Former Premier and recently-named Museum patron Ted Baillieu officially launched Celebrating History…Items from the Queenscliffe Historical Museum Collection on Sunday October 15.
Compiled by volunteers Rosemary Brown, Jocelyn Grant, Sandra Lee and Diana Sawyer, the book celebrates the Museum’s 50th anniversary.
Mr Baillieu spoke of his own family’s long ties with our municipality, including his great grandfather, James George Baillieu, who jumped ship at Portsea in 1853 and swam ashore here, and carved out one of the region’s strongest pioneer dynasties.
He also presented a new addition to the Museum’s collection - his own father’s christening cup, dating back to 1903.
Ms Grant said the book was a tribute to the volunteers “who have accepted the roles of archivist and keeper of the many thousands of items now in safe-keeping in the Museum’s purpose-built facility and to the continuing support of the community.