Acknowledgement of Country
This website contains stories of towns established on the land of the Bengalat balug of the Wadawurrung people. We acknowledge them as the Traditional Owners of these lands and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and Aboriginal Elders of other communities who read these stories.
Several interviews include copies of photographs sourced from either:
• the person being interviewed,
• The Bellarine Historical Society (https://www.bellarinehistory.org)
• Barwon Heads Association. (https://www.barwonheadsassociation.com/new-site/heritage/)
Bruce Priddle was born and raised in Queenscliff where he became a very important part of the community.
Bruce built many of the houses in Queenscliff and eventually owned the local hardware shop. He played the Drums in his father’s dance band - The Les Priddle Dance Band - which entertained the citizens of Queenscliff and the many visitors to the town for many years.
Bruce was part of almost every organisation in the town- The Fire Brigade, the Life Boats, Football club, Cricket club, and Police and Citizens Boys club.
In 1981 Bruce received the Community Award from the Borough of Queenscliff in recognition of his community involvement.
Many of the images in Bruce's interview we're obtained from Queenscliff - 1838 - 1998 (Ian Hawthorne)