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    THE OLD FIRE STATION

    by balhannah Written Oct 15, 2012

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    Another lovely building in View street, is the old Bendigo Fire Station, constructed in 1898-9.
    The Bendigo Fire Station was built as a home for the fire brigade as well as a residence. It's another red brick Queen Anne revival style building.
    The Former Bendigo Fire Station has historical importance as an intact example of a turn-of-the-century fire building.
    Today, it is home to a drama studio downstairs that is available for performances, exhibitions, meetings, and workshops.

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    THE CAPITAL THEATRE

    by balhannah Written Oct 15, 2012

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    Capital Theatre

    The Capital Theatre is Bendigo’s Performing Arts Centre. Originally built as the Sandhurst Masonic Hall in 1873, the complex was reopened as a performing arts complex in 1991.
    It's a very grand building with towering Corinthian columns and an interior that has been restored to its original Victorian grandeur.
    The Capital theatre is where you see live theatre, musical, dance and comedy in the country.

    You can check the website for the what is on.
    The Box Office is open on weekdays from 9:15am-5:15pm and on Saturday from 10am-1pm.

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    EARLY COTTAGES

    by balhannah Written Oct 15, 2012

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    The streets near the Cathedral are a good place to go walking and to see the early Miner's cottages.

    The sad story of the Cottages in Bendigo, is, there are less than 100 left in the CBD. This has come about by them being demolished to make way for modern buildings. There is talk of putting them on the heritage list, so at least some will still be around for future generations to see.

    These small cottages were a favorite design in the 1850's, 1860s and 1870s. Miners needed accommodation which was cheap to build, easily and quickly constructed without specialist skills.
    The simple one or two roomed, oblong cottage, 3 metres by 7m, could easily be added to. You would have probably noticed the distinctive zig zag roofline of the miner's cottage. External brick chimneys would be constructed at each gable end.

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    SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL

    by balhannah Written Oct 15, 2012

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    The Sacred Heart Cathedral was a structure which Australians wondered would ever be completed!

    The architect for the cathedral died in 1905, so he didn't see the finished product.

    Work began on this English Gothic Cathedral in 1896, during the great depression. Out of work miners were lucky, as they were able to get work on the building. The Cathedral is built from local materials, granite from Harcourt, near Bendigo and sandstone from the Geelong region. Dressings and carvings in the Nave and the new sanctuary, are of limestone from Mt.Gambier. The floor is Calacutta Vagli Extra marble from Italy. The walls of the sanctuary are Sicilian Pearl marble and the Blessed Sacrament altar is of Swedish rose-red granite.

    The formal laying of the foundation stone was in 1897, and in 1901, the new building was blessed.
    It was 1953, when it was decided to finish the cathedral. Workers dug for days and finally unearthed the foundations which has been layed in the 1890’s.
    The interior was finally completed by October 1973, the spire was finished by 1977. The Church was dedicated and consecrated by the Archbishop of Canberra, on 14 May, 1977.

    Now, that is a long time!

    I hope you will be able to go and see the inside of this beautiful cathedral.

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    CONSERVATORY GARDENS

    by balhannah Written Oct 14, 2012

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    The conservatory gardens were laid out in 1886 on land previously used as a rubbish tip. The Washington Fan Palms were planted in the late 1800's, and now the beds under them, are used to display the city's spring tulip display which can contain up to 50,000 tulip bulbs. These flower at the beginning of October. A brochure has been published to showcase the 22 different varieties that have been planted.

    I was able to go inside the ornate conservatory building which was built in 1897, and is the last such building in existence in a public park in Victoria. Through-out the year, different floral and foliage displays are on show. At the time I was there, it was varieties of Chrysantheums - there we some beauties in flower!

    The conservatory is in Rosalind Park, which is amongst all the beautiful buildings in Pall Mall.

    ENTRY IS FREE
    OPEN...8AM - SUNSET

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    RSL MEMORIAL MILITARY MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Oct 14, 2012

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    I just viewed this building from the outside, I didn't realize that it was a Museum.
    The Hall was erected by the Citizens of Bendigo, to commemorate the Bendigo soldiers who served in the Great War. The Governor, the Earl of Stradbroke officially opened the Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Hall on Tuesday 15th November 1921.

