Bellarine Historical Society Inc

...preserving the history of the Bellarine Peninsula

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Holdings and Indexes of the Society

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The following are some of the key holdings of the society - only the major holdings are listed here :

NOTE : ALL indexes are located at the Bellarine Historical Society (BellHS).   Where a resource is located at the Geelong Heritage Centre (GHC), the index should be available at both locations

ResourceDescriptionIndex?Resource Location
Consolidated Name IndexBellarine Peninsula Consolidated Name Index of all entries in our computerised indexes showing the index in which the entry appears.Yes
(180,000 + entries)
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Book IndexGeelong & District Consolidated Book Index showing the book title and page number on which the entry appears.Yes
(211,432 + entries)
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Pioneer Register ***listing of families who lived in the area from 1850’s to 1900 (ongoing) - forms are incorporated in our A-Z Family Files.A-Z Family FilesBellHS
Point Henry Arrivals Register ***listing of families who arrived via Point Henry on the Bellarine Peninsula (ongoing) - forms are incorporated in our A-Z Family Files.A-Z Family FilesBellHS
Bellarine Heritage StudyHeritage study, descriptions and history on approximately 300 properties / buildings on the Bellarine Peninsula - in town and street order.

NOTE : included in Geelong & District Consolidated Book Index

Yes
(3,300 + entries)

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Businesses, properties etc.A subset extracted from the Rates and Valuation indexesYes for 1864-1874
progressively being fully indexed
(900 + entries)
Microfilm and original books at GHC
Carriers Licencesissued at DrysdaleNo, but applications included in Court of Petty Sessions IndexBellHS
Cemetery Register / Indexes
  • Drysdale (Bellarine) Cemetery. The district covered burials from Drysdale, Clifton Springs, Marcus Hill, Indented Head and St. Leonards. The first known burial was in 1852 but the actual Burial Register did not begin until 1861
  • Leopold (Kensington) Cemetery. The district covered burials from Leopold, Wallington, Moolap, Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads. The first recorded burial was in 1860
  • Portarlington Cemetery. The district covered burials from Portarlington, Indented Head, St. Leonards and Drysdale. The first burial was in 1878
  • Queenscliffe Cemetery. The first trustees of this cemetery were appointed in 1857
  • Newington (Private) Cemetery. 19th Century burials.
  • Lone Burials

NOTE : as well as standard Burials Registers, the society has the Bellarine Peninsula Cemeteries on CD with photos and transcriptions of all headstones and a complete cross-referenced Name Index

Yes
(15,000 entries)
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Church Registers (BDMs)
  • Baptisms : 1857 - 1976, Wesleyan / Methodist, Drysdale Circuit
  • Baptisms : 1865 - 1955, Church of England, Drysdale, Leopold & Portarlington
  • Baptisms : 1926 - 1952, St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Portarlington
  • Baptisms : 1955 - 1975, St. James' Church of England, Drysdale
  • Baptisms : 1899 - 1986, Holy Trinity Parish, Queenscliff (includes Barwon Heads & Ocean Grove from 1980)
  • Marriages : 1895 - 1913, St Mark's Church of England, Leopold
  • Marriages : 1910 - 1927, St James' Church of England, Drysdale
  • Marriages : 1927 - 1933, St James' Church of England, Drysdale
  • Marriages : 1927 - 1938, St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Portarlington
  • Marriages : 1936 - 1950, Church of England, Drysdale, Leopold & Portarlington
  • Marriages : 1951 - 1960, Church of England, Drysdale, Leopold & Portarlington
  • Marriages : 1963 - 1980, Church of England, Drysdale, Leopold & Portarlington
  • Marriages : 1906 - 1986, Holy Trinity Parish, Queenscliff (includes Barwon Heads & Ocean Grove from 1980)
  • Burials : 1884 - 1945, Victorian Artillery Cemetery & others, Fort Queenscliff
  • Burials : 1900 - 1960, Church of England, Drysdale, Leopold & Portarlington
  • Burials : 1961 - 1989, Church of England, Drysdale, Leopold & Portarlington

NOTE : Towns such as Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Curlewis, Marcus Hill, Mannerim, Murradoc, St Leonards etc. although not mentioned in their own right were often part of the above Church Districts and/or Parishes - in other words, it's worth checking the index!

IMPORTANT: The Bellarine Historical Society holds the Geelong & District Church Records database which includes full transcriptions of a much larger number of registers.  This database can be searched at the Society or through Research Requests.

Yes - one consolidated index
(9,500 + entries)
BellHS
Court of Petty Sessions1859 to 1963 index of registers and some records of cases at Drysdale (limited access).Yes - one consolidated index
(16,700 + entries)
Registers at GHC; some actual records at BellHS
Family HistoriesListing family members from and including 1850’s to the present day.   These files include photographs, letters, diaries, family trees, documents etc.NoBellHS
InvestigatorJournal of the Geelong Historical SocietyYesBellHS and GHC
Local History Publications

Some available for purchase

These publications are included in the Bellarine Names Index and also in the Geelong & District Consolidated Book Index 

  • Bellarine Uniting Church History : 125th Anniversary Edition 1991
  • Beginnings : St Paul's Anglican Church, St. Leonards
  • Clifton Springs : Past - Present
  • The Grove That Grew : The History of Ocean Grove
  • The History of Ocean Grove
  • The Lady Squatters : The story of Anne Drysdale and Caroline Elizabeth Newcomb of Boronggoop and Coriyule
  • The Little Church of St Peter : Ocean Grove
  • Ocean Grove : A Century of Christian Witness 1888 - 1988
  • Portarlington, Indented Head, St. Leonards : History & Reminiscences
  • The Sword of Faith : a History of St. James' Church Drysdale, 1871 - 1996
  • United Services Home : A Drysdale Romance

NOTE : included in Geelong & District Consolidated Book Index

Yes - one consolidated index
(2,600 + entries)

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Local History Publications

Some available for purchase

The individual indexes for each of these publications are included in Geelong & District Consolidated Book Index
  • Balla-wein : a history of the Shire of Bellarine
  • Hotels of the Bellarine Peninsula
  • Queenscliff Parish Centenary 1899 - 1999
  • Ocean Grove Walking Tours, Vols 1-4
Yes - each has their own index

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Maps & LandholdersEarly Landholders of the Bellarine Peninsula : extracted from early maps and various sources.

maps of the Bellarine Peninsula from Squatters to Freehold occupancy.

