The area now known as Torquay and the surrounding towns were once the home of the Wathaurong tribe who seasonally moved home roughly following Thompson’s (Bream) Creek.

With the advancement of agricultural development, which displaced (often through conflict) many Aboriginals and the spread of infectious diseases introduced by the Europeans the population of Aboriginal people declined dramatically.

The squatters arrived followed by land sales where farmers and holiday makers purchased land for their work and recreational pursuits. These men developed Torquay ensuring appropriate services (roads, electricity, water, sewerage etc.) were connected to Torquay for their own benefit and for the permanent residents.

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