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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

Newpaper article (copy) - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photocopy

Historical information

Newspaper article and photos detail the raising of the Scammell anchor by members of the Geelong Skindiving Club

Significance

The Scammell anchor was recovered from the wreck and is now set up on the lawns adjacent to the front beach at Torquay.

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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

Photographs show horses pulling artillery and troops in front of their bunker at Gallipolli.

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.

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows five young boys and a baby standing on a wooden structure on the beach and wearing a variety of beach wear.

Significance

The bathing boxes in the background were a feature of the Torquay beachscape until the 1950s.

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows four adults and two children sitting on the rocks at the beach at Torquay.

Significance

A nostalgic beach scene

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) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Historical information

Photograph shows beachgoers gathered at Torquay front beach around a display of lifesaving equipment.

Significance

A memory of early Torquay.

Black & white Photo - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photo from Womens Weekly

Historical information

Scammmell house

Significance

Written story of of the ships house

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.

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?

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.

Photographs (copies) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photographs

Historical information

Photographs show living conditions at Anzac Cove, one photo showing troops at the makeshift post office.

B & W Photograph - Legacy of the Storm Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Significance

Photo of Pride Family in front of Scammell House

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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 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.

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.

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

Document Photocopy - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Copy of manifest Scammell cargo

Significance

Comprehensive list of Scammell Cargo

Inscriptions & Markings

None

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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 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.

Photocopy - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell house

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photocopy

Significance

Scammell House

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows a trooper on his horse in the dunes at Torquay

Significance

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

framed letter

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Typed letter/testimonial with large red seal and personally signed. Located in a black frame with gold edge.

Historical information

This letter acknowledges help given to the British people by Australians after WW 11. In this case Torquay Golf Club in Victoria Australia sent its President, Mr Vary, with gifts of food to help supplement the 'somewhat restricted menus' of the people of Torquay, Devon, England.

Inscriptions & Markings

Letter to members of the Torquay Golf Club Australia expressing gratitude for 'generous assistance', such as 'food gifts', given during post war years. Seal of the Borough of Torquay, Devon, England. Signed by Mayor and Justice of the Peace for the Borough. Dated 13th July 1949.

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Trust Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows Herbert Frederick and Lillian Bubb on the beach at Point Addis with several of their children, and Herbert's mother, Emily, who was a Gundryefore her marriage.

Significance

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

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 "

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

Photograph Copy - Scammel Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black & White Photo

Historical information

From book entitled -Wreck of Joseph H Scammel

Significance

Photograph of Bell & owner Carleen Thoenberg

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Photograph (copy) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows troops riding camels in front of the Sphinx.

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scene

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows a large group of female trainee teachers in neck to knee swimming costumes reclining on the beach at Torquay with bathing boxes in the background.

Significance

A picture of beach fashion of yesteryear.