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By Linda Cuttriss, April 2017
Retired dairy farmer Len Cuttriss is remem-
bered as a kind and generous man who con-
tributed to the town of Inverloch in many ways,
over many years. Len passed away peacefully
in Wonthaggi Hospital on 13 November 2016 at
the age of 89.
Len Cuttriss was born in Werribee on Octo -
ber 17, 1927 to John (Jack) and Daisy Cuttriss
who operated a market garden on their sol-
dier’s settlement farm at Werribee South.
Len was 17 years old when Jack moved
his family to his home town of Inverloch and
bought a farmlet next to his brother Percy’s
farm on land between Screw Creek and the
road now known as Cuttriss Street. Jack later
bought a 300-acre bush block on the Leongatha
Road, seven kilometres from Inverloch for his
sons Len and Alf to run a dairy farm.
Despite the hard work and long hours spent
clearing the scrub, establishing the farm and
raising a young family with wife Irene, Len was
always there to help fight a fire whenever the
alarm was raised. He was a volunteer with the
Inverloch CFA Fire Brigade for 45 years and
Captain for over 10.
When his children went off to primary school,
Len found time to be an active member of the
Inverloch Primary School Committee, on week-
ends helping out on working bees to improve
the school grounds.
Len was a good planner and always open to
new ideas which were applied to the productive,
well-run dairy farm he developed with his broth-
er. He was at the forefront of best practice in land
management and was instrumental in the found-
ing of the Andersons Inlet Landcare Group.
In the early 1990s, Len did tractor work at
the Inverloch Pioneer Cemetery, clearing the
blackberries and scrub which had overgrown
the site. He became a long-time member of the
Inverloch Cemetery Trust and was president
for 15 years.
In retirement there was golf, woodturning,
Probus, the Historical Society, the Cemetery
Trust, holidays in the 4WD, the caravan and
later weekends in the motor home with The
Gippslanders. Always one to lend a hand, he
delivered Meals on Wheels with Irene until he
Len was proud of his pioneering heritage and
in his early 70s he decided to write a local his-
tory about the Cuttriss family in the early days
of Inverloch. Len’s great-grandfather John Wain
was one of the first to select land in the district
and around 1878 selected land on Townsend
Bluff. Wain’s daughter Ellen married Alfred
Cuttriss in 1881 and together they operated
livery stables for travellers from Tarwin Lower
while waiting for low tide to cross the ford at
Screw Creek. After giving birth to five children,
Ellen passed away in 1891, the first person to
be buried at Inverloch Cemetery.
Len’s first booklet ‘The History of the Cuttriss
Family’ was followed up several years later by
‘The History of Cuttriss Street, Inverloch’. The
booklets provide interesting insights into the
early history of the area and both are now avail-
able for loan from Inverloch Library and Won-
thaggi Library. Reference copies are also held
in the West Gippsland Regional Libraries’ Local
History Collection at Leongatha.
Len made a significant contribution to his
community, but above-all he was a loving, car-
ing family man. Len is survived by his wife
Irene, three children, seven grandchildren and
Len Cuttriss leaves a lasting legacy
Inverloch CFA circa 1965 with Len Cuttriss, Captain third from right. Pictured were, from
left, top Lieut C Beekhuizen, F/m Ron Drowley, F/m Ray Drowley, truck, F/m Eric Hamilton,
front, F/m E Cameron, F/m Bernie Banks, A/officer Alf Cuttriss, F/m Tom Taylor, Lieut J
Drowley, Capt Len Cuttriss, Pres H Drowley and Sec M Pryor.
Len Cuttriss at Screw Creek in 2015.
EASTER Monday marked the official end
to the patrolling season for the Inverloch
Surf Life Saving Club.
“Pre - season in November was a challeng-
ing time with the club and the council fi-
nally coming to an agreement to allow the
patrol tower to be moved westerly along
the beach and a new access track to the
beach being constructed in readiness for
the first patrol of the season, ” club captain
Rachel Fraser said.
“It proved to be a positive outcome for
beachgoers with large numbers of holiday
makers giving good feedback as they made
the most of the good weather and visiting
the surf beach. ”
The club’s 83 patrolling members were
rostered onto four patrols with many of the
younger members willing to take on new
responsibilities and roles on patrol.
Patrols were boosted during January
with 20 Nippers gaining their Surf Rescue
Certificates and a Bronze Medallion course
specifically aimed at members’ parents.
“ We were pleased that the club had no
major incidents to attend to, but patrollers
were kept busy with plenty of preventative
actions and first aid assistance, ” Rachel
The club also provided first aid and wa-
ter safety volunteers at community events
including the Inverloch triathlon, jazz festi-
val and January Yacht Club regatta.
The club assisted with the Disabled Surf-
ers Association event run in February with
the promise that the surfers will be return-
ing next year.
The Nippers program continues to be
popular with the under 7 to under 14 age
group. Seven of the Bronze members were
candidates at the Bass Development camp,
where they had the opportunity to build
on their existing skills with classroom and
scenario based sessions.
The surf lifesaving crew at Inverloch are, from left, Jess Major (Patrol Captain), Abby
Edwards (front) and Beth Dewhurst.
comes to an end
GIPPSLAND is one step closer to another drug
rehabilitation service after the State Government
announced $9.7 million in funding to acquire
land to build an up to 18 bed residential drug
In the next 12 months the government will
consult with the local community to determine
a suitable and appropriate site
“Ice use continues to have a significant and ter-
rible impact on Gippsland's communities, work-
places, families and individuals,” Member for
Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said.
“This investment will enable a local facility to
be built for ice users to beat their addictions and
for their families to get much-needed support
closer to home.
“To ensure this facility is located where it can
make the greatest difference, we will work closely
with Gippsland communities and organisations
over the next year to find the most suitable site.”
Funding for rehab centre
RONA and Laurie Black would like to thank
the Wonthaggi community for donating more
than 200 warm coats and jackets, which will be
distributed to the homeless as part of the Off
Your Back campaign.
After the success of last year’s campaign, the
couple decided to start the coat drive earlier
this year and were once again overwhelmed by
the generosity of the community.
Rona said she was thrilled with the response
to their call for donations.
“It’s important for a small town to do some-
thing like this, to make people be a bit kinder
towards each other,” she said.
“I’d like to make a special mention to an 87
year-old lady from Korumburra who made an
effort to bring coats over.”
The pair would like to thank South Coast
Laundry Services for donating bags to trans-
port the jackets to Melbourne.
The coats and jackets were delivered to the
Tonic Australia shop at Elsternwick, where
owner Toni Joel ensures they are delivered to
those in need.
Rona and Laurie Black have once again been overwhelmed by the generosity of the Wont-
haggi community, which saw the pair collect over 200 warm coats and jackets to be distrib-
uted to the homeless in time for winter. rg071817
Wonthaggi does it again
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