Welcome to The Geelong Heritage Centre Archives - Kim barne thaliyu


Great Ocean Road cutting through She Oak River near Lorne, c.1920. View more amazing images by famed Lorne photographer Albert Ellingworth Jarratt in our Reading Room.

The beautiful patina of leather-bound rate books, now a century old. Visit us to access rates records from 17 former Geelong & district councils.

The King Edward VII Clock, Geelong Post Office, c.1915. A huge assortment of Geelong and district places, people, objects and events await in our Reading Room.

Polwarth Map, 1885. Discover thousands of maps, plans and estate subdivision posters from the city, suburbs and Western District dating back to the 1830s.

Book cover from the Bill Volum Collection. A world-class collection of maritime history books from around the globe. Search the entire catalogue of 1722 titles in our Reading Room

Welcome to the Geelong Heritage Centre Archives

Known as the Vault Kim barne thaliu (Here yesterday, in the language of the local Wadawurrung people), the Geelong Heritage Centre is a specialist resource for those conducting family history research or exploring the local history and cultural heritage of Geelong and surrounding areas.

The Geelong Heritage Centre Archives preserve the documented history and stories of the region which live on in public and private records, newspapers, maps, plans, photographs, memorabilia, films, paintings, artefacts, clocks, honour boards, trophies, ceramics, clothing, diaries, journals, newsletters and much more.

From this website you can search the Archives and request further information about records that interest you.

Visit the How to Search page for detailed instructions on searching the Geelong Heritage Centre Archives online. If you can’t find the records you are looking for please contact us.

We invite you to visit the Geelong Heritage Centre in person to further explore the collections, request an item from the repository, engage with our specialist staff or just enjoy the contemporary and inspiring surroundings of the Reading Room.