Apollo Bay & District Historical Society

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6250 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay  see map

The Apollo Bay museum - housed in the buildings from which the undersea cable connected Tasmania with the mainland - is operated by the Apollo Bay and District Historical Society.

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Museum Opening

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The museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays, public holidays and school holidays from 2pm to 5pm and at other times by prior arrangement for group visits.

It includes displays of relics from some of the shipwrecks and ships that were essentially the primary means of access before the Great Ocean Road and of the life of what was an extremely isolated community.


Books and family histories

The museum has a very extensive range of histories of the people who created and sustained this remote community. 
Many books about the area, its people, life and the shipwrecks are available for sale, for example:
     Journal of an Expedition to Cape Otway (1863)
     The Loch Ard Disaster
     Shipwrecks Along the Great Ocean Road

     Battler By the Bay - memoirs of Albert Stanford

1947See a more complete list of books available from the museum

If you have family who have a connection with 'the Bay', and are interested in tracing more background, contact the museum for more information.
If you have information about the Bay's past we'd be very grateful if you could share it with us.



A brief history

View a thumbnail summary of the first hundred years of white settlement at Apollo Bay


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Haven't had time to stop and read all of the wonderful new signs dotted around Apollo Bay depicting some of the history of Apollo Bay since European settlement?  Then here they all are in one place.


Stories from World War 1

See here.




Meetings are held at 10am on the 3rd Monday of the month at the museum.



Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the history of the Apollo Bay district and costs $10.00 for an individual membership or $15.00 for a family membership, per year.



For further information contact the Museum during open hours on (03) 5237 7441
or the President on (03) 5237 7410 or the Secretary on 0439 391 993.

The Society's postal address is PO Box 248, Apollo Bay  VIC 3233.



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