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Folder - Basil Hall

From the Collection of Eltham District Historical Society Inc 728 Main Rd Eltham Victoria

Original newspaper article
Photocopies, 12 pages.
Object Registration
harry gilham collection, shire of eltham war memorial, eltham war memorial, war memorial tower, basil hall, reminiscences, panton hill, hurstbridge, picnicing, rabbiting, watson's creek, macpherson robertson, shannon family, shanhun family, mclaughlin family, graham mcinnes
Historical information
Original newspaper article from "The Age" May 11, 1963. Place with a view at Kangaroo Ground by Basil Hall about the construction of the War memorial. The Hall family resided at "Fairview" Panton Hill in the 1920s. Hall was a Eltham Shire Councilor in the 1920s and was associated with the Eltham Shire war Memorial Tower.

Photocopies from "The Road to Gundagi" by Graham McInnes (Hamish Hamilton, 1965), Chapter 9 pages 132 - 153 an autobiography in which the author reminiscences about visiting the Hall family at "Fairview" in Panton Hill as a child. References also to Watson's Creek where MacPherson Robertson ("The Chocolate King") had a summer home, the Shannons, Shanhun and McLaughlin familes. Includes description of the day that Hurstbridge was declared a township (May 26th, 1924), a ralway journey, picnics and rabbiting.

McInnes' reminiscences about the periods of his childhood spent visiitng the Hall family in Panton Hill in the 1920s are a rare first hand glimpse into the recreational, social and municipal life in the 1920s within the this rural area within the Shire of Eltham. "Road to Gundagi" was the first of three widely acclaimed autobiographies.
Inscriptions & Markings
HG Booklet 36
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29 Mar 2020 at 1:22PM