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June 23rd, 2021 (None in May)

July 28th, 2021 – Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Latest News

Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2020

The AGM has held on 24th Feb, 2021 after being delayed due to COVID restrictions.

The 2020 Annual Report is available for download here.

The Historical Society was unable to fill the position of Secretary.

As it is essential for the status of the Society as an Incorporated Body to have a formally elected Secretary, John Hutchinson has agreed to undertake the role as well as continue as President until the  2020/2021  AGM in July 2021.

This was endorsed by the Committee on 1st March 2021.

In view of the handover procedures etc., the Committee agreed to reduce the General Meetings early in the year to Wednesday  28th  April & Wednesday 23rd June followed by an AGM in July.

The Society appreciates the interest and support of its Members and Lynn Kirk’s continuation with the digitalization of the Society’s collection.

Book – “At Screw Creek”

We congratulate Linda Cuttriss on wining the 2020 Bass Coast Prize for Non-fiction with her story “At Screw Creek”, described as “Part True Detective Story, Part Local History, Part Family History”.  We hope to share this with you soon; or, you can read it online at the Bass Coast Post website at  BassCoastPost.com/bass-coast-prize/at-screw-creek

Green Storage Shed

With a lot of help from Inverloch Removals, we’ve cleared the last off-site repository of collection items. Almost everything is now under one roof – just a few bits and pieces are off-site as they are being worked on.  We thank Terry Hall for generously caring for these objects for what Terry thinks could be ten years.

The Green Shed is FULL, now that we have everything in the collection at that location. The material relocated during November has now been been sorted & registered

Amazon 1863 Project

Amazon Shipwreck: The team at the Amazon 1863 Project have achieved so much in such a short time. Their mission is the preservation of significant Amazon artefacts, the site & written records. Educate & share the history of this amazing ship. They have a very active group on Facebook & just launched their website.

Website: Amazon1863.org.au

Facebook: Facebook.com/groups/amazon1863project

Drive-in Cinema at Inverloch?

Apparently their was an Inverloch Drive-In which opened in the 1960’s.

The drive-in was demolished & is now factories and light industry. Possibly in Cashin Street with operation dates of 1/9/1968 to 1/1/1975 with a capacity of 182.

We are interested in any further information & photos, including exact location & personal memories. (Image shown is only a generic drive-in example)

Thanks for any information.

Shack Bay

Shack Bay (on the Bunurong Coast between Inverloch & Cape Paterson west of Eagles Nest) – Ever wondered why it has that name? Look closely at these photos taken around 1940-50s. In 1934, during the 5 month long Wonthaggi Coal Strike, the miners had plenty of time on their hands & this was the result. Clearly no building regulation roadblocks during this period. They were removed in 1977. (Photo credit to Jenny Graham who’s uncle took them whilst on a fishing trip.)

‘The Kiosk’ (Brown’s Kiosk) – Can you help?

We are looking for more photos of ‘The Kiosk’ (Brown’s Kiosk) & the attached house, which was on the corner of Abbott St & Ramsey Blvd.

The Kiosk for sale – March 2010. Source: Google Streetview

We have this relatively recent image from when it was for sale in 2010, prior to it being demolished.

Do you have any others? If so, we’d love to hear from you & perhaps borrow & scan them.

Meetings Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all meetings are cancelled until further notice.

Eulalie Brewster OAM

We congratulate our valued & much loved Patron & Life Member Eulalie Brewster on being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2020 Australia Day Honours.

Eulalie Brewster OAM

Eulalie was honoured by the nation for service to the community of Inverloch in the fields of history, conservation, the environment, and for other community endeavours. Eulalie was a founder of Inverloch Historical Society and an active local historian for decades.

We are grateful for her immense contribution to our Society.

Rocket Man @ The Hub

A lifesize model of the Boxer Rocket & an operator is on display in the Information Centre at the Inverloch Community Hub.

The original rocket equipment was stored in the Rocket Shed (now restored & located on the Esplanade behind the Ripple Ketch replica) & was designed to be used for life saving rescues from stricken sea vessels.

The rope coiling mechanism to prevent tangles during launch is by itself a piece of ingenuity.

The model will be displayed until after Easter (mid April) 2020.

Historic Images

Over the past 18 months, Southern Bazaarof 13 A’Beckett Street, Inverloch have been helping us promote Inverloch’s past by selling a selection of our restored images as A2 sized Flat Prints.

Soon they will also be stocking our framed Canvas Prints & we sincerely thank them for their ongoing support.

Robyn Hogan of Southern Bazaar, accepting another batch of prints from Ray Burtt

The print is an image of the Inverloch stone seawall built back in 1934 with sustenance labour, commenced below St. Kilda Street and is part blue stone & part sandstone.

The wooden groynes were added to try and stop sand movement.

The photo was taken near Venus Street. Large trees in the top right of the picture on the far shoreline mark Beilby’s farm.

We are always looking for both new images and documents. Also new members to help us.

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)