Volunteers & Tours

Courthouse Tours

Mt Martha enjoyed a tour of the Courthouse, as well as a mock trial, on 27 February 2017.  Judge Bruce and Clerk of the Court Rod provided the students, teachers, and parents with a great insight to how trials were run in the Courthouse many years ago.

Osborne Primary School had a tour of the Courthouse on 27 August 2015.

All the students learned a lot about the history of Mornington, and had fun pretending to be a judge!

Mt Martha Primary School conducted another tour of the Courthouse for their Grade 3 classes in February 2015. The students were once again entertained by Judge Bruce, who conducted a mock trial for each of the classes, and he was assisted by Judge Peter (Courthouse volunteers).

School tours are a great opportunity for students to learn about the history of the Courthouse, while having fun participating in a mock trial.

Mock TrialMt Martha Primary School toured the Courthouse in February 2014, and received an unexpected surprise when they entered a mock trial! Five classes took their turn in visiting the Courthouse, with an unsuspecting student from each class being put on trial for stealing a skateboard from school. They were then taken out to the Lockup in a ball and chain by one of their fellow class mates. Judge Bruce and Judge Keith (Courthouse volunteers) provided an entertaining mock trial for the students, teachers, and parents to enjoy.

The students then presented the Courthouse Coordinator with some lovely drawings of their reflections, thank you cards, and certificates of appreciation at a school assembly, which was appreciated by everyone.

School tours can be arranged on request.

Volunteer Acknowledgment 2017

A combined event was held by the Mornington Peninsula Shire and Frankston City Council during National Volunteer Week to thank our volunteers, and they were presented with certificates of appreciation.

Volunteer Acknowledgement 2016

Patrick, Ron, Susan, Rod, Peter, John, Brock and Mayor PittockThe Courthouse Volunteers were acknowledged for their services at the Mornington Peninsula Shire National Volunteer Week Appreciation Event held in May 2016.  Mayor Cr Graham Pittock thanked and presented the volunteers who were able to attend with their certificates.

 Volunteer Acknowledgement 2015

Volunteers and Mayor Cr Colomb at National Volunteer Week

The Mornington Peninsula Shire held a National Volunteer Week Appreciation event on 11 May 2015, in conjunction with Frankston City Council. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Cr Bev Colomb presented our valuable volunteers each with a Certificate of Appreciation and thanked them all for their ongoing efforts.

Volunteer Acknowledgement 2014

VolunteersThe Mornington Peninsula Shire and Frankston City Council held their inaugural Appreciation of Volunteers event during  National Volunteer Week Appreciation. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Cr Antonella Celi presented all our wonderful volunteers each with a Certificate of Appreciation as a gesture of thanks.


NMPT also thanks our volunteers for all their hard work, every year, and we appreciate everything they do in running the Mornington Courthouse Visitor Centre. The Courthouse wouldn’t be able to operate without the volunteers, so they are highly valued.

Volunteer Familiarisation Visits

Pure Peninsula Honey, Stumpy Gully Vineyard, and The Big Goose

A great day was spent by the Courthouse volunteers visiting a number of popular local NMPT members on 24 February 2017 – Pure Peninsula Honey, Stumpy Gully Vineyard, and The Big Goose.

Mornington Peninsula Brewery

The Courthouse volunteers enjoyed a visit to Mornington Peninsula Brewery in January 2017, where Tim explained the beer making process, and they enjoyed some tastings.

The Enchanted Maze and Tree Surfing

Everyone loves visiting The Enchanted Maze and Tree Surfing. It is one of the most popular attractions on the peninsula, and our volunteers got to have a look around and test out the fun activities during their familiarisation visit in December 2016.

T’Gallant Winery

A lovely day was had at the T’Gallant Winery for our volunteers, who attended a familiarisation visit in November 2016.

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Searoad Ferries

img_9037The Courthouse volunteers joined with Frankston Visitor Centre volunteers for a familiarisation tour with Searoad Ferries in November 2016.


Beleura House and Gardens

Our volunteers had a lovely tour of Beleura House and Gardens in October 2016.  Most of our volunteers hadn’t visited Beleura previously, so it was a great opportunity for them to learn about the history of the house and gardens.


The Briars

Susan, Ron, Peter, Bruce, Fe, and PatrickThe volunteers joined forces with another local information centre and visited The Briars on 17 November 2015 for a chat and a tour.


Bay Fish N Trips

Stuart giving a talk to volunteers on The PloverOn 12 October 2015 volunteers enjoyed some time on the Plover where Stuart and Sandra gave them a great insight of their business.




Beleura House and Gardens
Famil - BeleuraA familiarisation visit to Beleura House and Gardens, with morning tea, was held for the volunteers on 1 July 2014.

High Tea in Paris
Famil - High Tea in ParisA beautiful high tea was given to the Courthouse volunteers in March 2014.

Frankston Art Centre
Famil - Frankston Art CentreA tour of the wonderful Frankston Art Centre was provided to the Courthouse volunteers in February 2014.

Famil - T'GallantThe Courthouse volunteers enjoyed a lovely wine and pizza tasting at T’Gallant in January 2014.