Geelong Heritage Centre – unlocking our region’s past

The Geelong Heritage Centre is Victoria’s largest regional archive and resource centre. Find us in the Vault Kim barne thaliyu, on level 3 of the Dome.

With the latest in digital technology and our team of specialist staff, we are able to bring the region's past alive.

The Heritage Centre's archive collection is a unique recorded history of Geelong and the Bellarine, the Golden Plains, the Surf Coast, the Borough of Queenscliffe and beyond. Countless memories and stories live on in our carefully-managed collection of public and private records, newspapers, maps, plans, photographs, and extensive catalogues and indexes.

The Heritage Reading Room is a fabulous, state-of-the-art environment boasting dramatic décor, comfortable user-friendly spaces and cutting-edge technologies to enrich your research experience.

You'll enjoy our Cruiser table - an interactive digital display that brings the archives to your fingertips. We also have the latest in microfilm scanning technology and a range of visual display capabilities.

A number of treasures from our collection are on display - just the tip of the iceberg compared to our huge repository of objects, items and records housed in 4.2km of mobile shelving.

Our reading room offers access to thousands of reference books on a vast range of history subjects. When you request an item from our extensive archive repository, it will be retrieved promptly, often within the hour and always within a few hours of your request.

Admission to the Heritage Reading Room is free, as is access to our reference library and archive collections.

Get in touch

Phone the reading room on 4201 0630 during opening hours or send us a message.

Our resources at a glance

  • Genealogy – postal directories, rate books, church and cemetery registers, births, deaths and marriages, immigration lists and biographical registers;
  • Local history – public and private records produced by government, businesses, groups and individuals;
  • Reference works – Geelong and District historical publications and general Victorian historical works;
  • Newspapers – Geelong Advertiser 1840 to date, other Geelong newspapers, incomplete runs of ephemeral publications from 1850-1923, Colac Herald 1895-1945;
  • Maps and Plans – subdivisional, dwelling and rural sales notices and parish plans from 1850-1990s covering area of Geelong and west to the South Australian border;
  • Images – countless thousands of photographs, drawings and paintings depicting the life and times of Geelong from the 1830s to present day.

Microfilmed and digitised records

We’ve digitised, microfilmed or microfiched the past for your convenient access in the reading room, including:

  • births, deaths and marriages;
  • rate books;
  • minute books;
  • newspapers including the Geelong Advertiser (from 1840) and Geelong Times;
  • postal directories;
  • burials;
  • cemeteries; and
  • maps, plans and sale notices.

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