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Eltham District Historical Society Inc Eltham, Victoria

Our Society encourages interest in the local history of the Eltham district in Victoria, Australia

Society activities include a regular program of heritage walks, meetings, workshops on preservation of historical records and memorabilia, as well as provision of displays, presentations and information on related matters

Visitors and new members are always welcome

History is not the stories told by others but the stories told by us

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PO Box 137 Eltham Victoria 3095 (map)
phone
+61 0409 021 063

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Opening Hours

By appointment only; contact [email protected]

Location

728 Main Rd Eltham Victoria

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The Eltham District Historical Society currently holds material relating to the former Shire of Eltham, the boundaries of which now overlap with other local Historical Societies. The Society will collect research material (and in some cases items of historical significance) relating to the Eltham District (Eltham, Eltham North, Research, Kangaroo Ground, Montmorency, Briar Hill and Lower Plenty) but may also include material pertinent to the history of Victoria where relevant to the understanding of our local history including pre-European settlement. Themes included cover:

Local people
Domestic life
Working life
Education
Recreation, economic and social conditions
Art and culture
Births, deaths and marriages
Cemeteries
Townships, urban and rural development
Built environment
Natural environment
Local government
Local industry, services and transport
Monuments
Community groups and organisations

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Photograph - Shire of Eltham display at the 1987 Eltham Community Festival, 7 November 1987.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph - Fire, Laughing Waters Area

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph of burnt out tree stump, Laughing Waters Road area, Eltham 1965

Photograph - Constable W.C. Sargeant and Mrs Sargeant

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Glued on a brown paper scrapbook page (torn from scrapbook) with 9 black and white/sepia photos of varying sizes, 1 newspaper clipping and handwritten captions in ink.

Historical information

Pages from a scrapbook belonging to Heather Jenkins (nee Sargeant) who lived as a child in the Police Residence at 728 Main Road, Eltham in the 1920s.

Significance

Heather Sargeant was the daughter of Constable W.C. Sargeant, the local police officer in residence at Eltham, 1922-1927

Inscriptions & Markings

On verso in pencil "Const. W.C. Sargeant 1922-1927 - see Police list"

Photograph - Compacting bitumen on driveway crossing, road construction, Ryans Road, Eltham North, 1983

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Originally contained in a 'magnetic' photo album believed to have been donated by Mr Eric Stephenson, Jingalong, 110 Ryans Road, Eltham, Vic. 3095; relocated to archival safe storage.

Photograph - Main Road, Eltham near Colemans Corner

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Five colour photographs of looking south towards Eltham Shopping Centre at the intersection with Wattletree Road formerly known as Colemans Corner.

Folder - Thomas E. Johnston

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on Thomas E Johnston, Teacher, Eltham 1850s

Photograph - Mudbrick house, possibly St Andrews area, c. Feb 2002

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 10 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-6

Photograph - Christian Kuhlmann presents his song "Lest We Regret"; Eltham Community Town Hall Meeting, Eltham Senior Citizen's Centre, 9 December 2018

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born digital image

Historical information

Approx 180-200 people attended a second information meeting regarding the Shire of Nillumbik's proposed development/sale of 895 and 903-907 Main Road followed by a group protest photo shoot on Main Road outside the Eltham War Memorial

Photograph - Eltham - Tennis Group.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Mrs. G. Tonkinson, 293 Bolton St., Eltham

Significance

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.

Photograph - Kangaroo Ground Presbyterian Church, c.1980

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 2 strips

Historical information

Kangaroo Ground Presbyterian Church looking south west from cnr of Graham Road and Eltham-Yarra Glen Road

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Safety 5035

Photograph - Semester 1 Tutor Party, Eltham Living and Learning Centre, 23 May 1988

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm black and white negative film, 6 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Ilford FP4

Photograph - Gwen and Gordon Ford's home, Pitt Street, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 10 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-6

Photograph - Yarra Glen Railway Station, 1991

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy of colour photograph

Photograph - General Store, Research

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital file - scanned from print on loan to EDHS

Historical information

Open Day held to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Local History Centre (12 July 1998) and opening of the replica Police Station as part of the Local History Centre. The day also marked the opening of the Society's free street library, the Little Eltham Library styled off the orighinal Eltham Police station and named in honour of the original name of the area, Little Eltham

Photograph - Jack Hodson, Opal Smith and Bruce Ness, Eltham Festival Community Parade, 11 November, 1989

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

[from a contemporary report:] The Shire of Eltham District Society's Parade float theme for 1989 was gold mining which, of course, was a most important aspect of our early history. Bruce Ness assembled the float with items loaned by Warrandyte Historical Society and quite a bit of his own ingenuity. Phyllis MacDonald also arranged for the Victorian Folk Music Club to provide us with appropriate musical accompaniment. To provide a level of authenticity, a present day prospector, Jack Hodson, was in charge of the equipment on the float. The parade assembled in Youth Road and commenced at 10:30am.

