Inverloch Lions thanks Inverloch Historical Society

The Inverloch & District Lions Club is $800 richer after the auction of a restored 1905 real estate poster at the Melbourne Cup Eve Dinner and Gala night at the Inverloch Community Hub.

From left, Terry Shannon of Inverloch Lions Club, MC for the night, received the framed poster print from John Hutchinson, president of Inverloch Historical Society and Pat Barry from Inverloch First National Real Estate, who as auctioneer dropped the hammer at $800. Source: The Star, 13/11/2018

The event was held by Inverloch & District Lions Club and the poster was donated by Inverloch Historical Society in recognition of the Lions’ service to the society.

The Amazon Shipwreck

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

Maritime archaeologists have been in contact with us regarding the 1863 Amazon  Shipwreck located near the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club, which has recently become more uncovered due to strong currents & shifting sands.

A team will be in Inverloch in November to research the wreck in more detail.

The Amazon was a Jersey-built three-masted barque, thought to be similar to the one pictured.
(Source: Heritage Victoria)

Amazon is archaeologically significant as a rare example of an international wooden trading ship from the mid-19th century. Amazon is historically significant for its contribution to Victoria’s economy in the 1800s and has the potential to shed light on meat packing and transporting practices from that time. Amazon is a representative example of mid-19th century wooden cargo carriers and while Victoria has a number of iron and steel international cargo carrying shipwrecks, Amazon is rare as the only wooden vessel of this type so far located in Victorian waters.

It is therefore important that the local community ensure that this important site remains undisturbed. This includes any excavation, removing any items and/or disturbing the site.

more information…

History @ The Hub – Our exhibition

Inverloch, but not as we know it…– An article in the ‘Bass Coast Post‘ after visiting our recent exhibition.

Neil’s Inverloch Hotel

From an old postcard, Neil’s Inverloch Hotel pictured in 1908. It sat at the top of A’Beckett St., in Sandy Mount Avenue. It was de-licensed in 1922 and became the Two Views Guesthouse. For many years it was a local landmark & was demolished in 1968.

Historical Fun

Children (and adults too) dining at a cafe in Inverloch can now have some creative fun. The society has produced colouring-in sheets, one side with a historical image from lnverloch’s past and the other a selection of local nature for colouring.

Research & Discover

Whether you are a student, a researcher or a history enthusiast, you can use Victorian Collections to explore well over one hundred thousand objects around the state. Discover hidden gems and uncover unexpected links between Victoria’s distributed collections. Delve into stories of our shared past, hone your research skills or join the conversation.

If you would like our help to research some local history or if you can help us to expand our knowledge, please contact us.


Join us in our vision to promote the movable cultural heritage of Inverloch and the surrounding district.

“Ne transgrediaris terminos antiquos” – Remove not the ancient landmarks

Discover the rich history of Inverloch and the surrounding district.

The area is famous for the discovery of Australia’s first dinosaur bone in 1903. Today there are still regular discoveries of fossils dating from as far back as the Early Cretaceous period (120 million years ago).

Breathtaking Anderson Inlet has been a paradise with a special spiritual significance for residents for many thousands of years.

More recent history contains multiple shipwrecks, including the Amazon on Inverloch’s western shore.


Newsletter #237, November 2018

2018 was a momentous year marking 100 years since the end of World War 1. Memorials to the fallen can be seen across Australia. Some small yet moving; some large and impressive such as Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance. Designs vary depending on the funds each community could raise, but all are prominently located. A few towns even feature tributes to those who served in the Boer War when in 1899 Victorians decided to go to South Africa to support the Empire. These monuments are  historical landmarks that remind us of the sacrifices and contributions of Australian men and women. In 1918, the population of Inverloch was around 200, yet the town, like so many small communities, made a mighty effort to support the cause. These and other pioneers set the foundation for the community we love.

Despite the current, very modern face of Inverloch, we should always remember that the men and women who looked and dressed so differently, whose daily lives, modes of transport, personal conduct, and responsibilities may appear very unlike ours, would have had hopes and aspirations that are similar to today’s residents, who have built a prosperous and vibrant town. This we should never forget.

Greeting Cards from 1907.

Another Christmas and New Year approach, full of promise and great hopes. Thousands will flock to Inverloch, and the town will take on its summer buzz. Many will enjoy the beaches, and hopefully, local traders will be busy. Our streets will be filled with vehicles—some laden with surf boards  and bikes. There will  be caravans, trailers, boats and all manner of playthings causing some interruption and inconvenience, especially at the beach-fronts. But this is the destiny of a holiday town.

