Members are welcome to use the facilities and resources at HeritageWorks during opening hours for their own research.
We maintain a comprehensive resource library which contains a large collection of books, journals and newsletters in hardcopy form. A large collection of microfiche and microfilms is also maintained.
The Reference Library also contains a major collection of maritime resource material belonging to the Museum that may be accessed whilst in the library.
Microfiche readers and a microfilm reader are available (we use the ScanPro2000, so you can print out your results) for public use.
A number of computers are also available to aid research, with an ever growing collection of CDROM's containing family history databases from Australia and around the world also available for research. The computers are networked and provide full internet access, thus making available many more avenues for research.
The Warrnambool Family History Group Inc., together with the Warrnambool & District Historical Society, have a major collection of local records dealing with Warrnambool and the surrounding district collected over some 40 years of operation.
In general, these local records take the following forms:
Local Indexes of Businessmen, Office Bearers, Doctors, Lawyers etc
Funeral Directors Records
Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Obituaries and Inquests
Honour Boards and Memorials
Old Warrnambool Shire Records
An index card file containing in excess of 20,000 cards
Old Warrnambool newspapers
A newspaper cuttings file
And so on .......
The Pioneer Board contains paintings of 204 pioneers and 5 watercolours of the local area and is currently on display at HeritageWorks. Its contents are of historic, artistic, research and social significance at a local, state and national level. The paintings were completed by a woman photographer and artist c1907. It is the only honour board of its type to be on permanent display.
Biographies of the pioneers have been written and are available for viewing at Heritageworks.
A biography of Mr EA Vidler, the man responsible for creating the Pioneer Board, and a general history of the Board is also being compiled.