Bendigo featured in museum's new book

Bendigo’s history and development are featured in a new book, which draws from the collection of the National Museum of Australia.

Landmarks explores 33 different places around the country through objects and stories from the museum’s collections.

In a chapter of the book, Gold and Government, there are six pages of photographs that tell the story of Bendigo. 

Historical objects that are housed in the National Museum are featured in the book, including a princess costume from the Bendigo Easter Procession from the 1880s and a ginger beer bottle made at Bendigo Pottery in 1908. 

The book was edited by Daniel Oakman, Martha Sear and Kirsten Wehner, who have all worked on the project since 2005. 

Dr Sear said the book allowed readers to travel throughout Australia in the comfort of their own home. 

She said the book was an interesting way of telling Australian stories. 

“You can walk through different Australian towns and see different objects that capture the history of certain places,” she said.

Dr Sear said she had worked closely with communities around the country to research the book. 

She said Bendigo had a proud history. 

“The Bendigo chapter explores local government and the development of democracy in the city,” Dr Sear said. 

“Bendigo has a fascinating history from the Golden Dragon Museum to the Joss House and the Bendigo Pottery.”

Dr Sear said anyone interested in Australian history would be interested in the book. 

“If you have a passion for Australian stories then this is a great book,” she said. 

“There is everything from Matthew Flinders’ ship to the Holden prototype car.” 


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