Prominently located in the heart of Bendigo, the Sandhurst Public Offices on Pall Mall were built during the goldrush era and officially opened on 30 September 1887. This grand Renaissance Revival-style building operated as the city’s central post office for over a century, until Australia Post moved to a new facility at the corner of Williamson and Hargreaves streets in 1996.
This former historic post office has since become home to Bendigo’s tourist information centre, and from 2010 – 2022 also housed a social history gallery called Post Office Gallery, hosting a changing exhibition program developed by Bendigo Art Gallery in collaboration with a diverse range of local community members and organisations. Exhibitions explored broad histories of the Bendigo region, spanning topics including the annual Easter Fair, local industry, royal visits, pubs, cinemas and theatres, and military service. You can browse archived exhibition information here.
In 2022 the gallery transformed again to become Djaa Djuwima (‘Show, Share Country’), a dedicated space for First Nations creatives in our community to show their work. Through a program of curated exhibitions, Djaa Djuwima is a safe place for creative and cultural expression, to explore identity, heritage, connection and storytelling. For more information about what’s on and opportunities to exhibit with Djaa Djuwima, please click here.
Installation view, Bendigo Easter Fair: amusement, charity and tradition, 2020, Post Office Gallery. Photo: Ian Hill
Installation view, Gurangarr Dja Dja Wurrung Djayi, 2022, Djaa Djuwima. Photo: Bill Conroy