The Geelong Historical Society was founded in 1944 and carries out research into the history of Geelong and district. The results of this are presented via monthly meetings held on the first Wednesday of each month (except January) at 8pm in the McPhillimy Hall, St Georges Presbyterian Church, Latrobe Terrace Geelong. Meetings are open and free to the public.
The Investigator is the quarterly magazine published by the Historical Society and is available in March, June, September and December. Annual volumes are indexed and a cumulative index for 1965 - 1984 is available at the Geelong Heritage Centre. A new, updated digitized index is now available in CD Form and can be purchased fromthe secretary for $20.00. A range of books and pamphlets about Geelong's history are also available from the Society.
The Geelong Historical Society works in conjunction with the Geelong Heritage Centre, which it was instrumental in forming and to which its records have been entrusted. These records are available for private research during the normal hours of operation of the Centre. The Society is represented on the Centre's Collection Committee.
The objectives of the Society are those normally expected of a local historical society. Its activities embrace the following areas:
- Monthly meeting with speaker
- Quarterly magazine 'Investigator'
- Day excursions, generally two each year in Spring and Autumn
- Publication of books and pamphlets
- Providing information on Geelong's history
- Marking historic sites with memorials or plaques
- Collecting and preserving historic documents and artefacts
- Assisting in the preservation of historic buildings and structures