1965

Royal South Street purchases Her Majesty’s Theatre at a cost of 32,500 pounds through the support of Ballarat businessmen and the State Government. Renamed The Memorial Theatre, it becomes the home of the Competitions for the next 22 years before being gifted to the City of Ballarat as part of an agreement to support the restoration…

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1968

Major top to bottom alterations are undertaken to the theatre including a new front curtain, stage lighting, drapes, heating, carpets, parapets and roof.

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1985

Roger Lemke continues to impress the judges and wins the Sun Aria. “The Sun Aria was the most prestigious competition of all, the one I really wanted to win”. The Memorial Theatre finds itself in desperate need of repairs and renovation with funding sought from State and Federal government.

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1987

The Memorial Theatre is gifted to the City of Ballarat as a condition of obtaining State government funds for a $6.5 million restoration program and is placed on the Historic Buildings Register. In doing so, the Society reserves the right to continue to hold their Competitions at the Theatre every year.

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1988

New Parliament House opens in Canberra as part of the Bicentenary celebrations and the Sun News Pictorial increases first place prize money for the Most Graceful Calisthenics Girl to $1000 Royal South Street continues its campaign to raise funds for Her Majesty’s and the Victorian State Orchestra gives a concert to support the theatre restoration…

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1990

The competitions return to the beautifully renovated Her Majesty’s and an open day is held with more than 1000 people turning out to inspect the resplendent interiors. TV auditions for drama are introduced with the assistance of Grundy Productions and VIC TV, with an overwhelming response and Linda Thompson wins the Herald Sun Aria. “For…

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2015

Girton Grammar’s Junior School Performance Choir wins the 2015 Royal South Street Eisteddfod. “This year their performance has been lauded by internationally acclaimed opera star, Suzanne Johnston, and Douglas Heywood, OAM, as one of the finest children’s choirs they have heard in a very long time.” Headmaster, Matthew Maruff. Her Majesty’s Theatre celebrates 140 years,…

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