HISTORY OF THE MUSEUM
The Queenscliffe Historical Museum began as the Queenscliff Historical Society on 17 June 1966 after local historian Miss N.A. Dunn appealed for the preservation of records of the early days of the Borough.
The suggestion was taken up by the Borough of Queenscliffe who called a public meeting and appointed a Committee of Management, all volunteers.
Over the years, the wealth and diversity of material donated and collected by the Society grew substantially.
A generous donation of the Darren Baillieu collection, which included a substantial financial donation, led to the formation of the Queenscliffe Historical Museum, officially opened at 49 Hesse Street, Queenscliff, on 28 April 1974 by the then Premier of Victoria, the Hon. Rupert Hamer.
In August 2022, the Museum moved to the purpose-built Queenscliffe Community Hub. The Museum is staffed entirely by volunteers who worked to move the collection and furniture, obtained grants for new equipment and produced a new exhibition.
Origins & Environment
The land and waterways now occupied by the towns of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale are highly significant places for the Wadawurrung People and the later development of Victoria.
From the early 1800s, community development in the area now known as the Borough of Queenscliffe was diverse and rapid.
The Queen of Watering Places
If the heart of pleasure lies in good health, the Borough of Queenscliffe had it in spades.
Films & Oral Histories
QHM has a good collection of films, documentaries, oral history recordings and other audio-visual material.