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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 - Council Chamber, inc. Shire President Cr. L. Docksey. First meeting in new Shire Office, 1 May 1965.

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 - Victorian Railways electric locomotive L1159 at Eltham Railway Station, 23 August 1983

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital TIFF file Scan of 35mm Kodak Safety 5062 black and white transparency

Historical information

Eltham Shire Council offices in background L series electric locomotive L1159 was introduced into service 12 August 1953 and withdrawn 27 April 1987. It was scrapped January 1988. Source: [email protected] https://vicsig.net/index.php?page=locomotives&number=1159&class=L&type=Electric%20(1500V%20DC)&orgstate=V

Photograph - Lyon Bros. Eltham Motor Garage, 283-287 Main Road, Eltham, c.1963

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Geo. W. Bell, 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 postcard - Nillumbik Cemetery

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital file only Postcards scanned from the collection of Michael Aitken on loan to EDHS, 13 Feb 2018

Photograph - Southern (Library) end of Eltham Shire Office

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph - Eltham Corporate Centre, 20 Arthur Street, Eltham, c.June 1999

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photographic print

Significance

The Margaret Ball (Pre 1960s Houses) Collection was a personal project initiated to mark the year 2000 and arose as a result of the disappearance of many pre-1960s parts of Eltham due to development. Approximately 200 pre-1960s style houses that were left in Eltham between Main Road and east to Bible Street, between Cecil Street to the north and south to Dalton Street were photographed in late 1999. Not all of the houses could be photographed; some because the garden or trees blocked the view of the house, others because of rubbish or cars were in the way, some because people were working on the house or in the gardens at the time.

Photograph - Eltham Railway Station, 17 July 1983

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

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

Historical information

A Tait Single Motor Carriage prepares to return to Hurstbridge whilst a Flinders Street Hitachi electric train awaits departure

Photograph - Peter Vermey in kitchen from family room, April 1980

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital file

Historical information

14 Stokes Place (Lot 83) was the home of Peter and Carla Vermey. The land was purchased in May 1979 and construction commenced September 1979. The home was built by Peter and Carla Vermey after the developer, Macquarie Builders went bankrupt. Sold October 2017 by Morrison and Kleeman Real Estate. Stokes Place was part of the Stokes Orchard Estate which was developed from the break-up of the the orchard owned by Frank Stokes who lived on the northeast corner of Nyora Road and Eucalyptus Road. His daughter Beryl advised that the Shire had levied a rate assessment on individual parcels of land within the orchard which became unaffordable resulting in its sub-division and sell off. The Stokes Orchard Estate was developed by Macquarie Builders in two stages starting with stage 1 in 1976. Stokes Place was part of Stage 2 in 1979. The Estate was bounded between Nyora Road, Eucalyptus Road, Diosma Road and Stokes Place. The original orchard only just reached the left most portions of Stokes Place and did not go fully up to Diosma, rather to just beyond the extant of Stokes Place. Stokes Place was known within the family as "The Oats" as that is where they grew oats. Frank Stokes moved to Eltham c.1945 after visiting Harold Bird to view his orchard, located diagonally opposite Stokes Orchard from the intersection of Eucalyptus Road, Pitt Street and Nyora Road. It was on Harold Bird's recommendation that Frank purchased the land.

Significance

The Stokes Orchard Estate collection is typical of housing developments of the late 1970s and 1980s. It was one of the earliest estates in Eltham following the nearby Woodridge Estate development.

Inscriptions & Markings

Scanned by EDHS from 49 x 35mm colour transparencies provided on loan

Photograph - No. 4 locomotive, a Vulcan Iron Works 0-6-0SToc in the workshop, Fyansford Cement Works Railway, November 1962

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital TIFF file Scan of 35mm Ilford FP3 black and white transparency

Historical information

Narrow gauge private railway

Photograph - Believed to be 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 - Sugarloaf Reservoir, Christmas Hills, 16 January 2015

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Book - Diamond Valley sketchbook / text by Brian McKinlay ; drawings by Graham Hawley

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Paperback; 63 p. : ill., maps ; 22cm.

