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Torquay and District Historical Society Torquay, Victoria

Torquay and District Historical Society is a group dedicated to learning more about and sharing the history of Torquay. Located in the Old Police Station at 18 Price Street Torquay, you can access our collection of old maps, photos, documents and memorabilia.

Contact Information

location
18 Price Street Torquay Victoria 3228 (map)
phone
+61 +61352647275

Contact

Opening Hours

Sundays 2pm - 4 pm Other times by appointment

Entry Fee

Free, Society membership details on website.

Location

18 Price Street Torquay Victoria

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In the main we collect photographic memorabilia, but we are collecting general old books, however we prefer to focus on local history. We have some items of the Scammell,a sailing ship which was wrecked off Point Danger and is a local focus of our history since 1891. We have many papers, a copy of the Bathing Box Register, the Lodgers Register from the Palace Hotel and the Newbays Guest House.

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326 items

326 items

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Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Street Signs

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

A collection of wooden hand painted street signs.

Historical information

James Baines was principal of Torquay primary school, a local historian and genealogist and authority on Australian plants. He and his wife Ray were responsible for the manufacture and erection of street signs in the fledgling township of Torquay circa 1937. The signs were later removed by the Council and replaced by "official" signage.

Significance

A great example of local initiative and community involvement.

Inscriptions & Markings

Beales St. Cliff St. Cowrie Rd. Darrien Rd. Fischer St. Grandview Rd. Henty St. New St. Park La. Price St. Short St. Voss Rd. Walker St. Zeally Bay Rd.

Photocopy - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell house

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photocopy of original walls and doors

Historical information

Scammell house

Photograph (copy) of a newspaper article - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Article retells the story of the rescue of the Scammell deckhouse which was incorporated into a Torquay home.

Significance

A warm story of the survival of a significant part of the Scammell wrecked off Torquay in 1891.

Copy Photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white copy photo

Historical information

A photo of The Esplanade, Torquay in the 1920's before electricity poles and lines were erected to interrupt the landscape.

Significance

Central Torquay in early days before electrification.

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Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

The photograph shows a couple on the beach at Torquay. He is taking a photo. She is holding a parasol.

Significance

A nostalgic scene from yesteryear.

Copy Photos - Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club 70th Anniversary Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black & White Photographs

Historical information

The Torquay Life Saving Club was formed in 1922 .Members operated from a large bathing box on the Torquay front beach. Eventually at a meeting at the Palace Hotel in January 1946, it was resolved to form the Torquay Surf Club but the name was changed to the Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club on 20th February 1946.The first 50 years of the Club are chronicled in a book held by the TDHS and which is catalogued under item 00012 in this catalogue.

Significance

The formation of the Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club in 1946 and the establishment of a permanent clubhouse was the culmination of the efforts of members and friends of the club over the previous twenty five years.

Photograph (copy) - LIght Horse Camp at Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows two troopers feeding a horse at the Torquay camp in 1939-1940.

Significance

The Torquay Camp was the last Light Horse Training camp in Australia.

Newpaper article (copy) - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photocopy

Historical information

Newspaper article and photos detail the raising of the Scammell anchor by members of the Geelong Skindiving Club

Significance

The Scammell anchor was recovered from the wreck and is now set up on the lawns adjacent to the front beach at Torquay.

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows the caravan park at Torquay front beach.

Significance

A snapshot of past holidays at the beach.

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph is of Herbert Bubb, a member of one of the pioneer families of Bellbrae.

Significance

Herbert was born circa 1893 and grew up at Bellbrae. He was one of the 12 children of Charles Frederick Bubb.

Metal Object - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Round metal object, possibly cover from ships compass.

Historical information

This article is the binnacle cover from the compass of the Scammell wrecked off Point Danger Torquay in 1891.

Significance

This is an original artefact discovered at Point Danger Torquay in 1934. Its whereabouts were unknown until 1996 when it was donated to the Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brass plate attached with provenance of item

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Trust Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph is a portrait of Edmund Duffield, one of the early settlers of Bellbrae.

