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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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Contact Information

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

Contact

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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9052 items

Photograph - Heidelberg Artists Trail sign, "Landscape with Sheep" Walter Withers, Wingrove Park, Eltham, c.May 2001

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Agfa HDC 200 plus-2

Magazine - The Mercury, Eltham High School, December 1960

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy only of original magazine Soft cover 24.5 x 18 cm 48 pages

Significance

Signed on inside front cover by Peter Brock who is also pictured with other House Captains on p17 and on p27 as part of the First XVIII football team

Bag - Living & Learning Nillumbik shopping bag

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Cotton shopping bag

Inscriptions & Markings

Living and Learning Nillumbik

Photograph - Masonic Hall, Eltham, NSW

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 2 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100

Photograph - Thomas Sweeney's original cottage at Culla Hill, Eltham, c.1940

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm black and white negative film, 3 strips

Historical information

Feature article in Home Beautiful magazine (c.1940) on the original Sweeney's Cottage at Culla Hill built by Thomas Sweeney, one of the district's pioneer settlers

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Safety 5062

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 - Shire of Eltham earthmoving equipment at the Council Depot, Brisbane Street, Eltham, c.1988

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Historical information

Site is now Eltham Fort Knox.

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100

Photograph - Former Brinkkotter Poultry Farm, Main Road, Research, April 1988

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Four colour photographs of the former Brinkkotter Poultry Farm, Main Road, Research depicting the 'Regency Acres' real estate development of 22 lots advertised for auction 19 April 1988. The four photographs are shot by Peter Bassett-Smith in a panoramic sweep of the estate from Eltham College to the Research Primary School.

Ledger - Eltham Road District. Assessment for the Year ending Oct. 14th, 1859

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Ledger with printed columns: Number, Name of Occupier, Description, Where situated, Cultivated land, Pasture land, Estimated annual value of buildings, Rate, Remarks, Arrears collected, excused, unoccupied, uncollected and amount actually collected. Ledger filled out by hand with 173 entries (not alphabetically arranged). A number of blank pages are included.

Historical information

The Eltham Roads Board was established in 1856. This ledger includes the signature of Road Board Secretary and Collector Wingrove, a significant person in Eltham's early history.

Significance

This is a unique significant record of early settlers in the Shire of Eltham. One of 6 early rate books. This is among the oldest items in the EDHS collection. An article in the Eltham and Whittlesea Shires Advertiser Friday 21 Nov 1941 Page 5 titled: District's Early History states: "The first rate book which is still in existence at the Shire Office is for the year ending October 14, 1858 and is probably the best record possible to indicate the development of the district. At the time properties were rated as follows: Cultivated land. 6d. per acre; pasture land, 1d. per acre: estimated annual value of buildings, etc., 6d in the (pound). The total amount of rate recorded for the year was (pounds)153/14/8. Properties were described as being situated at Lower Plenty, Yarra Yarra, Eltham, Lower Eltham, Kangaroo Ground, Yarra Flats, Diamond Creek and the Yarra."

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside cover includes pasted printed note: RATE OF ASSESSMENT AS FOLLOWS: Cultivated land 6d per acre Pasture land 2d per acre Unalienated Pasture Land 8d per Acre Estimated Annual Value of Buildings, &c., 6d. in the Pound

Photograph - Diamond Valley Community Hospital, Greensborough, 1990

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Three colour photographs showing construction work Diamond Valley Community Hospital, Greensborough, 1990

Folder - Beckwith Family

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on Beckwith family, Kinglake, late 1800s

Newsclipping - 254 Fordhams Road, Eltham South, 1997 and Kieta, 290 Mount Pleasant Road, Eltham South, 1998

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Newspaper clippings advertising house auctions

Historical information

Contained in Volume 2 of a set of two spiral magnetic photo albums, each containing 10 leaves, 20 pages; Vol. 1 labelled "Houses - Eltham South" and Vol. 2 labelled "Eltham Houses".

Photograph - Painting classes display, Living and Learning Centre, October 1988

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 1 strip

Historical information

Display includes a program for Winter-Spring 1987.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GB 100 5096

Photograph - Eltham tip, west of Main Road, Eltham, 1968

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy of colour photograph

Historical information

Was reclaimed and developed into part of Eltham Town Park, later Alistair Knox Park.

Photograph - Town Park, Main Road, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph of Eltham Town Park near Main Road

Photograph - Hohne's Hill, Eltham Lower Park

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Safety 5035

Photograph - Construction of the new Eltham Library, c.1993

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Historical information

Opened May 1994.

Inscriptions & Markings

Agfa XRG 100

Photograph - Dedication of new Avenue of Honour Memorial, Main Road, Eltham, 2 June 2015

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

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

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm black and white negative film, 4 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Ilford XP1 400

Photograph - Hurst family cemetery, Hurstbridge

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 3 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Safety 5035

Photograph - Sherbourne Road, Para Road and Simms Road at Briar Hill/Montmorency prior to the upgrade of Sherbourne Road Railway bridge, c.1970

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

20 black and white prints 9 cm x 13 cm.

Historical information

Collection of photographs probably taken around the same time depicting Sherbourne Road, Para Road and Simms Road at Briar Hill/Montmorency prior to the upgrade of Sherbourne Road Railway bridge, c.1970. Photo 01648_ 19 This home owned by Mrs Cameron. Her daughter married a Mr Davey, for whom Davey Road was named - email from M. Jones 20/07/2015 Photographer unknown

Significance

These photos are very significant in the documentation of the development of the Briar Hill and Montmorency areas and the changes in the physical landscape along the railway line area.

Photograph - Research Hotel and Post Office.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Mrs. E.R. Reynolds, Thompson Crescent, Research

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 - 22 York Street, Eltham, c.1933

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Two sepia photographs of 22 York Street (renumbered 28), Eltham from the north east. Formerly home of Bassett-Smith family c.1933 Original house of 4 rooms, Skillion added c.y W.B. Bassett-Smith FRIBA, Enwright, builder, Ivanhoe

Photograph - Research Hotel.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Mr. T. Scarce, c/o Mrs. T.M. Jones, "Coolibah", Cherry Tree Road, Panton Hill. Tom remembered Mrs Thornton and Bert Frim(?) Photo shows Tom Scarce and pony that won 1st Prize over jumps, ridden by jockey Jimmy Johnson against his own horse in the same race (Diamond Creek Show)

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 - Neil Douglas' property at Bend of Islands, 1980s

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Slide - 35mm colour positive transparency

Historical information

Photograph taken by Jack Gittins of W.J. Gittins & Associates who were consulting on the property's trees.

Photograph - Shire of Eltham War Memorial. Dedication of Tower and Cottage, 16 November 1951.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Shire of 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 - Duchess of York, opening of Emily McPherson College, 27 Apr 1927

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph of the Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother) with Ethel Elizabeth Osborne opening the Emily McPherson College, 27 April 1927. Sir William McPherson behind the Duchess.

Photograph - Visit by The Honourable Sir James Augustine Gobbo AC CVO QC, Governor of Victoria, to the Andrew Ross Museum, Kangaroo Ground, 2 March 2000

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph - Looking west along Henry Street just east of Bible Street, Eltham, 1983

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy of colour photograph

Photograph - Neil Douglas' property at Bend of Islands, 1980s

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Slide - 35mm colour positive transparency

Historical information

Photograph taken by Jack Gittins of W.J. Gittins & Associates who were consulting on the property's trees.