April A-Z Challenge: J for Jan Juc
I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.
J is for Jan Juc, a small seaside town on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. With a permanent population of about 3000. In summer the population is much higher, as it becomes a very highly desirable beachside holiday spot.
As far back as 1860, people from Melbourne and Geelong would visit the beach at Jan Juc. By 1880, the area began to be permanently populated. In 1970, Jan Juc began to boom with a huge housing boom, bringing permanent residents to the area.
The Jan Juc beach is a beautiful beach with it’s high limestone cliffs and many sand dunes. However this surf beach is more suitable for experienced swimmers and surfers as it is known for strong rips and sharks.
There are many rocks beneath the water, which also can cause danger. In the 19th century, many ships were wrecked on the rocks.