The Torquay and District Historical Society (TDHS) operated informally before 2000 and was incorporated in 2000 with total of 22 members.  Meetings were held in a hired room at Spring Creek Community House until the Surf Coast Shire purchased the Torquay Old Police Station to locate the Society where archives and collections could be stored, meetings held, exhibitions displayed and have the rooms open to visitors.

History of Torquay Historical Society

Our Vision

Our vision is to be totally integrated in the life and interest of the community as a resource to inspire, educate and inform the community and visitors about Torquay and the district thereby contributing to the conservation of the history and heritage of the district.

Mission Statement

To be the focal point for preserving the ongoing heritage of Torquay and the surrounding district. We will support this mission through

  • public education programs, sharing and preserving stories from Torquay’s past;
  • maintaining historical artefacts, collections and a district research centre;
  • promoting the preservation of historic buildings and sites; and
  • by partnering with local and regional institutions.
Our Activities
  • Genealogy
  • Cataloguing our collection
  • Public exhibition
  • Media presentations
  • Public presentations
  • Newspaper articles
  • Public speaking
  • Interviews of our older residents
  • Research


PRESIDENT: Frank Vagg  
VICE PRESIDENT: Dr Barry Butcher  
SECRETARY: Carollyn Williams  
TREASURER: Elizabeth Waphsott  
COMMITTEE: Jennifer Dalton  
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