Hobsons Bay's Heritage

The Heritage collection and archive is a detailed history of Hobsons Bay. Countless memories and stories abound in the libraries’ unique collection of public records, newspapers, maps, plans, photographs, and extensive catalogues and indexes.

Using the latest in digital technology and storytelling, combined with a team of specialist staff, we are able to bring the past alive.

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Heritage Help videos

Hobsons Bay Libraries heritage team has put together a series of Heritage Help videos, featuring tips on how to use the internet to explore the history of your family, your home, and more.


Discovering Military Records

Discover the range of military records you can search online, and find out what your ancestors did during the wars of the 20th century.

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Finding Families

This video points you in the right direction to discover the principles of family history research and the range of resources available online.

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Who Lived in My House?

This video will point you in the right direction to uncover the history of your house, from finding historic maps and plans, to discovering the names and stories of the people who lived in your home.

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Template for recording house history

House history handout