Families of Lorne

There have been many families closely associated with the development of Lorne.  Each family has its own unique story and some have shared their stories in books about the town. Lorne Historical Society has documented many of those stories for its history centre. If you wish to contribute information abut any of these families or indeed add an additional family, please contact us.

Lorne Families

Allen, Alsop, R. Anderson, T. Anderson, Armistead, Armytage, Asplin, Beal, Beaurepaire, Buick, Clissold, Couper, Dalway, Dorman, Duncan, Gay,  Graham, Hall, Hancock, Henderson, Jarratt, Lascelles, Love, Manifold, Mountjoy, Norman, Norton, Rose, Russell, Stirling, Stribling, Stewart, Wallis, Wheal

Allen Family

The Allen Family: (back L-R) George, Jim, Harold, Stan, (middle) Len, Sarah Allen, Jesse Allen, (front cross-legged) Herb, Abe George Allen married Sarah Ann Horton in 1848 and they lived in Astwood, Buckinghamshire.  They emigrated to Australia in 1853 on the “Lady Kennaway”.  They had thirteen children, two born before the emigrated.  Their third child...
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Alsop Family

Alsop Family The photograph shows two generations of Alsop’s who ran a butchers shop in Lorne in the 1930s. There are Alsop names as builders, fishermen, timber workers. The Alsop family made major contributions to the fabric of Lorne, as butchers (Len), as members and chiefs of the fire brigade, as presidents of the surf...
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Anderson Family

Richard and Mary Ann Anderson (nee Gay) arrived in Australia in January 1871.  They came from Kent where they were married at Northfleet in 1852.  In 1871 they sailed from Southhampton on the “Nineveh” with their eight children.  Richard was a builder and a brick maker. The Nineveh ran onto a reef on King Island,...
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Beaurepaire Family

Lillian Beaurepaire Albert Park State School Swimming Club, Girls’ Champion Team, 1905-6 (L-R) M. Richardson, S. Josephs, S Carter, Miss Cox, L. Beaurepaire Lillian De Beaurepaire (15 September 1892 – 24 November 1979), also know by her married name Lilian Clarke, was an Australian swimmer and diver. She competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics in...
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Graham Family

Jean and Malcolm Graham became involved in the Society in 1988 when Joan Wheal accepted their kind offer to help mount the bicentennial display. They became committed workers for the Society notably recording stories from the Geelong Advertiser, an amazing and valuable resource now recorded digitally. Jean and Malcolm are life members of the Society....
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Howell Family

Hubert and Rhita Howell, moved to Lorne in the late 1920’s from Ballarat. They lived at “Moogoogong” in a home which previously belonged to the Armytage family in Smith Street. They started a small business renting, buying and selling holiday homes. This business existed for over 40 years prior to becoming the forerunner of “Lorne...
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Jarratt Family

  Geoffrey Jarratt and Lyndon Jarratt Albert Ellingworth Jarratt and Mary, neé Seymour, had three sons between 1916 and 1922. Lyndon (Lyn) Mervyn (Merv) and Geoffrey (Geoff). A.E. Jarratt known as ‘A.E.’, the photographer, was well known and is remembered for his invaluable photographic records at the Lorne Historical Society. He also had the first...
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Mountjoy Family


Norton Family

James Bowden Norton was born in England in 1874. James Bowden Norton James Norton’s  journey to Lorne started when he heard that money could be made in South Africa, in the mines, and the lure of fighting in the Second Boer war, where there was a demand for men to enlist. Both these options held...
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Stirling Family

Doug Stirling In November 1856, my grandfather John Stirling, then aged 15, migrated to Point Henry near Geelong from Paisley, Scotland. He was met by his father William Stirling, who had migrated to Australia a couple of years earlier. John was taken to Winchelsea where his parents were already well established. Eventually he married Jessie...
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Stribling Family

William Stribling, like his father before him, was licensee of the Caledonian Hotel in Port Fairy from 1873 to 1882. The Caledonian is still there and has the claim of being Victoria’s oldest licensed hotel. William’s first application to obtain the licence was originally rejected for his “intemperate habits”, however he was successful at the...
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Wheal Family

Joan and Graham Wheal Joan Wheal was a founding member of the society when it was reformed in 1969.  Joan and her husband Graham were the driving force behind the mounting of our photographic collection.  We have close to 1,500 photographs displayed, or in storage, thanks to their efforts.  Joan is a life member of...
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