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Edition 1
Launch TMWW
Sea View Villa
Smith Family
Torquay Pioneers
Interrupted Lives
Mt Duneed History Group
Edition 2
Joseph H Scammell shipwreck
Scammell Home
Streets Old Torquay
Maie’s Memorabilia
Mt Duneed Reserve
Spotlight on Corangamite
Edition 3
Nairn’s Dairy
Robert Zealley
130 Years Torquay History
Legacies of the Great War
Dick Garrard, Olympian
Nathanila Brown: Monumental Mason
Edition 4
Summer holidays
Our Beaches
Go Cart Track
Taylor Park History
Taylor Family
Dairy Farming
Origins Charles Lane
Robert Smiths Tuffs


Edition 5
Gathering of the Tribes -Bells Beach
Bell’s Belle – Gail Couper
Peter Troy
Vic Tantau
First to Surf Bells
Jericho Poppler
First Bells compettion
Springside Surfers House
Early Jan Juc & Bells Beach
Girlie Bell
Max Stevens
Jan Juc to Bells Beach
William batten
Edition 6
Ray Wilson
Cooee, the house
Jarosite Mining
Early Jan Juc
Pursuit Hindenburg Line
Torquay Football club
Peter Burns
Jane Walker
Edition 7
Cobb & Co story
Bellbrae Carriage Museum
Jan Juc story pt 3
Blinkbrae South
Bob Pettit – Man Who Owned Jan Juc
Light Horse Charge Into History
Sonny Bell Remembered
William Underwood
Edition 8
Bathing Box history
Summer Memories – White family
Beach names: Bells to Red Rock
Ghazeepore – MacKenzies
Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch
Torquay Bathing Beauty contest
Mt Duneed Rifle Club


Edition 9
Perfection: Fred Pyke
Bells: A Place of Power and Spirit
Surfer Girl: Micha Mueller
Convict Footprints: Isabella Rosser
Rosser Family Connections
The Summerhouse
Wagons & Pans: Grasstree Park
Grasstree Park history
We Will Never Forget Australia
George Gardiner
Edition 10
By George: The George McCartney Story
First Township Land Sales
Early Land Holders
Francis Edward Gilbert
Gilbert Street – Look Through Time
Iliffe Anderson
Convict Footprints – John Goodall
Together They Served
Tait’s Point
Buckley’s Well
Edition 11
Mr Parker’s Passions – James Parker
Happy Days
Our Holiday House
Women Vote
Town for Sale – Breamlea
South of the river – Alexander Thomson
Convict Footprints: Joseph Thorogood
Coastal Guardians
Earl of Charlemont Shipwreck
Charlemont, the house
Ewing Blyth – Charlemont Shipwreck survivor
Fagg family album
Edition 12
Celebrating end of WW1
Fighting for Life in the Trenches
From the Trenches
Boocock Butchers
25 Years History Spring Creek Community House
Surfing the Stone
Bancoora Shipwreck
Convict Footprints – Robert Betts
Enest Henry Klemke
Mt Duneed Post Office


Edition 13
50 Years Rip Curl
Changing Fabric of Torquay
History of the Westuit
Cutting Bells Track
Remembering Boong
Butchers Shop
Anzac Day
Vitoria Tower Shipwreck
Melbourne General Cemetery
William Bickers
Edition 14
Drilling for Oil in Torquay
Local volunteering
Apex Club of Torquay
Friends of Taylor Park
Jan Juc Coast Group
Story of SANE
Take a Breath’ Playgroup
Torquay SES
Torquay Food Aid
Torquay Fire Brigade
Torquay Surf Life Saving Club
Rotary Club Torquay
Torquay RSL
More Front Lines: D Day
Red Cross
Waurn Ponds Hotel
Edition 15
Story behind the road
Reflecton on the Great Ocean Road Vision
Howard Hitchcock
Barwon Heads: the start of the GOR
The men behind the road
Entertainment saved the day
Felix Rosser
Convict Footprint: John Bright
Electricity comes to Torquay
Torquay Post Office
Living on the road – George Helyar
Living on the road – Alexander Butler
Edition 16
Crossing Bass Strait
50 Years Torquay Lions Club
Electricity to Torquay (part 2)
Don Loveless: Our first surf shop
Molyneux Hot Water Depot
Living on the Road – John Croft


Edition 17
Monument to Airman
Everest Of The Sea
1970 World Surfing Titles
Crossing Paths – Harrison and Hughes families
Vic Tantau
1970 World Surfing Titles Poster
Margaret Ganly
Anzac Day, Point Danger poem
Norman Burn
Bellbrae Post Office
Belmont High School
Edition 18
Fight for the town: 1940 fire
Bird Man of Torquay: Jack O’Mara
John Pettigrove Story
Our Holiday House: Bessie McIntyre
Convict Footprints: Henry Bubb
Craigburn Shipwreck
In Quarantine in Torquay
Breamlea Streets
Edition 19
Torquay Golf Club Centenary
Local Government
Birth Surf Coast Shire
Cr Noel Bates
History Victorian Education
Bellbrae / Jan Juc Primary School
Connewarre Flour Mill
End of WW2
Roy Cummings
George Oxley
Cec Browning
Joan Sparkes
Samuel Johnson
Edition 20
James Follett: a man of vision
Loveridge Lookout
Pooks of Bellbrae Cemetery
King Billy
Barwon River Ovoid Sewer Aqueduct
Kevin “Mumbles” Walker
PABS: A Tavern for Jan Juc
The Marshall Town Bluestone Cottage