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Eltham District Historical Society Inc Eltham, Victoria

Eltham District Historical Society

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

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Opening Hours

By appointment only; contact edhsoffice@gmail.com

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 - Possibly the Bassett-Smith property at Menzies Road, Kangaroo Ground, c.1980

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Significance

Record of the Society's history of activities - The Society members would have picnics on the Bassett-Smith property

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodacolor II

Photograph - Track to Rifle Range Road off Fox Road, Smiths Gully, 7 December 1992

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Two colour photographs

Historical information

The Eltham Horse Trail: Research and Warrandyte to Kinglake: Survey of proposed route, December 1992: (3) Kangaroo Ground to Kinglake

Photograph - Eltham Festival Week, August 1976

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Printed on textured paper which has suffered significant colour degradation towards orange/red.

Photograph - Bootmakers cottage, 701 Main Road Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph of Bootmakers cottage at 701 Main Road Eltham, adjacent to Diamond Creek Trail, opposite Dalton Street

Photograph - Kangaroo Ground-St Andrews Road, Kangaroo Ground, c. October 1987

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 3 of 7 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GA 100 5095

Photograph - Eltham - Main Road. Looking south. Railway station to the right.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Bruce Burgoyne, Main Rd., 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 - Possibly the Bassett-Smith property at Menzies Road, Kangaroo Ground where the society would go for picnics

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

2 colour photographs

Historical information

Possibly the Bassett-Smith property at Menzies Road, Kangaroo Ground where the Society would go for picnics. Cross Ref: 01706 (print) and 01800 (neg)

Photograph - Heidelberg Artists Trail signs are through this area including local artist Walter Withers

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Heritage Excursion - An Eltham South Ramble, 2 Sep 2017

Folder - John Johns

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on John Johns, Eltham, 1862

Photograph - Killeavey, Laughing Waters Road, Eltham 5 Nov 2016

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

This scar or 'toe hold' tree fell over 50 yrs ago. It had died 50yrs before it fell and is estimated to be around 400 years old. It has a diameter of 1.3 m and is the only 'toe hold' tree in Nillumbik. Heriitage Excursion - Kileavey Walk and Talk

Photograph - Shire of Nillumbik World War One Memorials tour, 10 August 2016

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 69 November 1989

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, Speaker Panel: Land Development in the Shire of Eltham • November Meeting • Recent Activities • Eltham Community Festival • Flavour of Eltham • Other Things You Should Know

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 - Tree Planting, Hurstbridge Primary School students, Fergusons Paddock, Hurstbridge, c.1999

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph - Near 38 Wombat Drive, Eltham, 1991

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Prior to road sealing works.

Photograph - Middendorp Electric Co. Pty Ltd (Middy's), 294 Bolton Street, Eltham, 16 May 2010

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph - Butterfly Emblem, unidentified location

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph - Looking west along the newly sealed road from near the pedestrian overpass; Greensborough Bypass construction, c.1986

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph originally located in a magnetic style album titled 'Greensborough Bypass 1990s 5' suffering significant degradation. No information contained in album or on reverse of photos except where noted. Relocated to archival photosafe storage.

Photograph - Looking north along the west side of Main Road through the shopping centre, Eltham, February 1968

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Shows the pedestrian crossing to the Railway Station and car parking.

Significance

In February 1968 an unknown person took a series of photos from the Eltham Hotel at Pitt Street heading north along Main Road through the shopping centre to just north of Elsa Court covering the length of the section of Main Road which was duplicated shortly thereafter. Shows the condition and environment of the streesscape of Main Road, Eltham immediately prior to the duplication between Pitt Street and Elsa Court through the shopping centre. Also shows a number of shops and businesses that operated at that time.

Photograph - Intersection with Brougham Street, Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham, 13 November, 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

North bound lane closure.

