Interested in learning more about local history?
There are many ways to research families, towns, houses or any other subject.
The Yarra Ranges region has over fifteen history and heritage groups and community museums that specialise in researching local history. Many of them have collections of material from the region and are run by committed volunteers who have a deep local knowledge. To contact them, see the listings below.
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum has an extensive local collection and the Connections Gallery, which tells the story of the Yarra Ranges region, is on permanent display. The Museum also has a local history resource room and friendly staff to direct you in your enquiry. We also have a list of Yarra Ranges residents who served (xlsx, 6.8MB) in conflicts from the Colonial Wars to the Vietnam War. This is not an active list - for an active database or to suggest changes, please visit the ERL database below.
Eastern Regional Libraries also offer many local and family history resources. Visit their website for details of newspapers, rate books and post office directories as well as genealogy and house history resources.
Contacting Yarra Ranges History and Heritage Groups
See below for a listing of history and heritage groups. For those without their own website, please search for them on the Community Directory for current contact details. You can also view a map (pdf, 3.21MB) which is a general guide to the areas covered by History and Heritage groups, but each group may have records relating to a wider area than indicated. Contact relevant groups for more information.