Hamilton History Centre

The collection of the Hamilton History Centre

The Hamilton History Centre has an extensive collection of books, records and local historical documents. Our resources are open to the public for research in genealogy or local history. All visitors welcome. For location and operating hours please click here. For research services and fees please click here.

Looking towards Church Hill (taken from St Ronans), Hamilton, Victoria

Genealogy Resources

The Centre has a vast and diverse collection of resources for the family history researcher. These cover the local area as well as further afield. Many of these resources are not available online and the Hamilton History Centre offers a real opportunity for genealogists to break through a brick wall or find a piece of information they've long been searching for. The following resources are just some of what we offer at the Hamilton History Centre.

Local History Resources

At the Hamilton History Centre we have an extensive collection related to our local history. Collected and curated over the last 30 years, the collection covers Hamilton and district from early settlement up until recent times. These resources are in various forms and cover a huge range of topics.

Historical Photographs

Over many years, the Hamilton History Centre has gathered a remarkable collection of historic photos. These date from the 1860s to more recent times and cover a wide variety of subjects.

The photographs are presented in folders for easy perusal and there is a comprehensive index for both general and portrait making it easy to find what you are looking for.

Copies of the photos (either digital or paper) are available to purchase.


War Records

At the Centre, we have a large collection of wartime resources. These include published books and information files. The information files cover a wide and varied range of topics.

The information files cover:

  • Local soldier enlistments for the Boer War
  • Local soldier enlistments for WW1
  • Service Women for WW1,
  • WW2
  • Timor
  • The Land Army

There is a comprehensive collection of Hamilton Spectator articles about Hamilton and district WW1 AIF personnel from 1914 to 1919. The Hamilton area Honour Boards, Memorials etc. are also extensively covered. Booklets about WW2 and its impact on Hamilton are available, as well as other wartime related information.


Births, deaths and marriages

We have a collection of the Hamilton Spectator's birth death and marriage notices from 1859 to 1925 and the Portland Guardian's from 1842 to 1915. An index of the Hamilton Hospital Register of Deaths 1877 to 1938 is also available to search.

School registers

Our collection contains transcripts of school registers, both from Hamilton and outlying towns. For a list of these please click here. We also have copies of old school magazines.

Other records

We also have "Crimes, Courts and Inquests in Hamilton and the Surrounding Area 1842 - 1892, a compilation from newspapers of the time; the Hamilton Almanac 1874 to 1925; a selection of old local phone books and the Wannon electoral roll books 1914 to 1989.

Cutting Chaff (c1901-1940)

Travellers outside the 'Squatters Arms' Balmoral

Digitised records

Various Hamilton and district records have been digitised at the Centre. There are Hamilton Rate Books 1866 to 1971 and Minute Books 1859 to 1883, Shire of Dundas Rate Books 1877 to 1959 and Minute Books 1876 to 1944. Also, Mount Rouse Rate Books 1887 to 1951 and the Hamilton Spectator 1859 to 1933.


We have an extensive catalogue of items held in the library which is used to easily locate files.

Browse our Book Shop
Browse our Family History Books
Browse our Church Records Index
Browse our School Registers Index


Hamilton Public Cemetery maps and burial indexes can be found at the Centre. We also hold Sexton's burial registers from 1859 onwards.

Deceased search

You can search for records of burials at the Hamilton Public Cemetery and Lawn Cemetery on the website of the Hamilton Public Cemetery Trust. Click here.