The first discussion around amalgamating East and West Ballarat get under way and becomes a South Street competition essay subject around ‘the best practical schemes to that end.’ It would be another 27 years before Ballarat East and West join to become one, with its first mayor being South Street founder, W D Hill.

The first typewriter and shorthand competitions are held and magic lantern shows become a popular feature at concerts and South Street. Highlights include depictions of English scenes, trains, shipwrecks and Ballarat statues and important tips on how to kill a crocodile!

The Ballarat Electric Supply Company is founded and the following year electric lights illuminate Ballarat’s streets, while in South Australian women are granted the right to vote and stand for Parliament for the first time.