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Bendigo icon

the city "bendigo" is located in the center of victoria, 150 kilometres north-west of melbourne, and has 101000 residents. originally it was a large sheep station - yet in 1851 gold was detected. the "gold boom" was the biggest in victoria and lasted about 130 years. at that time bendigo got linked to melbourne by railway.

Old Bendigo gold digging Old Bendigo gold digging

most of bendigo's grand buildings go back to that time, when it was called."golden city".

Bendigo cartoon

Bendigo sightseeing map

Bendigo sightseeing map inner city

here are some photos of historic buidings:

Bendigo fountain Bendigo building

Bendigo building

Bendigo city center

Bendigo city center

hotels were always a serious matter in bendigo, built in any size from grand to modest.

Bendigo building

Bendigo hotel

bendigo had a far-reaching tram system. two lines are left, mainly for tourists.

Bendigo historic view with trams Bendigo trams

in bendigo not that many churches were built - but this recent one, completed in 1977, is actually the largest church in provincial australia.

Bendigo church

Bendigo church

since the "golden era" very many chinese people live in bendigo. they have their own museum, and every year a historic show gets conducted.

Bendigo Chinese building

Bendigo Chinese dragon Bendigo Chinese dragon

bendigo has both history and modern art museums, all well-equipped. even the bendigo bank (which happens to be my bank) has an 'arty' main building.

Bendigo art museum Bendigo bank

a unique combination of museum & handicraft work & shop is the "bendigo pottery", the largest in australia.

Bendigo pottery

Bendigo pottery

Bendigo pottery Bendigo pottery

finally - as far as i know, one gold-mining company is still operating in bendigo, the fosterville gold mine. all other have closed down, but can be visited.

Bendigo gold mining museum

and one historic mining tower is there on a hill, for visitors.


to sum up - - visiting bendigo is fun because in this city one can see both, very historic and very temporary features.

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