Duty Called : Local Service Personnel

Duty Called is a project to create records of local men and women who have served in the armed services, nursing corps or civilian bodies during peacetime and war.

In September 2020 there was the 75 year commemoration of the official end of World War 2. September 2nd marked the day the Japanese formally signed the instrument of surrender onboard the USS Missouri. August 15 is also an important date for Australians and represents Victory in the Pacific Day. To commemorate these events, C&DFHG created a WWII Honour Roll of Colac & District service personnel, medical staff and civilians who helped the war effort. Some of the civilian bodies that operated to support the war effort were The Volunteer Defence Corps, Australian Red Cross, the Country Women’s Associationthe Salvation Army and the Australian Women’s Land Army. Activities of these local groups are well described in Dawn Peel’s book Colac 1939-1945; wartime in a country community.

Almost Forgotten

Almost Forgotten‘ is a project to identify all people buried in the Colac Cemetery pre 1900. We aim to research and record a little about each of these early pioneers of Colac. By clicking on the link above, the user will be taken to a Facebook page which requires a normal Facebook login.

Surname Connect / Surname register

Connecting people who have registered with our group and are researching the same family name

Ongoing projects

Continuing the entry into the database of the print records collection

Scanning, naming and cataloguing photographs into our database

Scanning and recording the growing collection of Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates. Transcriptions will then be available for a fee on request

Writing stories. If you are a family researcher, you know how exciting it is to come across unusual and interesting events from long ago. Join with us in writing them down for others to enjoy.

We welcome volunteers to assist with any of the above projects