About Us

 The Romsey and Lancefield Districts Historical Society Inc. was formed in April 1979. The Society endeavours to preserve all written and photographic items relating to The Shire of Romsey.

The Old Shire was a local Government area in Victoria, Australia. The Shire covered an area of 628 square kilometres and existed from 1862-1995.
Towns included: Benloch, Bolinda, Cherokee, Chintin, Clarkefield, Darrawiet Guim, Kerrie, Lancefield, Monegeetta, Mt William, Riddells Creek, Rochford, Romsey, Springfield and Tantarraboo.

The area has a very rich history starting with the Aboriginal Greenstone Axe Quarry at Mt William as well as the Archaeological Mega Fauna site in the old swamp at the Lancefield Park.

Meet The Team

Noreen Yorke


Noreen has been involved with the RLDHS for 12 years and was elected as President in 2015. Moving to Lancefield in 2003, she has researched her own ancestry and discovered links to early squatters and settlers, she is a regular at the Courthouse updating all information from local newspapers including sport, people, places, schools, churches and much more.

Shirley Kishere


Born and bred in Lancefield her ancestors were some of the first settlers in the area. Shirley is another one of our regular volunteers. Joined the Society in 2007, elected as Secretary in 2008, she dedicates a lot of her time to helping people with research and producing Society reports and booklets. A lot of her time is dedicated to gathering information for our newsletters as well as keeping a tight reign on all Society matters.

Brenda Sorraghan


Since 1979 the R&LDHS has played a significant role in the community as a safeguard of its early history. Brenda has a wealth of knowledge about the area and is one of the small, active group that dedicate their time to the Society. She is at present working towards a readily available database of this extraordinary resource. Brenda’s family can be traced back to the early settlers in the area.

Wendy McDonald

Head Researcher

Wendy McDonald Adv. Dip. Local & Applied History Researcher with 35+ years experience. Following retirement from business in New South Wales relocated to Romsey in 2005. Ancestral connections to this area 1850-1870. She is the most dedicated person dealing with research.

Kylie McMay


Hi, I am Kylie McKay the resident & official photographer of the Society. I volunteer my time 3 days a week and am the current Vice-President of the RLDHS. I use my skills in photography to digitize and restore the old photographs that are held here for our clients. As well as photography I am involved with research, information gathering, producing newsletters and run our Facebook page ‘Lost Shire of Romsey’. I also document, photograph and record historically important events as well as abandoned or ruined buildings for future generations to enjoy.


Contact us

55 Main Road Lancefield VIC 3435
Postal: P.O.Box 101 Lancefield Vic 3435
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.romseylancefieldhistorical.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LostShireOfRomsey/