Stawell Historical Society Stawell Historical Society
Accredited by Museum Australia - 19 May 2002
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Early Stawell
Gold in Victoria
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Sir William Foster Stawell - click for a larger view Sir William Stawell
Did you know...
The Stawell Historical Society, in the Northern Grampians Shire, Victoria, Australia, is located in the original 1860 Pleasant Creek Court House, Longfield Street, Stawell (next door to the Stawell Visitor Centre).

Museum Hours

11.00 am to 4.00 pm Wednesday and Thursday

Open at other times by prior arrangement
Special arrangements are made for school and other groups

The Museum is not open on Christmas Day or New Year's Day

Research Department Hours

11.00 am to 4.00 pm Wednesday and Thursday

Contact Us

Stawell Historical Society Inc
P. O. Box 133
Stawell, Victoria,
Phone: (03) 5358 3789

Museum Displays

The Museum has many items and photographs of historical interest covering the Stawell area, and we regularly mount exhibitions about particular aspects of our history. Please contact us for details about our current exhibits.


We welcome donations of old photographs, cards, letters and other memorabilia relating to Stawell, Pleasant Creek and surrounding areas.


We produce a calendar each year featuring various photographs of Stawell and its history. Current copies are available for $5.00 (plus postage and handling of $2.00). Some copies from earlier years are still available - please enquire.


Membership of the Society is available at $12 for individuals or $20 for families. Please note that it is NOT necessary to become a member to use our research facilities. Contact us for further details.

Where is Stawell?

Stawell is located on the Western Highway approximately 240 km north-west of Melbourne (the Capital of Victoria, Australia). It is the western-most part of the Victorian Goldfields, alluvial gold having been discovered there, at 'Pleasant Creek', in 1853 and quartz gold, at 'The Reefs', in about 1856.

ARTA (Australian Registry of Tourism & Accomodation), set up by Wilkins Tourist Maps, has Stawell Maps to help you in finding us.

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