Dr Michele Matthews on the Bendigo Regional Archives Centre

  • Date recorded: 16 Feb 2018

  • Duration: 29:44

'These were the buildings and the infrastructure that your relatives saw when they went walking on a Sunday or on their way to work.'

– Dr Michele Matthews

About this video

In this video in our series of presentations from Family History Feast 2017, Dr Michele Matthews from the Bendigo Regional Archives Centre reveals the richness and variety of the centre's collection of plans, surveys, maps and petitions.

Specifically, Michele looks at the valuable information provided in plans for such infrastructure as street lighting, waterways, municipal baths and Bendigo Creek.

The centre's eclectic collection of local government, court and community records tell the story of Bendigo today through the history of its roads, bridges, drainage, cattle yards, showgrounds, tramways, waterways and public gardens.

Michele highlights the resources' usefulness for family historians, and demonstrates how maps and plans can provide a rare glimpse into the daily life experienced by ancestors who lived in Bendigo and district.


Dr Michele Matthews is an Archives Officer at Bendigo Regional Archives Centre.

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