Discovering History: Wearing my boots and drinking my whiskey

Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 05:30 PM


Bendigo Library
259 Hargreaves St
Bendigo, VIC 3550
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Bendigo Library
(03) 5449 2700

This talk explores heritage homes, not as architectural objects, but as the scenes of domestic life in a mature, industrial mining community.

Presented by Dr Charles Fahey.

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, Bendigo's landscape was dominated by the headframes, flues and mullock heaps of its major mines. A haven from this industrial landscape was the home. This talk explores Bendigo's heritage homes, not as architectural objects but as the scenes of domestic life in a mature, industrial mining community - from the grand home of mining investor Isaac Dyason to the humbler cottages of the city's miners.

Charles Fahey taught history at la Trobe University from 1990 to 2018. With Alan Mayne, he published Gold tailings: Forgotten Histories of Family and Community on the Central Victorian Goldfields (2010). In 2020, he was a joint author of Mallee Country: Land, People, History. He is currently working on a social and labour history of Bendigo from 1852-1914.


This event will be presented to a live audience as well as streamed live via Zoom. Attendees in both mediums need to make a booking through the link.

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