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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 - Queenstown - St. Andrews District. Ah Yet of Queenstown.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Mrs. W. Moss (nee Nink), Box 20, Monbulk

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.

Journal - ArtStreams: Arts in Banyule, Darebin, Manningham, Nillumbik, Whittlesea & Yarra; Vol. 6, No. 1, Mar-Apr 2001

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour front and back cover with feature articles and literary pieces with photographs and advertisements printed in black and white. 36 pages, 30 cm. Vol. 1, no. 1 (Nov. 1996) - Vol. 10, no. 5 (summer ed. 2005/​06)

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Vol. 6, No. 1, Mar-Apr 2001 CONTENTS Vika & Linda Between Family and Fame 3 Eltham History in Ceramics A school Community cooperation 6 Exposing the beauty of clay International Pottery Market in Warrandyte 8 Were Street Hill Climb Banyule's Boutique Festival 11 Between Swirl and Solid Jenny Rodgerson's Meditations on lndeterminacy 12 Guo Gian and Anthony Pryor at HeideMOMA A laughing pointer and a craftsman sculptor 14 Dandenong Ranges Folk Festival The Hills Were Alive 16 Book Review Penelope Hobhouse's Flower & Garden Design 18 Theatre Review Kathy Oliver visits La Mama 19 Australian Classical Music Elizabeth Scarlett 20 New faces The Arts Administration Shuffle 22 Bolin Bolin Billabong Cultural Precinct and Walking Trail 24 CD Reviews 26 Artin About 28 Wining & Dining 30 Art Services and Teaching 32

Significance

"Peter Dougherty has been involved in the local art scene for many years. As publisher and editor of the arts magazine Artstreams, his comments on the various branches of the arts are widely respected. His "The Arts" column in the Diamond Valley Leader presents a brief summary for a much wider cross section of the local community. Peter also operates his own gallery and the Artstreams Cafe at the St Andrews market. Peter has a wealth of knowledge about present day and historical aspects of local art and artists." - Eltham District Historical Society Newsletter No. 161, March 2005

Photograph - Getting ready for the parade, Diamond Street, Eltham Festival, 10 November 1990

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Historical information

The festival parade was held at 11.00 am on Saturday, 10 November 1990, commencing in Youth Road (behind Elfham Railway Station} and Diamond Street. As per tradition, the Shire of Eltham Historical Society entered a float in the parade but for the first time combined with the Diamond Valley Arts Society to produce the float. The theme of the parade was ''Spring into Summer". In accordance with this theme the Society's float depicted artists on a spring painting excursion. Part of the group was "Walter Withers" painting a landscape. There was also another artist painting a portrait of a girl in a spring costume. Joh Ebeli was responsible for preparation of the float. The float won the prize for the best display.

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Kodak Gold 100-2 5095

Photograph - Eltham Art and Craft Market June 1988

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm black and white negative film, 24 shots; 7 strips

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Roll of negatives of the Eltham Art and Craft Market dated June 1988. The market was regularly held in the carpark in front of the Safeway supermarket

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Kodak TX 5063

Photograph - Eltham Library, Panther Place, 21 May 2014

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Photograph - Edendale Farm, May 1992

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Three colour photographs of the house at Edendale Farm, including leadlight windows and chandelier.

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 53 March 1987

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, guest speaker; Dr Charlie Fox: Boosters, Bodies and Buildings; Exhibitions and the public bath • Annual General Meeting Agenda • Guest Speaker • Records/Research Workshops • Melbourne City Excursion • Heritage Week • Society Program • Society Incorporation • Time Capsule Certificates

Significance

The Shire of Eltham Historical Society was formed in October 1967. The first newsletter of the Society was issued May 1978 and has been published continuously ever since on a bi-monthly basis. With the cessation of the Shire of Eltham in late 1994, the Society's name was revised to Eltham District Historical Society and this name first appeared with issue No. 103, July 1995. The collection of the Society's newsletters provides a valuable resource on the history of the Society's activities, office bearers and committee members, guest speakers and subjects of historical interest pertinent to the former Shire of Eltham and the Eltham District.

