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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.

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18 Price Street Torquay Victoria (map)
phone
+61 +61352647275
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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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Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photo.

Historical information

Photo shows locals and bathing boxes on the back beach Torquay.

Significance

A scene of times past.

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

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.

Photograph (copy)

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and White photocopy

Historical information

Photograph appears to have been copied from an unknown newspaper but is believed to show the Joseph H Scammell on the reef at Point Danger Torquay in 1891.

Copy Photograph - Legacy of the Storm Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Historical information

View of front Scammell House

Iron Pin - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

A long iron pin, now corroded from immersion.

Historical information

Object recovered from the wreck of the Scammell wrecked off Point Danger Torquay in 1891.

Significance

The wreck of the Scammell was a significant event in Torquays history.

Extracts of Articles - The Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photocopied texts

Historical information

Extracts from a book by K L Cecil and R V Carr including an eyewitness account by Felix Rosser of the wreck of the J H Scammell off Torquay in 1891.

Significance

Details of one of many shipwrecks on the south coast of Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

extracts from Cecil and Carr, The Wreck of the Joseph H Scammell

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows a bathing beauty in a neck to knee costume posing on Torquay beach.

Significance

A nostalgic memory of a past generation.

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows troopers feeding a horse at the Camp.

Significance

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

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery 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 pioneers of the Bellbrae district.

Significance

In 1856, Edmund Duffield and his wife Mary with their children John and Thomas, sailed from England to Geelong on the clipper "Arthur the Great". On arrival, Edmund presented himself to the Geelong Immigration Depot and was engaged to work with Hudson and Sons of Geelong for 40 shillings a month. Edmund later moved to Jan Juc where he and Mary took up farming. In 1863 their son Willliam was born at neighbouring Iron Bark Station owned by their friends the Gundrys. In 1877 the Duffields acquired a further 60 acres of land increasing his holding to 160 acres, and their son Thomas acquired another 60 acre lot at nearby Paraparap.They also leased land from Joseph Gundry.

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph is of Eric Dullield a member of a prominent Bellbrae pioneering family.

Significance

Eric Duffield was the son of Henry and Elizabeth Duffield (née Follett)Eric died aged 83 years and was buried at Bellbrae on 30 July 1986.

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows a family group in swimwear, wrapped in towels and blankets, on the beach at Torquay with bathing boxes in the background.

Significance

A record of beach fashions, and bathing boxes that had disappeared from the beach by the 1950s.

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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 Mary Gundry (nee Watson)

Significance

Mary Gundry was the wife of Joseph Gundry, She was born on 23 July 1816 in Hobart Town and married Joseph at Hamilton, Tasmania. She died in 1905 and is buried at Jan Juc. (Bellbrae). Her grandmother was Rachel Hoddy who was transported to Australia on the Lady Juliana in the Second Fleet. The women of the Second Fleet were transported and recruited to Sydney to restore the imbalance to "civilise" the colony. Rachel married Isaac Williams who had been transported to Norfolk Island and later Tasmania. Her child Hannah Williams as the first generation would be referred to as a Currency Lass. She later married a convict Richard Watson. Hannah is buried at Watsons Marsh in the Derwent Valley in Tasmania. Their child Mary was to become Mary Gundry. Joseph and Mary arrived in Victoria with two children, John William and Joseph James. Mary had another child, Mary, when she married Joseph.Charles was the first child born at Jan Juc in 1844.

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph is a group photograph of the Herbert and Lillian Bubb and their nine children, Jack, Frederick, Gordon, Roy, Harold (aka Jimmy), Robert (Bob), Arthur, Leslie (aka Toby) and Margaret.

Significance

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

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows the Bubb family sawmill at Bellbrae.

Significance

The Bubb family was one of the prominent early settlers of Bellbrae.

Copy Photos - Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club 70th Anniversary 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black & White Photographs

Historical information

The Torquay Life Saving Club was formed in1922. 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 the 20 February 1946. Building of the first clubhouse was completed in 1946. For descriptions of photographs 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 over the previous twenty five years

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows beach goers at Torquay Back Beach with wreckage of The Scammell on the sand and swimmers in the surf in neck to knee bathers,

Significance

The Scammell was an international trading ship that was wrecked off Point Danger Torquay in 1891.

Photographs (copies) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photographs

Historical information

Photographs are of three Torquay district soldiers, George Donoghue and James Coots, both of whom won military medals, and Leslie Ellis who was killed in action.

Significance

A memory of brave "local lads"

Black & White Photograph

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black & White Photograph

Significance

Family photo at Scammell House Private residence

Copy Photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photo

Historical information

Photo shows Edward Molyneux's motorised drag with a full complement of tourists, embarking for, or just returned from a trip to Torquay, or perhaps further along the south coast.

