This web site has been set up as community service to help promote and provide information about the town of Barwon Heads I am willing at any time to advertise or promote any community group in the town orissues that may interest the community at no cost.
Disclamer Any article or information presented on this web site may or may not reflect any opinion that I have
and may be in complete contradiction to my personal support of any issue.
 All photos used have been taken by me or are used with permission of the owners and are subject to normal copyright.
Many Articles have been reproduced with permission of Whistler or Talking Heads editors and remain subject to their copyright restrictions 1990 

  My name is  Martin  Klabbers and I have been living in Barwon Heads since 1972. I first started collecting images after buying my first colour scanner in 1993. After scanning a number of early photographs of Barwon Heads and towns along the Great Ocean Road owned by a family friend. This gave me the idea that there may be more photos lying in bottom drawers and cardboard boxes around town. Of these first photos some were already showing signs of aging and at risk of being lost forever.
Slowly as time allows I have approached local residents and asked for a loan of their family photos to include in a developing pictorial history of Barwon Heads. A copy of every image can be seen at Barwon Estuary Heritage Centre. As at September 2022 there are approximately 1600 images in the collection.
  Since starting this I have learnt a lot about the local history and it has become a minor obsession looking for more photo’s.

The Following Is a List of some Local Residents that have contributed photographs

Clarence — Quinton — Hyland — Ward — Hay — Hudson — Stephens — Brown — Cameron — Taylor  — Creece — Druce –Sutcliffe — Edwards — Evans — Blyth –Hunter  — James — Jantzen — Lamont — Lawn — Leigh — Luxton — Morison — Obrien — Hayward  — Brady — Kroger  — Tait — Andrews  —  Harmer  — Jennings — Cribbs — Firth — Heward — Stevens — Walker  — Collier  — Dumergue — Gray — Hobbs — Shears — Ward — Barr  — Bartlett  — Brady — Edge — Brockwell  — Capon —  Charmen — Fagg — Feldman — Fuller — Golightley — Howard — Marshman —  Mckee — Walker  — Watson —  Winter  — Zada

As time permits I will post a reply to any questions I receive below

  • 10/2022  The last flood that affected the whole town 1951-52.  In 1995 there was a high river flow that eroded the Ocean Grove river bank at the bridge. There have been a number of minor flooding events due to heavy rain fall or lack of drainage.