The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre (BRAC) is a grassroots heritage archives centre, where visitors can view and use original historic records in person.
The centre offers a personalised service with knowledgeable staff on hand to help researchers find what they need. BRAC has resources for family history / genealogy, house and property history and local history.
BRAC holds all kinds of records. Our records date from 1856 through to the 1970s. Our collections include bound volumes, maps and plans and council correspondence. There are rates, minute books, building registers and court records.
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.
Some fine examples of 19th Century handwriting are found in letters, petitions and Local Government Contracts, part of the 19th Century Inwards Correspondence Collection. Some of the letters have letterheads with lithographic designs as you can see pictured here. One of the more ornate contracts is for the Tramways System for the City dated 1888.
Records from other regional bodies and private records from local organisations and individuals are being 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.