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Bendigo Historical Society

03 5442 1005 Arts & Culture - Cultural Bendigo

Hours: Thursdays 10am - 2pm

Phone: 03 5442 1005


The aim of the Bendigo Historical Society Inc. is to encourage and facilitate the study of the history of Bendigo and district.

The Society acquires, researches, preserves, conserves, interprets and exhibits material which illustrates this history.

The Bendigo Historical Society Inc. is a voluntary non-profit Incorporated Association that began in November 1958.

The BHS owns a heritage collection of more than 40,000 items that is now located at History House 11 Mackenzie Street Bendigo. (August 2022).

The Society is run by volunteers who are responsible for managing and preserving the collection for future generations. Governance is by an elected committee.

Walks into History 2024 First Sunday of the month at 10.00 a.m. Cost: Non members $10.00 Members $5.00 (unless otherwise specified) Duration: 1 hour unless otherwise specified.

Sunday 7 April 2024     10.00 a.m.      Theatres and Entertainers in years gone by Bendigo’s fascinating history of stunning entertainers and glorious theatres Tour leaders: Heather McNeill, Mary Richards and Pip Johanson Meet: Steps of Capital Theatre, View St.

Friday 3 May    2.00 p.m. La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View Street Bendigo A grand city and a working city – Bendigo’s built heritage  Elaine Doling, Heritage Consultant.

Sunday 5 May 2024     10.00 a.m. Follow in the footsteps of Joseph Brady – The Coliban Water System – Bendigo’s lifeline  Tour leader: Coliban Water guides Meet: Details closer to the event on BHS website.

Sunday 2 June 2024      10.00 a.m. Could Eaglehawk have been called Bendigo?  Did it really have 41 hotels in 1888? Join us on a walk of the unique heritage streetscapes Tour leader: TBC Meet: Eaglehawk Town Hall.

Friday 5 July         2.00 p.m. La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View Street Bendigo Bendigo’s thespians and divas. Keva Lloyd

Sunday 7 July 2024      10.00 a.m. Radical Bendigo  Unionists, lefties and agitators in Bendigo. Tour leader: TBC Meet: Trades Hall, View Street.

Sunday 4 August 2024      10.00 a.m. The unique miner’s cottage on the Bendigo Goldfields – the cheap, rudimentary housing of the working class.  Tour leader: Charles Fahey Meet: Car park at the Hockey Centre, Ironbark.

Sunday 1 September  2024     10.00 a.m. A spring stroll and drive in Axedale Learn of the surprising stories of this delightful village.  Tour leader: Kay MacGregor Meet: Axedale Cemetery.

Friday 4 October          2.00 p.m. La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View Street Bendigo What’s in the box?  Stories from the collection told by BHS Collection volunteers.

Sunday 6 October  2024       10.00 a.m. Meet the neighbours      Tour to include open House, talk and delicious morning tea at Mackenzie Quarters.  Meet: History House – 11 Mackenzie St.

$30.00 members and $40.00  non members. Bookings essential 0472 975 068

Friday 1 November          2.00 p.m. La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View Street Bendigo The gold mines of Bendigo – a treasure trove of documents.  Baden Coakley and Kay Macgregor.

Sunday 3 November 2024      10.00 a.m. Quirky Pall Mall All the strange things you didn’t know about Pall Mall! Tour leader: Pip Johanson Meet: St Kilian’s Church.

Sunday 1 December 2024     10.00 a.m. Long Gully Uniting Church  Discover the story of this Vahland and Getzschmann gem. Tour leader: TBC Meet: At the church, 14 Wilson St, Long Gully

Bendigo Historical Society, History House, 11 Mackenzie Street, Bendigo 3550