Our collection includes information on exploration, shipwrecks, early settlers, schools, churches, tourism and businesses.

The history of key industries such as commercial fishing, timber harvesting, oil exploration and transport (shipping and road) are available, also the story of tourism and the guest house era.

Our archives on the Lakes Entrance region and Gippsland Lakes include:

  • Rate records to 1945
  • Detailed school records
  • Local public records and documents
  • A large collection of photographs
  • Early maps
  • Records on events of significance
  • Local newspapers
  • Cemetery records

The History Centre has an extensive reference library and members are on hand to assist with research inquiries.


Our research officers are available to assist with information relating to the history
of Lakes Entrance and surrounding areas, including:

  • Lake Tyers
  • Lake Bunga
  • Kalimna
  • Metung
  • Johnsonville
  • Swan Reach
  • Bruthen
  • Nicholson
  • Nowa Nowa
  • Nungurner



Research Fee $15.00 per hour

Photocopies of documents from .50 cents per page

Copies of photographs by arrangement

Click here to download the Research Request Form