Monthly Meeting September 1

Friday 1 September

2 p.m.  History rescued from a rubbish skip – James Lerk

La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View Street Bendigo

Guest speaker James Lerk, Bendigo historian, will tell how he rescued legal papers from a waste bin following a fire in 2003. Many of the papers offer a valuable insight into the range of clients and the nature of a notable Bendigo legal business between the 1880s and 1920s. Free event.

Red Ribbon Agitation

Sunday 27 August 11 a.m.

Red Ribbon Agitation – 170th anniversary – outdoor event. Red-Ribbon-Agitation
Meet at the Bendigo Piazza, View Point Rosalind Park.
Come and enjoy a performance by the Bendigo Theatre Company telling the story of 1853 when thousands of miners demanded a fair license fee.
Free event
Dress like a miner and wear a red ribbon.

Image from State Library Victoria. On Bendigo Creek S.T.Gill

Events in August

Annual General Meeting

Friday 4 August, 2.00 p.m.

La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View St. Bendigo.

Walk into History

Sunday 6 August, 10.00 a.m.

Carpenter Without a Hammer.

Tour leader: James Lerk explores Thomas Carpenter’s influence on Bendigo.

Meet: Alexandra Fountain, View Point, Bendigo.

Walk into History Sunday March 5

Sunday 5 March, 10.00 a.m.  Bendigo Women, a celebration of International Women’s Day.
Tour leaders, Pip Johanson and Heather McNeill
Meet at the Tourist Information Centre, Pall Mall, Bendigo

The International Women’s Day 2023 campaign theme is: #EmbraceEquity. During this walk you will be introduced, or learn more about only a few of the remarkable women who lived and worked in Bendigo. The tour leaders recognise that there are so many unexplored stories of the lives of Bendigo women. The saying, ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’ has led to a greater enthusiasm to embrace equality. However, in her book Celebrating Bendigo’s Women, Brenda Stevens-Chambers commented – ‘None of us (women) want to lead our mothers’ lives, every thought we have isfocussed on the quality of our own lives and our kin, yet as pointed out by Marilyn Lake and Germaine Greer, doing so is still fraught with obstacles’.

Highlighted on the walk will be Margaret Kennedy, the joint discoverer in 1851 of gold in the Bendigo Creek, Virginia Trioli, two times Walkley Award winning ABC journalist, as well as Anna Brennan, Amy Castles (picture above), Agnes Goodsir, Faith Leach and Kay Thurlow.

History House reopening January 31.

The BHS Collection has been relocated to History House at 11 Mackenzie Street Bendigo.                                                             

The new location is now open to the public on Tuesdays and  Thursdays from  9.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.                                                                                                 

Phone 03 5442 1005 during these hours.

“Walks into History” February and March 2023

Cost: Non members $10.00  Members $5.00 (unless otherwise specified).

Sunday 5 February 2023, 10.00 a.m.  

A new perspective from the Bendigo Creek.

Tour leader: Peter Cox, President, National Trust Bendigo Branch

A walk from Golden Square Fire Station to Lake Weeroona along the cobblestones of the Bendigo Creek with commentary on various sites.

Sturdy walking shoes required for 1-2 hour walk.

Please make arrangements for your return to starting point at completion of the tour – car pool or pre parked car at end of walk.

Cost $10.00 (Members $5.00).

Meet: Opposite Golden Square Fire Station, High Street Bendigo, walk to Lake Weeroona.


Sunday 5 March 2023, 10.00 a.m.  

Bendigo Women. A Celebration of International Women’s Day.           

Tour leaders: Heather McNeil and Pip Johanson.

Meet: Tourist Information Centre, Pall Mall, Bendigo

Cost $10.00 (Members $5.00).


Sunday Walk and Open House

December 4th  10.00 a.m.

“On the Way to History House” with BHS members.

Meet at the View Street entrance of the QEO. The walk will explore the area around View Street and Mackenzie Street. History House will be open from 11.00 a.m. for a rescheduled Open Day for Members.

Participants in the Walk are welcome to join with members for tea and coffee at

11  Mackenzie St after the walk.


December 4th  11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

Open Day at BHS History House  11 Mackenzie Street.

Members and Visitors welcome to call in to view the new home of the BHS.

Volunteers available to guide you. Tea and coffee available.


Coming Events

Monthly Members’ meetings

Friday November 4   “Fares to the Fair”   Women Bus Conductors in Interwar Melbourne

Emma Robertson, Associate Professor, La Trobe University.

Walk Into History

Sunday November 6th  10.00 a.m.

“Balak Kalik Manya – Walking Together.” A short stroll through Dja Dja Wurrung’s history of Bendigo with Rodney Carter.  Meet at the TAFE courtyard.


The wonders of mining at Victoria Hill Walks

RHSV History Month  1 – 30 October 2022 Final events.

Sunday October 30th at 10.00 a.m. and 2 p.m.
“The wonders of mining at Victoria Hill “ led by Billy Allen with extensive knowledge of geology and mining history.. Meet at Victoria Hill (opposite the Goldmines Hotel).
Cost $10 ($5 members).




The Walking Tour of Bendigo Creek scheduled for Sunday October 23 at 10.00 a.m.  with Peter Cox (National Trust) has been postponed because of the predicted rain event over the weekend.

This event will be rescheduled in 2023.


RHSV History Month  1 – 30 October 2022 Final events.

Sunday October 30th at 10.00 a.m. and 2 p.m.
“The wonders of mining at Victoria Hill “ led by Billy Allen with extensive knowledge of geology and mining history.. Meet at Victoria Hill (opposite the Goldmines Hotel).
Cost $10 ($5 members).