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Court House
 

Located in the old Courthouse, 77 Oke Street Ouyen

Open each Friday, 9.30a.m. -4.00p.m. or by appointment.

Closed Public Holidays and Christmas

Established in 1984 as part of Victoria's 150th  Celebrations, the Centre houses a collection of photographs, newspapers, books, maps, oral history recordings, local records, genealogical records and ephemera relating to the former shire of Walpeup, now the southern part of the Mildura Rural City Council.

The Centre is operated by volunteers who can provide assistance with accessing the collection.

As a voluntary organisation we will gratefully accept donations. 

Our research fee is $15.00 for the first hour and $10.00 per additional hour.

Annual Membership $15.00

Member of Royal Historical Society of Victoria
Member of Western Victorian Association of Historical Societies

TO CONTACT US:

PHONE: (03) 5092 1763
FAX: (03) 5092 1017
EMAIL: history@ouyen.vic.au
OUYEN DISTRICT HISTORY &
GENEALOGY CENTRE
PO BOX 131
OUYEN VIC 3490 

References

Useful Sources of information on the history of the former Shire of Walpeup and the Victorian Mallee.

BLACKERS, M. AND MacMILLAN, L
Mallee conservation in Victoria.  Melb., Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology, 1988.

HENSHALL HANSEN ASSOCIATES
Study of small towns in Victoria. Rev. ed. Fitzroy, Vic, 1990.

KENYON, A.S.
The story of the Mallee; a history of the Victorian Mallee
read before the Historical Society of Victoria, 18 March 1912.
Reprinted by Wilkie & Co. Clayton, 1982.

LAND CONSERVATION COUNCIL OF VICTORIA
Report on the Mallee study area. Melb., LCC, 1974.

LAND CONSERVATION COUNCIL OF VICTORIA
Report on the Mallee study area. Melb., LCC, 1987

LINDNER, Jocelyn, comp.
Kow Plains and beyond, 1849-1988. [Cowangie], Cowangie
Tutye Boinka Back-to Commitee, 1988.

LINDNER, Jocelyn, comp.
Kow Plains revisited, 1849-2001. [Cowangie], Kow Plains
Homestead Commitee of Management, 2001.

LINDNER, Jocelyn, comp.
Murrayville 1910-2007.
A History of Murrayville & District.

TAYLOR, Phil
Karkaroc: a mallee shire history, 1896-1995.
Warracknabeal, Yarriambiack Shire Council, 1996.

Van VELHUISEN, Rhonda
Pipe dreams: a history of water supplying the Wimmera-Mallee.
Horsham, Wimmera Mallee Water, 2001.

NEWSPAPERS:
Ouyen Mail
North West Express

                                                                                                               

Current Research

Research assistance can be provided on request.

Our research fee is $15.00 for the first hour and $10.00 per additional hour.


The Centenary book, 'Mallee Roots to Vanilla Slices' is now complete. The book launch took place at the Vanilla Slice Triumph, as part of Ouyen's Centenary celebrations in 2009. The Centenary Book Sub Commitee of Ouyen Inc. is fortunate to have had the services of writer Hugh Carroll, who spent his formative years in Ouyen, to assist with this project.

The Ouyen District History & Genealogy Centre would like to thank all those who have assisted in the publication of the Centenary book.

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25th Anniversary

Doris Torpey, Life Member and First President of the Local History Resource Centre (LHRC) lights the 25th Anniversary candle. Watching on is Helena Cattanach the first secretary of the Mallee Genealogical Society (MGS). On Vanilla Slice Triumph Day, held in Ouyen on 3rd September 2010, the Centre celebrated 25 years since the inception of the LHRC in 1984 and the beginning of the MGS in 1985. These two groups amamlgamated in 2006. 

VISITORS

ODHGC Volunteers and Visitors (centre right)

Historian and author Len Kenna who has been researching Indians in Victoria visited the Centre recently and was excited to discover rare photographs. Copies of these photographs are now part of an International exhibition in conjunction with the return of Indian Hawker Pooran Singh's ashes to India with Indian cricket star Kapil Dev. For full story see The Age Saturday July 24th.

                                                                                                               

Forthcoming Events


ODHGC Annual Meeting.

August each year

Centenary of the Township Of
Ouyen 2009

Ouyen was gazetted as a town in 1909.  Ouyen celebrated it's centenary throughout 2009 with various activities. More information can be found on the Ouyen Centenary Website.

                                                                                                               

Publications

Mallee Roots to Vanilla Slices 

Celebrating the Centenary of Ouyen 1909-2009.

Written by Hugh Caroll.

Foreword by Jeff Kennett.

Officially launched at the Ouyen Vanilla Slice Triumph, Friday Sept. 4 2009.

Centenary Book Order Form

 $40.00  Front Cover of Book

The Way it Was                             
Compiled by Doris Torpey, Red Cliffs, Sunnylands Press, 1986. 

A collection of articles from the Argus Newspaper for the years 1910 - 1949.

 

SOLD

OUT. 

 The Way It Was

 A Mallee Album                             

Local History Resource Centre
Mildura, T & V James, 1988.
A collection of Photographs from
the LHRC collection.

 $20.00
 A Mallee Album

 What Happened to all the Schools?
Revised Edition
Ouyen, Local History Resource Centre, 1989.


Original edition was compiled in 1981 by Trevor Monk and the
Year 11 typing students of the
Ouyen High School (now Ouyen P-12 College).


This publication examines the
history of the small rural primary schools whose students went on to  further their education at the
Ouyen High School.

  $6.00

 What Happened To All The Schools

 Who Were They?...                         

The naming of Ouyen's Streets and Parks.

Compiled by Merle Pole.

 

SOLD

OUT. 


 Who Were They

Please add $7.00 postage and packaging, if required.

Centenary Book Order Form (Opens in a new tab/window). 

                                                                                                             

Directory of Related Links

Links to other useful sites.

Mildura Rural City Council

For information relating to our municipality.

Western Victorian Association of Historical Societies

Provides links to other Historical Societies in Western Victoria.

Kow Plains Homestead

The earliest building of its type in our area.

Millewa Community Pioneer Forrest and Historical Society

A visual, hands-on display of early Millewa District History
and lifestyle.

Australian Museums and Galleries Online

Lists locations and information about museums and art galleries.

Ballarat Genealogy

A listing of historical and genealogical societies.

Ouyen Centenary

A Website dedicated for the Ouyen Centenary Celebrations in 2009.

Vicnet

Provides links to Victorian Information.

The Ouyen District History & Genealogy Centre would like to acknowledge and thank Donald Willox for publishing and administering this web page.

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