Point Henry – immigration and tourist mecca!

Point Henry near Geelong in Victoria would have to be my absolute favourite subject when giving talks to Local or Family History Groups.  When I first found this image I thought it was a fancy toilet in the Bellarine Gardens but soon discovered it was the Camera Obscura at the Point Henry Tea Gardens.

My talk on Point Henry covers both Local and Family History – and there are things about Point Henry you have probably never heard about!

The talk on Point Henry, complete with plenty of maps and photos, will be on Wednesday 21st February, 2018, from 1.00 – 2.00 pm followed by a cuppa and chat.  Location: Kings Chapel, 130 Bellarine Highway Newcomb.  There is plenty of free off-street parking in the grounds.

Here’s your chance – it’s totally free but you DO need to book:

Kings Funerals in Geelong are hosting four talks this year – the full program can be found on their web site.

I hope to see your there – you’ll enjoy it.



  1. Wish I could come 😊 As a kiddie, Dad would take us down to the beach there (pre-Alcoa days), and it was at Pt Henry that William Humble arrived from Melbourne to set himself up in business in Geelong. According to legend he walked from there to Geelong — imagine telling people today they had to do that!

    Cheers, Geoff


    The Rev’d Geoffrey Humble


    Anglican Parish of Mortlake

    St James’ Rectory

    42 Shaw Street

    (PO Box 207)

    Mortlake, Victoria 3272


    Ph: (03) 5599 2740

    Email: geoffreyhumble@hotmail.com



    • Thanks Chris – would you believe I gave my Point Henry talk for the NT Genealogical Society and the entire (large) audience had ancestors / family who arrived in Victoria at Point Henry! It was the stepping off point for the gold fields, the western districts and many points beyond. A large percentage of shipss and arriving in the colonies during the 1850s and 1860s came to Port Phillip / Victoria because people wanted to go to the goldfields. There was a LOT of activity in the region.

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