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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 - 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 - 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 - Alice and Eva Veale of Lake Bolac

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Alice and Eva Veale of Lake Bolac

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 - Aerial View of Lake Bolac, 1947.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Aerial view of Lake Bolac (Boloke) taken in 1947. Fresh water lake at bottom left, salt lakes at top right, village at crossroads of north-south Glenelg highway and Ararat-Mortlake road.

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 - Lake Bolac Football Club Premiers, 1935. Hamilton League

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Lake Bolac Football Club Premiers in 1935, Hamilton League. Pictured at Back from left: RJ Lacey, Leo O'Rorke, Jim Wills, Col Graham, Don Graham, Neil 'Rusty' Graham, Alec McMaster, Pat Murphy. 2nd row: RJT Murray, Murray Rees, Lloyd Osmond, Martin Quinlivan (Capt.), Bern Nicholson, Louis Duncan, Norm Kinnersley (V.C.). Front: Cliff Murray (Trainer), George Hucker, Ian Robertson, Jack Veale (mascot), Bill Watson, Fred Drever, Watt Nicholson (Trainer).

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 - Lake Bolac Football Club, Premiers 1923.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Lake Bolac Football Club, Premiers 1923. Lake Bolac 6.4 defeated Willaura 5.7 in the Willaura Plains Football League Back L-R: RM Graham, (Splinter) Taggart, Leo O'Rorke, A Graham, J Borthwick (coach) , Bill Green, Bill Murray, Alec McMaster, JT Murray. Centre L-R: Peter Murray, Jack Cameron, Les Gale, Tom Austin, G Veale, Lou Park, Eddie Gale. Front L-R: RJ Walker, Jack Peters, Ernie Brown, Norman Kinnersley, Vic Peters.

Colour photograph - Fiery Creek, Lake Bolac, 1997-2010 drought

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Lake Bolac's eastern lake-bed and beach during the 19987-2010 drought, looking south. The lake bank exposed in this photograph is an aboriginal midden about a likometer across excavated by Dr Peter Coutts in the 1970's. Radio carbon dates of charcoal from the base levels date the midden at 12,000 years old, making this one of two middens with this very early date, the other being on the coast near Warrnambool.

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 - Bullock drawn wool wagon, "Eilyer".

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Bullock wagon carting "Eilyer" wool in November, 1903. Wagon carrying 72 bales or 13 tons of wool. Team is driven by J E Fry.

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

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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 - Lake Bolac, Carting hay at "Wyvern"

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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

Black and white photograph - Lake Bolac State School No. 854, circa 1908.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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 and white photograph - Harvesting on "Fintry", 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, students of 1921.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Lake Bolac State School students in 1921. Back: Laurie park, Eileen Graham, Maisie Lindonh, Nell O'Rorke, Sheila Murray, Lillian Murray, Emily Wileman, Beryl Peters, June Wileman, Alma Eastick, Chris McKenzie, Innes Geddes, Eunice Wills. 2nd Row: Eddie Kinnersley, Ivan Scott, Colin Graham, Marg. Graham, Dulcie Gange, Del Veale, Joy Gange, Faith Murray, Lorna Peters, Edna Cordy, Enonie Park, Mabel Cordy, Greta Sandford, Lin Cameron, Bert Peters. 3rd Row: Claude Balkin, Graham Murray, Mav Peters, Dave Geddes, Ewan Murray, Wal Dear, Len Park, Arthur Knoght, Frank Graham, Leo Balkin, Alan McCrow, Ray Gale, George Wileman, Joe Cook, Hurtle Eastick, Frank Eastick. Front Row: Horrie Peters, Harold Peters, Alex Scott, Jim Peters, Fred Dear, Bill Kinnersley, Dave Pitkethly, Neil Graham (Rusty), Don Graham, Lou Duncan.

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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 - Bank of New South Wales building, Lake Bolac, circa 1944.

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Bank of New South Wales building, Montgomery St, Lake Bolac, circa 1944. To the left is the Milk bar and Fruit shop/Post Office and at the extreme left is the Bakery.

Black and white photograph - Lake Bolac Post Office Opening

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Photograph depicting a group of 5 men and women in front of a building.

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Photograph showing the opening of the first Post Office in Lake Bolac in 1887. Pictured at the opening are G Veale, Marion Ward, Mrs Tom Ward, Robert McMillan and Blanche Ward.

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 - 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 - Alexander Howlett on his JAP motorbike, Wickliffe.

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

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 - Wickliffe Presbyterian Church

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Wickliffe Presbyterian Church and Manse

Black and White Photograph - Eilyer Homestead

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

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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.

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 - Presbyterian Church Manse, Wickliffe.

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Wickliffe Presbyterian Church Manse, courtesy Jean Gorst

black & white photograph - Lake Bolac Cricket Team, Hamilton, 1882

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A Lake Bolac District representative cricket team outside the London Hotel in Hamilton, Victoria in 1882. Driver, E. McMillen.