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6th of July 2017

Meetings of the Society

Society meetings are held at 2.00 p.m.* on the first Friday of the month and are held at the B.R.I.T. Theatrette.  Entrance is via McRae Street.

Coming Talks for 2017
January – no Meeting
3 February –
Memories of the 1960s, bring along a story or item of memorabilia.
3 March –
Members new research: Bill Clyde (Multicultures)
7 April –
Pam Baragawarnath: Mechanics Institutes
5 May –
Joanne Trickey: Cemeteries
2 June –
Peter Abbott BHA
7 July –
Charles Fahey & LaTrobe History Students
4 August –
1 September –
Sue Walter: Malmsbury bluestone
6 October –
Nigel Starck: Anthony Trollope
3 November –
Rosemary Porter: Bendigo Nurseries
1 December –
Christmas breakup

Casual visitors (non-members) are welcome to attend meetings of the Society. Meetings generally take the form of a talk by a guest speaker with a subsequent social gathering.

There is a brief monthly business of the Society aFire at Mining Exchange, 1871t these meetings but the formal work of the Society is conducted by the elected Committee which meets monthly prior to each general meeting. We welcome visitors to our meetings.

The Annual General Meeting is held in August of each year.

For members who cannot attend a meeting in Bendigo, there is a summary of the month's meeting activity and guest's talk in the society's newsletter ‘Marunari' which is distributed to members each month.

Fire at Mining Exchange, 1871 Private Collection
The fire at the Beehive Mining Exchange, 25th August 1871 was disastrous on account of lost records. The first fire brigade in Bendigo was in 1855. The “Cataract” horse-drawn engine had working levers on each side worked by 14 men.Water could be sent to 90feet (27.5m) in height.

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