Mansfield Historical Society was initially formed in the1960’s and after a few years activity was suspended. The Society was re-formed in 1983 and in 1992 moved into the old Library building in Ailsa Street. It then moved once more in 2006 to the Mansfield Railway Station, our current premises. The Ailsa Street building is now our storage centre.
With the move to the Railway Station, the Society has been able to reinvigorate its membership base and operate on a viable business model developed in consultation with the local community.
The Society aims to preserve and promote the history of the Mansfield region. Its archives contain a wealth of information about the history of Mansfield and the surrounding district including genealogical information, microfiche documents, photos, memorabilia, maps and an extensive clothing collection. The Society has many books and photographs of the local area that are available for purchase.
The Mansfield Historical Society is highly active with a wonderful core of volunteers who are involved in various activities such as the digitization of hundreds of our photographs, cataloguing our print material and clothing collection and staffing the Society premises for visitors. We are about to commence transferring VHS tapes with local content to digital format on DVD. We would appreciate if people lent us their VHS tapes to copy and keep for posterity.
Our computer system has served the Society well. Unfortunately it now struggles to keep up with the demands of our research team, and is making it difficult to fulfill our role. We are currently raising funds to upgrade the system, hopefully with the support of a local history grant. More news on this shortly.
Our database allows us to quickly find any name or event mentioned in the Mansfield Courier prior to 1960. Using this system and our other records, our research team can track down information for you about early Mansfield . A small research fee is charged to cover costs.
The Society is always looking for more volunteers to assist with filing, scanning and digitally recording our items. Our volunteers also work at the Mansfield Railway Station rooms helping with enquiries from the community and visitors during opening hours. (See below for opening hours)
The Mansfield Historical Society welcomes new members and encourages them to become involved with our various activities. Please contact us for further information.
Our Committee meets monthly to review and supervise our programme.
Office Bearers 2017 / 2018
President: Neil O’Halloran
Vice President: Bernie Anstee
Secretary: Sue Gardner
Treasurer: Peter Gardner
Office Manager: Sue Gardner
Displays : Display Committee
Research : Ann Ware
Merchandise Sales: Marg Attley
Clothing Curator : Gaye Adamson
Librarian: Ann Ware
Newsletter Production: Ann Ware
Maintenance: Neil O’Halloran
Bernie Anstee, Maureen Davies, Peter Gardner,
Sue Gardner, Russell Jones, Lois Neely, Marg McCormack
Neil O’Halloran, Graeme Stoney, Kathryn Taylor
The Mansfield Railway Station opening hours are:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and most Public Holidays
10:00am to 3:00pm
Other times by appointment.
Phone: (03) 5779 1094
Email: General enquiries – firstname.lastname@example.org
Correspondence – email@example.com
Research – firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial – email@example.com