GISBORNE AND MOUNT MACEDON FAMILY AND LOCAL HISTORY RESOURCE CENTRE

The Gisborne & Mount Macedon Districts Historical Society’s collection, covers the localities of  Cabbage Tree; Couangalt; South Gisborne; Gisborne; New Gisborne; Bullengarook; Macedon; Mount Macedon; Barringo; Cherokee; Hesket; Kerrie; Riddells Creek.

A dedicated group of volunteer members of the Historical Society meets on Wednesdays to assist with the accessioning, conservation, filing and indexing of the collection, to assist visitors to the Court House and to attend to research enquiries received.

The beautifully restored, 1858 Gisborne Court House, home of Gisborne and Mount Macedon Districts Historical Society is open to the public each Wednesday from 10 am to 4 pm, when volunteers are in attendance to assist with family and local history research enquiries. The Family and Local History Resource Centre at the Court House may be opened at other times by appointment.

At times when the research room is unattended, telephone messages may be left on our answering machine, on:
03  5428 1450
fax messages on:
03  5428 1534
or email to:
history@gisbornemountmacedon.org.au

We will endeavour to attend to these requests on the Wednesday following receipt of the messages.

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AIMS OF THE SOCIETY


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o foster and encourage the collection, conservation and study of local and family history.

To share information from the collection, with students, historians and researchers.

To acquire and preserve all such objects and documents as may be considered by the Society, to have relevance to local heritage.

To promote interchange of information among members and local residents, by participating in excursions, lectures, discussions and exhibitions.

To publish books and journals containing information relating to the heritage of this district.

 

MACEDON RANGES HERITAGE COUNCIL

In 1995, Gisborne and Mount Macedon Districts Historical Society invited all Heritage, Historical and Genealogical groups within the Macedon Ranges Shire to meet with the intention of forming a Heritage Council to liaise as a single body with Shire Administration and be a forum for the exchange of ideas.

The first meeting on April 8th 1995 was attended by representatives of Gisborne Genealogical Society, Kyneton Historical Society, Kyneton Museum, Malmsbury Historical Society, Romsey & Lancefield Historical Society, Woodend Heritage Society and Gisborne & Mount Macedon Districts Historical Society.

The meeting which was held at Woodend and was chaired by the Chairman of State Council of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, agreed to meet again in May to formalise the Macedon Ranges Heritage Council, draw up aims and objectives and elect office Bearers.

At the meeting that followed on May 22nd it was agreed that the aim of the Heritage Council was to be a representative body, whilst still retaining the individuality of representative groups within the Macedon Ranges Shire. The objectives were to foster communication between the Societies, to provide an avenue for the sharing of ideas and expertise and to provide a focal point for the Macedon Ranges Shire.

The Heritage Council continues to meet five times per year with each member Society hosting a meeting on a rotating basis.

In 2001, the Macedon Ranges Branch of National Trust, Victoria began taking an active role in our meetings. Following preliminary discussions with the Macedon Ranges Shire, it was agreed that the Heritage Council would begin regular meetings to be attended by the Shire’s C E O, Planning Officer and Heritage Adviser, with a view to discussions on heritage matters, within the Macedon Ranges.

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