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 45,000 items that is to be relocated from its current storage facility (August 2021).

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. 

There is an initial charge of $10.00 for research services.

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

Email our research officer with enquiries: research@bendigohistory.com

Please complete the Research request form

Email or post to PO Box 2309, Mail Centre Bendigo 3554

Where To Find Us

Nolan Street                               Collection Storage Facility

Now permanently closed.

Bendigo Historical Society

PO Box 2309, Mail Centre Bendigo 3554



Front of House

BHS is not currently open to the public.


BHS may still be contacted by email


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