Local history on our Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is steeped in a rich tapestry of history that spans thousands of years. This beautiful coastal area, originally inhabited by the Bunurong/Boon Wurrung people, has a deep connection to Indigenous heritage, with many sites of cultural significance.

European settlement began in the early 1800s and by the mid-1800s the peninsula saw an influx of settlers who established fishing villages, pastoral properties, and later, holiday retreats, transforming it into a popular seaside destination which continues today.

The peninsula’s historical narrative is preserved and celebrated through a vibrant local history network, comprising 24 historical societies, museums and community groups. These organisations play an important role in maintaining the peninsula’s heritage, from the maritime stories of Port Phillip Bay to the colonial homesteads dotting the landscape.

The local history groups provide educational insights and fostering a deep appreciation for the peninsula’s diverse history by preserving the stories and objects in their collections.

Our Stories: Sharing the past, connecting community

Our “Antiques Roadshow” inspired Mornington Peninsula event unearthed some wonderful treasures on Saturday 18 May. 

With over 800 attendees, the conservators and evaluators were kept busy throughout the day. We thank the local Historical Societies for their idea and participation. Julie Strini from 3MP Easy Music Radio spent the day with us. A successful Positive Ageing funded event. 

Watch this space for future heritage events! 

Check out the video: CLICK HERE – OUR STORIES VIDEO

Or listen to the Podcast: CLICK HERE – OUR STORIES PODCAST (TBC)