Photograph - Early settler's cottage in the Diamond Valley, 1966

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy of colour photograph

Photograph - 68 Mount Pleasant Road, Eltham, c.1983

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital TIFF file Scan of 35mm Ilford XP1 black and white transparency

Historical information

An early Alistair Knox design and build, this home was purchased by George Coop in 1968. Eltham builder, Graham Rose, extended the original Alistair Knox structure over the foundation excavation dug by George. Graham organised the brick walls where required, raised all frame work and laid the steel tray roof. George did all external/internal wall cladding, made all opening windows, sliding and swinging doors, stairs and general interior timber cabinet work. Bedroom wardrobe doors came from scrapped Victorian Railways country coaches. Most of the timbers used in the extension were re-purposed from the Templestowe Cool Store and the Port Melbourne wool, hide & skin store.

Photograph - Wheat train derailment near the yards of Dunolly Railway Station, Dunolly, Victoria, c.1975

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital TIFF file Scan of 12.6 x 18.6 cm colour print

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GC visited Dunolly with his late father-in-law who used to be a gold miner up there. They were going past the station and noticed a wheat train had derailed in the yards and so he took the opportunity to photograph the goings-on. The fellow in the light grey slacks and beige shirt with tie approached GC and asked him what he was doing. He proposed that GC leave or alternatively, take as many photographs as he desired and then send him a complete set of prints, which GC did.

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 130 January 2000

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, Literary Evening • February Meeting • Annual General Meeting • Society Program 2000 • Hume and Hovell Update • Other Activities • Russian Cabbage Pie – Nina and Clem Christesen (Flavour of Eltham)

Significance

The Shire of Eltham Historical Society was formed in October 1967. The first newsletter of the Society was issued May 1978 and has been published continuously ever since on a bi-monthly basis. With the cessation of the Shire of Eltham in late 1994, the Society's name was revised to Eltham District Historical Society and this name first appeared with issue No. 103, July 1995. The collection of the Society's newsletters provides a valuable resource on the history of the Society's activities, office bearers and committee members, guest speakers and subjects of historical interest pertinent to the former Shire of Eltham and the Eltham District.

Photograph - Silvan Gully area, Upper Diamond Creek

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Historical information

See EDHS 00030 colour photograph of sepia originals of the Silvan Gully area; one showing the cleared line for railway construction

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Safety 5035

Photograph - Unveiling ceremony of the Memorial Plaque at corner of Main Road and Pitt Street, Eltham commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Eltham District Historical Society, 10 October 1987

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Standing L-R: Mrs Opal Smith, man obscured, Mr Norm Williams, Mr Nankervis, Mrs Nankervis, Mrs Marjorie Smith Motschall; Seated L-R: Mr Phillips (looking down), Mrs Phillips (looking away), Mrs Beryl Read, Mrs Lilian Rumney. The commemorative plaque explains the functions of the various items used in the Victorian 150th Anniversary Monument and Time capsule.

Letter - Letter from Gina Wilson, Steamtrain Co-ordinator, Eltham Festival Committee to Eltham Historical Society, 11 August 1992

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

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Advice that the 1992 Eltham Festival Committee has chartered a steam train for the festival and proposal for the coordination of activities to historical places, 90 years after the first steam train to Eltham.

Photograph - Mrs Mosley of Ingrams Road, Research

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph reproduced on p47 of 'Pioneers & Painters' Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photo Collection, no. 527 (duplicate of hard copy held at Eltham Library)

Photograph - Paving course at the childcare co-op run by Eltham Living and Learning Centre, c.1982-1986

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 24 shots

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Safety Film 5035

Photograph - Eltham Produce Store, c.1960

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph

Inscriptions & Markings

Shire of Eltham

Photograph - Heritage Excursion; The 1901 Eltham Railway Walk, 3 May 2014

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Newsletter No. 216, May 2014 May Excursion – The 1901 Eltham Railway Walk The railway from Heidelberg to Eltham was opened in 1902. Over the previous year railway construction cut a curving swathe through Josiah Holloway’s 1851 Little Eltham subdivision. The survey plans for the railway show the owners and occupiers of land within Little Eltham affected by the railway alignment and for some distance each side. The plans show houses and other buildings but development at that time was rather sparse. Copies of these plans from the State Library of Victoria collection have been provided to the Society by Alan Sheehan. For our walk on 3rd May we intend to follow the railway from the Eltham Station to Ryans Road, which was the boundary of the adjoining Montmorency Farm. The return will be by way of nearby streets. Along the way we will discuss the details shown on the railway plans as well as more recent railway documents and photographs. At the conclusion and if time permits we can inspect the historical display at the Eltham Station. The walk is about 3 km in length and will take about 2.5 hours. It will start at 2 pm at the Eltham Railway Station car park (east/Main Road side) (Melway Ref. 21 J5).

