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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

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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 - Heritage Excursion; Laughing Waters, Laughing Waters Road, Eltham, 7 Sep 2013

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

LAUGHING WATERS WALK This excursion was a follow up to the Laughing Waters Story told to us by Jane Woollard at our Annual General Meeting in March 2013. It involved a walk commencing from the corner of Laughing Waters and Overbank Roads along Laughing Waters Road to its eastern end and returning partly over the same route - a total distance of about 2.5km. On the way we visited the two artist in residence properties to view the houses on them that are associated with Alistair Knox, Gordon Ford and others in the local mud brick and artistic community. An unexpected afternoon tea was offered to us by the artists in residence and we had a brief opportunity to view inside one of the houses.

Photograph - Blashik family home, Ingrams 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

The Blashiks were a German family and friends of the Brinkkotters. The son was Len Blashik. The family had a rough time during the First World War. They made tanks.

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

Book - The quiet hills /​ J.W. Payne.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Paperback; 40 p. : ill., portraits, maps, index, pbk ; 29 cm.

Photograph - Untitled

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Digital image

Historical information

Source: Royal Historical Society of Victoria

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 - A street in Eltham, c.1985

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Historical information

[Note: dated based on negatives 01791 (20 Jan 1986) as service station (in other frames on roll of film) and pricing for fuel very similar period; possibly late 1985]

Significance

Reflects on the changing nature of the local street-scape and houses

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak CL 200 5093

Photograph - James and Robert Ness, Garden Hill Farm, Kangaroo Ground

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph reproduced on p49 of 'Pioneers & Painters' Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photo Collection, no. 420 (duplicate of hard copy held at Eltham Library)

Photograph - Vegetation, Riverhill Drive, Lower Plenty, c.March 1981

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

35mm colour positive transparency Kodak Kodachrome cardboard mount

Historical information

Infrastructure features used by Eltham Shire Council in the construction of Riverhill Drive, Lower Plenty, c.March 1981

Slide - Sherbourne Road overpass, Briar Hill, South Abutment, 23 July 1970

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

35 mm colour positive transparency Mount - Agfacolor Service (Blue)

Historical information

Construction of new realigned Sherbourne Road railway overpass following realignment construction works for intersection of Sherbourne Road and Para Road.

Photograph - Rifle Range Road, Smiths Gully, 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 - Industrial development, Para Road, Briar Hill, c.1984

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Historical information

Views of industrial sites and shop fronts on Para Road, Briar Hill including the business 'Greensborough Motorcycles'. Para Road, Briar Hill is parallel to the Hurstbridge Railway Line. The building 'Greensborough Motorcycles' was destroyed by fire in the early 2000s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak CP 100 5094

Photograph - Diamond Creek Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph of Diamond Creek and creekside vegetation.

Photograph - Hurstbridge - Cr. Price crossing New Bridge (Opening Day), 1917.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Mr. G. Hughes (Sen), (Son-in-law of Cr. Price)

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 - Rourkes Ridge, on the Yea border, near Kinglake

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: National Library, Canberra from Album of Victorian Views, photographed by C. Nettleton

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 - Montsalvat, 21 Sep 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Opening of 'Our Eltham: Artistic Recollections'

Photograph - Mud brick cubby house beside Maroondah Aqueduct Trail near Ingrams Road, Research, 1991

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 9 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji HG 200 CA-1

Photograph - Council Road Maintenance works, Shire of Eltham, c. Oct 1987

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Demonstrating the Shire's new truck-mounted bitumen spray unit which replaced trailer-towed equipment. Date based on other images from negative roll of similar display panels visible in images of the Shire of Eltham display at the Eltham Community Festival, 7 November 1987. (Negative strip missing.)

Folder - Thomas Henry Bowman

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on Thomas Henry Bowman, Eltham 1930

Photograph - Newsagency, Main Road, Eltham, 3 May 2017

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Born Digital

Historical information

Former site of the Post Office, then Priceline and now the relocated Newsagency; the former site across Main Road being demolished. Post Office has moved up from the original location but still in same building complex. Railway Station and carpark to the right.

Photographs - Group shots of family and friends of Leslie Beard and his wife Lois (nee Wright)

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

9 small black and white photographs with white borders. 2 are cut from a photo album with captions and explanatory letter from Donor Dulcie Mugavin

Historical information

Family Group photos from an album belonging to Leslie Beard who married Lois Wright. The donor/relative suggests that the older group would most likely be St Phillips Church of England, Hoddle Street, Collingwood picnics, and the smaller groups of Lois' family. Two photos are marked as at Eltham 2nd November 1920. Photo 5 with fence line is marked as Heidelberg 1920

Photograph - Houses on Progress Road viewed from Glen Park Road, Eltham North, February 1970

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Kodachrome 35mm colour transparency in cardboard mount Processing date FEB70M6

Historical information

Wood family home (1969-2011) pre and post construction by Knox and Hellemons Shows Wood family home on Progress Road in centre of field of view

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed in ink "Hoses on Progress Rd from Glen Park Rd, Eltham North 1970"

Photograph - Friendly Inn Hotel, Eltham, NSW

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Folder - William Ford

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Folder of information on William Ford, 1826 - 1912, Mill Proprietor

Photograph - Eltham Living and Learning Centre

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph

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

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Folder - John Jardine

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on John Jardine, Kangaroo Ground, 1880s

Photograph - View from Ness Lane, Kangaroo Ground, 6 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: (1) Research to Kangaroo Ground

Photograph - The Hon. Ewen Hugh Cameron, Member for Evelyn in Legislative Assembly, Victorian Parliament, for 40 years from 1874-1914

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

The Hon. Ewen Hugh Cameron, married Agnes Bell, (senior). Member for Evelyn in Legislative Assembly, Victorian Parliament, for 40 years from 1874-1914. Lived at Pigeon Bank, Kangaroo Ground during those 40 years. Born 1832 - Died 27.9.1915. Source: Mrs. E.M. Jackson, Pigeon Bank, Kangaroo Ground.

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 - 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 - Eltham Living and Learning Centre "Goat Shed" - unofficial opening by Claire Fitzpatrick, 3 December 1989

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Background to the two openings of the "Goat Shed": Following a need to clean up some of the old L&L Centre buildings, in 1989 Council decided to enclose the remaining goat shed in a steel truss frame for use as a store room. Claire Fitzpatrick, who had run animal husbandry and goat classes on the site from the 1975 opening of the L&L Centre, was invited by the Committee to officiate at the naming of the new building on 3/12/1989. Following a fire of the stables/workshops on 8/5/1990 (which had to be cleared off the site) Council/Committee decided to use the $15000 insurance money to upgrade/refurbish the 1989 building to replace classrooms lost in the "stables fire". This refurbished Goat Shed was officially opened on 30/5/1991 by Cr. Peter Graham, Shire President. (Gleaned from Committee file, 1987-1992.) Photos show Claire Fitzpatrick (red jacket) and Gillian Barclay (white jacket).

Photograph - Eltham-Yarra Glen Road, Reynolds Road to Kanandah Court

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph 20 x 29 cm mounted on green-painted chipboard 28 x 35.5 cm (string on back for hanging)

Historical information

One of a set of display images thought to be produced by the Shire of Eltham c.1979-1987

Significance

Illustrative of services provided by former Shire of Eltham

Inscriptions & Markings

Title printed on label adhered to board below photograph (replaced June 2017)