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ABC Café

  • Corporate body
  • 1913-12-16 - ?

The ABC Cafe opened in Geelong in December 1913 at a time when only a handful of such establishments existed. Newspaper articles at the time report that it was built almost exclusively from Geelong sourced materials, and by Geelong tradespeople.

Tragedy struck during construction when a plasterer fell from a scaffold to their death.

The cafe was expanded with a second level added in 1927.

The Geelong Heritage Centre holds a dinner set from the cafe in its collection. You can also see several photos of the ABC cafe here:

Ashby State School

  • Corporate body
  • 1875 - current

Geelong West began under the name of Ashby in the year 1875 as the result of overcrowding of classes being conducted by Church organisations. The first School Committee was officially elected in 1911. In 1968 Ashby was a Special Class school.

Australian Salt Co

  • Corporate body

Purchased by Cheetham Salt Company c.1920s

Australian Women's National League (Geelong Branch)

  • Corporate body
  • 1904 - c.1944

The Australian Women’s National League aimed to promote anti-socialist ideas to Australian women who had been given the right to vote in Australian federal elections in 1902.

Their tenets were loyalty to the throne, counteracting socialist tendencies, educating women in their political responsibilities and safeguarding the interests of the home, women and children.

Lady Janet Clarke was elected the inaugural president in 1904.

In 1912, the Liberal Prime Minister Alfred Deakin described the lobby group as "fierce and unceasing" in their political demands.

At its peak in World War 1, the AWNL had 500 registered branches and more than 54,000 members across Australia including a Geelong branch.

Avalon Airport Australia Pty Ltd

  • Corporate body
  • 1952 - current

Avalon Airfield also known as ‘Avalon Airport’ has played a key role in Australia’s Aviation and space flight industry.

In 1952, the Commonwealth Government purchased 4,333 acres of land in Lara, close to Geelong, for testing and construction of aircrafts. The Canberra Jet Bomber Aircraft being the first flight to be tested at Avalon Airfield in June 1953.

Other test flights and flights making the newspapers at the time include:

  • In July 1954, Australia’s first production-line Sabre jetfighter.

  • In September 1956, Britain's Vulcan jet bomber makes a new record, flying from England to Avalon Airfield after only 22 hours flying. Being the first aircraft to fly non-stop from Singapore to Melbourne.

  • In 1963, the first Australian assembled Mirage.

  • In July 1971, Australian Government Aircraft Factory's Project N.

Unfortunately, in August 1976, another prototype N24 Nomad crashed at Avalon killing Stuart Pearce (father of actor Guy Pearce) and designer David Hooper. The stated cause of the accident was "flutter from experimental control tabs".

In July 1990, Aerospace Technologies of Australia (ASTA) purchased a 99 year lease over the Avalon Airfield for airline training, education services and aircraft production and maintenance operations.

In early 1997, Linfox purchased Avalon Airport from the Commonwealth and greatly upgraded the infrastructure and facilities in preparation for commercial passenger airline use.

On 1 June 2004, the first domestic flight with Jetstar occurred at Avalon offering limited routes at first.

In 2010, Tigerair commenced operations, but were unsuccessful and short-lived.

In 2018, Avalon Airport commenced international flights. With government funding assistance, Air Asia X moved their twice daily Kuala Lumpur services from Tullamarine to Avalon. This move connected the Victorian region to more than 130 places throughout Asia.

Today Avalon Airport:

  • Is both a commercial passenger airport and a General Aviation airport.

  • Continues to host the Australian International Airshow every 2nd year.

  • Currently offers Jetstar flights for Sydney, Adelaide and the Gold Coast, AirAsia flights for Kuala Lumpur and Citilink flights for Bali.

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