History House (Old Town Hall)

History House (Old Town Hall)

This research centre houses photographs, newspapers and mixed memorabilia depicting Portland's social history, and resources for tracing Family History. The building is an 1863 construction of bluestone with slate roof.

Address: 
Off Cliff Street, Portland, VIC
Tel: 
0355222266
Hours: 
10:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 4:00 Except Good Friday and Christmas Day
Admission: 
Adults $1.00, Children and pensioners $0.50 ; Groups of school pupils $0.20 each
Facilities: 
Car and bus parking, picnic area, research facilities
Collection: 
Photographs, portraits, Portland publications , household goods, tools, cemetery indices, clothing, Henty Plough.
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Items

Wedding dress

Description:
silk wedding outfit, skirt with train, blouse and belt
Date:
1871

Dress from the wedding of Eliza Birmingham and William Crosbie

Beauvais uniform

Description:
Uniform of the Portland battery of Garrison Artillery

John hall Beauvaiswas a member of the Garrison Artillery 1884 - 1903

theodolite

Tyer's theodolite

Description:
Surveyors instrument

Belonged to C.J Tyers. Used in surveying Melbourne to South Australian border and the border itself

Ships washstand/desk

Description:
Wooden cupboard with china washbowl (fitted) and metal plug
Date:
1850's

Reputed to have come from the wreck of the "Constant"

Plough

Henty's plough

Description:
Bullock Drawn Ploughc 1834
Date:
1834