Dromana and District Historical Society Inc.
Reg.No. A0017085C
ABN: 78 607 969 964

Historical Museum

Old Shire Office, 359A Point Nepean Road, Dromana,
Victoria, Australia, 3936
Melways Map Ref. 159 F 7
Telephone 03 5981 9119 (Office)
Postal Address:
P.O. Box 30, Dromana, 3936, Australia.
email: dromanahs@gmail.com
this website: www.vicnet.net.au/~dromana
Membership: $20 per annum

Opening Times:

First and third Sundays of the month 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Open at other times by prior arrangement
Special arrangements are made for school and other groups

ENQUIRIES - Peter Holloway, President: pjh@southernphone.com.au

General Meetings in the Sandy Christie Room
throughout 2014:

17 June at 11.00 a.m.
16 September at 11.00 a.m.
18 November end of year dinner at 6.00 p.m.
at the Peninsula Club
Note:8 June Postcards exhibition:
open to public at Nepean Historical Society, Sorrento.

Books and paper items Available For Sale at Museum:

To purchase, please contact the Society, or visit during open hours.

History of Beautiful Dromana 1802-1927 - Spencer Jackson 20.00
A Dreamtime of Dromana - Colin McLear 30.00
Heritage Signs of Dromana - Peter Holloway 20.00
Early Dromana and District Illustrated 10.00
Pioneer Pathway booklet 2.00
Dromana@150: A Community History 1861-2011 - Peter Holloway 15.00
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On the Road to Rosebud - Peter Wilson 20.00
The Red Hill - Sheila Skidmore 15.00
Red Hill Show 1892-2008 - Keith Holmes 2.00
Bittern - Red Hill Railway 1921-1953 - Keith Holmes 2.00
The Cairns Family of Boneo - Peter Wilson 10.00
Visions of Port Phillip - Burrells of Arthurs Seat[DVD] 15.00
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Mornington Peninsula Centenary Souvenir Book [1934] 10.00
Art Deco on the Mornington Peninsula - Peter Holloway 15.00
From Dot Dash to Dot Com - Les Liddell 10.00
Mornington Peninsula Railways 25.00
Mornington Peninsula Historical Newspaper 5.00
Step Back in Time 2.00
2012 Dromana Calendars 10.00
Old Calendars 0.50
The Burrells of the Arthurs Seat Homestead 8.00
Haphazard Quilt by Weston Bate 25.00
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Postcards 2.00*
A4 Size 20.00**
A2 Size 50.00**
A1 [Framed as in Room 8] 275.00***
Ewart Melbourne Brindle Map of Dromana [1947] -
A2 Print 20.00**
A1 Laminated Print 50.00**
A1 [Framed as in Room 8] 275***
[Prepaid Order - Postage and Handling 50c per postcard] *
[Prepaid Order - Postage and Handling$5.00 per print] **
[Prepaid Order - to be collected from the Museum Sundays 2.00-4.00 p.m.] ***
To purchase, please contact the Society, or visit during open hours. All Enquiries - 5989 9119

The following pictures are on display in the D.A.(Sandy) Christie Room
of the Historical Museum and copies may be purchased

Ewart Melbourne Brindle Map of Dromana [1947]
Jetty Store
Dromana Hotel
Bathing Regulations - Shire of Flinders and Kangerong 1912
Dromana Grand ball - August 1928 - Fundraising for the road to Arthurs Seat
Nepean Highway Dromana circa 1960
View over Dromana from Arthurs Seat circa 1900
Dromana Jetty


In the collections approximately 5,000 items have now been catalogued and the Society is in need of volunteers for further cataloguing, computer data entry, conservation and preservation.

The Museum has many artifacts and photographs of historical interest. These cover the central area of the Mornington Peninsula and include Dromana, Red Hill, Red Hill South, Main Ridge, Safety Beach, Arthurs Seat, McCrae, Rosebud and Boneo.

We welcome donations of old photographs, cards, letters, ephemera, and other memorabilia relating to Dromana, Red Hill, Red Hill South, Main Ridge, Safety Beach, Arthurs Seat, McCrae, Rosebud and Boneo in the central Mornington Peninsula.

Museum Displays

Maps, photographs, paintings and memorabilia are permanently displayed.

The Burrell Family

The museum has a cabinet with a display of artifacts donated by descendants of the Burrell family. The Burrell family occupied the Arthurs Seat homestead for a period of approximately 75 years from 1851 to 1925, and were prominent in the affairs of the district.
A book titled 'The Burrells of the Arthurs Seat Homestead' is on sale in the museum.


For those interested in shipping, there is a model of the Cutty Sark, a model of the engine and paddle wheels of the Hygeia and some parts from the Edina which was launched in Glasgow in 1856 and ended its days in Port Phillip Bay in the 1930's.

General Meetings - Guest Speakers

General meetings are held in the Old Shire Offices, Point Nepean Road, Dromana, and a guest speaker may be heard. All vsitors are welcome. Meeting times are advertised at the museum and also on the society noticeboard in Ritchie's supermarket, Dromana.

Details of past speakers may be found here.

Circuit of Museums

Visit these museums as you drive around the Mornington Peninsula.

For more information see also: Flinders, Hastings, Mornington and Sorrento.

These museums are managed entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to the collection, preservation, conservation and display of items of historical interest.

Other Sites of Interest

Other sites of interest including schools and museums may be found here.

Historical Markers

This section on Historical Markers will be of interest to students and local historians. Including the Pioneer Pathway, it provides details of approximately 70 plaques in the Red Hill, Dromana, Rosebud and Arthurs Seat area. A free brochure/map 'Heritage Walk around Dromana' is available at the museum and also at the Information Centre nearby.

Historical Notes

A selection of 'Historical Notes' may be referenced here.

Pioneer Pathway

A Pioneer Pathway has been established at the Museum with plaques showing the names of some 32 families who settled in the Red Hill and Dromana area prior to 1875. A booklet which gives a brief background to each of the settler families is available at a nominal charge.

This page last modified on 26 May 2013