The discovery of gold in the 1850s changed how banks operated in Victoria. A new exhibition, Bankrolling Bendigo: Building a City, explores the financial systems and structures that developed as a result of the goldrush in the context of Bendigo, and how they led to the creation of a permanent city.
The establishment of building societies, like the Bendigo Bank, was central to the financial rise of the city. They were led by community-minded citizens who pooled their resources to fund housing and businesses in the area. The exhibition also looks at the impact of Bendigo’s economic strength on Melbourne in the 1850s, as well as the similarities between the gold rush era and the unregulated digital currencies of today. The exhibition is on now at the Bendigo Art Gallery until 7 October 2018.
[Main image: ‘Bank Window – Saturday Night’. By Samuel Calvert (1828–1913), engraver; Robert Bruce (1839–1918), artist. Courtesy of State Library Victoria and Bendigo Art Gallery].
Where: Post Office Art Gallery
51- 67 Pall Mall, Bendigo
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