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Local and Family History Resources

The Wellington Shire has a rich and diverse history. There are a variety of resources available to satisfy research needs.


Family History Research is the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource. It features census information, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos and maps. Visit the Ancestry Library Edition search page to get yourself started.Note: Full access available in library branches only.

Wellington Shire Archives

This database holds information and listings of records and objects held by the former Shires of Avon, Alberton, Maffra, Rosedale and the City of Sale. The collection includes most rate books, council minute books and memorabilia from the former shires. For information on this archive contact the Sale Service Centre.


Historical Resources

National Library

TROVE provides access to resources about Australia and Australians, including many resources in the National Library of Australia's collection. Items available to view online include books, pictures, journals, digitised newspapers, videos and much more.

Victoria has well over 100 individual newspaper titles online through Trove. New newspapers are constantly being added to the website.  Local newspapers already digitised include:

  • Gippsland Mercury (Sale, Vic.1914 to 1918)
  • Gippsland Times (Vic. 1861 to 1954)
  • The Maffra Spectator (Vic. 1882 to 1920)


City of Sale Heritage Study (1994) reviewed 2004/5.

This study provides results of research into significant precincts and individual places within the City of Sale.
Explanatory Notes (438KB)
Summary (5MB)
Precincts (4MB)
Individual Places (178MB)
Inventory of Places (2MB)


Wellington Cultural History Bibliography

The Wellington Cultural History Bibliography (748KB) is a document which provides a guide to local historical information. Local history collections are also held at Sale LibraryStratford Library and Yarram Library and include many reports, newspapers and books.


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