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Robert Pockley Studio 

I found very little on the web concerning Robert Pockley, apart from the fact that he operated a photographic studio in Geelong from 1942 to 1973; initially located at 132a Moorabool Street and later on Malop Street. I'd love to hear from anyone who can contribute to this page.

A perusal of the 84 images in the National Library of Australia TROVE Gallery will indicate the extent of Robert Pockley's wide-ranging photographic endeavours.  

The above picture of the Fyansford Cement Works taken during the 1980s is one of the few coloured images in my Pockley collection. The image below Ca 1940 is more typical of his work.

For more Robert Pockley images see Page 1


For more Weston Langford images see Page 1 and Page 2.

While the majority of Weston's images are black & white photos of engines and related railway superstructure, I especially appreciate what is often of secondary importance (see farmhouse in picture below). 

Weston Langford Railway Photography is the source to go to. 

The website, built and maintained by Weston's son-in-law, Andrew Godfrey,  contains 38,325 photos by Weston Langford. It has a marvelous search facility. A search for “Fyansford” revealed 73 photos spanning the years 1958 – 2013.

But, for a more personal insight into Weston, I refer you to a 2014 article by Adrian Gunzburg

Weston Langford  ~ 1941 – 2014

“Weston Langford, born in 1941, has always had an abiding interest in railways, even from times before he can remember... No one in his immediate family had anything to do with railways... For Weston railways were both a vocation and an outside interest as well... He was a foundation member of the Association of Railway Enthusiasts..."  Weston Langford Railway Photography


For more J. Lockwood images see Page 1.

J. Lockwood Studios

J. Lockwood operated from photographic studios located in Moorabool street, Geelong, from 1908 to 1931 specialising in local landmarks, items and occasions of community interest, group and individual portraits (including studio portraits of aboriginal groups in 'traditional' attire). I cannot ascertain any information of a personal nature of

J. Lockwood and would appreciate hearing from anyone with information to share.

The National Library of Australia TROVE Gallery contains an impressive collection of 819 Lockwood images.


Fred Kruger ~ 1831 - 1888

I refer viewers to the excellent essay on Fred Kruger by Jennie Boddington for NGV (1980)

"... Apart from these few records, we have only the evidence of the photographs, which provide the most comprehensive information in our collection to date as to how Victoria looked around the 1880s; alas, they do not give so clear a picture of the life of Kruger, the man, as of the colonial society in which he lived..."

"... In View on the Moorabool River, Batesford (fig. 1), the lower corner, separated from the trees and rocky hillside by the river, is used to display a lad in knickerbockers, a wicker three-wheeled pram, a woman, and at the lower edge of the picture a man seated in a flying fox contraption, which he is holding firmly to prevent it taking off across the river and thus blurring its outline by movement during the exposure...."

If you'd like to see more of Kruger's work, the best resource is the National Library of Australia TROVE Gallery which contains 503 images.


                                                    Or even, see Page 1


For one of the online Rail resources you can't do better than visit

the Brown Family Web Page. Here you will find links to:

Les Brown


I love Les Brown's words; so honest and to the point.

"...So here is my collection and it's my gift to the future. They're not all pretty pictures because I have published the complete roll of film including the blurred, the obscured and the accidental - in fact anything that might be of some interest. It's a true "warts and all" view with a few good shots in there with the bad and the just plain ugly. I hope you start your own collection. Photograph everything. Soon enough, it too will be gone. History needs to be recorded, because if we don’t know the direction we came from, we have no way of knowing where we are heading"

1999     Published on 15 Feb 2018

Telly news bulletins announce the closure of the Geelong Cement works

1999 and the news is - the Geelong Cement works will be closed in 2000. Mr.Bill Shorten, the then AWU rep., attempts to intercede in parent company Adelaide Brighton's decision. The then Victorian premier Mr.Jeff Kennett takes a slightly different tack . But, alas, to no avail…..


2001     Published on 15 Feb 2018

The Geelong Cement Retirees' Museum has an Open Day- 25 April 2001 part 1

In 2001, the Geelong Cement Retirees' Museum faced closure and so a concerted effort by its custodians and many supporters was mounted to publicise its existance and extensive and varied collection….


2001     Published on 15 Feb 2018

Geelong Cement Retirees' Museum has an Open Day- 25 April 2001 part 2

An Open Day on ANZAC Day,2001, “… did a great deal to assist and the numerous comments from visitors on the collection, and especially the excellent manner of the displays, suggested the museum's future was assured”. But, alas this wasn’t to be the case.


