The Floral Tram
Newsletter January 2019

Launch Day February 24

The Floral Tram will be officially launched on Sunday 24 February 2019, two weeks ahead of the Ballarat Begonia Festival. Everyone who has been involved in the creation is invited to come along and celebrate the incredible effort that you have all put into the project.

The ceremony will take place in Wendouree Parade at "The Loop", near Pipers by the Lake, and opposite the Fernery. Trams will be available to pick you up at the Ice Cream cart, near the Tram Depot in Wendouree Parade, and take you down to the opening. After the official launch, you will be able to take a ride in the Floral Tram.

Trams leave for the opening ceremony at 2.00 pm
The Floral Tram arrives at 2.30pm
Rides commence at 2.40pm

Community support and interest in the project has been overwhelming, and together we have exceeded our expectations of what we could achieve.

Many of the people involved in helping you play your part are unknown to us. So please extend this invitation on our behalf to any and all who have helped you to support us by making flowers, collecting materials and spreading the word.

We would like to see as many people as possible greet the Floral Tram on its maiden voyage.

The Floral Tram will also be operating everyday throughout the Begonia Festival.

Sneak Preview

Pam standing in front of one of the completed panels. We are not going to show photos of the whole tram, because we want to have it as a big surprise when it is officially launched on February 24. But we did have it out of the shed last week, and in the sunlight, the plastic flowers looked simply amazing. To think that a bunch of old bags and bottles could be turned into something so beautiful. 


Media Central!

There has been a lot of interest from the media, shown here filming a workshop at the Ballarat North Neighborhood House.


Australia Day Awards
The Floral Tram was nominated (thanks to Carolyn and Marg) for an Australia Day award to recognise the efforts of our volunteers. Helen, Carolyn, Lynne, and Pamela attended the ceremony, with the Mayor of Ballarat, Samantha McIntosh. While we didn't win, it was great to have our efforts recognised.
The first panel is placed on the tram in January.
The flowers have been laid out on a full size grid to get the design right, and then transferred to the tram grid by grid.
Pamela glues on the first batch of flowers.
People admiring the very first Floral Tram in 1938.
Ken and Barry installing the last of the side panels
The Ballarat Tramway Museum is a volunteer organization. It needs volunteers to operate the trams, open the Museum, and keep the trams running. 
Please contact us if you can help.
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