first-fleet-arriving

Wadawurrung living on land

First Australians from Wadawurrung Tribe inhabited the for over 40,000 years. For more information on the First Australians timeline click here.  

Naming Bass Strait

George Bass sailed from Sydney, around Cape Howe, the farthest point of south-east Australia sailing westwards along the coast to Western Port. The following year he circumnavigated Van Diemen’s Land …

Surf Coast Shire

The Surf Coast Shire was created, becoming a democratically elected Council on 25 March 1995.

Medical Centre

Torquay Lions Club established a temporary medical centre at the local Preschool.

Rip Curl Beginnings

A garage on the The Great Ocean Road was the beginning of an epic journey for surfing friends Doug “Claw” Warbrick and Brian Singer. They started making surfboards there before …

Torquay Tigers Football Club

The Torquay Football Club was reformed in 1951 by George McCartney with the first under 15’s team playing in yellow windcheaters with a superman motif on the front.

Torquay Bathing Boxes -2

Bathing Box

After around sixty years the bathing boxes that had prominently lined the beach start to be removed. By the end of the decade they were all gone. Read more about …

New Post Office

The new post office and residence was opened by Mr S F Kellock, the Superintendent of Postal Serves. The new building centrally located in Pearl Street, at the top of …

Torquay Fire Brigade

Torquay Fire Brigade became a member of ‘The Country Fire Brigades’ Board’ with a fire station to be built on the corner of Anderson and Pride streets.