About Us

Footscray Historical Society was founded in 1968. For 54 years Ercildoune has been our headquarters.

Our volunteers serve the community by collecting, preserving and making accessible the local history of the City of Maribyrnong area.


Image: Footscray Institute of Technology Students . ‘Hayride’, Nicholson Street, Footscray c1970

boundary of Footscray

Since the local council amalgamation, Footscray Historical Society’s domain has expanded to include all the suburbs of the City of Maribyrnong:- Footscray, Yarraville, Seddon, West Footscray, Kingsville, Maribyrnong, Tottenham, Braybrook and Maidstone.

Research Fees

Students and members may undertake independent research at Ercildoune, free of charge.

Visitors to Ercildoune requiring help with research are charged $11 per hour. A fee of $22 applies when written responses to research queries are issued by email or sent by post.

2019 Brochure
Picture Victoria

Footscray Historical Society reserves copyright on all its images.

The source of any of our images is to be acknowledged with any reproduction.

Charges apply for high resolution/print quality versions of our images.

  • COMMERCIAL single use $60 per image
  • COMMERCIAL multiple use $120 per image
  • NON-COMMERCIAL single use $33 per image
  • MEMBER RATE single use $22 per image

In 2002, Footscray Historical Society, in collaboration with Maribyrnong Library Services, participated in a state funded Local History Project to digitize its picture collection.

Visit the Picture Victoria website to access and download low resolution versions of our images free of charge.

Search by any suburb in the Maribyrnong area to sample pictures held at Ercildoune.