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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 - Lake Bolac Football Club Premiers, 1935.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Lake Bolac Football Club, 1935 Premiers of the Hamilton League. Game played at Dunkeld. Players: back left - J Lacy, Leo O'Rorke, Jim Wills, Col Graham, Don Graham, Neil (Rusty) Graham, Alec McMaster, Pat Murphy. 2nd Row - JT Murray, Murray Rees, Lloyd Osmond, Martin Quinlivan (Capt.), Bern Nicholson, Lou Duncan, Norm Kinnersley (Vice C.). Front - Cliff Murray (Trainer), George Hucker, Ian Robertson, Jack Veale (mascot), Bill Watson, Fred Drever, Watt Nicholson (Trainer).

Black and white photograph - Picnic at Mt Hamilton

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Lake Bolac families enjoying a picnic at the Mt Hamilton volcanic crater to the east of the township, near Nerrin Nerrin. Pictured are, from left: Ethel, Alice and Eva Veale, Blanche and Marian "Minnie' Ward and Ruth Helme. Circa 1900.

Black and white photograph - Presbyterian Church Manse, Wickliffe.

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Wickliffe Presbyterian Church Manse, courtesy Jean Gorst

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

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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.

Black and white photo - Lake Bolac Tennis Club, 1979.

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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.

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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 and white photograph - Lake Bolac Post Office - Glenelg Highway Lake Bolac c.1940s

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Lake Bolac Post Office Glenelg Highway. Initially the Post Office was established at the Store in 1868. This official weatherboard building was opened in 1887 incorporating a telegraph office, money order office and post office savings bank. The Post Office business was relocated in 1944 and the building was used as a private residence with the front room leased to Dennys Lascelles. Note the horse hitching rail and kerosene street light.

Black and white photograph - Wickliffe, Farrell's Inn.

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Farrell's Inn, Wickliffe. Courtesy F Prust.

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 - "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 - 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

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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 - 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 - "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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

Black and white photograph - Gunner Stanley Herbert Moreton, Field Artillery Brigade, WW1.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Gunner Stanley Herbert Moreton, enlisted 04/12/1916 in a Field Artillery Unit. He embarked for France on 11/05/1917. Upon his return from the war, he purchased 'Parupa Park'. After WW2 Stanley was involved in helping with the subdivision of land for soldier settlement. He died in 1978 at the age of 85.

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

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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 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).

Photograph - Tom Park's traction engine 1920

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Tom Park's traction engine in 1920. It travelled the district around Lake Bolac with a team of men thrashing wheat.

Black and white photograph - Lake Bolac Public Hall 1896

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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 - Lake Bolac Music Club performance of "Calamity Jane", 1974.

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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

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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 - Second Lake Bolac Bush Nursing Centre

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

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

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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 & 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 - 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 - Wickliffe Presbyterian Church

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Wickliffe Presbyterian Church and Manse