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Goldfields artefacts uncovered at Bendigo GovHub site

09/04/2021

An extensive archeological dig on the construction site of the Victorian Government’s Bendigo GovHub has uncovered thousands of items relating to the city’s rich gold-rush history.Up to 67,000 artefacts have been found during the area’s largest archaeological dig, reflecting a range of activities since the establishment of the township in 1851 during the Bendigo Gold Rush. Items include ceramics, several glass bottles, commercial materials, children’s toys, medicinal products, textiles, garments, shoes, jewellery and coins.

More than 30 archaeologists have been involved in the careful excavation, retrieval and recording of items to ensure the items are documented.

The items are being assessed by Heritage Victoria, under the Heritage Act, to determine their significance and work is underway to potentially showcase the findings of the dig in the future.

Early works are expected to be completed in the coming weeks to allow for construction of the Bendigo GovHub to commence soon after. Practical completion of the building is on track for late 2022.

Design development of Bendigo GovHub includes significant collaboration with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and also includes consideration of Bendigo’s European colonial heritage. This design approach will produce a sensitive and powerful representation of the Aboriginal and ancestry of Bendigo.

The project is forecast to inject $130 million into the regional economy and generate more than 200 new local construction jobs. The Bendigo GovHub is being delivered by Development Victoria on behalf of Regional Development Victoria.



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