Annual General Meeting (AGM) – 24th July

The Society’s AGM will take place at 2 pm on Wednesday 24 July at Inverloch RSL and be followed by the July general meeting. Non-member visitors are always welcome to attend our meetings.

After several year’s service, Rosemary Hutchinson, has decided not to nominate for re-election as TREASURER. If any member is willing to consider taking on the role, please contact the Secretary (Lynn Kirk 5674 1386). Lynn can talk with you about the workload involved and options for managing the Society’s finances. We are a small organisation and accounting/bookkeeping experience isn’t essential.

Routinely, all committee positions are declared vacant at the AGM and a NEW COMMITTEE is elected. We are in need of new committee members. If you have some time available and would like to get more involved please consider nominating. Anyone interested is welcome to give Lynn a call to find out more about what is involved.

The 2019-20 financial year has commenced, and members are asked to RENEW THEIR MEMBERSHIP. The membership fee remains at $20 for individuals and $32 for a family membership. There will be opportunities before and after this month’s meetings to pay the membership fee. 

What’s with those gate posts?

The Pine Lodge gate posts

Sitting on seven acres at the comer of Ramsey Parade and Scarborough Street, Pine Lodge was built in 1930 and demolished in 1985. Almost everything about Pine Lodge was notable. If it still existed, it would be the prime historic building in Inverloch, yet its fame goes far beyond Bass Coast & Gippsland. The story of its origin, its structure, its architecture, the people who stayed there and the man who ran it, built it and during the Great Depression saw a vision for it, is the story of legendary quality, worthy of any notable Victorian inclusion.

More on the history of Pine Lodge…

Amazon Shipwreck at Inverloch in 1863

Site investigation undertaken at Inverloch Surf Beach during Nov — Dec 2018 by Heritage Victoria.

Dr Maddy McAllister has completed her report on this heritage project and provided the following copy to the Society.

Click here for more information…

The remains of the Amazon shipwreck at Inverloch are visible during very low tides.
(Source: Heritage Victoria)

2019 Regatta Exhibition

On Australia Day, we held a well attended exhibition as part of the Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta @ The Inverloch Community Hub

Ripple Display Plaques

Keen observers will have noticed the installation of new signage and information panels around the replica Ripple on The Esplanade. The signage was installed & funded by Bass Coast Shire. More information…


Newsletter #243, June 2019


In the June 4th. edition of the “South Gippsland Times” (The Sentinel), a photograph of myself and fellow Committeeman Ray Burtt appeared, seeking the preservation of the two main entry gateposts to the lamented and lost Pine Lodge built by Cal Wyeth in Ramsey Boulevard. An Inverloch friend of mine quipped to me as I was shopping in Inverloch,- “Oh, I see your photos in the paper again!” I can assure members that neither Ray nor myself are on any kind of ‘ego trip’ !

Can I explain further.

That most recent photograph in “The Sentinel” brought a true and real treasure to the Society’s attention, when I was telephoned by Daryl Hunt from Leongatha, who had seen the photo in the newspaper and explained to me that he had a video of the opening, the building and the early years of Pine Lodge. He told me he had once taught at Leongatha Technical School where another member of staff was one Harry Wyeth. Harry produced a copy of the movie, and offered a copy to Daryl. Years later, Daryl noted our photo in “The Sentinel”, and as a result he contacted me, wondering if I was interested, and did we have a copy of the movie. The answer was no! I was staggered that such a movie existed.

It is clearly a very old 8mm. black & white movie, it is a copy, so consequently it is not sharp in focus, and over the years has lost some of its technical quality. Whilst we regret the loss of clarity, it is a remarkable record which we thought we would never see. At the moment we are carefully examining the movie, and will most likely make it available for public viewing for the September Exhibition.

We are always grateful for all the help we receive, from the smallest photo, written notes, maps, old documents and the spoken word. We are also aware of the need for our regular exhibition (the whole of September this year at the Hub), to be enthusiastically attended and supported by many local people and those whose connection with Inverloch spans many years.

The Society has received two grants from the Bass Coast Shire Council one of which defrays the cost of hiring the Hub for the whole of September, The Council conducted a thorough examination of the value of our submission, which was submitted with the assistance of Lynn Kirk and Ray Burtt. This means our exhibition offers free entry to all people who wish to see it. That is fantastic news, and we are very grateful to the Council for their support!

The Ripple Ketch Replica built by the Clocktower Committee

Secondly, we have received a grant to build a full scale model of the Rocket Launching Equipment in a setting that will do justice to a much better understanding of what ‘that rocket business is all about’ – to quote a friend who wondered what Ray and myself were talking about! I am also happy to tell you that our practical friends at the Men’s Shed in Inverloch are making the Rocket equipment for us. This is great inter- community group news in our busy town, and we are so thrilled and grateful that such cooperation has been achieved. A few days ago, both Ray and myself inspected the progress of its construction at the Men’s Shed. It looks magnificent. Following the Exhibition, it will become a permanent feature of the actual Rocket Shed down near the pier, sitting directly behind the replica of the “Ripple” boat, built by the Clocktower Committee so many years ago.(See their photo is this Newsletter)

The Inverloch Historical Society, like many others like us, rely upon the generosity of public grants to preserve Victoria’s history. It is not always easy to make submissions in these computer oriented times, and so it was with some disappointment we learned that we had failed to gain a grant for ten display boards for exhibition use. Many of our old boards have reached the end of their lives and are beyond repair, so we have a dilemma on our hands. The Society wishes to mount a quality and well prepared exhibition to display all that is good about the town and district, in a world where negative and bad news seems to abound. We are therefore seeking a way around our problem, hoping that some local generosity can assist us.

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Inverloch Pier, c1920

Bob Speed is one of our longest serving members. His happy and passionate interest in all things associated with Inverloch history is a delight. Recently he loaned me a beautifully framed sepia print of the holiday times at the pier, sometime around 1920. The Society has numerous photos of the pier, but this one we had never seen. We’d like to share it with you in this monthly Newsletter. What detail, what hats and what fun people were having. This must be the New Years Regatta, where everybody created their own fun, with no computers and other diversions to keep you at home out of the fresh air.

John Hutchinson,  President


Next Meetings

Wed 24th July 2-4pm @ Inverloch RSL Hall – Includes Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Wed 28th August 2-4pm @ Inverloch RSL Hall

Wed 25th September 2-4pm @ Inverloch RSL Hall

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