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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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Glass Bottle - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

A small glass bottle. Use not apparent.

Historical information

This object was retrieved from the beach at Torquay after the wreck of the Scammell in 1891.

Significance

Believed to be from the shipwreck off Torquay in 1891.

Text Record - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Seven page description of the J H Scammell event by Mr Percy Holden the Customs officer in charge of the wreck for protection of revenue

Historical information

A comprehensive report of event

Significance

A contemporary record of one of the many shipwrecks on South Coast of Victoria

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.

Photocopy - Legacy of the Storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Scammell House

Historical information

Rear of Scammell House & Residents

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Photographs (copies) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photographs

Historical information

Photographs show bathing boxes or fishermens' sheds at Fishermans beach Torquay.

Significance

A memory of old Torquay.

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Fishermans basket with fishing tools

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

A wicker fishing basket

Historical information

The fishing basket was the property of Felix Rosser an early settler and fisherman in Torquay.

Significance

Felix Rosser was a well known early settler in Torquay. This fishing basket and equipment belonged to him.

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.

Photocopy of Article - Legacy of the storm Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Three typed pages

Historical information

Article by George H Johnson

Significance

Narrates the story of the Scammell wreck and the state of the deck house

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph taken on the Torquay front beach in front of the first Surf Club house.

Significance

The clubhouse on the Torquay front beach was superceded by one on the back (surf) beach.

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

The photograph shows a group of young girls in swimming costumes and two young men in blazers on a Torquay beach with bathing boxes in the background.

Significance

A memory of early beach culture at Torquay

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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) - 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) - Early Beach Scenes Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

.Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows boys jumping into the sea off Rocky Point, a cliff formation adjacent to the Torquay back beach with the sweeping beach in the background

Significance

Children indulging in a now prohibited beach pastime.

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) - 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

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

Display Legend - Light Horse Camp Torquay 1930-1940

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Typed Legend of Photographic Exhibition of Light Horse Brigade Camp in Torquay 1940

Historical information

Prepared for 2014 Photographic Exhibtion

Inscriptions & Markings

nil

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Copy Photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white copy photo.

Historical information

Photo shows Edward Molyneux, a Torquay pioneer, fishing in Spring Creek, Torquay,

Significance

Edward Molyneux was a significant contributor to the development of Torquay. Spring Creek was a significant attraction in bringing visitors to the area and remains a favourite spot in contemporary Torquay for locals and visitors alike.

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.

colour photo - Scammell collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

colour photo

Iron Pin - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Corroded steel object, pin shaped

Historical information

This item was found in 1980 at Freshwater Creek, Torquay and is believed to be from the Scammell wrecked off Point Danger, Torquay in 1891.

Significance

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

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photocopy photo

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Historical information

Pride family used the deck house of the Scammell to build a house in Torquay. This photo shows 14 members of the Pride family from around the early 1900s.

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photographs

Historical information

Photograph is similar to 00024.14 but is in closer perspective