War Heritage in Bendigo

View of the Returned Soldiers' Memorial Hall Bendigo

Returned Soldiers’ Memorial Hall

The Returned Soldiers' Memorial Hall (pictured above) was opened on 15 November 1921 by the Earl of Stradbroke as a permanent memorial to all those from Bendigo who served in World War One and particularly to those who died in service. The design of the memorial hall characterised by stripped and distorted classicism popular with public buildings of the early twentieth century, was by local architect Mr GD Garvin of the architectural partnership, W Beebe and GD Garvin. The memorial hall was planned to provide accommodation for a club for returned soldiers, a band rotunda and a publicly accessible honour roll. On Anzac Day, 1926 the Honour Roll, with 2300 names on bronze tablets fitted on the wall of the loggia of the Memorial was unveiled. Read more on the Victorian Heritage Database ...

Bendigo War Memorial Obelisk

The Bendigo War Memorial Obelisk, located outside the Bendigo Soldiers' Memorial Institute Memorial, commemorates conflicts after the First World War, including the Second World War, Korea, Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam and Kuwait. Read more …

Bendigo Boer War Memorial

Bendigo`s tribute to the memory of Australian soldiers who in the South African War of 1899-1902 gave their lives for Queen and Empire. Read more …

Bendigo Sandakan Memorial

In memory of 1800 Australians of the 8th Division AIF and 750 British troops.

They fought gallantly in the defence of Malaya and Singapore during World War Two. Following the fall of Singapore, they became prisoners of the Japanese and were transported to Sandakan in British North Borneo, now Sabah, in 1942 to construct an airfield, where 900 died of ill-treatment. By the end of 1944, when Allied forces were with-in striking distance of Sandakan the Japanese command ordered the removal of prisoners to Ranua, 265 kilometres west.

On 29th January 1945, 470 prisoners guarded by 500 Japanese marched towards Ranau. Those who were unable to carry on were killed. The second march, comprising 532 prisoners, left Sandakan on 29th May 1945. On 26th June, 183 arrived in Ranau. Only eight survived from the first march. Of the 288 prisoners left at Sandakan there were no survivors. On 1st August, the surviving 33 prisoners at Ranau were massacred. Six who escaped were rescued by Special Forces.

This memorial honours those men who enlisted from the States of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. We will remember them. Read more …

Bendigo Myer Honour Roll (First World War)