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History

Located in the old Courthouse, 77 Oke Street Ouyen

Open each Friday, 9.30am - 4.00pm or by appointment.

Closed Public Holidays and Christmas

 

 

NOTE: When planning to visit the Centre it is recommended you contact the Centre to ensure volunteers are available to assist.

 

Established in 1984 as part of Victoria’s 150th Celebrations, the Centre houses a collection of photographs, newspapers, books, maps, oral history, local records, genealogical records and ephemera relating to the southern part of the Mildura Rural City Council (formerly the Shire of Walpeup.)

 

Early townships in the area included Baring, Boinka, Bronzewing, Carina, Cowangie, Danyo, Galah, Gypsum, Kiamal, Linga, Murrayville, Nunga, Ouyen, Panitya, Tiega, Torrita (Nyang), Trinita, Tutye, Underbool and Walpeup.

 

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

 

This is a voluntary organisation and donations will be gratefully accepted.

 

Research fees are $15.00 for the first hour of research and $10.00 for each additional hour.

 

 

 

Annual Membership $10.00

Member of:

 Royal Historical Society of Victoria
Western Victorian Association of Historical Societies

Genealogical Society of Victoria


TO CONTACT US:

OUYEN DISTRICT HISTORY &
GENEALOGY CENTRE
PO BOX 131
OUYEN VIC 3490 

 

PHONE: (03) 5092 1763
EMAIL:
history@ouyen.vic.au

 

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/pages/Ouyen-District-History-Genealogy-Centre

 

 


 

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.

 

ISBN: 0-7316-4011- X

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

 

ISBN: 0-9579336-0-6

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

TAYLOR, Phil
Karkarooc: A Mallee Shire History, 1896-1995.
Warracknabeal, Yarriambiack Shire Council, 1996.

ISBN: 0-646-27641-7

 

TORPEY, Doris

The Way It Was

A Collection of articles from the Argus newspaper from 1910-1948

The Sunnylands Press, 1986.
ISBN: 1- 86252-461-0

 

UNDERBOOL CENTENARY BOOK COMMITTEE

Embracing Our Mallee Heritage 1911-2011, A Centenary Celebration of Underbool & District

Mallee Printers

 ISBN: 978-0-646-56240-7

 

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

 

WHO WERE THEY?

The naming of Ouyen’s Streets and Parks, Compiled by Merle Pole

The Sunnyland Press, 2006

ISBN: 0-6464674-9-2

 


NEWSPAPERS:
The Ouyen Mail –(digitised on Trove 1915-1918)
Ouyen & North West Express –(digitized on Trove 1918)

 

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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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Photos

 Courthouse PlayCourthouse Play

The re-enactment of a 1914 Court Case, in October 2014, marked these two milestones:

The Centenary of the Ouyen Courthouse 

30 years of volunteering 1984-2014 

Anzac Exhibition 2015Anzac Exhibition 2015

The Anzac Tribute Exhibition opened at the Ouyen Courthouse on Anzac Day 2015.

The Ouyen and District First World War Exhibition is open to the Public on Fridays or by appointment.

 


Books for Sale

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.

 

 $40.00

 

 A Mallee Album                             

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

 $20.00

 A Mallee AlbumA 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 Secondary 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 SchoolsWhat Happened To All The Schools

 

Please add $7.00 postage and packaging, if required.

 

 

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    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.

 

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.