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Lake Bolac & District Historical Society Lake Bolac, Victoria

Historical Society for Lake Bolac and surrounding district.

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P.O. Box 12 Lake Bolac Victoria 3351 (map)
phone
+61 +61 3 5337 6011

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Opening Hours

3rd Sunday of Month 10am-4pm

Entry Fee

No entry fee.

Location

2110 Glenelg Highway Lake Bolac Victoria

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Photographs, negatives, documents and a small quantity of negatives

Significance

A comprehensive visual collection depicting Lake Bolac and district's history

Noel Read 29 June 2015 10:57 AM

What are your opening hours and days, please? My wife and I are travelling to SA to meet up with family on Thursday and my brother-in-law is hoping I may call in to obtain some more info' and take some photo's in Lake Bolac. Our family connections that he has been researching are, James McDonald and Margaret Blanche Hayhoe (maiden name Margaret Blanche Ward) also known as Blanche Mary Hayhoe. Thank you

Karen McIntyre 30 June 2015 9:31 AM

Historical books and photo displays available daily at the Lake Bolac Information Centre 2110 Glenelg Highway, Lake Bolac. Open 10am-5pm weekdays, 10am-4pm weekends.

noel mcadie 24 July 2017 9:40 AM

You had a soft cover book on the history of the district. Please - a. is it still available? b. does it mention David Aitken and his wife and children? I am a genealogist and trying to confirm David's place in Aitken Family.

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Black and white photograph - Private George Ford, Wickliffe, WW1.

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Private George Ford, Wickliffe, WW1.

black & white photograph - "Bellevue", Lake Bolac

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"Bellevue" Lake Bolac. From left - Unknown, Nellie Moreton, Bert Moreton

Black and white photograph - James Murray (Sn.) of Lake Bolac

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James Murray (Sn) of Lake Bolac

Black and white photograph - Diving Board, 2nd Beach, Lake Bolac

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Red gum diving board and pontoon at the second swimming beach on the north side of Lake Bolac, circa 1935.

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Aerial view of Lake Bolac township, looking towards the north-east, taken circa 1968. The freshwater lake is top-right, the salt-lake is centre-left. The Presbyterian church, bottom right, is surrounded by Cyprus trees on the Woorndoo/Mortlake road. The hotel and general store are opposite each other on the crossroads of the Mortlake/Ararat and Ballarat/Hamilton roads and the sporting complex is behind the store next to the salt lake. The Primary School, No 854, is between the footy oval and the Ararat Road, centre left.

Black and white photograph - Carting wheat on "Bellevue", c.1910.

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On the road in front of "Bellevue", Lake Bolac, circa 1910. A load of wheat is ready for the trip to the railhead at Willaura. Seated on the wagon is Bert Moreton and standing at the rear is Harry Hewitt. Note the home-made gig perched on top of the load.

Black and white photograph - Thomas and Dorothy Peters, with Horace and Victor, 1910.

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Thomas and Dorothy Peters with sons Horace and Victor. !910. Lake Bolac.

Black and white photograph - Swagman

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Swagman, travelling through the Lake Bolac district. These 'swaggies' often had regular, seasonal 'runs' which they would follow, returning to the same hamlets and farms at the same time every year to ask for minor chores in order to earn a meal or to obtain some flour, tea and sugar. After both wars, the numbers of swaggies increased as returned soldiers, who couldn't settle to (or couldn't find) regular employment, took to the roads.

Black and white photograph - Aquatic Club building relocation from Flax Mill

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Second half of new Lake Bolac Aquatic Club building arriving at new home on the north beach foreshore, brought down from the Flax Mill site above the bank. 1961. Pictured beside truck from left to right - Lewis Wills, Don Flett and Richard Carty. Building moved by Burrows transport.

