SPIRIT OF ANZAC CENTENARY EXPERIENCE

The launch of the Geelong Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience was held this morning for invited guests. It was a wonderful experience being immersed in Australia’s First World War story. www.togethertheyserved.com  contributed in a small way to the local information exhibited.

This travelling exhibition which is now in Geelong brings to life an infant Australia still finding its feet on the eve of war. It follows in the footsteps of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses throughout the campaign, including a commemoration of Australia’s century of service in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Driven by more than 200 artefacts from the Australian War Memorial, the Experience also integrates interactive environments and special effects to tell Australia’s story in new and engaging ways. Well worth a visit, entry is free but tickets must be booked online.

When:             Daily from 21 February 2017 to 27 February 2017   09:00 AM – 06:00 PM

Where:           Geelong Arena, 110 Victoria St, North Geelong VIC 3215

Costs:              Free

 

 

 

 

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.

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 .

Summer Edition of HISTORY MATTERS magazine

History Matters, Torquay History, MagazineSummer is here and so is our December issue of HISTORY MATTERS, bringing to life stories from summers past. Taylor Park and the Taylor family feature in this edition. Don’t miss the story on our beaches and the go cart track that operated on Elephant Walk at Christmas time in the 1960s.

The digital magazine is distributed free to members.

If you would like a copy, they are available now at the Torquay newsagent for $10 or become a member by joining online through our website http://www.torquayhistory.com

Spring HISTORY MATTERS

History Matters, Magazine, Torquay History

The Spring issue of our magazine HISTORY MATTERS has now been distributed to members. This third issue brings you stories on Nairn’s Dairy, Torquay’s Olympian Dick Garrard and squatter Robert Zealley.

If you would like a copy, please become a member by joining online through our website http://www.torquayhistory.com

 

Torquay 130 Years

History Week, Torquay

History Week is a significant event that engages local communities across Victoria. Each year members of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria collaborate to host events that explore aspects of our local history. From talks to exhibitions, tours to online engagement, there is something for everyone.

Torquay History, Exhibition, History Week

 

In Torquay, Museum Without Walls, through our online exhibition, is looking back over the last 130 years since the first land sales in September 1886 of the Puebla township, now known as Torquay. Reflecting on Torquay’s growth is crucial to our understanding of the past’s impact on the present. The influence of the early day trippers, fishermen and holiday makers on the growth of Torquay to the more modern day pioneers of the surfing industry and the crusading to protect Spring Creek from further development.

Visit our exhibition at www.torquayhistory.com/torquay-a-look-over-time

 

Torquay’s Olympic Connections

The names Garrard and Torquay and Olympics go hand in hand and what an amazing connection it is, spanning over 80 years

Dick Garrard (senior) a founding member of the Torquay Surf Club, had one of the longest careers of any wrestler ever. He qualified for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He also represented Australia in 1948 in London and 1952 in Helsinki. He won a silver medal in the 1948 Olympic welterweight freestyle class. He also won three gold medals (1934, 1938, and 1950) and one bronze medal (1954) at the Empire Games (all four in the lightweight freestyle class) and won a gold medal at the Pan-Pacific Games

He was awarded an MBE in 1970 and an OBE in 1976.

After his competition days were over , He became an international judge and referee as well as chairman of the Olympic Wrestling Technical Committee. He was involved with the every Olympics until the 2000 Sydney Olympics (except for the 1980 Moscow Games which he boycotted) as either a judge, referee, section manager, mat chairman, a delegate to the Congress or simply as a VIP. He was manager of the Australian wrestling team at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

He was and still is the only Australian wrestler to ever contest an Olympic final

Dick( Junior) a long time Torquay local , and member of the TSLC, made his Olympic mark as a rower . He represented  Australia in 1960 in Rome and 1964 in Tokyo. Has had a long connection with the Olympics as a coach. In recent times his expertise has been sought by rowers from around the world . In Sydney  in 2000 he coached a pair of US girls to a silver medals in the double sculls.

The full story of the Garrard’s and the Olympics will be in our next “History Matters “ Magazine

 

WW2, Olympics, Garrard

Photo shows Dick Garrard (snr) 2nd from left  in Berlin 1936 showing visiting German army officers   the Australian Kangaroo mascot at the Olympic Village .

Garrard, Olympics, Torquay History, WW2

Dick Garrard (jnr)  in the 3 seat second from right  in Tokyo 1964

June Magazine

Published quarterly our magazine ‘HISTORY MATTERS’ is packed full of local history and stories from the district. History Matters is distributed to all members of Torquay Museum Without Walls.

S2016 02 TMWW Magazine Junetep inside our current issue of the magazine featuring stories the Joseph H Scammell shipwreck at Pt. Danger, Pioneers – streets of Torquay, Maie’s Amazing Memorabilia, Mt. Duneed Reserve, Spotlight on Corangamite. Get issue two here:

June Magazine

 

 

 

 

Sign up and become a member to get a copy of our first issue which focused on our launch in March, Sea View Villa and the Smith family, Torquay Pioneers pt 1, Interrupted lives, and Mt Duneed history. You will also receive automatically future issues of this wonderful magazine.

To become a member of Torquay Museum Without Walls and receive the quarterly magazines simply sign up on line www.torquayhistory.com/membership-application/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wait is almost over….

 

Corangamite swung back to Labor in 2007 when Darren Cheeseman claimed it with a 6.6% swing. He became only the third Labor candidate to win and the first for over 70 years. When Cheeseman won a second term in 2010 he became the first labor member to win a second term -albeit with the narrowest of margins.

Sarah Henderson, a lawyer, and former television journalist won the seat back for the Liberal party in 2013 with a 4.6 % swing. She has served out her term and will contest the seat again today.

In just hours we will learn what the future hold for Corangamite.

When James Chester Manifold became the very first member for Corangamite the total voters equaled 5415.

When Gratton Wilson, for the free trade party first wrenched it away from the Manifold Protectionist party in 1903 it was with a massive 35.2% swing. James Scullion first won the seat for labor in 1910 with a 29.4 % swing

There were 40,000 voters in the electorate when the Liberal party took hold with Geoffrey Street in 1936.

Corangamite is a big electorate , covering 7000 square kilometres and with the growth in the coastal regions, the areas south of the Barwon and redistribution of boundaries there will 100,000 people casting votes today. By days end we will see who will have the honour of serving the people of Corangamite for the next three years.

No matter who is elected they should remember there is history of dedicated and impressive members over the past 115 years… I wish them luck.

 

 

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