Do you enjoy seeing our history?
Opportunities exist to be involved in valuable projects. Research, preserve & share Inverloch’s history.
Individuals joining together & working as a team will ensure that our rich history is kept alive & accessible.
We are especially seeking people with digital skills to support archiving & presentation of our collection.
We are in a healthy financial state & have an extensive collection just waiting to be explored further.
Our AGM will be held at 2pm on Wed 28th July at the Anglican Church hall, The Crescent.
Committee volunteers needed
We are at a critical point. If we cannot resolve our shortage of Committee members the Society will cease to exist. Our funds and assets would by law be transferred to a historical society in another town, perhaps Wonthaggi or Leongatha. This is the last thing we want to see happen. We hope that there may be others who would also be concerned by the loss of this irreplaceable material from Inverloch.
Next Meeting – AGM (Cancelled due to COVID restrictions)
July 28th, 2021 – Annual General Meeting (AGM) & General Meeting
Note new meeting location: The Anglican Church Hall, 4-6 The Crescent, Inverloch VIC 3996.
To read our latest May-June 2021 newsletter, click here.
Meeting Location change
The next GENERAL MEETING will be held at the RSL Hall on Wednesday June 23rd. starting at 2pm. There will be a guest speaker, followed by the traditional cuppa. We sincerely thank the RSL for the use of their hall to this point.
After that, all future meetings will be held at the Anglican Church Hall in The Crescent. There is plenty of parking space for cars, and we thank the Anglican Church for the use of their fine facilities.
Our 2021 ANNUAL MEETING (AGM) will be held on Wednesday July 28th. at the Anglican Church Hall in The Crescent, commencing at 2pm. It will be followed by a General Meeting.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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 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.
Over the past 18 months, ‘Southern Bazaar‘ of 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.
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?
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.
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.