Pardon our chaos. There’s movement at the BMI. The website is being upgraded; a finishing kitchen is being installed
and all will be complete by the end of April.
Sorry for any inconvenience!
Please remember that Friday afternoon is when we hold the
A great opportunity to hear some fantastic speakers and meet up with friends to enjoy hospitality
5.00 for 5.30 in the Humffray Room
Contact Rosemary in the BMI Library for information on 5331 3042
A Brief History of the Institute
The Institute was established in 1859 in the top floor of the Ballarat Fire Brigade in Barkly Street. On the 28th September, 1860 a foundation stone was laid at the rear of the present building.
According to the Ballarat Star a crowd of 10,000 people attended the ceremony.By 1869 the Institute consisted of four floors, shops on the ground floor, a grand entrance with a library on the second floor and a museum on the top floor.