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Lake Bolac & District Historical Society Lake Bolac, Victoria

Historical Society for Lake Bolac and surrounding district.

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location
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 - The Woolshed, Lake Boloke Station, 1894.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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The Woolshed of Lake Boloke Station, 1894. The woolshed was built by Robert Patterson but at this time was owned by the Moffat family. Identified persons in the photograph are Neil Graham, Dave Sago (with beard, seated centre) and Bill Pitkethly. "Boloke" is a local aboriginal word meaning 'lake'.

Black and white photograph - Saddlery-Sweet Shop Lake Bolac c.1880

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Thomas Leach and Beatson Pitkethley married in 1880 and had a saddlery and sweet shop in this wooden building. This building was also the first Bush Nursing Centre in 1928. This photo was taken of the building in 1999. It was later demolished.

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.

Colour photograph - Jan. Flood of Fiery Creek Inlet and Lake Bolac

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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January, 2011. Floodwaters entering Lake Bolac through the Fiery Creek inlet. This shows the accumulation of water behind the barrier dunes and the strength of the flood entering the lake through the narrow debouchment. The aboriginal midden can clearly be seen in the front left to centre of the photograph. Photograph courtesy James Davidson.

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

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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

Black and white photograph - Veale Brother's Store

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Pictured are wool wagons outside the Veale Brother's store in Lake Bolac. The Veale Family ran this store from 1874 through to 1938 when it was bought by Harold Dixon. It was constructed of locally quarried bluestone and still stands in 2016.

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

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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 - 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 - Harvesting on "Fintry", Lake Bolac.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Lake Bolac - Farming at "Fintry". Jack Barnes driving team of semi-draughts with Robinson Big E harvester, 1932.

Black and white photograph - Lake Bolac state school, No 854. Grades 3/4, 22/09/1933.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Lake Bolac State School, No 854. 22/09/1933. Miss Dorothy Baker (teacher) and Grades 3/4. Students, back: Eric Robertson, Margaret Kinnersley, Arthur Osborne. Front: Geoff Meek, _________ , Jock Hucker, Miriam Meek, _________ .

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 - William Arthur Park, Corporal 4th Field Artillery Brigade, WW1.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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William Arthur Park, a Corporal in the 4th Field Artillery Brigade. He enlisted 15/07/1915 and his date of embarkation was 18/11/1915. William was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in France. Upon returning to Australia he took up farming at Mininera in 1920 on land purchased prior to enlistment. He married Caroline Biggin. Unfortunately he never fully recovered from the gas attacks he suffered on the battlefield and died at the early age of 43 in 1928.

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.

photograph - wool wagon at Pitkethly's

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

black and white photograph

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This photo shows a wagon loaded with wool outside Pitkethley's Stables in Montgomery Street, Lake Bolac.

Black and white photograph - Vic Peters of Lake Bolac with Horse-team and plough

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Vic Peters of Lake Bolac with horse-team and plough

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 - Rabbiter's Camp, "Narrapumelap", Wickliffe, circa 1890's

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Wickliffe. Rabbiters camp, "Narrapumelap", circa 1890

Black and white photograph - Mortlake Rd./Montgomery St., Lake Bolac, 1912.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Mortlake Rd./Montgomery St., Lake Bolac, 1912. Looking northwards. Image shows the broad expanse of the grass verge and road (top left) with Josiah Park's forge and smithy, the pub and the store, with peppercorn trees planted along the street. On the right the public hall can be faintly seen.

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 - Alexander Howlett on his JAP motorbike, Wickliffe.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Wickliffe. Alexander Howlett on his J.A.P. motorbike on the family property, "Wynawang".

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Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Lake Bolac residents George Murray and his wife Frances, circa 1930. They were the parents of Cliff, Faith, Leila and Leo Murray. They are pictured standing in the doorway of the Lake Bolac Post Office.

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

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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

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

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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.

Black and white photograph - Pte Donald Murray meeting Pte Ray Hargreaves in London during WW1.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Private Donald Hector Murray greeting Private Edward Raymond Hargreaves in London during WW1. Donald enlisted 17/04/1916 in the 37th Infantry Battalion and embarked for Europe 03/06/1916. He died of Tubercular Pleurisy on 21/12/1916 at the Military Hospital, Fargo England, whilst on active service. He is buried in the Durrington Cemetery there. Edward enlisted in the 5th Infantry Battalion on 08/07/1915 and embarked for France 11/10/1915. Upon his return he was granted a Soldier Settler's block west of Lake Bolac in 1921. He married Flora Graham in 1925.

Black and white photograph - Lake Bolac Rifle Club

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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 - 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 - Woolshed and outbuildings of "Wynawang", Wickliffe.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Woolshed, Stables and machinery shed of "Wynawang", Wickliffe. Owned and run by the Howlett family.

Black and white photograph - Wickliffe, c. 1900.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Wickliffe, circa 1900. From the Big Hill at the north end of town looking west. Bluestone hotel centre right and Gales cottage.

Black and white photograph - Josiah Park's Home built in 1890

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

black and white photograph

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Bluestone home of Josiah and Mary Park built in 1890 by English stonemason James Murray. Josiah had the blacksmith business next door and built the house and stables to house his family of 12. The laundry and bathroom were detached and water was pumped from a large underground tank by a windmill manufactured in the blacksmith shop. The verandah was added in 1920 and this photo was taken in 1974.

Black and white photo - Lake Bolac Post Office, 1919.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Lake Bolac Post Office, original building, 1919.