Photograph - Queenstown (St Andrews) during World War 1 (1914-1918) looking towards Panton Hill

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph reproduced on p35 of 'Pioneers & Painters' Looking towards Panton Hill, Queenstown (St. Andrews). Police station on left of cars. On right, house - boarding house according to Mr. Ninks. On right Mechanics Institute (Library) according to Miss Muller. On extreme right - coach house (stables not shown) - end of coach run from Heidelberg. Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photo Collection, no. 155 (duplicate of hard copy held at Eltham Library)

Photograph - Roadworks at the intersection of Bridge Street with Main Road, during the widening of Main Road, Eltham, 1968.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital file only; created from original colour positive slide transparency

Photograph - Sherbourne-Para Rd. Bridge To Start This Year?, Diamond Valley Mirror, 4 Sep 1953, p1

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Original clipping from the front page of the Diamond Valley Mirror Vol 5, No 235, Wednesday, 4th Sept., 1963.

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Original clipping from the front page of the Diamond Valley Mirror Vol 5, No 235, Wednesday, 4th Sept., 1963 reporting on Eltham Council news that a move to commence construction of the new Sherbourne Road - Para Road bridge (Montmorency) will commence later in the financial year. Commencement would be subject to the requirements of the railways. Secondary news item included relates to a fashion parade at Briar Hill.

Photograph - Possibly Warrandyte area, c.1976

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph (contact print from 120 medium format film)

Historical information

Bill Klemmer used to work for the Shire of Eltham.

Photograph - Demolition of Eltham Shire Offices, 895 Main Road, Eltham, August 1996

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 5 of 6 strips

Historical information

The Shire Offices opened in 1965 and were extended in 1971. The final Eltham Shire Council meeting was held in December 1994 before the forced amalgamations of municipal councils by the Kennett Government. The State-Government-appointed Commissioners (1994-1996) took the decision in July 1996 to demolish the Eltham Shire Offices. The demolition works started within 24 hours of the decision being made.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-5

Folder - Neil Douglas

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on Neil Douglas artist

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 183 November 2008

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, Panel Presentation: The Centenary of Women’s Suffrage in Victoria • November Meeting • Christmas Function • Vale – Bob (Robert) Bruce by Jim Connor • Concluding Pat Baddeley’s Story • Nillumbik Now and Then • President’s Findings • November Heritage Walk • Andrew Ross Museum by Diana Bassett-Smith • Other Coming Events • Other News

Significance

The Shire of Eltham Historical Society was formed in October 1967. The first newsletter of the Society was issued May 1978 and has been published continuously ever since on a bi-monthly basis. With the cessation of the Shire of Eltham in late 1994, the Society's name was revised to Eltham District Historical Society and this name first appeared with issue No. 103, July 1995. The collection of the Society's newsletters provides a valuable resource on the history of the Society's activities, office bearers and committee members, guest speakers and subjects of historical interest pertinent to the former Shire of Eltham and the Eltham District.

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 65 March 1989

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, Slides from our local collection • Annual General Meeting • Society Program • Eltham Heritage Walk • Oral History Project

Significance

The Shire of Eltham Historical Society was formed in October 1967. The first newsletter of the Society was issued May 1978 and has been published continuously ever since on a bi-monthly basis. With the cessation of the Shire of Eltham in late 1994, the Society's name was revised to Eltham District Historical Society and this name first appeared with issue No. 103, July 1995. The collection of the Society's newsletters provides a valuable resource on the history of the Society's activities, office bearers and committee members, guest speakers and subjects of historical interest pertinent to the former Shire of Eltham and the Eltham District.

