The Ballarat Trout Hatchery 150 year celebration will occur on 22 August 2020 and begins with the re-enactment of the arrival of the first trout ova to the Ballarat Fish Acclimatisation Society by steam train at Ballarat station.
The steam engine was built in Ballarat in 1879. There will be a welcoming committee dressed in period costume and they will go to the current hatchery in a 150 year old horse drawn taxi. At the hatchery the trout ova will be received by the Mayor of Ballarat and placed in a bathtub, which was how the hatchery began.
The hatchery will be open for viewing and tours will be conducted and an informative video showing throughout the day.
In the afternoon there be a re-enactment of a trout release into Lake Wendouree at Durham Point and from a paddle steamer as was done 100 years ago. For this re-enactment 100 year old vintage trucks will be used to carry old milk urns with the fish to be released where the Society volunteers dressed in old world costumes will release the trout. Vintage cars will be used to carry participants to Durham Point.
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