Our range of historical books available from the museum.

Available Publications from the Museum

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White Pearls and Jersey Gold

The Australian chapter of the Jennings family of Rye and the Bellarine Peninsula began in 1848 in Geelong with the marriage of teenagers John Jennings and Phoebe Dickman. Now in 2014 the family has grown to 1300 decendents living throughout the World.

by Linda Berndt – Price $30

Amongst the old folks - Rye Cemetery

For many years now the author Phil Cain has lead tours of Rye’s hilltop cemetery amongst, as he put it ‘the old folk he once knew so well’. It is indeed a proud tradition that Phil follows in that his father before him served as trustee for 51 years, as well as grand-uncles before then.

by Phil Cain $15

Chronicle of my life in the 20th Century

Vic Tyler (1899-1992) spent the greater part of his life in Rye. He was born in St Kilda and when nine years old he moved to Jubilee near Walhalla. He arrived in Rye in 1916 where he became a carpenter and builder.

by Vic Tyler $20

The Hughes Family of Sorrento

William and Catherine Hughes arrived in Australia in 1854 with their eight children. Their eldest son William married Bridget McNamara in Sandhurst and they followed the gold rush to Donnelly’s Creek and Walhalla. With their young family they moved to Sorrento in 1872. William’s son James married Julia Cain and so began a connection with Rye.

by Bernard Woiwod $15

He Volunteered for Service

In 1914, the situation in Europe was tense. Secret alliances, internal politics, and the desire to grow empires had built up distrust and dislike between many of the European powers. The story of the young men of Rye who went to World War I

by Linda Berndt (chief researcher and writer), Danielle Burns and Pauline Powell $20

Rye - A Book of Memories

A historical record of Rye and District, for both the present and future generations. A broad “collection of memories”, that many local people have happily provided written contributions, and offered photographs, so it is fair to say that the book was written by the people of Rye.

Originally compiled and edited by Nell Arnold, 1985
Reprinted 2018. (Reprint and updates organised by RHS Committee Chaired by Noel Erbs) – $25


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