Photograph - Upper Yarra Dam, Spring Tour, 22 Oct 1995

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 of 5 strips

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EXPLORING THE UPPER YARRA (Newsletter No. 105, November 1995, by Bettina Woodburn) We enjoyed the Spring Excursion, this year "Exploring the Upper Yarra" - in spite of the constant rain and the countryside under the cloud cover, especially in the valleys, being mainly shiny shades of green. The occasional fields of buttercups, clumps of arum lilies and splendid rhododendron and other flowering bushes became very special. The Cobb and Co coach was warm and a cosy retreat as we zig-zagged on the highways and byways to glimpse the Yarra River, upstream and down, its secret places, and particularly the many bridges. Russell excelled as 'Poet Laureate', reading from Dacre Smyth's book. This 1979 publication includes paintings of all the bridges along the river with poems and brief descriptions of each one. Some of the bridges are in out of the way places and are not very well known. We looked forward to hearing the poetry as much as seeing the ' constructions'…Big Pat (was he short or tall, lean or fat? He did win the two hundred pound reward for discovering gold and had the creek named after him), about the 'Eddies'?, and the disliked 'meccano' bridge in Warburton, etc. etc. The hot roast lunch in the old Reefton Hotel was also most welcome. It was easy to imagine it peopled by miners and early settlers. Starting by crossing the new (1974) concrete bridge at Warrandyte we headed through Wonga Park with views to the Christmas Hills and to the escarpment of the Yering Gorge, which causes flood waters to back up through the Yarra Glen plain, so avoiding disasters downstream. At the end of a long driveway we found the wooden, privately owned Henley Bridge (1935 after the 1934 floods). This facilitates access to different parts of Henley Farm and to Lilydale. Everard Park, named after Blanche Shallard's father, a State Member for 17 years, below the Highway Yarra crossing was in need of care. It is 10 miles from Yarra Glen by road but, as "Yarra Marra” canoeists well know, 32 winding miles down by water. After more delightful countryside scenes we joined the Warburton Highway at Woori Yallock. From the old Railway Station at Launching Place the Centennial Trail for walkers, cyclists and ' horse riders has replaced the rails. The line from Lilydale was opened in 1901, and the last diesel freight train ran to Warburton in 1965. It continued to rain as we had morning tea in Warburton in a shelter between footbridges. From here we continued upstream past the Bridge to O'Shannasy Lodge and Reservoir, Starvation Creek, and the Peninsular tunnel (miners dug it as at Pound Bend) which we visited (scrambling down those steps!) on our return after lunch. Our furthermost point was the Upper Yarra Dam Reserve (and vast catchment area). Finished in 1957 after ten years work and 100 years after Yan Yean, it supplies much of Melbourne's water. After crossing the 30m Launching Place Bridge to the Eltham side of the Yarra and Healesville, we saw in the distance the Yarra Glen Timber Trestle Bridge over the river flats "the longest for years in the land it was said!" Harry's dream of "better weather over the Divide" unfortunately didn't come true, but I'm sure we 36 members will retain happy memories of a day that was wet and green and filled with Bridges. Bettina Woodburn - October 1995

Significance

Record of the Society's history of activities - Spring 1995 excursion

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 400-5

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 85 July 1992

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • 25th Anniversary 1967-1992 • Twenty Fifth Anniversary Meeting Panel: Images of Eltham with David Armfield, Piers Bateman, Wendi Henderson, Hilary Jackman and Lesly Martin • Andrew Ross School House Museum Project • Lots of Other News • Eltham Heritage Mural • 50 Year Residents’ Lunch • Eltham Cultural Heritage Tour

Significance

The Shire of Eltham Historical Society was formed in October 1967. The first newsletter of the Society was issued May 1978 and has been published continuously ever since on a bi-monthly basis. With the cessation of the Shire of Eltham in late 1994, the Society's name was revised to Eltham District Historical Society and this name first appeared with issue No. 103, July 1995. The collection of the Society's newsletters provides a valuable resource on the history of the Society's activities, office bearers and committee members, guest speakers and subjects of historical interest pertinent to the former Shire of Eltham and the Eltham District.

Photograph - Sugarloaf Reservoir, Christmas Hills, 16 January 2015

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Photograph - Bald Spur Look-out.

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.