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

Monthly Meeting Nov 7th 2014

8:00 pm at the Sorrento Museum Joint meeting with Nepean Conservation Groupncg logo

 Speaker: Dale Kelly, Shire Heritage Planner

Topic: ‘Recollections of a wandering heritage architect/advisor’

Note: Dinner, prior to the meeting at 6.15 for 6.30, will be at the Sorrento RSL Thai Restaurant, 1-3 Hurley Street, Sorrento and not at Buckley’s Chance, which is holding a special function.
All those planning to have dinner at the restaurant   need to advise the Nepean Historical Society Office not later than 12 noon on Wednesday 5th   November (Telephone 5984 0255 – leave a message if no answer – or email  nepeanhs@satlink.com.au)

 

Monthly Meeting Aug 1st 2014

Joint meeting with the Nepean Conservation Group.

Note VENUE : At 8:00 pm at the Sorrento Portsea Senior Citizens Centre

(corner of Melbourne Road and Queens Road – next door to the Sorrento Museum)

Speaker: Richard Cotter

Topic: ‘James Tuckey: First Lieutenant on the Calcutta’

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Copies of Richard Cotter’s book on Tuckey will be available for sale.

Join us for dinner at Buckley’s Chance at 6.15pm prior to the meetings.
Book on 5984 2888 and ask to join the NHS table.

(Dale Kelly, the Shire Heritage Planner, will now talk at the November meeting).

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Postcards – the Opening

Postcards: Stories From The Mornington Peninsula – 7th and 8th of June

Paddlesteamers at Sorrento

Paddlesteamers at Sorrento

The deliciously deep rumble of a Harley Davidson motor bike opens the audio visual presentation for this fascinating exhibition which tells eight really different stories from around the Mornington Peninsula. What have Harleys to do with Balnarring ‘s history? The answer is here in this exhibition. Continue reading

‘Sea’ Figurehead – Update May 2014

FIGUREHEAD CONSERVATION WORK IN PROGRESS

Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Australian National Maritime Museum in November work has begun in stabilising and consolidating the figurehead. Noel Turner from Artfix has been working on the first stage to protect the figurehead from further deterioration.

Noel Turner Working on the Figurehead

Noel Turner Working on Minor consolidation Prior to Cleaning the Figurehead

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POSTCARDS: Stories from the Mornington Peninsula

Local History Touring Exhibition

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The Mornington Peninsula Local History Network in conjunction with the Mornington Peninsula Shire is launching a touring exhibition at the Sorrento Museum on Sunday 8th June at 1.30pm. All are warmly welcome to the public launch of this new exhibition which explores a time in history when holidaying was a grand past time and special memories were shared and enjoyed in the iconic mode of communication – the picture postcard. Continue reading