Cohuna and District Historical Society Inc, Victoria

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Cohuna and District Historical Society Inc, Victoria

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Cohuna Archives Centre, Victoria
  • Cohuna Museum, Victoria


  • Community

Contact area





Street address

2A Cullen Street, Cohuna
Postal address: PO Box 423, Cohuna Vic 3568





Country name

Postal code



03 5456 2345



Description area


There are three main parts to the Cohuna and District Historical Society:

  • Archives Centre (the brick building)
  • Museum (the old Scots Church)
  • Trash and Treasure (the old Scots Hall).

The society was formed in April 1970. In 1982 the Cohuna Historical Society Co-operative was formed. It purchased the Scots Church and Hall (following the formation of the Uniting Church) to display and store the extensive collection of exhibits, photographs and records. The Cohuna Historical Centre was officially opened on 17 November 1984. The Co-operative was dissolved in 1991.

The Archive and Photographic Collections are now housed in the purpose built Archives Building (adjacent to the Old Church Building), opened in 1992.

The Old Church Building has become the Museum for exhibits and special displays.

Geographical and cultural context

Cohuna is located about 3 hours north of Melbourne, situated on the Gunbower Creek. Major Mitchell's trails are a large part of the local history, but being situated close to the Murray River and associated wetlands has also given Cohuna a rich history in agriculture.

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: President/Secretary

Records management and collecting policies

History of Cohuna and District.


The purpose-built brick Archives Building includes a large compactus unit in the fire-proof room.


The Archives Centre holds:

  • library
  • research and records
  • local newspapers (bound copies from 1957)
  • microfilm of newspapers (Kerang, 1882-1913 and Cohuna, 1913 onwards)
  • a photographic collection of people and places
  • cemetery records for a wide area
  • family and district history.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Publications of the society are listed at:

Access area

Opening times

Archives Centre: Open Friday, 10am-3pm or by appointment.
Museum: Open Monday, 10am-2pm; Friday, 10am-3pm or by appointment.
For appointments, phone: 03 5456 7332.

Access conditions and requirements


Services area

Research services

We welcome personal visits to view our extensive collection. Family and local history research can be arranged (for a small fee) or you may prefer to do your own.
You can email or use the form at

Reproduction services

Copying is available, for a fee.

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Agriculture (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

2A Cullen Street, Cohuna Postal address: PO Box 423, Cohuna Vic 3568
Cohuna, Victoria 3568