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Situated in Queen Street Ararat the Museum is Managed by volunteers of the Ararat & District Historical Society.

The Society was formed on 17th August 1962.

At a meeting on 5th October 1962 a constitution was adopted and Mr. Allan Blachford was elected to the position of President.

 The purpose of the Society was to be:

· The study of any matter of general historical interest in particular relating to the history of Ararat & district.

· The collection, indexing and preservation of material recording the history of Ararat & district.

· To identify and mark places of historical interest in the town, shire and surrounding district.

· To secure a place of safekeeping for all property entrusted to the Society and to keep in view the aim of establishing a Historical Museum in Ararat.

The Council subsequently bought a building that had been a wheat and wool store, which later had been used by the Army authorities to manufacture parachutes and store emergency canned food supplies during the Second World War.

After the war it was used by Prestige Fabrics, where they manufactured lingerie and stockings.

Many working bees were held to prepare the building for its new role as a Museum. Since that time the collection in the Museum has grown, with innumerable donations of items relating to the history of Ararat and district. Our dedicated band of volunteers work hard to conserve exhibits and present displays for the interest and education of visitors.

Internal events over the last 18 months have seen most of the dedicated volunteers leave and have not been replaced


The Society currently has over 10 members, 8 of whom are regular active volunteers and meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at the Museum from 1pm


Annual Membership


Single $15.00

Family $20.00

Contact:- Gerry Bolt   0407562721