Stories Organisations Projects About Login

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 (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

View on Google Maps

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.

There are no comments yet.

Leave a comment

324 items

close
Show All Items Items with Images (224) Items with Audio Items with Video Items with Documents (2)
View As Grid List

324 items

Photograph (copy)

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows a panoramic view of Iron Bark Station with farm buildings, haystacks and stooks of hay in the paddock in the background.

Significance

Iron Bark Station was the home of the Gundry family, early settlers in the Torquay Bellbrae area.

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Legacy of the storm ,Scammell house - Photocopy

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photo of front of house & Driveway

Significance

Scammell House

Photograph (copy) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph is of Brigadier-General Brudenell.

Significance

Brudenell was responsible for the massive task of overseeing the evacuation of Gallipoli in December 1915 which ended the campaign that is now written large in the Australian story.

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.

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows a couple in then contemporary swimming costumes posing arm in arm on the beach at Torquay.

Significance

It is believed that this photograph was taken circa 1920. The happy couple are James Thomas Evans and Roberta Evans then of Daylesford, later of 43 Anderson Street Torquay.

Black & white Photo - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photo from Womens Weekly

Historical information

Scammmell house

Significance

Written story of of the ships house

Photographs (copies) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photographs

Historical information

Photographs show the Bubb family trucks, a timber jinker and a tray truck laden with flax grown on the family farm at Bellbrae.

Significance

The Bubb family was one of the prominent pioneering families of the Bellbrae district.

Photograph (copy) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph is of Herbert Winkler of the 13th Australian Light Horse.

Significance

Another Torquay district soldier who served his country in WW1.

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows five young boys and a baby standing on a wooden structure on the beach and wearing a variety of beach wear.

Significance

The bathing boxes in the background were a feature of the Torquay beachscape until the 1950s.

Copy Photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photo

Historical information

Photo taken on new years day 1900 shows Edward Molyneux's Hot Water Depot, established on the bank of Spring Creek,Torquay to cater for the growing number of visitors to the area. Note the conveyances of the day in the foreground.

Significance

The Hot Water Depot was an innovative response to the demands of an embryonic tourist industry in Torquay.

Photograph (copy) - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows members of the Scammell crew, customs officials and onlookers viewing the aftermath of the Scammell wreck

Significance

Contemporary record of a significant event in the history of Torquay,

Photograph (copy) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Sepia photograph

Historical information

Photograph is of Herbert Marendaz of the 4th Australian Light Horse, standing at attention beside his horse.

Significance

Herbert Marendez was another Torquay district soldier who served his country in WW1.

Copy Photo - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Sepia copy photo

Historical information

Shows group of beach goers on Torquay Beach in front of Bathing boxes early 1920.s

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photographs (copies) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photographs

Historical information

Photos show a soldier carrying his wounded comrade to a hospital tent and stretcher bearers in a trench.

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black & White Photograph

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black & White Photograph

Significance

Family photo at Scammell House Private residence

Pair of Tables and Speaker's rostrum

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

A pair of timber board room tables and a timber speaker's podium with the Shires insignia on the front.

Historical information

This pair of tables was made for Council offices built in Grossmans Road Torquay to accommodate the newly formed Surf Coast Shire in !980 and were used in the Council Chambers board room. The podium was also used in the board room. When the Council moved to new premises in Merrijig Drive Torquay in 2010 the furniture from the old offices was offered to local community organisations. The tables and podium were secured for the Torquay and District Historical Society and have since been housed in the Torquay Old Police Station meeting room and have been made available by the Society for use by other community groups.

Significance

These items mark the end of an era in local government when the State Government implemented a major rationalisation of municipalities in Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Surfcoast Shire Council

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photocopy - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photocopy

Historical information

Pride sisters -Margarets Aunties

Copy Photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photo.

Historical information

Photo shows Edward Molyneux's upgraded Hot Water Depot, now the Hot Water Café and Garage and located in Bell Street, Torquay adjacent to the Palace Hotel. The business also offered vehicles for hire.

Significance

Edward Molyneux developed and expanded his business to keep up with the times, especially the advent of motor transport.

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph.

Historical information

Photograph shows troopers at the ablutions area of the Camp.

