Benalla Family Research Group Inc.

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Benalla, the 'Rose City', is located in North East Victoria, Australia and is home to The Benalla Family Research Group Inc. It is situated on the main road and rail links between Melbourne and Sydney.

The Group specialises in family history research for Benalla and District residents and for those who no longer live here, and for interested family historians. Local history is high on the list of research carried out by the Group and many histories have been prepared for local organisations.

In the early days of settlement in Australia many people passed through Benalla when travelling from the Bendigo to Beechworth Goldfields.

The Group was formed in 1981 to encourage and advance the study of family history in the area. The group met at Mrs Joyce Latch's private home until late 1982 when the move was made to St Andrews Primary Church Hall.

The Farmers Arms Hotel

It holds regular meetings and research days and publishes a quarterly newsletter 'Roses and Thorns' for members.
To download editions of our newsletter please click here.

The Benalla Family Research Group Inc. welcome visitors, researchers and new members to our Group.

OPENING HOURS: Our Research Room at the Old St. Andrews Hall in Church Street, Benalla (at the end of Mair Street) is open every Tuesday and Wednesday (including Public Holidays) from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm. Other times are available by appointment with at least three days notice. Please contact the PRESIDENT: Bill Willett 0429 947 696


Our AGM was held on 26 May 2021. Covid left us alone for moment and we managed to squeeze it in between a couple of lockdowns. Special thanks to retiring members Wendy and Carole and the rest of the committee for their work for the previous two years.