The old Byrne homestead, Shoreham

 The old Byrne homestead, Shoreham

Flinders District Historical Society

The Society develops a collection of items relating to the environmental, social, industrial and technological history of the Flinders, Shoreham and Point Leo areas.  It's headquarters are at the Shoreham Hall (the old Shoreham school) Byrnes Road, Shoreham.

Members undertake the important task of preserving our local history and publishing the newsletter.  New members are always welcome.  Come along to the Shoreham Hall between 10.00am and 12.00 midday on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. To find out more go to the Flinders District Historical Society web page.  

Society member's award - October 2015

Ann Lorkin, past President of the Society, was one of 15 long serving Mornington Peninsula community volunteers to be presented with a 2015 Flinders Seniors Award by the Honourable Greg Hunt MP, Member for Flinders and Federal Minister for the Environment. The Flinders Seniors Awards particularly recognise the significant contribution our older residents make in the community. 
Ann's citation reads "For your tireless efforts in being an active member of a variety of local organisations, particularly the Flinders District Historical Society. Your dedication is greatly appreciated and the community is a much better place for it. Congratulations and thank you."

 

 

A Short History of Shoreham Village

Prior to European settlement the clans of the Boonwurrung people used this area for summer living, fishing and gathering food from the shoreline. Numerous middens along the coast attest to this long pattern of habitation. Sealers and sailors were the first Europeans to make contact exploiting the natural resources of the area. The permanent water available at Stony Creek in a sheltered cove was the natural place to anchor and replenish supplies. 

In December 1803 Lt. James Tuckey camped here with his small exploration party; they had walked from the Collins settlement at Sorrento. Following the establishment of the Port Phillip district in 1835, settlers moved into the area. In 1846 Henry Tuck took up the Manton’s Creek pastoral lease which covered all of the Shoreham area. He built a home for his family and commenced cattle grazing and farming. 

 

   Shoreham School 1936 with teacher Vi Horne

   Shoreham School 1936 with teacher Vi Horne

The Land Acts of the 1860’s broke up the large leases and made small acreages available for purchase. A group of Irish Catholic families came to the Shoreham/Balnarring area in the 1860’s. Many had tried their luck on the goldfields and marriages had taken place between the families in Tipperary and Melbourne. Among them were the Byrne, Dowling, Kennedy, Nowlan, Ryan and Riley families.

 

 Johnstone family milking 1930

 Johnstone family milking 1930

 

 

Martin Byrne's family sold the lower paddocks of their dairy farm to Walter Henry Buxton, a printer and estate developer from Melbourne, who subdivided the land and promoted the sale of the 'Shoreham-On-The-Sea' estate in December 1923. Final subdivision of the upper portion took place in 1969.

 

Hay making 1945  

Hay making 1945

 

Find out more about Shoreham's history by taking a walk following one of the Heritage and Discovery Walk guides you can pick up at the Post Office or download here.