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The Resource Centre holds an extensive collection of records, which relate to the original Shire of Newham and Woodend.   District names relating to this shire also include Ashbourne, Hesket, Campaspe and Rochford.

The following are some of the main items held at the Resource Centre.  The collection is continually growing as more records are deposited.   An on going program of detailed indexing has generated in excess of 2,000,000 entries based on these records.   This enables the researcher to gain instant access to any relevant material simply by typing in a name or other search word on a computer.   Newspapers can be read on a microfilm reader with some hard copies available.

If you live locally or are visiting our area we suggest that you visit the Centre in person.  Our volunteers will be happy to assist you and we may be able to arrange for you to visit local people or sites related to your search.   Although it is not necessary to make an appointment a letter or phone call to the Centre prior to your visit is always appreciated.

If you are from inter-state or from another country please put your request in writing.  A research request form can be printed out.   If it is a family history request please include copies of the information you already have.  This will prevent us simply sending you material you have already obtained.  Once we have received your request and research fee we will send you an initial printout of all references relating to your request. We will also establish a fully indexed family history folder relating to your request thus providing a secure back up for your material and assistance to other researchers in the future.

Our Resource Centre is operated by volunteers and its continuation and growth is dependent upon Search fees, donations and other fund raising efforts.

Was your ancestor buried in the Woodend Cemetery?   One of our volunteers, with assistance from members of the Heritage Society, has made a complete record of all Woodend burials.   This has been a huge undertaking (sorry about that!) as it links together detailed descriptions of monuments (if present), full transcriptions of inscriptions and the information recorded in the Cemetery record books.   Have a look at the Cemetery Index.  If you locate a name in this list that that interests you, print out a Research Request Form and return it with your search fee.   Please also indicate if you would like additional information about this family.

As a general rule we would prefer that you contact us by mail rather than e-mail.

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