At a meeting attended by about 25 members of the community, a new Golf Committee was formed for the new nine-hole golf course opposite the Palace Hotel under the control of the Torquay Reserves Committee. The course covered about 50 acres with a view to the future development of another nine-holes. The new club was to be called “The Torquay Golf Club”, and Mr A. Crowe was elected President.
Taylor Park was named in memory of John William Taylor who contributed significantly to the development of Torquay, particularly in his role as President of the Torquay Improvement Association for many years. In this role, he was instrumental in keeping the allotments making up Taylor Park from being offered for sale and the Crown Land Auctions.
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The Torquay Bowling Club was formed after the Torquay Improvement Association called a public meeting in response to newspaper reports the town needed more recreational activities for visitors. Carl Voss created the first green. It was also intended to have a ladies croquet green adjoining the bowling greens.
At the turn of the century the Torquay Reserves Committee had many issues to face, but none worse than loosing the sand on the most popular family beach we now call Cosy Corner, back then it was sometimes referred to as Scammell Bay.
To resolve the issue Groynes and improvements to the sea wall were underway to stop erosion at Cosy Corner or Scammell Bay as it was sometimes referred to in the Geelong Advertiser.
After the train passed a property in Moriac a fire started. It swept through many properties destroying stacks of hay, miles of fencing and livestock trapped against the fencing. Although a warning was sent to Torquay efforts to stop the fire from entering the town were no match for the fire fanned by a strong north to north-westerly wind.
The fire entered Torquay at two points – one near the Palace Hotel which was saved. Many residents had already evacuated to the beach when the other point entered in the middle of town down
One man was killed, and two stores, the bakehouse, the public hall, Sunday school and 57 houses were destroyed.
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 Gilbert Street.
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 shifting to the Old Torquay Bakery in Boston Road, lifting their production to 12 boards a week. It was the beginning of the Rip Curl empire that still has its roots in Torquay today. Read more about Torquay and surfing here.
Torquay Lions Club established a temporary medical centre at the local Preschool.
The Surf Coast Shire was created, becoming a democratically elected Council on 25 March 1995.