Formed as the Nunawading Historical Society in 1965, early initiatives included the collection and display of historical items following the restoration of Schwerkolt Cottage and the development of the Museum Complex.

Mission Statement: To foster historical interest and knowledge; to collect, document, research, preserve and exhibit items that show how people have lived and worked in the development of the Whitehorse area from human settlement to the present day.

Its scope is the suburbs of Blackburn, Blackburn North, Blackburn South, Burwood East, Forest Hill, Mitcham, Nunawading, Vermont and Vermont South.

Collections include items relating to domestic and social life, education, pioneer families, rural industries, local families and identities, community infrastructure, manufacturing industries and institutions.

The Whitehorse Historical Society owns and manages the Collection. The Whitehorse City Council manages the site and owns the buildings.


The Whitehorse Historical Society local history collection and place of deposit is open
10:00 am - 3:00 pm on Wednesdays.

Visitors are most welcome.

Contact us on 9873 4946 for information

Schwerkolt Cottage & Museum Complex is open Saturday, Sunday & public holidays 2 - 5 pm.