Research and Family History

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One of the thousands of documents in the collection.

The Collection

The Society’s Archives Collection includes photographs, documents, newspapers, oral history tapes and a library. It covers material mainly relevant to the southern Mornington Peninsula, including:

  • family histories
  • local buildings
  • exploration
  • defence
  • Victoria’s First Official Settlement (1803)
  • fortifications
  • shipping
  • the Quarantine Station.


Research can be undertaken by simply coming in to The Sorrento Museum and viewing the many publicly accessible parts of the collection. (For opening times see HERE)

archive volunteers

Our Archive Volunteers

Alternatively, we can help you with research by, or with the assistance of our wonderful part time archivists.

All of our Researchers are volunteers so a donation to The Society would be most appreciated.

Please let us know your RESEARCH queries by completing the form below:

(We will get back to you as soon as possible.)

Thank you


We have a photograph copying service from the extensive collection that can be viewed at the Sorrento Museum.

A few samples of our collection are HERE.


Indexes are available to the first freehold land-owners, cemeteries, school registers and rates records, to 1900.

All these can also be viewed at the Sorrento Museum.