Streets & Houses

Torquay compassWhether your researching the history of a  house in Torquay or wanting to understand the significance of a street name, you will find TMWW’s collection of resources very informative.

The first land sales of the Puebla township took place in 1886.


After the initial subdivision of the area in 1866,  part of Spring Creek was subdivided in 1886 to create the township of Puebla. This area stretched, north-south, from Anderson Street to Bell Street; east-west, from The Esplanade to Torquay Road.

FE Gilbert - Esplanade

Streets of the Township of Puebla (later named Torquay) were named after prominent community members, often these were members of the Torquay Improvement Association, who helped develop Torquay for recreation and farming.

Later other Estates were established, one being the Wombah Park Estate where the streets are named after shipwrecks along the southern coast.

GILBERT STREET story click here  




Shortly after the first land sales in 1866 houses and bathing boxes started to spring up. The first house to be built has been attributed to Harry Rudd located on the street we know today as Rudd Avenue. Some of the historic houses built around the 1900’s are still standing, others have made way for more modern houses or other development.



Torquay is dotted with interesting landmarks which signify an event that occurred in the life of Torquay.



There has been significant development of Torquay over the decades since WW2. Many new houses, apartments and shops have appeared along the Torquay streets.


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