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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

School Principal's desk

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Wooden school principal's desk

Historical information

This item was from the original Torquay primary School. It is believed to date back to the early 1900s or earlier. It was supplied to the school by the Public Works Department and still bears the PWB brands. The desk was purchased by the late George McCartney, at a public auction of the old school's furniture and effects and donated by the McCartney family to the Torquay and District Historical Society in 2017. Some repairs and restoration work were completed by the Torquay Men's Shed.

Inscriptions & Markings

PWD on outside of front right hand leg.

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 & White Photograph

Historical information

Light Horseman on Horse

Significance

Last Light Horse Camp Torquay Victoria

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 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

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,

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Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Glass Object - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Heavy plain glass drinking tumbler

Historical information

This article recovered from the wreck of the Scammell off Torquay in 1891 was purchased at an auction of the ships cargo and later donated to the Society.

photocopy photo - Joseph Scammell flag

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Significance

photo of original flag from the Joseph H Scammell

Street Signs

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

A collection of wooden hand painted street signs.

Historical information

James Baines was principal of Torquay primary school, a local historian and genealogist and authority on Australian plants. He and his wife Ray were responsible for the manufacture and erection of street signs in the fledgling township of Torquay circa 1937. The signs were later removed by the Council and replaced by "official" signage.

Significance

A great example of local initiative and community involvement.

Inscriptions & Markings

Beales St. Cliff St. Cowrie Rd. Darrien Rd. Fischer St. Grandview Rd. Henty St. New St. Park La. Price St. Short St. Voss Rd. Walker St. Zeally Bay Rd.

Black & White photocopy - Legacy of the Storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black & White Photcopy

Historical information

Family photo at the rear of house

Significance

Private residence

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Catalogue - Bellbrae Carriages

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

3 sheets of A3 heavy paper stapled to form a 4 page plus cover, Illustrated Catalogue and History of Bellbrae Carriages, an Early Australian Museum located in Hendy main Road, Bellbrae Victoria. The catalogue features 47 small (approx 5mmx4mm) photographs of the vehicles in the museum along with brief descriptions including origins of each vehicle. There are a further 84 smaller historic items listed including lamps, bottles, clothing and household machinery and equipment.

Historical information

The Museum operated as a tourist attraction at Bellbrae . Tour buses would bring visitors to the Museum . Morning or afternoon tea was available as part of the experience. In his introduction to the museum on the inside cover of the catalogue George McCartney wrote, " Wecome to Bellbrae carriages; have a pleasant visit and i sincerely hope you gain some insight into the past, colourful, exciting but hard early days of our pioneering ancestors...." George McCartney 's experiences of those early days inspired him to collect and restore the vehicles in this museum. While the collection currently remains at Bellbrae (2019), the museum has been closed to the public for a number of years and the collection offered for sale.

Significance

This catalogue is a record of George McCartneys commitment to preserving a historic record of the horse drawn vehicles which were in widespread using during the 19th and early 20th centuries in Victoria and other parts of Australia. It is also a record of a local tourism attraction which operated in the latter part of the 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bellbrae Carriages George Mccartney Prop. Hendy Main Rd Bellbrae, 3228, RMD Box 1390 Vic. Australia Ph: 612908. Early Australian Museum Illustrated Catalogue and History. There is no publication date.

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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

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

William Richard Gundry ,was born at Peubla (Torquay) in 1860 married Anna Mariah Tomamicheal . He was the sixth child ofJoseph and Mary . William was on the Barrabool Council for in excess of thirty years . The historic item in the entry room was presented to William on his retirement from the council .He died at Jan Juc in 1941 and is burried at the Bellbrae Cemetery .

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.

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 .

Photocopy - Legacy of the Storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Scammell House

Historical information

Rear of Scammell House & Residents

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.

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

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

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows a bathing beauty in a neck to knee costume posing on Torquay beach.

Significance

A nostalgic memory of a past generation.

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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 shows members of the Bubb family cutting ironbark logs in the Anglesea forest for their sawmill. The sawmill was established after WW2 to provide work for his sons. The sons who worked at the mill were Arthur, Harold (aka Jimmy), and Robert all of whom are buried at Bellbrae cemetery. As well as providing timber for their own use, Bubbs' timber was used in many homes around the Anglesea and Bellbrae areas.

Significance

The Bubb family was a prominent pioneer family in the Bellbrae district.

Photograph (copy) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows an Australian nurse at the island of Lemnos, holding a kitten.

Significance

A lighter note in dark times.

Photocopies - Scammel Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Remnants of Scammel wreck on the shore

Significance

Shipwrecks of Scammel 1891

Inscriptions & Markings

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Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows women on the Torquay back beach.

Significance

in the background of the photograph is a rotunda on Rocky Point that was demolished many years ago.

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.