What does all this means for historians? It means that we should record, in words or pictures, what Inverloch is like in 2018. Is this important and why? The answer is a loud and clear YES! Many residents and visitors like to see how Inverloch has altered and where and how it has changed. Despite the rhetoric that “history is boring”, it is an amazing and contradictory eye-opener, that most Australians do take an interest in local and family history. The society has a film (now on DVD) from 1960 made by a man pointing his 8 mm movie camera through the windscreen of his son’s Wolsey car, filming as they drive along A’Beckett Street and onto what is now Ramsey Parade. The images are not all that clear, but we can easily see how very much Inverloch has altered. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a sharp and clear copy of this footage but, sadly we can do nothing. Today with our technology and cameras the record of that journey would be much clearer and very different. Any man or woman from 1930, should they visit today, would not recognise their town. Though bits would jog their memories.

Could I remind members, subscribers and other readers, that family photographs play a significant role in maintaining a good record of Inverloch across the years? A family member may be standing in front of something that has vanished, or altered markedly. Never underestimate the value of the family photo. Please let us see them and evaluate their historical content.

Some of our members have suffered illness or accidents recently. I would like them to know that we care and think of them often. I am sure every member joins with me in extending our most caring thoughts and respect to all members who are not well.

Early in October, the Society set up a small display in the main hall at The Hub at the request of local Probus Clubs. A question was attached to each of the 24 display boards to see how alert the 122 Probus members were. Such was the interest that Secretary David Vance informed me that members were ‘several deep waiting for the answers’. It was quite a fun day for me as I was deluged with questions about the contents of our collection.

On behalf of the committee, may I wish everybody a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a bright and prosperous new year.

John Hutchinson, President

Final General Meeting for 2018

Our last meeting this year will be held on Wednesday 28 November at 2 PM.

Members are asked to bring along some food to share at our post-meeting Christmas celebration.

Members are also asked to contribute to the afternoon’s enjoyment by (1) telling a short story, or (2) bringing along an item of interest to talk about.

Please make a real effort. Don’t leave it to others!

2019 Meeting Dates

Committee Meetings will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 9.30 am. Meetings will be convened during January and early February to get organized for the year ahead.  Further details will be provided to committee members.

Inverloch Pier c.1927. Note the gas lamp.

General Meetings will be held on the 4th Wednesday of each month from February to November at Inverloch RSL at 2 PM.

2019 Outings of Historical Interest

It is always our aim to offer members two excusions each year but this is not an easy task.

Your committee would welcome suggestions.  We have had many wonderful outings and speakers over the years, but we need your contributions. 

Suggestions please!

Esplanade Hotel & A’Beckett St Inverloch,  Pre 1937.
Sourced by Ray Burtt from old newspaper.

Next Meetings

Wed 28th November 2-4pm @ Inverloch RSL Hall
Wed 27th February 2-4pm @ Inverloch RSL Hall

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Inverloch’s history on display

The Inverloch Historical Society is continuing to fund-raise to help preserve more than 4000 historical items, with a recent installation at an Inverloch café. On Friday, the owners of Vaughan’s Cafe Deli welcomed the fitting of an old photo of the town on one of their windows.

Part of the installation and printing costs from the work, installed by TNT Explosive Printz, will go to the Society.

The photo reflects a scene of A’Beckett Street in the early 1960s. How can you tell? It’s the old Holden cars that give it away.

Inverloch Historical Society members John Hutchinson (left) & Ray Burtt (right) in front of the recently installed 1962 photo of lnverloch, with Vaughan’s  Café Deli owners Andrew and Agnes Falzon.

“The only building still standing in the photo is the pub,” said John Hutchinson, president of the Inverloch Historical Society.

“One of our members, Ray Burtt, has a lot of experience in cleaning up photos so while it is/an old photo, it’s come up well.”

John said most of the items they’re trying to preserve are made of paper.

“You can’t put everything on a computer,” he said, stressing the importance of raising funds to house some of the collection.

“We don’t keep photos anymore – we’ve got a computer which scans them and then we can give them back.”

Owners of Vaughan’s Café Deli, Agnes and Andrew Falzon, welcomed the installation of the 1962 photo of Inverloch.

“We’re so happy to support the local historical society,” Andrew said. “They’re doing incredible work. Without the volunteers, the area’s history would be lost.”

Do you have some photos of Inverloch? Or maybe some other material? Drop them off to PO Box 46, Inverloch.

You can also give president John Hutchinson a buzz if you have some items or if you’d like to become a member of the society. The more members in the society, the easier it is to prepare exhibitions, including one this August.

Source: South Gippsland Sentinel Times June 13th, 2108

Inverloch 1962. A’Beckett St viewed from Williams St.