Historical information

The Eltham Community and Reception Centre was Australia's first public mud-brick building. Commissioned in 1977 by Eltham Shire Council, led by Shire president (and architect) Robert Marshall, architects Whitford and Peck were asked to design a multipurpose facility in mud-brick and timber. The official opening was performed by the Hon. R.J. Hamer; E.D., M.P., Premier of Victorai on Saturday, April 22, 1978.

Architects: Whitford & Peck Pty Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: D.J. Cant & Associates
Structural Civil Engineers: Charlett & Moore Pty Ltd
Landscape: Peter Glass, Dennis Edwards
Mech Elec: Lobley Treidel & Partners Pty Ltd
Acoustics: Riley Barden & Kirkhope
Builder: L.U. Simon Pty Ltd

Covered under Heritage Overlay, Nillumbik Planning Scheme.

Published: Nillumbik Now and Then /‚Äč Marguerite Marshall 2008; photographs Alan King with Marguerite Marshall.; p177


This collection of almost 130 photos about places and people within the Shire of Nillumbik, an urban and rural municipality in Melbourne's north, contributes to an understanding of the history of the Shire. Published in 2008 immediately prior to the Black Saturday bushfires of February 7, 2009, it documents sites that were impacted, and in some cases destroyed by the fires. It includes photographs taken especially for the publication, creating a unique time capsule representing the Shire in the early 21st century. It remains the most recent comprehenesive publication devoted to the Shire's history connecting local residents to the past.

Physical description

Born digital image file