About us

The Halls Gap & Grampians Historical Society was formed in 1983, prompted by a concern about the deteriorating state of stone cottages and loss of machinery at the historic Mt. Difficult (Heatherlie) Quarry. Five years later, the cottages had been restored and interpretative signs around the quarry area had been erected, leading to a public appreciation of their heritage.


The Society now works closely with Grampians National Parks staff, to identify, preserve and interpret a wide variety of historic sites in the Grampians. The result of this partnership gives the visitor a greater appreciation of what the Grampians has to offer while ensuring that such an experience is there for years to come.


We also have a large photographic and document collection, one which covers a variety of industries which once operated in the Grampians – logging, wattlebark stripping, water diversion, quarrying, gold mining. However, our largest photographic collection relates to tourism in the Grampians, an industry which began in the latter half of the 19th century.