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


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.

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. Her topic will be “Reconciliation and the work of the the Dja Dja Wurrung in Bendigo”.

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 provide a back drop for their successful event. We were able to showcase six two piece ensembles from the 50s and 60s.

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 tour of the White Hills Botanic Gardens learning about the history of the Gardens and visiting the only remaining original section of the Bendigo Creek in Bendigo.









On Sunday another group enjoyed a tour of the shearing shed and stone cottages that remain on the original Ravenswood Run property. Theowner of the property and  NT tour guides provided stories of the past and an understanding of past activities on the property.

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
St Andrew’s Uniting Church 26 Myers St Bendigo. Entry is $4.00 per adult. Children under 12 free.
The Bendigo Historical Society will be setting up a display of clothing from the BHS collection. Activities include button displays and sales, raffles and children’s activities 10 am – 3.pm