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Welcome to the

Taradale Historical Group

Olive Penno

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 by appointment only.

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. 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 email   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"



Select highlighted books to view contents

Golden Days of Taradale             $10             

Memoirs of Tomas Park             $10

The Line 17 1/2 Miles                 $10

The Taradale Correspondent      $35

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                         Free


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