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The Arapiles Historical Society (AHS) is volunteer run and community supported. Based in the town of Natimuk, AHS have three sites – the Court House, the former Natimuk Garage and the former Natimuk Masonic Hall.

The Arapiles Historical Society (AHS) was formed at a public meeting in Natimuk on 1 March 1962. Since then AHS has been the custodian of a growing collection of items from around the Arapiles region, which have the potential to present aspects of the history of the Arapiles district in a detailed and lively fashion.

The Arapiles Historical Society has also been involved in projects such as the restoration in 1966 of the Polkemmet cemetery, the building of an obelisk near the site of Major Mitchell’s 1836 camp on the west side of Mount Arapiles in 1970, and the 2001 Natimuk Tidy Towns historical-markers initiative. These Arapiles Historical Society projects provide a snapshot of the history of Natimuk and the surrounding district.

MEETINGS: the Research Center is opened most Tuesdays from 2 to 4 PM. Committee meetings are now at 3pm, first Tuesday of each month. New members and occasional helpers are needed, and most welcome!!!


2022-2023 Committee

Peter French

Vice President
Graeme Hateley

Elisabeth Both

Jennette Sudholz

Committee Members
Collection Manager Elenore Hateley

Research                             Gianna Sudholz

Communications & Publicity      Brigitte Muir

Climbing Museum Coordinator       Keith Lockwood

Grants Officer      Elizabeth Both

Assets Manager     Ian Ballinger

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We wish to acknowledge funding support from the Australian Government Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism program. This allowed for an upgrade of the power and lights in the Research Centre.


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AHS are thrilled to announce receipt of funds through the Local History Grants Program (LHGP) to purchase and install museum quality protective display cabinets. AHS gratefully acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government and Public Record Office Victoria for making this project possible.

Thanks to the Natimuk Men’s Shed volunteers for their support and willingness to assemble the new shelving structures for display and storage purposes in the old garage Museum space.

!!!! PLEASE NOTE: comments are welcome on this page. Any information requests, please email arapileshistoricalsociety@gmail.com , as we do not have the volunteer resources to keep this page checked on a daily or even regular basis. Thank you kindly.

2 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Dear Arapiles Historical Society.
    The Horsham Society Rob! Suggested I contact you with my question. My name is Lindsay Mott and I am trying to locate the current location of the Mott Dummy Hut detailed on the Victorian Web site as B3444. I was in the vicinity two weeks ago and failed to locate the hut! I am enquiring to see if you have any information about its location. The Victorian web site as it listed as being at the corner of Sambkes Road and Goroke Roads, west of the township of Goroke.

    I plan to be in Horsham again in a few weeks and would like to hear if you have any information to assis

    Kind regards
    Lindsay Mott
    Mob: 0412 318 241
    Email: lindsay.mott@me.com


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