History House is a treasure trove of information
ANYONE with even a slight interest in their own history or the region’s would benefit from a visit to History House.
Run by the Portland Family History Group, History House is packed to the rafters with interesting information from the past.
From the usual births, deaths and marriage records to information on the first fleets, voter rolls, local parish maps and police records, History House is a fantastic first point of call for anything historical.
History House has hard copies of local newspapers from 1842 to current day and has a vast collection of data on microfiche.
Located in the former town hall in Cliff St, the beautiful bluestone building is also home to a museum and library.
Anne Grant, chairperson of the Portland Family History Group, is passionate about information from the past.
Mrs Grant and a number of other members of the local history group are more than happy to assist people seeking information and have a wealth of knowledge that cannot be found online.
It is also a great place to discover the more “peculiar” aspects of history.
People seeking to start researching historical information including their family tree, can join as a member for $20 and do the research themselves. Or, you can pay an hourly fee of $20 for assistance from the history group.
History House is open daily from 10am–noon and 1pm–4pm, with a small entry cost.