    THE MUSEUM IS OPEN.....
    Winter – June/July/August 11 AM to 3 PM, the rest of the year 10 AM to 4 PM.
    Closed Saturdays

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    THE SHAMROCK HOTEL

    by balhannah Written Oct 14, 2012

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    Shamrock Hotel

    The Shamrock Hotel really stood out - It just didn't look like a Hotel.

    The 1st building was originally a Restaurant, then the Theatre Royale was added and the first theatrical production in Bendigo was staged.
    Later on, the theatre and restaurant were sold to two Irishmen, William “Billy” Heffernan and John Crowley. They obtained a liquor licence, then built a hotel and concert hall on the site. They called it the “Shamrock”.
    The Shamrock Concert Hall, as it was known, opened in March of 1858, and was soon the hub of entertainment for the Goldfields. No admission was charged, profits were made from the sale of drinks and cigars. The Hotel was very posh! It had a permanent orchestra and conductor, its own theatre company, and engaged the top touring artist of the day. An English writer claimed that “Nothing outside of London could match it”. .
    The late 1880’s, it was decided to build a new Shamrock Hotel on the existing site that would match and complement the grandeur of the nearby buildings.
    The new Shamrock was built in the Italianate architectural style, had rich stucco ornamentation of the period. A spacious balcony with delicate iron lace provided a nice area for meals.
    The Hotel boasted one hundred rooms.
    Altogether, there has been three Shamrock Hotels.

    Today, you too can stay here, standard rooms start from $140night
    All the suites are named after personalities connected with the Hotel in the past or local areas significant to Bendigo

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    BENDIGO LAW COURTS

    by balhannah Written Oct 14, 2012

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    The Law Courts were opened in 1896, and are another beautiful building. I love the lamp - posts around the building. The Law Courts were built so the beautiful architecture could be viewed from every side.
    I didn't go inside, but read on the information board, that inside, the courts are one of the grandest in Victoria.

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    BENDIGO JOSS HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Oct 13, 2012

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    Bendigo Joss House

    The Bendigo Joss House, is a Chinese house of prayer. Constructed in the late 1860s, the Bendigo Joss House is one of the few remaining buildings of its type in Australia .

    It was built from hand made bricks and painted red, symbolising the traditional Chinese colour denoting strength and vitality. Not a lot is known about the Joss House, except it was the Chinese Masonic Society who built it in the 1860s for use as their temple.

    The Main Temple is dedicated to Guan Di (Kuan Kung), a wise judge, guide, protector and bringer of wealth and prosperity.
    The temple was one of seven Chinese temples built around this area to serve the large Chinese population on the goldfield. This particular temple was part of a large Chinese camp known as the Ironbark Camp, established in 1855. It continued to be used as a temple and meeting place until the 1930s.

    The City of Greater Bendigo has taken over ownership of the temple, along with the National Trust, lucky, as now we can visit and this piece of history will be here for ever!

    OPEN every day from 11:00am - 4:00pm, except in June and July when it is open Sat-Wed 11:00am - 4:00pm or by prior arrangement.


    Joss House entry ......... Combined with Tram Tour [easily accessible by Vintage ‘Talking’ Tram.]

    Adult $5.50 Adult $20.00
    Conc $4.50 Conc $16.50
    Child $3.50 Child $12.00
    Family$11.00 Family $57.50

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    LANGLEY HALL

    by balhannah Written Oct 13, 2012

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    Langley Hall Bed & Breakfast, is one of many opulent houses built during the gold rush days in Bendigo. Around this area, there were many of these big homes with lovely gardens.

    Langley Hall has quite a history to it, starting with the memorial stone for Bishop Langley’s new Palace being laid in 1904 in the presence of 700 to 800 people.

    It was after Armistice Day on November 11, 1918, rehabilitation of the physically maimed and mentally stressed servicemen were in need of a convalescent home, and Langley Hall was put forward and accepted, becoming known as the Diggers’ Red Cross Rest Home Bendigo.

