NHS 50th Anniversary

Saturday, September 5th 2015, at The Museum

50th pic

Nepean Historical Society – The Sorrento Museum celebrated 50 years of commitment to local heritage.

The year of 1965 was a year of significant events in Australia including the first drawing of marbles for military conscription, the Tasmanian Government announcing the Gordon River Scheme, Prime Minister Robert Menzies declaring Australian forces would be sent to South Vietnam –

AND the meeting of 16 local people to form the Nepean Historical Society.

On Saturday September 5th 2015, over 100 people gathered at The Sorrento Museum to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this well respected Society of volunteers who still work energetically to preserve local heritage in all its forms – buildings, precincts, stories, artefacts and photographs.

NHS 50th Enjoying the displays

Crowds Enjoying The Displays

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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


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

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

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

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