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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 - 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.

Photograph - Lake Bolac Memorial Hall 1922

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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The Lake Bolac Memorial Hall was built in 1922 in memory of the local men who served in the First World War. The original hall was relocated from its site in Montgomery Street to form the supper room of the new hall.

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 - 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 - "Wynawang", Wickliffe, home of the Howlett family.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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The Howlett family pictured in their garden at "Wynawang", Wickliffe. The members of the family who lived their long lives ay "Wynawang" were Horace (Tuck), Donald, Alec, Margaret and Frances. Photograph courtesy Murray Knight.

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 - 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 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 Memorial Hall

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Lake Bolac Memorial Hall built in 1922 in memory of the local men who served in the First World War. The original hall was moved from across the street to form the supper room of this hall.

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

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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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 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 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 Flax Mill

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

Photograph of Lake Bolac Flax Mill boiler house and pits in full production.

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Photograph of Lake Bolac Flax Mill boiler house and pits in full production. The mill operated between 1942 and 1959 and was located on the shores of Lake Bolac. Local farmers grew flax which was transported into the factory to be processed. The mill employed Land Army girls, locals and migrant workers.

black & white photograph - Coursing at Lake Bolac

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Locals gathering near Lake Bolac with their horses and greyhounds , circa 1900.

Black and white photograph - Fiery Creek Entrance

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Fiery Creek inlet to Lake Bolac during the 1997-2010 drought. Photograph taken from the dry lake-bed looking up the creek, towards the south.

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 photo - Original Lake Bolac Store erected in 1868.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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This bluestone store replaced a small wooden store on the cross roads site in 1858. Store owned by William Veale and his brothers Arthur and George . Originally built by Cecil Louisson. Sold to William Veale Senior in 1874 who owned it until 1938 when it was sold to Mr Dixon.

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".

black and white photograph - Eilyer Station Woolshed

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Photograph of the bluestone woolshed located on 'Eilyer' Station 12 kilometres south of Lake Bolac. Built circa 1860. Owners of property the Austin Family

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 - 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 - 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 photo - Lake Bolac Post Office, 1919.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Lake Bolac Post Office, original building, 1919.

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 - 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 - Private William James Richardson, 4th Artillery brigade, WW1.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Private William James Richardson was a driver in the 4th Artillery Brigade. He enlisted on 16/07/1915 and embarked for Europe on 18/11/1915. He returned and married Elsie Park in 1938. They lived in the Park family home in Montgomery Street - now 'Josiah's Short Stay Accommodation'.

Colour photograph - Wickliffe Flood, Jan .2011.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Wickliffe, the flooded Hopkins River flowing from left to right, both under and over the bridge, showing the inundated Glenelg Highway and township. January, 2011. Photograph courtesy James Davidson.

Black and white photograph - Bob McKenzie, carting wool.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Bob McKenzie of Lake Bolac ready to take a load of wool to Geelong on his Chevrolet truck.

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 and white photograph - Wickliffe State School No 948, 1916.

Lake Bolac & District Historical Society, Lake Bolac

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Pupils and staff at Wickliffe State School no 948, 1916. Teacher: Mr John Aldie. Sewing Teacher: Miss Nell Ford. Back: Donald Gale, Jack Cleary, Alan Grimmer, Fred Prust, Geoff McInnes, Jim Farrell, Claude Pagels, Jim Ford, Albert Smith. 2nd Row: Hilda Farrell, Jean McInnes, Mona Wileman, Inez Farrell, _________, Marg Prust, Sid Prust, Ray Grimmer. 3rd Row: Mary McInnes, Eileen Cleary, Evie Jackson, Nell McInnes, mMillie Blacjham, Stella Pagels, Kathie Ferguson, Gertie Pagels, Bill Blackham. 4th Row: Ruby Prust, Nell Grimmer, Keith McInnes ,_________, G Wileman, ___________. Front: Allan Gale, Robert Stuart McInnes.