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

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By appointment only; contact edhsoffice@gmail.com

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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 - Alistair Knox designed home, 7 Helene Street, Eltham

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3 colour prints 10 x 15 cm

Folder - Mary Ann Leak

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Folder of information on Mary Ann Leak, Panton Hill, 1860s

Photograph - Local History Centre, the former Police Residence. Weather is not going to stop our walk today, 2 Sep 2017

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Heritage Excursion - An Eltham South Ramble, 2 Sep 2017

Photograph - Peter Bassett-Smith tuns the key, 12 July 1998

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

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Opening Ceremony of Local History Centre, 728 Main Road, Eltham, Sunday, July 12th, 1998

Significance

Peter, a former President of the Society opens the door to the future of the Society.

Photograph - Clay Nuneham, Eltham Heritage Tour, 23 May 1993

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

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Slide - 35mm colour positive transparency

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

Photograph - Construction of Eltham Community Centre, June 1977

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Looking east from the Eltham Community Centre to Main Street

Photograph - 20th Anniversary of Eltham District Historical Society, afternoon tea in Senior Citizens' Centre, 10 October 1987

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Colour photograph

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L-R: Mrs Marjorie North, Mrs Blanche Shallard

Photograph - Heritage Excursion; Maroondah Aqueduct, 3 September 2016

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

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Newsletter No., 229, August 2016 Heritage Excursion - Maroondah Aqueduct Walk - Saturday 3rd September The Maroondah Aqueduct was once a major link in Melbourne’s water supply system. It was built between 1886 and 1891 to transfer water from the Watts River near Healesville to the Preston Reservoir. It was 66 km in length, made up of 41 km of open channel, 10 km of tunnel through hills and 15 km of pipeline across stream valleys known as inverted siphons. The section of the aqueduct through the Eltham area has been abandoned since the 1980s but the open channel has largely been retained. A recreational path follows the aqueduct reserve. For our excursion on 3rd September we intend to walk along the section of the aqueduct adjacent to Allendale Road. This is a section not visited on previous excursions and includes the transition from open channel to the inverted siphon across the Diamond Creek valley. Apart from the aqueduct itself the main feature of the walk is the extensive views across Eltham North and Diamond Creek. Along the way we will talk about the history of the aqueduct and the area. This easy walk is about 3 km return and will take 2 to 2.5 hours. It will start at 2pm at the junction of Allendale Road with Godber Road and Zig Zag Road North, officially Diamond Creek, but on the northern boundary of Eltham. (Melway ref.12 B10).

Photograph - Streetscape, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 2 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak CL 200 5093

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

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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).

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 164 September 2005

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

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Contents: • Next meeting, guest speaker; Raelene Marshall: Shaping of the Australian Cultural Landscape; a talk about the role of dry stone walls in Australian history • September Meeting • Eltham Justice Precinct • Notice of Special General Meeting • News from the Andrew Ross Museum by Diana Bassett-Smith • Society Notes • Other Local 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 - Jock Read (on left) with Garnet Burges, Shire of Eltham function, c.1990

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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

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

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Kodacolor II

Photograph - Shire of Eltham Living and Learning Centre

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph (from proof sheet of contact prints)

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.

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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 - Nankervis Bridge at Arthurs Creek, c. Oct 1987

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Colour photograph mounted on green-painted chipboard with string on back for hanging

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

Photograph - 14 Stokes Place, Eltham, April 1980

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital file

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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 - Old railway overpass, Sherbourne Road, Briar Hill

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph printed with white borders

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View of the railway bridge, road and cars on Sherbourne Road / Para Road Briar Hill probably taken before the announcement of the construction of a new bridge in September 1963 (see Accession number: 01696-14)

Book - Heidelberg Primary School - the first 125 years 1854-1979

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Soft cover, 32 pages, photographs, 32 cm.

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A history of Heidelberg Primary School no. 294. Includes photographs. A link was established with the Austin Hospital in 1908.

Inscriptions & Markings

On cover previous owner Harry Gilham

Photograph - Staff Photo, Corporate/Administration/Finance Department, Shire of Eltham, July, 1987 (with names)

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Two colour photographs, laminated, one with typed list of names 2 copies different sizes 22.5 x 27 cm laminated (12.5 x 20 cm photo) and 26.5 x 33 cm laminated (19 x 25.5 cm photo)

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Top Row, from left - Tom Lovass, Mark Holding, Margaret Jarvie, Graham Ford, Carolyn Edmonds, David Petersen, Phil McKenzie, Liz Edmondson, Craig Westhead, Ray King, Lodi Francesconi. Middle Row, from left - Kevin Garvey, Jeanette Cornish, Peter Spiller, Linda Kirkwright, Earl Roberts, Tony Guzzo, Rodney Roscholler, John McDonough, John Higgins, Keston Clarke, Jeanette Sproat. Front Row, from left - Mark Sutcliffe, Natalie Sannholm, Des Powell, Lee Hayes, Neanne Roker, Lynda McNally, Liz Blake, Jane Glynn, Marg Shepherd. (Staff not present – Carole Bell, Charmayne Rose, Margaret Marczuk, George Overton, Ian Young, Joe Galea, Stacey Hesketh, Marjorie McNeil).

