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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 Hugh Michael O'Rorke, 39th Infantry Brigade, WW1.

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Private Hugh O'Rorke enlisted 28/03/1916 in 39th Infantry Battalion and embarked for France 27/05/1916. He was gassed and then severely wounded during the Battle for Broodseinde Ridge on 04/10.1917. After convalescence in England he returned to Australia and was discharged in 1918. He took up a Soldier Settlement block at Westmere and named it Killigrew'. Ray and Jan O'Brien live in the house now.' He was awarded an MBE in 1955 for services to the CFA. He died in 1962, aged 72.

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 - 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).

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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 - Mellier School, 1923

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Mellier State School, No 3500, 13/06/1923. Established 1919. Back - Don MacInnes, Jack Dow, Harold Stewart, Alan Hucker, Ivor Evans, Vivian Evans, George Hucker. 2nd Row - Fred Hucker, Keith Evans, Charles Stewart, Ernie Hucker, Perce Kinnersley, Bon Hucker, Richard Geddes, Miss Isabel M MacKenzie (Mrs SH Moreton) Front - Frank Kinnersley, Marjorie Geddes, Margaret Stewart, Jean MacInnes, Janet Hucker, Maisie Kinnersley, Lily Kinnersley, Mavis Hucker, Gladys Hucker, Donald Davidson.

Black and white photograph - Lake Bolac Debutant Set, Electric Light Ball, 1938.

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Lake Bolac Debutant Ball (05/08/1938), held to celebrate the arrival of electricity to the district. Men, from left - Lewis Wills, James Geddes, Neil Robertson, Palmer Cheeseman, Ron McKenzie, Lyle Peters, Arthur Cody, Donald Davidson, Douglas Hucker, Richard Geddes, Donald McInnes. Women, from left - Grace McInnes, Dulcie Hucker, Mavis Gange, Joan Sim, Eva McInnes, Phyllis Veale, Gladys Hucker, Margaret O'Rorke, Helen Moreton, Jeani Gange, Marion Moreton, Jean Geddes.

Colour photograph - Jan. 2011 Flood, Lake Bolac and Salt Creek.

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Jan. 2011 Flood. Debouchment from Lake Bolac into Salt Creek through the natural overflow (centre) and the channel (front left) dug in the 1920's. Photograph courtesy Bill Sharp.

Black and white photograph - Knight children of Lake Bolac.

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Lake Bolac family, the Knight children: Gladys, George and Arthur 'Jim".

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 - Lake Bolac State School No. 854, circa 1908.

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Pupils and teachers attending the Lake Bolac State School No 854, circa 1908. Back from left: Louis Murray, Mrs J Cameron( Sewing teacher), Boyd Golding, Syd Metherall, Billy Richardson, George Henderson, Bessie Waller, Elsie Park, Isobel Leach, Jessie Leach, Marjorie McMillan, Queenie Cameron ,Mr Pye (Teacher), Vida Golding. Middle: Cliff Murray, Billy Waller, Cyril McMaster, Doris Cameron, Mona McMaster, Rita Golding, Myrtle Golding, Adeline Murphy, Madge Robertson, Kitty Graham, Mary Young, Ann Pitkethly. Front: Alec Murray, Donald Waller, Harry Gale, Les Meek, Eion Murray, Fred Blackham, Les Gale, Fred Walker, Bollie Meek, Jack Young, Lily Blackham, Ruby Young, Minnie Young.

black & white photograph - Opening of the 1st Tennis Court at Lake Bolac, 1896.

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Some local people in attendance at the opening of the first Public Tennis Court at Lake Bolac on January 1st, 1896. Those shown are - Louis Murray, Kitty Murray, Lil Veale, William Hargreaves, Ewen Graham, Tuck Howlett (with racquet) Ethel Veale, Fred Leach, Billy Leach, Thomas Archer.

Black and white photograph - Oat harvest at 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.

Black and white photograph - Wickliffe Public hall/Mechanic's Institute, (1912-1996).

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Wickliffe Public Hall/Mechanics Institute, 1912-1996.

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

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Private George Ford, Wickliffe, WW1.

Black and white photograph - Hoof-bath for Horses, "Bellevue", Lake Bolac, circa 1910.

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Horse being held in a hoof-bath to counter stable hoof-rot. "Bellevue", Lake Bolac, circa 1910. Hugh O'Rorke on right and David Clarke, at back.

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.

On Parade, members of the Lake Bolac Light Horse encamped at Warrnambool, circa 1935.

