Our new book,

A history of the district
will be release on 15th of June at the Acheron Community Hall's Centenary celebrations.

At left is an artist's impression of the cover.
The book is 280 x 205mm, 250 pages, full colour, with over 500 images.

The history spans the story of Acheron fron its Aboriginal beginnings, through periods of squatting and selection and on into the 21st century as Acheron continues to change and adapt.

This book was written to commemorate the centenary in 2014 of the Acheron Mechanics' Institute Inc. (Acheron Community Hall), originally known as Acheron Mechanics' Institute and Free Library.

It has been comprehensively researched and written for the Acheron Community Hall by the ACH History Sub-committee and has been completed through the dedication and leadership of Elaine Furniss and Andrea Turner with very generous contributations from many current and former Acheron residents, their families, friends and others.

Soft cover versions of the book can be pre-ordered, by downloading the form and sending it to us.

Availability will be from 15th June 2014.

Christmas Party photos

Mid-Winter Dinner at the Hall

New Lights for the Hall

Alexandra Library History Book Talk by Authors                                        Raffle of Wykeham Perry Painting                                           Time Capsule


Acheron is a well kept secret and that’s the way we locals like it - a small hamlet situated on the Maroondah Highway between Taggerty and Alexandra at the confluence of the Acheron and the Goulburn rivers, about 2 hours from Melbourne CBD – if you blink you might miss it.

The countryside is very beautiful with a combination of lush river flats and grassy, tree dotted, rolling hills – lots of Angus cattle, and with views of the Cathedral range. Living in the area is a mixture of fourth generation farming families, tree changers, retirees and weekenders.

For visitors, Acheron has a Conference Centre - Stonelea, with accommodation, restaurant, and golf course; Twin Rivers caravan park which is nestled on the bank of the Goulburn River where it joins the Acheron, and is a Mecca for trout fishermen; Rennie’s Restaurant and Art Gallery; The Acheron CFA which was very active during the Black Saturday fires; and next door to that, the jewel in the crown – our Acheron Hall.

The hall was built in 1914 on donated land, originally as a Mechanics Institute, by the locals for the locals. It sits in a quiet laneway amidst majestic gum trees, beside the Acheron River, and has a wonderful ambience which is partly due to its size – not large, and to its natural timber lined walls and ceiling. The hall is well maintained by our active Acheron Hall Committee, which also organises functions during the year for the local residents and friends to get together and enjoy each other's company. Acheron Hall is available for hire to responsible adults at reasonable rates – see Hall Hire for contact details.

The Acheron Hall seats 80 comfortably at tables and chairs; is air conditioned; with polished timber flooring; has a fully functional, recently renovated kitchen with dishwasher; an enclosed vestibule; a small stage with a piano; a modern toilet block; an exterior rear garden with child proof fencing and sail sheltered barbeque facilities. It’s used for many different functions – parties, weddings, meetings, church services, yoga, musical soirees and recently in the aftermath of the Black Saturday fires, it served for 12 months as the kindergarten for the children of Marysville.
In 2014 we will be celebrating the centenary of the hall.

Acheron Hall Mechanics Institute Inc. Annual General Meeting

The 2013 Acheron Hall AGM was held on Sunday 29th of September at 11.00am. All positions were declared vacant and nominations called for.
All existing office bearers and committee members were re-nominated and unaminously re-elected.
The Minutes of the AGM and the outgoing President's Report are attached.



Our Thanks   more...

John Thorp
5772 1442
Larraine Redshaw
5772 2735
Hall Hire:
Barb and David Gamble
5772 3305
Louise Edward
0402 082 185
Beth Thorp
5772 1442