1851, Bendigo Gold discovered
Sept. and by 1852 the population had exploded to 40,000. When the alluvial gold ran out deep shafts to mine the quartz-based gold began.
1853, Bendigo a Massive Protest
over Prospectors licence fee. From being a tent city the boomtown grew rapidly into a major urban centre with many grand buildings.
1862 Railway reached Bendigo
stimulating growth with flour mills, woollen mills, timber mills, tanneries, quarries, foundries, eucalyptus oil and food production.
1863 Officially Named Sandhurst
until 1891 but unofficially as Bendigo
1871 Bendigo Declared a City.
1890 Tram Network Established.
The City of Greater Bendigo includes Victoria's fourth largest city which is surrounded by many smaller towns. The city encompasses a total area of 3,000 square kilometres.
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