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Eltham District Historical Society Inc Eltham, Victoria

EDHS encourages interest in the local history of the Eltham district predominantly within the Shire of Nillumbik in Melbourne's north. We collect, preserve and share local stories.

Activities include a regular program of heritage walks and meetings with guest speakers. We manage a significant collection and are active online sharing collection items and stories. We produce a bi-monthly informative newsletter (and welcome contributions).

The Local History Centre is in the former Police residence (1859) at 728 Main Road, Eltham (corner Brougham Street). This is located between the former Eltham Courthouse (1860) and the replica Eltham Police station, which can be visited by schools and organisations by arrangement.

General Meetings are held at the Eltham Senior Citizen’s Centre, Library Place, Eltham.

The Society was established in 1967 and celebrated it's 50th anniversary in 2017. It was the 2018 Nillumbik Community Group of the Year.

New members and visitors welcome.

Learn more by visiting us on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eltham_District_Historical_Society

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Contact Information

location
728 Main Road Eltham Victoria 3095 (map)
phone
+61 0409 021 063

Contact

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

10540 items

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

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

s part of a program to acknowledge the Anzac Centenary Nillumbik Shire Council partnered with Yarra Plenty Regional Library to provide a bus tour with commentary of local sites of significance. These included Eltham township, the Shire of Eltham War Memorial at Kangaroo Ground, Christmas Hills, Hurstbridge memorial recreation park and finshed at Eltham Library to view the Writing the War exhibtion at Eltham Library Community Gallery.

Photograph - Classroom activities, Eltham Living and Learning Centre

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Colour photograph

Folder - James Holinger

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on James Holinger, Panton Hill, 1901

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 232 February 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • 1967 - A Year of Change by Jim Connor • Our Next Meeting - Wednesday 8th February (Trivia Night) • Open Day at Our Local History Centre - Saturday 4th March • The Shillinglaw Legacy by Russell Yeoman • Eltham District Historical Society by Jim Connor • Eltham Racecourse by Brian Membrey • The Eltham Report 1856 • 2017 Program • Victorian Collections • ... 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 - Door Knob on a house in York Street, Eltham, 1968

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy of colour photograph

Folder - John Carter

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on John Carter, Panton Hill, c1900

Photograph - Pymm Avenue, Eltham North, October 1980

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35mm colour positive transparency Kodak Kodachrome cardboard mount

Magazine - The Mercury, Eltham High School, December 1956

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy only of original magazine Soft cover 24.5 x 18 cm 42 pages

Newspaper article - Tasty treat in store

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Newspaper article clipped from the Diamond Valley Leader 1st November 2006

Photograph - Painted by unidentified artist of the Shire of Eltham, c.1970

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4 x 5 inch colour reversal film (1) Condition: May not be true to colour of original work. Scanned from a 4 x 5 inch colour transparency which was taken c.1970 (approx. 50 years old) and which has undergone significant colour degradation towards the red spectrum. Allowances made for colour cast correction in scan with best guess for white balance. In some cases, significant light flare is reflected off glossy surface of original work at camera lens causing quality issues.

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

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Letter - Letter from Joh Ebeli to Peter Bassett-Smith regarding 1979 Eltham festival and planning for 1980, 14 August 1979

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Single page, typed on Ebeli and Associates letterhead

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Proposal for horse drawn vehicles at the 1980 parade and expression of thanks to the people who assisted in the 1979 float; Geoffrey Loftus Hills, Mark Gough. And ideas of drumming up greater members, possible partnerships with Nillumbik Historical Society

Photograph - 5 Mannish Road, Wattle Glen, c.1989

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 6 strips

Significance

Streetscape evolution

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 200A

Photograph - Councillor John Graves, President, Shire of Eltham, Jock Kyme (centre) and Leslie Shuttleworth at the unveiling of the centre made plaque in the forecourt, Eltham Living and Learning Centre, 10 October 1994

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Colour photograph

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Opening of the new Pavilion, Living and Learning Centre, Eltham, 10 October 1994

Photograph - Building of the new Coles store at the corner of Main Road and Arthur Street, Eltham, 1999

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Four colour photographs showing construction of the Coles store in Arthur street

Photograph - Road construction near Progress Road, Ryans Road, Eltham North, 1983

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Four colour photographs

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 - Tait Single Motor Carriage 473M (Red Rattler) train departs Eltham for Hurstbridge, 17 July 1983

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital TIFF file Scan of 35mm Ilford FP4 black and white transparency

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A Flinders Street bound Hitachichi electric train is waiting at the station.

