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Bendigo Historical Society Inc

Governor’s Residence Former Bendigo Gaol, Gaol Road, Rosalind Park BENDIGO Phone: 03 54421005 Visit Website

The Bendigo Historical Society has monthly members’ meetings generally held in the Campbell Theatrette, Goldfields Library, on the First Friday of the month. Visitors most welcome.

Our Collection

The BHS collection contains a breadth and diversity of items relating to the history of Bendigo and in particular the discovery and mining of gold. The collection size is estimated to be 29,660 items. It contains the following sub-collections. The McColl, Rankin &:, Stanistreet Collection: Consists of Mining Documents, Records, Registers and Company Seals relating to Bendigo and district (Mostly from the 1930's~1960's). Lydia Chancellor Collection: Consists documents and ephemera including newspaper clippings on a wide variety of subjects, such as : Traditions and customs; Aboriginal articles; Glimpses of nature; Wonders of the outback Dogs; Birds; Ship names; Weekly serials, etc. dating from the 1930's -1963. Elliott Postcard Collection: Consists of early postcards originating from all parts of the world from 1895-1914. 9,000 postcards contained in 11 boxes and 10 postcard albums. Of particular interest are the World War I embroidered postcards from France, and probably other rare items. Basil Miller Collection: Bendigo Tramways material consisting documents, photographs and ephemera. Wes Harry Collection: Bendigo related material consisting of documents, photographs (original and copies), illustrations (copies), postcards etc, textiles and objects. Other sub-collections of consist mostly items that belonged to a particular family, or relate to their businesses, interests, or activities. Waston (Basil) Collection: Early aviator, Bendigo born. Levy, R. Collection: Cohn family domestic items & documents etc. Cunningham / Buick Collection: Buick family photographs documents. Abbott Estate: Patents relating to barbed wire etc. Chisholm Collection: Poetry and miscellaneous books. Pethard Family: ‘Tarax' family -Items, documents and photographs. Norman Penrose Collection. Bush Family Collection.