Monthly Meeting August 7th 2015

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8:00 pm at The Museum

boonoorong

Speaker: Tess De Araugo, Author

Topic: The novel – Boonoorong on the Mornington Peninsula

NOTE: We will be having dinner prior to the meeting at 6.15 PM at Via Sorrento, 77 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento (corner of Kerferd Avenue). If you would like to join us please email via our contacts page HERE or ring  5984 0255  by 12 noon  on Thursday 30th April (if no answer  leave a message) .

Rye & Nepean Historical Societies Mid-Year Lunch

Friday July 3rd at 11:30

Nepean and Rye Historical Societies’ members and friends are invited to a luncheon at the
Rye Hotel, 2415 Pt Nepean Rd., Rye on July 3rd 2015 at 11.30 for 12.
The charge is $47 per person which includes a 2 course lunch in the Blue Water Room plus a pre dinner drink with ‘nibbles ’ in the Cafe Bar.

Simon Molesworth
Speaker : Professor Simon Molesworth AO QC, Executive Chairman, International National Trusts Organisation
On: ‘The National Trust movement – an international phenomenon: insights of a shared global vision for the conservation of our heritage’

To book, complete the Booking Form HERE

Monthly Meeting June 5th 2015

8:00 pm at The Museum

the internet

Speaker: Murray Adams – Mornpen Shire’s Digitisation Officer

Topic: Using the Internet for Research & Solving the Riddle of the NHS’s very old Military Tunic and its connection to the history of some Sorrento families.

NOTE: We will be having dinner prior to the meeting at 6.15 PM at Via Sorrento, 77 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento (corner of Kerferd Avenue). If you would like to join us please email via our contacts page HERE or ring  5984 0255  by 12 noon  on Thursday 30th April (if no answer  leave a message) .

Monthly Meeting May 1st 2015

8:00 pm at the Sorrento Museum

Sea Figurehead

Speaker: Bob McKenzie – Researcher on the ship SEA and our mysterious bird figurehead.

Topic: Bob will be talking about his recent research trip to New Brunswick, Canada where the Sea was built. He was hoping to find some leads on the carver of our figurehead.

NOTE – Change of venue for dinner: We will be having dinner prior to the meeting at 6.15 PM at Via Sorrento, 77 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento (corner of Kerferd Avenue). If you would like to join us please email via our contacts page HERE or ring  5984 0255  by 12 noon  on Thursday 30th April (if no answer  leave a message) .

SPECIAL ANZAC DISPLAY

1915 – 2015 WE REMEMBER

100 years

Visit the NHS tribute to local Sorrento and Portsea WW 1 servicemen and women at the museum. See the new large panel funded by an ANZAC Centenary Grant and the special ‘dead man’s penny’ and its sad tale of a father and son who both served.

OPEN ANZAC DAY and Saturdays and Sundays 1.30 til 4.30pm

Monthly Meeting Apr 10th 2015

Note later date due to Easter

8:00 pm at the Sorrento Museum

coastal guide

Speaker: Graham Patterson – Author of ‘Coastal Guide to Nature & History Port Phillip’ and ‘Guide to Western Port Bay, Phillip Island and French Island.’

Topic: ‘Forty years walking the Victorian shoreline.

Change of venue for dinner. Please note that Buckley’s Chance are  no longer opening on Friday evenings so we will now be having dinner prior to the meeting at Sorrento Trattoria, 20 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento at 6:15 pm.

If you would like to join us for dinner at Sorrento Trattoria at 6.15 please email via our contacts page HERE or ring  5984 0255  by 12 noon  on Thursday 9th April (if no answer  leave a message) .

The Quarantine Station

A Public Treasure

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We want to ensure that you are kept up to date with what is happening with the discussions re the future of The Quarantine Station.

Following a briefing from the State Government Frank Hindley, Chairperson of NHS’s Heritage and Planning group, reported that subdivision will be expressly prohibited in the lease agreement but the length of the lease will not be known until after the signing.

Please find HERE a statement on the Quarantine Station issue, approved by the NHS Executive.

Joy Kitch
President NHS

The earlier detailed joint submission from the Nepean Community groups to the State Government is HERE

To learn more about the rich history of The Quarantine Station go HERE

From Sorrento to Mudgee

by  Peter Munro

It is an oppressively hot Friday in March as I stood beside the grave of Trooper William Croome in the Mudgee Cemetery. Beside me stood William’s great niece Helen Shearman. As we read the inscription on the headstone, my thoughts were with William’s five mates who were buried on the Sorrento Cemetery and of the ‘Drayton Grange’ that ill-fated, ill equipped troopship who through sickness and death is the catalyst for the connection between these two towns.

Helen Shearman with Peter Munro

Helen Shearman with Peter Munro

Sorrento to Mudgee is quite a distance, even by to-day’s standards with the comforts of plane and hire car. Back in August 1902, the trip would have been considerably longer for William Croome who made his final journey from the military hospital at Fort Franklin, Portsea, to his home town of Mudgee, N.S.W. This was a homecoming poor William would never see. Continue reading