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19th of November 2017

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"Dinner with Don Watson at Fortuna Villa, Bendigo" 
Don Watson "Due to a fantastic response, "Dinner with Don Watson at Fortuna Villa, Bendigo"  has sold out!!! For information regarding his latest book, check out this space for next year !!!!"

Exhibition: In the Swim: A History of Bendigo's Swimming Pools" at Goldfields Library, Bendigo - From November 6th til March 2018
An exciting new exhibition will be on display upstairs in The Goldfields Library Bendigo. Items from The Library, Bendigo Regional Archives Centre and our own collection are being displayed in the exhibition. Check out the story it tells of the significant connection our swimming pools have had to the Bendigo community's history. An official launch will be held on November 16th. Use the link below to get the exhibition details

"Cooee - Songs of the Anzacs". 
Songs of the Anzacs The World War One Music CD, "Cooee - Songs of the Anzacs",  is still available for purchase. As well as being a wonderful reminder of the Music of World War One, it is a lasting reminder of the energy, expertise, passion and skill of the late  Peter Ellis OAM.

"Mines Men and Misery"  for the special price of $10  - A wonderful DVD created by Kaye MacGregor and Phil Wilkin, to celebrate the sacrifices miners made to the History of Bendigo. "Historical:Mining Photos"  - An excellent compilation of historical mining photos from our collection compiled by Barb Johnson. .

History Awards
The society provides annual history awards to Bendigo Students
In 2016, the winners were:
Hayley Dunne,  Weeroona College, ( Fred Smith award )
Isabella Sertori, Girton Grammar (History Award)
Amy Manderson, Bendigo South East College (History Award)

Walking Tours
CBD Historical Walking Tours
Some of our very knowledgeable members are conducting regular  tours of the Historic Bendigo CBD . These are held every Sunday at 10am at a cost of $5 per person. No bookings required.  Meet our guide on the steps of the "Visitors Information Centre" , Bendigo's glorious old Postoffice.

Tours of the Shamrock Hotel continue to be particularly successful. These are every Sunday at 2:00pm. Bookings are required via The Shamrock 0354430333.  The cost is $10 and this includes afternoon tea. 
Both Shamrock Tours and other Bendigo tours can be arranged for groups at other times and other days by mutual agreement.  Contact our Society to arrange these.

Group Bus tours of Bendigo and it's historical sites are also popular.  Those and other walking tours such as The White Hills Cemetery  can also be catered for. Please contact our Society to arrange these.
Several of our volunteers including  Karl Jackson,  Carol Holsworth, Jim Evans,  Barb Poustie  and   Rob Upson ,  continue to conduct special small group   tours of Specimen Cottage   on Tues. and Thurs. mornings at 11:00am. To join a tour please be at the Cottage by 10:45am or phone the cottage on 54413443 (Tues or Thurs, 10am-4pm) .

Red Ribbon Agitation 27th August
A dedicated subcommittee is once again working on The Society's annual commemoration of the Red Ribbon Agitation. The Red Ribbon Movement conducted a protest march on the 27th August 1853. Our re-enactment of the march will conclude at the The Red Ribbon Monument in Rosalind Park and students, members and other adults are urged to attend.  Dressing in miners or period costume is encouraged.  Further information and details will be posted.

Society Accommodation

Our Front of House at  Specimen Cottage  (178-180 Hargreaves St, Bendigo), one of the most historic buildings in Bendigo, is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am tip 4:00pm ph: 

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Activity at the Bendigo Regional Archive Centre
Our large and 3-D collection items are currently stored in shipping containers at the B.R.A.C. site. This is far from satisfactory but the Society continues to work with the Bendigo city council and hopefully the containers are only a temporary solution. 

Cataloguing and research are continuous tasks being undertaken at B.R.A.C. The use of Mosaic software has been increased by the addition of multiple-licence capability. A large scanner has also been added to assist with photograph cataloguing.

Members and volunteers are working on various items in the Society's Collection. These include, the Elliott Post Card, the Basil Miller, the Lydia Chancellor, the McColl Rankin, the Stanistreet and the Map Collections. In addition to photograph digitization and cataloguing, early slides of Bendigo are also being processed. 

Specific Topics of research are also being undertaken and are progressing towards publication. These include; Victoria Hill, Bendigo Railways 150th, Mining Companies of Bendigo , Early Bendigo Land Sales. 

Weekly articles for Bendigo Readers
Our dedicated volunteers are continually researching and writing stories for local newspapers and periodicals. These have regularly appeared in The Bendigo Advertiser, The Bendigo Miner and publications such as Bendigo 175 Years.  Our president is also currently posting articles to the "History Lives" section on this website."

Tony Robinson 
We also provide assistance to special interest groups. Last year for example, we assisted Tony Robinson of Time Team fame with background and historical information to support a future program featuring quirky historical tales of  Bendigo

Masonic Hall, opened 1874
The hall underwent alterations in 1890 to house the Masonic Theatre. Later service as the New Britannia picture theatre and home of the Bendigo Operatic Society. Recently re- furbished and, as the Capital Theatre, it is now the centrepiece of Bendigo’s Performing Arts Centre.

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