Colour photograph - Fiery Creek, Lake Bolac, 1997-2010 drought

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Lake Bolac's eastern lake-bed and beach during the 19987-2010 drought, looking south. The lake bank exposed in this photograph is an aboriginal midden about a likometer across excavated by Dr Peter Coutts in the 1970's. Radio carbon dates of charcoal from the base levels date the midden at 12,000 years old, making this one of two middens with this very early date, the other being on the coast near Warrnambool.

Black and white photograph - Third Lake Bolac Bush Nursing Centre (1957-1999).

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The third Lake Bolac Bush Nursing Centre in Montgomery Street. It was purpose-built as the centre of Healthcare in the district. The building was declared open by the Premier of Victoria who was our local member of Parliament, Sir Henry Bolte. It operated from 1957 to 1999.

Black and white photograph - Lake Bolac Troop of the 4th/19th Lighthorse Regiment

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Members of the Lake Bolac Troop of the 4th/19 Lighthorse Regiment encamped at Torquay, Victoria. Back from left: Keith Davidson, Alan Hucker, Frank Shalders, Lewis Wills, Neil Robertson, Harold Hildebrandt, Donald Davidson, Eric Hose. Front: Reginald Fagg, Henry Clark, Eric Robertson, Robert Delamare, Henry Gale, Charles Geddes

black and white photograph - Eilyer Station Woolshed

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Photograph of the bluestone woolshed located on 'Eilyer' Station 12 kilometres south of Lake Bolac. Built circa 1860. Owners of property the Austin Family

Photograph - Lake Bolac Memorial Hall 1922

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The Lake Bolac Memorial Hall was built in 1922 in memory of the local men who served in the First World War. The original hall was relocated from its site in Montgomery Street to form the supper room of the new hall.

Black and white photograph - W.E. Veale Senior 1839-1911

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This photo shows Mr William E. Veale Senior, owner of the Lake Bolac Store from 1874 to 1938.

black & white photograph - Lake Bolac High School Colts Cricket team (early 1960's)

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Lake Bolac High School Colts Cricket Team - early 1960's. Team Members: Back from left - Ken Thom, George Hucker, Russell Park, Kevin Perry, Ivan Hucker, Murray Thom. Centre row - Russell Adams, Richard Thom, Jim Knight, Ern Harkin, Neil Thom, Claude Moore. Front - Allan Knight, Murray Knight, Ron Wilson.

Lake Bolac Brass Band photo - Lake Bolac Brass Band

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Black and white photograph - Aerial view of Lake Bolac township, circa 1970.

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Lake Bolac township, 1970. This picture shows the 2nd football oval, tennis courts, golf course and racecourse (front-right) above the salt lake and the Lake Bolac Common (front-left). The Primary School is still on its original site between the oval and the Ararat road. The High School is beside the fresh-water lake (centre back) and to its left are the early caravan park and bowling club. The Aquatic Club shed can just be seen behind the lake bank. Photograph taken by Lewis Wills.

Black and white photograph - Opening of Lake Bolac Memorial hall, 1922.

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Official opening of the Lake Bolac Memorial Hall on Friday 9th June, 1922. Depicted is the Queen Carnival, held to raise funds. Shown are Queen Doris Cameron (Quin) and her attendants. To immediate left of the Queen is Isabel MacKenzie (who later married Stanley Moreton).

Black and white photograph - Wickliffe State School, No. 948, circa 1900.

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Wickliffe State School, No. 948, circa 1900. Back: Lawrie Ford, Percy Morrow, Les Ford, Percy Almond (teacher's nephew), Evelyn Farrell, Nellie Ford, Bessie Grimmer, Alice Wileman, Violet Morrow. Front: Murray Ford, Lou Ford, Alf Ford, Eddie Gale, Lily Smith, Mary Ford, Mary Wileman, Bessie Ford. Teacher: Mr W.F. Friday. Photograph courtesy Keith Grimmer.

Colour photograph - Aerial view of Lake Bolac and village. After the rain, 2010.

