From the 1920s to today

North Shore and Norlane Stories

Welcome to the North Shore and Norlane Stories’ website.

North Shore is an outer northern suburb of the Australian city of Geelong which is located on the southern shore of Corio Bay. Unsurprisingly North Shore is so named because it is situated on the northern shore of the bay.

North Shore developed as a major industrial area from the 1920s with the establishment of the following major factories: Ford Motor Company 1926, Pivot Phosphate Co-operative Company 1927, Corio Distillery 1929 and International Harvester Company 1939. Pivot established a large number of company houses for its staff and the Distillery built six cottages for its brewers and excise officers along the front of its property in Seabeach Parade.

In 1946 the area of North Shore west of the railway line was renamed Norlane when it was established as a separate postal district.

The primary purpose of this website is to provide a medium for the recording of the stories of the families who lived in North Shore in the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. However, if your family was here in later decades or lived in Norlane following the “explosion” of the Housing Commission construction, you too are warmly invited to contribute your story and photos.

As well, the website contains articles about the clubs and organisations that operate in the district and you are invited to add to this section. There are also newspaper articles, electoral rolls, telephone listings and rate books data.

There is also some information about Corio and Lovely Banks, especially in the Electoral Rolls.

A good starting point is to click on FAMILY STORIES above and then click on RESIDENTS IN NORTH SHORE. You will be able to scroll through all the streets and homes in North Shore up until about the late 1940s and learn something of the families that lived in each home. This document was last updated on 10 November 2015.

Please contact me at P.O. Box 610, Gisborne Vic 3437 or at (03) 5428 2795 or via bryanp2@bigpond.com and I will arrange to have your family’s story recorded on this website.

Bryan Power

I am the son of Joe and Tas Power. Joe was an industrial chemist with Pivot at North Shore from 1931 to 1965.

The photograph above is of Mrs Mary Bickerton in the family Swift outside her home in Myrtle Grove in the 1930s.


David Dumbrell's story was added in November 2015.

Nelly Spitty died in 2014.

Iain Davie died in September 2014.

Malcolm Leszczynski died in September 2015.

Mary Sturrock (nee Bickerton), who grew up at No 7 Myrtle Grove, died in September 2015.

More newspaper articles have been added to the pre 1900 pages.

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