Historical information

The Armitstead family's first woodyard in Surrey Hills was located in Croydon Road but later they moved to 153-157 Union Road, Surrey Hills. The business delivered timber and briquettes for heating to homes in the local area but also blocks of ice in the days before refrigerators were a usual household appliance. The timber was unloaded from railway trucks at a siding at Surrey Hills station; some came from the Armitstead's property of 130 acres of timbered land near Killara. They also sold mallee roots and briquettes.

Physical description

A vertical file containing the following documents:
1. Land Victoria map of Surrey Hills including Union Road from Bedford Street to Montrose Street, showing location of woodyard (undated) (1 A3 page).
2. Possibly ‘Sun’ article ‘When Surrey Hills ran short of wood’, Michael Sefton (undated) (1 page).
3. Plaque for the red mechanism of the weighbridge at Centre, by convenor, Surrey Hills Heritage Group, 12.11.2002 (1 page).
4. Pooley and Sons weighbridge, notes by Dennis Armstrong, in email to Sue Barnett, 4.4.2013 (2 pages).
5. Laminated diagram and notes by Ken Hall re weighbridge from Armitstead’s woodyard, and photocopy, undated (3 pages).
6. ‘Armitstead’s woodyard’ 153-7 Union Road (now Neighbourhood Centre), typed Progress Leader article, 13.1.1982 (2 pages).