The Olympic year ushers in a new era with the annual Eisteddfod opening in the new Civic Hall. After being proposed as far back as 1936 following the loss of the Coliseum, the new hall is generally well received, although some find it “lacks atmosphere”.

Having successfully surviving many efforts to destroy it, the Alfred Hall which was deemed cold, leaky and a health hazard is finally demolished.

The Sun Aria age limit is raised to 29 years for both males and females and Ballarat shines as Olympic Games events are held on Lake Wendouree.

Rowing Olympics 1956