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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 & white photograph - "Bellevue", Lake Bolac

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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

black & white photograph - Football Grand Final at Lake Bolac, 1951.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Football Grand Final between Willaura and Streatham teams at the original Recreation Reserve at Lake Bolac, 1951. On the hill in the centre background are the original weatherboard football clubrooms, which were later replaced by a brick building.

black and white photograph - Lake Bolac 1920

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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This photograph of Lake Bolac was taken at the northern, Glenelg Highway end of the lake near the property known as 'Lakeview' - the O'Rorke Family home.

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 - "Narrapumelap", Wickliffe.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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 - Lake Bolac Tennis Club - Premiers 1937.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Lake Bolac Tennis Club - Premiers 1937. Men, L-R: Bob McKenzie, James Wills, Harold Dixon, Palmer Cheeseman. Ladies, L-R: Muriel Graham, Maude Kinnersley, Maud Wills, Margery Geddes.

black & white photograph - Shopping at the Veale Brothers Store

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Shopping at the Veale Brother's Store at the Lake Bolac crossroad. Transition era between horse drawn and motorised vehicles, circa 1920. Adults shown are Mrs G Veale and Mr O'Rorke.

Black and white photograph - Dam digging with horse team and sledge, circa 1930.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Dam digging with a horse-drawn sledge at "Eilyer", Lake Bolac. Working the team are Clarrie Sloper and Corrigan Graham.

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 - Diving Board, 2nd Beach, Lake Bolac

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, 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.

Black and white photograph - Leo O'Rorke and George Jobling, circa 1930.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Leo O'Rorke and George Jobling (Bank of NSW), circa 1930.

Black and white photograph - Josiah and Mary Park

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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

Black and white photograph - Wickliffe, main street, circa 1920.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Wickliffe, main street, taken from pine tree opposite the hotel. Presbyterian Church on the hill centre-left. 1920's.

Black and white photograph - Gerald Buckley of "Narrapumelap", Wickliffe.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Mr Gerald Buckley of "Narrapumelap", Wickliffe, taking children for a ride at a local picnic. Mr Buckley was the first person in the district to acquire a motor car.

black & white photograph - Harvesting Salt at Lake Bolac.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, 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 photo - Lake Bolac Tennis Club, 1979.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Lake Bolac Tennis Club, 1979. (5 teams) Back L-R: Colin McKenzie, Les O'Brien, Ian Furness, Peter Solly, Fergus Cameron, Ian Park, Jack Martinich, Bill McKenzie, Ray Gale. 3rd row: Greg Walters. Douglas Lee, Barry Walters, Wayne Phillips, Rodney Young, Alan Wordley, Ray Harrington, Andrew McIntyre, Veronica Hucker. 2nd row: Betty Walters, Glenda Davis, Jan Wordly, Marj McKenzie, Chris Gale, Beryl O'Biren, Viv Martinich, Jenny Healey, Helen Furness. Front: Judy Merry, Jenny Solly, Hazel Brown, Helen Jones, Una Allender, Viv Cameron, Merran Low.

Black and white photograph - Pupils of Mellier School, circa 1925.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Mellier State School, No 3500, situated on Hucker's Corner (Norbank Road). Pupils standing at the back, from left: Maud Wills, Glad Hucker, Marjorie Geddes, Don Davidson, Lewis Wills, Doug Hucker, George Hucker, Jean McInnes. Front: Roy Davidson, Stan Hucker, Marion Moreton, Dulcie Hucker, Grace McInnes, Honor Moreton, Zara Gillies.

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 - Private Louis (Joe) Murdoch Murray, 8th Lighthorse regiment, WW1.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Private Louis (Joe) Murdoch Murray, 8th Light Horse Regiment, WW1. Joe enlisted 15/01/1915 and embarked for overseas on 07/05/1915. He served at Gallipoli and in France where he was badly wounded at the battle of Ypres in 1917. After returning from the war he took up farming on land donated to him by the Austin family. However, he never fully recovered either physically or mentally from his war service and lost his farm in the Depression. He spent his final years in an Old Soldiers Home in Frankston. He is buried in Melbourne.

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

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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

Colour photograph - St. Mark's Anglican Church, Lake Bolac.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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St Mark's Anglican Church, Lake Bolac, It was built in 1958 and deconsecrated in 2017. Early Vicars were Mr Williams, Mr Horner and Mr Esperson.

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 - Salt Creek Bridge, Lake Bolac, circa 1950

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Original bridge over the Salt Creek, Lake Bolac. Situated between the present bridge and the Salt Creek outlet from the lake. Built of local redgum and yellow box from the Grampians. In the pony trap are Lloyd, Lesley and John Malin. Circa 1950.

Black and white photograph - Car-races at Lake Bolac

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Racing cars parked outside the blue-stone Public house at the cross-roads, Lake Bolac. Local spectators have gathered to admire and learn.

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

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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 and white photograph - Travelling salesman at Lake Bolac

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Travelling salesmen (hawkers) regularly journeyed from farm to farm selling useful household items like needles, thread, clothing, even cooking pots. Mr T Saker was a salesman selling drapery. He was based in Warrnambool and had a regular route to Lake Bolac and through the Western district.

Black and white photograph - Lake Bolac Public Hall 1896

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Lake Bolac Public Hall, Mongomery Street in 1896. Weatherboard construction by Mr Ollie Anderson of Ararat. Opened by district MP Mr McLellan. In 1922 this building was relocated across Montgomery Street to become the supper room for the newly erected Memorial Hall honouring World War 1 soldiers.

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

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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 - The Misses Howlett of Wickliffe, 1963.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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The Misses Howlett of 'Wynawang' Wickliffe, 1963. Pillars of the Wickliffe Presbyterian Church.

Black and white photograph - Wickliffe State School, No 948. 1921.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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The pupils and staff at the Wickliffe State School, No 948 in 1921. Back: Marg Prust, Inez Farrell, Jean McInnes, Daisy Williamson, Daisy Bowes, Norma McInnes, Nellie Grimmer, Clarice Blackham, Emily Ferguson. 2nd Row: Kath Ford, Bessie Aldridge, Beatrice Farrell, Ruby Prust, Viv Grimmer, Esther Floyd, Elsie Grimmer, Grace Prust, Lucy Bradshaw. 3rd Row: Mollie Egan, Mena Farrell, Ida Lloyd, Frank Turner, Leo Cleary, Charlie Grimmer, Don Grimmer, Gladstone Ferguson, Harry Prust, Lloyd McInnes. Front: Bill Farrell, Stuart McInnes, Don McInnes, Jack Suyenag, Alan Gale, Keith McInnes, Ray Grimmer, Murdoch Ferguson. Teacher, Miss Gwen Evans.