Yes - one consolidated index for a large selection of maps
(2,500 entries)
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Microfiche
  • Victorian Pioneers Index : 1837-1888
  • Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages : 1889-1895
  • Geelong Eastern Cemetery
  • Geelong Memorial Park
  • Geelong Crematorium Cemetery
  • Barrabool Cemetery
  • Duneed Cemetery
  • Grovedale Cemetery
  • Bellarine Cemeteries (Drysdale, Leopold, Portarlington)
  • Bellarine historical material held by the Geelong Heritage Centre
  • Photographs held by Bellarine Rural City Council Historic Records Collection (now at GHC)
  • Maps, plans & illustrations held by Bellarine Rural City Council Historic Records Collection (now at GHC)
  • Reference books held by Bellarine Rural City Council Historic Records Collection (now at GHC)
  • Oral Histories held by Bellarine Rural City Council Historic Records Collection (now at GHC)
  • Original material held by Bellarine Rural City Council Historic Records Collection (now at GHC)
  • Gibson Index - 19th Century Watch House Charge Books
  • "Those who served" - WWI Index 1914-1915 for Geelong & Western District from The News of the Week.
These are indexes!BellHS
Newspaper : Geelong Advertiser
(to 1900)
Index of items and articles for the following areas of the Bellarine Peninsula :-
  • Bellarine
  • Bellarine Shire
  • Clifton Springs
  • Curlewis
  • Drysdale
  • Kensington / Leopold
  • Mannerim
  • Marcus Hill
  • Murradoc
  • Newington
  • Ocean Grove
  • Point Henry
  • Point Lonsdale
  • Portarlington
  • Queenscliff
  • St. Leonards
  • Wallington
Yes - one consolidated index
( 15,500 entries)
Summary of indexed articles at BellHS; Microfilms and original newspapers at GHC
Photosclubs, societies, schools, family groups, historic buildings.   We have over 3,500 photos are in our collectionCross referenced Card Index

Most scanned and catalogued for searching

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Photos - Shire of Bellarine Collection1200 photographs in the Shire of Bellarine CollectionYes
(5,500 entries)
GHC
Post Office DirectoriesComplete entries for the towns on the Bellarine Peninsula have been extracted from the following a large range of Post Office & Commercial Directories Extracted into one consolidated "index"
(4,500 entries)

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Rate and Valuation BooksShire of Bellarine Rate and Valuation Books

NOTE : Index at GHC 1864-1874.  Indexes at BellHS - 1864-1880, plus subsets from 1881-1892 (mainly Ocean Grove & Newington)

Yes for 1864-1892
progressively being fully indexed
(30,000 + entries)
Microfilm and original books at GHC

Full copies of Valuations Books for 1865, 1876 & 1894 are at BellHS

School Registerspupil registers of the peninsula schools from the 1870’s to the present day. These give birth date, school commencement date, occupation of Father, and place of residence.

Registers for :-

  • Bellarine State School No. 1415 : 1906-1993
  • Drysdale State School No. 1645 : 1906-1964
  • Kensington (Leopold) State School No. 1146 : 1887-1891
  • Leopold State School No. 1146 : 1892-1962
  • Mannerim State School No. 3096 : 1918-1974
  • Marcus Hill State School No. 1370 : 1874-1877
  • Marcus Hill State School No. 2029 : 1912-1992
  • Moolap State School No. 1911 : 1891-1994
  • Murradoc State School No. 417 : 1914-1923
  • Ocean Grove State School No. 3100 : 1905-1964
  • Point Lonsdale State School No. 3322 : 1905-1979
  • Portarlington Common School No. 1251 : 1873-1882
  • Portarlington State School No. 2455 : 1883-1895, 1914-1960
  • Queenscliff Road State School No. 2029 : 1878-1885
  • Queenscliff Road State School No. 2029 : 1901-1905
  • St. Leonards State School No. 866 : 1906-1926, 1930-1965
  • Wallington State School No. 3345 : 1914-1982
Yes - one consolidated index for all schools. 
(16,500 + entries)
BellHS
School RegistersRegisters for :-
  • Ocean Grove State School No. 3100 : 1964-1985
Not yetBellHS
Voter's Rolls
  • Barwon-Queenscliff Electoral Div : 1917
  • Bellarine Division Electoral Rolls : 1879-1887, 1889-1949
  • Corio Electoral Roll : 1973
  • Drysdale Electoral Roll : 1973
  • Moolap Voters List : 1952
  • Paywit Riding Voters Roll : 1972
  • Supplementary Electoral Roll : 1931
Alphabetical within each listBellHS
  *** There are two forms for our Point Henry Arrivals Register and Pioneer Register. If you have any information to contribute to these registers, we would appreciate you downloading these forms and returning the completed forms to us at PO Box 53, Drysdale, Vic 3222. Please feel free to pass on copies of these forms to friends who may also be able to contribute to these worthwhile registers.

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 May 2009 15:32  

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