Our Archives


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There are all kinds of records in the Bendigo Regional Archives Centre (BRAC) Collections. These include historical records, documents, bound volumes, maps and plans.

BRAC holds a variety of records and documents dating from 1856 through to the 1970s. 

The BRAC collection reflects the history of Local Government administration, local events, individuals, institutions and organisations in the Bendigo region.

Local Government Records

Our largest collection encompasses the extensive public records created by the eight Local Government bodies which amalgamated in 1994 to become the City of Greater Bendigo. These eight bodies are Bendigo (Sandhurst), Eaglehawk, Huntly, Marong, Strathfieldsaye, Heathcote, McIvor and Raywood.

Some examples of the types of records found at BRAC include letters, petitions and Local Government Contracts  (these are part of the 19th Century Correspondence series).  Many of the letters and petitions have fine examples of 19th Century handwriting and one of the notable contracts is for the Tramways System for the City dated 1888.

There are also rate books, minute books, other local government records and building registers.

Bendigo & District Court Records

BRAC also holds Court records created by the ten Bendigo and District Courts.  These are from the various branches of the Court system and include Mining, Insolvency, Magistrates and Commonwealth Courts’ sittings.

The ten courts were located in Bendigo/Sandhurst, Eaglehawk, Elmore, Heathcote, Huntly, Echuca, Kyabram, Rochester, St. Arnaud and Tongala.

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