Inspirations: Lorraine Marshall, Torquay & District Historical Society

For history buff Lorraine Marshall, joining Torquay and District Historical Society was like being a kid in a candy store.

Lorraine began volunteering with the group when it moved to its Price St home in 2011, and within a few months was elected its secretary.

“I think I have a bit of a photographic memory for history,” says Lorraine, who spends at least two days a week delving into local history for the society.

“As a real estate agent I used to read up on all the old houses of Brighton and Sandringham and when we retired to Torquay, I wanted to know the town I was living in. “

Torquay and District Historical Society began in 2000 after an idea initiated by long-time resident Spencer Leighton. Its passionate band of volunteers have notched up achievements including the Diggers of Our District Exhibition and commemorative plaque at Point Danger, a collaborative project with the local RSL.

Grants and fundraising have also purchased frames and hanging systems for the group’s exhibitions as well as a newly installed Place of Deposit Pod, where locals can donate their photographic memorabilia.

But for Lorraine, the “top of the tree” has been the current Torquay History Exhibition, documenting the town from its farming and fishing origins, through the bathing phase and the early days of surfing.

“It gives you a sense of permanency and of where we came from. I really love the idea of conserving our history and providing future generations with a better idea of where they live,” she says.

Thank you to Lorraine and all the volunteers at Torquay and District Historical Society for preserving our town’s stories.

Lorraine says the society is always after more volunteers, with projects including local genealogy, mounting images, setting up and taking down exhibitions, research and fundraising. Upcoming projects include plans to recreate a bathing box and red phone box in the front garden.

To find out more visit the society’s Facebook and web pages or visit on a Sunday from 2-4pm.

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