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Starting Your Research

We have a number of resources available to help you research the history of Brimbank or your family history, including library collections, online resources and useful links.

Library Resources

Search the library catalogue for books and magazines relating to local history and genealogy topics.

Sunshine Library has a special Local History collection for use within the library which includes The Advocate community newspaper from 1934, on microfilm and in hard copy.
Deer Park Library has a special Genealogy collection for use within the library.

Family history links

If you are new to genealogy, you might like to start by reading a book or two from the library collection. You can also try your luck with a Google search for your significant ancestor – some research may have already been done!
State Library of Victoria Genealogy Centre
Public Record Office Victoria

Genealogical Society of Victoria
National Archives of Australia
Australian War Memorial


Useful links for history researchers

State Library of Victoria
Picture Victoria
Culture Victoria
Heritage Victoria

Museum Victoria

Museum Victoria: Sunshine Harvester
Museum Victoria: HV McKay
Royal Historical Society of Victoria

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Culture Victoria

Get access to a range of cultural collections, resources and read up on the richness and diversity of Victoria. There is also a directory of over 700 places in Victoria with publicly accessible collections.

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