Bulletin for Members


The committee create and send out a Bulletin to their membership on a monthly basis. This gives a small amount of information of the mammoth amount of activity and research that goes on at HeritageWorks

Become a member and receive a very informative quarterly newsletter giving lots of information on Warrnambool & District. Plus free research time. Come along and see what is happening and do a little research into a home or business premises you have purchased. Get a copy of a picture for your wall or find out about the families involved or delve into your own family.

Billetin 2019

9 Nov/Dec

  • Celebrage - Seniors festival activities
  • Scouts visits
  • Woollen Mill website launch and celebration www.warrnamboolwoolenmill.com.au
  • FJ Market Christmas presents
  • Tarrone Estate soldier settlement book launch
  • Fletcher Jones Garden party

8. September

  • History week activities - Archie Graham
  • Visit to Shrine of Remembrance
  • The Royal Victorian Historical Society visit
  • Elizabeth O’Callaghan’s merit award
  • Guest speaker Carol Woods Ma, FRHSV
  • History in pictures

7. August

  • AGM reminder
  • Warrnambool City Council Community Grant application for shelving
  • RE organising after repairs to History House
  • Collection WARR - books on, by, about or having belonged to notable Warrnambool people. ANT for antiquarian, C for collections, L for Ledgers and FD for flat documents
  • Victorian Collections run down
  • WIAE/Deakin 50th anniversary

6. July

  • Donation of Standard newspapers
  • Warrnambool Community Development grant - New shelving
  • Donation of broadsheet Standard newspaper 24 March 1947 City’s centenary
  • AGM guest speaker - research on Vera Deakin daughter of Alfred Deakin

5. June

  • Visit from the de Kok family -lived in History House 1950s
  • Copies of The Standards 1970s-1990s
  • Visit Merrivale Primary School
  • Waiting repair to HH
  • Accolades for Silent Lives

4. May

  • HH repair work has begun
  • Life member Elizabeth O’Callaghan receiving Award of Merit Royal Historical Society of Victoria
  • Mayor paid a visit
  • National Trust Heritage Festival ‘The Way We Were’
  • Out & About

3. April

  • Western District Association of Historical Society Swan Hill attendance
  • Exhibition Jack’s Reloaded: Material as Memory - Melbourne Design Week
  • Australian Heritage Festival
  • Mawallock Open Garden
  • FJ Market

2. March

  • Victorian Collection award of a BrightSign box
  • Car crashed into north side of History House
  • ‘Boys are back in town’. Pioneer Board party
  • Geological Survey of Victoria 2018
  • Thomas Hamilton Tracy Osborne apron
  • The National Trust Heritage Festival April May

1. February

  • Pioneer Board return
  • Market stalls
  • Fletcher Jones ‘Plus 8 Man’
  • Archie Graham Centre events
  • Streets Ahead on sale again
  • Donation of photos Farnham Butter Factory Dennington

Bulletin 2018

9 November December

  • Special trip to Melbourne to visit the Pioneer Board
  • Family History Warrnambool cemetery
  • Christmas gift ideas
  • Picnic on the pool
  • Bulletin 2017

8 September

  • Silent Lives wins community History Award - Elizabeth O’Callaghan
  • Films for the future
  • Music boxes
  • Icons of Port Fairy

7 August

  • Jane Chislett
  • Bravo - Warrnambool and the Boer War - Elizabeth O’Callaghan
  • Foyle’s photo card Warrnambool lifeboat
  • Family reunion and book William Francis Brebner

6 July

  • William Ardlie solicitor - box of photographs
  • Gil Thomas pharmacist - lived top floor Ozone Coffee Palace Hotel
  • AGM

5 June

  • George Lance exhibition
  • Shipwreck hunters - Mahogany ship
  • Market on the move
  • Dr John Hunter Henderson top hats

4 May

  • Pioneer Board headed off to Melbourne
  • Silent Lives ladies cricket club
  • Special Development school visit
  • Ripening Sunbeams - George Lance
  • New book The ‘BOOL - Mark McNamara

3 April

  • Silent Lives launch
  • Western Victorian Association of Historical Societies
  • Sixty students from St Pius X Primary
  • Tommy Corrican
  • Pioneer Board project update
  • Michael Hand acquisitions
  • Family History seminar 

2 March

  • St Patrick’s Day fires
  • Worst recorded floods 1946
  • Dame Nellie Melba
  • Year 7 students from Emmanuel College
  • National Trust Heritage Festival
  • 100 years celebration 

1 January February

  • Monster Sale
  • Les O’Callaghan History House
  • Sunshine Historical Society
  • Bonnett and Levy Families
  • Toast to Melba - Lighthouse Theatre
  • Metal Cat registration
  • ABC recording talks



  • Printing Silent Lives
  • Membership - graphs


  • Our Victorian Collections cataloguing team win in Victorian Museums Awards late last month
  • West Warrnambool Primary School presenting sessions in both senior and junior sections of the school
  • War Heritage Roadshow,
  • tour of the Warrnambool to Port Fairy rail line
  • AGM
  • July
  • Pioneer Board $22,500.00 has been received from local philanthropic bodies
  • On Friday 14 July a morning tea and exhibition was held at the Lighthouse Theatre -- Warrnambool’s Dr Isabella Younger Ross
  • AGM


  • Conservation work done on the Pioneer Board.
  • Members of the Swinton family, visiting Warrnambool recently
  • Take Your Dog To Work Day.
  • In September 2017 it will be 40 years since the railway between Dennington, Koroit & Port Fairy was closed.
  • Booklets and the Pioneer Registers are available for purchase


  • W&DHS offers a special membership for district schools,
  • Travelled to Stawell Western Victorian Association of Historical Societies
  • Andrew Suggett has recently resigned
  • New Acquisitons: St John’s Presbyterian Church halls spectacular piece of work, built c. 1915


  • In late January the 100th anniversary of the first flight to Warrnambool
  • Basil Watson
  • Recent Acquisitions
  • Students from local schools are frequent visitors

Bulletin 2016


  • We are a little over midway through a three year process to achieve accreditation
  • Spring edition of our newsletter Warnimble.
  • Christmas party is being held at HeritageWorks



  • Glenys Phillpot stepped down from the position of president
  • Front of History House still resembles a bombsite,
  • Gas fired hydronic heating has been installed in History House


  • Shortlisted for a Victorian Collections Cataloguing Award
  • Jude Fraser,view our Pioneer Board
  • The community activities crew
  • Up Came a Squatter exploring Niel Black’s
  • Australian experience of World War One
  • Christopher Beattie,


  • Received the significance assessment report
  • Hydronic heating at History House.
  • Iron railing from around John Murray’s grave
  • The AGM date has been set for 25th September
  • Water Board rate books from the early 19th century to 1930’s
  • Researching Supporter of the Pall.


  • Warnimble journal packed full of information and interesting articles
  • WFHG and WDHS have applied for funding for heating in HH
  • Helpful Information for HeritageWorks volunteers.
  • Our come and try open day
  • The pioneer Board study is progressing well


  • 50th anniversary of the WDHS report
  • Work is continuing on the significance of the Pioneers Board
  • Research and collection management continue


  • Pioneer Board restoration!
  • James Affleck’s book For King and Country
  • Cultural Heritage Open Day
  • Peter Robertson
  • The first Historical Society began in 1935


  • Hearing History House
  • 50 Years celebration
  • Received donation photos David Ferguson
  • Quarry men and the Community Garden.