Geelong Heritage Centre, Victoria

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Geelong Heritage Centre, Victoria

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Geelong Heritage Centre, Geelong Regional Libraries, Victoria
  • Geelong Historical Records Centre, Victoria, 1979-2003


  • Municipal

Contact area



Street address

51 Little Malop Street, Geelong





Country name

Postal code



03 4201 0630



Description area


The Geelong Historical Records Centre was established as a memorial to two historic events of 1951: the centenary of separation of Victoria from NSW and the 50th Jubilee of Federation. The citizens of Geelong raised the capital funds for the centre with the express wish that it be the repository for local historical records.

The centre opened to the public in 1979, collected archival material and became the largest regional archive and historical resource centre in Victoria.

In 2003, the Geelong Historical Records Centre became the Geelong Heritage Centre. New research techniques and methods of accessing information were introduced and large-scale digitising projects were undertaken to assist access and to help preserve original archival material.

The new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre building, the Dome, was officially opened in 2015. It brings together the services of the library and the Heritage Centre for the first time. The Heritage Centre is located in the Vault, Kim barne thaliyu, on level 3 of the Dome.

Geographical and cultural context

The Heritage Centre's archive collection covers the history of Geelong and the Bellarine, the Golden Plains, the Surf Coast, the Borough of Queenscliffe and beyond.

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

Geelong and District.



The collection includes public and private records, newspapers, maps, plans, photographs, and extensive catalogues and indexes - more specifically:

  • 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. For online images, see

For microfimed and digitised records available for access in the reading room, see

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Open Tuesday 9am-8pm
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 10am-1pm.
Closed Mondays, Sundays and public holidays.

Access conditions and requirements


Services area

Research services

Staff provide general reference assistance. Many enquiries can be handled over the phone or via email free of charge.

More complex research questions may require further investigation. In these instances professional research services are available and fees apply. Contact the centre for further information (see

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 11 June 2019




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

51 Little Malop Street, Geelong
Geelong, Victoria 3220