Agency VA 940
Bendigo Prison (established as H.M. Gaol, Sandhurst)
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Date Range: Circa 1851 - cont
 
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Records in the custody of the Public Record Office would suggest that H.M. Gaol, Sandhurst was established by January 1851. Although there is no indication of the existence of the gaol in the 1851 Civil Establishment, the Civil Establishment of the Colony of Victoria for the year 1856 lists a gaoler, matron and staff employed at Sandhurst.

On 22 October 1877 the gaol at Sandhurst was formally proclaimed as the 'Sandhurst Gaol' under the statute of Goals Act 1864. On 26 October 1891 the name was changed by proclamation to 'Bendigo Gaol' under the Gaols Act 1890. This proclamation was subsequently revoked on 27 November 1939. It is evident that at this time the gaol was transferred to the Commonwealth Government for use as a Military Gaol.

The establishment was re-proclaimed as 'Bendigo Gaol' on 25 March 1952. By 6 October 1954 the establishment was being referred to as 'Bendigo Training Prison' within the Victorian Government Gazette. On 26 April 1972 the institution was officially proclaimed as 'Bendigo Prison' under provisions within part IV of the Social Welfare Act 1970.

The Bendigo Prison is currently, as at 1990, operating as medium security prison.

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See below and List of Holdings 1985 section 13.3.0.

 
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1851 - 1939 Record of Officers and Warders' Names and Particulars VPRS 8066 North Melbourne Open
1861 - 1899 Warders' Offence Book VPRS 8065 North Melbourne Open
1912 - 1954 Register of Prisoners' Applications to see the Inspector - General (1912-1939); Staff Duty Roster and Leave Record (1953-1954) VPRS 4875 North Melbourne Closed
1929 - 1939 Inward Correspondence VPRS 4872 North Melbourne Open
1937 - 1958 Staff Duty Roster (1953 - 1958); Statistical Reports (c1953 c1957); Personal Details of Staff (c1953 - c1957); Staff Leave Records (1953 - 1957) and Admissions Register (1953). VPRS 4870 North Melbourne Open
1953 - 1961 Daily State Of H.M. Prison VPRS 4873 North Melbourne Open
1953 - 1968 Prisoners Monthly Discharge Register VPRS 4871 North Melbourne Closed
1953 - 1972 Register of Prisoners Received VPRS 4869 North Melbourne Closed
1953 - 1976 Record Of Prisoners Charged Before The Governor VPRS 4867 North Melbourne Closed
1954 - 1967 Register of Prisoners' Personal Applications to the Governor VPRS 4874 North Melbourne Closed
1970 - 1980 Governor's Diary VPRS 4868 North Melbourne Open
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1851 - cont Prisons and Youth Training Centres VRG 9