Nepean Historical Society Museum

Nepean Historical Society Museum

Housed in the Mechanics' Institute building, Sorrento, a limestone building classified by the National Trust. The Museum contains artefacts, Aboriginal relics, photographs and documents, models, nineteenth century fashions and household equipment, examples of early technology, shipwreck relics and memorabilia from pioneering families and the great George Coppin. The museum has received accreditation from Museums Australia.

Address: 
827 Melbourne Road, Sorrento, VIC
Tel: 
0359840256
Hours: 
1.30pm - 4.30pm Saturday, Sunday, Public and school holidays (except Good Friday and Christmas Day). Groups by arrangement.
Admission: 
Adults $3, Students $2, Children free if accompanied by an adult
Facilities: 
Car and bus parking, toilets, picnic area, wheelchair access, sales outlet, guided tours, reference library, research facilities, publications, information brochures, newsletter, education, outreach, touring exhibitions.
Collection: 
Approximately 4000 items some 2000 of which are photographs. The collection covers the history of the Parish of Nepean, Shire of Mornington Peninsula, ie. Rye, Sorrento and Portsea areas and comprises domestic items, costumes, personal items, models, maritime history, military history, paintings, archives.
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Items

Model

Model Steam Tram

Model Steam Tram
Creator:
R. Campbell and N. Neale
Description:
Large model of steam train engine and one carriage. N.B. The accompanying photograph shows the original steam train.
Date:
1980's (date of model)
Item Id Number:
1608 - model 1194

The steam tram carried passengers from the bay steamers to the back beach at Sorrento C. 1890-1920

Cannon

Cannon

Cannon
Creator:
Unknown
Description:
Iron Cannon on wooden wheeled base
Item Id Number:
1841

From wreck of "Craigburn" 1891. This ship sank off the beach west of Sorrento.

Barrel

Wooden Barrel

Wooden Barrel
Description:
Wooden barrel with metal bands on inside
Item Id Number:
1586

One of a number of barrels sunk in the sand above high water mark to collect "fresh", or at least drinkable, water at site of 1803 settlement under Lt.Col. David Collins at Sullivan Bay near Sorrento.

Costume

Ball Gown

Ball Gown
Creator:
Unknown
Description:
Elizabethan style gown worn by wife of Mayor McIlwraith of Melbourne 1873-4 at Mayoral Ball
Date:
1870s
Item Id Number:
2150

Model

Model Lime Kiln

Creator:
R & E Mineur
Description:
Large model in glass case illustrates the method of lime burning, one of the main industries in the Point Nepean area.
Item Id Number:
1599

This is an important teaching tool for school groups, etc, as the cut away model shows clearly the process of lime burning.