Ballaarat Engine Celebrating 150 Years

Published on Thursday, 29 July 2021 at 1:48:38 PM

Ballaarat Engine Celebrating 150 Years

The Ballaarat Engine turns 150 in August. This historic engine is the oldest surviving Australian-built steam locomotive and also the first steam locomotive in Western Australia. The Ballaarat Engine’s remarkable history and milestone birthday will be celebrated through August and September.


Ballaarat Room, Railway House – Exhibition Opening 21 August 2021 to 20 August 2022


The exhibition will include:

  • Ballaarat engine and artefacts, as well a memorabilia on display.
  • Touch screen with photos and information about the restoration process and specific parts on the engine.
  • Wall displays with stories and photos from community members.
  • A Lego model displays.
  • Life-size birthday card for photos and signing.


Photo Day 4 September 2021:

Come a long and take a photo with the Ballaarat Engine, tag the City in your photos. Life-size birthday card will be available for photos and signing.



  • Magnets, hats, microfiber towels, t-shirts, mugs and teaspoons - Available for purchase at ArtGeo Complex from 20 August 2021
  • Prepaid envelopes – released across Australia from 13 August 2021. Available for purchase at any post office, while stocks lasts.
  • Postmark – Between 1 August 2021 and 31 December 2021, the Busselton Post Office will use a special postmark that will celebrate the Ballaarat Engine’s 150 years.


Colouring In Competition:

Enter the Ballaarat colouring in competition (link below) and win a Ballaarat Prize Pack and a $25 book voucher.

Opens 1 August to 30 September. Entries available from Busselton and Dunsborough Libraries, ArtGeo Gallery and Courthouse, City of Busselton Administration Building and the Ballaarat Room at Railway House or can be emailed to you by contacting: or clicking this link.

The four winning entries will be displayed at Ballaarat Room.  More information and terms and conditions are available on the entry form.

Colouring in Competition

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