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Members of the Lake Bolac Light Horse on parade at their encampment beside the Hopkins River at Warrnambool. On left, Charles Geddes, Lewis Wills, 4th from left, James Geddes 5th and JT Murray, 2nd from right.

Black and white photograph - Scots Presbyterian Church Lake Bolac, circa 1890.

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Scots Presbyterian Church, Lake Bolac. The architect was Mr George Harriot and it was built of local bluestone by stonemason Mr Helme and completed in 1878. The Rev. Mr J S Muir took the opening service. Mrs John Moffat and Mrs William Veale laid the foundation stone. It was furnished by the existing Kauri pews but the present pulpit is not the original. Both Methodist and Anglican services were held in the building in the early years.

black and white photograph - Lake Bolac Hall 1896

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Photograph of the first Lake Bolac Hall built in 1896. It was located in Montgomery Street between the Hotel and Park's Blacksmith Shop. It was later re-located across the street to form the supper room of the Lake Bolac Memorial Hall built in 1922.

Black and white photograph - Lake Bolac, Carting hay at "Wyvern"

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Carting hay at "Wyvern", McInnes' of Lake Bolac.

Black and white photograph - Lake Bolac Rifle Club

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Members of the Lake Bolac Rifle Club enjoying their day out. William McKenzie is sitting in the foreground, left of centre, wearing a dark suit.

Black and white photograph - Hay stacking at O'Rorke's 1912

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This photo shows hay being stacked on the O'Rorke property in 1912.

Black and white photograph - "Narrapumelap", Wickliffe.

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"Narrapumelap" homestead, Wickliffe. The aboriginal meaning of Narrapumelap is a chain of waterholes. Begun in 1873 by John Dixon Wyselaskie and completed in 1878. The new owner in 1883 was Gerald Neville Buckley, son of Mr Mars Buckley, founder of Buckley and Nunn LTD, who 'enhanced' the building. The property was acquired for by the government in 1914 and later split up for Soldier Settlement.

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

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James Murray (Sn) of Lake Bolac

Black and white photograph - First intake of students, 1957, to the Lake Bolac Higher Elementary School.

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The first intake of Students in 1957, in the Presbyterian Sunday School as the school buildings were still being constructed. Students from left to right, Back: Russell Adams, Max Davis, Jack Moss, Charlie Neil, Fred Collins, Teacher - Joe Skeehan, Ian Farnsworth, Ken Collins, Winston Jenkins, Richard Thom, Gordon Hucker. Middle: Robert Maddox, Pam Debney, Gwenda Drever, Elizabeth Copley, Judith Barrett, Maxine Mauldin, Wendy Phillips, June Burdett, Ray O'Brien. Front: Daryl Heard, Ken Wilson, Richard Peters, Douglas Park, Murray Thom, Robert Fraser, James Hildebrandt. Len Renkin absent.

Black and white photograph - Graham twins of Lake Bolac, 1912.

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Lake Bolac twins, Don and Frank Graham in their vintage perambulator, 1912.

Black and white photograph - "Fintry" Lake Bolac

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The house at "Fintry" Lake Bolac, the home of Lewis Whiteway and Victoria May Wills and family and then of Lewis Wills and his wife Amy and their family. The house was constructed in 1906, the materials having been brought up from Geelong by ox-drawn dray. The fence of the tennis court can be seen extreme right with the bay-window of the sitting room through the wire netting. On the road is a wagon-load of redgum for use as strainer-posts.

Black and white photograph - Lake Bolac Knitters, 1918.

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Lake Bolac State School, No 854, Knitters (for the soldiers) Group - 1918. Back: Molly Green, Maisie McMaster, Mary Helme, "Doll" Peters. 2nd row: Mrs Cameron (teacher), Mary Pitkethly, May Peters, Gladys Knight, Eva Graham. 3rd row: Sheila Murray, May Dear, Lila Murray, Betty Calder, Rosy King, Nell O'Rorke. 4th row: Lori Park, Gertie Fry, Doreen Helme, Maisie Lyndon, Eileen Graham. 5th row: June Wileman, Maisie Scott, Beryl Peters, 'Ina Wills, Emily Wileman.

Colour photograph - Lake Bolac Flax Mill, 1960.

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Aerial view of the Lake Bolac Flax Mill, circa 1960. Note the pump housing in front of Guy Rance's home, the polluted water entering the lake from the pipeline and the stooks of flax to the left of the road opposite the Mill.

Black and white photograph - Parupa Park homestead, 1925.

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Parupa Park Homestead, owned by the Moreton family, 1925.