Warrnambool Family History Group Inc. (Affiliated with
Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc.)
Family History Group Inc. is based in Warrnambool.
Our Reference Library is at HeritageWorks, 2 Gilles Street,
Our website can be found at http://home.vicnet.net.au/~aigswbl/
We are open Mondays to Fridays from
10.00am to noon and 1.30 pm to 3.30pm; and weekends and other times by appointment. The Group staffs the Library on a volunteer roster at most times during these hours. For enquiries please call (03) 5561 0283. Special arrangements can sometimes
be made to open the Library for visitors from outside the Warrnambool
district, by writing to the address below and advising of the date and
time of your visit:
Area Administrator P O Box 731 Warrnambool VIC 3280
PLEASE NOTE: Until April 1, 2015, all mail should continue to be addressed to PO Box 607.
The Resources Collection of the Warrnambool
Family History Group Inc. is housed in the Reference
Library at HeritageWorks, but can only be accessed when the
Library is attended by a member of the Warrnambool Family
History Group Inc.
WARRNAMBOOL IS 35
At a Public Meeting held on 14 August, 1980, and attended by about 40 people, the Warrnambool Area of the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies was formed. Notable attendees on that evening included Don Grant, Angela Lawson, Don Lawson, Peter Bennett, Judy McDonald, and inaugural Area Administrator Marlene Meadley.
On Saturday 15 August, 2015, the Warrnambool Group is holding a 35th birthday Celebration Dinner.
Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Ray Welsford, Secretary, as for further information and/or to make a booking to attend.
A large range of local, Australian and overseas
resources comprises the collection of the Warrnambool Family
History Group Inc. and includes books, microfiche, microfilm
and CD-ROM records.
A large collection is held of:
burial registers and memorials Local funeral director Beattie and Phillips' records Church of England records for the Warrnambool and
Allansford churches Death notices from the 'Warrnambool Standard' and
'Hamilton Spectator.' All the pre 1900 Rate Books for the City of
Warrnambool and the Shire of Warrnambool A card file comprising some 17,000 cards on district
persons, which is continually being updated
All these are great sources of information. Most
Australian BDMs are available on microfiche, or CD-ROM covering
Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia. New CD-ROMS
are added, as they become available.
A 1984 copy of the IGI is held, but
1994 portions have been added for Australia, New Zealand and a number
of overseas countries or parts thereof.
Victorian Assisted and Unassisted
Shipping records and indexes are held and added to, as new records
become available. Current Tasmanian Shipping records are also in the
The Reference Library at HeritageWorks holds a huge collection of maritime books and material on the history of the Warrnambool Port and these are fully accessible by the Warrnambool Family History Group Inc.
The Museum's Library also contains an
extensive collection of Victorian Government Gazettes, which are a very
rich source of information for family historians.
The Warrnambool Family
History Group Inc. exchanges newsletters with a large number
of other Groups and Societies. These newsletters and journals are part
of the Resources Collection.
The Warrnambool Family
History Group Inc. meets on the second Wednesday of the month,
February to November inclusive, at TAFE, Kepler Street entrance,
Building F, entrance 4 - room WF305; at 7.30pm. (During school semester
breaks, the meeting will be moved elsewhere - as announced on our
website under 'Calendar of Events').
Please direct all membership enquiries, or forward
PO Box 731 (use Box 607 till April 1)
The Warrnambool Family
History Group Inc. provides a research service covering the
resources of the group, the Museum Reference Library and the
Warrnambool City Library. Requests for research should be addressed to:
Research Officer PO Box 731 (use Box 607 till April 1)
The Research Officer will then provide details of fees
and disbursements involved. No research will be performed until a
research fee has been received.
The Warrnambool Family
History Group Inc. publishes 10 issues per year of a monthly
newsletter, 'The South-West Genealogist,' from February to
November. The newsletter may be obtained by payment to:
The Treasurer PO Box 731 (use Box 607 till April 1) Warrnambool VIC 3280
The current subscription rate is $8.00
per annum. The Warrnambool Family History Group Inc.
welcomes the exchange of newsletter with other Groups and Societies, so
please contact the Area Administrator at the address above to arrange
The editor of the newsletter welcomes contributions for publication in 'The
South-west Genealogist.' Articles of interest to members may be
used, subject to availability of space.
Please send contributions to:
The Editor The South-West Genealogist PO Box 731 (use Box 607 till April 1) Warrnambool VIC 3280
The Death Notices from the
Warrnambool Standard Newspaper have been collected and indexed and are
fiche 1982 - 1992 and 1992 - 1996. This is an ongoing project
Your ancestors may be found in
selected death notices - up till 1990 - others are available but not
collated. These can
give information about four and even five generations of families
Beattie and Phillips, Funeral
Directors, Warrnambool, Burial information from 1865 - 1923. These have
been indexed and the Indexes are available for purchase on fiche
The Critchett Index of the
Warrnambool Examiner, 1853 - 1859 includes births, deaths and
marriages, as well as matters of local interest
The Cathcart Index of the
Warrnambool Examiner, Dec. 1857 - Dec. 1876 - Here you may be fortunate
to find a date
of death, an obituary or inquest. This Index also includes births
and marriages (indexed by groom and bride)
Monumental Inscriptions of
Warrnambool Cemetery, on hard copy, compiled by the Meadley Family up
We also have the fiche produced by the AIGS for this resource
The Meadley Family also compiled a
list of 'Foreign Births' at the Cemetery, and with their
permission Marie Boyce compiled the following:
English Burials at
Cemetery, 1855 to 1980 Irish Burials at Warrnambool Cemetery, 1855 to 1980 Scottish Burials at Warrnambool Cemetery, 1855 to 1980 Welsh Burials at Warrnambool Cemetery, 1855 to 1980 Births, Deaths, Marriages, Obituaries and Inquests
taken from the
Warrnambool Examiner Newspaper, 1853 - 1859, 1860 - 1862, 1863 to 1865
We hold four microfilms of the early Warrnambool
Examiner Newspaper - the rest are available at our City Library
Do not give up hope of finding
information about a local death, as many of our early settlers were
buried at the
Tower Hill Cemetery, and we do hold those records from c1857 -1980
Other Cemetery records held by
Warrnambool include Port Fairy 1869 - 1935, Terang 1891-1997,
1845 -1984. Information is available concerning
interments in the smaller cemeteries in the surrounding districts.
The Warrnambool Family History Group Inc.
conducts monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, except
for January and December. The meetings commence at 7.30pm.
The venue is TAFE,
Kepler Street entrance, Building F, entrance 4 - room WF305 The Area Administrator is Judy Miller
- Phone (03) 5566 3217
The meeting programs usually include a talk by a
speaker on a subject associated with Family History, Genealogy or a
related subject. Visitors are always most welcome.