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Cornish Association of Victoria Inc.

  • 19 Monash Grove Blackburn South VIC 3130
  • 03 9877 2968
  • Website
Library Charges
  • $2.00 - members. $10.00 non members
Research Costs
  • $10.00 per hour - Members; $20.00 per hour - Non members
Open Hours
  • 10.00 am - 2.00 pm 2nd Tuesday February - December 10.00 am - 2.00 pm 4th Monday February - November 10.00 am - 1.30 pm 3rd Saturday February - November (2nd Saturday December) Meetings at 2.00pm on 3rd Saturday, as above Address - Oakleigh Baptist Church Cnr Warrigal Rd and Moorookyle Ave Oakleigh Vic 3166 Melway Ref: 69 E10
Approximate Membership
  • 550
Membership Cost
  • $27.00 Single; $40.00 Family; $300.00 Life
  • Cornish Association of Victoria Inc. Newsletter. Quarterly
  • 1986

The C.A.V. was founded by people whose ancestors had migrated from Cornwall.  Many of these ancestors came to Australia because of their knowledge of hard rock mining. 

To stimulate an interest in Cornish History and Genealogy is one of the main objectives of the Association.  Meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday February to November with speakers talking on varying topics related to these objectives.  As well we arrange outings to points of Cornish interest and have held Festivals in Bendigo, Eaglehawk and Ballarat.

Our Library holds a large range of Cornish records, and some Australian records, to assist those doing research.  We have all the records published by the Cornwall Family History Society.

Membership is open to Cornish persons, by birth or descent, their spouses and their children and other persons with an interest in Cornwall.

Ballarat Branch meets on the 1st Saturday of EVEN months at St Cuthberts Hall, Sturt St Ballarat at 5.00 pm

Geelong Branch meets on the 3rd Wednesday of ODD months at the Uniting Church Hall, Cnr Bellarine Hwy and Boundary Rd, East Geelong at 7.30 pm


Overland Gold 1851-1853 Overland Gold is a research project focusing on oberland travel from South Australia to the Victorian goldfields in 1851-1853: in particluar the routes taken, the modes of travel and conditions experienced. The major component will be a web-based information resource where researchers and collecting institutions can contribute and share information and queries. Information is being sought from family historians etc. whose forebears made this journey and may have diaries and first-hand accounts of travel or of travellers passing through regions along the route. The project is supported by a grant from the Victorian Government under the Local History Grants Program. Contact: Ms Moira Drew Phone: 03 9525 9083 Email: overlandgold@cornishvic.gov.au


Special Interest Groups are: Cornish Language Group, Camborne/Gwennap Central Mining District Group, St Just-in-Penwith Group, Cornish Born Group.