In the mountains where the tall trees grow.

Acknowledgment of Country

The Toolangi-Castella local history group would like to acknowledge the Taungurung and the Wurundjeri peoples, who are the traditional custodians of the lands on which the townships of Toolangi and Castella lie. We pay respect to their Elders past, present, and emerging.

We recognise and celebrate that the Taungurung and Wurundjeri peoples of these lands never ceded sovereignty, and they remain strongly connected to country through their culture.


Toolangi and Castella are diverse communities with a rich history. Locals’ contributions are presented here for your enjoyment and education.

Art & Culture





Natural Resources

Place Names


Scientific History

Social History

Sport & Recreation


Interviews with Locals

Video interviews that get to the heart and soul of the community

Bernie Miller Interviews Geoff Biggs and Heather Briggs

April 8, 2021

Geoff Biggs and Heather Briggs

Bernie Interviews Cliff and Nancy McLaine

May 10, 2021

Cliff and Nance McLaine

Bernie Interviews Dennis Cherry and Heather McClements

June 21, 2021

Dennis Cherry and Heather McClements

Bernie Interviews Heather and Bruce McClements

June 21, 2021

Heather and Bruce McClements

Bernie Interviews Garry and Ross Demby

November 15, 2021

Garry and Ross Demby