Surfing Torquay Early Years

Ray Wilson grew up in Torquay. He learnt to swim and surf in our beaches. In this clip he describes his experiences as a young Torquay Surfer.

Ray is also featured in our June edition of HISTORY MATTERS which can be purchased at the Torquay newsagents. Members receive a free digital copy.

 

Celebrating Florence Rosser

Its international Women’s day and we remember and celebrate Florence Rosser…..that’s her in the middle with her children…Florence, who was married to local fisherman Felix Rosser,  was one of the earliest settlers in Torquay and was active in community affairs. In 1896 she joined the lobby for a school to be built in town by sending petitions to the Education Department. In 1900 the first school was opened in the T.I.A Hall and Alice, Myrtle and Arthur Rosser were among the first pupils.  Florence Rosser served on the early Torquay School Boards.  Her 4th son Harold  who was born in Torquay and a pupil of the new school  was killed in France in 1918 shortly before the end of the war. Florence grieved this loss all her life. She is a woman in our history worth celebrating today

100 Year Price Family Album found

A Christmas present was a piece of gold for Torquay/Geelong. It contained photos of Col. John Longville Price. We are currently working through the album to identify who the people photographed are. Here are some of the eighty one photos from the album.

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