Celebrating 80 years of Service in 2024

The Geelong Historical Society

investigating geelong’s history

Fostering research that explores Geelong’s rich history.

The Geelong Historical Society was founded in 1944, and is dedicated to fostering and presenting historical research, and collaborating with exhibitions and public programs, to highlight the historical significance of Geelong and District.

For further information, please see our current Lecture Syllabus in Lectures.

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Investigating our past to enrich our future

80 Years of Research and Publishing

The following series of articles were compiled by Daryl Wight in 2023. They are short, pithy articles drawn from the pages of the Geelong Chronicle during 1863. These articles provide the reader with a glimpse into the everyday life of our town 161 years ago. His series was originally published in the Geelong Independent and we will be republishing a selection of three each fortnight. The first three are free for all users to read but the subsequent articles will only be available from the Members’ Section.

Articles exploring the Geelong of 1863



From the pages of the Geelong Chronicle: ALL SAINTS CHURCH, NEWTOWN All Saints Church, on the corner of Noble and Talbot Streets, Newtown, was opened …


ANCIENT ORDER OF FORESTERS. It was a big year for the Ancient Order of Foresters in Geelong in 1863. Three new branches (called Courts) were …
1863 - Archery missed the bullseye

1863 – Archery missed the bullseye

ARCHERY – No bullseye in Geelong. There were several attempts to establish an Archery Club in Geelong in the early 1860s. In October 1861, John …

We publish the Investigator magazine four times a year. It is distributed to financial members as part of their $35 annual subscription. Past issues can also be purchased for $10, per set of 4, for the years 1976-2021. You can read extracts from the magazine by clicking the links below or become a member to subscribe.

Exploring what we stand for

Our Objectives

Holding Monthly Meetings with a Lecture or guest speaker
Holding Annual General Meetings and Quarterly Executive Committee Meetings
Publishing of the quarterly Investigator magazine
Excursions held in Spring and Autumn
Publishing Books and Pamphlets
Providing information on Geelong and District history
Commemorating historical sites with memorials or plaques
Collecting and preserving historical documents and artefacts
Assisting in the preservation of historical buildings and structures

We Acknowledge the Wadawurrung People, the Traditional Owners of the Land upon which we live.