Sandhurst Collection Digitisation Project

Preserving and sharing Bendigo’s history with the world.

As an innovative and vibrant knowledge and learning space, La Trobe University Library has been the heart of the La Trobe community since its conception more than 50 years ago. We provide resources and services to meet the learning, teaching and research needs of the University community.

The Sandhurst Collection Digitisation Project aims to digitise and make accessible the highly significant Sandhurst Collection, which began its life in the Sandhurst Mechanics Institute and Free Library in 1854. The Collection has been moved many times, with the University taking ownership in 1991.

The Sandhurst Collection is a valuable part of Bendigo's educational history that has been ‘hidden’ for decades. It includes rare and fragile books and other items of cultural significance for the Bendigo community dating back to the 1850s.

Digitising the Sandhurst Collection will enable easier discovery and access to the collection for online learning, digital humanities projects and research, as well as the Bendigo and wider community. This digitisation project will also provide an opportunity for a student, researcher or graduate researcher to work as part of the project team exploring the Collection and demonstrating its value to our local community and the global research community.

The Sandhurst Collection Digitalisation Project is funded through the Bendigo Tertiary Education Anniversary Foundation.

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Memories and Milestones

150 Bendigo‘Memories and Milestones, Tertiary Education in Bendigo 1873-2023’ is a collection of colourful recollections from 26 contributors, spanning staff, alumni and members of the community. This beautiful 220-page hardcover book includes stories about current research and students and is available for purchase online. Alternatively, you can download a digitised version, via our Institutional Repository.