Culture Victoria

Ararat & District Historical Society operating the Langi Morgala Museum

48 Queen Street Ararat Phone: (03) 5352 3117

Langi Morgala Museum is the home of the collection of Ararat and District Historical Society. This Ararat museum holds an eclectic collection of items. These include aboriginal artefacts, thousands of photographs (mostly of local interest), everyday items used in the home and in local businesses, and collections relating to local individuals such as Stan Kelly (botanical artist), Mary Norman-Bail (educator and artist), and Shane Kelly (five-time Olympic cyclist).

The Museum's Aboriginal name translates as "home of yesterday". It is housed in a bluestone and brick building built in 1874 and is the home of the Ararat and District Historical Society. Displays, including many photographs, dressed models, clothing and farm machinery, reflect the gold mining rush of 1856. The Mooney and Charles Best collections of Aboriginal artefacts are also featured, the Mooney collection being on loan from the City of Ararat. The Museum has various publications for sale also includes our Annual Calendar which is designed and printed by the Museum Volunteers.

Our Collection

This collection is housed in a bluestone and brick building built in 1874, formally Ararat’s old Wool & Grain Store, now operated as the Langi Morgala museum by the Ararat and District Historical Society (ADHS). The collection is a large and varied social-history collection of the region, focusing on a period from Victoria’s gold rush of the 1850s to the mid-twentieth century. Themes include Aboriginal and pioneer history, agriculture, blacksmithing, domestic life, and the stories of local identities, Shane Kelly (a world and Olympic cycling champion) and Stan Kelly (an influential botanical artist).

Significance
This collection documents the local history of the Ararat district.