Warrnambool & District Historical Society

The Warrnambool & District Historical Society was founded in 1967 with the object of gathering material and items of local historical significance and preserving them for the enjoyment of future generations.

The Society is also interested in studying the history of Warrnambool in order to foster a greater appreciation of the achievements that have made Warrnambool a foremost rural city in Victoria.


The resource material held at History House is a vast collection and includes:

The Camera Remembers with index

Government Gazettes beginning at 1854

Books on local history including family, churches, schools, shipwrecks, shipping, etc

Books of historical significance

Maps and charts

Early newspapers

Documents, illuminated addresses, certificates and legal papers of local significance

Ledgers, correspondence, letter books from early local organisations

Music including sheet, record, wax cylinders

Local history, business and occupation files

Warrnambool Rate Books

Beattie & Phillips Undertakers records

People files on early settlers and other local persons

Photographs, postcards, albums containing over 2,000 items(including Henri Worland collection)

Artefacts of local significance

Scrapbooks with newspaper cuttings including index

Badges, medals, coins

Paintings, some of major artistic and historical worth