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Apollo Bay Museum Apollo Bay, VIC

The Apollo Bay Museum - Housed in the buildings from which the first undersea telephone cable connected Tasmania with the mainland in 1936. Museum is operated by the Apollo Bay and District Historical Society. The collection includes:

History of settlement in the Apollo Bay area
Early telegraph and telephone communications
Pioneer Family Histories
Local newspaper cuttings from 1840
Historical photographic collections
Shipwrecks
History of Great Ocean Road
History of Fishing Industry in area
Books and family histories

It includes displays of relics from some of the shipwrecks and ships that were essentially the primary means of access before the Great Ocean Road and of the life of what was an extremely isolated community.

If you have family who have a connection with 'the Bay', and are interested in tracing more background, contact the museum for more information. We do not provided a service but we are happy to help you find the information held by the society.

If you have information about the Bay's past we'd be very grateful if you could share it with us.

Contact Information

location
6250 Great Ocean Road Apollo Bay VIC (map)
phone
+61 03 5237 7441
Contact

Opening Hours

2pm-5pm Saturdays and Sundays, Public and School Holidays

Entry Fee

$5 Adults, $1 Children

Location

6250 Great Ocean Road Apollo Bay VIC

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This collection is housed in the historic Cable Station built in 1936 as the mainland terminal to the first undersea telephone link to Tasmania. The building is now operated as a museum by the Apollo Bay and District Historical Society Inc. Key themes include the story of the laying of telephone cable from Victoria to Tasmania, maritime history of the Apollo Bay coast, and local history of the Apollo Bay and Otway districts.

Significance

The collection relates to an important development in Australia's communication history, documenting maritime and local history of the Apollo Bay and Otway districts, construction of the Great Ocean Road.

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BKSN Flag - The Belfast & Koroit Steam Navigation Company Flag

Apollo Bay Museum, Apollo Bay

The Belfast & Koroit Steam Navigation Company flag recovered from the wreckage of the ss Casino at Apollo Bay in 1932

Historical information

Recovered from the wreckage on the beach at Apollo Bay after the ss Casino was wrecked on 10th July 1932

Inscriptions & Markings

B,K,S,N

BKSN Life Preserver from ss Casino

Apollo Bay Museum, Apollo Bay

Cork Life Presever

Historical information

Recovered from the beach at Apollo Bay from the wreck of the ss Casino in July 1932

Inscriptions & Markings

ss Casino, Port Fairy, BKNS flag, Australian Flag

ss Cassino Sailing Notice used at Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay Museum, Apollo Bay

Wooden board painted black with white lettering

Inscriptions & Markings

SS Casino Leaves This Day