Bendigo was named Sandhurst in the early 1850s, and possibly named after The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Britain, that was commonly referred to as 'Sandhurst'.
The Military Academy is located in England, in the town of Sandhurst, Berkshire, though its ceremonial entrance is in Camberley, southwest of London. The Academy's stated aim is to be "the national centre of excellence for leadership". All British Army officers, including late-entry officers who were previously Warrant Officers, as well as other men and women from overseas, were trained at The Academy.
It was here that the Francis Crossman Doveton, the first Commissioner to the Goldfields of Victoria (August, 1851) had trained before embarking with the 51st Regiment to serve in Australia.