Historical information

Contents include short articles and illustrations of historic properties within the municipalities of Banyule, Nillumbik and Whittlesea. Including The Griffin House, Rosehill, Lower Plenty, The Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, St John's Church, Heidelberg, Banyule, Heidelberg, Trestle Bridge, Eltham, Diamond Valley railway, The Shillinglaw Cottage, Eltham, Montsalvat, Old England Hotel, Heidelberg, Eltham Primary School, Mud brick homes, Eltham, Sweeney's Cottage, Eltham, Pound Pend Tunnel, The Gold Memorial, Potter's Cottage, Memorial Tower, Charterisville, Weller's Pub, The Barrel, Eltham, Hassall's Gallery, The Old Bridge, Greensborough, Diamond Valley Shire Offices, Greensborough, St Katherine's Chapel, Yan Yean Reservoir, Mernda Hotel, Mernda Mechanics Institute, Old Barn, Mernda, Parade College, La Trobe University.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0851795692

Photograph - Kangaroo Ground, 8 July 1994

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100

Photograph - Eltham Town Park, Shire of Eltham, 1985

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

One colour and four black and white photographs

Historical information

Shire of Eltham Archives Series 13, Photograph Album, 1985. Originally contained in a 2-ring PVC binder and document sleeves

Photograph - 93 Pitt Street, Eltham, c. June 1999

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photographic print

Historical information

Owner: Arthur and Lillian Astridge

Significance

The Margaret Ball (Pre 1960s Houses) Collection was a personal project initiated to mark the year 2000 and arose as a result of the disappearance of many pre-1960s parts of Eltham due to development. Approximately 200 pre-1960s style houses that were left in Eltham between Main Road and east to Bible Street, between Cecil Street to the north and south to Dalton Street were photographed in late 1999. Not all of the houses could be photographed; some because the garden or trees blocked the view of the house, others because of rubbish or cars were in the way, some because people were working on the house or in the gardens at the time.

Photograph - Display of Society collection at 'Ness' House, 1987

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph of a photograph of Burke and Wills tree, part of display at Ness house Kangaroo Ground 1987

Photograph - Forecourt apron of War Memorial Tower, Heritage Excursion, 22 October 1996

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Also present Mick and Margaret Woiwod, Doug and Gwen Orford, Keith and Betty Banks

Photograph - Railway Bridge across Railway Road, Greensborough, c. August 1977

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Para Road bridge across Plenty River can be seen behind railway bridge.

Photograph - Waiting for the taxi-bus, Main Road, Research

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph mounted in an album, the Reynolds/Prior Photograph Collection, this being one of 53 reproduced black and white images of early Eltham.

Historical information

Mr West's bus line. Dyson's taxi-bus came once a day to take people shopping in Eltham. The lady is waving the bus to stop.

Significance

The Reynolds family were early settlers in Research. The Reynolds/ Prior collection of photographs were taken by Tom Prior, the maternal uncle of Ivy Reynolds, around 1900 and the 60 photos in the album give a fine overview of many of the landmarks of Research and Eltham over 100 years ago. lvy lived in the family home for many years at 106 Thompson Cres Research. Ivy's father, Ernst Richard Reynolds and grandfather, Richard Reynolds, lived at the same address. Ivy's father Richard worked for Mr. Trail on his property in Research. Reynolds Road is named after the family. Mr Tom Prior (wife Eva) worked at the Melbourne zoo. He was very innovative and made his own camera, using the black cloth hood to exclude the light. The photographs are a reminder of the rural nature of Research and Eltham and its rich heritage.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Reynolds/Prior Photograph Collection, Presented to the Eltham District Historical Society, 14 June 2006 by Ross McDonald. A second copy was also presented to the Andrew Ross Museum, Kangaroo Ground

