Sandra McCOMB

Sandra has been visiting the Surf Coast since 1973, having owned a family house in Wye River, and staying with friends in Fairhaven since University days. After leaving full-time work several years ago, she decided to look for a house in Lorne. She had kept a watchful eye on the market for two years. Late […]


“I reckon you can live in Lorne and never wear a dress. It’s so casual here”. That was only one of the reasons Marsha gave for loving our town. “We are blessed with our ocean setting and having a perimeter protecting us from expansion”. Marsha came to Australia from Michigan, USA, when she heard there […]


Loris is 93, and to become a pharmacist in her day, she had to start as an apprentice in her local “chemist shop” and study by correspondence for two years. Then it was off to Melbourne for a further two years, where she worked in East Kew while she studied at The Pharmacy College. Except […]


By Christmas, the adventurous amongst us could well be swinging in the trees at Chris’s and his son, Luke’s, Live Wire Park at the back of Lorne. Having obtained all the government permits and community approvals required, they are on standby to begin construction. How does one arrive at an idea to do this? Chris […]


Ian, trombonist in the South Coast Stompers Jazz Band from the 60’s playing at various surf clubs over summer and at the Wild Colonial Club in Lorne, has always had an affinity with the Surf Coast. Although when he was younger, a lot of his time was spent camping in Torquay, he has had a […]

Graham and Brigitte RODD

Once Graham started work, his father gave him the choice to have a serious savings plan or pay board. By 1969 he had saved enough to put a $300 deposit on a cottage in Lorne that cost $7,200. His father helped him arrange a loan for the balance. Lorne has been a significant part of […]


In 1968, Brendan and now wife Denise, seriously connected while working holiday jobs at Erskine House. Brendan as a kitchen hand who thought Denise was the pick of the waitresses on staff. Brendan was born, grew up, and educated in Melbourne. His career began as a secondary teacher. He found the more he taught Legal […]


Ruth was six months old when she first passed through Lorne. Her father and uncle surveyed land in Separation Creek. Part payment for their work was one of the blocks they surveyed and on which her extended family built a substantial holiday house. Melbourne born, Ruth had a sister and five brothers. Her mother decided […]

Heather FLETCHER and Michael McGRATH

Both Michael and Heather’s first connection to Lorne was through their parents, who coincidentally had both spent their honeymoon here. Michael says he wasn’t born in Lorne but might well have been conceived during that time! However, it wasn’t until he was in his teens that his family began renting a house each summer for […]

Rev. Sherryl SMITH

Some members of Lorne’s combined Uniting and Anglican Church congregation believe Sherryl coming into their lives was the result of a higher intervention. She says, “I was picked up by the scruff of the neck and dropped in it.“ Sherryl had been living in Wye River prior to the recent bush fire and had been […]