mt pleasant logoThe more recently established Mt Pleasant History Group had a vision of ‘Telling the Story of Mt Pleasant’ and in partnership with the Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre was allocated funding through the City of Ballarat’s Mt Pleasant Engaging Communities Program for this project in May 2018. Since then, the Group has been working with consultant historian Dr Bill Garner and the newly Ballarat East Neighbourhood House to produce the ‘Discover Historic Mount Pleasant’ brochure, which features 20 key historic sites around Mount Pleasant. The brochure is accompanied by a webpage and 4 interpretive signs are being installed at Mt Pleasant Primary School, Pearce’s Park, Mt Pleasant Reserve and the former Methodist Church.

Mt Pleasant unique historical background is summarised in the Brochure which says, “Despite the promise of gold, Mount Pleasant was left undug for several years while all around other diggings rapidly progressed. The pristine quality of the area made it attractive as a refuge for Cornish miners who in 1853 and 1854 began to pitch their tents here and bring their families with them. Because of this unusual beginning Mount Pleasant can lay claim to being the oldest residential suburb of Ballarat.”

Information about the historic sites may also be found on the Historic Urban Landscapes webpage by clicking on the following link:

The Mt Pleasant History Group meets on the third Thursday of each month and hosts an evening presentation once a term. Enquiries can be made through Group President, Max on 0407664593 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


2020 brochure launchDiscover Historic Mount Pleasant Brochure Launch

The Mayor, Cr Samantha McIntosh was invited to officially launch the “Discover Historic Mount Pleasant” brochure and webpage on the 23rd of May 2019 at the Ballarat Municipal Observatory. The brochure, that highlights 20 historic sites around Mt Pleasant, was produced through a joint project between the Mt Pleasant History Group, the Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre and the newly formed Ballarat East Neighbourhood House. It is a guide for people to discover the history of Mt Pleasant, Ballarat’s oldest residential suburb, which was founded near the Mt Pleasant Reserve in 1854. Fifty dignitaries and local residents celebrated at the launch which included an overview by consultant historian Dr Bill Garner, who along with the Mt Pleasant History Group members, were instrumental in telling the story of Mt Pleasant through the brochure and website.

You can get a brochure from:

  • Discover Historic Mt Pleasant Signage Sites: Mt Pleasant Primary School; Pearces Park; Sunnyside Woollen Mill; Mt Pleasant Reserve; Former Methodist/Uniting Church and the Tram Mural.
  • All Ballarat Libraries
  • The Ballarat Visitor Information Centre
  • Mt Pleasant History Group: Duthie 0407 664 549 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Ballarat East Neighbourhood House: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Visit the website at:

2019 08 signage launch


New Signage Launch

On Thursday the 1st of August, the launch of the ‘Discover Historic Mount Pleasant’ signage at the Mt Pleasant Reserve was celebrated by the Mt Pleasant History Group, the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House, graphic designer Peter Lambert and Daryl Wallis, Manager of Parks and Gardens with the City of Ballarat.

Signs have also been installed at the Mt Pleasant Primary School, the former Methodist Church and Pearce’s Park, featuring historic information and photographs of each of these sites.

Pictured to the right of the sign is the Tent School Tree, planted in 1932 to commemorate the first tent school established in Mt Pleasant by the Cornish Miners for their families in 1855, before the school moved to the Methodist Church, and then finally relocating to its current site in Cobden St in 1874.


2020 tram muralTram Mural Launch

On Thursday the 20th February 2020, representatives from the Mount Pleasant History Group, the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House, the Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre, the City of Ballarat, along with local resident Bernadette Duffy and graphic designer Peter Lambert, joined together for the official launch of the ‘Mount Pleasant Tram’ Mural. The Mural is located at Country Lane Furnishings on the corner of Barkly and Cobden Streets, Mount Pleasant.

Over 80 interested local residents and community members attended the launch, which was a fantastic turnout. The Mural, which includes the seventh sign in the Discover Historic Mt Pleasant project, is a representation of the significance of the shops and tram terminus in this very location. The Mural has been a joint effort between a number of groups and individuals, all of whom are so pleased that this outstanding project has come into fruition for both locals and visitors to enjoy.