Portland Historical Society

Portland Arts Centre, Cnr. Bentinck & Glenelg Street, Portland 3305
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Gwen Bennett, President

Portland Historical Society, founded in 1964, operates a museum in the Curator’s Cottage in the Portland Botanic Gardens; has exhibits in the Shire’s History House Museum and installs plaques on historic buidings and sites in Portland. Portland is ‘The Cradle of Victoria’.

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31 High Street, Macarthur 49.35 km

Macarthur and District Historical Society occupies the former Court House, 31 High Street, Macarthur. Research $10. Archives – minute books, cemetery burial ledgers, photos, maps, some births and marriage records, newspapers, clubs, school and family histories.

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30 Gipps Street, Port Fairy Victoria 3284, Australia 55.28 km

Accredited museum and archives. Pioneer Dinner, Open House Day. Monthly general meetings and committee meetings.

The society was formed in 1963 as a centre for local research into the early history of the town and it’s pioneer families. From modest beginnings, the organisation has grown to a membership of more than 120, with a much wider range of interests.

In 1992 the society was able to negotiate the lease of the historic Courthouse building in Gipps Street, Port Fairy, which was renamed The History Centre.

The Courthouse is one of over fifty buildings in Port Fairy classified by the National Trust as essential to the heritage of Australia and which must be preserved. It was built in 1859, with the portico added in 1869, and a further three rooms at the rear in 1874, to make the building as it is today. At the time of construction, it was the only Courthouse in the Western District of Victoria, and housed sittings of the Supreme Court and County Courts as well as General Sessions. It remained in use until 1988, when its last function, as a Licensing Court, was transferred to Warrnambool.

Much of the work of the society involves the development of the Courthouse as a museum and archives, and includes participation in the Museum Accreditation Program with which we have been accredited since 1998. The main courtroom houses a display of the original court furniture, with figures in costume. Five other rooms contain both permanent and temporary exhibitions on themes such as the early pioneers of the district, the whaling era in Port Fairy, local shipping and wrecks along the coast.

Profile Photograph: Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives building by Peter Grenfell (2018)

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Anne McLean, Secretary
PO Box 118 Koroit Vic 3282 Australia 65.6 km
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BRIAN TROTTER
14 Station Street Koroit VIC 3282 Australia 66.47 km
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Glenyce McDowell
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43 Gray Street, Hamilton VIC, Australia 76.72 km

We have a large holding of family biographies, photographs, early history of local hotels, district properties as well as facilities for research. There are also rate records for various shires and we have just completed a project of businesses within the city.

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Cheryl Green, Secretary
PO Box 731 WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Australia 77.75 km
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Robin Gray
PO Box 731 WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Australia 79.72 km
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Janet Macdonald
Old Courthouse, Martin St, Penshurst 3289 79.92 km

Collect items related to Penshurt’s history, and research family history queries.

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Val Heffernan, Secretary
78 Whyte Street, Coleraine 3315 84.19 km

Collects and preserves information, documents and photographs of the district.

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Ken Fitzgerald, Secretary

Museum and family history centre dealing in local artefacts and local history.

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Heather Mullen- Treasurer
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