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.

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.

First Saturday of each month except January

10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.

Closed for four weeks mid-December to

Our Stories


Volunteers wanted

Specimen Cottage Interpretation Project We are asking for volunteers who feel they could contribute as a team member to develop one or more of the

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BHS TRIVIA NIGHT Wednesday November 13 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm South Bendigo Bowls Club Palmerston St Bendigo BYO Nibbles. Light Supper. Tea and coffee

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The BHS will be conducting history walks on the first Sunday of August, September, November and December at 10.00 am. Cost: $5.00 pp. The first

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Annual General Meeting August 2, 2019. TAFE Theatrette, McCrae St. Bendigo at 2.00 p.m. The election of office bearers for 2019 – 2020 will be

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Monthly meeting

2.00 p.m. on Friday June 7 in the TAFE Theatrette, McCrae St Bendigo.Monthly Members’ meeting. All Welcome.Speaker  Racquel Kerr from the Dja Dja Wurrung Corporation.

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Buttonfest Bendigo

  Display of clothing from the BHS clothing collection at the Bendigo Buttonfest today (May 18).   Thanks to the organizers for inviting us to

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From our Collection

Eye shade

Flesh coloured celluloid eye shade in its original box. “Improved Ventilated Eye Shades. Celluloid. Mace & Haldane. London. No 6694. Right Eye.

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Eye Shade

    Flesh coloured celluloid eye shade in its original box. Label “Improved ventilated eye shades No. 6694. Right Eye. Made in England.”

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Medicine Spoon

White porcelain graduated medicine spoon. Printed on the side “Graduated Medicine Spoon Registered March 22 1873 S Maw. Son and Thompson London.

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Papier-mâché crumb tray

Papier-mâché crumb tray with wooden brush. Pale green with blue and gold decoration of a large bird, frogs and plants. Papier-mâché was used in the

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Stories from our Past