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) .


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

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