50 Years

50 Years of the Victorian Heritage Register 1974-2024

Protecting Our Past, Enriching Our Future

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50 years of the Victorian Heritage Register
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50 years of the Victorian Heritage Register

50 years of the Victorian Heritage Register

Protecting our past, enriching our future!

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Victorian state government heritage legislation. 

In 1974, after many years of campaigning by Victorian conservation activists, the first buildings were included in the Victorian Historic Buildings Register to protect them for current and future generations. The Historic Buildings Register eventually became what we know today as the Victorian Heritage Register.  

The Victorian Heritage Register provides legal protection for a variety of heritage important to Victorians, not just historic buildings. Heritage can be buildings, objects, collections, archaeological remains, gardens, shipwrecks and more.

Did you know…Victoria was the first Australian state to establish a Heritage Council to recommend the registration of places and objects of State-level significance to be protected by a Heritage Register?

The Victorian Heritage Register now includes approximately 2,400 places and objects that are significant to the history and development of Victoria. You read more about these places and objects on the Victorian Heritage Database.

The Heritage Council of Victoria is celebrating this golden milestone and the many important places and objects protected through various events and partnerships throughout the year. Keep an eye out for the 50th Anniversary badge, highlighting events being held at places included in the Victorian Heritage Register.

Celebrate 50 years of preserving Victoria’s rich cultural heritage by attending some upcoming events.

Upcoming events:

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