Vincent Kelly and the people of Bendigo at State Library Victoria

Vincent Kelly and the people of Bendigo video https://youtu.be/nHxsxU8Kc2M

In 2016 the State Library Victoria received a large donation of glass plate negatives from the studio of Bendigo commercial photographer Vincent Kelly. This collection of photographs dates from the first half of the 20th century and is an important and fascinating record of Bendigo’s social history. Librarians have been working to try and identify the subjects. In this video they share what they have discovered and several of their favourite images. Drawing on this extraordinary archive of Vincent Kelly’s photographs, librarians show some of the tips and tricks they used in tracing the subjects.

For more information:

Piecing together the lives of soldiers https://blogs.slv.vic.gov.au/such-was-life/piecing-together-the-lives-of-soldiers/

Vincent Kelly photographic studio, Bendigo: a collection of early 20th-century photographs https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/6%20State%20Library%20Victoria%20staff%20-%20Vincent%20Kelly%20photographic%20studio%2C%20Bendigo.pdf

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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 themes outlined in the plan for Specimen Cottage.  The current extent of these themes is broad. The task of each team will be to provide focus for each theme as well as some significant stories about people, places and events.
At the first meeting of each team, the exhibition coordinator will conduct a short workshop that will help teams structure their progress. However the first part of the process will be ‘brainstorming”, where all ideas will have equal merit. Expect 3-5 meetings over a three month period, beginning in March 2020.

Please see full details on the Projects page 


Wednesday November 13 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm
South Bendigo Bowls Club Palmerston St Bendigo

BYO Nibbles. Light Supper. Tea and coffee provided. Drinks available at Bar Prices

$20.00 per person Maximum tables of 8 Organize a table of 8 or join others to make up a table on the night.

Gold theme. Prize for best example.

Bookings at https://www.trybooking.com/BFQJV

OR Phone 5442 1005 on Tuesdays or Thursdays 8.00 am – 3.00 pm

Bookings required by Wednesday November 6th

All funds raised to go towards digitization projects and archive materials for the BHS Collection

Clock presented to Mr P Cooper

Black wooden mantle clock with pendulum bob made in the U.S.A by the Sessions Clock Company. Mounted on ornate metal feet and decorated with four columns supporting Gothic arches with torch like ornamentation between them and an ornate handle on each end. Round white enamel dial with black numerals and hands, and a brass bezel with convex glass. Eight day running with gong strike on the hour and half hour. A brass plaque on the front reads “Presented to Mr. P. Cooper by his fellow employees of the Water Commission Bendigo on his retirement 30.6.1926.”

Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 – 1954) Wednesday 23 August 1944 p 22 Article

An old and respected resident of Golden Square, Mr. Patrick Cooper, passed away recently.
For 50 years Mr. Cooper was employed with the Water Commission, and for 38 years he was water bailiff. He retired 18 years ago.
He was a native of Crusoe, and had lived in the district all his life. Sympathy is felt for his daughter, Miss Lucy Cooper, in her loss. His wife, Mrs. Mary Cooper, one daughter, Theresa (Sister Mary Borgia) and son, Roy, pre-deceased him.
The funeral took place to the Kangaroo Flat Cemetery and was largely attended. The burial service was read by Rev. P. O’Connor.


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 walk will be on Sunday August 4. 

Market Square.

Tour guide James Lerk.

Meet at Specimen Cottage 178 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo at 10.00 a.m.

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 conducted by Cr James Williams.

All Welcome.

Clock presented to Gertrude Perry

Mantle Clock. 1940s 8-day time & strike clock. Veneered case with chrome bezel, silvered hands and numeral and a Cathedral gong. Chimes once on half hour and the number of hours. Complete with pendulum and key. Presentation plaque on front reads “Pres. To Miss Gertrude Perry Mitchell St Popular Girl 1941. Modified key for easy winding.