Old photo before the Great Ocean Road was built

We've collected a list of heritage committees and organisations for you to contact for further information about the history of the area.

Aboriginal heritage information(PDF, 279KB)

Geelong Heritage Centre

Contact: Mr Mark Beasley, Acting Director
Ph: (03) 5272 4970
Email: heritage@geelongcity.vic.gov.au

The Geelong Heritage Centre is Victoria’s largest regional archive and historical resource centre. The Centre’s role is to act as a place of deposit for local government and community records and to provide public access to the records for research, record, legal administrative recall, establishing citizen’s rights and entitlements, cultural enjoyment and display purposes. The collections embrace the entire history of Geelong from 1838.

The Centre has an extensive local and family history collection that includes council records, newspapers, reference works, maps and plans, photographs and archival materials. The Centre provides assistance and guidance to members of the general public in family, local history and school projects.

Anglesea and District Historical Society

Contact: Bruce Bodman, Secretary
Ph. (03) 5263 1249
Email: bodman@netspace.net.au

The Anglesea and District Historical Society was founded in 1981 to foster interest in the pioneering and contemporary history of the Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Fairhaven, Moggs Creek and Eastern View localities. General meetings are held on the 1st Sunday of each month, usually with a guest speaker – Visitors are always welcome.

Extensive photographic collection of Anglesea and Great Ocean Road. Publications on many historical (local) topics for sale

Lorne Historical Society

Contact: Gary Allen
Ph. (03) 5289 2809
Email: ggallen.esq@gmail.com
Lorne Historical Society

Founded in 1969. Committee meetings on the second Friday each month at 1pm at Fig Tree House. Annual General Meeting held in November. All correspondence to PO Box 145, Lorne, Victoria 3232 Photographic display location: Fig Tree House, Lorne (opposite the Visitor Information Centre). Open first Sunday each month 1 to 4pm.

Torquay and District Historical Society

Contact: Lorraine Marshall
Ph. 0409 212 479
Email: lmarsha1@bigpond.net.au

This group has a collection of photos and memorabilia and history of Torquay. Monthly meetings held on the last Tuesday. History walk around Torquay and the history of Bells Beach and Bell Family, tracing the Cobb and Co Coach Trail. Open Sundays 2-4pm, 18 Price St, Torquay

Winchelsea and District Historical Society

Contact: Ken Daniels, President
Ph. (03) 5267 2379
Email: ken.j.daniels@gmail.com

Historical Society rooms are in the old Shire Offices, Hesse Street, Winchelsea. Open Wednesday 1- 5 pm, or other times by appointment. Collection of photographs, books, documents, family histories etc pertaining to the history of the district. Research aids include Winchelsea and Barrabool Shire rate books, parish plans, family histories, cemetery records, various indices etc. Photocopying, scanning and laminating available. Barrabool Shire history and rare Winchelsea Shire History and other publications for sale. Annual membership subscription $10.

Torquay Museum Without Walls

Email: tmuseumwithoutwalls@gmail.com

Torquay Museum Without Walls preserves the Torquay region’s past, shares the stories and connects people with history in meaningful ways, for today and for tomorrow. We provide a wonderful resource for researchers of the area that is constantly built on as the information is collected.