Formed as the Nunawading Historical Society in 1965, early initiatives included the collection and display of historical items following the restoration of Schwerkolt Cottage and the development of the Museum Complex.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Society is to foster historical interest and knowledge; to collect, document, research, preserve and exhibit items that show how people have lived and worked in the Whitehorse area.

Acknowledgement Of Country

Whitehorse Historical Society acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the land. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. Wurundjeri connection to this land dates back more than 40,000 years, and evidence of this connection still exists today.

Our collections

Over the years our collections have grown to include items relating to domestic and social life, education, pioneer families, rural industries, local families and identities, community infrastructure, manufacturing industries and institutions. The Whitehorse Historical Society owns and manages the Collection. The Whitehorse City Council manages the site and owns the buildings.

Our scope is the suburbs of Blackburn, Blackburn North, Blackburn South, Burwood East, Forest Hill, Mitcham, Nunawading, Vermont and Vermont South. 

The Whitehorse Historical Society local history room is open 

10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Wednesdays

Visitors are most welcome. 
Contact us on (03) 9873 4946 for information

Schwerkolt Cottage & Museum Complex is open:

Saturday 1pm – 4pm
Sunday 1pm – 4pm
Public holidays 1pm – 4pm

Address 2-10 Deep Creek Road, Mitcham 
Telephone (03) 9873 4946 

Postal Address PO Box 2092 Rangeview 3132
Email whitehorsehistory@hotmail.com