Celebrate Vahland

Celebrate Vahland

This year marks 100 years since acclaimed architect William Charles Vahland died on July 21, 1915 and the City of Greater Bendigo is encouraging everyone to recognise, celebrate and communicate his excellent architectural achievements and lasting contribution to Bendigo and civic life.

The Bendigo Town Hall, The Capital Theatre, Bendigo Health’s Anne Caudle Centre and the iconic Alexandra Fountain were all designed by Vahland. To find out more, download the FREE app Vahland's Bendigo developed by Isobar.

The German migrant also nurtured the idea of the great Australian dream. He is thought to have built homes called ‘Vahland Villas’ and he assisted with developing a building society to loan people money to move out of tents and own their own home. Today, that loan scheme is better known as the Bendigo Bank.

In recognition of the outstanding contribution that Vahland has made to Bendigo it is proposed to restore the Vahland Drinking Fountain and reinstate it in Bull Street, between the Law Courts and Conservatory Gardens. The fundraising campaign was launched 21 July 2015, a centenary since his death, led by the Bendigo Bank, German Heritage Society, National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and the City of Greater Bendigo.


Many people from the community have helped us restore this missing piece of Vahland's legacy by donating to the 'Vahland Drinking Fountain Appeal' at the Bendigo Bank, but donations are now CLOSED.

All major donations will be acknowledged at the restored Vahland Drinking Fountain in Bull Street, Bendigo. You can find more information about donations in this brochure

Please contact the Heritage Planner, Dr Dannielle Orr, for more information about major gifts, bequests or in kind contributions at [email protected] or on 5434 6000.