Our club has a long history.

The “Bendigo Amateur Photographic Association (Club)” was first established in 1894 (source: British Journal Photographic Almanac 1905). Its purpose was to provide a supportive and social atmosphere in which like-minded members may learn, improve and share their experience of photography with others. Regular meetings were held at the Bendigo School of Mines in McCrae Street.

At the time of Federation (1901) the Club boasted more than 20 active members.

In 1903, the Club finally opened their doors to allow women to become active members.

The Club continued to operate until 1914 at which time Australia agreed to support England in fighting the Germans as part of World War 1.

There is little available history of what happened to the Club from this date until it re-formed as the Bendigo Photographic Society in 1954 with 16 members.

In January 1978 the club changed name to Bendigo Camera Club, moving to its present location at the Rowing Clubrooms in 1980.

The club was incorporated some time between 1981 and 1991.

Our Club continues to grow with about 60 active members participating.

From the Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918), Thursday 2 December 1897, page 2


(Source: National Library of Australia)