February 10, 2020

The Bellarine Historical Society invites you a talk by retired archaeologist, John Greenwood about his work with the Ross Sea Historic Huts Project, restoring the huts used by Scott and Shackleton.

Tuesday, February 18 at 7pm

Bayview Room, Parks Hall, Newcombe Street, Po...

February 2, 2020

The hunt for rare antique bottles is on again on the Sunday 9th February at the Springdale Neighbourhood House  from 10am to 3.00 pm at  High St Drysdale This annual free bottle appraisal day is held a week before the Festival of Glass EXPO at Drysdale and is conducted...

November 23, 2019

Oakleigh Leader and District Record Sat 26th Nov 1887 p4

Ocean Grove is the name of a charmingly situated new settlement, lying between Connewarre lake on one side, and Queenscliff away to the left on the other. The lands are ample, and the views of  ocean, Connewarre l...

October 31, 2019

GUEST SPEAKER  --Lorraine Stokes

The famous steam ship “Edina” made many journeys from Portarlington to Melbourne. Memories of these trips live on through images, and personal recollection.

When:     Tuesday 12th November, 7.30pm.
Venue:     Drysdale Courthouse...

October 12, 2019

Curlewis had its own football ground and club around the period 1887-1893    The Geelong Advertiser has reports on some of the games played at that time and reported them in a unique style. The Photo of the team is from the Museum Victoria Images collection and is repo...

September 24, 2019

At our last gathering held on Tuesday 10 September, we all brought something to share – we saw a couple of very special treasures from youth, a Tasmanian Tiger’s bone found in Portarlington, a writing book from 1906, Prize Cerificates from an early Geelong owned wine c...

September 14, 2019

Ralph Martin lived mainly in Portarlington and Drysdale in an era of steam traction engines and innovative (but primitive) threshing machines and chaff cutters and mobile huts (see first image) all pulled in series by linked chains along rudimentary dirt roads at top s...

September 6, 2019

The tea gardens and recreational picnic area at Point Henry was a business that went through “boom and bust” cycles. They suffered from the shallow waters and the need to tranship passengers from the larger steamers with the consequent tragic dangers

The gardens were kn...

August 31, 2019

Portarlington’s Grand Hotel with 46 rooms was built to capitalise on the flourishing tourist trade of the 1880’s, its proximity to the Portarlington Pier brought tourists via the regular steamer service.  The Sea Baths, beautiful beaches and beach activities were welco...

August 24, 2019

 "Clifton Springs is an archaeological site on the Bellarine Peninsula where a 19th century Mineral Springs and Spa Complex operated from around 1875-1920, the only 19th century 'seaside' mineral springs resort in Victoria. Located on Corio Bay, it was a convenient loc...

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