From our early beginnings

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

To foster historical interest and knowledge; to collect, document, research, preserve and exhibit items that show how people have lived and worked in the development of the Whitehorse area from human settlement to the present day.

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 collection and place of deposit 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, Sunday & public holidays 2 – 5 pm.

How to find us

Whitehorse Historical Society is based in the Local History Room at the Schwerkolt Cottage & Museum Complex.


Address: Deep Creek Road, Mitcham  Mel Ref: map 49 D7
Postal Address: PO Box 272 Mitcham, Victoria, Australia 3132
Telephone: (03)9873 4946