Regardless of the difficulties in getting to Australia, it had become an increasingly popular destination for free settlers. Convicts were no longer the major source of new arrivals to the colonies. With the discovery of gold in 1851 and a booming economy, people were now coming to Victoria and Australia by choice. People came from many countries, the majority from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, America, China and Germany.

In the Parish of Puebla, farming was the way the early settlers earnt their income. Spring Creek, as Torquay was known, first became a popular holiday and picnic area that attracted more settlers to buy land or travel over difficult roads to enjoy the seaside resort. Those who were early land buyers in the Torquay district include (click their name for biography):



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