Barb Dunlop becomes the first female President of the Royal South Street Society which began 120 year earlier in 1879 as the Young Men’s General Debating Society.

The Herald Sun Aria celebrates 75 years, with Maxine Montgomery a Ballarat Soprano one of six finalists selected to compete for a Grand Prize of $10,000 cash and $20,000 scholarship for overseas tuition. The evening was compered by Roger Lemke, the son and grandson of one of Ballarat’s famous singing families, and winner of the Aria in 1985.

“…The Herald Sun Aria is well established as one of the finest singing competitions in the country, with a healthy future for the next generations of performers.”

South Street runs a unique Highland Pipe Competition with a live cross to 3BA

Royal South Street is numbered in the top three most valuable Ballarat’s most valuable icons and the City of Ballarat recognises the remarkable work of South Street’s volunteers by hosting a Civic Reception.

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