has a rich history for a town that has only been settled for
some 160 years.
Even before famed explorers
Baudin and Mitchell found their separate ways to the district,
the area had been well populated by the Gunditjmara people
for millennia and was probably visited by the Portuguese
centuries ago in what locals call the Mahogany Ship, said
to be buried in the sands just west of Warrnambool.
All of that aside, since the
first land sales were promoted in 1847, Warrnambool has grown
to be Victoria’s fifth largest city. Settlers came
here from all parts of the UK and Ireland, from Europe, especially
Germany and Holland, and parts of the Mediterranean.
Warrnambool & District
Historical Societies is a collection of voluntary groups
dedicated to preserving and honouring the record of settlement
and progress of so many people in such a short time. Theirs
is the responsibility of much of the early archives of the
The society holds weekly working
bees at their temporary headquarters at the curator’s
cottage of the Old Baths, just below the RSL at Cannon Hill.
The society is in good hands
but could do with a few extra helpers for the mammoth task
of keeping intact and in one place the many records that
chronicle the speed and spread of settlement in the district.
If you can help, and any help
is appreciated, contact Les and Elizabeth O’Callaghan.
Address: Warrnambool 3280