Victorian Miners’ Housing Serial Listing Heritage Study
Why are we doing a Victorian Miners’ Housing Heritage Study?
The City of Greater Bendigo is eager to protect many of the Victorian-era Miners’ Housing found within its boundaries. It is believed that these buildings, as a group, are significant to Bendigo’s gold mining history and are important in establishing a sense of place, history and home, all of which are invaluable to the community, new residents and visitors.
The grander and more ornate Victorian homes are mostly protected in the Heritage Overlay of the Planning Scheme, however, many of the more modest Victorian buildings associated with miners and workers residences, are not protected. This is because there either hasn’t been a heritage study undertaken in the area they are in, or because a completed study did not consider the more humble architectural form of the miners’ residences as being significant. Furthermore, these types of houses are scattered around the city, located around different mining sites and creeks, and so have been difficult to assess in a usual heritage study.
In stage 1 of this heritage study, we commissioned a comprehensive report, The Evolution of Housing on the Bendigo Goldfields: A Case for Serial Listings, that studied the evolution of mining and housing on the Bendigo Goldfield and identified four different types of Miners’ Housing:
- Miners’ Cottages
- Quartz Gold Boom Miners’ Houses
- Workers and Mine Speculator’s Houses
- Quartz Reefer Houses
What are we doing as part of the study?
Each of the four types of Victorian Miners’ Housing are associated with distinct periods and laws related to mining and the associated houses that were built evolved to have different features, forms and styles. The protection of the four different types of Victorian Miner’s Housing is proposed to occur through applying what is called a ‘serial listing’ heritage overlay.
A serial listing heritage overlay identifies places that share a common history and significance but do not form a geographical grouping. Because we have identified four different types of Victorian Miners’ Housing, this warrants the identified places being included in one of four different serial listing heritage overlays—one for each of the four different types of Victorian Miners’ Housing.
A serial listing heritage overlay is the appropriate form of heritage protection because even though each of the four types of Victorian Miners’ Housing are geographically scattered around the City, they will have a single serial listing heritage overlay applied that identifies them as being of shared historical significance.
The City is currently studying Victorian-era Miners’ Housing in the area that comprised the pre-amalgamation former ‘City of Bendigo’.
Further information and feedback
We mailed out letters to all property addresses included in the Victorian Miners’ Housing Heritage Study and invited property owners to come and speak to us on Wednesday June 23, 2021 at the California Gully Mechanics Institute Hall. We received feedback from those who attended and we were also able to answer questions and queries about the heritage study, including what the proposed changes would mean for the property addresses included in the study.
If you have any queries about the heritage study, you can email us at [email protected] with the details of your property address. You can also request a call back from a member of our Heritage Team.
We have also created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, which provides general information about heritage studies, Heritage Overlays and the future process for amending the planning scheme.
Feedback on the draft version of the Victorian Miners’ Housing Heritage Study is due Friday July 16, 2021.
Draft citations for the Victorian Miners’ Housing Heritage Study
The draft citations include an overview of the historical significance of the miners housing, as well as including details about the valued heritage elements of each of the four styles of Victorian Miners’ Housing that we have identified. The draft version of the heritage citation reports for the four different styles of Victorian Miners’ Housing can be accessed below: