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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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Photocopy - Legacy of the Storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Scammell House

Historical information

Rear of Scammell House & Residents

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows two young children in bathing suits holding hands on the beach near Point Danger at Torquay.

Significance

A memory of early Torquay

Book - T.I.A. One Hundred Years

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Soft Cover Blue Book

Historical information

The Torquay Improvement Association was formed in 1889 to promote the development of Torquay. The book tells of exploits over the hundred years from 1889 to 1989.

Significance

The Torquay Improvement Association was behind many of the improvements that took place in Torquay in the period. The book is a record of these happenings.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Torquay Improvement Association Inc./One Hundred Years/...a short history/1889/1989."

Black & White Photocopy - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Bubb family at the beach Point Addis .Shows Herbert and Lillian with some of the children .And Berts mother ,Emily ,Emily was a Gundry

Historical information

Bert ( Herbert ) grew up in Bellbrae and kept horses near the Methodist church near the Bellbrae school. He was registered at the school by his father on 5th September1898 at age 4 years 6 months .There are no records of when he left school .

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black & white photograph

Historical information

Photograph of Keith Scott Orbost 13th Light Horse Brigade at Torquay camp

Significance

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

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows children eating icypoles at Cosy Corner beach at Torquay.

Significance

The .rotunda in the background of the photograph was a feature of the old Torquay beachscape.

Black & White photocopy - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Iron Bark Station was purchased by Joseph Gundry in 1844 The property consisted of 7721 acres plus conditional rights to adjoining properties.The station housed 6000 sheep and 60 cattle . In the top left hand corner of the photograph you can see the LLAMBERIS House built by Joseph Gundry. It was thought that later the property was sold and Roderick Impey Murchison was the buyer,he later offered it for sale in 1885 and later that year A N Hassall invited tenders for lots of Liamberis.C j Cook was the listed owner in 1888 ( land of the Magpie)

Historical information

Photographs donated by Valda Connelly

Significance

Gundry descentents

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)

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

black and white photo, rectangular.

Historical information

shows small child with a blow up beach ball playing in the sand. location Cosy Corner, Torquay front beach, young Norfolk Pine trees, rotunda and old toilet block.

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) - 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) - LIght Horse Camp at Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows Lighthorsemen on charge at Torquay Camp 1939-1940

Significance

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

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?

Iron Pin/Nail - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Corroded metal object, possibly a pin or heavy nail.

Historical information

This object of uncertain provenance is believed to be from the wreck of the Scammell lost off Point Danger Torquay in 1891.

Significance

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

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.

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 - 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.

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.

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

B&W photograph

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

B&W photograph (copy of original)

Historical information

keel of the wreckage of the Scammell lying on beach; locals swimming and playing around it

Significance

contemporary photograph of last remnants of the ship

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.

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.

photocopy photo - Joseph Scammell flag

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Significance

photo of original flag from the Joseph H Scammell

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) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows Llanberris House, built by Joseph and Mary Gundry on Iron Bark Station, west of the Anglesea Geelong Road, off Menzels Road above Spring Creek. The Gundrys took up Iron Bark station in 1844 and subsequently bought up more surrounding land. Just prior to Joseph's death in 1878, the property comprising 7721 acres was offered for sale as well as conditional rights to adjoining land. Llanberis House was a substantial stone dwelling of 2 storeys with 11 rooms.

Significance

The Gundry family was one of the pioneering European settlers in the Bellbrae Torquay area.

Photocopy - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photocopy

Historical information

Pride Family dressedin Britanica costume at Centenial ball at TIA

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 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.

Copy Photo - Legacy of the Storm Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

B & W Photo

Significance

View of rear Scammell House

Photocopy - Legacy of the storm , Scammell house

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photocopy of family living room & staircase to upstairs

Historical information

Scammell house

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.

Metal Nameplate - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Rectangular metal plate (possibly brass)

Historical information

This is an actual nameplate salvaged from the Scammell, wrecked off Point Danger Torquay in 1891.

Significance

The grounding of the Scammell was a significant event in Torquay's history.

Inscriptions & Markings

" JOSEPH H SCAMMELL "

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) - Scammel Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Sepia photograph

Historical information

Photo shows the Joseph H Scammel stranded on the reef off Point Danger Torquay in 1891

Significance

One of the many ships wrecked on the coast of southern Victoria.

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 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 - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell house

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Dining room photograph

Significance

Dining room photograph

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.

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.

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.

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.

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Sepia Photo - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Sepia Photo Copy

Historical information

Trio of bathers on the Torquay front beach Marg Burn ,Nancy &Roma Quich

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) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

This book is a replica of the Bathing Boxes Register showing details of licencees of bathing box sites on the Torquay foreshore between 1920 and 1960.

Significance

The bathing boxes (at least 190) were a feature of Torquay beachfronts until 1960.

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Copy photo. - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photo

Historical information

Photo shows Paynes General Store, one of Torquay's early businesses, established in the early 1900's in Gilbert Street, Torquay.

Significance

Another example of Torquay's early commercial development.

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) - Light Horse Camp at Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and White photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows two lighthorsemen practising a charge at the Torquay camp 1939-1940.

Significance

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

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows a Torquay Improvement Association lifebuoy with two female swimmers in costume posed with the lifebuoy on Torquay beach.

Significance

For many years, the TIA lifebuoy was a feature of the Torquay beach next to the life saving club.