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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)
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+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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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.

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.

Photograph of a painting (copy) - The Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Sepia photograph

Historical information

Original painting found in a house at the corner of Bell Sreet and Park Lane, Torquay showing the J H Scammell on the rocks at Point Danger,Torquay in 1891.

Significance

A contemporary record of one of many shipwrecks on the south coast of Victoria.

Copy letter - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photocopy

Historical information

This letter dated 23 July 1939 was written in response to an article in the Herald newspaper about the wreck of the Scammell off Torquay in 1891. The writer. Frances Gearing aged 9 years at the time, witnessed the aftermath of the wreck.

Significance

An eyewitness account of a significant event in Torquay's history.

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp at Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows an inspection of troops at the Torquay Light Horse Camp 1939-1940

Significance

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

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.

Photograph (copy) - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows a timber jinker owned by the Bubb family travelling along the Anglsea Road circa 1950.

Significance

The Bubb family was one of the prominent pioneer families of Bellbrae.

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) - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows divers over the remains of the wrecked Scammell

Significance

The Scammell ran aground on a reef off Point Danger Torquay in 1891.

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) - 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.

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows eleven lady bathers immersed in the sea showing off an array of bathing hats to a group of admiring spectators on Torquay beach.

Significance

A record of fashionable headwear.

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.

Photograph (copy) - Light Horse Camp at Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows ranks of Lighthorsemen marching on Fishos Beach Torquay 1939-1940

Significance

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

Photocopy - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photocopy of Pride family

Historical information

Pride Family on picnic at Anglesea

Inscriptions & Markings

Pride family on picnic at Anglesea

Photograph (copy) - Anzac Centenary Exhibition

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

This photograph shows the Australian 21st Battalion climbing up to the front, Gallipoli, 8 April 1915.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

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.

Copy Photo - Torquay History Exhibition 2016

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photo.

Historical information

Photo shows Edward Molyneux's upgraded Hot Water Depot, now the Hot Water Café and Garage and located in Bell Street, Torquay adjacent to the Palace Hotel. The business also offered vehicles for hire.

Significance

Edward Molyneux developed and expanded his business to keep up with the times, especially the advent of motor transport.

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Photographs (copies) - Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club 70th Anniversary Exhibition 2015

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 Club on 20 February 1946. Building of first clubhouse was completed in 1946. The first 50 years of the Club are chronicled in a book held by the TDHS and which is catalogued under Item 00012 in this catalogue.

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 Torquay Lifesaving Club over the previous quarter of a century.

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) - 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) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows the caravan park at Torquay front beach.

Significance

A snapshot of past holidays at the beach.

Black & White Photograph - Bellbrae Cemetery Memorial Exhibition 2015

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Herbert Frederick married Lillian May Warick from Ballarat ,and they had nine children. The photo of the nine Bubb family shows the youngest left , Margaret to the eldest on the right Jack

Historical information

Bubb family History

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.

Photocopy - Legacy of the storm ,Scammell House

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Family members Ag & Bill -Margarets uncle who raised her

Historical information

Family Members

Significance

Scammell House

Photograph (copy) - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photo shows Torquay surf club members with metal objects retrieved from the wreck of the Scammell.

Significance

The Scammell was wrecked off Point Danger Torquay in 1891.

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

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 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

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 shows a panoramic view of Iron Bark Station with farm buildings, haystacks and stooks of hay in the paddock in the background.

Significance

Iron Bark Station was the home of the Gundry family, early settlers in the Torquay Bellbrae area.

Newspaper Article (copy) - The Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photocopy

Historical information

The article and photo believed to have been published in 1931 discusses the wrecking of the Joseph H Scammell and the subsequent fate of artefacts salvaged from the wreck.

Significance

The J H Scammell was one of the many victims of the notorious south coast of Victoria.

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 "

Collection of photographs - Light Horse Camp Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

A collection of 20 photographs of Light Horse Brigade Camp Torquay 1939-1940

Historical information

Last Light Horse Camp in Australia at Torquay

colour photo - Scammell collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

colour photo

Photographs (copies) - Light Horse Camp at Torquay

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photographs

Historical information

Series of photographs from The Argus showing various activities ,bivouacs, training and sporting activities, at Torquay Camp 1939-1940.

Significance

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

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

Iron Pin - Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

A long iron pin, now corroded from immersion.

Historical information

Object recovered from the wreck of the Scammell wrecked off Point Danger Torquay in 1891.

Significance

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

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.

Photograph (copy)

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Newspaper article and photograph (copy) - The Scammell Collection

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and White photocopy

Historical information

The article was published in the Geelong Advertiser 150 year Anniversay edition in 1990 and retells the story of the Joseph H Scammell wrecked off Point Danger Torquay in 1091.

Significance

The article recalls one of the significant shipwrecks off the Victorian coast.

Photograph (copy) - Early Torquay Beach Scenes

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Photograph shows bathing boxes on the front beach at Torquay with shops and houses in the background.

Significance

Bathing boxes were a feature of the Torquay foreshore pre 1953.

Untitled

Torquay and District Historical Society, Torquay