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

For Meeting Times and Venues (see below)

New Meeting Date: Saturday 6 November 2021 

Unfortunately due to the Lockdown (Covid 19 Delta variant) the meeting to be held on Saturday 7 August at Lake Bolac was cancelled. 

Hopefully by November we can meet in person!!                                                                                               


Aims and Purposes: 

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

  • A main focus of CHHA is to assist its member societies by developing and maintaining resources and information networks.
  • To promote history and heritage in the region
  • To encourage the preservation and conservation of heritage
  • To promote and encourage easier public access to records through local museums and societies


There have been a few trials and tribulations, and COVID 19 has kept many at home over the past couple of years, but CHHA continues to be a positive force within the Central Highlands. It advocates for heritage and history on many committees. The Association represents the views of its members to local and state bodies, and heritage committees. 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.


Meetings are again being held at venues in 2021.

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. Anne Beggs-Sunter, the current President of CHHA, presided over a meeting at the Ballarat Observatory on Saturday 15 May 2021. The meeting was well attended by current members.

Committee 2021

  • Anne Beggs-Sunter (President)
  • Barry Files (Vice President)
  • Bronwyn Akers (Secretary) resigned
  • Judith Bailey (Secretary)
  • Mihiri Yeluri (Treasurer)
  • Frances Fiddian (Member)
  • Marie Kau (Member)
  • Chrissy Stancliffe (Member)
  • Pam Toom (Member)
  • WITH
  • Brendan Walker (Newsletter Editor)
  • Diane Campbell (Facebook Coordinator)

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

Meetings 2021

Ordinary Meetings are held on Saturdays. 10.00am for 10.30am start

6 February 2021                Daylesford

15 May 2021                      Ballarat Astronomical Society

7 August 2021                  Lake Bolac (cancelled due to Lockdown)

6 November 2021            Venue to be confirmed



3 thoughts on “About

  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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