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)


Anglesea and District Historical Society.

Contact: Karl Jackln, Secretary
Phone: 0436 606 377
Email: karlj@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 and surrounding areas. We have general meetings with guest speakers and historical outings. Visitors are always welcome.

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


Kim barne thaliyu – here yesterday
Geelong Heritage Centre

Geelong Library & Heritage Centre
51 Little Malop Street, Geelong VIC 3220
Contact: Mr. Mark Beasley, Manager Geelong Heritage Centre Collection & Services
Phone: (03) 4201 0630 
Email: heritagecentre@grlc.vic.gov.au
Website: archives.grlc.vic.gov.au
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri: 9:00-5:00pm, Sat: 10:00-1:00pm

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.


Deans Marsh Heritage Group

Contact: Deb Campbell 
Phone: 0410692665 
Email: samsplace9@bigpond.com

Deans Marsh Community Cottage Websitedeansmarsh.org.au/deans-marsh-history/ 

Where there are individual History Tiles on a range of people and events and also a tile for OurStories which leads to a detailed referenced Time Line about the many activities and events held at Deans Marsh Community Hall and Oval over the years. 


Lorne Historical Society

Contact: Gary Allen
Phone: (03) 5289 2809
Email: ggallen.esq@gmail.com
WebsiteLorne 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

President: Frank Vagg
Secretary: Carollyn Williams 
WebsiteTorquay and District Historical Society
Facebook: Torquay Historical Society
Email: tdhsociety@bigpond.com

This group has an historic collection of photos, documents and memorabilia of Torquay and district. Committee meetings held on the last Sunday. History Walking Trail around Torquay with 28 signs at sites of local significance (a brochure can be downloaded from the group’s website). Open last Sunday 2-4pm, or by appointment. 18 Price St, Torquay.

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.

Winchelsea and District Historical Society

Contact: Ken Daniels, President
Phone: (03) 5267 2379
Email: ken.j.daniels@gmail.com
Website: www.vicnet.net.au/~winchsoc

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.