Classes and Workshops


John Calvert Bell lived with his family at Calder Park, Mount Duneed from 1891–1901. Chris Barr will tell you about this remarkable family before, after and during their life at Mount Duneed.

Mount Duneed History Group
7.30pm, Thursday 3rd August, 2017
Mt. Duneed Hall, 40 Mt Duneed Road, Mount Duneed.


Links With Our Past

online_mystery_shoppingInterested in a Torquay mystery? Join us in the U3A class Links With our Past (a

(a hands-on opportunity to research local and family history). We will explore many primary resources as we search for answers to our mystery.

“What’s Hit is History – What’s Missed is Mystery.” – John Disney

You can enrol at you prefer to enrol at Spring Creek House, 14 Price Street, Torquay.

We start our eight week history journey on Tuesday May 9th 2017



Classes and Workshops


Exploring The History Of Torquay And The Region

With U3A Surf Coast

Fridays @ 11.00am, Spring Creek House, Price, Street, Torquay, Victoria 

An exploration of the history of Torquay and the surrounding area.

This course is an interpretive history of Torquay and the surrounding areas including the memorable moments in our story.

The course will involve 4 sessions and a research exercise.


Creating your own digital history

Cheryl Baulch will help support and develop the skills of the Barunah Park community to create their own digital history.
Monday 18th April, 2016 

Barunah Park Hall


Lectures & Talks

The Great War at home on the Surf Coast.

Anzac poster V2With Deakin University history lecturer Bart Ziino and local history enthusiast Cheryl Baulch
Monday 18th April, 2016 
Lions Village, Torquay, Vic.
Bart Ziino will give us a new perspective on the massive impact on the home front in Australia from the Anzac sacrifice.

Cheryl Baulch will talk about the diggers and their families from Torquay.





What is digital history? Who is Torquay Museum Without Walls

President of Torquay Museum Without Walls, Chris Barr will provide the answer to the question of “what is digital history?” and describe how that works effectively with Torquay Museum Without Walls.

Combined Probus Club of Torquay Surf Coast
Monday 9th May, 2016 
Lions Village, Torquay, Vic.


WW1 Anglesea Diggers

In conjunction with Surf Coast Family History Group
Thursday 11th August, 2016

History House, 5a McMillan Street, Anglesea, Vic.

Together They Served…. and did their duty

Cheryl will share her knowledge of engineer Jack Cunningham’s contribution to the war effort, along with a few other characters from the Anglesea Recreation and Sports Club honour board. This will be followed by an overview of WW1 family history resources that helped her identify over 600 men and women from the Surf Coast Shire named on the honour boards and memorials across the coast.


Family Tree Detective

family tree detectiveIn conjunction with U3A
Monday 22nd August, 2016

Lions Village, 12 – 16 Korringa Place, Torquay

The workshop, presented by Cheryl Baulch, is designed for participants to develop an understanding of basic genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history. So if you are starting out, need a bit of guidance or help to get through that brick wall the afternoon will help you.





Conversation in History – Kitty’s War.

With La Trobe University history lecturer Dr. Janet Butler 

Monday 7th November, 2016 

2.00 pm
Lions Village, Torquay, Vic.

Dr. Butler will share the fascinating story of Kitty’s journey into war, how this important Australian story was discovered, and the processes involved in researching and writing an award-winning work of history.








Surfing in the 1950’s… 

To be confirmed, speaker on the early days of surfing.

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