The Collection held by the Yackandandah and District Historical Society is a large and comprehensive collection of the many stories of this district, held in photographs, images, objects, registers, documents, letters, textiles, digital forms and research material.  It is almost fully catalogued on a specific cataloguing database, much of it is also either digitally scanned or photographed. It is always a work-in-progress, receiving deposits, creating material or updating processes. Extensions to the purpose-built storage have added necessary storage space to a building originally built in 1996.  This collection is used for rotation of displays, our own publications, research and display, as well as outside requests for research, copies or access to material.  Specific requests must be made by appointment to allow for retrieval or collation of material.

We have included the link to the Royal Historical Society of Victoria to encourage more networking among historical societies, at their request.

We have now completed the extension to our conservation building which has more than doubled the buildings’ storage capacity. This building sits at the rear of the museum and houses that part of our collection and records which are not on public view. This is the working and storage area of our museum where volunteers index, catalogue and care for our collection. These resources are accessed for carrying out family research and for new exhibitions. As well as the extra storage space our volunteers will appreciate working in less cramped conditions.

The extension incorporates a bathroom for staff.

The building was officially opened on Saturday 1st March by Cathy McGowan MP and Susan Reynolds OAM. Guests joined us for afternoon tea.

Comments by one of our members who attended the opening:

CONGRATULATIONS … the people involved in any way for the culmination of many, many hours of hard work in the Official Opening of the extended Conservation building.

The Opening took place on Saturday 1 March with a couple of dozen people present and it was excellent. I regret that there were not more people to have heard the fine speeches given by Sue Reynolds and Cathy McGowan, plus the enjoyable MCing of Linton Lethlean.

Sue gave an informative speech about the history of the Museum/Historical Society-so good to be reminded of all that has taken place and how special the Museum at Yackandandah is, given it being in a small country town.

Cathy was delightful and it was a privilege for us to have “our Cathy” with us. Cathy and Sue jointly pulled the covering from the plaque-well done and thank you. Guests enjoyed chatting with a cup of tea or coffee.



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Welcome to the Yackandandah Museum blog.


The aim of the Yackandandah Museum is to provide a place where information, stories and objects concerning Yackandandah and district can be collected, conserved, researched, stored, displayed and shared.

On this blog you will you will find information and images relevant to our historic buildings, current and anticipated exhibitions, events, education programs, research opportunities, publications and sale items.

Details about our history, solar powered building, membership, friends, and volunteer activities for the Yackandandah Historical Society can also be found on this site.

We look forward to meeting you on your next visit.

Please sign our visitor’s book when you are here.


Built in 1860 this building operated as the Bank of Victoria until 1893 when the site was sold to the Haig family. Thomas Haig operated his tailoring business from the original banking chamber, retaining all the Australian red cedar fittings. Thomas’s daughter, Bella, sold the premises to the Yackandandah Historical Society in 1969.

In December 2006 a fire, which started in a neighbouring building, completely gutted the bank building. Little was retrieved from the rubble.

The donation box and the service counter have been built from the charred remnants of red cedar.

The stone building was restored and reopened as the Yackandandah Museum in November 2008.


The Cottage


This building originally fronted High Street and operated as a butcher’s shop before being used as an agency for the Bank of Victoria. It was moved to its present site to accommodate construction of the stone bank building. The cottage was in need of major repairs when purchased by the Yackandandah Historical Society in 1969. It reopened in 1981.

The Yackandandah Museum invites you to visit us and browse the exhibition spaces.


GOLD | photographic display of local puddling,  sluicing and barges

CORONATION CELEBRATIONS | artefacts + records of events related to local celebrations of King Edward VII’s coronation

When you have finished viewing the exhibitions you can wander through to the rear of the museum to visit the fully furnished 1850’s Bank of Victoria manager’s residence.


Come to the museum and see our new exhibition on the Yackandandah Brass Band. Over time the band was also referred to as the Yackandandah Citizens Band and Yackandandah District Band. Some of the original instruments are on display as well as various other objects and information.


We are holding a ‘mini’ exhibition about bicycles. This coincides with the Cycle Salute events happening throughout our region in October and November. Part of the display are a group of photos of a bicycle race in Yackandandah, possibly at Butson Park. If anyone knows any details about this race we would love to hear from you.


Currently we have a new exhibition of mystery objects from our collection. Over the Christmas holidays visitors to the museum will be invited to identify these objects, found in our entry room,  and what they were used for. Further in our museum there are more of these objects with explanatory signage. Do you know what the objects are? Can you guess? Maybe you could tell us more?


Should you have any artefacts, photographs or publications that could be relevant to any future exhibitions please contact us.


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