About Us

We are a creative solution to those interested in Torquay history,
we tell the story through a range of mediums all located in one place.

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What is Torquay Museum Without Walls? TMWW is a modern historical society dedicated to collecting, researching and publishing online our understanding of the Torquay district history. OUR HISTORY After months …


Discover our stories from Torquay, Victoria, Australia.
We preserve the Torquay region’s past through sharing our stories and research. Click on this header for more information.

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Vision and Mission

Our purpose is to develop a comprehensive and easily accessible online history of Torquay and the surrounding area. Click heading to read more.



Our Torquay history collection collectively tells the story of the district. From the early pioneers to the surfing journey that changed the town.

Torquay Museum Without Walls started in 2015, as a ‘modern historical society’ living in the digital world. We owned not a single image, map, object or original research. Through the combined efforts of our curators, researchers, and collectors, our Torquay history collection has grown to represent more than 150 years of the Torquay district history. The growth has come about through the generosity of people who have donated family treasures of objects and photos from the past to us so that we preserve them for future generations.

Our historical collection has been supported by the Geelong Heritage Centre.


Navigate through the collection by clicking on one of the titles below. The collection is being updated constantly as we upload our material and digitize the donations we have received.

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Join Us & Support


Perfect for those who would like to support our work financially
  • Digital copy HISTORY MATTERS magazine

  • 1 hour free genealogical or house research

  • Access to our research library

  • Right to stand for Committee membership

  • Voting rights


Suitable for just wanting to enjoy reading our stories
  • Digital copy of HISTORY MATTERS magazine


Great for someone looking to help. No research skills necessary.
  • Digital copy of HISTORY MATTERS magazine

Latest News

We welcome all contributions to update information or post new information.
Historical information comes from people like you.
These projects tell – and in many cases gather – the stories of people from the Torquay region.


March Magazine

The newest edition of our magazine is now available for purchase at the Torquay Newsagency. But things are not what they were just weeks ago. To keep healthy we do …

Darwin Bombing

Bombing of Darwin

The bombing of Darwin occurred on the morning of 19 February 1942, when 188 Japanese aircraft appeared over Darwin. The aircraft had taken off from four aircraft carriers in the …

Margaret Ganly birthday

Farewell Margaret

With sadness we note the passing of a Torquay treasure, Margaret Ganly.Margaret, who was 104 was the descendant of one of our earliest settlers, William Pride and we doubt there …


First flight across Bass Strait

100 years ago on Monday 16 December, Lieut. Arthur Leonard Long left Stanley in Tasmania and was the first to fly across Bass Strait. His first stop was Torquay on …


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