Welcome to the East Gippsland Historical Society
Founded in 1964 the East Gippsland Historical Society has been operating at it's Macarthur Street premises since 1972. The Society aims to display and preserve local artifacts pertinent to Bairnsdale and surrounding districts, and endeavours to provide a community resource for local history.
The Society is run totally by volunteers. We rely on funds from membership fees, fundraising projects, sales of books and calendars, donations and grants, which assists in maintaining and developing the centre.
The resources that have been collected are quite comprehensive, with over 80,000 photographs, information about many prominent local families, East Gippsland newspapers on microfilm, an extensive library of local history books, a collection of historical maps, and an archive of many records from local institutions. There are also a number of members who have had long term connections to the history of the district and are able to provide an excellent recall about people, places and events that have occurred. The main aims and objectives of the East Gippsland Historical Society Inc are the preservation of the unique history of Bairnsdale and surrounding areas. The items on display and the contents of the research archives are preserved for the use and enjoyment of the community.
Bairnsdale Cemetery Walks
With the success of our cemetery walks over the past twelve months, we will offer our next walk on Saturday 25th February at 4.00pm.
This cemetery walk focuses on people who had connections to the lakes and waterways of East Gippsland. Whether connected with shipping and transport on the lakes or having met a tragic end in one of the district’s waterways, this tour promises to give some interesting details on the history of Gippsland Lakes and rivers, and the people who lived and worked on or near them.
Local historians will lead the walk, visiting graves that provide a fascinating glimpse into some of East Gippsland's early residents. The walk will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours, with refreshments served at the conclusion. There is a limit of 40 participants so contact the museum to secure your place.
Cost: $10.00 per adult and $5.00 per child (5-12 years). An information flyer is provided to all participants.