365 Places: Bendigo
Day 12: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Today’s post is focused on a journey we will be making very soon – to Bendigo to see a preview of a friend’s first play. The play is being presented by the Bendigo Theatre Company, and I am really excited to be there with her to share this momentous occasion.
As we had never been to Bendigo before, I was keen to soak up some of its rich history as a gold town in the 1800s. I booked us into the Shamrock hotel, which has many stories to tell. Melanie Ball’s article in the Sydney Morning Herald titled Nothing Like a Dame, details the history of this magnificent building in terms of its musical heritage. She also refers to the Shamrock as the “Queen of Bendigo Accommodation”. I can’t wait!
Ball goes on to say:
The Shamrock – the third hotel on this site – was designed to outshine all other Bendigo establishments and rival Melbourne’s Grand (now Windsor), and the opulent, five-storey Italianate landmark opened in 1897.
I truly love discovering new places, especially if it involves a road trip. As the Dalai Lama says “Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before.”
Here are the details of Sue’s play:
Written and Directed by Sue Walker
Bendigo Theatre Company Art’s Shed
15-17 Allingham Street, Golden Square