The Geelong Heritage Centre is Victoria's largest regional archive and history resource facility. The Centre provides public access to collection records for family history research, legal administrative recall, establishing citizen's rights and entitlements, cultural enjoyment and historical display purposes.
The archive collection embraces the histories of locations in the City of Greater Geelong , Surf Coast and Golden Plains Shires, dating from 1838.
The Centre has an extensive local and family history collection that includes council records, newspapers, reference works, maps and plans, photographs and oral histories. The Centre provides assistance and guidance to members of the general public in family, local history and school projects.
The Centre has exhibitions of collection material for free public viewing all year round , and most of these displays are developed to enhance understanding of significant historic events, and/or celebrate anniversaries of major 'milestones' in Geelong and local district history.
The Centre is located in the Cultural Precinct of Geelong and has a management committee with representatives from the municipalities of City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast and Golden Plains, the Geelong Historical Society and the National Council of Women.
The Centre collection consists of approximately 2 km of shelved archived material including over 40,000 images and more than 30km of microfilm. The Centre has a permanent staff of three, supported by a team of dedicated volunteers who help in a variety of ways.
In 2011, the Centre received over 7000 visitor and client inquiries. The local community, as well as visitors from Melbourne and regional Victoria, interstate and international tourists have discovered amazing information about their ancestors who have lived, worked or travelled through the Geelong and surrounding region in the past.
Visit online via the Centre's web page and access to the new historic image library is attached to it .