    In 1926, it was closed down but re-opened in 1931, as a home for single girls and their babies. With the help of her daughter, a trained nurse, and the support of the community, the large old building was re-furnished, but never was able to function because of Government laws.

    Later, it became St Luke’s Toddlers Home, where children from 18 months to 2.5 years old were called Gumnuts, at 2.5years, a Brownie, then to 4 years old a Pixie. The children in each group were all dressed alike – Pixies wore blue, Brownies were dressed in yellow (boys wore yellow ties) and the Gumnuts, if girls, were dressed in pink, while the little boys wore coloured shepherd suits. The children usually spent twelve months at school at White Hills before being moved to another children’s home away from Bendigo.

    In 1979 the toddlers home closed. Since then, Langley Hall has been a restaurant and reception centre, an antique dealers, and since 2000, Bed and Breakfast Accommodation.

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    TAKE A LOCAL VINTAGE "TALKING TRAM TOUR"

    by DennyP Written Oct 18, 2011
    ONE OF THE MANY COLOURFULLY DECORATED TRAMS
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    BENDIGO
    A very popular thing that a lot of visitors partake of when Visiting this lovely town is to climb aboard one of the local vintage trams for a "Talking Tram Tour"ride around the city.There is a talking documentary of the history noting the famous buildings and also of the various locations.
    The trams are done out so beautifully , and decorated in the various liveries and your trip can be accessed from the local tram depot...Also located at the depot is a fine collection of these old vintage trams that have been lovingly restored and can be inspected...

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    Visitor Information Centre

    by eviltooth Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Former Post Office, Bendigo

    The former Bendigo Post Office and Public Offices building now house the Visitor Information Centre. A wealth of information with friendly staff. It should be your first stop in Bendigo. You can get a free Bendigo map, or get help with directions and suggestions of what to do in the city.

    This building has been listed as a heritage building by the National Trust. Read more about it in the website.

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    Sacred Heart Cathedral

    by eviltooth Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo

    This was the first magnificient building I saw when we first arrived in Bendigo. The Sacred Heart Cathedral is the only Gothic Cathedral newly constructed in the modern era. It was officially dedicated and consecrated on 14th May, 1977. It's a pity we were practically speeding through and I didn't get a chance to explore.

    The pic was taken from the moving car, I was surprised it didn't turn out too bad.

    For more information about the cathedral, click on the link below.

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    Memorial Military Museum

    by eviltooth Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Memorial Military Museum, Bendigo

    Erected in 1918 to commemorate the deeds of Bendigo soldiers, the Hall houses a wealth of militaria, many were from the captured/killed Japanese soldiers. Entry was by donation of a gold coin.

    What caught my attention was a blood stained school report belonged to a Japanese intruder shot dead by our digger. Fujiwara was his name. What made him bring his primary school report to the battle field? He must have been very proud of it. It made me wonder how different are we from our enemies. Different ideologies? Different sides? I'm still wondering.

    Opening Hours

    10am - 4pm daily

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    Golden Dragon Museum

    by eviltooth Updated Apr 17, 2008

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    Baton West at Gold Mountain Gate

    Ling aka Footfetish, Baton West and I passed by the Golden Dragon Museum and the Classical Chinese Garden when we were rushing to the Bendigo District Hospital. We got to Bendigo a bit earlier than expected, dropped in to the Memorial Military Museum and totally forgotten about the time for my interview.

    Ling and I are both Chinese, and Baton West a plastic tube who'd no say in anything :p, we weren't particularly interested in Chinese museum that probably deal with things we grew up with so we gave it a miss.

    However if you would like to learn more about the history of the Chinese people of Bendigo from the goldrush of the 1850s to the present, or see the world's longest Imperial Dragon 'Sun Loong', or the world's oldest Imperial Dragon 'Loong', this is the place for you. Just in case you're wondering, 'Loong' means dragon in Chinese.

    Opening Hours

    9:30am - 5pm daily

    Charges

    Adults $7.00
    Concession $5.00
    Children Under 15 $4.00
    Family $20

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