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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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Copy Photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photo.

Historical information

Photo shows the first buildings in Gilbert Street, Torquay circa 1890.

Significance

Gilbert Street became Torquay's "CBD" and remains the historical heart of Torquay township.

Photocopy - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell house

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Scammmell House

Historical information

Interior of house original walls

Significance

Scammell House

Photograph (copy) - Anzac Centenary Exhibitiion

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows a view of Anzac Cove with Australian soldiers bathing in the water.

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows a young boy sitting on Torquay beach in front of a bathing box.

Significance

Bathing boxes were a feature of the Torquay beachfront pre 1950s

Photocopy - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photo family members

Historical information

Norman & Nel Pride at Rocky Point

Collection of photographs - Light Horse Camp Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

A collection of 20 photographs of Light Horse Brigade Camp Torquay 1939-1940

Historical information

Last Light Horse Camp in Australia at Torquay

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.

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows bathing boxes on the Torquay front beach around to Point Danger

Significance

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

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows troopers on parade at the Torquay Camp

Significance

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

Photograph (copy) - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and White photocopy

Historical information

Article from the Geelong Advertiser on 3 September 1975 speculates on the origin of artefacts found at Point Impossible beach, approximately 3 miles from Point Danger. Are they parts of the Scammell wrecked off Point Danger Torquay in 1891.

Significance

The loss of the Scammell in 1891 was a significant event in the history of Torquay.

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.

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"

photocopy photo - Joseph Scammell flag

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Significance

photo of original flag from the Joseph H Scammell

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 & White Photograph

Historical information

Light Horseman on Horse

Significance

Last Light Horse Camp Torquay Victoria

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.

Photographs (copies) - Torquay Surf Lifesaving 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 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 Club on 20 February 1946. Building of first clubhouse was completed in 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 Torquay Lifesaving Club over the previous quarter of a century.

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp at Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows an inspection of troops at the Torquay Light Horse Camp 1939-1940

Significance

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

Photographs (copies) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photographs

Historical information

Photographs show the Australian Camp at Mena, Egypt

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows eleven lady bathers immersed in the sea showing off an array of bathing hats to a group of admiring spectators on Torquay beach.

Significance

A record of fashionable headwear.

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

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

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.

Photographs (copies) - Anzac Centenary Exhibitiion

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photos

Historical information

Photographs show troops in action, Anzacs charging and troops loading shells into a howitzer.

Significance

Snapshots to remind us of the horrors of an unwinnable campaign.

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.

Framed Collage of Photographs - Scammel Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Collection of copies of newspaper photographs (labelled ) concerning the wreck of the Scammel and the aftermarth

Significance

Contempory record of shipwreck 1891

Photograph (Scanned ) - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photograph from womans Weekly

Historical information

Scammell House

Inscriptions & Markings

Writing short stories in the ships house

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) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows troops building jetties at Anzac Cove.

Copy Photos

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photograph (copy) - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Copy black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows women and men on Rocky Point looking at the wreck of the Scammell at Torquay in 1891.

Significance

This photograph was found during demolition of the Huddard Parker offices in Geelong.

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.

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.

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows crowds of beachgoers on Torquay front beach in front of bathing boxes.

Significance

The bathing boxes in the background were a feature of the Torquay foreshore until 1953. A water tower, long removed, is also visible in the background.

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp at Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows Lighthorsemen " at the ready " at Torquay Camp 1939-1940

Significance

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

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, 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) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows a tree carving on the esplanade adjacent to the Torquay front beach based on the figurehead of the barque Inverlochy, a Scottish trading ship wrecked off nearby Anglesea on 8 December 1902. The original figurehead had been saved and mounted on a flagpole at Torquay but it disappeared in the 1950s. In 2001-02 local sculptor Mark Trinham carved a replica image of the figurehead into a 80 year old dead cypress tree on the site of the original flagpole.

Significance

The Inverlochy was one of many ships that ended their seafaring days on the south coast of Victoria.

Legacy of the storm ,Scammell house - Photocopy

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photo of front of house & Driveway

Significance

Scammell House

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) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows hospital tents on the island of Lemnos.

Photograph of a painting (copy) - The Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Sepia photograph

Historical information

Original painting found in a house at the corner of Bell Sreet and Park Lane, Torquay showing the J H Scammell on the rocks at Point Danger,Torquay in 1891.

Significance

A contemporary record of one of many shipwrecks on the south coast of Victoria.

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

Copy newspaper article & photo - Legacy of the Storm ,Scammell house

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Records unveiling of Scammell memorial plaque at Anglesea ( with photo of Margaret Ganly )

Historical information

Scammell plaque memorial at Anglesea

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.

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph is of an honour board presented by the residents of Jan Juc / Bellbrae to the local school on its 50th. jubilee in 1911.

Significance

The honour board commemorates Mr W Cook, the first teacher, Mr Hill, the builder, and Mr Caldwell, Mr Ed Gundry, Mr Joseph Gundry, Mr Butler, Mr McKenzie, Mr Goodall, Mr William Gundry and Mr Barnfather who were presumably residents notably involved in the establishment of the school.

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

News paper article (copy) - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

News paper article

Historical information

Physical description of wreck of J H Scammell on Thursday May 8th 1890 in Age Newspaper

Significance

Contemporary record of one of many ship wrecks on south coast of Victoria