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Benalla and District Historical Society Inc

14 Mair Street BENALLA Phone: (03) 5762 1749 Visit Website

Owns and manages the Benalla Costume & Pioneer Museum.

Our Collection

The collection includes material acquired by the Benalla Historical Society since its' inception in 1965, with focus on costume dating from the 1750s - 2000; small agriculture & domestic implements & items, ephemera and furniture from the time of local white settlement. Extensive local records/paper based material includes newspapers since 1878, & images. Kelly related: Ned Kelly's green sash, bridle and memorabilia. Handcrafted 1960's House in Miniature.

The costume collection (from 1`750's but with strength from 1850's). Most in very good condition, much with good provenance, is a valuable research base for not only fashion changes but for social history noting fabrics, manufacture, the maker, the carer and life in the periods of use. The paperbased material (Most newspapers digitised, some currently in processed), permit research in the 175 years development of a mid sized country town strategically placed in a rich agriculture area. Memorabilia and uniforms of 3 of Benalla's sons: Sir EE Dunlop, Capt H Waller and MJ Savage are of national significance, Kelly related material, including Ned's stabilised green sash, horse bridle and gang memorabilia with video presentation, reports, letters, images of the story is of noted importance in local and national history.

Subcollections
Costume: the Hammill, Hargreaves, & Topp Collections. The Boyd photos and Harcourt paintings of Benalla people, places & events.