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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 0419115330

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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 artifacts.

Significance

A comprehensive visual collection depicting Lake Bolac and district's history including Wickliffe, Westmere and Streatham.

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 - Wickliffe, Farrell's Inn.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Farrell's Inn, Wickliffe. Courtesy F Prust.

Black and white 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 - Second Lake Bolac Bush Nursing Centre

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

Second Lake Bolac Bush Nursing Centre on Glenelg Highway. Centre was in use from 1933 until 1957.

Black and white photograph - "Lake Boloke" homestead and the dry shore-line of Lake Bolac, circa 1855.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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A very early view of the first blue-stone homestead and out-buildings at "Lake Boloke" station, established by Robert Patterson, believed taken in the early 1850's. The row of River red-gums indicates the shoreline of Lake Bolac which seems to be at least partially dry.

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

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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 - E & M Rowley, pioneers at Lake Bolac, 1862.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Edward and MaryAnn Rowley were pioneer settlers at Lake Bolac, taking up land in 1862. Their children were Sarah, Elizabeth, Maryanne, Deborah, Emily, Ellen, Eliza, Emma, Martha and Edward. The change-over station for stage coaches, including Cobb and C., and paddocks for resting horses, were on their property. The farm was later bought by J.T. Murray. The family are interred in the Lake Bolac Cemetery.

Black and white photograph - The Howlett Family of 'Wynawang', Wickliffe.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Mr and Mrs Howlett of 'Wynawang', Wiuckliffe, with daughters, Margaret and Frances (Fanny). Circa 1900.

Colour photograph - Lake Bolac township. 1963.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Crossroads at Lake Bolac, 1963. Junction of the Ballarat/Hamilton and Ararat/Mortlake roads. Starting centre left, the large building on the south-east side of the Ballarat road is Goodall's garage. Next door is the original Bush Nursing centre, then Dalgety's, the Bakery, the Milkbar and on the corner is the Bank of New South Wales building, Elder's, Green's drapery shop and the Lake Bolac Memorial Hall. On the traffic island in front of the Hall is the War Memorial and across the Woorndoo road is the Hotel (with the maroon roof) with stables behind. Across the road again is the Stanbury's General Store with their large warehouse behind.

Black and white photograph - Lake Bolac Overflow and Weir, circa 1949.

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Lake Bolac. The concrete weir and water-level adjusted overflow into the man-made channel into Salt Creek on the south side of the lake, circa 1949. The Moreton family is playing in the shallow trickle of water. Malin's windmill and pump can be seen on the bank in the background.

black and white photograph - Lake Boloke Homestead

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Photograph of Lake Boloke Homestead situated on the shores of Lake Bolac. Lake Bolac's original homestead built c 1850's.

Black and white photograph - Lake Bolac Overflow, 1956

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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The outlet for the overflow was originally cut in 1926 and concreted over in 1928. This photo shows flooding into Salt Creek in 1956 and looks towards the west and Rockbank. Boards were added to raise the water level of the lake. These were put in annually, below the walkway depicted, until in 1966 the level of the concrete weir was raised. Consequently the lake did not flush through as readily and it gradually silted up and the lake became shallower.

Black and white photograph - 'Eilyer', built in 1871.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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'Eilyer' homestead, built 1871. Run by Albert Austin, Albert Sidney Austin, Ronald Austin, Derrick Austin, his daughter, Kaye Blackburn, then Michael Blackburn.

Black and white photograph - "Wheels", William Curtis, Swagman

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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William Curtis, known as "Wheels", was a swagman and a local eccentric. He was an obsessive collector of wheels and towed them round the country-side, living from his cart and adding to his collection as he went.

Black and white photograph - Carting Wheat at Lake Bolac

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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James Wills of "Fintry" Lake Bolac carting bags of wheat with his International truck which was purchased for Goodall's, Mortlake. The truck was able to carry 35 bags of wheat.

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

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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 - Eilyer Station Woolshed

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

Black and white photograph

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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

Black and white photograph - Dixon's Store Lake Bolac

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Dixon's Store Lake Bolac built of locally quarried bluestone in 1868. This photo is circa 1938. Harold Dixon proprietor.

Black and white photograph - Swagman

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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.

Colour photograph - Wickliffe Flood, Jan .2011.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Wickliffe, the flooded Hopkins River flowing from left to right, both under and over the bridge, showing the inundated Glenelg Highway and township. January, 2011. Photograph courtesy James Davidson.

Colour photograph

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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 - Lake Bolac Music Club, performance of "My Fair Lady", 1971.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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The Lake Bolac Music Club was begun in 1950. The first meeting was held on 12/10/1950, 30 members being present. Office Bearers were Henry Clarke (Pres.), Mrs R Critten (Sec.), Mrs L Hucker (Treas.), Committee: Mr G Rance, Mrs L Wills, Mrs Leitman, Mr J Moreton, Mr AE McIntyre (Auditor). The 21st birthday of the club was celebrated with a performance of "My Fair Lady" on 1st & 2nd Oct., 1971. Shown in the Ascot scene, L-R: Joan Moreton, Christina Peters, Jan Facey and Amy Wills (Mrs Eynesford-Hill, Freddy's mother).

Black and white photograph - 'Eloora', the Bassett home.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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The Bassett family home at 'Eloora', Lake Bolac. The original house was burned down in the 1944 fire and this was the replacement building.

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

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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 - Swimming at Lake Bolac, 1946.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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

Black and white photograph - The family of Lewis and May Wills of Lake Bolac, circa 1922.

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The family of Lewis and May Wills of "Fintry", Lake Bolac, circa 1022. Back from left: James, May, 'Ina, Eunice. Front: Maud, Lewis (snr), Lewis.

Black and white photograph - Loading wool at Lake Bolac

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Loading wool bales onto a horse-drawn wagon at "Eilyer", Lake Bolac. Note the 'trolley and pull' manual method.

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

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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 Homestead

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Black and white photograph - Lake Bolac Music Club performance of "Calamity Jane", 1974.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Lake Bolac Music Club performance of "Calamity Jane", 1974. Shown in the bar of the Golden Garter Bar in Deadwood City, Dakota are, from L-R Richard Peters (Bar-fly), Chris Atkinson (barmaid), Tom Atkinson & Keith Stevens (bar owner).

Black and white photograph - Oat harvest at Lake Bolac

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Horse-drawn harvester at Lake Bolac, circa 1930's. Oats are cut and the sheaves are bound by the machine. The sheaves are then stooked before being carted to the stacks. Vic Moreton is on the seat of the binder with Ernie Brown carrying a sheaf.