Royal South Street 125 years of pure performance gold.

In 2016 , we invite you to join us in sharing not only the stories we know, but the many stories still to be told. Find out more about our celebratory events, and how to share your Royal South Street Story and become part of a remarkable history and future.


South Street celebrates 120 years of competition with the launch of an exhibition chronicling its many highlights at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum. Featuring a unique collection of historic items from the Royal South Street Society archives, the exhibition is seen by over 100,000 visitors.

Past winners and alumni become South Street Ambassadors including Amy Harris, Brooke Lockett, Jonathan Welch, Gemma Bromley and Anthony Callea.


The first Dr Blake Mysteries are filmed in Ballarat and go to air.

(Watch trailer here)


South Street showcases its extraordinary history at the Mining Exchange during Heritage Weekend.

Digitising of the Society’s archival collection to preserve its unique history begins under the auspices of the Historic Sub-Committee and images are gathered by Australian Geographic for a feature on Eisteddfods.

A report is released by Ballarat Regional Tourism showing the economic impact of South Street to the city is around $14.1 million. It’s impact on our young aspiring stars is incalculable.

Bev Palmer Dancers - South Street - Dance Section - Sunday 25 sept *** Local Caption *** L-R - Ella Bremner - 7yo, Alysa Bottomley - 6yo, Chloe Sheean - 6yo.

South Street – Dance Section


South Street establishes a Board of management to ensure the future of the Society as one of the nation’s most prestigious Eisteddfods.

The Commonwealth Bank agrees to support the 2014 Competitions.


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.

HMT Stage

Her Majesty’s Theatre celebrates 140 years, opening in 1875 as the Academy of Music. After remodelling in 1898, the theatre was relaunched as her Majesty’s Theatre in recognition of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Graceful Girl Competition and the Herald Sun Aria both mark their 90th birthday.

The big night of the Calisthenics discipline, the Graceful Solo

Planning begins for Royal South Street 125 and Les Holloway and the Historical Committee begin work on 125 Years of South Street History.


125 years of pure performance gold events and activities commence.

Our Share Your Royal South Street Story project begins.

PPT becomes RSSS 125 naming rights sponsor.

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The Royal South Street Society is announced the winner of the Special Events and Attractions Category as part of the 2016 Ballarat Business Excellence Awards.
The success of these competitions is really remarkable. It would seem as if Ballarat was the only city in the colonies where such competitions could live and flourish with continuallincreasing successCompetitors appear to come from all parts of the colonywhich is a fact of considerable significance. If the secretary and committee of the South Street Debating Society only received adequate support to enable them to extend their scheme … the movement would soobid fair to become one of national importance. George Peake, Musical Adjudicator, Ballarat Courier, 8 Sept 1898.