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From A to Z, our people files are crammed full of information on some of the characters and families that have helped build Brighton from its early beginnings to the present day. Many a famous name can be found lurking in a manila folder in our cabinet drawers.

Our people files are growing as more and more people bring us information and documents they find - often when they are cleaning out the family home or putting their affairs in order. We welcome all local information as it often enables us to start a new family file or add to a current one. Don’t throw it away – bring it to us.

Every week our volunteers scour the local news and save any relevant items about local residents in our continuing efforts to maintain and update the people files.

Right: Col Williamson, police officer and captain-coach of the Brighton Football Club (1947-1949), circa 1949.

Joe Yick, fruiterer and greengrocer, circa 1950s.

Adeline Grant, circa 1903.

We acknowledge that we meet and work on the traditional land of the Ngaruk Willam of the Boon Wurrung language people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

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