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Welcome to the

Taradale Historical Group


Olive Penno

Olive Penno was a founding member of he Taradale Historical Group and passed away on August 4, 2020 at the age of 92. Having lived in Taradale all her life and was the font of knowledge for the history of the township. Olive's obituary can be found here


About the THG

Whether you are interested in researching the history of your property, your family tree or the history of the town and district, the Taradale Historical Group can help you uncover what you are looking for.

Located in the renovated Taradale Mechanics Institute in High Street, the Historical Group manages an extensive collection of local records and artifacts.

The Group is open to researchers or casual visitors every Friday (except public holidays) from 10-12 noon and by appointment.

The Taradale Historical Group has been an active part of the Taradale community since it began in the early 1990’s in order to preserve and record the vanishing heritage and stories of the town. As well as an annual exhibition, the society undertakes fundraising and promotional activities about the history of the town, including the development of signage and walking trails, securing restoration grants for local buildings, preparing local history publications and managing the local archives.

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Taradale High St 1860

Research Requests

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Books related to the history of Taradale are available for sale at the Mechanics Institute. Visitors can conduct their own investigations at the Taradale Mechanics Institute or contact the Historical Group secretary via Taradale Post Office, Taradale VIC 3447 or  to have paid research undertaken on your behalf. To ensure a timely acknowledgement to your request please put the following into the email subject: "Research Request"

As we are a very small volunteer group receiving a significant number of enquiries, it may take several months before we can research the information  you are seeking.


We hold the following hard copy records: School registration; Cemetery and Monument records; Church of England records; some house site studies; some rates records; various photos, some family 'histories'. Mos of these records are not on a database yet.

It is necessary to charge a research fee, payable in advance as we receive no outside income and many overhead expenses.

Our initial fee is $20

Follow up $15-$30 depending on time.

Photo copying @ 50 cents per page; scan to USB @ $12 plus postage.

Payment can be made to Taradale Historical Group account at Bendigo Bank BSB 663 000 A/C 135695104. Please + Research.

You are welcome to visit the Mechanic's Institute, High St, Taradale; Most Fridays there is a volunteer in attendance from 10-12 noon.

(Closed mid-December till first Friday in Feb)



Golden Days ofTaradale             $10             

Memoirs of Tomas Park             $10

The Line 17 1/2 Miles                 $10

Taradale Correspondent 1          $10

Taradale Correspondent 2          $20

Memories of Taradale                  $8

The Church on the Hill                 $6

It Happened in Taradale              $6

Ubiquitous Urquhart                    $5

Taradale House (Scotland)          $5

Taradale's Schools  1855-2016  $20

Historical Photo-booklets            $10

Taradale Pictorial Signage           $18

Taradale Halls & lodges                $20

Walk/Drive Leaflet                         $2



Photo Galleries

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