Woodend and District Heritage Society, Woodend, Victoria

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Woodend and District Heritage Society, Woodend, Victoria

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Other form(s) of name


  • Community

Contact area



Street address

Old Woodend Courthouse, Forest Street, Woodend
Postal address: PO Box 124, Woodend, Victoria 3442




Country name

Postal code



03 5427 1283 (Wednesdays only: February-November)




Description area


The Woodend and District Heritage Society was formed in 1977. The society began computer indexing in 1985 and developed its own software, Heritage I. Also in 1985, the first edition of Heritage News, the Society’s newsletter, was published.

The Woodend Court House was officially handed over to the society as its headquarters in 1989 and in 1993, the society’s collection was moved into the Court House. After a fundraising campaign, and with a grant from Heritage Victoria, in 1997 an extension to the Court House was built to house the growing archive.

Geographical and cultural context

Woodend is a small town in Victoria, in the Shire of Macedon Ranges local government area and is located about halfway between Melbourne and Bendigo.

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

The collection and restoration/ preservation of materials generated within the previous shire of Newham and Woodend, relating to the history of the area.



The archive contains documents, maps, newspapers and photographs from the district that once formed the Shire of Newham and Woodend (including Ashbourne, Hesket, Campaspe and, until 1886, Rochford). Copies of local newspapers, including the Woodend Star from 1888-1970 have been digitised. Photographs are held of people and places relating to Newham and Woodend dating from the 1870s.

Items held include:

  • Cemetery records
  • Newspapers
  • District maps
  • Church records
  • Rate books
  • Photographs and postcards
  • Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Early Shire correspondence
  • Detailed family histories
  • Oral history tapes and transcripts
  • Minute books
  • School records and roll books
  • Real estate records

Finding aids, guides and publications

Much of the collection has been catalogued, allowing you to look up documents quickly and easily on our computer database.

Access area

Opening times

Wednesdays, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm (February-November).

Access conditions and requirements


Services area

Research services

You can search the archive in person or via the society's research service. For further information on steps to take and charges involved, see http://woodendhistory.com/start-here/ and http://woodendhistory.com/research/

Reproduction services

Copying services available.

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Control area

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Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Old Woodend Courthouse, Forest Street, Woodend Postal address: PO Box 124, Woodend, Victoria 3442
, Victoria 3442