What's New

The Museum will re-open on August 1st Covid-19 restrictions will be in place.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Bellarine Historical Society will be held at the Courthouse Museum, 11 High Street, Drysdale , on Saturday, August 7th at 10 am.

All members and guests are invited to attend.

Covid restrictions will apply.


This 38 page travel guide complete with maps was produced by William Henry Elsum and donated by his grand daughter. He was a Journalist, Historian, Poet and Orator. He travelled the world and wrote around 16 books.

This travel guide was written around the late 1920s or early 30s and comes with hand written notes.

Pages of interest are the advertisements about local businness in each town.






Leopold & District Curlewis, Moolap & Wallington -  World War Two Enlistments

The booklet gives a brief snapshot of these men and women from our districts who enlisted. These local heroes all had a connection to the greater Leopold district by:-

  • Place of birth

  • Attended the local schools (noted from surviving School Registers)

  • Working & residing at time of enlistment

  • Named on local Honor boards

  • At rest in the Leopold Cemetery

Towards the end of the 1930s and pre-war, the greater Leopold district was still a predominantly agricultural community, conditions in communities were beginning to stabilise, the population was growing, townships were further being developed, as more people moved into the area.


Available from: Bellarine Historical Society $12. Does not include postage and handling

IN-PERSON EVENT* Explore the Life of Caroline Newcomb


An Australian Heritage Festival Event

May 1. Newcomb Library, Bellarine Highway.


Please register through the Geelong Regional Library Network.


Celebrate the Australian Heritage Festival and join us and the Newcomb Library to learn about the fascinating life of Caroline Newcomb, the woman the suburb was named to honour in 1956. Caroline was born in London, travelled to Port Phillip as governess to John Batman's children, and along with her partner Ann Drysdale, established the 'Boronggoop' and 'Coriyule' runs on the Bellarine Peninsula.