Margaret Ganly birthday

Farewell Margaret

With sadness we note the passing of a Torquay treasure, Margaret Ganly.Margaret, who was 104 was the descendant of one of our earliest settlers, William Pride and we doubt there …

Spring Magazine out now

The 2018 Spring Edition  of History Matters is out now. Read about the celebrations to end World War 1  and the efforts of Harold Rosser on the Western Front. The …

Gilbert Street

Gilbert Street has been the heart of our village for 120 years and I cant help but wonder if our founding fathers ever thought the village would grow as it has, or that the centre of our town would come under such pressure. Some of …

1917 A Story Lost

1917 was the single worst year in Australian History. Almost 77,000 Australians were killed, missing or wounded. Passchendaele, Menin Road,Polygon Wood  and Bullencourt   have become household names as we, …

The Go Cart Track

Memories of the Torquay Go Cart track From “History Matters” Vol 1 no 4 1966 was the year Australia sent a task force to the war in Vietnam. The Youth …

Celebrating Florence Rosser

Its international Women’s day and we remember and celebrate Florence Rosser…..that’s her in the middle with her children…Florence, who was married to local fisherman Felix Rosser,  was one of the …

Coffee Anyone?

We came across this photo recently which the owner tells us was a house called “Loch Lomond “circa 1930’s in Torquay . It was built by Geelong Architect Iliffe Gordon …

Torquay's Olympic Connections

The names Garrard and Torquay and Olympics go hand in hand and what an amazing connection it is, spanning over 80 years Dick Garrard (senior) a founding member of the …

Torquay's Olympic Connection

Torquay is the home of Surfing in Australia and has a special Olympic connection. As part of the Melbourne Olympics, an International Surf Carnival was staged at Torquay Surf Beach …