Photograph - Eltham Local History Centre Open Day, 4 March 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Re-opening Ceremony Newly refurbished Eltham Local History Centre Open Day, 4 March 2017 Celebrating 50 years of the Society 1967-2017

Photograph - Hitachi train, Eltham Railway Station, 1983

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy of colour photograph

Photograph - Kangaroo Ground. Pigeon Bank. Home of Mr. and Mrs. Menzies Jackson, 1971.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Leader Publishing Co.

Significance

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.

Photograph - Eastern Region Conference, May 2008; hosted by Eltham District Historical Society at old Eltham Courthouse

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Book - The Victorian Local Government Handbook by F. H. Lonie, eighth edition by Kenneth H. Gifford and I. H. M. Lonie

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Red hardcover. 256 p,

Historical information

The Victorian Local Government Handbook was first devised by Frank Lonie in 1936. It was designed to help the layman (Councillors and their Senior Officers) be introduced to and understand the Local Government Act. This copy is the eighth edition.

Significance

This book adds the Eltham District Historical Society's "Shire of Eltham" civic collection. It is significant in that it adds context to the understanding of other items in the collection, especially for the 1936-1974 era.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover stamp: Return to Chief Administrator Shire of Eltham

Photograph - 25 Brougham Street, Eltham, July 2009

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Folder - Kaylock Family

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on Kaylock family Eltham 1860s

Photograph - Bolton Street, Eltham, October 2005

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph - Mr. Harry Thomson, "The Oaks", Kinglake, Raspberry Garden.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Mrs. McMinn, Kinglake

Significance

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.

Photograph - Water reticulation trench being dug for Windmill Palms, viewed from top of War Memorial Tower, Kangaroo Ground

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

(Contained in an album originally put together by Harry Gilham. Photos subsequently relocated to photosafe archival storage.) [2001]

Book - Golden Days on the Caledonian Diggings: the diaries of Thomas Young of Kangaroo Ground, Panton Hill and Christmas Hills, compiled by Mick Woiwod

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

v. : ill. 69 p 30 cm

Historical information

The original diaries, (1859-1866,1895-1900) of Thomas Young discovered by a Young descendant have been transcribed with the author adding his own research and historical photographs. The diary sheds light on the lives of prospectors who worked the Caledonian goldfields in the 1860s, including St Andrews and Smiths Gully. Thomas Young, migrated from Scotland and moved to the goldfields in 1858. He carted ore by horse and dray from mines around St Andrews to crushers in Panton Hill and Smiths Gully. He later became a baker. He and his wife Bridget had eleven children. He later settled at Christmas Hills establishing the local store and school. See also: "Old Diary Strikes Old" by Natalie Birch, Diamond Valley Leader August 17 2005

Significance

The diary provides a rare first-hand account of life on the Caledonian goldfields.

Inscriptions & Markings

[written inside front cover] To my very good friend Harry Gilham - Mick Woiwod 25th August 2005

Photograph - Main Road Eltham looking south near Diamond Street, c.1960

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph of Main Road, Eltham, looking south from north of Diamond Street, c.1960

Scrapbook Album - The Colour and Texture of Eltham, 1997

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Scrapbook album approx 40 x 30 x 4 cm, black hardcovers and 36 double page openings, numerous blank pages.

Historical information

Put together by a member of the Eltham Community Action Group in participation with various artists, writers, local business people and other local citizens and sent to Minister Maclellan, Planning Minister in the Kennet Government in protest of proposed plans to sell the former Eltham Shire Office site at 895 Main Road Eltham in order to develop a Shell Service Station and Hungry Jacks fast food outlet. The purpose was to express what is unique about the character of Eltham, why people live and work there and why such a development would be out of character and inappropriate for the Eltham Gateway along with alternative development proposals. This protest was the catalyst for the formation of the Eltham Community Action Group.

Folder - William Bravery Andrews

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on W. B. Andrews, Eltham, 1871

Photograph - Eltham Shire Council display at the 1987 Eltham Community Festival, 7 November 1987

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100