History of the name Ballarat


Ballarat is the third largest city in Victoria Australia. Archibald Yuille named the area “Ballaarat” Some claim the name is derived from a local Wathaurong Aboriginal word for the area, balla arat. The meaning of this word is not certain; however, several translations have been made and it is generally thought to mean “resting place”.

Ballarat – Resting Place

This is the name also used to describe the place where the service Dual Diagnosis Australia rests. The initial service commenced operation in 2008 using the name Rod Soar and following a slow progression and the gaining of a strong supporter base and references the various arms of this organisation commenced to evolve.