THE two white brick pillars sitting in grand isolation in Ramsay Boulevard, Inverloch, are a sharp reminder of Pine Lodge’s demise in 1985, with the Inverloch Historical Society hoping the new owners will preserve this piece of history.
The society would like to see the influential masterpiece preserved to retain a piece of Inverloch’s history within the township.
The Inverloch Historical Society’s John Hutchinson and Ray Burtt say the society continues to catalogue, protect and archive the growing collection of historical artefacts.
They say the fame of Pine Lodge goes beyond Bass Coast and Gippsland, adding that its infrastructure and vision was one to remember during the Great Depression.
The original owner, Cal Wyeth, who trained as a pilot in World War I – used his wealth during the 1930s to create job opportunities for those in Inverloch during the Great Depression, employing anyone from contractors to housekeepers. The country club was a fine part of history.
“The land was sold off when Cal Wyeth was 83 and today has been subdivided by developers,” said John.
The council’s in discussions with the society about placing a plaque on the pillars if the new owners were in agreeance to preserve them.
“Cal built it for the rich; ministers and prime ministers would visit for holidays and it was even remembered as a honeymoon destination for newlyweds,” said Ray.
Pine Lodge offered tennis, golf, shooting and swimming for its guests and in 1930 it was around $20 a night – quite an expense in those days.
The Inverloch Historical Society and its 60 members are searching for the new owners to see if they will agree to preserve this piece of history.