The Ballarat City Band takes out every major award in the   “A” Grade Band Contest under the baton of Charlie Smith who was carried shoulder high to the band platform to receive the trophies from South Street President, Mr. L. V. Kennedy.

Robert Lemke wins the Courier Ballad, the Star for Opera Quest, the Vocal Championship and receives an honourable mention in the Sun Aria.

Ballarat’s first Begonia Festival is held and the Mayor announces plans for a new hall on the Haymarket site.

Begonia Festival 1953