Preserving the History of the Bellarine Peninsula

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 bustling centre of Drysdale.

COVID 19 UPDATE. The Courthouse Museum and the Bellarine Historical Society will not be operational until all restrictions have been lifted.


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

Due to extensive renovations our Museum and Research Centre will not open until later in 2020    THE TALK ON "THE EDINA"  HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  "Remember the Edina" The famous bay Steamer Guest Speaker Lorraine Stokes Visitors welcome --We will advise of new date once museum refurbishment is complete

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?


Marcus Garvey

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture, is like a tree without roots”



Contact Bellarine Historical Society

Get in touch with Bellarine Historical Society to make a special booking

P.O. Box 53
Drysdale, 3222


Our Publication Sales

Supporting Local authors

We have a large range of publications for sale that cover various aspects of life on the Bellarine Peninsula. The titles and costs can be inspected and then ordered.


Preservation and restoration of historic huts in Antarctica.

February 10, 2020

Free Bottle Appraisal day

February 2, 2020

A Visit to Ocean Grove

November 23, 2019

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P.O. Box 53
Drysdale, 3222

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