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Aerial view of Lake Bolac after the drought had broken in late 2010. The fresh-water lake is now full, as are the wetlands. Note the edge of the salt-lake in the bottom right, the Industrial Estate bottom left and centre, the golf course, the current footy oval, Bowling Club, tennis courts and swimming pool with the P-12 College through the trees on the bank of the lake. An Archaeologist might be able to discern the original footy oval bottom centre, built on what was once the town Common (below the industrial buildings),and the second oval (above the salt lake.) The houses are spreading along the west bank of the lake beyond the school.

Black and white photograph - Wickliffe State School pupils, 1920.

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Wickliffe State School pupils, 1920. Back: Alan Grimmer, Don Gale, Daisy Bowes, Eileen Cleary, Daisy Williamson, Norma McInnes, Jack Cleary, Syd Prust, Keith McInnes. 2nd row: Peter Grimmer, Alice Glenn, Marjorie Prust, Hilda Farrell, Jean McInnes, Nellie Grimmer, Iney Farrell, Clarice Blackham, Beattie Farrell, V. Grimmer. 3rd row: Flora McInnes, Ruby Prust, Murray Mitchell, Bill Farrell, Stuart McInnes, Alan Gale, Don McInnes. Front: Murdoch Ferguson, Charlie Grimmer, Cath Ford, Grace Prust, Elsie Grimmer, Les Cleary. Teachers: Mr A Hewitt, Miss B.W. Grimmer.

Black and white photograph - Josiah and Mary Park

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Josiah and Mary Park, (1867) of Lake Bolac.

black & white photograph - Second Lake Bolac Bush Nursing Centre, 1933-57.

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Second Lake Bolac Bush Nursing Centre, Glenelg Highway, Lake Bolac. 1933-1957.

Black and white photograph - Albert Austin, "Eilyer", 1834-1916.

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When 'Bolac Plains' was subdivided in 1846 Henry Gibb took up the northern end and he named the property 'Eilyer'. 'Eilyer' was bought from the estate of Henry Gibb in 1864 by Josiah and Thomas Austin. Gibb had been killed the year before when he fell from a horse. At the time of purchase, 'Eilyer' was 30,000 acres in size. It was later divided up and the second section become known as "Myuna". Ownership of 'Eilyer' has remained in the same family for over 150 years: Thomas and Josiah, Albert, Ronald, Derrick, Kate (Blackburn), Michael (Blackburn).

Black and white photograph - Wickliffe State School, No.948, before 1950

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The Wickliffe school operated unofficially until it was officially opened in 1870 and became State School No. 948. The school had considerable difficulty obtaining a qualified teacher. John Broughton Jones was the first qualified teacher, appointed in 1870 and he remained until 1882.

black & white photograph - Harvesting Salt at Lake Bolac.

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Jack Simpson with Jean and Kath Bassett carting salt from the salt lakes north of Lake Bolac. The harvesting of Salt from the salt lakes was the earliest industry recorded as taking place in the district, predating the pastoral industry. In 1841, G A Robinson was passing between the fresh water and salt lakes and recorded a party of men all the way from Manifold,s loading salt onto a wagon. Local aborigines also used salt from these lakes as a trading item.

Black and white photograph - Lake Bolac Flax Mill

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Photograph of Lake Bolac Flax Mill boiler house and pits in full production.

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Photograph of Lake Bolac Flax Mill boiler house and pits in full production. The mill operated between 1942 and 1959 and was located on the shores of Lake Bolac. Local farmers grew flax which was transported into the factory to be processed. The mill employed Land Army girls, locals and migrant workers.

Black and white photo - Original Lake Bolac Store erected in 1868.

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This bluestone store replaced a small wooden store on the cross roads site in 1858. Store owned by William Veale and his brothers Arthur and George . Originally built by Cecil Louisson. Sold to William Veale Senior in 1874 who owned it until 1938 when it was sold to Mr Dixon.

Black and white photograph - Swimming at Lake Bolac, 1946.

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Lake Bolac. Swimming at the 1st beach on the north side of the lake in 1946.