A small unassuming building on Sloane Street has been the saving grace for a Goulburn community group. The Goulburn District Historical and Genealogy Society, known as History Goulburn, only expected to inhabit the building for a year.
Three years on and the society still operated in the building which was offered rent free by Mitre 10. Now, they are looking for a new location.
Over the past few years the group's natural home, St Clair Villa, has been subject to much needed renovation.
History Goulburn President Jennifer Lamb expressed her gratitude to Mitre 10 for their generosity over the years. She said the society needed to leave their current location by January 31 because the hardware store needed extra space.
"The time has come when Mitre 10 needs the room and we graciously accept that," Ms Lamb said.
"They have been incredibly generous."
Society members have started to box up the plethora of documents and photos they've collected over the years. While these items can be stored at a storage facility courtesy of the Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Ms Lamb seeks a shopfront.
"We are looking for an alternative solution and hoping to find a small shopfront," she said.
Public access is important for the historical society to connect with the Goulburn community. Ms Lamb said people often wandered in to make inquiries and research their family history.
Long term the community group plans on moving back into St Clair with works expected to be completed later in the year.
Until the Goulburn and District Historical Society finds a new home they will be closed to the public. In the meantime, all inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.