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


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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Deaccessioning Project 2019

The Collection Management team at the Nolan Street storage facility is about to undertake a Deaccessioning Project. Initial details at link below. Bendigo Historical Society

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Heritage Festival 2019

Two wonderful activities over the weekend organized by the Bendigo Branch of the National Trust. On Saturday a large group of people joined a walking

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Bendigo Buttonfest

The Bendigo Buttonfest 2019 organized by the Victorian Button Collectors Club will be held on Saturday 18 May from 9.30 am – 3.30 pm at

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Welcome to the new website of the Bendigo Historical Society. This website was developed with funds from a Grant from the City of Greater Bendigo

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From our Collection

Wooden Butter Pats

Two wooden butter pats from about 1880. Donated by Sister Kerrins of Don Street Bendigo. Sister Kerrins ran a private hospital in Bendigo for many

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1827 Wooden Pastry Wheel

Small wooden pastry wheel for making patterns on butter or shortbread pastry. Dated 1827 with initials IY. Donated by Elizabeth Robshaw of Don Street Bendigo.

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Brass music box

Brass music box with wooden lining, hinged lid with raised flower design, four small bun feet and a winder on the base. Swiss music box

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Stories from our Past