Eureka Flag, designed by a Canadian gold miner by the name of "Lieutenant" Ross during the Eureka Stockade uprising in Ballarat, Victoria, in 1854. The blue background is believed to represent the blue shirts worn by many of the diggers, rather than represent the sky as is commonly thought.
Eureka Flag, designed by a Canadian gold miner by the name of "Lieutenant" Ross during the Eureka Stockade uprising in Ballarat, Victoria, in 1854. The blue background is believed to represent the blue shirts worn by many of the diggers, rather than represent the sky as is commonly thought.

Welcome to the Ballarat African Association

The Ballarat African association (BAA) is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious, and charitable membership organisation led by a Committee of Management (“Executive Team”).

The BAA was formed in 2006 with Wilbert Mapombere as president and has continued to grow over the years with a group of 500 to 600 people joining us from the Ballarat community.

Purpose

To Support and Uplift Africans and African Families in Ballarat; to Promote Issues pertaining to social and cultural connectedness within our community; and actively seek solutions to challenges faced by members of our community.

Community Profile

There are approximately 600 Africans living in Ballarat, but only 198 indicated their sub-ancestry as shown below.  This is largely consistent with the country-wide self-identification challenges with African Australians. The Ballarat African Association is poised to improve the statistics for our members.