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Ballarat’s Jewish Heritage: John Safran in conversation with Dr Sue Silberberg


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‘Ballarat’s Jewish Heritage’ is a conversation between writer and filmmaker John Safran and historian Dr Sue Silberberg. The conversation will draw on Sue’s deep family ties to Ballarat to explore the Jewish influence on our city’s social, political, and religious landscape in the nineteenth century.

During the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s, many Jewish migrants settled in Ballarat, establishing what is now the oldest surviving synagogue in mainland Australia. Other than mining, these new settlers established themselves in the community as shopkeepers, dressmakers and tradespeople. Many rose to positions of influence, serving as Mayors and Members of Parliament, and founding key public institutions. Jewish activists were involved in the events surrounding the Eureka Stockade, including the battle, with Edward Thonen being the first fatality, and Jacob Sorenson being one of 13 rebels charged with treason and acquitted.

A Ballarat Heritage Festival event presented by the Eureka Centre.

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  • Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.
23 May
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Eureka Centre Ballarat

102 Stawell Street South, Eureka VIC 3350
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