Researchers should be wary of historic street locations as the streets of Ballarat and surrounds have been renumbered over the years.
Ballarat Central uses the US system of increasing house numbers by 100 after a major cross street. Streets are designated North or South depending upon their relative position to Sturt Street. Over a period of around 70 years, most longer streets in Ballarat were renumbered using a block system, in which numbers allocated to properties in each block increased by 100. For example, travelling west along Sturt Street, no 1 Sturt Street is on the south-west corner of Grenville Street South, no 101 is on the south-west corner of Albert Street, no 201 on the south-west corner of Lydiard Street South, and so on. Many Ballarat streets also have a North and a South, with the same numbers in both sections, so it's ESSENTIAL to ensure the appropriate North or South is included in addresses. Unfortunately, except for a small number of more recent renumberings, records showing how the block numbers relate to the original numbers have been lost. To aid research, the document also gives suggestions for finding present-day numbers for addresses shown on records that pre-date the renumbering.
City of Ballarat Roads & Open Space Historical Index
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