Coffee Anyone?

We came across this photo recently which the owner tells us was a house called “Loch Lomond “circa 1930’s in Torquay . It was built by Geelong Architect Iliffe Gordon Anderson. The owner of the picture knew nothing more other than it was just “off the  Esplanade”

We did some digging around, looking at some old maps and title documents, and rate books  and found that it was actually built in Gilbert Street and sat just where Tapas Cafe is now.

It is great to be able to piece together the  story of our main street, photos like this are real gems.

You will notice among the trees and behind the fence Mr Anderson seems to be looking as us wondering what we are up to!

Now to ascertain if Anderson Street is named after him.

I wonder if he was a member of the T.I.A?Gilbert Street, Torquay, House, Anderson .

Scammell House

Margaret Ganly shares her memories of growing up and living in the house built from the 1891 wreck of the Joseph H Scammell.



The Links – Happy Days House

Once located on Zeally Bay Road, where Woolworths delivery bay is currently located was a little house which held wonderful memories for the Evans Family who have kindly shared their photo album with us.

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The house was built opposite the original 9 hole Golf Course in Torquay. It is not surprising that it was originally called “The Links” when it was first built. Because of the number allotments associated with the house it is hard to determine on which allotment the first house was built. We do know it was built between 1899 and 1903.

Read about the house and its name change to “Happy Days” here.


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