Photograph - Possibly Bassett-Smith property at Kangaroo Ground, c.May 1990

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 6 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100

Photograph - Eltham War Memorial Gates, entrance to War Memorial buildings, c.1998

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 8 strips

Historical information

Gates donated by Cr. and Mrs Ernie J. Andrew. A check of the 1949 census shows Ernest James Andrew and Ellen Andrew living at Arthur Street. In 1937 they were both recorded in Main Road, Eltham, Ernie's occupation as newsagent. By 1943 they were recorded in Arthur Street and Ernie was retired. A search of our records shows that Ellen died 13 July 1946 and Ernie on 29 March 1950. Both are buried at Eltham Cemetery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-5

Photograph - Beard Street and Main Road Eltham, 20 Jan 1986

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Historical information

During the recent refurbishment of our Local History Centre we came across a roll of 35mm colour negatives which at some stage had been exposed to water or similar resulting in the individual strips sticking to each other and the old paper film processing envelope. The situation looked hopeless but one of our members had an idea on how to salvage them; after all, we had nothing to lose. In the end we were able to separate the film strips and remove most of the paper residue except some of the adhesive. The film was scanned and even though suffering from various light issues; fading, possible exposure problems and a yellow shadow cast by the adhesive residue, the detail and historical information they contain has been rescued. These images are all centred around the intersection of Beard Street and Main Road Eltham. The Sun headline is "Poison Dumped in Murray" which has been dated to 20 Jan 1986 1986 'Poison in Murray cuts town water', The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), 20 January, p. 1. , viewed 30 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article122421767

Significance

A favourite milk bar of the time for local youth as evidenced from comments on the ThrowbackThursday Facebook Page post. Frame 01791-1 shows the auction sign for the land on the southeast corner of Main Road and Beard Street which was developed into a small group of shops

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak CL 200 5093

Photograph - Looking east across the new 5-span bridge construction across the Plenty River; Greensborough Bypass construction, c.1986

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph originally located in a magnetic style album titled 'Greensborough Bypass 1990s 5' suffering significant degradation. No information contained in album or on reverse of photos except where noted. Relocated to archival photosafe storage.

Photograph - Hurstbridge Road at Pinchgut Lane, Kinglake, 7 December 1992

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

The Eltham Horse Trail: Research and Warrandyte to Kinglake: Survey of proposed route, December 1992: (3) Kangaroo Ground to Kinglake

Photograph - Eltham Living and Learning Centre, October 1988

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 1 strip

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100N

Photograph - Eltham Festival Parade, Nov 1982

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 24 shots

Historical information

Roll of negatives of the Eltham Festival Parade as it progresses along Main Road past the Catholic Church heading towards Bridge Street. Floats included the Tasmanian Wilderness Society with the Save the Franklin River campaign, and Diamond Valley Railway celebrating 21 years of passenger service as well as the Victorian Police Marching Band. A well known Eltham identity, Jock Read was asked to lead the Eltham Pony Club contingent that year and the roll includes several shots of Jock on his horse, Lofty who was approximately ten years of age, his colour was still classed as a steel grey at the time before he went "white" quite a few years later.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Safety Film 5035

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 226 February 2016

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Every building has a history by Jim Connor • February Meeting - Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photo Collection • Heritage Excursion - Saturday 5th March - Eltham Cemetery • The Australian Blue Book by Jim Connor • Old Postcards of Eltham by Michael Aitken • Rob Roy by Jim Allen • Cranky Jimmy's Ghost • 2016 Program • Contacts for the Eltham District Historical Society

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 - Old Lower Plenty Bridge

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Safety 5035

Photograph - Montsalvat

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Four views of Montsalvat taken from publicity brochure 1. The Great Hall 2. Interior of Great Hall 3. Swimming Pool 4. ?

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 243 December 2018

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Historical Societies are Significant by Jim Connor • Our Christmas Function – Wednesday 12th December 2018 • The Man History Forgot by Vivienne Worthington reviewed by Russell Yeoman • The Ringing of the Bell by Jim Connor • Sunday School 1950s by Ann Constable • Kooringorama Guest House by Richard Pinn • Life in Eltham - Part 2 by Shirley Corneille • It is with Deep Regret by Peter Pidgeon • Contacts for the Eltham District Historical Society

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 - Writing the War exhibition, Eltham Library, 30 August 2016

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 214 January 2014

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • New Newsletter Format • 2013 Eltham Festival • The Grinding Wheel • Next Meeting • Heritage Excursion • February Meeting • Book Launch – A History of Saint Margaret’s Church Eltham • Annual General Meeting • 2014 Program • Research Sate School; the missing Honour Board by Jim Allen • From Mount Morenzie to Milparinka by Maureen Jones • Incorporation Matters • A Pleas from Harry Gilham • And Also • Contacts for the Eltham District Historical Society

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 - Oxley Bridge crossing Watsons Creek, Henley Road, Kangaroo Ground, 1991

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

From a collection of 35 photos taken by Doug Orford at 35 specific locations along the exact boundary of the then Shire of Eltham.

