Some of the streets of old Torquay were named after people who bought at the initial sale of land, which was on 14th September 1886. They were prominent men in the Torquay community’s early history. Many were taking an active part in the Torquay Improvement Association (T.I.A.).
ANDERSON, James M. built a home very soon after the sale in 1886. He had an office in the Free Library building, Geelong and was involved in the Torquay Improvement Association.
BEALES, William had a tailoring business in Little Ryrie Street. He was for years a Councillor of Newtown and a pioneer fireman. He was founding member of the T.I.A. and was very active in it.
BELL, William built the house named St. Heliers which was later turned into a guest house. He was instrumental in the T.I.A. development.
CHARLES, Mr. had a diary farm in the area and supplied the local community with milk.
FELIX Rosser, was reared in the Bream Creek district and was a fisherman with a hut around the area where the Bowling Club is now located. He helped rescue people from the Scammell.
FISCHER, Edward was a founding member of the T.I.A. He was well known nationally for his craftsmanship as a jeweller.
FOLLETT, James built the Coffee Palace Hotel, and was in the area for many years prior to that, commencing as a boundary rider on Stretton Park. He was very active in the development and maintenance of the road system to Torquay.
GILBERT, F.E. is shown on the early maps of the town, however no information is known about him.
MUNDAY, James was founder of the Geelong Tanning firm, also had a leather goods shop in Morrabool Street.
PARKER, Richard was an Ironmonger in Moorabool Street and would come camping on the banks of Spring Creek. He would bring his family down and set up camp for 3 months at a time prior to and after the first sale of land in 1886. William, his son, as an adult carried on this tradition. On his way to Torquay he would throw Tea-Tree seed along the road from his buggy.
PAYNE, Alfred had the first store in Torquay and was the Post Master for many years.
PRICE, Col. John Longville was a solicitor in Geelong. He was at one stage an officer in the Geelong Volunteer Rifle Regiment, then commanded the Geelong Battery of Garrison Artillery – the largest in the Colony. He was Mayor of Geelong and the first President of the T.I.A. holding the first meeting at his law firm rooms.
PRIDE, William was a saddler in Malop Street Geelong. He took a leading part in the T.I.A. His name will always be associated with the wreck of the Scammell, because he converted the deck house to his coastal home.
RUDD, Harry came from Geelong to fish in Spring Creek of a weekend and has been credited with the push to have the town developed. He also built the first house – 3 weeks after the sale. He was the first Secretary of the T.I.A.
TAYLOR, John William is honored by the naming of the Park in recognition of his many years of Presidency of the T.I.A. Other members of the Taylor family were also prominent in this organisation.