About Us

Who we are

History Monash Inc is the former Oakleigh & District Historical Society Inc., established in 1961. Our volunteers are dedicated to studying, collecting, preserving, exhibiting and publishing local history within the City of Monash, especially that of Oakleigh and surrounding districts such as Hughesdale, Huntingdale and Clayton.*

Our home is the Monash Federation Centre at 3 Atherton Road, Oakleigh, a former post office building built in 1924. We also support the heritage listed Oakleigh Pioneer Memorial Park Cemetery (1860-1960).

The Centre is a dedicated local history outlet in the City of Monash, offering changing exhibitions, an archive, reference collections, for-sale publications, brochures, postcards, and a research service.

History Monash Inc. is affiliated with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc. and is a member of the Southern Metro History Group.

The purposes of the association are to foster the study, preservation and publishing of the history of Oakleigh & District.  To these ends the Society will collect, catalogue, file and index the records and relics that may further that study, publish or republish such information and do all such additional things as may be considered by the Committee as necessary or desirable to give effect to the objects set out above.

History Monash Inc. has been building a local history collection relevant to districts in the City of Monash since 1961.

Our archive contains photographs, cemetery records, some civic, club and school records, newspapers, manuscripts, maps, ephemera and artefacts, family histories and reference works.

Our collection may be viewed by appointment during the opening hours of the Monash Federation Centre, which are between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm Tuesdays. (Please check the News section of this website for any potential changes to these times.)  We are closed on Public Holidays.  Email History Monash at [email protected]

Services include the provision of information on local history.  Some services may require a fee for research, as well as copying charges. Rates will be advised at the time of application. Please note that because of the large number of inquiries received by mail, email, phone and visits to the centre, responses may be delayed.


*Note:  For queries about the history of the Mulgrave, Glen Waverley and Mount Waverley areas, please in the first instance  contact the Waverley Historical Society Inc,  Victoria.  Email contact is preferred, at [email protected].   http://home.vicnet.net.au/~whsvic/