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Thursday, January 20, 2022

History Museum Updates


A new set of researchers have joined the Queenscliffe History Museum’s Research and Publications Team. Team Leader, Diana Sawyer, wrote the recent volunteers’ night, plus other contacts, have resulted in talented new researchers bringing new perspectives and professional writing styles to add to the new Museum’s storytelling.

“Historic Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale, which we all love so much, will both be showcased in surprising ways, linking the old and the new for a global audience”, she said.

While every researcher is working hard on different stories, they are all contributing to what will be an exciting, quite different Queenscliffe Historical Museum. They continue to work on three distinct themes. . “We are collaborating regularly to ensure that the story-telling will be finished by mid-August, and the next stages of how this is displayed”, Mrs Sawyer said.


With construction of the new building still underway, the History Museum has applied for grants to help with the costs. These grants will help the Museum to gain a temporary Exhibition manager, a Wadawurrong Stories exhibition, website redevelopment, new trolleys, a 4-step order picker, display cases, large display panels and an entrance timeline.

Earlier this year, the Museum received a $75,000 grant from Regional Development Victoria, and this has paid for lighting for the new museum, two new compactuses, six accessible desks and several smaller items. They also received a $1500 grant, financed by a DHHS Community Activation and Social isolation [CASI] grant, organised through the Borough for a volunteer campaign, successfully organized by QHM Events Convenor Diana Allen.


Since the removal of the previous museum, foundations and brickwork to the top of the bottom floor have been completed and sixteen prefabricated concrete walls for the front and North walls of the museum arrived on 8 semitrailers on August 17th.

They were lifted high into the air by a 300 tonne crane which dwarfed the Post office and delicately placed each in exactly their position on top of the footings.

They have been braced temporarily until steelwork is installed to firm up the building and support the roofing.


The Museum in the Tavern is open Monday to Thursday 11am to 3pm. Research volunteers are available in the Tavern on Monday. 

Tuesday and Wednesday from 11am till 3pm.

Administration officer Julie Edwards is on duty on Tuesdays and Thursdays and can be contacted by phone on 5258 2511 or email: [email protected]

Diana Allen temporarily stands in for President Stephen Lee as Editor of Museum Matters whilst Steve is on leave.

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