

Jeweller

Jewellers could make an excellent living on a wealthy goldfield such as early Ballarat. Our shop sells rings, necklaces, bracelets, jewellery stands and trinket boxes.

Post Office

Post Office

This is a working post office. You can buy a postcard and send it off with Sovereign Hill’s own postmark.

Grocer

Grocer

All sorts of food, drink, spices and household wares were imported onto the goldfields for a population that could afford the very best.

Sweet Shop

Sweet Shop

Our lollies are famous, especially the Raspberry Drops. Choose from a wide range of hand-made boiled lollies.

Printer

Printer

Newspapers were an important source of news on the goldfields. Our printer uses original 19th century presses to make personalised posters and public notices.

Photographic Rooms

Photographic Rooms

Dress up in beautiful Victorian costumes and pose for a unique souvenir photo. Bookings essential, phone (03) 5337 1128. Email rhp@sovereignhill.com.au

Blacksmith

Blacksmith

Watch the blacksmith beating red hot metal to shape iron horseshoes and decorative garden wares.

Goldfields Store

Goldfields Store

Like the early stores that met the miners’ daily needs, this shop stocks a higgledy-piggledy range of hats, clothing, toys and household goods.

Chinese Camp

Chinese Camp

See how Ballarat’s Chinese diggers lived and worked as you explore their tents, the store, and the scribe and the herbalist’s huts and visit the fully-consecrated temple.