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.

torquay museum without walls is a modern historical society


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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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.

History Matters 2021 Autumn Edition

The latest History Matters Magazine is now available at the Torquay newsagents, featuring a range of story related to the Torquay district. The cover features Rex ‘China’ Gilbert and inside …

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Game On

Not Wimbledon or the Aussie Open but still significant tennis tournaments played in Torquay. Lawn tennis was invented by Major Walter Wingfield in 1873. The game quickly became a popular …

Our Pop-Up Museum

Check out no 32 Gilbert Street for our display of photos and stories on old Gilbert Street. This shop was once owned by Don Loveless who ran his TV and …

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History Matters Summer Edition

Read about the early years of the Torquay and Jan Juc pubs, heritage saved at Loveridge Lookout, some heritage lost at the Barwon River Ovoid Sewer Aqueduct and the fight …

We Remember

Tomorrow, Remembrance Day (also known as Armistice Day) — remembers the agreement between the Allies and Germany on November 11, 1918, to stop fighting which marked a victory for the …


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