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Photograph - Surveyors laying out the new corner of Bridge Street and Main Road, Eltham, during duplication works, 1968

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy of colour photograph

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Roadworks for duplication of Main Road.

Photograph - Kinglake Area

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph of signs Ned Kelly's Lookout and Strawberries near Gangelhoff Road Kinglake

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

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph - Heritage Excursion; Eltham Lower Park Walk and Talk, 1 July 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Newsletter No., 234, June 2017 Heritage Excursion - Saturday 1st July - Eltham Lower Park - Walk and Talk Eltham Lower Park has played an important part in the history of our area since the early days of European settlement when it was used by local residents as an informal racecourse. Prior to that its location at the junction of the Diamond Creek and the Yarra River made it an important meeting place for the Wurundjeri people. The park combines formal elements and sporting facilities with remnant bushland that is of environmental significance. It is home to sporting and horse riding clubs, popular play spaces and the Diamond Valley Miniature Railway, which attracts large numbers of visitors. The park will be the venue for our July excursion which will comprise a walk of about 3.5 km around the park and adjacent areas. Along the way we will discuss the history and natural history of the area. The path along the creek and the river provides a pleasant and scenic walk. This walk on Saturday 1st July is about 3.5 km in length and will take 2 to 2.5 hours. It will start at 2pm at the Main Road car park at the front of the park. (Melway ref 21 H 10).

Photograph - Election Day, Eltham East Primary School, 2 July 2016

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Book - Return to Research : a centenary history of Research Primary School /​ edited by Andrew Lemon.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Paperback; 104 p. : ill., plans, ports. , ; 21 cm.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0949905437 : 0731671805 (Research Primary School)

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 - 65 Bible Street, Eltham, Nov-Dec 1999

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

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.

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Kodak GC 400-6

Photo Album page - Photo album, Eltham Christian School, Nyora Road, Eltham, 1981-1984

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photo album page from magnetic spiral bound photo album

Historical information

The Stokes family settled in this area of Eltham in the 1940s and were associated with the Eltham Christian Church. In the 1970s this church had met in temporary premises in Eltham. Lots of the original 1920s subdivision remained south of Nyora Road and a number of these lots were utilized for the Eltham Christian School, which was established by the Eltham Christian Church in 1981. The school operated on this site until 2000. The premises were owned by the Nillumbik Community Church who were in operation till November 2010 when the Eltham Baptist Church commenced a lease arrangement until the site was purchased by them in April 2012. The building is constructed of brick and timber with a balcony on two sides that looks over an expanse of grass. Sources: STOKES ORCHARD – AN INCOMPLETE HISTORY February 28, 2015 http://www.elthamhistory.org.au/ Australian Christian Church Histories - Eltham Baptist Church http://www.churchhistories.net.au/church-catalog/eltham-vic-baptist/ From an album featuring a series of photographs (some cropped) from a magnetic photo album relating to the staff, students and activities of the Eltham Christian School which operated as part of the Eltham Christian Church at Nyora Road, Eltham. See also entries for each photograph.

Photograph - Main Road, Eltham looking east towards Bolton Street (south), c.May 2001

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Agfa HDC 200 plus-2

Photograph - Boomerang House, Laughing Waters Road, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 10 strips Kodak Gold 100-6

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Designed by Alistair Knox and Gordon Ford

Photograph - 34 York Street, Eltham, Nov-Dec 1999

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GC 400-6

Book - Alan Marshall's Australia

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

viii, 165 p. : ill. ;

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One of a collection of books by local writer Alan Marshall held at EDHS. This one is of "anecdotes and yarns" as described by Marshall before its publication in July 1981 in the Canberra Times. Alan Marshall's Australia, the Australia of "I Can Jump Puddles" has vanished. No longer do we have time to sit on the sliprail and exchange yarns, to drive buggies down long, quiet dusty roads, or to watch the king-hit merchant operating in some small hotel. Even the Cu-nims hold no terrors for a Boeing 427! And yet - Alan Marshall's Australia lives for all those who read this book. Meet Lance Skuthorpe who tethered an old bull in Bourke Street and offered £5 to anyone who could ride it for half a minute and Binjarrpooma, the Arnhem Land terror. Accompany Alan in his horse-drawn caravan or buggy to country sales, pubs and stations and listen with him to great bush eccentrics, lairs and yarn spinners. Go further back and remember Conversation Lollies, the cigarette cards you collected and the school yard games. Can you recall how to test an axe blade, choose a pocket knife, or the penetrating power of Goanna Oil? But this book is more than a nostalgic journey into the past ; it is history for the young and a timely reminder for us all - it is our roots. - Front end papers

