Unknown family of a woman, a bearded man, five girls and possibly the youngest child, a boy with dog standing in front of a timber house with paling fence at the side. This photo also appears in "The Christmas Hills Story: once around the sugarloaf 11" by Mick Woiwod (2010). It is captioned: William Smith and family in front of their recently completed Christmas Hills home in the late 1890s.
This photo forms part of a collection of photographs gathered by the Shire of Eltham for their centenary project book,"Pioneers and Painters: 100 years of the Shire of Eltham" by Alan Marshall (1971). The collection of over 500 images is held in partnership between Eltham District Historical Society and Yarra Plenty Regional Library (Eltham Library) and is now formally known as the 'The Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph Collection.'
It is significant in being the first community sourced collection representing the places and people of the Shire's first one hundred years.