Photograph - Garden, Eltham Living and Learning Centre, October 1988

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm black and white negative film, 5 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Ilford HP5

Photograph - Panton Hill Cricket Team 1934-1935 Premiers

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital file only - scanned by EDHS from item on loan

Historical information

Names as described: Back Row: Umpire Mon Motschall, Reginald Howard, Albert Motschall, Jim Howard, Andy Duff, Albert Glennon, George Muir Front Row: Alan Howard, Herman Motschall, Herbert Howard, Albert Howard, Gordon W. Green, Wicketkeeper Fred Edgely, Arthur Glennon

Photograph - Peter Alford and Den(?) Braithwaite

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph printed with white borders (one of a set of five).

Historical information

Peter Alford and Den Braithwaite are named on the back of the photo, which depicts two young men sitting on the back of a cart with harness (normally attached to a horse). The person on the right appears to be the same as the one denoted "Don" sitting on the same cart in another photo in the set.

Photograph - Eltham War Memorial, 903-907 Main Road, Eltham, 4 November 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born digital image

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Eltham District Historical Society heritage walk to follow the boundaries of the original Shillinglaw Farm in central Eltham, held Saturday, 4th November, 2017. The Shillinglaw Farm comprised Lot 90 of Holloway’s 1851 Little Eltham subdivision. It was originally 30 acres in area and situated east of the Diamond Creek and north of Henry Street.

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 - Early Residents' Reunion, Shire of Eltham Centenary Celebrations; Guests signing Vistitors' Books, 8 August 1971.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Shire of Eltham Centenary Celebrations

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 - Mudbrick house, Eltham district, c.2002

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 10 strips Kodak Gold 100-6 Cross Ref: 02061 (print) and 03183 (negative)

Photograph - Building site inspections, Shire of Eltham, c.1989

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 6 strips

Historical information

Danny Hick.

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100

Photograph - Open Day, Eltham Living and Learning Centre, November 1988

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Ilford HP5

Photograph - Southern (Library) end of Eltham Shire Office

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph - Roadworks prior to sealing along Mount Pleasant Road near the junction with Reynolds Road, Eltham, c.1988

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100

Photograph - Detail, Shed Wall, Birch Cottage, Yarra Glen Road, Smiths Gully, Aug 1969

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph

Historical information

EDHS Newsletter No. 182, September 2008 In the late 1970s when our Society was the Shire of Eltham Historical Society, an offer was made to the Society regarding use of an old cottage at Christmas Hills. For various reasons the offer ultimately lapsed The cottage sat beside Watsons Creek just outside the then Shire of Eltham but following municipal restructuring it now lies within the Shire of Nillumbik. At that time some research on the cottage was carried out for the Society by Keith Chappel as part of a larger research project that he was doing. Keith's notes were taken from Lands Department records and showed that house is the subject of a permissive occupancy of Crown land comprising the creek reserve. In 1903 a Miners Right of one acre in area was granted to Edwin Samuel Birch. In 1907 Birch applied to purchase this land but was unable to because it was part of the creek reserve. The documents show that the house existed at that time. Birch died in 1932 and his daughter Honor Mary Birch was granted a permit to occupy the residence. The future of the cottage remains precarious because of its location on Crown land. In 2007 the Andrew Ross Museum began a campaign to ensure that it is preserved. It included a video presentation on the history of the cottage under the title of "This Old House- Birch Cottage".

Inscriptions & Markings

Detail of Shed Wall Williams Cottage Yarra Glen Rd Panton Hill Aug 1969 Photo - G.W.B

Photograph - Eltham Living and Learning Centre

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 1 strip

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100