Welcome to the Bellarine Historical Society Museum and Research Centre.

Located in Drysdale’s Old Court House 11 High St Drysdale,

the museum is adjacent to the centre of Drysdale.

There is adequate car parking and the bus stop is 20 metres away.

We are a group of people with a shared interest in understanding and preserving the history of the Bellarine Peninsula. This includes helping to provide a place for the accumulation of objects and documents that add to the district’s story. We want people to be able to find historic artefacts and information in the future.

We want to make sure that these materials are not lost. The society has a small resource area that contains a collection of historical data, rate books, school records, photographs and pioneer information relating to the area.

Our expertise in history varies greatly. Most of us have a general interest and have learnt as we went along. Some have skills gained from previous work and study.



Others are serious students of history, including those undertaking family research. Everyone is welcome and everyone’s contribution is appreciated.

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Bellarine Historical Society at a Glance

A Bit of Background

Here at Bellarine Historical Society inc. , we are a vibrant social group with common interests and a common culture reflected by the motto "Preserving the History of the Bellarine Peninsula".  We recognise that we are on the traditional home of the Wadawurrung people. The values we project can shape the culture we share. We strive to show courtesy and respect, we collaborate and try to be open and transparent in our operations. We seek to inspire our community to greater and better things


Bellarine Historical Society is in the business of changing and shaping lives. The work we do at our Nonprofit Organization is aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving some of our society’s biggest challenges. We make sure our partners are empowered by creating opportunities for individuals and communities.




Our organisation is run entirely by volunteers. You can assist by joining our group and or volunteering in the many jobs we undertake in the museum, research room or community

Free Admission - donations kindly accepted.

Museum items can be viewed

Publications are available for sale

 COVID rules will apply

At Bellarine Historical Society, we have a busy program of events, meetings, open days, visits and guest speakers. This program evolves throughout the year.


Research and Images

You can search our indexes and holdings or pay our experienced researcher a modest fee to do it for you.You may want high quality images from our extensive map,poster and photo collection

Our members have created an extensive set of indexes that enable us to quickly respond to research requests if it is a person, a house, an event, a map or a photo. Just tell us what you are after.

Would you like to support our efforts?

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Contact Bellarine Historical Society

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P.O. Box 53
Drysdale, 3222

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