Our collection

Our collection includes local photographs, cemetery records, war grave photographs, family history records, parish maps, business ledgers, pastoral properties, as well as sporting, church and school records.

Records held by the Macarthur Historical Society

Business Houses

  • Some photos
  • Four Towns and a Survey by Noel F Learmonth
  • Register of customers of John McInnes, bootmaker
  • Records of customers of Mrs. Bramke/Fahey, dressmaker
  • Stephenson’s ledger, garage proprietor
  • Invoices/Statements, Calendars from some shops

Butter Factory

  • File of data collected, including newspaper report of opening
  • Award Certificates for entries at Royal Melbourne Show
  • Artifacts from the factory and relating to the industry


  • Transcripts of Headstones at Macarthur Cemetery 2001
  • Register of known burials
  • Biographical notes of most persons
  • Register of inquests held at Macarthur
  • Some headstone photos


  • Bob Trigger, Valerie Gleeson, Les Broadwood


  • Photos
  • Roman Catholic – History
  • Presbyterian – Jubilee Booklet
  • Church of England – Booklet on history

Family Histories

  • Published history of a number of Macarthur district families
  • Data folder of research letters relating to former residents


  • Yambuk, Byaduk, Bessiebelle, Branxholme


  • Register of travelers
  • Photos

Mechanics Hall

  • Original correspondence by J.L. Huntley
  • Photos
  • Newspaper cuttings relating to Architects drawing of Hall

Macarthur Hospital

  • Ladies Auxiliary
  • Community Progress Association
  • Births at Macarthur


  • Parish maps of surrounding areas showing first crown grant title holders names

Newspaper clippings

  • Death and cemetery notices from 1988
  • Newspaper reports relating to Macarthur 1988 onwards. Some older.
  • Articles from the Hamilton Spectator and Warrnambool Standard 1960’s
  • 1946 floods coverage
  • Extracts by Vera Risk from the Western Agriculturist
  • Extracts from the Hamilton Spectator – Early Intelligence
  • Births, Deaths & Marriages from newspapers by Vera Risk

Minute Books for Sporting and Other Clubs

  • Macarthur Racing Club
  • Mt Eccles & Macarthur Pastoral & Agricultural Society
  • Girl Guides


  • List of known Police stationed at Macarthur
  • Architects drawing of the Court House


  • Ardonachie – Early Schools at Mt Eccles by James L O’Shea
  • Deep Creek
  • Knebsworth
  • Macarthur – some Pupils registers
  • Several booklets – 100 years, 125 years.
  • Survey Maps showing sites of most district schools
  • Some photographs of buildings
  • Photographs of pupils – various
  • Eumeralla School photo

Past residents

  • Some photos
  • File folder containing lists of residents at various dates taken from various sources
  • List of depositors who registered their signature at the National Bank 1874 – 1962.
  • Street Numbers and residents list


  • Some Labor Party records, Liberal Party Branch records

Soldier Settlement

  • Comprehensive files of land division and settlement 1940’s and 1950’s.

Minutes / ledgers

  • Some Minute books of organizations now defunct.
  • Several Ledgers.

Shire of Minhamite

  • From Forest Swamp and Stones – A history of the Shire of Minhamite by P L Yule.
  • Newspaper cuttings relating to.
  • Rate assessment book.
  • Engineers correspondence book.

Station Properties

  • File folder of data
  • Photos of most large homesteads
  • Subdivision maps and some reports of purchases

Expanding our collection

We are dedicated to  preserving our history

What do we collect?

We collect items relating to Macarthur and District from the time of European settlement to the present day. Items include maps, books, documents, photos, newspapers, journals, ledgers, memorabilia and bric-a-brac.

Items are collected by donation, exchange or transfer with other museums, or bequests.  

Donating items
  • All donations are to be approved by the Acquisition committee.
  • The Committee considers relevance, condition, documentation, storage and display.
  • Duplicate items will only be considered if of superior quality.
  • We do not accept conditional donations, or permanent or long- term loans.
  • We cannot accept large agricultural implements.
  • The Committee reserves the right to de-accession items.