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Bessen Cornet and case

Black wooden case with a brass handle on top of lid, brass hinges and lock, lined with black velvet. The cornet is engraved with leaves and flowers.  Engraved on the top of the cornet ‘ F. Besson, Brevetee, 198 Euston Road, London.’ Engraved on the bell ‘Presented by the citizens …

Melba Accordion

Wooden musical instrument purportedly from Fortuna Villa. The Melba Accordion has black lacquered timber with some red leather covering, metal corner pieces which read made in Germany,  buttons of ivory or bone connected to keys, pull knobs on the side, bellows of grey and white paper. The accordion is contained …

Tyson Brothers

On 25 April 1808, Isabella Tyson was tried at York, West Riding Quarter Sessions and convicted of the theft of linen and sentenced to seven years transportation to Australia. Isabella’s family, husband William (Snr) and their infant son William (Jnr) aged 19 months, came as free emigrants on the same transport. …

James and Hannah Brierley

James and Hannah Brierley left Manchester as assisted migrants, in 1844 and arrived in Sydney on the Elizabeth three and a half months later with the hope of finding a better life for themselves. They completed their required twelve months’ work agreements in the Hunter Valley before travelling to Adelaide …

Specimen Cottage – 178 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo

Specimen Cottage is architecturally significant as the oldest original house in Bendigo, built by stonemason James Brierley. The 1856 section of the building has a front façade of local coursed sandstone rubble, with dressed quoins and dressings to openings; the side walls are rubble: the rear and internal walls are …

A Few of Our Favourite Things

“A Few of Our Favourite Things” Exhibition at the Bendigo Library from March 1, 2019. Volunteers working at Nolan Street have chosen favourite items from the BHS Collection. They have researched the stories unearthed through the cataloguing and preservation of the many treasures donated to the Bendigo Historical Society. On …

Welcome

Welcome to the new website of the Bendigo Historical Society. This website was developed with funds from a Grant from the City of Greater Bendigo 2017-18 Community Grants Program. The Bendigo Historical Society wishes to acknowledge the financial assistance of the City of Greater Bendigo that allowed the development of …