Significance

Edmund and Mary Duffield and their children John and Thomas sailed from England to Geelong on the clipper ship Arthur the Great in 1856. On arrival, Edmund obtained employment with Hudson and Sons at Geelong for the princely wage of 40 shillings a month. He eventually moved on to Jan Juc where he and Mary took up farming. In 1877 he acquired a furher 60 acres of land taking his holding to 160 acres. At the same time his son William who was born in 1863, acquired 60 acres at nearby Paraparap. The family also leased land from their friends and neighbours the Gundrys.

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph is a studio portrait of George "Pop" Dridan and his wife, early settlers at Bellbra.

Significance

George Dridan and his wife came to Bellbrae from Amphitheatre and purchased a small farm in Menzal Road Jan Juc. Their daughter Lena married William Cunningham who ran the Bellbrae Post Office and Store from 1940 to 1973. George was a trustee of the Bellbrae Cemetery Trust from 1925 to 1929.

Copy photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photo.

Historical information

Photo shows the Australian Team in the March Past at the International Surf Life Saving Carnival held at Torquay in the Olympic year 1956.

Significance

The "Olympic' Surf Life Saving Carnival in 1956 brought together an unprecedented number of competitors and visitors from Australia and overseas to Torquay's Surf Beach.

Photocopy - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Family Wedding gathering at family house in Latrobe Terrace Geelong

Historical information

Family gathering at wedding

Copy photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photo

Historical information

Photo shows the post office at Torquay in the 1950's.

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows troopers building a bridge on the Barwon River.

Significance

The Camp at Torquay in 1939-1940 was the last Light Horse training camp in Australia

Photographs (copies) - Anzac Centenary Ehhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photographs

Historical information

Photographs show at hospital tent at Gallipoli, and nurses with wounded at a more permanent hospital.

Black & White Photograph - Bellbrae Cemetery MemorialExhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Historical information

Black and white photograph Shows Herbert and his wife Lillian with berts mother Emily and seven of the children at a family gathering .

Significance

History of Bubb family

Copy Photos - Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club 70th. Anniversary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photographs

Historical information

The Torquay Life Saving Club was formed in 1922. Members operated from a large bathing box on the Torquay front beach. Eventually at a meeting at the Palace Hotel in January 1946, it was resolved to form the Torquay Surf Club but the name was changed to Torquay Surf Lifesaving on 20 February 1946. Building of the first clubhouse was completed in 1946. For descriptions of the photos refer to 00027,1.

Significance

The formation of the Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club in 1946 and the establishment of a permanent clubhouse was the culmination of the efforts of members and friends of the Club over the previous quarter of a century.

Photograph (copy) - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Copy black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows crew, customs officers and police on the beach at Torquay after the Scammell grounding.

Significance

A contemporary record of a Victorian shipwreck in 1891.

Book - History of Torquay Surf Life Saving Club

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Hard Cover book, colour blue,

Historical information

This book was written by the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club Historian, Ken Pollard, for the fifty year anniversary of the Torquay Surf Club

Significance

Torquay Surf Life Saving Club was the first Surf Life Saving Club in Victoria, established December 1945, and the founding Members of the Club were instrumental in the formation of the Victorian Division of Surf Life Saving

Inscriptions & Markings

Gold title , Author Ken Pollard

Sepia copy photo - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell house

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photocopy

Significance

Pride family on beach with Margaret Ganly on knee

Photograph (copy) - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Copy black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows Torquay residents and others observing the wreck of the Scammell.

Significance

A contemporary record of a shipwreck in 1891.

Black and white photograph - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph likely taken at the mouth of Spring Creek where it enters the sea at the Torquay back beach. Three girls and a boy are wading in the creek watched by adults wearing suits and dresses standing on the sand.

Significance

A picture of beach recreation in past times.

Black & White photocopy - Legacy of the Storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black & White Photcopy

Historical information

Family photo at the rear of house

Significance

Private residence

Photograph (copy) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows troops, arms and supplies on the beach at Anzac Cove.

Significance

A good overview of operations at Anzac Cove.

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