Prom Country History & Foster Museum

The Foster and District Historical Society Inc. operate a volunteer-run museum situated in the Main Street of Foster, Victoria.

See how the district developed from the discovery of gold in 1870, the growth of the dairy and fishing industries, the establishment of Wilsons Promontory National Park in 1906 – Victoria’s first National Park, to the thriving district of the 21st century.

Stan Grylls – Queensland on a push bike

Marilyn Smith , our Welshpool resident, is talking about her father’s epic bike ride as a 21 year old. He rode his push bike from Victoria to Queensland during the 1930’s depression looking for work. Marilyn is well known as the creator of a wonderful collection of ‘antique’ dolls now on display at the museum.…

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Anastasia by Elizabeth Rushen & Kathlyn Gibson

This is the story of one remarkable Irish immigrant to nineteenth-century Australia and her never-failing support of Irish causes. Her legacy resonates today in both Callan and Foster (formerly Stockyard Creek). Widowed after a brief marriage to William Thornley, Anastasia was a successful businesswoman who owned several gold mines and blocks of land in South…

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Corner Inlet through the lens

The life and work of photographer John Gunn This exhibition displays the extraordinary work of local farmer, builder and electrician turned photographer John Gunn. He recorded the people, places, events and industry in Toora and the surrounding district in the early years of the 20th century. Photos include the Peace celebrations at the end of…

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Current exhibition

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Corner Inlet through the lens

The life and work of photographer John Gunn This exhibition displays the extraordinary work of local farmer, builder and electrician turned photographer John Gunn. He recorded the people, places, events...

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Latest news

Stan Grylls – Queensland on a push bike

28 May 2019

Marilyn Smith , our Welshpool resident, is talking about her father’s epic bike ride as a 21 year old. He rode his push bike from…

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Membership

Membership is open to everyone interested in the history of Foster and the Prom Country district

Donate & Gift

We are a volunteer run, not for profit organisation. Your support it is gratefully received either financially or by objects and media.

Anastasia by Elizabeth Rushen & Kathlyn Gibson

This is the story of one remarkable Irish immigrant to nineteenth-century Australia and her never-failing support of Irish causes. Her legacy resonates today in both Callan and Foster (formerly Stockyard...

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South of the Strzelecki Ranges by Cheryl Glowrey

South of the Strzelecki Ranges - Cheryl Glowrey

This book looks at the interplay between people, land and sea. South of the Strzelecki Ranges is the story of the South Gippsland coast and the people whose lives were...

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The Power of Water – Neil Everitt

The Power of Water

This history of hydro-electric power on the Franklin River at Toora is now available from the Museum. It is a well researched and illustrated book about  relatively little known enterprises...

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