A social history museum with a collection linked to history of the Borough of Queenscliffe. The collection includes many thousands of documents, photographs, textiles, newspapers, toys, films and more. A mixture of long term and temporary displays provide a unique experience for the public and an active research team can assist individuals and groups.

Our collection

Queenscliffe Historical Museum Collection (1974)

This collection is housed in the Queenscliffe Historical Museum, an organisation dedicated to conserving and displaying items relating to the local history of the Borough of Queenscliffe since 1838. The diverse collection reflects the many aspects of the development of Queenscliffe; fishing village, sea pilot station, military guardian of Port Phillip Bay, and fashionable sea-side resort. The collection includes ? Artefacts such as shipwreck items, an 1863 doctor's medicine box with contents, silverware, china, garments, military items, toys, trophies, household items, and a unique collection of lace and other textiles including quilts, ? photographs from 1862 onwards representing people, buildings, installations and the marine environment, and ? archives including diaries, rolls, registers, newspaper clippings, family records documenting life in the Borough since 1838, and local newspapers from 1882.

Themes: Connecting Victorians by transport and communications, Transforming and managing land and natural resources, Building towns, cities and the garden state, Building community life