BRAC aims to bring a variety of events that showcase the history of our coverage area and the breadth of our collection. Some events are in partnership with other organisations and many required you to book (even if they are free events) - always check the details for each event so you don't miss out!

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BRAC events - as well as a collection of other history and heritage based events taking place in our catchment area - are included in our quarterly newsletter - subscribe HERE to stay up to date.

 Upcoming Events

Thursday 3 June 2021

Discovering History: The Forgotten People - The Ngurai-Illum Wurrung

FREE live venue and online event - bookings required​

Presented by Tony Ford and Ngurai-Illum Wurrung elder, Uncle Vin Peters

Synopsis to come

A Discovering History seminar - BRAC in partnership with La Trobe University and Goldfields Library Corporation

 Past Events

Thursday 6 May 2021

Discovering History: Parade Committees & Secret Societies

Presented by Leigh McKinnon, Golden Dragon Museum

From secret societies whose members were pledged to uphold a creed of loyalty and brotherhood through to the early committees that organised the public spectacle of the Bendigo Easter Fair’s Chinese section, the Golden Dragon Museum houses banners, certificates, photos, and documents which help illuminate the historical contexts and personal stories behind a variety of local Chinese community organisations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This talk will cover several of these artefacts from our collection, focusing on what they can reveal about these organisations and the central Victorian Chinese communities which created and sustained them.

Thursday 1 April 2021

Discovering History: Making the Family Farm

Presented by Dr Charles Fahey, La Trobe University


This talk will examine the history of one of the enduring institutions in Australia: the family farm. Dr. Fahey will examine the farming fortunes of the James family and their neighbours in the parish of Wanurp, north of Bendigo. It will discuss the importance of the family in settling on the plains; the decisions families made to cope with the rigours of settling and farming the plains, and the strategies families made to reap the rewards of one of the more prosperous periods in the history of rural Australia - 1900-1921.

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Thursday 4 March 2021

Discovering History: Life in the clearings - home & housewifery on the Central Victorian Goldfields

Presented by Katrina Dernelley, La Trobe University

The central Victorian goldfields were always a domestic, as well as an industrial, political, economic and environmental landscape.

Housework and the home were central to the history of the gold rushes and a domestic reading of goldfields history places women and domestic labour back in the story, not in the public sphere where most history is deemed to have been made, but in the home where most women worked.

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Thursday 4 February 2021

Discovering History: History Never Repeats?

Presented by Desiree Pettit-Keating, BRAC Archives Officer

While it’s said that history never repeats, responses to an outbreak of smallpox in 1870’s Bendigo are surprisingly similar to those for the current COVID-19 pandemic. Using BRAC collections, this presentation explores ways the media, municipality and public responded to the presence of infectious diseases both then and now.

Thursday 4 December 2020

Discovering History: Monday Was Washing Day - Farm Women's Domestic Work

Presented by Dr Ruth Ford & Dr Valerie Lovejoy

The Women on the Land project interviewed 80 women who lived on farms from the 1920s to the 1950s. This seminar examines women’s memories and experiences of domestic life in a time before ‘mod cons’ and its crucial impact on family farm economy. The impact of changing technology, environment and climate are also considered.

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Thursday 5 November 2020

Discovering History: Into Deep Water

Presented by Natasha Joyce

The thousands of children born on or brought to the frontier goldfields of Bendigo existed in a dangerous landscape, with the risk of accident or death ever-present. Children were witness to the tragic deaths of siblings and playmates with their inquest testimonies providing a rare insight into their experiences.

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Thursday 1 October 2020

Discovering History: Dressed & Blessed

Presented by Elizabeth Offer

Elizabeth's research is part of a larger community-based project uncovering the religious diversity of the Central Victorian Goldfields. Elizabeth's research examines the connection between an emerging British identity and the shifting religious practices of Hebrew congregations which formed in Bendigo and Ballarat between 1851 and 1900.

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Thursday 6 September 2020

Discovering History: Housing the Diggers - Home & Housing on the Goldfields

Presented by Dr Charles Fahey

The discovery of gold in Victoria created instant cities as thousands of migrants moved to inland gold discoveries. During the alluvial phase of mining, most diggers lived in tents and rough bush houses. Company mining encouraged more lasting housing and the solution was the construction of cheap weatherboard housing on Crown land – the miner’s residence area. The successful gold reefers and local businessmen also built more substantial housing. This talk will examine the way the gold cities housed their residents in the years of company mining looking at both the grand villa and the humble miner’s cottage.

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Thursday 3 August 2020

Discovering History: Black Gold - Indigenous People's Experiences on Central Victorian Goldfields

Presented by Dr Fred Cahir

Dr Fred Cahir is an Associate Professor in Aboriginal History at Federation University. Fred’s Masters and PhD focused on local Victorian Aboriginal history. Fred is a prolific researcher having published 7 books and over 40 scholarly articles and chapters in the past eight years on topics ranging from anthropology to zoology. One of his most recent book publications (May 2019) is "My Country all gone. The White men have stolen it”: The Invasion of Wadawurrung Country 1800-1870. Dr Cahir tells the story about the magnitude of Aboriginal involvement on the central Victorian gold fields in the middle of the nineteenth century. Come along and hear how Aboriginal people often figured significantly in the search for gold and the stories of their involvement from passive presence, to active discovery, to shunning the goldfields.

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Thursday 4 June 2020

Discovering History: Children Lost and Found - Strengthening Gold Rush Communities 

Presented by Tim Calabria & Tash Joyce

We've heard many stories about children who disappear into the Australian Bush, never to be seen or heard of again. But what about those who survived and were found? We examine how new communities responded to losing - and finding - their children.

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29 June 2019​

BRAC 10th Anniversary Talks

Bendigo Library Auditorium


The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre celebrated a decade in operation with two talks - we were joined by prominent local historian and academic, Dr Charles Fahey, and Dr David Waldron, academic, author, historian & podcaster who both shared with us the links between study, authorship, popular culture and primary resources found in the archives

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6 April 2019​

ASA Regional Event

Bendigo Regional Archives Centre Reading Room


The Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) Victorian branch hosted a day at BRAC for members to learn about the collection, coverage, approach and future, with an opportunity to explore the archives. 

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28 March 2019​

Caring For Collections

Bendigo Regional Archives Centre Reading Room


Australian Museums & Galleries Association (AMaGA) with conservator Erina McCann (Tiaki Objects) delivered a terrific training session on basic principles of caring for paper-based collections, including archives, books and documents.

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