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Local history collection

The library’s Heritage Room has historical displays, family history resources and an extensive local history collection about Swan Hill and its surrounding areas.

The local history collection includes the Mallee Oral History collection, photographs, books, documents and newspapers available to use within the library.

Newspapers available for viewing on microfilm include:

  • The Guardian (late 1880s – 1965)
  • Kerang Times and Swan Hill Gazette (1877 – 1890)
  • Mid Murray Illustrated (1964)
  • Nyah and Piangil Times (1924 – 1942)
  • Riverina Recorder (1869 – 1884)
  • Riverine Herald (1898 – 1938)
  • Swan Hill News Pictorial (1965 – 1967)
  • Ultima and Chillingollah Star (1915 – 1951)

The microfiche collection includes old rate books from 1863 to 1962.

On display in the Heritage Room are framed photos, replica medals and information of men from the region who served in various wars. These items were kindly provided by Bruce Clare.

Swan Hill Library accepts donations of suitable items of our local history for its collection. Conditions apply.

Swan Hill Genealogical and Historical Society

Based in the Swan Hill Library, the Swan Hill Genealogical and Historical Society have a wide range of family history and local history resources.

Society members are happy to assist you with local and family history research and enquiries.

Members are on duty
Tuesdays 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
Wednesdays 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
Thursdays 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.

Non-members must pay a small fee for research assistance and use of the society’s resources in person.

A minimum fee of $10, plus any costs (such as photocopying, postage) is charged to non-members for written research enquiries by the society.

For more information contact
Swan Hill Genealogical and Historical Society Inc.
Phone: (03) 5036 2472 (during hours above)
After hours contact: Betty Jenvey (03) 5032 9405 or Shirley Durden (03) 5033 0336
Email: shghso@hotmail.com
Website: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~shghs/
Post: PO Box 1232, Swan Hill Vic. 3585

Mallee Oral History Group

Mallee Oral History Group volunteers have recorded interviews with more than 160 residents telling their stories and stories of the district.

The oral histories are available for loan in audio or printed format, thanks to the many hours volunteer Val Tillett has spent transcribing the interviews.

Copies are also kept in the local history collection.

Some of the local residents whose interviews are in the collection include:

  • Maise Baker
  • Norm Dowling
  • Jim Ferguson
  • Ada Gay
  • Jack Howley
  • Harry Jager
  • Salva Marotta
  • Eileen Watson
For more information contact
Mrs Alison Bennett
Phone: (03) 5039 2242.