Local Historical Museum
The Museum is located at
Corner Marine Parade and Skinner Streets, Hastings.
Melways Map Ref 154 K 11
Telephone (03) 9781 1141
Postal Address: P.O. Box 223, Hastings, Victoria 3915.
News of Society
The 150th Gazetting of the township activities in 2012 were successfully organised. Some of the local activities at Hastings were:
Discovery School at HastingsHastings-Western Port Historical Society shared during the weekend of 20th-21st October 2012 with the South Eastern Historical Association and Somerville, Tyabb & District Heritage Society in the organising of the activities for the Discovery School. The Saturday seminar was held at the Hastings Community Hub and the Dinner in the evening was held at the Hastings Club. On Sunday there was a bus tour of Hastings, Bittern, Crib Point, Somers, Tyabb and Somerville. A visit was made to the Museum at HMAS Cerberus and lunch was held at Coolart homestead. Participants were from many of the historical societies who are members of the South Eastern Historical Association.
Bi-Monthly Meetings - Guest Speakers
General meetings are held at the Museum, Cnr Marine Pde & Skinner St Hastings. General meetings are held every two months on a date selected by the Committee, either on a Sunday afternoon or a Monday evening. For details please contact Ann Sullivan, secretary on 0448 023 287. Committee meetings are held monthly on dates selected by the Committee.
Morning Coffees - Guest Speakers/Demonstrations:
Morning Coffees are held at the Museum on a quarterly basis on Thursday mornings at 10.15 a.m.
$5 entry includes small door prize as well as morning tea. All proceeds of Morning Coffees go towards the Society's projects. All Welcome! (Men, women and children)
Dates for Morning Coffees in 2013 are:
Pictorial Books of Hastings and Area
Members and friends have published books about the area.
Framed Photographs - Hastings Pier/Jetty - $15 each. Postage extra.
New Book to be published in 2013
Volume IV in the series 'Hastings People and Places' is due to be published in the early part of 2013. Please contact Ann Sullivan, secretary on 0448 03 287 or Shirley Davies on 039781 1141 for precise details.
Book Ordering:To obtain copies of any of our books and *postage and handling costs, please write or contact:
The Perrott Tree - See Volume II of Hastings People and Places
Society members and members of the Perrott family participated in a commemoration ceremony marking 100 years since the planting of the Perrott tree, that is now outside the Hastings office of the Mornington Peninsula Shire. The tree was planted by Alice Maud Mary Perrott, a great-grandmother of Shirley Davies, Vice President of the Society. The tree at that time was outside the Perrott Butcher's shop.
Listing of Books Available For Sale at Museum:
Cnr Marine Pde & Skinner St Hastings
The Museum is open Sundays 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.; Wednesdays 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon; and other times by appointment - Ph (03) 9781-1141
*Postage and Packaging
Postage varies according to size, weight of book and postcode destination. Please phone Shirley Davies on (03) 9781 1141) or Email email@example.com if you would like to order any of the above books so that postage may be ascertained.
Museum Displays and Features
Other features of the Museum include outdoor displays of equipment, Dad's Shed, 1864 Armstrong Gun, model of the Myrtle Burgess and the fully restored square sterner fishing boat Johanna.
A new feature is on the fruit growing industry as well as displaying the embroidered names of members of the first Hastings CWA group.
Some displays are permanent, and other displays change regularly featuring fascinating artefacts in our collection.
Pioneer Cottage c.1900
This small, weatherboard Pioneer cottage is typical of the homes in Hastings at the beginning of the 20th century. The back rooms of the cottage were built first c.l900 and the front rooms added on c.l905. The garden surrounding the Pioneer Cottage includes the Remembrance Garden of Peace that was opened in 1995 as part of the Australia Remembers Celebrations. There are many old fashioned plants planted in the back garden. The small garden at the front of the cottage to the north is the Fairy Garden featuring hidden fairies amongst many different white flowers - a favourite with children.
Museum Hours and Admission
Admission: $2 for adults, children 50c.
The Museum is not open Good Friday and Christmas Day.The museum is closed during the months of July and August and reopens in September.
The Museum can be opened for conducted tours: school groups, seniors groups, walking groups, service clubs, history groups etc. by prior arrangement - by phoning (03) 9781-1141. Special price for conducted tours. Seniors, walking groups and service clubs are welcome to come for morning/afternoon tea, talk and tour. Contact the secretary for special deals on 0448 023 287.
Membership is from July to June is $15 for adults/pensioners and $7.50 for children. For affiliated membership (no more fees to pay for life) it costs only $250. NEW MEMBERS WELCOME! Contact Hastings-Western Port Historical Society PO Box 223 Hastings 3915 for a membership form. Members can visit the Museum complex as many times as they like during the year for free, and are notified of special activities being held, can attend all general meetings and receive the quarterly newsletters.
Other Historical Society MuseumsOther Historical Society Museums on the Mornington Peninsula are located at Dromana, Flinders, Mornington and Sorrento.
These are managed entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to the collection, preservation, conservation and display of items of historical interest.
This page last updated 22 January 2013