This photo of the railway picnic at Torquay beach was taken about 1930.
This photo of the railway picnic at Torquay beach was taken about 1930. Courtesy of Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum

Bus known as 'the jelly and custard' due to colour scheme

THESE panoramas provide a glimpse of Hervey Bay in the 1930s and 1950s.

A Torquay Beach scene, taken from the old Torquay jetty, shows the bath houses scattered along the beach.

Built by residents as their personal changing sheds, the houses were used by people to change into their bathing costumes so they could run across the beach to the sea and swim - modesty was a virtue in those days.

The Urangan Hotel, opposite Dayman Park.
The Urangan Hotel, opposite Dayman Park. Contributed

The photograph of the Urangan Hotel, opposite Dayman Park, was destroyed by fire and replaced by a unit complex.

Interestingly, the corner store on the left is still there, as is the store on the right hand side - and the Urangan Pier is visible in the background.

Many locals will also remember the bus pictured, commonly referred to as "the jelly and custard" because of its colour scheme.

Officeworks corner of Torquay Road and Taylor Street, Pialba.
Officeworks corner of Torquay Road and Taylor Street, Pialba. Contributed

Now the site of Officeworks in Hervey Bay, the corner of Torquay Rd and Taylor St was once the Bromily family home.

Taylor St, on the left, was a gravel track leading to the mangrove flats near today's oval, while Torquay Rd, on the right, was the main connecting road between Pialba and Scarness, before the Esplanade across Tooan Tooan Creek was built.

The newly published book produced by the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum, Hervey Bay: The First 150 Years, contains many such historic photographs in 200 pages of stories and tales of Hervey Bay.

It is set to be launched at the 150th celebrations at the Hervey Bay Museum, Zephyr St, Scarness on September 29.



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