Search the collections
Municipality of Bendigo, Victoria
Image: Medal - Sesquicentenary of Victoria, Shire of Winchelsea,1985 AD
Source: Museum Victoria
The City of Bendigo had its origins in 1840, when the site was included in the Ravenswood Run. The Southern area was run by a fan of English boxing Champion William Abednego Thompson, who used Thompson's middle name as his own nickname. 'Abednego' was a Biblical name which few could prounounce, and it was corrupted to become 'Bendigo'.
Eleven years later gold was discovered at The Rocks of Golden Point - now Golden Square - and in 1852 a Gold Field Commission was appointed. Bendigo was soon the richest goldfields town in Australia. The first church was erected and the first police court held the year gold was discovered. Road construction also began, but it took three more years for municipal government to be established. The Sandhurst Municipal District was formed in 1855, and the first Municipal Council held in 1856. The Council lacked appropriate accommodation until the first Town Hall was completed in 1859. In 1861 Sandhurst was proclaimed a Town, the same year that a gaol was built. The following year a railway line to Melbourne opened.
In 1891 the City of Sandhurst was renamed the City of Bendigo.
Bendigo History website http://www.bendigohistory.com, accessed 20/10/2003.
(showing 1 - 5) 5 items
Australia Victoria Sandhurst (later known as Bendigo) Jubilee of Queen Victoria 1887 (AD) Mint: Stokes & Martin Other Details: Queen Victoria's 50th jubilee in 1887 was celebrated the g ...From: Portland, Australia Images: 2
Australia Visit of Prince of Wales, Bendigo1920 (AD) Mint: Stokes & Sons Other Details: In 1920 the Prince of Wales visited Australia to extend official thanks for its support during Wo ...Images: 2
Australia Victoria Bendigo Medal - City of Bendigo Victorian Sesquicentenary1985 (AD) Mint: Brim Other Details: A copper medal struck for the City of Bendigo to commemorate the 150th a ...From: Bendigo, Australia Images: 2
Australia Victoria City of Bendigo Edward VII Coronation medal, 1902 (AD) Mint: Stokes Proof-like strike, not holed Other Details: The coronation of Edward VII in 1902 prompted major c ...From: Bendigo, Australia Images: 2
Gilt medal with hanging loop, featuring bust of the Prince of Wales in military uniform. Issued in 1920 to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales to Bendigo. The medal was minted ...From: Bendigo, Australia Images: 4