Federation University Camp Street Campus
Federation University Australia’s Camp Street Campus has probably the most famous background of any University campus in Australia. Camp Street is so called because it was where the police pitched their camp on the high ground overlooking the diggings on the river flat below in the early 1850s. It was from this camp that the force of soldiers and police marched early on the morning of 3 December 1854 to attack the stockade erected by miners on the Eureka lead. In the years after 1854, the area around Camp Street was mostly used by governments as public buildings for various functions. Most of these functions had moved elsewhere by the mid-1990s. That created the opportunity to develop this main campus for the Arts Academy. The Camp Street Campus opened in February 2002. It is the centrepiece of the central Ballarat Arts Precinct with the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery adjoining the Campus at the northern end and Her Majesty’s Theatre a little to the south along Lydiard Street. The Campus incorporates four former public services buildings and two new buildings.
Need to Know
Open: Saturday 3 & Sunday 29 October 10-4pm
Tour Details: Enjoy a self-guided external walking tour around campus taking in Old Sheriffs Office, Old Law Courts and the Former Ballarat Post Office, now the Post Office Gallery. Be sure to stop in and see current exhibition ‘Unearthed – The Jan Federation Collection’ between 10-5pm Saturday and Sunday. For your self-guided map, look out for the friendly Open House Volunteer stationed outside Building C. They will provide special access inside the Old Law Court including the rooftop where you will gain a unique perspective on the City. Access to the building is every hour on the hour from 11am, with last access at 3:30pm Saturday and Sunday.
Building Type: Education
7 Camp Street, Ballarat Central VIC