Significance

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

Photocopy - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photograph of family members dressed in early 1900 s clothing

Historical information

Scammell House

Folder of Family Histories - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

A3 Folder

Historical information

The family histories of pioneer families in the Torquay Bellbrae area were compiled for an exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary of the Bellbrae Cemetery Trust in 2015. Photographs from the exhibition are listed under Items 00026.1 to 00026.31 in our records. The brief historical information in the photograph listings is supplemented by more extensive details of the families and their historical connections with Bellbrae in this Folio (Item 00026.0) which may be viewed on request at the Society's rooms.

Significance

Pioneer family names commemorated in the compilation are Gundry, Bubb, Simmons, Cunningham, Duffield, Grossman, Berryman and Yateman.

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows two lady bathers on the Torquay front beach in front of bathing boxes.

Significance

The bathing boxes were a feature of the Torquay foreshore until 1953.

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) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph is believed to be of Thomas Simmons an early pioneer of the Bellbrae area. He was the father of Arthur Simmons, and the son of William Simmons and Rebecca Hunter who married in 1877 and owned and ran farming properties at Freshwater Creek and Waurn Ponds. Their son Thomas married Cecelia Lemmin in 1914 and lived at Freshwater Creek where Arthur Simmons was born.

Significance

Thomas Simmons was the father of Arthur Simmons.

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.

Photo (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph of Joseph Gundry

Historical information

Joseph Gundry was born at Lopen ,Somerset England circa 1810.He arrived in Van Dieman's Land 1832from England ,followed by his brothers,William 1837,and Charles later .Joseph died a Jan Juc in 1878 and is buried it the Bellbrae Cemetery .

Copy photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white copy photo

Historical information

Photo taken circa 1890 shows the building owned by the Torquay Improvement Association believed to have been used as Torquay's "Town Hall", and also as a school from 1899 until a new school was built in early 1900's. The building was destroyed by the devastating fire of 1940.

Significance

Torquay's first "Town Hall", an early community initiative,

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows beachgoers on Torquay front beach having photos taken on the sand. There is a lifesaving reel and boat on the sand and a rotunda in the background on Elephant Walk.

Significance

A nostalgic look at old Torquay.

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.

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph was taken at Point Danger Torquay and shows a lady standing in front of a commemorative cannon.

Photograph (copy)

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph is of William and Lena Cunningham taking delivery of a parcel at the Bellbrae post office.

Significance

William and Lena Cunningham (née Dridan) ran the store and post office at Bellbrae from 1940 to 1973.

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

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.

copy photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white copy photo

Historical information

Photo shows Edward Molyneux's first Hot Water Depot on Spring Creek, Torquay, with the Coffee Palace, which became the Palace Hotel on the hill (Bell Street) in the background.

Significance

Evidence of the beginnings of a service industry for residents and tourists. Note the absence of any motor vehicles.

Photograph - LIght Horse Camp Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and White photograph (copy)

Historical information

Photograph shows Light Horsemen arriving at South Geelong Railway Station December 1939 en route to Torquay Camp

Significance

The Torquay Camp was the largest and final gathering of Light Horsemen in Australia December 1939

Inscriptions & Markings

nil

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows a mounted officer inspecting troops.

Significance

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

Ownership of J H Scammel - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Memorandum Public Archives Canada

Historical information

Outlines the ownership of J H Scammel

Inscriptions & Markings

Configuration of ships names of shareholders

Photographs - Torquay Surf Life Saving Club 70th Anniversary Exhibition 2015

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 front beach at Torquay .Eventually at a meeting at the Palace Hotel in January 1946it was resolved to form the Torquay Surf Club but the name was changed to the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club on 20th February 1946.Building of the first clubhouse was completed in 1946. The first 50 years of the Club are chronicled in a book held by the TDHS author Ken Pollard which is catalogued under item 00012 in this catalogue .

Significance

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

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photograph (copy) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows horse drawn Red Cross wagons on the track.

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows Trooper F G James with plumed Light Horse hat.

Significance

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

Photograph - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell house

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Dining room photograph

Significance

Dining room photograph

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph is of the Post Office and Store at Bellbrae established in 1870.

Significance

The Cunningham family established the Post Office and Store in Bellbrae, then known as Jan Juc in 1870. Members of the Cunningham family ran the business until 1973.