Winter Magazine

With cold outdoors it is the right time to read our bumper winter edition of History Matters.

Read about oil exploration of Torquay last century.

During the Year of the Volunteer, check out some of the wonderful local volunteer work.

Need a box set?

Missed out on one of the early editions of HISTORY MATTERS?

We have had many requests for further reprints of our wonderful magazine HISTORY MATTERS so we went ahead and did another run of the early editions. Editions 1 – 4 can be purchased at the Torquay Newsagency.

Torquay 130 Years

History Week, Torquay

History Week is a significant event that engages local communities across Victoria. Each year members of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria collaborate to host events that explore aspects of our local history. From talks to exhibitions, tours to online engagement, there is something for everyone.

Torquay History, Exhibition, History Week


In Torquay, Museum Without Walls, through our online exhibition, is looking back over the last 130 years since the first land sales in September 1886 of the Puebla township, now known as Torquay. Reflecting on Torquay’s growth is crucial to our understanding of the past’s impact on the present. The influence of the early day trippers, fishermen and holiday makers on the growth of Torquay to the more modern day pioneers of the surfing industry and the crusading to protect Spring Creek from further development.

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Wathaurung People

Long before Europeans settled in the Torquay district it was home to the Wadawurrung (Wathaurung) people, one of five language groups making up the Kulin Nation.

Videos courtesy of Mark Wardle:


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