General meetings are held in the Sandy Christie Room at the Old Shire Offices, Point Nepean Road, Dromana, and a guest speaker may be heard. All visitors are welcome. Meeting times are advertised at the museum and also on the society noticeboard in Ritchie's Supermarket, Dromana.
Past Speakers at Historical Society Meetings
Speakers to meetings of the Dromana and District Historical Society Inc. since August 1997 are as listed below.
July 2009 - Sue Webber, 'The W.H.C. of Dromana'
June 2009 - Cathy Gowdie, 'Foxey's Hangout - Vineyard'
May 2009 - Rob Rotherham, 'Trekking the Kokoda Trail'
April 2009 - Jeff Weir, 'Melbourne's dolphins and other bay treasures'
March 2009 - Cr. Graham Pittock, 'Family history and local government'
February 2009 - Lorraine Huddle, 'RSL Memorial clubrooms, Dromana'
November 2008 - Mark Ryan, 'Maritime archaeology'
October 2008 - Valda Cole, 'From the beauty of Greenwich to a garden state'
September 2008 - Peter Holloway, 'Art Deco properties on the Mornington Peninsula'
August 2008 - Simon Lloyd, 'New development and heritage on the Mornington Peninsula'
July 2008 - Richard Cotter, 'The Bunurong tribe of the Mornington Peninsula and surrounds'
June 2008 - Penny Carnaby, 'Infection control & SARS'
April 2008 - Weston Bate, 'Having fun with history'
March 2008 - Natasha Wicks, 'The Cape Schanck Lighthouse'
February 2008 - Peter Holloway, 'War commemoration in Dromana'
November 2007 - Valda Cole, 'The Hobson Christmas Party at Arthurs Seat circa 1800'
October 2007 - Dr Will Twycross, 'The history of the Burrell family at Arthurs Seat 1851-1925 and their place in Peninsula history'
September 2007 - Anne Levens, 'The Heritage Register'
August 2007 - Mrs Sally Robins, 'Report on survey of local history societies'
July 2007 - Mrs Margaret McLean, 'Mt Martha House & the 1956 Olympics'
June 2007 - Mrs Liz Dart, 'Life in a busy family'
May 2007 - Mr Edward O'Donohue, 'Being a member of Parliament & Local History'
March 2007 - Mrs Shirley Davies, 'The Menzies Home - Frankston'
October 2006 - Martin Dixon MLA, 'Parliament House - Victoria'
September 2006 - Mr Tim Desmond, 'The history of fire protection in Dromana and district'
August 2006 - Mr Vince Latham, 'Early days of quarrying in Dromana and the origins of the H. E. Ross Trust'
July 2006 - Lieut Commander Peter Day (Retired), 'HMAS Cerberus and George Bass'
June 2006 - Sgt Mick Romeril, 'The early history of policing in policing in Dromana and its surrounding districts'
May 2006 - Dale Hitchiner presented a DVD recording he made of the 8 April "A Dreamtime of Dromana " book launch.
March 2006 - Mr Peter Holloway, 'The Work of the National Trust on the Mornington Peninsula'
February 2006 - Ms Penny Blazey, 'The History of Heronswood'
November 2005 - Mr Brian Kewley, 'Early Wine Production on the Peninsula'
October 2005 - Mr David Barclay, 'The Development of Secondary Education in Dromana and Surrounding Areas'
August 2005 - Mr Les Liddell, 'The 1992 Centenary Celebrations of St. Mark's church, Dromana'
July 2005 - Ms Susan Edwards - 'Education in Banda Aceh after the Tsunami'
June 2005 - Mr Norman Lindsay, 'The Selwyn Fault and the 1932 Mornington Earthquake'
May 2005 - Ms Ros Peaty displayed a Cope which she had designed and embroidered. It was made for the celebration of the bicentenary of the first settlement.
April 2005 - Mr Steve Yorke, 'The Briars'
November 2004 - Mr Peter Holloway, 'The naming of Australia by Matthew Flinders'
September 2004 - Mrs Shirley Murley, 'I didn't know that Napoleon came to Australia!'
June 2004 - Mr Jim Enever, 'Gold Mining at Tubba-Rubba'
May 2004 - Mr Tim Horton, 'The Mornington Railway & The 150th Celebration of Passenger Rail Transport'
April 2004 - Mr Laurie Prossor, author - 'The History of Main Ridge Engineering'.
March 2004 - Mr Ralph Vale a former dairy farmer and 'bullocky' showed a video of some of his experiences.
November 2003 - Malcolm Gordon: author - 'Victoria's Mornington Peninsula'.
October 2003 Ann Lorkins: President of the Flinders and District Historical Society - 'Moving House and Renovating'.
September 2003 - Oral history - Frank Singleton on Dromana.
August 2003 - Various Members 'Show and Tell'.
July 2003 - Richard Cotter: author - 'The Collins Settlement.'
June 2003 - Speaker from the W.H.C., celebrating 100 years of coming to Dromana.
May 2003 - Visit to the Southern Peninsula Family History Society Inc. research room at Rosebud Community House Rosebud. No night meeting.
April 2003 - Professor Weston Bate - President of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria "Why I became a historian, and why local."
