Open 10:00–3:00, or by appointment


The types of assistance that we can provide include Family, House, Club, and Business Histories. We can also supply digital copies of photographs in our collection.

Individuals with family and local history enquiries should also look at the list of resources on this website. There are many useful on-line sources of information. In particular, we have access to

Original research is undertaken for articles published in our newsletters and for presentation at meetings on local topics.

We undertake simple queries without charge, however if your query is more complex, our volunteers can search the collection and online resources for you on a fee-for service basis.

The cost of these research enquiries for private individuals is calculated at $25 per hour or part thereof. Research can be emailed or posted to you. There may be additional costs for printing and postage. The cost for research for commercial use is by negotiation. There is a discount for research undertaken for our Members.

Alternatively, you can join us when we are open and we can assist you to access the collection.

Our researchers are volunteers, and all research fees received are used for ongoing care and development of the collection.

The current Cities of Boroondara and Whitehorse lie within the clan territory of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, members of the Kulin nation. Their pattern of settlement responded to the changing seasonal availability of plants and animals. The Wurundjeri spent the summer months along the banks of the Yarra. Here they made use of abundant food, hunted animals and trapped the plentiful fish available. During the winter months they moved to higher ground on the fringes of the Dandenongs for more shelter. In this area the creeks were intermittent, which mitigated against permanent settlement. Large clan celebrations and corroborees are said to have taken place on the high land now occupied by Beckett Park.

For further information regarding Wurundjeri cultural heritage contact


Monday 10.00am – 3.00 pm
(excluding Public Holidays)
Or by appointment

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190A Canterbury Road
Canterbury, Vic 3126

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190A Canterbury Road,
Canterbury, Vic 3126

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The Surrey Hills Historical Society acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin nation as the Traditional Owners and original custodians of the land on which we meet. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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