The History Centre has an extensive reference library and members are on hand to assist with research inquiries.

Our research officers are available to assist with information relating to the historyof Lakes Entrance and surrounding areas, including:

  • Lake Tyers
  • Lake Bunga
  • Kalimna
  • Metung
  • Johnsonville
  • Swan Reach
  • Bruthen
  • Nicholson
  • Nowa Nowa
  • Nungurner

Our collection includes...

Information on exploration, shipwrecks, early settlers, schools, churches, tourism and businesses.

The history of key industries such as commercial fishing, timber harvesting, oil exploration and transport (shipping and road) are available, also the story of tourism and the guest house era.

Our archives on the Lakes Entrance region and Gippsland Lakes inc

  • Rate records to 1945
  • Detailed school records
  • Local public records and documents
  • A large collection of photographs
  • Early maps
  • Records on events of significance
  • Local newspapers
  • Cemetery records

Research Fees

Research Fee $25.00 per hour
Photocopies of documents from 50 cents per page
Copies of photographs by arrangement
Click below to download the Research Request Form

0466 980 166


Tuesday: 10.00 – 12.00 noon
Saturday 1.30 – 4.00pm
Open other times by arrangement.
Special groups catered for.
Admission: Gold coin donation.