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Talking History with Dr Ian Clark

What are the origins of significant placenames in Ballarat and what can these names tell us about the history of the place? Join Dr Ian Clark as he introduces the notions of ‘cultural landscape’, ‘sequent occupance’, and ‘onomastic palimpsest’ in an examination of some of the place names of the Ballarat district.

Dr Ian D. Clark is an Adjunct Professor at Monash University and Federation University. He holds a PhD from Monash University in Aboriginal historical geography and has been researching Victorian Aboriginal and settler colonial history since the early 1980s. His research interests include biography, local history, toponyms, the history of tourism, and genealogy.


01 Jul 2021

102 Stawell Street South, Eureka, VIC 3350Get directions


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.