The historical collection, circa 1867 to 1969, is housed in the National Trust listed former Police Station and Cell complex.
It comprises of an extensive quantity of textiles, books, photography and documents, wooden, leather and metal objects and river boat, rail, economic and family memorabilia and objects, much of which dates from the earlier portion of the above era and portrays the lifestyle of Echuca's early residents.
Groups and students are welcome and a guide to the collection is available by appointment. Several of the members are very experienced researchers, addressing enquiries for research from the general public, and indexing local newspapers from C1850 on a day to day basis.
Research fee is $25 for first inquiry, $25 per hour thereafter. With over 5000 museum items and an extensive archival collection.
Over the past few years the premises and exhibits have been extensively renovated and rehousing for the extensive textile collection, dating back to 1850s. This is now on exhibition to the public as well as a pictorial exhibition of Riverboat Wrecks along the Murray River in the local district, which had previously not been documented for the public.
You can also see other items from the river boat days, settlement of the area, items relating to the coming of rail, logging the forests and much more. The museum contains information and photos relating to the pioneer residents and old buildings in the town.
The society also has a museum annexe at Echuca District Hospital, with an exhibit of early nursing and medical items. Open daily from 10am to 4pm and entry is free.
These items provide useful research material and provides in depth information which is not available elsewhere, to those needing readily available and accessible history, much of which is believed to be unique to the district.
Content: Echuca Historical Society Museum