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Originally contained in an envelope with handwritten note on enveloe to Allan Baker dated 14 Dec 1987 "Enclosed for your use are staff photos of all departments. I've given each Champion of Committees copies for all their respective Councillor photos of Depts reporting to each committee. Outdoor staff photos will be taken next week and I'll make those available as soon as possible. Cheers (Undecipherable)"

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 113 March 1997

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A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

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Contents: • Next meeting, guest speaker; Russell Yeoman: Their Eltham • Society Program • Annual General Meeting • Autumn Excursion • Society Headquarters – 728 Main Road Eltham • In Brief

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

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

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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 - Looking north adjacent to 22-24 Piper Crescent, Eltham, c.1988

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Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 1 strip

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GB 100 5096

Photograph - Diamond Valley Community Hospital, Greensborough, Apr 1990

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Six colour photographs showing construction works at Diamond Valley Community Hospital, Greensborough, April 1990

Photograph - Peter Vermey in hall, studs still exposed

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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 - Maryborough Railway Station, Spring Excursion to Maryborough, 27 September 1992

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Two colour photographs

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[from EDHS Newsletter No. 86, September 1992:] SPRING EXCURSION MARYBOROUGH: As a Spring excursion our bus trip on 27th September is well timed - Maryborough is conducting its Wattle Festival on that weekend. We are to be guests of the Midlands Historical Society who will provide a guide for our tour of the town. This is a somewhat longer trip than we usually undertake so we have an earlier start at 8.00 am and the cost is a little more than usual at $20.00. The entry to the Midlands Society's Worsley Cottage is included. At the end of the town tour we will visit the C.W.A.'s Fair which is part of the Wattle Festival. Afternoon tea will be available there for a small charge. Bring your lunch and something for morning tea if you wish. We will be travelling to Maryborough via Creswick and Clunes and returning via Castlemaine. We will return about 6.00 pm and transport home can be arranged if required. Maryborough has a rich history with the gold era being particularly significant. Local historian Betty Osborne has produced the book "Maryborough - a Social History 1854-1905". You might like to try and obtain it from the library for advance reading or it will be available for purchase on the day at $25.00. To book for this tour please complete the attached from and return with your payment to the September meeting or send it to our post office box. Friends are most welcome as usual.

Photograph - Hurstbridge War Memorial, 20 July 2015

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Photograph - Upper Yarra Dam, Spring Tour, 22 Oct 1995

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Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 2 strips

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EXPLORING THE UPPER YARRA (Newsletter No. 105, November 1995, by Bettina Woodburn) We enjoyed the Spring Excursion, this year "Exploring the Upper Yarra" - in spite of the constant rain and the countryside under the cloud cover, especially in the valleys, being mainly shiny shades of green. The occasional fields of buttercups, clumps of arum lilies and splendid rhododendron and other flowering bushes became very special. The Cobb and Co coach was warm and a cosy retreat as we zig-zagged on the highways and byways to glimpse the Yarra River, upstream and down, its secret places, and particularly the many bridges. Russell excelled as 'Poet Laureate', reading from Dacre Smyth's book. This 1979 publication includes paintings of all the bridges along the river with poems and brief descriptions of each one. Some of the bridges are in out of the way places and are not very well known. We looked forward to hearing the poetry as much as seeing the ' constructions'…Big Pat (was he short or tall, lean or fat? He did win the two hundred pound reward for discovering gold and had the creek named after him), about the 'Eddies'?, and the disliked 'meccano' bridge in Warburton, etc. etc. The hot roast lunch in the old Reefton Hotel was also most welcome. It was easy to imagine it peopled by miners and early settlers. Starting by crossing the new (1974) concrete bridge at Warrandyte we headed through Wonga Park with views to the Christmas Hills and to the escarpment of the Yering Gorge, which causes flood waters to back up through the Yarra Glen plain, so avoiding disasters downstream. At the end of a long driveway we found the wooden, privately owned Henley Bridge (1935 after the 1934 floods). This facilitates access to different parts of Henley Farm and to Lilydale. Everard Park, named after Blanche Shallard's father, a State Member for 17 years, below the Highway Yarra crossing was in need of care. It is 10 miles from Yarra Glen by road but, as "Yarra Marra” canoeists well know, 32 winding miles down by water. After more delightful countryside scenes we joined the Warburton Highway at Woori Yallock. From the old Railway Station at Launching Place the Centennial Trail for walkers, cyclists and ' horse riders has replaced the rails. The line from Lilydale was opened in 1901, and the last diesel freight train ran to Warburton in 1965. It continued to rain as we had morning tea in Warburton in a shelter between footbridges. From here we continued upstream past the Bridge to O'Shannasy Lodge and Reservoir, Starvation Creek, and the Peninsular tunnel (miners dug it as at Pound Bend) which we visited (scrambling down those steps!) on our return after lunch. Our furthermost point was the Upper Yarra Dam Reserve (and vast catchment area). Finished in 1957 after ten years work and 100 years after Yan Yean, it supplies much of Melbourne's water. After crossing the 30m Launching Place Bridge to the Eltham side of the Yarra and Healesville, we saw in the distance the Yarra Glen Timber Trestle Bridge over the river flats "the longest for years in the land it was said!" Harry's dream of "better weather over the Divide" unfortunately didn't come true, but I'm sure we 36 members will retain happy memories of a day that was wet and green and filled with Bridges. Bettina Woodburn - October 1995

Significance

Record of the Society's history of activities - Spring 1995 excursion

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-4

Photograph - Main Road looking north just north of Antoinette Boulevard, c.May 2001

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Agfa HDC 200 plus-2