Bendigo Historical Society Inc.

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 45,000 items that is currently stored at the Bendigo Regional Archive Centre in Nolan Street, Bendigo.

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

Specimen Cottage is open to the public and provides direct contact with BHS volunteers.

Services We Offer

Our Collection

The Society holds a culturally and historically significant collection of books, documents, photographs, artworks, textiles and objects. Many of the photographs and documents are irreplaceable.

Access to the Collection storage facility in Nolan Street is by appointment to make donations of items to the collection and for assistance with research requests.

The volunteers at Nolan Street are progressively cataloguing the collection and entering the data onto Collections Management and Archiving Software.

Research Service

We have a Research officer based at Nolan Street who answers research queries. 

There is a charge for research services.

Email our research officer with enquiries: research@bendigohistory.com

Where To Find Us

Nolan Street                               Collection Storage Facility

Bendigo Regional Archive Centre
84 – 86 Nolan St Bendigo 3550

PO Box 2309, Mail Centre Bendigo 3554

03 5442 1005


Opening Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays  8.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.

Closed for four weeks mid-December to

Specimen Cottage                           Front of House

178 – 180 Hargreaves St Bendigo 3550

03 5441 3443


Opening Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Saturdays 1.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Closed for four weeks mid-December to

Our Stories


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From our Collection

Brass music box

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Melba Accordion

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Stories from our Past