Welcome to the Port Fairy Historical Society

Piecing Our Past Together

We welcome you not only to the Museum and Archives but to our delightful town.    The Museum and Archives feature changing displays covering various aspects of our past.   We sell a number of local history publications, details are on our "publications" page.   We meet regularly and most meetings feature a guest speaker.  We welcome visitors to our meetings, details of which are on the "functions" page.


Latest News from the Port Fairy Historical Society

Two Summer Exhibitions At The Port Fairy Museum 

With the summer holidays almost here, this season’s swimwear will soon be appearing on our beaches. If you were wondering what was fashionable in beachwear a century ago, then include the Port Fairy Museum on your list of “list of things to do”. There is a wonderful male swimming costume in navy and red, accessorised with a matching straw hat, that is part of the new “Port Fairy Bathing” Exhibition.

Our second exhibition Needles and Pins” looks at the history of sewing and craft. Although now considered a leisure activity, the making and embellment of clothing and homewares was a necessary skill in bygone days. The display has examples of handmade clothing and craft, as well as the tools used to make them. My favourite item in this exhibition is a beautiful catalogue with sketches of ladies fashion from the 1930’s.

Of course, our Museum is always worth seeing, or seeing again. From the beautiful architecture of the old courthouse building, to its still intact courtroom, jail cell and mortuary. Our exhibits trace the history of the town, its people and its industries such as whaling,fishing and shipping and, of course, shipwrecks.

We invite you all to come along and see Port Fairy of yesterday. Invite someone to come with you, a friend or family. Tell us what you think. Tell others.



We have extensive archives and can assist in putting the "meat on the bones" of your ancestors.   Unfortunately private research of our archives is not possible.

The Port Fairy Historical Society can be contacted for research, general enquires or feedback by emailing pfhs@port-fairy.com

We are located at:

Port Fairy Historical Society
The History Centre
30 Gipps Street, Port Fairy, Victoria 3284
(03) 5568 2263

Our postal address:

Port Fairy Historical Society
P.O. Box 152, Port Fairy, Victoria 3284



Saturdays,  Wednesdays, Public Holidays 2.00 pm. until 5.00 pm.

Sundays, 10.30am - 12.30pm

In winter, from mid July until 1 September, the museum is open on Saturdays only 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

Please note the History Centre is NOT open on the Labour Day weekend in March. This is the weekend of the Port Fairy Folk Festival For those who are following up family histories and who can only be here on that weekend we ask that you contact our archivist by phone beforehand and she will make every effort to meet with you.

Adult $4.00 and accompanied children are free.

Open to adult groups at other times by appointment. Minimum charge $30.00 per group. Over 30 is $1.00 per head extra.

School groups are encouraged to visit by appointment. Groups of 10-20 students can be provided for at any one time; numbers over 20 will need to be divided into smaller groups. Cost: 50 cents per student. Teachers are free. Contact The History Centre on our phone number (03) 5568 2263 and leave a message and phone number if unattended.

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