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  • Point Lonsdale Community Hall, Bowen Road, Point Lonsdale
  • June 28, 2024
  • Friday, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Queenscliffe Historical Museum
  • (03) 5258 2511

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June Monthly Talk: Those Fishermen and their Dirty Habits: Stories from Fisherman’s Flats

Point Lonsdale Community Hall, Bowen Road, Point Lonsdale

Friday, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
June 28, 2024

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Monthly Talk – Those Fishermen and their Dirty Habits: Stories from Fisherman’s Flats

The fishermen and their families arrived in Queenscliff around 1860 and set up camp on the mud flats north of Symonds Street.  The town folk were unimpressed: “the indiscriminate manner in which the fishermen were allowed to squat on or occupy the land so that the Flat will soon be strewed with their huts without any regularity.”  The Commissioner of Crown Lands was advised on the matter and requested to send a surveyor to mark out a block of land for the fishermen.  These were leased for £1 per year to licensed fishermen.  In 1879 when the invasion by the railways wiped out a number of fisherman’s allotments, planned expansion into the parklands was resisted.  “If it were occupied by the fishermen their dirty habits would probably lead to disease” and it would mar and damage the appearance of that portion of the Borough”.

The family histories of these early fishermen are of great interest and are a window into early Victorian life.   There was bravery, tragedy, scandal, community spirit and great service given by those who lived on Fisherman’s Flat.

We will present the Todd family story.  “Larrikins, Lunatics, Lifeboats, Lords & Ladies.”

Please join us at the Point Lonsdale Hall for this interesting Museum Talk by Richard Bell. For the Fisherman’s Flat Fishermen & Families Study Group

Where: Point Lonsdale Community Hall, Bowen Road, Point Lonsdale
Date: Friday 28 June
Time: Talk at 11am (Light Refreshments 10.30 am to 11.00 am)
Cost: Tickets are $5 for QHM Members & National Trust, and $10 for non-members.
Bookings: Pay cash or card on the day or via link;  Square 

Maybe you will consider becoming a member on arrival if you are not already one and then you will be entitled to a ticket for half price!

Everyone is most welcome and off-street parking is available in the paddock adjoining the hall.