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Campaigning in the Mud, Courtesy Ballarat Heritage Services Picture Collection

Mining Mud & Medals is the latest exciting project by Victorian Interpretive Projects Inc. Covering the Ballarat Electorate the project will concentrate on the 'tunnellers' from the Australian Mining Corps. The project covers four years so watch out for updates and activities.

On the 2014 ANZAC day weekend the Mining Mud & Medals team ran two one day projects as outlined below.

Saturday 26 April, 2014

Join us from 1-5 pm on SATURDAY 26 April at the E. J. Tippett Library, Lydiard Street South, Ballarat CBD (through the old Ballarat Gaol gates at Federation University SMB campus) for FREE activities .

Come and learn how to research WWI veterans. Get advice on how to look after your precious WWI memorabilia. Have your photos scanned. Reproduction services available. Bring a USB stick so we can provide you with a copy of the digitised image of your item/s for future safe-keeping.

Sunday morning 27 April, 2014


Prices per Sunday Session: $15 conc, $20 adult All Day Pass available: $25 conc, $30 adult

VIPs presents an opportunity for you to hear three excellent WWI historians.

Venue: The Lawless Room at Jackson & Co., corner of Lydiard St North and Mair Street, Ballarat (adjacent to Regent Cinemas) 9.30am – 12.30pm

Two of our speakers will discuss the exploits of Australian Army Tunnellers who served on the Western Front, in Belgium and France. Our third speaker will reveal the true story of events leading up to the ‘Real Great Escape’ made by tunnellers imprisoned at Holzmindin POW Camp in Germany, during WWI.

Damien Finlayson is a military historian with a special interest in the First World War. His book Crumps & Camouflets is a definitive reference in regards to the Australian Tunnelling Division. As a former St Patrick’s student he is not new to Ballarat. See:

Ross Thomas is the executive producer of Beneath Hill 60. Ross is a mining engineer and historian, who knew descendants of tunneller Captain Oliver Woodward whose diaries were adapted into a screenplay. In the morning Ross Thomas will talk about the Real Great Escape! To learn more visit and

Tim Whitford is the Education Outreach Officer at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne. He was one of the key people involved in uncovering missing servicemen at Fromelles in 2008-9 and has a deep personal connection with the story of their recovery. Tim will talk about his discoveries of German war photographs, memory, identity and dignity and family history. See and

Sunday afternoon, 27 April, 2014

VIPs will host a special screening of the acclaimed Australian made movie Beneath Hill 60 on the ‘big screen’ at the Regent Cinemas, Lydiard Street North. This session will commence promptly at 2 pm with an introduction by Ross Thomas, the film’s executive producer.

Beneath Hill 60 was released on 15 April 2010. Set during World War One, it tells the story of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company’s effort to mine and detonate explosives under German lines in order to aid the advance of British troops. To learn more visit


Prices per Sunday Session: $15 conc, $20 adult All Day Pass available: $25 conc, $30 adult