Lake Wendouree, Victoria

Lake Wendouree, Victoria

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Lake Wendouree, Victoria

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Lake Wendouree is a suburb of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia located immediately west of the Ballarat CBD and encompasses the man-made recreational lake Lake Wendouree after which it is named. At the 2006 census, Lake Wendouree had a population of 1,471

Lake Wendouree is bordered by the Ballarat railway line to the north, Drummond Street North and Lexton Street to the east, Mair and Sturt Streets to the south and Gillies Street to the west.

History

The area was established in the 1870s. As the lake became a recreational landmark during the land boom of the Victorian era which followed the Victorian gold rush days the area became popular with the city's wealthy. Led by the bluestone gothic Bishop's palace (1876) and later the entrepreneur William Bailey (1883) many large mansions and impressive homes were established in the area close to the lake. Despite the decline in Ballarat's wealth, the march of large expensive homes toward the shores of the lake continued well into the 1920s. Further subdivision has occurred but been mild preserving many of the original homes and much of the...
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