Local History Resources

For more specialised queries about local history, we offer a Local History Enquiry service.


Historical local newspapers available are:

Other issues of these newpapers may be available from the Local History Archive - contact us - or the State Library of Victoria's newspaper department on (03) 8664 7000.

The National Library of Australia is also digitising historic newspapers, including the Argus from Victoria.  This newspaper is fully searchable at the

Australian Newspapers

The following local papers are also now available through Trove: (National Library of Australia)

Historic Rate and Minute Books

Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation now offers patrons access to the rate and minute book records generated by the former Shires of Cranbourne, Berwick and Pakenham. This is a joint, staged project between the Cardinia Shire, the City of Casey and the Library Corporation. 

Rates available are:
Berwick Shire Rates: 1875 to 1965
Cranbourne Shire Rates: 1863 to 1950