WHAT started as an interest in learning more about her past resulted in so much more for Betty Stuart.
Ms Stuart volunteers with the Bendigo Historical Society on Tuesdays and has been with the organisation for six months.
She said her family moved to central Victoria during the gold rush in the 1850s which sparked a curiosity to learn more about her history.
"My great grandparents lived (in central Victoria) but they all came from Scotland," she said.
"One was a miner who died quite young and my other grandfather there is no record of him."
Ms Stuart, whose role is front-of-house, said her knowledge of the city's history has grown over a short time.
"I enjoy history and I enjoy the companionship (that has come from the volunteer work)," she said.
"Working (at the organisation) widens your knowledge of Bendigo and its history."
Ms Stuart said tourists from all over the state often visited the organisation at Specimen Cottage to learn more about their family histories.
The Bendigo Historical Society is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 4pm.