An extensive archaeological dig on the construction site of the Andrews Labor Government’s Bendigo GovHub has uncovered thousands of items from the city’s rich gold rush past.
Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards visited the GovHub site on Friday 9 April 2021 to celebrate the archaeological findings and discuss progress on the construction of the $90 million project.
The area’s largest archaeological dig uncovered up to 67,000 artefacts dating back to Bendigo’s establishment in 1851 during the gold rush – with ceramics, 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 artefacts are being assessed by Heritage Victoria to determine their significance and work is underway to potentially showcase the findings of the dig to the community in the future.
These early works on the GovHub site will be completed in the coming weeks ahead of major construction of the building to start soon after, with completion on track for late 2022.
“This is a great day for Bendigo – an opportunity to reflect on the past and celebrate our growth potential via much needed construction jobs.”
The Labor Government has worked closely with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation on designs and plans for the GovHub, which will also acknowledge Bendigo’s significant gold rush heritage to deliver a site that is representative of the city’s Aboriginal and European history.
The project will inject $130 million into Bendigo’s local economy and generate more than 200 new local construction jobs as well as housing up to up to 1000 local and state government workers. The Bendigo GovHub is being delivered by Development Victoria on behalf of Regional Development Victoria.