Wangaratta Family History Society Inc.

News and Events

Please note we are now based at Wangaratta Library, 21 Docker Street Wangaratta. Telephone: 0474 443626

Hello to all members

The WFHS Committee are excited to offer members an opportunity to join us in 2024 for
events that will assist you with your family history research.

Friday 2nd February – 10.30
Members of the WFHS Committee will be preparing to start the new year by sorting
through files that have been digitised. The process involves skimming through the files to
detach original certificates and photos which need to be preserved.
We welcome any assistance you may be able to provide on the day.
Join us for a bit of a social get-together whilst working.

29th February – Writing to Share with Jenni Lannen
Would you like to write your family, or another, story?
Join us to gain skills and techniques to make your family histories more engaging.
Venue: Community Room Wangaratta Library
Time:10.00am – 4.00 pm
Cost:$20.00 Members - $30.00 Non-Members
Bring along your laptop or writing paper and a photo of a favourite Relative if you have one

1st March
Membership renewals are due by this date.  A form is below.

23rd March – AGM
AGM will be held on 23 March 2024
Venue: Community Room Wangaratta Library
Time: 11.00 am (followed by a light lunch)
Guest Speaker: Annette Delaney - An Introduction to DNA
Annette will offer advice on making use of genetic science and provide the tips and tricks
she has compiled during her own decades-long genealogical hunt.

A nomination form for office-bearer or Committee positions is included below.

31st May – Identifying an Era for Old Photos - Debra Parry, Manager, Melbourne
Conservation Services
Debra gained extensive experience as an art and heritage conservator, before setting up Melbourne
Conservation Services. She has previously worked for the National Archives of Australia, Heritage
Victoria, the National Museum of Cambodia and the National Library of Laos.
We have all come across old, undated photos whilst researching our families This session
may help you identify the era your photo was taken thereby giving you a clue to the identity
of the subject. In addition to identifying the era we may gain information on the handling
and storage of old objects.
Venue: Community Room Wangaratta Library
Time: TBC
Cost: $30.00 Members - $40.00 Non-Members

To ensure these events proceed WFHS would appreciate your early bookings.

For more information on 2024 events please contact us through our website,, email
or phone 0474 443626 (Tuesday and Thursday)

The upcoming AGM presents an occasion for members to nominate for WFHS Committee.

All positions, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee become vacant at the

In addition to these positions, we need assistance in the following areas:
Librarian: Library Assistant:
Research Officer: Assistant Research Officer/s – Duty Officer:
Newsletters distribution
Digitising Roles:
Social Media:

Please consider joining the team who have dedicated themselves to maintaining the WFHS
A membership form and a nomination for committee are attached for your action.

Remember, Community Raffle tickets are still available.

WFHS are looking forward to a productive 2024 and to ensuring positive results.


Rosslyn Makin
On behalf of WFHS Committee

This letter is available as a pdf below.


Opening Hours

Our volunteers are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm, to assist with research including:

  • Digitised copies of the Wangaratta Rate Books 
  • Historic DVD and CD collection

Have a chat

We are always keen to talk with individuals interested in working with us either as members or volunteers assisting with research or any aspects of our project work. Contact us via email or phone, or just drop in and have a chat.

Wangaratta Rate Books - Digitising and Indexing 130 years Local History

The Society has received a Grant of $10,678 to Digitise and Index the Wangaratta Rates Books including -

  • Borough of Wangaratta 1863–1939
  • Shire of Wangaratta 1917–1994
  • Shire of North Ovens 1867–1916
  • Shire of Oxley 1937 – 1939
  • Create and Publish a searchable database.

This three year project is already well underway with the first run of digitising completed and indexing of the records currently being carried out by the enthusiastic members and volunteers in our Project.

We are always keen to talk with individuals interested in working with us either as members or volunteers in the research library, assisting with research or any aspects of our project work. Contact us or just drop in and have a chat.

On-Screen Book Catalogue Updated

The on-screen book catalogue available in the library has been updated and is available for use by members and visitors. New books still being catalogued may not be on this latest version, so please check with the Duty Officer if you cannot locate an item.

See also the Library Page for new acquisitions and updates.

New DVD & CD’s

New DVD & CD’s to arrive include:

  • South Australian Deaths - Digger and
  • School & Court Records for North Eastern Victoria

Members' Book & Resource Collections

A database of Members' Resources and/or Collections is currently being compiled which may include books, references, documents, maps, CD's or any research resource.

Should you have resources which you would be willing to list on our Resource Catalogue, please contact the Secretary in the first instance. Doing so means that you are prepared to share information from your holdings with other researchers or family historians, however all item(s) will remain the property of and be retained by the owner.

Your listings will be included on our Catalogue, clearly marked as Members private resources and carry a member number. All items are listed as “Not for Loan” unless otherwise stated and all requests should come in through WFHS.