Blue plaques are available to owners of places and objects listed in the Victorian Heritage Register and are a way of highlighting Victoria’s diverse heritage places, and the stories and history behind them.
Blue plaques are used by tourists, visitors and those interested in the history of their local areas. Anyone passing by has the chance to read the plaques and learn more of the rich heritage that surrounds them. It is expected that people will respect the privacy of private home owners.
Owners and managers of these properties also benefit. Many owners are proud of the way their buildings contribute to the heritage of the State and are happy for their home or property to be celebrated.
A growing number of places have been adapted for commercial use as galleries, restaurants, accommodation venues or are in some way open to the public. Others, such as court houses, museums, public gardens, archaeological sites are in public ownership but their significance is not always acknowledged.
Who gets a blue plaque?
All places and objects included in the Victorian Heritage Register are automatically entitled to a blue plaque. We invite all owners of registered places and objects to participate in the blue plaque program. If you are interested in getting a plaque for your State-registered property or object, please contact us on (03) 8508 1656 or email email@example.com.
The Heritage Council of Victoria supplies the blue plaque free of charge.
Check your eligibility for a plaque
Search for your property in the Victorian Heritage Database, using the ‘advanced search’ option. All eligible properties will have a reference number starting with ‘VHR Hxxxx’.
If your property does not have a VHR reference number but appears in the database, it may be eligible for recognition through another heritage authority, such as your local council or the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). The search results in the database will indicate which authority the property is recognised by.
Where possible the plaque should be affixed to something other than the actual historic fabric. We can provide advice on the best way to attach the plaques to your property. Plaques are easy to clean and require virtually no maintenance.