Welcome to The Geelong Heritage Centre Archives - Kim barne thaliyu


The No. 12 Special, illuminated tram calling on locals to support the WW1 war effort.
An extensive tram network operated across Geelong and surrounding suburbs from 1912 to 1956.

Loris St Quentin – winner of the Miss Geelong 1945 Beauty Pageant.

Hundreds of children stream out of the Joy Ark Picture Theatre, c.1913. Originally built on pylons over Corio Bay, the roof and internal structure were transported up the Moorabool Street hill in 1926, to become the Palais Royal.

From York Castle Gaol to Ryrie Street, Geelong. Sentenced to death but transported for life, Simon Hargreaves (second from left) became a successful businessman in Geelong.

Wedding shoes belonging to Mrs. Jean Victoria Little (nee Hosking) Gold in colour, with wooden supports inserted. Made in England for Donaldson's Limited, 16-18 Rundle Street, Adelaide

Welcome to the Geelong Heritage Centre Archives

Known as the Vault Kim barne thaliyu (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.