Newstead and District Historical Society Inc.

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2 Canrobert Street, Newstead VIC 3462, Australia
2 Canrobert Street Newstead Victoria 3462 AU
Contact Name
Joan Sartori, Secretary

In 1863 the Newstead Court of Petty Sessions was built to the design of colonial architect John James Clark.

In February 1986 a group of interested people met and formed the Newstead & District Historical Society Inc.

In 1987 the Society applied through the then Shire of Newstead to the Department formerly named Conservation, Forests & Lands for the use of the old courthouse as a venue. The application was successful and since then members have carried out a great deal of work both in restoring and maintaining the building as well as collecting and conserving the history of the area. Our building is unique in that no alterations or additions have been done to it.

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Muckleford - Walmer road Muckleford 3451 9.43 km

Preservation of our mechanical heritage& working old machineryincluding tractors and farm equipment, but not limited to.

Contact Name
Graham Mason- Secretary
Vincent Street Maldon 3463 12.35 km

The Maldon Vintage Machinery & Museum houses a wonderful display of vintage machinery and has evolved into a fabulous museum with artifacts from the region and afield. Items from Gold mining. the industrial Revolution, Fire Fighting, Farming to the Home.

The museum is ran by volunteers and members. We aim to open on the times listed below, but things do pop up from time-to-time. It is best that you give us a call first, particularly if you are travelling some distance to get to us. We can be contacted on 03 5472 2202.

Wednesdays: 11AM-3PM
Saturdays: 10AM-4PM
Sundays: 2nd Sunday of the Month 10AM-4PM

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93 High Street, Maldon VIC, Australia 12.38 km

We are a combined museum and history centre.

Many thousands of artefacts and records relating to the district from 1840 to present day form the collection which is housed in the former Maldon Market House. The Maldon Market House is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. The museum has many displays that present a fascinating insight into the history and heritage of the district and the archives provide a valuable research resource.

Contact Name
Valerie Evans
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7 Goldsmith Crescent, Castlemaine VIC 3450, Australia 13.76 km

The Castlemaine Historical Society was formed in 1965 to study, record and promote the historical heritage of Castlemaine and District. It operated for many years from temporary premises in various locations. In 1996 the Society was granted a lease to its present home in the historic Former Court House.
Meetings (with interesting guest speakers), exhibitions, a monthly newsletter, guided tours, the development, cataloguing and maintenance of an historic archive collection, indexing of records and the provision of a research service are the major activities of the members.
Archives held by the Society include early directories, voters lists, local newspaper index and some records and indexes concerning mining leases, rates, schools, churches and cemeteries.

Postal Address – PO Box 655, Castlemaine 3450

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208 Barker St Castlemaine 3450 14.38 km

The Castlemaine Pioneers & Old Residents’ Association (P&ORA) held its first meeting on 17 March 1880 following some informal meetings amongst like-minded gentlemen who were keen to form an organisation to support one another in times of need and to enhance the society they lived in.

One of the early rules states ‘that the organisation will collect, store, preserve and promote the area’s local history.

The P&ORA is not a Historical Society as such, but we do own a lot of historical ‘stuff’ as past members were reluctant to throw anything out.

Opening Hours – Every Wednesday between 10am-3pm

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42 Hunter Street, Castlemaine VIC 3450, Australia 15.12 km

Buda Historic Home and Garden is of national significance. The house is an accredited museum featuring the intact furnishings, personal belongings and art collection of the talented Leviny family who resided there over two generations for almost 120 years.

Exterior showing path leading to Buda

Come to Buda and enjoy walking through the historic house where you will be transported to another era, in this Museums Australia accredited museum. Wander three acres of heritage garden featuring original plantings and structures, including the bird aviary, tennis pavilion and grape pergola, along with many original garden ornaments created by the Leviny family members

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7 High St, Harcourt VIC, Australia 21.21 km

Museum and archives pertaining to horticulture, granite and families.

Image: Harcourt ANA Hall, built 1911, the of Harcourt Valley Heritage & Tourist Centre

Contact Name
George A Milford, President
19 Bucknall Street, Carisbrook VIC 3464, Australia 23.29 km

Carisbrook Historical Society’s collection includes a large number of photographs and a range of school, cemetery and family history records.

Open by appointment

124 High Street Taradale VIC 3447 Australia 25.39 km
Contact Name
Peter Price
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100 Vincent Street, Daylesford VIC 3460, Australia 27.17 km

The Daylesford & District Historical Society was formed in 1964 and the Museum established in 1971.

The Museum has approximately 800 square metres of interior displays and approximately 250 square metres of covered yard and houses an large collection of local memorabilia and artefacts.

The museum has extensive archival resources that are accessible by arrangement for research to researchers and genealogists.

Contact Name
Ian Marshall, Secretary
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Cornish Hill Reserve Daylesford Vic 3460 27.57 km

Friends of Cornish Hill are a Landcare group. Our connection with RHSV goes back to the day when Cornish Hill Reserve was saved from sale by members of the local community who realised the value of the Reserve as being historically and environmentally significant.

The Friends have been beavering away restoring the Smiths creek corridor to bring it back to what it looked like before mining ravaged the landscape.

Friends of Cornish Hill working group pose for photo in natural landscape

Image: Friends of Cornish Hill working bee in June 2018

Contact Name
Margaret Thomas
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71 Mollison Street, Malmsbury VIC, Australia 29.73 km

Formed in 1987, the society aims to preserve and promote the history and heritage of Malmsbury and surrounding districts.

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Contact Name
Susan Walter, President
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3 Palmerston Street, Maryborough 30.34 km

Worsley Cottage Museum, an 1894 stone cottage, is the home of the society. The collection includes domestic items and artefacts from the era, outdoor displays and a cottage garden. There is also an 1840 slab and daub pioneer hut with wooden shingle roof. Research facilities are also available.

Postal Address – PO Box 265 Maryborough 3465

Hours: Tues/Thurs 10am-12noon & Sun 2pm -4pm

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36 Fraser Street, Clunes Victoria 3370 32.21 km

Please note: private research of our archives is not possible

The Museum is housed in the former Warehouse (c.1860) of contractors Nichol and Wallace.

The redeveloped Nichol and Wallace building, now known as The Warehouse, to reflect it’s 19th century history, reopened in 2014 as a Hub housing the Museum, the Library, the Visitor information Centre, the Hepburn Shire Service Centre as well as event and meeting spaces.

PO Box 64 Talbot VIC 3371 Australia 32.99 km
Contact Name
Marion Miller

Kyneton Historical Society is a voluntary non-profit incorporated community organisation, comprising people from many fields committed to collecting, preserving, researching and sharing the wealth of material that is our herit5age, and for which we as members are custodians.

Contact Name
Larina Strauch, Secretary
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3-5 Camp Street, Trentham VIC 3458, Australia 37.89 km

Trentham Historical Society works to preserve, and make available to the public, the history of the township of Trentham and the surrounding district including the settlements of Little Hampton, East Trentham, Spring Hill, Fern Hill and Tylden. The society publishes a quarterly newsletter and booklets from time to time and also holds an annual exhibition.

Contact Name
Secretary - Vicki Steggall
P.O. Box 317 Creswick VIC 3363 38.64 km
03 5345 206503 5345 2065
Contact Name
Mrs Marjie Poole
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75 Broadway, Dunolly 3472 40.38 km

A collection of photographs, firearms, gold nugget replicas and local history with a genealogy research section.

Contact Name
Rachel Buckley, Secretary
PO Box 5243 Tarnagulla VIC 3551 Australia 43.37 km
Contact Name
Tarnagulla & District History Group
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