The Berwick-Pakenham Historical Society
Established in 1961, the Berwick - Pakenham Historical Society was formed to collect, preserve and promote articles and information of historical significance and interest associated with the settlement and development of the former Shire of Berwick (which is now incorporated within the City of Casey and the Cardinia Shire). The Society continues to collect and preserve articles and information of contemporary historical interest.
The collection includes items from the original municipality, former businesses, personal items of early settlers and the war years, machinery and tools related to early farming in the district and an extensive collection of books, photos and manuscripts.
In keeping with the Society's aim of preservation, a number of books have been published: pictorial books - which preserve early pictures of people, properties and events; and books of local historical record which tell of the early settlers, towns and development of this diverse district.
New members are welcome! There is a small annual membership fee ($15) to join. To join, please contact the Secretary.
The Society's headquarters and museum is located in the Federation era former Berwick Shire offices. The building, which stood at the intersection of Main and John Streets in Pakenham, was relocated in 2004 to the prominent position at the corner of the Princes Highway and Main Street, and has been fully restored. During restoration a gallery room was added, in which is now displayed some of the large collection held. The display is changed periodically. To access the property, turn off the Highway (past the building - heading east) right into James Street, then hard right into the Service Road.
President: Bill Ronald (former Mayor of Cardinia Shire)
Secretary: Audrey Dodson
Assistant Secretary: Patrick Ferry