Jan Juc, Victoria

Jan Juc is a suburb of Torquay, Victoria. At the 2016 census, Jan Juc had a population of 3,683.[1]

History

Nearby Bellbrae was originally called Jan Juc but was renamed in 1923, so the Jan Juc Post Office, which opened on 25 January 1862, was in fact in Bellbrae.[2] There has never been a post office in the current Jan Juc.

As of 2009, housing estates almost link Jan Juc to adjacent Torquay, across the Spring Creek. Along with many other parts of the Surf Coast, increasing popularity is placing pressure on the coastal environment.[citation needed]

Jan Juc beach

The Jan Juc beach lies between Rocky Point to the east and Bird Rock to the west, and is bounded by high cliffs, apart from the middle where an ephemeral creek enters Bass Strait through sand dunes. The beach is patrolled during summer months by the Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club.

In the late 1990s, a surfer found the fossilised remains of an extinct genus of whale on a beach near Jan Juc. It was named Janjucetus hunderi, after the location.[3]

Notable residents

  • Musician Xavier Rudd[4]
  • Captain of the Port Adelaide AFL football team Travis Boak
  • Local enforcer of the AHA Pub game/Professional punter Jimmy Ryan Currently off scratch at his local Punters Club, CEO and founder of JR Solutions and famous for his phrase of “tingle on the tongue”

Sport

Jan Juc has a Surf Life Saving Club which includes a junior “Nippers” program. The Jan Juc
Sharks cricket club has eight junior teams and four senior teams that compete in the Geelong Junior Cricket Association and the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association respectively. Jan Juc Boardriders is the local surfing club.

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). “Jan Juc (State Suburb)”. 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2017-11-16. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. “Post Office List”. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  3. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s1715433.htm
  4. ^ Peter Farago (February 21, 2009). “Xavier Rudd protest at Torquay”. Retrieved 4 December 2009.

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