Weekly Surf Report
Tuesday 10th, June Small 1-2ft swell with a NNE wind. It's a bit small and northerly for the reefs. Best option today would be hunt around the NNE friendly beachbreaks east and west of Torquay for a small fun clean waves. Jan Juc will be ok as the tide moves in later. Low tide 10.18am at 0.3m High 5.16pm at 1.55m. Wednesday 11th, June Building W/SW swell during the day, some 3ft sets are likely by the afternoon but it'll probably be much smaller in the morning. Fresh NW winds, gusty at times. Thursday 12th, June Building W/SW swell with inconsistent sets between 3ft and maybe 4ft at Bells and 13th, smaller elsewhere. Fresh and gusty NW winds. Friday 13th, June Increasing SW swell to 4-6ft at exposed locations (smaller at protected locations), but generally bumpy with fresh and gusty SW winds developing. Outside chance for a brief period of W/NW winds at dawn. Saturday 14th, June Rapidly easing SW winds overnight may go variable or even light NW by the morning. Easing size, with lumpy but improving waves during the day, generally 4-5ft at open stretches early, easing to 3-4ft by the afternoon. Not perfect but well worth a surf. Swellnet

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Stories Past

by Lindsay Braden - Researcher Anglesea & District Historical Society

The Bridge Cafe on Anglesea River

Bridge Cafe, Anglesea

Up until World War II, the Anglesea River was the main attraction in town. Whether to fish, swim, race boats or meet friends, people travelled from near and far to enjoy its protected waters.

In 1920, a number of residents built changing sheds, a wooden diving tower and a swimming platform between the bridge and the Recreation & Sports Club Rowing Shed. The River bank was the social hub of Anglesea.

Boat Sheds on Anglesea River

The sheds that lined the river provided ideal meeting places for the locals and visitors alike. In fact, the very first CFA meeting (formally known as the Bush Fire Brigade) was held in the Recreation & Sports Club Shed on Monday April 8th, 1940.

Mrs Adelaide Hedley bought a block of land close to the western bank of the Anglesea River, near to where the old bridge used to be. Mrs Hedley obviously saw the business potential of this area. In 1938 she built the Bridge Cafe and a house. The land was originally part of George Noble’s ‘Noorah’ estate.

The Bridge Cafe sold morning and afternoon teas and grills, summer drinks, confectionary, petrol & oil, and hot water for a nice cuppa. During the war years Nancy Hedley took over management of the business.

Life around the river changed after the war. People discovered the beach in a way that hadn't existed before. Surfing became increasingly popular and the drift away from the river to the beach began.

A guest house was added to the business which was then operated by H.G. & M. Hughes between 1951 - 57. Later it was taken over by J. Solly between 1960 - 63.

Originally there was a hand operated Shell petrol bowser out in front. Golden Fleece pumps later replaced this. In recent years a modern complex has replaced the shop and guest house.

While the Bridge Cafe may be gone, business still continues in this area.

Gravity fed petrol pump

Bridge Cafe

Swimming hole, diving tower and boatsheds 1938

Where the Bridge Cafe used to stand

 
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