Monthly Meeting Sept 5th 2014

8:00 pm at the Sorrento Museum

Speaker: Associate Professor Don Garden, President, Royal Historical Society of Victoria

Topic: ‘Loved, Neglected and Exploited: Port Phillip in our History’

Port Phillip

Map of Port Phillip & Surrounds, August 1836

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.++

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’

james hingston tuckey

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).


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


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


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

Monthly Meeting May 2nd 2014

8:00 pm at The Sorrento Museum

Speaker: Associate Professor Ursula De Jong,
School of Architecture and Built Environment. Deakin University
& Director of Australian Research Council ‘Seachange’ project.

Topic: ‘Sorrento heritage: – streetscape transformation and
transgressions: a study of main street changes in the historic
town of Sorrento’

main street


Australia Day Address 2014

Australia Day luncheon of the Nepean and Rye Historical Societies

The address by Stuart Macintyre AO to the luncheon:

Stuart Macintyre

Stuart Macintyre AO

Thank you for that generous introduction. I want first to acknowledge and pay my respect to the people and elders of the Boonerwrung people of the Kulin nation, and also to express appreciation to the Nepean and Rye historical societies as we meet on this southerly spit of Australia. Continue reading