The Story of one of Bendigo’s Poppetheads – Car Tour

Saturday 4 May       2.00 p.m.

The story of one of Bendigo’s steel Poppetheads – the symbol of the City

Join James Lerk and Baden Coakley on a car tour commencing in the Whipstick and finishing
at Happy Valley (near the Gold Mines Hotel) exploring  the great symbol of Bendigo.
Tour approx. 1 ½ hours  $10 BHS members, $15 non-members.

Bookings essential.

Message 0472 975 068

Directions to meeting place provided on booking.


The Coliban Water System

“Walk into History”

Sunday 5 May 2024     10.00 a.m.

Follow in the footsteps of Joseph Brady – The Coliban Water System – Bendigo’s lifeline

Hired by the Bendigo Water Co. in 1858, Irishman Joseph Brady was described by one biographer as “probably the most accomplished civil engineer to have worked in Australia.”

Coliban Water guides will lead us through the bush tracks of Crusoe and No. 7 Reservoirs
Some rough terrain, bring water bottles. Meet at Crusoe Reservoir Carpark (enter from Crusoe Rd).
We will walk following the main channel, to Reservoir No. 7 not far away. Then there will be the option to either turn back or take a loop track back to Crusoe Reservoir – 11 km.

$5.00 members, $10.00 non-members. Pay on the day. Credit or debit cards preferred. No bookings required.


History House, 11 Mackenzie Street Bendigo

Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10     10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.
Whatever your reading or research interests are, we may have a book for you: directories, tourist publications, brochures maps, calendars, school histories, church histories, photos, posters, local histories, family histories, children’s books, Annals of Bendigo, manuals, reference books, text books, mining publications.

Credit or debit cards preferred.

Items are available because they are duplicate copies of existing collection items, do not meet selection criteria for the BHS Collection, or are excess items from private collections donated prior to 1999. No large maps just a few small ones. Prices from $2.00, $5.00, $10.00 plus a few rarer books individually priced.

Some new stock also available.

BYO bags or baskets.

Members and Friends Meeting

Friday 8 March 2.00 p.m.

La Trobe Art Institute

121 View Street Bendigo

Free event, everyone welcome

What happened? How the Bendigo Advertiser unearths history

Journalist Tom O’Callaghan finds tales from the dead centre of Victoria and brings them back to life in the pages of the Bendigo Advertiser. He has delved into his hometown’s past to better understand the present. From mining magnates stinking the city out to spirits possessing people at seances, Tom looks for the strange stories that shed light on the hidden tales that help us understand this remarkable place called Bendigo.

Join him to learn more about ways the Addy retells this city’s past, and what these stories can tell us about the here-and-now.

Walk cancelled Sunday Sept 3.

The Walk Into History (Coliban Water System) scheduled for Sunday September 3 has been cancelled  due to the  unavailability of Coliban Water Staff to lead the tour. We are hoping to re schedule this tour in 2024.

Events in July 2023

3 Diary dates for more BHS events & significant fundraising launch.

Saturday 1 July, 11am -12.00
Fundraising Appeal Launch – all welcome
History House, 11 MacKenzie Street Bendigo

Bendigo is getting a community museum. Join us as The Hon. Maree Edwards, MP and City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Andrea Metcalf, help us launch the Community Museum Fundraising Campaign.
Refreshments provided.

BHS President, Euan McGillivray said, “with financial support, the Bendigo Historical Society can develop and deliver a new attraction for Bendigo that will add to the rich fabric of history and heritage which makes Bendigo a premiere cultural tourism destination and a great place to live. Developing the History House Museum represents a collective commitment to a community in the present and for the future”.

More details will be posted on BHS website closer to the launch.

Sunday 2 July, 2023, 10.00am Note: The tour of the Shamrock Hotel has been cancelled
Walks Into History – all welcome
Bendigo’s City Edge
Meet at the corner of Mundy Street and Mollison Street.
Join us as we explore the area surrounded by Mundy, Mollison, Mitchell and McLaren Streets. Listen to stories about some of the residents of this area, for example, McLaren Street resident Ernst Mueller and family. He came to Bendigo when it was no more than a diggers camp and grew to be one of its wealthiest citizens. Apart from being a successful gold trader and investor, Ernst brokered the sale of Lansell’s holdings to the Ballerstedt’s – the largest mining deal in Bendigo history.
Members $5.00. Non-members $10.00.

Friday 7 July, 2pm. La Trobe Art Institute
Members & Friends Event – all welcome
Topic: Contemporary Art’s Connections to History
Guest speaker: Bala Starr, Director, La Trobe Art Institute

Local history collections reflect on the people, places and events that are important to us. Like local history, contemporary art also strives to be part of a cultural dialogue that concerns larger contextual themes such as identity, family, community, and nationality.  Free event, no booking required.


History House Reopening January 31.

Bendigo Historical Society History House at 11 Mackenzie Street will be closed for six weeks. History House will reopen on Tuesday January 31 from 9.00 a.m.- 3.00 p.m.

Email contact will still be available. See details on the BHS website.

BHS Christmas Luncheon

Bendigo Historical Society

Cordially Invites You to Our Annual Christmas Luncheon and Recognition of service to BHS of Jim Evans and Kay MacGregor

Friday December 9, 2022

Bendigo Basketball Stadium – Sky lounge area 91 Inglis St, West Bendigo Victoria 3550. Arrive 12 noon for 12.30 meal
Two Course Lunch – Slow roasted pork, roast turkey,
glazed ham, seasonal vegetables, Dessert tasting tower. $40.00 p.p.
Vegetarian offering available on request.
Drinks available at bar prices.

Tickets to be pre-purchased by Dec 2nd, 2022

Bookings open  at


  • Cash payment may also be made in person at History House on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.
  • Payment may also be made by direct deposit. Please include your name as the reference.

Bendigo Historical Society
BSB: 633-000
Account number: 117 815 951

AGM 2019/2020

Bendigo Historical Society Inc. 

Notice of Deferred 2019 / 2020 Annual General Meeting

Bendigo Historical Society Annual General Meeting will be held at the Bendigo TAFE Theatrette at the McCrae St campus on 29 January 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and limits on the number of people that can be accommodated in enclosed areas, members wishing to attend the Annual General Meeting to be held on the 29th January 2021 must contact the Secretary by Tuesday January 26 to register their attendance.

Trevor Lamb at:   tnlamb@bigpond.com

or on mobile 0439 301 719 OR

All members will be required to sign in with name, phone number, time of arrival and departure.

Under current restrictions masks will be optional inside the Theatrette.