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0908090390

Photograph - Eltham RSL and Uniting Church, Main Road, Eltham, c.1979

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 6 strips

Significance

Changing streetscape - RSL branch merged with Montmorency. Land sold and since developed into units.

Inscriptions & Markings

Unidentified; half-frame numbering

Photograph - Everlastings at Phyl Cooke's

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Originally contained in a 'magnetic' photo album of scenic photos of Yan Yean and Warrandyte believed to be donated by Mrs Eric Stephenson, Jingalong, 110 Ryans Road, Eltham, Vic. 3095; relocated to archival safe storage.

Photograph - One Tree Hill Mine and Surrounds, 1992

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Historical information

Living and Learning Centre excursion/walk

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 105 November 1995

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, guest speaker; Bruce Nixon: The Kangaroo Ground Collection • November Meeting • Christmas Function • Andrew Ross Schoolhouse Museum • Exploring the Upper Yarra by Bettina Woodburn • Benjamin Baxter • Other News • Sages Cottage Gardens, Baxter Provender Restaurant

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 - Local History Centre display for Opening Day, 12 July 1998

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 6 of 7 strips

Historical information

The new home of Eltham District Historical Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100

Photograph - Hurstbridge - Old Bridge.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Timber bridge built about 1887 and replaced in 1917 by a reinforced concrete arch bridge designed by John Monash

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 - Hurstbridge Coaches depot and Hurstbridge rail station, Heidelberg-Kinglake Road, Hurstbridge, c.1980

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Safety 5035

Photograph - Looking west near 58 Airlie Road, Montmorency, c.1989

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

The Shire of Eltham was introducing a number of speed humps throughout the shire around this time period and took a photographic record of various new installations.

Photograph - Heritage Excursion; Eltham Lower Park Walk and Talk, 1 July 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Newsletter No., 234, June 2017 Heritage Excursion - Saturday 1st July - Eltham Lower Park - Walk and Talk Eltham Lower Park has played an important part in the history of our area since the early days of European settlement when it was used by local residents as an informal racecourse. Prior to that its location at the junction of the Diamond Creek and the Yarra River made it an important meeting place for the Wurundjeri people. The park combines formal elements and sporting facilities with remnant bushland that is of environmental significance. It is home to sporting and horse riding clubs, popular play spaces and the Diamond Valley Miniature Railway, which attracts large numbers of visitors. The park will be the venue for our July excursion which will comprise a walk of about 3.5 km around the park and adjacent areas. Along the way we will discuss the history and natural history of the area. The path along the creek and the river provides a pleasant and scenic walk. This walk on Saturday 1st July is about 3.5 km in length and will take 2 to 2.5 hours. It will start at 2pm at the Main Road car park at the front of the park. (Melway ref 21 H 10).

Photograph - Research-Eltham District.

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

Cross Ref Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph Collection No. 505

Significance

The Reynolds family were early settlers in Research. Reynolds Road is named after this family

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 - Montsalvat, 21 Sep 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Opening of 'Our Eltham: Artistic Recollections'

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 - Main Road just east of Wattletree Road, Eltham, February 1990

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100

Photograph - Marcella's Restaurant, cnr Main Road and Brougham Street, Eltham, c.1990

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Now Gennaro's Pizza Restaurant

Photograph - Near 18 Wombat Drive, Eltham, 1991

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Prior to road sealing works.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marked 'E' on reverse.