Photograph - Old Kinglake Road, Steels Creek, 1991

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

From a collection of 35 photos taken by Doug Orford at 35 specific locations along the exact boundary of the then Shire of Eltham.

Photograph - Shire of Eltham staff Christmas Breakup BBQ lunch, Sugarloaf Reservoir, 1992

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 131 March 2000

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, guest speaker; Bruce Nixon: Charles Joseph La Trobe • March Meeting • Charles Joseph La Trobe • Autumn Excursion • Society Program 2000 • Colemans Corner • 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.

Photograph - Eltham Post Office

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Sepia photograph (two copies plus two black and white enlargements) of Burgoyne's Eltham Post Office, Main Road near Bridge Street.

Inscriptions & Markings

Shop originally had a shingle roof

Photograph - Diggers on the road to a rush [picture] / S. Prout; J. Godfrey

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Royal Historical Society of Victoria

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 - Looking north along Main Road from intersection with Cecil Street, Eltham, February 1968

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph

Significance

In February 1968 an unknown person took a series of photos from the Eltham Hotel at Pitt Street heading north along Main Road through the shopping centre to just north of Elsa Court covering the length of the section of Main Road which was duplicated shortly thereafter. Shows the condition and environment of the streesscape of Main Road, Eltham immediately prior to the duplication between Pitt Street and Elsa Court through the shopping centre. Also shows a number of shops and businesses that operated at that time.

Folder - James Eccleston

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on James Eccleston, Eltham, 1862

Photograph - Bridge construction over the Diamond Creek, Charlber Lane, St Andrews, 3 August 1989

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GA 100 5095

Photograph - Brougham Street looking into rear of Local History Centre at 728 Main Road

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph - "A Coaching Party" - Hoyt & Co.'s Line, 1893 (reproduced from "The Leader", Jan. 6th, 1894, page 31).

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Mrs. E.W. Motschall (nee Marjorie Smith), Long Gully Road, Panton Hill

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 - Shillinglaw Cottage, Panther Place, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph - Edith Rowe ("DVR" on cap) and Jenni Mitchell (wearing jacket) at Diamond Valley Railway, Eltham Lower Park, c.1970

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy of black and white photograph

Photograph - The Warrandyte Gold Fields. Poppet-Head of the Caledonian Mine (reproduced from "The Australasian" 12th May 1906, page 1115).

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Mrs. Ferguson, Hurstbridge

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 - Remains of Wattletree Road Bridge, 1958

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph of remains of the bridge at Wattletree Road, Eltham, after the Diamond Creek flooded in 1958.

Historical information

Damage to recently constructed Wattletree Road bridge after the Diamond Creek flooded in 1958. Cross ref: 01925-2 negative; 00031 print

Significance

No longer in existence. The first bridge was recorded as being built in 1924.

Photograph - Corner of Brougham and Bolton Streets, June 2004

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph - Were Street, Montmorency

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph depicting a dog (named Jack) carrying newspaper delivery from the railway station up Were Street (to the Post Office). Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photo Collection, no. 402 (duplicate of hard copy held at Eltham Library)

Historical information

Mr. and Mrs Musselwhite ran the post office and owned Jack (the Alsatian dog) which was trained to go down to the railway station each day about 3pm and collect the daily parcel of evening newspapers, delivered by train, and take the bundle up to the newsagency.It is believed the Musselwhite's ran the Post Office from the mid 1930s to circa 1950.

Photograph - Looking west across the new bridge construction across the Plenty River from the eastern side; Greensborough Bypass construction, c.1986

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph originally located in a magnetic style album titled 'Greensborough Bypass 1990s 5' suffering significant degradation. No information contained in album or on reverse of photos except where noted. Relocated to archival photosafe storage.

Historical information

Shows the service access road on the hill side which would later be cut away to provide the connection to the Northern Ring Road which was opened in April 1994.