255567_431518750202646_1672265232_n-1Central Highlands Historical Association [CHHA] is a vital link in the regional history network being the umbrella association for over 30 historical societies, museums and family history organisations in the central highlands region of Victoria. CHHA continues to be an active and innovative organisation. It is represented at Local and State levels on matters of joint concern to its members. An informative newsletter is edited by Brendan Walker and distributed by email to members.

Banner photograph: Australia Day, Bungaree, Dorothy Wickham


The CHHA  was Formed in 1984 and the inaugural meeting was held on Saturday 23 June 1984, at the Ballarat City Library in Camp Street, Ballarat.

The purposes (2021) of the association are:

  1. To advocate the importance of history, culture, and heritage to its members and the wider community, including through representation on advisory committees, at local and State levels (e.g., RHSV, VAFHO, Council Heritage committees, Cemetery Trusts, the press).
  1. To provide support and assistance to its members from a community of like-minded individuals, many of whom are experienced and/or professional people, on such matters as support for grant applications.
  1. To provide a liaison/negotiating capability between the Association and Government organizations.
  1. To provide a forum for sharing information, through such means as newsletters, quarterly meetings and an internet presence (e.g., Facebook, CHHA website).
  1. To participate in or support activities, such as undertaking relevant historical research aimed at the preservation or conservation of places, sites and objects considered by the Membership to be of historical significance.


The Central Highlands Historical Association is such a worthwhile body run by an intelligent and thoughtful committee. The common bond that unites societies is the sharing of ideas, projects, problems, and resources. From 1984 CHHA has held expos, produced journals, implemented Displan (plan for any potential disasters such as bush fires, floods and so on), and held open days and workshops. Member societies support other members in their endeavours and a wonderful feeling of cooperation from like minded individuals has existed for nearly 50 years.


EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND! Quarterly general meetings are held to which all are welcome. The meetings are at different venues and different societies. This gives other members the opportunity to exchange information about what they are doing, about the various regions, and the local history. If it is possible, a meal  is held at  a local venue. This also helps the local economy especially in these economic times.

Committee 2022-23

  • Anne Beggs-Sunter (President)
  • Barry Files (Vice President)
  • Judith Bailey (Secretary)
  • Mihiri Yeluri (Treasurer)
  • Frances Fiddian (Member)
  • Marie Kau (Member)
  • Chrissy Stancliffe (Member)
  • Pam Toom
  • Catherine Green
  • Katrina Bradfield


  • Judy Files – Newsletter Editor
  • Judith Bailey, Chrissy Stancliffe -Facebook Group Join here
  • Judith Bailey, Dot Wickham – Website

CONTACT: PO Box 139W, Ballarat West, VICTORIA, 3350

Next Meeting

6th May 2023

Quarterly Meetings are held on Saturdays 10.00am for 10.30am start

TBC possibly Talbot

More information soon…..

Morning Tea will be provided, 10.00 – 10.30

10.30 Meeting Commencement

12.00 Meeting Close

Lunch 12.00-12.30


2022 -2023 CHHA Membership Renewal and New Member Information

Future Meeting Dates

April 1st Committee – Buninyong Old Town Hall  ( now on the second saturday but as Easter is on the second Saturday we are going with the first.)

May 6th General Meeting – Venue Talbot Historical Society
July 8th Committee – Buninyong Old Town Hall

Aug 5th General Meeting – EOI invited

October 14th Committee – Buninyong OldTown Hall

November 4th AGM and General Meeting – EOI invited
EOI are invited and you can contact the Secretary regarding hosting the August or November meetings.

Past Meeting Venues

4 Mar 2023                      Daylesford HS

2 Nov 2022                      Clunes HS

3 Sept 2022                       Ballarat Tramway Museum

4 June 2022                      Lake Bolac HS

5 Mar 2022                       Ballan HS

6 November 2021            Newstead HS

7 August 2021                  Lake Bolac HS (cancelled due to Lockdown)

15 May 2021                     Ballaarat Astronomical Society

6 February 2021                Daylesford HS


CHHA Facebook Group

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  1. Well done CHHA on a great day at Buninyong for your AGM. Congratulations Carolyn Haas on nomination as president, Marj Poole as vice-president, Tony O’Shea as Treasurer and other committee members. Thanks to Anne Beggs Sunter and Simon Dennis for a beautiful walk around Buninyong historic village.

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    1. Good afternoon. Am.i able to buy any copies of the central highlands historical journal? After coming across volume 2 1994 in a used book store , I have thoroughly enjoyed it’s contents and wish to purchase more. Are you able to assist me with this?
      I would be very grateful
      Yours kindly
      Elizabeth Polglase 😀😀😀


      1. Hello Elizabeth, I think some of the societies still have copies of the journal for sale. It’s a great journal with some really good articles. Regards Dot Wickham


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