Publications & Photographs

The Society has many books and photographs of the local area and these are all available for purchase.


Our photograph collection is extensive, with over 5,000 local historical images. These are now available to view and purchase at the High Country History Hub website.

Click here to visit the High Country History Hub

If you would like to order any of our publications, please contact us by:
phone: 03 5779 1094
Mail: PO Box 309, Mansfield, VIC, 3724

Books for Sale:

The Howqua Hills Story – Edition 3. $60

Through the Sliprails of time.  Mansfield Family Histories, vol 1, 2 and 3.

The latest volume, number three, is now available.  We have been able to keep the price down to $35, thanks to our local printer.

 Tragedy at Stringybark Creek

The 1878 story of the shooting of the three policemen who went into deep bushland near Stringybark Creek in search of the Kelly Gang. This book covers the consequent shooting and the alarm raised by one member of the party who escaped the bushrangers ambush.

2000 Edition 30 pages, A5 $5.50

Mansfield Cookbook

Reprint of 1988 edition 50 pages, A5 $10.00

Mansfield at Last

A brief but enlightening history of the development of the Mansfield Railway and station. Released with the reopening of the Railway Station in 1994, when it became the home of the Mansfield Visitors Information Centre.

1994. 29 pages, A5 $7.50

Gold In The Shire of Mansfield – Second Edition

Early history of the lesser goldfields in the Mansfield district.

1995, 76 pages A5 $11.00

Mansfield Valley – 150 Years of History

An overview of Mansfield’s history from the first European settlers to the present time

1995,. 64 pages A5 $10.00

Mansfield Urban Fire Brigade

History of the Mansfield Urban Fire Brigade

A4 $10.00

Reflections in the Lamplight

A collection of poems from the ‘Mansfield Courier’ 1869 – 1899

1990, 44 pages A5 $3.00

Some Kelly Doggerels

A collection of old and new poetry focused on the life and death of Ned Kelly

2004, 33 pages $10.00

High Street Traders of Mansfield 1854-2000 and Early Highett Street Traders – By P. Arbuthnot and S. Hutchinson

The past and present of the traders of Mansfield from 1854 – 2000

2004, 176 pages, A4 $15.00 per copy.

Mansfield Historical Society Magazine – Local Police Commemorative Edition

A special publication focusing on the 125th anniversary of the Ned Kelly murders and celebrating 150 years of policing in Victoria

2003, 20 pages $4.00

Sawmills Magazine

MHS publication focussing on the sawmill industry of the Mansfield region

2000, 32 pages, $15.00

Other Publications

Historical Aspects of Bonnie Doon

A History of Bonnie Doon

1978 (Reprinted in 2000) 96 pages, $18.00

Heritage and History On My Doorstep – By Sheila Hutchinson

A journey back in time including past tales of Dry Creek, Tallangallook, Barjarg, Tolmie and Toombullup

2000, 160 pages, $25.00

A Century of Shows – By A.V. Walsh and G.A. Scott

A history of the Mansfield Agricultural and Pastoral Society, 1887 – 1989

1989, 87 pages, A5 $8.00

Just a Pocket for the Money – by Muriel Perry

The Story of Oliver Gilpin and His Stores

1995, 146 pages, A4 $60.00

Mansfield’s Moment In Time – By P. Arbuthnot

History from the pages of Mansfield’s early newspapers, ‘The Independent’, ‘The Mansfield Guardian’, and ‘The Mansfield Courier’.

1996, 92 pages, A5 $22.00

The Widow Of Wappan

The story of Anne Fraser Bon, whom became known as ‘The Widow Of Wappan’

2003,. 12 pages, A4 $5.00

True Blue – By Shirley Hardy-Rix and Ralph Stavely

Stories of bravery from the Victorian Police

1997, 124 pages A5 $10.00

In The Performance Of Duty – By Gavin Brown, Gary Presland and Ralph Stavely

Stories of the murders and assault of Victorian Police from 1837 to 1988

1994, 320 pages A5 $45.00

On The Day It Ended.

Memories of V.P. Day August 1945 from the Mansfield District.

1995, 40 pages, A4 $6.00

About Merrijig – By Adele McCormack

A historic record since European settlement about the small town of Merrijig

2004, 214 pages A5 $25.00

Postage of course varies with the weight of the book purchased and where it is going.

Other Merchandise

Currently available we have Stubby Holders. These stubby holders depict the Mansfield Railway Station and retail for $8.00.

We also now stock fantastic Australian made horseshoes – stamped with Mansfield. Great for holding your accounts on the fridge and they’re only $6.00.

Posters featuring a lithograph of Early Mansfield and Alexandra businesses. Only $5.00 each.