Photograph - Hassall's Gallery Bazaar, 1215 Main Road, Eltham, 25 March 2014

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

This is the site of the first roadside art gallery - Hassall's Roadside Gallery created by the artist son of an artist. Ian Hassall was the son of John Hassall who was among and may have been the first of the British poster artists. The gallery opened Saturday July 14, 1962 at 1215 Main road, Eltham by the director of the National Gallery of Victoria, Eric Westbrook. Situated on the left hand side of the main road, about a mile and a half beyond Eltham, towards Research, near Coleman's Corner at the intersection of Wattletree Road. The property has remnants of a stone quarry, probably for the purpose of gaining stone for local road making. Paintings were hung on screens and removed at night for safety. Large pedestals displayed sculpture and jewellery. All types of hand made art work was displayed. Access to the exhibition and grounds was slightly lower than the level of the road. They were encircled by a narrow little moat formed by a small tributary of the Diamond Creek accessed by a small well built stone bridge built by Ian Hassall with local stone. The Gallery later became known as Hassall's Gallery Bazaar antiques, furniture, curios bought and sold. It operated through to the early 1990s. The property has been derelict and neglected for some years. At one stage a shipping container sat near the entrance. This series of ten photographs illustrate the extent of the vegetation which has taken over the land, evidence of rubbish and a possible fire. In July 2017, planning permission was sought from the Shire of Nillumbik for buildings and works to construct a dwelling and associated vegetation removal. (source planningalerts.org.au)

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.

Photograph - Ford Blitz water tanker, Research Fire Brigade, Ingrams Road, Research, 1954

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph mounted in an album, the Reynolds/Prior Photograph Collection, this being one of 53 reproduced black and white images of early Eltham. Also available digital colour variant

Historical information

Early 1954 near present day site of Eltham Little Theatre

Significance

The Reynolds family were early settlers in Research.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Reynolds/Prior Photograph Collection, Presented to the Eltham District Historical Society, 14 June 2006 by Ross McDonald. A second copy was also presented to the Andrew Ross Museum, Kangaroo Ground

Photograph - Station Master's House, Eltham Railway Station, 21 August 1983

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital TIFF file Scan of 35mm Kodak Safety 5062 black and white transparency

Historical information

The Station Master's house was situated in what is now the short term car park and bus bay

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 - Eltham Senior Citizens' Centre, 1985

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eleven colour photographs

Historical information

Shire of Eltham Archives Series 13, Photograph Album, 1985. Originally contained in a 2-ring PVC binder and document sleeves

Photograph - Eltham Railway Station, c.1981

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

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

Photograph - Panton Hill Store near the intersection of Merritts Road and Kangaroo Ground-St Andrews Road, Panton Hill, c. Oct 1987

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Date based on other similar display panels visible in images of the Shire of Eltham display at the Eltham Community Festival, 7 November 1987.

Photograph - Hassall's Gallery Bazaar, 1215 Main Road, Eltham, 25 March 2014

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

This is the site of the first roadside art gallery - Hassall's Roadside Gallery created by the artist son of an artist. Ian Hassall was the son of John Hassall who was among and may have been the first of the British poster artists. The gallery opened Saturday July 14, 1962 at 1215 Main road, Eltham by the director of the National Gallery of Victoria, Eric Westbrook. Situated on the left hand side of the main road, about a mile and a half beyond Eltham, towards Research, near Coleman's Corner at the intersection of Wattletree Road. The property has remnants of a stone quarry, probably for the purpose of gaining stone for local road making. Paintings were hung on screens and removed at night for safety. Large pedestals displayed sculpture and jewellery. All types of hand made art work was displayed. Access to the exhibition and grounds was slightly lower than the level of the road. They were encircled by a narrow little moat formed by a small tributary of the Diamond Creek accessed by a small well built stone bridge built by Ian Hassall with local stone. The Gallery later became known as Hassall's Gallery Bazaar antiques, furniture, curios bought and sold. It operated through to the early 1990s. The property has been derelict and neglected for some years. At one stage a shipping container sat near the entrance. This series of ten photographs illustrate the extent of the vegetation which has taken over the land, evidence of rubbish and a possible fire. In July 2017, planning permission was sought from the Shire of Nillumbik for buildings and works to construct a dwelling and associated vegetation removal. (source planningalerts.org.au)

Photograph - Stebbing's Cottage (c.1860s), 88 Pitt St, Eltham, built by George Stebbing

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 3 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100

Photograph - Kinglake Post Office.

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.