Bendigo Family History Group

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Bendigo?s bravest citizens, 1875-1987 were recorded on rolls kept by the Royal Humane 
Society (Victoria) and the Department of Mines, Victoria. To receive recognition for one of 
these awards a person had to risk their own life in an attempt to rescue another. 

             Five Bendigonians have received the Clarke Gold Medal, ten have received a Silver 
Medal, 56 were awarded Bronze Medal, and 33 were awarded a Certificate of Merit. 

Many of these were for rescues in the deep mines, others from fires, and some from 
drowning. Some recipients were only children, the youngest being only eight years old. 

 From the index attached it will be noticed that in several cases there were multiple awards 
as sometimes it took a team of miners to achieve a rescue underground. 


 John Kelly has compiled the book recording the circumstances of each rescue, as much as 
the records allow, and a short biography of each recipient. This book may be purchased for 

$15 (plus P&P) by application to AIGS, PO Box 145, Bendigo Victoria 3552.




                                                  GOLD MINES AND MINE MANAGERS
In 1872 John Macartney published his book "Bendigo Goldfield  Registry". The list of mines as published therein has been transcribed with the names of the mine managers.
Most managers were responsible for a number of mines.
A second list is for the Tribute Companies. Mine managers often rented out on tribute various areas of the mine for a group of miners to work for themselves, paying a "royalty" to the owners.

                                               MINERS AND PUDDLERS PETITION 1857
In 1857 McCrae Street between Baxter Street and Plumridge Street was not open to traffic because all the land on the east side of the Bendigo Creek was being dug over by the miners in their search for gold. But the street had been marked out on paper and blocks of land sold. The landowners wanted the road formally gazetted and opened and the puddlers and miners were not satisfied that they had found all the gold ther and petitioned for more time or compensation. Source: PROV VPRS 242P Unit 40.




This name list is from the book "Where They Lie", which in most cases also gives a full date of burial, age, where they died and where they are buried. There is also some very interesting information on the early burial grounds and lone graves in the Bendigo/ Sandhurst area. To purchase a copy of the book contact the authors -

Annette O'Donohue at ; Bev Hanson at 

 Link - SURNAME.pdf


The Bendigo Family History Group has indexed onto their own computer over 246,000 burials 1853-2005 from the four Bendigo Cemeteries ( White Hills, Bendigo, Kangaroo Flat, and Eaglehawk) and a wide surrounding area. This index can only be accessed though the Family History Group.





In 1942, at the time of the Second World War, the government needed a safe home for the military map making facility, and it chose an old vacant mansion, ?Fortuna? situated in Bendigo. The grounds surrounding it were large enough to build extra accommodation, and it was away from the coast and the capital cities.

During the war period approximately 16 million maps of Australia, its Territories and the theatres of operation in the South Pacific area were produced for the use of the allied Services. This function was continued as a routine peacetime role in the post war years. It was not until 2008 that the Army finally moved out of ?Fortuna? into a specifically designed building north of Bendigo.

In 1946 a Souvenir booklet was produced by the unit as a memento of the time spent at ?Fortuna? during the war years. In it there are many photographs of personnel working there and activities during work and relaxation periods.

Most importantly there is a complete list of all men and women who were stationed in Bendigo from 1942 till 1945.


                                           Bendigo Benevolent Asylum Register Children  in care


VPRS 1189 UNIT 752

The Bendigo Benevolent Asylum was established in 1860 to care for the destitute people on the Bendigo Goldfield; not everyone found gold and became rich ! If the father deserted or died the family were often reduced to near starvation and the mother and children would be given a few weeks care in the Asylum. Many of these families would then be given outdoor relief. The Benevolent Asylum was never intended to be an orphanage although a few years later, for a short time, there was an Industrial School established within its boundaries

bendigo ben asylum children in care.pdf


This early school was established by the Presbyterian Church in Myers Street.

The new State regulations introduced in 1864 were quite specific about standards. Each school and all pupils were to be examined by inspectors each 6 months.

By some miracle these books have survived, and this abridged edition of the index notes the first and last entry for each pupil. There is no other personal detail about the pupils in these books.

 Note - Sandhurst was the name for Bendigo municipality for 40 years from 1852-1892 before it reverted to its original name of Bendigo. The goldfield was ALWAYS known as Bendigo Goldfield.

 Sandhurst School Table.pdf

                             Index to Bendigo Benevolent Asylum Children's Registers

The Asylum was established in 1860 to care for the destitute people on the goldfields, and from the beginning housed neglected children. In 1868 the Government established an Industrial School within the complex and many children were brought in from other areas. The Industrial School was closed in 1885. The registers often give nothing more than dates, but a copy of the entry will be supplied on application for a fee of $5.

 Bendigo Benevolent Asylum Childrens Register.pdf

                                                   BENDIGO'S LOST MINERS

Between 1852 and 2002 over 820 mining fatalities occurred in Bendigo. This is a list of the miners accidently killed in the mines, NEW with death dates, who are featured in the book "Bendigo's Lost Miners "

The book 'Lost Miners' is SOLD Out     information from the entries are available apply  by email 

 Lost Miners Index Dates .pdf

                                     Women's Suffrage Petition 1891 - Bendigo

In an extraordinary effort to gain the right to vote 539 women from Bendigo put their signatures to the petition that was presented to the Parliament of Victoria in September 1891 

 1891Women's Suffrage Petition.pdf

                                               St Mary's Catholic School 

St Mary's Catholic School No.812 was established by John Kinnear in 1865 in Michael Street Bendigo. In 1875 the Education Department withdrew its support but St Marys continued as a small private school for a futher 7 years. This is the School Register for the year 1865.

  st marys.pdf

                                                    Bendigo Voters Roll

This is a surname list of Voters who are included in our New CD "Bendigo Voters Rolls" which covers the years 1896 through to 1914. The voters rolls cover the wards of Sutton, Barkly and Darling. (See Sales for more details)

Link to - Bendigo Voters Rolls

Surname List.pdf

                                                  White Hills Hamlets Petition 1856

 A list of names of people who signed the White Hills Hamlets Petition in 1856.


                                        Applications to the Licensing Courts

A list of names from the Sandhurst and Eaglehawk Licensing Court for 1886 listed in the Bendigo Advertiser also a list of names taken from the Courier of the Mines newspaper for the year 1856.

                                 1856 Licences.pdf  Updated

                                 1886 Licences.pdf

                                                                    The Ball

6th July 1881  From the Bendigo Advertiser Newspaper.

A Ball held in honour of the visit to Bendigo from the Princes Albert Victor 1864-1892 and George 1865-1936 sons of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Search the link below for names of those who attended.