Tony and Angela ROBERTSON

Tony’s career as a dentist has extended far beyond Melbourne. He has been a volunteer with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, treating patients from remote rural Victorian and indigenous communities, as well as rural communities in Vietnam with Rotary. He has recently retired from clinical practice after working part time for the last five years […]

Kevin and Val MORIARTY

Many years ago, Dr Kevin Moriarty received an unusual phone call. It was a vet from the Melbourne Zoo who asked Kevin if he could help with newly born orangutan twins and their very ill mother after a very difficult birth. For Dr Moriarty that was the beginning of forty years of voluntary work at […]


“One of the most satisfying things I have done was write an autobiography of my first 50 years. The words poured out for two years. When I finished It, my son persuaded me to make it into a book, just for family and friends.“ Although born in Melbourne, Will spent his early life in the […]


Graham’s family has a long connection with the Great Ocean Road and Lorne districts. In 1884, his paternal great grandfather from England settled near the St George River, the 1899 census showing him as a market gardener. Graham’s maternal great grandfather helped cut the original road from Deans Marsh to Lorne with a bullock team. […]


I first came to Lorne in December 1971, immediately after I had completed my Year 12 exams. There was no such thing as ‘schoolies week’ back then. I came to stay at the surf club, as some of my school friends had already joined the club three years earlier through a teacher at school. Two […]

Rosemary and Chris RALPH

In 1957, in the days when the Great Ocean Road was narrow and without guard rails, Chris’s father towed a caravan from Melbourne home to Adelaide via Lorne. Chris recalls the experience as terrifying. Once old enough to own a sports car his attitude changed somewhat. I grew up as an “angry young man” in […]

Linton and Mandy FERGUSON

As many do, Mandy and Linton met in their work place – Maribrynong High School. Mandy, actually a librarian, but who spoke four languages, found herself assigned to teaching English as a Second Language when the Timorese arrived at the school. Linton’s expertise was in maths and computers and taught those subjects in Melbourne for […]


It doesn’t matter what angle you come into Lorne it is just beautiful says Jillian with passion. Of course most of us know exactly what she is talking about. Introduced to the town by her partner for holidays originally, she has retired here. She wasted no time in involving herself in the community. In fact […]

Richard and Janet HORNIDGE

Janet, winner of Volunteer of the Year Award at the first Lorne Sculpture Exhibition in 2007, has been coming to Lorne since 1959. Richard, who came a little later as a refugee from the other side, served on the committee for two exhibitions as well as also being a highly valued volunteer. After growing up […]


When the Men’s Shedders were grappling with fitting Cockie-proof locks to our garbage bins because of an inefficient template, Tony offered to research a better option. Through his contact Patrick Eijsvogel, he arranged a specialised jig, which has facilitated installation enormously. Just another contribution by someone who loves Lorne and wanting to put something back. […]