March 2003 - Outing to Melbourne - Federation Square.
February 2003 - Shirley Davies - President of the Hastings - Western Port Historical Society - The History of the Menzies Boys Home, Frankston.
October 2002 - Mr Anthony Knight - The Tallis property 'Beleura' at Mornington.
September 2002 - Mr Howard Bull - Family history and life experiences.
August 2002 - Ms Toni Munday - 'The History of the Flinders Cricket Club'.
July 2002 -Greg Hunt M.H.R. - Experiences as a member of parliament.
June 2002 - Mr Jack Ellis - Life Experiences.
May 2002 - 'Show and Tell.'
April 2002 - Mr David Hoare - The Western Port Oberon Association and the development of the Submarine Museum.
March 2002 - Arthur Lunt - The French Exploration of the coast of Australia 200 years ago.
February 2002 - Mr Bill Coventry - The Development of the Mornington Memorial Park.
November 2002 - Mrs Valda Cole - Introducing her book 'The Summer Survey': Log of the Lady Nelson 1801-1802 John Murray.
September 2001 - Mr Barrie Follows - The historical background and development of the defences at Nepean. August 2001 - Mr Keith Hando - The Ticonderoga .
July 2001 - Mr Peter Wilson - The Early Explorers Burke and Wills.
June 2001 - Keith and Dianne White - Multimedia presentation on the early peninsula.
May 2001 - Winty Calder - The Jamieson's Special Survey and early Mt Martha.
April 2001 - Mr Des Williams - Ships and Wrecks.
March 2001 - Ms Sandy Pullman - Mr A.W. Bennett of Red Hill. A century ago, Mr Bennett, a graduate of Burnley College, grew fruit in Red Hill and exported to England.
February 2001 - Ms Anne Jacques - The Quarantine Station at Portsea.
December 2000 - Dr Will Twycross - The Burrell Family of the Arthurs Seat Homestead.
November 2000 - President Sandy Christie - Early life in Dromana.
October 2000 - Mr Hartley Robinson - The history of the original R.S.L. Hall.
September 2000 - Mr Brian Vaness Sawmilling and logging in the Powelltown area of Victoria.
August 2000 - Peter and Carol Bathie - Underwater photography in Port Phillip and Western Port Bays.
July 2000 - Ms Frances Thiele - State Library of Victoria support services.
June 2000 - Historical colour slides provided by members.
May 2000 - Mr Craig Solly - The Dromana Fire Brigade and T.R.A.G. 'Teenage Road Accident Group'.
April 2000 - Keith and Diane White - Scanning and cataloguing newspapers - a project of the Mornington Historical Society.
March 2000 - Mr Peter Brown - Heritage listing procedures - Mornington Peninsula.
February 2000 - Keith Holmes (Research using the Internet), Phyllis McMillan, and Ron Clydesdale (Growing up in Rosebud).
January 2000 - Oral history tape - Holidays in Rosebud in the 1900 - 1920 period.
November 1999 - Les Bright - 'Growing up in Red Hill'.
October 1999 - Mr Tom McCulloch - Developments at Safety Beach, Dromana.
September 1999 - Mr Jack Ellis - Experiences as a pilot.
August 1999 - Mr Ron Austin - Excursions to Gallipoli at ANZAC time.
July 1999 - Mr Julian Coles - The Foreshore Committee visions for the Dromana Foreshore.
June 1999 - Mr Steve Edmonds - The Chamber of Commerce visions for Dromana.
April 1999 - Ms Lorraine White - McCrae Cottage.
March 1999 - Mr Michael Doyle - Visit to Dromana in County Waterford, Ireland.
February 1999 - Mr Bill Eggert - 'Weather - Fads, Facts and Fiction'.
January 1999 - Mr Ian McMurtrie - Reminiscences of Dromana.
November 1998 - Mr Neil McAllister - Victorian Water Police.
October 1998 - Ms June Eyers - The history of the Melbourne Zoo.
September 1998 - Mr Martin Dixon M.P. - Items of local interest.
August 1998 - Ms Betty Jennings - Reminiscences of Dromana.
July 1998 - Ms Tess Clarke - Pioneering Italian families in Red Hill.
June 1998 - Forum on the Museum Accreditation Program.
May 1998 - Mr Les Liddell - a collection of slides by Mr Terry McGrath. Subject: Southern Peninsula Slides from a Shire of Flinders Perspective.
April 1998 - Mr Steve Robin - Arthurs Seat.
March 1998 - Ms Carol Sweetman - The Relocation of the South Channel Light.
February 1998 - Ms Beverley Laurissen - Trip to South America.
December 1997 - Mr Jim Mannix - On his new book on activities of the Catholic Church entitled 'Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Dromana - A Short History'.
November 1997 - Ethel Bailey and Dora Brown - Early Experiences of Red Hill
October 1997 - Sarah and Richard Hudson - Lieut. John Murray Discovery Day at Arthurs Seat.
September 1997 - Mr Les Liddell - Early History of Telecommunications in Australia.
August 1997 - Mrs Elana - Hájek and her son Professor Alan Hájek. - The Arthurs Seat Chairlift