2001       Published on 15 Feb 2018

A guided tour of the Geelong Cement Retirees' Museum- 23 April 2001

On Monday night, 23 April, 2001, museum curator, Max Parker, former manager at the APCL/Geelong-Adelaide Brighton Cement's limestone quarry at Batesford, took a family on a guided tour of the collection housed in the Geelong Cement Retirees' Museum, Herne Hill, Geelong, the former Geelong Orphange


2001        Published on 15 Feb 2018

Another guided tour of the Geelong Cement Retirees' Museum- May, 2001    

Museum curator, Max Parker, shows visitors the collection, housed in the Geelong Cement Retirees' Museum, Herne Hill, Geelong, the former Geelong Orphange. The museum was open regularly on Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings. It was closed in late 2013 and the collection dispersed.


2001         Published on 18 Feb 2018

July 2001: A four-day auction will be held at the Geelong Cement's Fyansford works

In 2001, a series of disposal auctions was conducted at the site of the closed-down Geelong- Adelaide Brighton Cement works at Fyansford, Geelong: July 3 to 6; August 14 to 15. The video attempts to capture some of the atmosphere, including random scenes of the now very quiet- and non-polluting works.


Ca 2013         Published on 15 Feb 2018

3ft 6in gauge rail operation at Australian Portland Cement Ltd , Geelong

The method of supplying limestone from the Batesford quarry to the APCL works at Fyansford went through four main phases: * horse and cart * buckets suspended on an aerial ropeway * rail * multi-conveyor belt. The video depicts the method in which rail wagons hauling the mined limestone were shunted and emptied.

2015         Published on 17 Jan 2015

Australian Portland Cement Ltd., Fyansford, Geelong

'Using our resources wisely' - A video produced in the early to mid-1990s by Adelaide Brighton Cement Ltd., demonstrating responsible practices in industrial waste management. Aerial views show the Geelong West and Fyansford works prior to their decommissioning in 1999-2000 and demolition soon after. 


Andreas, thanks for keeping me-up-to-date. Much appreciated!

To see Andreas' collection visit his Page


Jo Mitchell


A fine example of Jo's photographic skill can be seen in the gallery below.

This collection featured on my Under the Spotlight page:

 "Moorabool River ~ Alternate Perspectives".

Moorabool River ~ Alternate Perspectives (From Barwon Blog)

"On Saturday I decided to investigate a section of the Moorabool River which I had not yet seen - by kayak. I knew there would be obstacles, rocky sections and probably fallen trees and that at this time of year, water levels would be low. Boy, was I right! But that was only the beginning.
The section in question was the 10km stretch of river between Batesford and Fyansford which in recent decades has had an interesting history which I wasn't fully aware of before we began our paddle." (Jo Mitchell)

Azolla carpeting the surface of the river

near the Moorabool River Reserve

Moorabool paddle

Log and rock jam

Paddling really wasn't an option here

"After negotiating the rocks, weed and fallen branches in the section of the Moorabool directly below Batesford during our "paddle" on Saturday, we emerged to find ourselves confronted instead by a manmade obstacle. On the bank above us was a handrail following what looked like a pathway. In the river were large chunks of broken concrete and a little further downstream, the bank was lined with concrete and bluestone."

(Jo Mitchell)

A pretty little pocket amongst the reeds

A series of five small weirs in the channel

Concrete-lined channel above site of first quarry

The concrete appears to have broken away

.. pathway with handrail and chunks of concrete

High-walled channel

"The final part of Saturday's expedition was less of a paddle and more of a hike - towing the kayaks up and down the rather steep banks of the Moorabool River at this point. After a rocky start to our paddle from Batesford Bridge followed by a relatively easy 3km section in which we traversed the re-routed section of the river around Batesford Quarry, we exited the formed channel and almost immediately found ourselves confronted by an almost impenetrable wall of reeds.(Jo Mitchell)

Into the reeds

Lewis Bandt Bridge, Geelong Ring Road

Old Monier bridge at Fyansford

Overlooking the site of the trestle bridge

Pool in the Moorabool below the Ring Road

The places junk can end up!

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Charles Norton

Near Fyansford, 1846 State Library of Victoria

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A pretty little pocket amongst the reeds