Photograph - Carla and Peter Vermey, 14 Stokes Place, Eltham, February 1984

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital file

Historical information

14 Stokes Place was the home of Peter and Carla Vermey who had migrated to Australia from Holland. The land was purchased in May 1979 and the home 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 from a print contained in owner's photo album (81 prints in total digitised)

Photograph - Stokes Place, Eltham, April 1980; viewed from near no. 10 looking southeast.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital file

Historical information

14 Stokes Place was the home of Peter and Carla Vermey. The land was purchased in May 1979 and the home 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 from a print contained in owner's photo album (81 prints in total digitised)

Photograph - York Street, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Old bakery on right. Stamped on back: Hugh Fisher Photographer 82 Lygon St., Brunswick 3057 387-3040 & 6 York St., Eltham 3095 439-9046 and inscribed B311

Photograph - War Memorial Tower, Kangaroo Ground

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

View of Kangaroo Ground Tower from the entrance gate area beside the footpath (Contained in an album originally put together by Harry Gilham. Photos subsequently relocated to photosafe archival storage.) [2001]

Photograph - Caretaker Cottage on Aitken's property. Photographed by Mr. Glower of Kinglake.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph reproduced on p42 of 'Pioneers & Painters' Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photo Collection, no. 32 (duplicate of hard copy held at Eltham Library)

Photograph - Afternoon Tea in the Courthouse in celebration of the opening of the Local History Centre, 12 July 1998

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 6 of 7 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100

Photograph - Landscape (1927), home of artist & cartoonist Percy Leason

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Heritage Excursion - An Eltham South Ramble, 2 Sep 2017

Brochure - 'Illilawa', Research

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Printed Real Estate brochure of 'Illilawa', Ingrams Road, Kangaroo Ground featuring pretty stucco and timber cottage, bay windows, open fireplaces, loads of charm and character.

Historical information

Timber Cottage circa 1881 at 35 Ingrams Road, Research.

Photograph - Looking down Parsons Road to Main Road, Eltham, c.1987

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GA 100 5095

Photograph - Eltham Local History Centre Open Day, 4 March 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Newly refurbished Eltham Local History Centre Open Day, 4 March 2017 Celebrating 50 years of the Society 1967-2017

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

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Photograph - Eltham Ambulance Station, Metropolitan Ambulance Service, Apex Way, Montmorency, just prior to demolition, 7 November 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

20 born digital images

Historical information

The Eltham Apex Club conducted a Community Service Project (1965-1968) to raise funds for a new Ambulance Station to service the community. A site bounded by the intersection of Main Road, Grand Boulevard and Looker Road at Montmorency was purchased in 1969. In 1970, Eltham Shire Council undertook roadworks to construct Apex Way in preparation for the new station as well as duplicate Main Road, Lower Plenty, east of Grand Boulevard including the new Lower Plenty Bridge, which had been opened in November 1966, bordering with the City of Heidelberg. The Eltham Ambulance Station was opened 4 May 1975 by the Hon. Roy M. Vale, M.L.A. It was demolished in November 2017 to make way for a new larger station which also houses a MICA unit, opened 29 August 2018 by the Hon. Jill Hennessey, Minister for State Ambulance Services.

Photograph - Carpark construction, Eltham Village Shopping Centre renovations, corner Arthur Street and Main Road, Eltham, September 1999

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Two colour photographs

Photograph - Northern end of Mt Everard Track, 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 - Preschool, Frank Street, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Two colour photogrpahs of the Frank Street preschool kindergarten, also known as Eltham Woods Preschool

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 155 March 2004

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, guest speaker; Harold Bird OAM: At Home in Eltham and Abroad with the National Boys’ Choir • Annual general Meeting • Harold Bird OAM • Nillumbik Heritage Week 2004 • What Else?

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 - View across bridge at Hurstbridge, Vic.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Note steam train centre background.

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 - Eltham Cemetery

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph of revolving gate at Eltham Cemetery c.1960

Photograph - Bible Street Reserve, Eltham, 20 May 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Photograph - Writing the War exhibition, Eltham Library, 10 August 2016

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Photograph - 32 Piper Crescent, Eltham, 16 May 1990

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 2 strips (composite of three frames)

Historical information

Peter Conlan (via MysteryMonday website post) FEBRUARY 13, 2018 AT 12:13 PM: Photo is 32 Piper Crescent and the land to the right (behind the fenceline) is now the back of the properties at 1 to 4 Artists Hill.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GB 200 5096

Photograph - Metropolitan Water pipe track east from Afton Street, Research, 19 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: (4) Connecting trail to Eltham