Bendigo community to celebrate milestone

La Trobe University and Bendigo TAFE are organising a community celebration in the lead up to Sunday 21 April, which marks 140 years to the day since the first class was conducted at Bendigo School of Mines in 1873.

Bendigo School of Mines and Industries on 1911Celebrations commence on 19 April and include the anniversary dinner, reunion lunches, campus tours, and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at La Trobe University Bendigo’s Heyward Library.

Today’s tertiary education institutions, La Trobe University and Bendigo TAFE, have developed over 140 years from the Bendigo School of Mines, Bendigo Institute of Technology, Bendigo College of Advanced Education, La Trobe University College of Northern Victoria, Bendigo Teachers College, State College of Victoria, Bendigo and the Northern District School of Nursing.

Professor Hal Swerissen, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Regional), La Trobe University, says that tertiary education in Bendigo has gone from strength to strength.

‘What’s striking about the 140 year history of tertiary education in Bendigo is that it is full of people who saw its importance in the development of this city. They held grand visions for higher education in their hometown and were outspoken advocates for learning.

‘The Bendigo campus of La Trobe University is proud to continue that legacy. We believe Bendigo has the potential to be a truly great university city. Our student body is growing, our research is world class, and we continue to build on our links with the local community.’

Maria Simpson, Chief Executive, Bendigo TAFE, says that Bendigo TAFE is proud of its role in Bendigo’s history.

‘Bendigo TAFE has a rich history of providing education for local people and preparing them for work in local jobs. Our ongoing focus continues to be delivering quality educational opportunities and outcomes for our students.’

For further information or to register click here or contact Bridget Keena on 5444 7462 or at

Those interested in taking part in the festivities are urged to RSVP immediately as seating is limited at most venues.


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