2024 Lecture Series

Our Lecture Series are held, at 7:30pm on the first Wednesday on the month from February through to December, at the Virginia Todd Community Centre, 9 Clarence Street, Geelong West 3218.

We welcome both our society’s members and the general public. They are free events and a supper is provided at the conclusion of the evening.

The 2024 Lecture Schedule

February 7

Alan McLeanThe Fiji shipwreck disaster at Moonlight Head in 1891

March 6

Harry RobertsDiscover the story behind Geelong’s first Customs House

April 3

Deb RobinsonOld Geelong Gaol

Please note: This meeting was held at the Old Geelong Gaol, 202 Myers St, Geelong VIC 3220

May 1

Dr Roslyn OtzenThe last of the Bengalat of the Wadawurrung of the Bellarine Peninsula

Please note: This meeting was also our Annual General Meeting
June 5

Harry Roberts (2024 President) Future vision for the Geelong Historical Society

July 3

Phoebe WilkensGeelong Stories from a researcher behind SBS Australia’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

August 7

GHC Staff – The GEELONG HERITAGE CENTRE- special access evening and talk. Be there at 7pm for a 7:15 start.

Please note: This meeting will be held at the Geelong Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220

September 4

Andrew Caddy – Customs and Border Force links with Geelong.

October 2

Tony JoelLine & Length the story of the Geelong Cricket Club 1840 to the present.

November 6

Bart Ziino – The Red Cross in Geelong during World War One.

December 4

80 Years Celebration.

View of Yarra Street Geelong 1857
Yarra Street Geelong 1857. National Library.

Read the reviews of our 2024 Lectures

Find the reviews of completed lectures here or under the Lectures Menu.

Our Past Lecture Schedule


1st February        Daryl Wight – The Timms family of Pine Villa and Mount Hesse

1st March        Slides of Old Geelong

3rd May        Cheryl Scott – History of Osborne House

5th April         Annual General Meeting – Dr Peter Mansfield OAM – Geelong Vietnam Veterans’ Association

7th June        Roger Southern – From Bakery to Cinema

5th July     Lana Capon – Old Geelong Movies

2nd August      Daryl Wight – Eastern Cemetery Ramble (illustrated)

6th September      Bruce Gooley – Geelong Steam Ferries and their Owners

4th October     Harry Roberts – Latest Research

1st November  Harry Roberts – The Austin Clock

6th December  Christmas ‘Show and Tell’


2nd February   Dr Peter Mansfield OAM – Research undertaken during lock-down

2nd March       Daryl Wight – Geelong and Western Hunt Club

6 April   Annual General Meeting    Dr Peter Mansfield OAM – Geelong’s popularly-elected Mayors (Fagg and Lyons)

4th May   Daryl Wight – Corio Chronicle and Western District Advertiser

1st June   Roger Southern – The Embroidered Silk Scarves from Cairo

6th July  Dr Justin Corfield – the Malayan Campaign and Fall of Singapore (with several Geelong references)

3rd August  Daryl Wight – Two very early Geelong schools: Mrs Garrow’s Seminary for Girls and Mr Grove’s Academy for Boys

7th September  Members’ night

5th October  Dr Peter Mansfield OAM – Latest research

2nd November  Cheryl Scott – WWI Nurses at Osborne House

7th December  Christmas ‘Show and Tell’

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