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 2021-22

  • 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 (Member)
  • WITH
  • Brendan Walker (Newsletter Editor)
  • Judith Bailey (Facebook Group Join here)

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

Next Meeting

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

4th June Lake Bolac

Arrive at 10 am and have morning tea.
Meeting10.30 to 12.30 approximately.
LB Hotel for lunch for around 12 to 12.30

After lunch a guided tour of some of our historic buildings and sites of Lake Bolac, either by foot or by car depending on the weather conditions.
Envisage that the tour will finish by 3pm.

Past Meeting Venues

5 Mar 2022                       Ballan

6 November 2021            Newstead

7 August 2021                  Lake Bolac (cancelled due to Lockdown)

15 May 2021                     Ballaarat Astronomical Society

6 February 2021                Daylesford


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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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