Today's special edition of the Bendigo Advertiser encourages our readers to reflect on the city's past, present and future as the region reaches a significant milestone.
It is 150 years since the city was formally declared and our reports today shed some light on the ups and downs of the time that has passed.
The Dja Dja Wurrung people, like so many other Indigenous communities across Australia, suffered enormously when European settlers arrived.
Those arrivals soon found gold and the rest was history. A city grew and, despite many tough times, flourished to become the Bendigo we know today.
The long arc of the region's history is rich with stories and incident, but there is nothing really to compare with what we continue to endure today.
This week's announcement of a fifth lockdown was greeted with more frustration than surprise, the nature of the coronavirus pandemic now abundantly clear to all.
Life has been knocked off its axis, leaving a curious mix of turbulence and limbo.
'Progress' has long been the story of Bendigo, but from our current circumstances it can be difficult to properly consider the whole story of the region's history.
The present is intense and all-consuming for many people. The anxiety and need to keep an even keel can be exhausting.
If anything is to be gained from a review of how Bendigo came to be, how this community grew into what we know today, it is appreciation of its resilience.
Through mining and financial disasters, world wars, fires and floods, Bendigo as a whole inevitably recovers and moves ahead.
That strand of history should give people today reason to be optimistic about the future.
If COVID-19 can be controlled through vaccination and good public health, then the cogs of progress will start to turn again.
Our hope is that development can help Bendigo remain vibrant and thriving, while also making it safer, fairer and friendlier.
These are aspirations to take Bendigo ahead, beyond another remarkable chapter in its story.
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