Dr Blake’s Ballarat – An Exhibition

Dr Blake S3 Craig McLachlan On Set


Have you ever wondered what goes into making a successful TV show? What about one set in Ballarat in the late 1950s? The costumes, the sets, the locations; how do they make everything look so damn good?

All these secrets and more will be revealed in a new exhibition exploring the making of internationally successful ABC drama The Dr Blake Mysteries. The exhibition, Dr Blake’s Ballarat, is hosted by the Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum and will run until the 3rd of September.

The exhibition is presented in two parts: one looking at the Cast & Crew and one looking at filming locations within Ballarat. Vintage costumes, fabric swatches, set sketches, and set pieces are all on display alongside props and photographs highlighting several locations in the show.

‘This exhibition will allow visitors to truly immerse themselves into the exciting world of Dr Blake. Fans of the series are going to love the exhibition, but so too will anyone interested in fashion, the creative television process, as well as touring groups,’ says Jeremy, CEO of Sovereign Hill.


If that’s not enough, a whole range of public programs are running alongside the exhibition. Here are a few of our favourites:


Behind the Seams, Saturday 27th May

A Panel discussion with costume designer Louise McCarthy about how they created those magical 1950s looks.


Dr Blake’s Murder Mystery Night, Saturday 26th August

A Murder Mystery night where attendees are given clues and must work together to solve the case. How fun is this!?


Costume Corner, All day, duration of exhibition

Kids & young adults submit their costume sketches for display in the Gold Museum foyer. Winners announced each month during exhibition.



Exhibition Details

Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum, Ballarat

11th April – 3rd September.


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Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

As well as a near obsessive interest in fashion, Emma is a former scientist, occasional contemporary dancer, avid reader and self-confessed cat lady (she has three). Emma lived in Leiden in the Netherlands as a baby and Leiden ought to have been her middle name had her mother thought of it at the time and not chosen Louise instead.

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