Significance

The beginning of motorised tourism on the Surf Coast.

Black & White Photograph - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Herbert Frederick married Lillian May Warick from Ballarat ,and they had nine children. The photo of the nine Bubb family shows the youngest left , Margaret to the eldest on the right Jack

Historical information

Bubb family History

Glass Object - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Heavy plain glass drinking tumbler

Historical information

This article recovered from the wreck of the Scammell off Torquay in 1891 was purchased at an auction of the ships cargo and later donated to the Society.

Photograph (copy) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph is of General Sir John Monash.

Significance

Monash was one of Australia's greatest war tacticians.

Newspaper article and photograph (copy) - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photocopy

Historical information

Article published in the Geelong Advertiser on 23 August 1971 telling the story of the Geelong Skindiving Club recovering the anchor from the wreck of the Scammell lost on the reef at Point Danger Torquay in 1891.

Significance

contemporary record of the recovery of a significant artefact from an old wreck off Torquay.

Copy Photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photo.

Historical information

A view of The Esplanade Torquay circa 1920's

Significance

The Esplanade became the premier boulevard of Torquay township and is now amongst Victoria's most sought after residential real estate with unrestricted ocean views.

Copy Photos

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photo

Historical information

Photograph shows members of the Bubb family in a truck and on motor cycles on their farm at Bellbrae probably in the early 1940's.

Significance

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

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photograph - Torquay SLSC March Past 1956

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

A3 Black and White photograph

Historical information

The Torquay Surf 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 Life Saving on 20 February 1946. Building of the first clubhouse was completed in 1946. The first 50 years of the Club are chronicled in a book by Ken Pollard held by TDHS and which is catalogued under Item 00012 in this catalogue.

Significance

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

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph is of a painting of Torquay Back Beach in January 1913. the artist was Irene Kate (Kitty) Higgins.

Significance

A contemporary record of old Torquay.

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Nine black and white photographs

Historical information

Photographs show various aspects of the Camp at Torquay.

Significance

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

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

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and White photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows the camp cook serving food to the troops.

Significance

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

Folder of Photographs - Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club 70th Anniversary Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

A collection of black and white and colour photographs

Historical information

These photographs were taken at the International Surfing Competition held at Torquay Surf Beach on 29 November 1956. The Age reported an estimated 40000 people were at the beach that day, The event coincided with Olympic Games in Melbourne that year. Photos show teams in the March Past, lines of surf boats on the beach and panoramic views of the action.

Significance

The 1956 Carnival was the largest and most representative surf competition ever held in Australia to that date.

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph is a portrait of Arthur Simmons aged circa 90 years.

Significance

See Item 00026.28

Copy Photo - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell house

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Sepia copy photo

Historical information

Various members of the Pride Family at Torquay Beach 1920s

Significance

Scammell House

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp at Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows ranks of Lighthorsemen marching on Fishos Beach Torquay 1939-1940

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

Book (copy) - The Wreck of the Joseph H Scammell

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Typed booklet (27 pages)

Historical information

The book tells the story of the shipwreck of the J H Scammell off Point Danger Torquay in 1891.

Significance

The story of one of the many wrecks on the notorious south coast of Victoria.

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows six men on Torquay beach dressed in womens bathing costumes.

Significance

Torquay swimmers showing their feminine side?

Copy Photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white copy photograph

Historical information

Photo circa 1880 on Torquay Front Beach frontage displays a house owned by William Pride with Colonel Price's first holiday home in the background

Significance

A photographic record of the beginnings of the Torquay township.

Copy Magazine Article and photo - Legacy of the storm Scammell house

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Article & Photo

Significance

Interview with Margaret Ganley about Scammell House

Inscriptions & Markings

Article from Real Life Magazine by Michelle Ednacott & Barbara Maher

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.

Photograph (copy) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows troops boarding ship at Station Pier Melbourne prior to embarkation.

Significance

The beginning of a tragic adventure.

Photograph (copy)

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

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 .

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows the children of Herbert Frederick and Lillian Bubb who were still living in 1999.

Significance

Herbert Frederick and Lillian Bubb and their children were original pioneers of Bellbrae district.

Photograph (copy) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows an Australian nurse at the island of Lemnos, holding a kitten.

Significance

A lighter note in dark times.

Copy Photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photo

Historical information

Photo shows a pristine Spring Creek at Torquay with one of the district's early settlers, Edward Molyneux, on horseback, apparently looking across the creek towards the site of the present day RACV resort and golf course.

Significance

Spring Creek was a fishing spot that first brought visitors to the Torquay district. The area is now central to the residential development of Torquay and Jan Juc,