• The Esplanade Torquay Early 1900s

    The Esplanade Torquay Early 1900s

  • Payne Store Gilbert St

    Payne Store Gilbert St

  • Hot Water Depot Spring Creek

    Hot Water Depot Spring Creek

  • Front Beach cira 1860

    Front Beach cira 1860

  • Front Beach Early 1900s

    Front Beach Early 1900s

The Society has two rooms for our work and a shared meeting room which we produce and display our photographic exhibition. We are open on Sundays 2 – 4 unless advertised on our Facebook page, web site or “Town by Town” in the Echo and “Whats on” in the Surf Coast Times.


PRESIDENT: David Marshall 0412 285 653
VICE PRESIDENT: Ross Pidgeon 0412 086 217
SECRETARY: Lorraine Marshall 0409 212 479
TREASURER: Jenny Dalton 0404 862 852
COMMITTEE PEOPLE: Frank Vagg 0418 578 454
  Lyn Ward (03)52 642 334
  Martin Hooper 03 5261 6217
Co-Chairperson: Ross Pidgeon
Co-Chairperson: Frank Vagg
Victorian Collections + Photographic Archivist: Jenny Dalton
Archive Assistant: Lyn Ward
Computer consultant, Victorian Collections and Editing: Lorraine Marshall

The Torquay and District Historical Society was founded on 22nd June 2000 at a meeting, after a meeting held on 26th October, 1999 at the suggestion of Spencer Leighton.

A committee was elected which was made up of:

President: Spencer Leighton
Vice President: John Edmond
Secretary: Aileen Mc Kechnie
Treasurer: John Mc Kechnie
Acquisitions Officer: Ros Lewis
Members: Keith Grossman
  Margaret Spittle

A total membership of 22 began the Torquay and District Historical Society. Meetings were held in a hired room at Spring Creek Community House until The Surf Coast Shire purchased the Torquay Old Police Station, at 18 Price Street, Torquay.


Our vision is to be totally integrated in the life and interest of the community as a resource to inspire, educate and inform the community and visitors about Torquay and the district thereby contributing to the conservation of the history and heritage of the district.


To be the focal point for preserving the ongoing heritage of Torquay and the surrounding district. We will support this mission through

  • public education programs, sharing and preserving stories from Torquay’s past;
  • maintaining historical artefacts, collections and a district research centre;
  • promoting the preservation of historic buildings and sites; and
  • by partnering with local and regional institutions.

Our Activities

  • Genealogy
  • Cataloguing our collection
  • Public exhibition
  • Media presentations
  • Public presentations
  • Newspaper articles
  • Public speaking
  • Interviews of our older residents


  • Light Hose Brigade & WWI Honour Roll
  • Heritage locations – heritage walk
  • The Scammell
  • D’s Club
  • Torquay Primary School
  • Torquay Surf Life Saving Club
  • Heritage Locations
and many more projects…



    The Old Torquay Police Station
    18 Price St Torquay, 3228


    2:00pm – 4:00pm Sunday
    Our events are advertised on Facebook


    7:30pm on the last Monday of the month