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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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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

Copy photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photo.

Historical information

Photo shows the Australian Team in the March Past at the International Surf Life Saving Carnival held at Torquay in the Olympic year 1956.

Significance

The "Olympic' Surf Life Saving Carnival in 1956 brought together an unprecedented number of competitors and visitors from Australia and overseas to Torquay's Surf Beach.

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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 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,

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Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

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) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph is portrait of a young Arthur Simmons who settled in the Anglesea ares in in 1941 and who is buried at Bellbrae.

Significance

Arthur Simmons married a local girl, Phyllis Mousley in 1939. They met at social events around the district and Arthur used to frequent the Mousley family store in Anglesea, ostensibly to replenish the petrol supply in his motor bike. Phyllis and Arthur purchased land for eight pounds in 1941 and Arthur farmed the land as well as continuing his employment with the Forestry Commission. He lived till his 99th year. Phyllis died in 2000 and is buried with Arthur at Bellbrae.

Photographs (copies) - Anzac Centenary Exbibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and White photograph

Historical information

Photographs show recruits from Geelong district photographed in Geelong after marching down Moorabool Street Geelong prior to embarkation.

Significance

in the photographs are local Torquay soldiers Henry Gardiner Green and Johann Alfred Winkler.

Photograph (copy) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Bkack and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows troops disembarking at Anzac Cove.

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows troopers building a bridge on the Barwon River.

Significance

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

Sepia copy photo - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell house

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photocopy

Significance

Pride family on beach with Margaret Ganly on knee

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows troopers on horseback en route to Torquay from Geelong Racecourse.

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

Photograph of William Prides house at 10 Latrobe Terrace Geelong in 1890,S

Significance

William prides home in Geelong

Inscriptions & Markings

No

Copy photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photo.

Historical information

Photo circa 1952 of Torquay Surf Life Saving "legends" Kevin "Mumbles" Walker, Vic Tantau and Mick O'Donnell in front of the TSLSC clubhouse that was later destroyed by fire in July 1970.

Significance

The Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club was formed in 1945 and was the first surf life saving club in regional Victoria.

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.

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Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

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 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 locals swimming and playing around the keel of the Scammell on the beach at Torquay circa 1900

Significance

The Scammell was wrecked off Point Danger Torquay in 1891.

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) - 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.

Black & White photo - Light Horse Camp Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows a farrier shoeing a horse at the Camp

Significance

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

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

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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.

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.

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) 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.

Copy photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photo

Historical information

Photo shows The Esplanade, Torquay circa 1920's before electricity poles and wires were erected to power the township but obstruct the uninterrupted view of the ocean now so prized by residents and visitors.

Significance

An early record of the primitive township of Torquay.

Photographs (copies) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photographs

Historical information

Photographs show aspects of the war at sea. One photo shows the demise of HMAT Ballarat, a former P and O Branch liner, on 25 April 1917. Note men standing in the smoking stern, and on lowered boats. The 11,120 ton troop transport was approaching the south of England, off The Lizard, when she was torpedoed by a UBoat. Fortunately all 1720 on board survived, among them being two Torquay and district soldiers, Pte. Edwin Challis of Connewarre (later killed in action) and Pte.Clement Francis Coots. The other photo shows a British warship shelling Turkish emplacements at Anzac Cove.

Photograph (copy) - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows the Scammell flag hanging from a building in Nova Scotia

Significance

The Scammell was wrecked off Point Danger Torquay in 1891.

Black & White photograph - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Pride family in front of deck house

Significance

Family Photo

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Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

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 a group of surfers on the beach at Torquay with their wooden longboards and wearing two piece bathing costumes.

Significance

Longboards and two piece uniforms are now part of surfing history.

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.

Photograph (copy)

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.

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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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.

Photograph - Light Horse Camp Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and White Photograph (copy)

Historical information

Photo depicts the arrival of Light Horsemen at Geelong Railway en route to Torquay Camp December 1939

Significance

Th Torquay Camp was the largest and final gathering of Light Horsemen and horses in Australia, World War 2 December 1939 to June 1940

Inscriptions & Markings

nil

Extracts from Geelong Advertiser - Legacy of the storm Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Narrates the story of the wreck of the Scammell and fate of the Deckhouse

Historical information

Description of fate of deckhouse

Copy Photo - Legacy of the storm Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Sepia copy photo

Historical information

Family Photograph on Torquay main Beach ( note Bathing Boxes in background )

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Trust Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

This photograph is a portrait of John Goodall who was one of the Bellbrae pioneer families.

Significance

John Goodall was born in 1804 and transported to Van Diemens Land in 1838 but subsequently settled in Geelong. In 1857 he purchased 101 acres on the north side of Spring Creek which became Springvale Farm. He died in 1874 aged 69 years. His wife Annie died only 15 months later at Talbot. The Goodalls were close friends of John and Joseph Gundry who were fellow pioneering farmers at Bellbrae.

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.

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

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph is of Herbert Bubb, a member of one of the pioneer families of Bellbrae.

Significance

Herbert was born circa 1893 and grew up at Bellbrae. He was one of the 12 children of Charles Frederick Bubb.

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.