The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre (BRAC) is a grassroots historical archives centre, where visitors can view and use original historical records in person.
The centre offers a personalised service with knowledgeable staff on hand to help with research needs.
BRAC holds all kinds of records. Our collections include historical records, documents, bound volumes, maps and plans.
Some examples include letters, petitions and Local Government Contracts as part of the 19th Century Inwards Correspondence Collection.
Some of the letters have letterheads with lithographic designs as you can see pictured here. Other letters and petitions have fine examples of 19th Century handwriting. One of the contracts is for the Tramways System for the City dated 1888.
There are also rates, minute books, health records / registers, building registers and court records.
Our records date from 1856 through to the 1970s. These are the extensive public records created by the eight Local Government bodies which amalgamated in 1994 to become the City of Greater Bendigo.
These bodies are Bendigo (Sandhurst), Eaglehawk, Huntly, Marong, Strathfieldsaye, Heathcote, McIvor and Raywood.
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.
Records from other regional bodies and private records from local organisations and individuals will be collected and preserved as well.
The BRAC collection reflects the history of Local Government administration, local events, individuals, institutions and organisations in the Bendigo region.
Preserving Our History
BRAC wants our community to be able to access our local history. So BRAC is working to permanently preserve our regional community records here, in their place of origin. We aim to collect and preserve these records so that everyone can access them.
BRAC’s work to preserve our history is underway with the help of many volunteers, as well as the Public Record Office Victoria, the Goldfields Library Corporation and the City of Greater Bendigo.
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