Heritage Groups

The Local History Reference group meets quarterly and is comprised of delegates from the heritage groups in the Casey-Cardinia Region. Councillors represent the member Councils, and the Local History Librarian and Customer Services Manager represent Casey Cardinia Libraries.

This group serves as a forum for communicating developments in heritage work, both at a regional, state and national level and aims to promote the rich history of the region.


Narre Warren and District Family History Group

This group manages an excellently resourced research room, behind the Cranbourne Library, for international and local research. Visit their website for opening hours and more information:

Postal address: 1/65 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne 3977.


Beaconsfield Progress Association History Group

BPA is a voluntary organisation representing the interests of residents and businesses of Beaconsfield, liaising with Cardinia Shire Council, Commonwealth and State Governments and Non-Government bodies in regard to planning & community issues, events and amenities for Beaconsfield.


Berwick Mechanics’ Institute

This Institute, established in 1862, still operates as a lending library and also has a Heritage collection of nineteenth century books as well as a collection of books from the private library of Lord and Lady Casey. Lord Casey was the Governor General of Australia from 1965 to 1969.

Visit their website for more information:

Phone (03) 9707 3519

Address: 15 High Street Berwick 3806.


Berwick Pakenham Historical Society

Established in 1961 as the Shire of Berwick Historical Society, this Society operates a Museum containing objects, photographs and documents about the Berwick and Pakenham districts. The Museum is located on the Princes Highway in the Old Shire of Berwick Offices at Pakenham (entry is from the service road from James Street) and is open to the public on Sunday afternoons 2.00 to 4.30.

Address: 85 Princes Highway Pakenham 3810


Bunyip Historical Society

The Bunyip Historical Society is a small volunteer based, non-profit organisation that aims to collect, preserve and promote the history and heritage of the Bunyip, Iona and Tonimbuk, Garfield and Garfield North areas.


Clyde History Group

This growing group aims to document and share the rich history of this fast growing outer south eastern Melbourne suburb.


Cranbourne Shire Historical Society

This Historical Society manages the Fishermans Cottage museum on the Foreshore in Tooradin and has a collection of photographs, documents and maps mainly relating to Cranbourne and Tooradin. The Museum is open at weekends. The Society was established in 1968. (03) 5998 3643 (Museum)

Address: 13 Mickle Street Tooradin 3980


Edrington History Research Group

This group supports the discovery and sharing of the history of the Edrington Park estate in Berwick – a one time home of Lord and Lady Casey.

Address: 6 Melville Park Drive Berwick 3806


Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park

The Emerald Museum contains objects, photographs and documents and is located in the beautiful Nobelius Heritage Park.

Address: Crichton Road, Emerald

Open Wednesday/Thursday 10am-3pm, Sunday 1.30-4pm and at other times by appointment for research or school groups.

Phone (03) 5968 2152 (Museum)

Postal address: PO Box 578 Emerald 3782


Koo Wee Rup Swamp Historical Society

The Koo Wee Rup Swamp Historical Society Museum contains objects, photographs and documents relating to the town and the surrounding Koo Wee Rup Swamp. The Museum is located at 325 Rossiter Road, corner Henry Street, in Koo Wee Rup. Opening hours are Sunday afternoons 1:30 to 4:30. Closed last 2 weeks of December and January. The Society was established in 1974.

Postal address: 2 John Street Koo Wee Rup 3981


Lang Lang and District Historical Society

This group are responsible for a growing collection of documents and photographs relating to the history of Lang Lang and surrouding area. They operate a Museum in the old Infant Welfare Centre, Westernport Road, Lang Lang, which is open Sunday afternoons from 1.00 to 4.00.

Postal address: PO Box 8 Lang Lang 3984


Narre Warren Mechanics Institute

A Committee of Management oversees the use of this historic building, which continues its age old tradition of being a meeting space for the local community.


National Trust – Casey Cardinia Branch

The Casey-Cardinia Branch is the Trust’s voice in the region and has been active since 2002. The Branch works with council and the community on local heritage issues. New members are always welcome at any of the Branch’s meetings and events.

Address: Pioneers Park, 1 Peel Street Berwick 3806