Anglesea and District Historical Society

Surf Coast Family History Group

New 15 Sep 2021: Meetings, Journal 81.

Free Ancestry at SLV and Geelong
During the coronavirus situation, the State Library of Victoria (SLV) is making Ancestry access from home free for SLV members. You can easily become an SLV member (free) via their website:
The Geelong Library also has the Ancestry Library Edition free online for a limited time:

Family Files Project
Our project in conjunction with the Historical Society to store our published information about early district families in a genealogical database is well under way. Data entry for Stage 1 is complete, and proofreading almost complete. We expect to have a preliminary demonstration and training database available shortly.

Our associated hard-copy Family File which gathers further documentation on local families is also constantly being added to. Any contributions you can make about your own family or others would be warmly welcomed.

Geelong Library Sessions The Geelong Library regularly runs sessions around its various branches of interest to family historians. Sessions. Then set Event Type to "Heritage".

More News
You can find more family history news in the News section of the latest edition of our journal, the Inverlochy Log.


Welcome to the Surf Coast Family History Group web pages. Whether you are a member of long standing, a new member, or someone who is just browsing, we hope that you will find these web pages useful. [ What's New ]

Our aim is to help our members research their family history. We are a non-profit organisation formed in 1999, staffed by volunteers, are an auspiced sub-group of the Anglesea and District Historical Society Inc, and a member society of the Genealogical Society of Victoria Inc. New members are very welcome, so if you would like to join our friendly group, please print out the Membership Form and post it to our Treasurer (see our address below), or just call in to one of our friendly monthly meetings.

We also offer the free Be Connected computer training sessions sponsored by the Australian Government (Sessions 1pm Tuesdays at History House - please phone Karl on 0412 619 219 to book in).


We meet on the second Thursday of every month except January at 10:00 am at Anglesea's History House (location below), with speakers on a variety of topics to suit the family historian. Please refer to our Meetings Programme. We'd be very interested to hear your story too, or your experiences with recording family history. Presentations or suggestions for presentations are very welcome: please contact our Programme Organiser, Susan Clarke (below).


We publish a quarterly journal, the Inverlochy Log, with articles related to local family history. All its issues can be searched and accessed on line. Perhaps you'd like to add your own family history to it - new contributions are very welcome: please contact our Editor, Pat Hughes (below).

Research Centre

Our library and research centre for members' use contains an extensive range of books, CD-ROMs, microfiche, and magazines, as well as Internet access. Experienced members are available to help beginners. Visitors are very welcome.

Opening Hours:
Currently by appointment, Tuesdays or Saturdays preferred.
Contacts: Susan Clarke 0438 070 560, Chris Guerow 0419 890 736, Gwen Morgan 5263-1865, Marilyn Robinson 5263-1338.

Research service:
Your queries about Anglesea and district's history, early families or houses are very welcome. If actual research is required, there is an up-front charge of $10 for up to an hour of our research, and then $10/hour after that if further research on the topic is requested. Written reports can be provided, possibly also with photographs if available.

The following catalogues of our library are PDF files (100-200 KB each) which you can search for key words, or download to your PC for off-line searching. Our extensive CD-ROM and Australian fiche catalogues are in preparation and will be added to this page as soon as they are ready.
[ Books ] [ Periodicals ] [ Fiche (Overseas) ]

Contact Us

Enquiries: Email us at:, or contact one of our Officebearers below.

Location: History House, 5a McMillan St, Anglesea, Victoria.
(Entrance 4 of the Anglesea Community Precinct. Melway map 514 (was 196) E7).

Office Bearers for 2020-2021:

Chairperson Jan Morris 0448 526 311
Vice-Chairperson Pat Hughes 0491 609 940
Secretary Susan Clarke 0438 070 560
Treasurer Christine Guerow 0419 890 736
Librarian Karl Jacklin 0412 619 219
Journal Editor Pat Hughes As above As above
Committee Member Peter Matthews 0402 158 828
Committee Member Gwen Morgan (03) 5263-1865  
Committee Member Marilyn Robinson (03) 5263-1338
Other Positions:      
Programme Organiser Susan Clarke As above As above
Website Peter Matthews As above As above

Postal Address: Surf Coast Family History Group Inc., PO Box 98, Anglesea, Vic 3230, Australia.



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