Cardinia Shire's history and heritage

These local organisations are run by volunteers who generously donate their time and energy.

They may be able to give you advice on researching family, property and township history.

Connected Libraries  

An excellent resource offering a wealth of local historical information.

The Local History section of the Connected Libraries website includes:   

  • information on the services offered by the local history librarian, who can support you in researching local history
  • a local history enquiry form
  • links to articles, reports and compilations on topics including indigenous heritage, war and military, place names and township history
  • oral history interviews
  • information on heritage groups
  • a blog written by the local history librarian which covers the post-contact history of people, places, organisations and events in Cardinia Shire and the City of Casey.

Visit the Connected Libraries website


  • Council helps to identify, preserve, manage and promote Cardinia Shire’s heritage assets, through initiatives including our Heritage Grants program.
  • To be eligible for the program, the site or place must be in an area covered by a Heritage Overlay as outlined in the Cardinia Planning Scheme

More information: Heritage Grants Program

Avenues of honour are trees planted to commemorate the men and women who have served our country.

Cardinia Shire has Avenues of honour in: 

More information: Casey Cardinia history blog

  • Indigenous cultural landscape at first contact (c1835–c1860)
  • Pastoral era and land settlement (1838–c1870)
  • Selection era and establishment of service communities (c1860–c1940)
  • Post war residential expansion (c1945 to present day). 

More info: Key periods in Cardinia Shire's history

National Library of Australia archive

Trove features books, images, historic newspapers, letters, diaries, maps, music, archives and more.

Heritage Council of Victoria

The Heritage Council of Victoria website includes features such as:

  • the Victorian Heritage Database – this lists Victoria’s most significant heritage places, objects and historic shipwrecks protected under the Heritage Act 2017. It includes all properties in Cardinia Shire that are subject to a heritage overlay, with their citations from our heritage studies.
  •  a guide for owners of historical houses
  • criteria for inclusion in the Victorian Heritage Register
  • resources for students and teachers.

Contact our Sustainability and Heritage Planner on 1300 787 624 or