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 40,000 items that is now located at History House 11 Mackenzie Street Bendigo. (August 2022).

The Society is run by volunteers who are responsible for managing and preserving the collection for future generations. Governance is by an elected committee.

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.

The volunteers  are progressively cataloguing the collection and entering the data onto Collections Management and Archiving Software.

Research Service

We have a Research Officer who answers research queries.

See Contacts Page for further information and Research request form. 






Where To Find Us

Bendigo Historical Society Inc. History House                                    11 Mackenzie Street                          Bendigo

The BHS Collection has been relocated to History House at  11 Mackenzie Street Bendigo. The new location is currently open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from  10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. 

Phone 03 5442 1005 during these hours.


Our Stories


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

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BHS TRIVIA NIGHT Wednesday November 13 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm South Bendigo Bowls Club Palmerston St Bendigo BYO Nibbles. Light Supper. Tea and coffee

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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

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From our Collection

Eye shade

Flesh coloured celluloid eye shade in its original box. “Improved Ventilated Eye Shades. Celluloid. Mace & Haldane. London. No 6694. Right Eye.

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Eye Shade

    Flesh coloured celluloid eye shade in its original box. Label “Improved ventilated eye shades No. 6694. Right Eye. Made in England.”

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Stories from our Past