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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)
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+61 0409 021 063

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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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Photograph - Road from Hotel to Hall, Kinglake at later stage.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Mrs. McMinn, Kinglake Cross Ref: SEPP_0036

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 - Parsons Road Bridge over the Aqueduct

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 5 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Safety 5035

Photograph - Eltham Community Centre, 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]

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak CL 200 5093

Photograph - Pigeon Bank Road, 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: (2) Warrandyte to Kangaroo Ground

Photograph - Polictical campaign sign "Vote 1 Harmer, The Proven People's Rep", c.1954

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Election campaigns

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on face of photo in Biro "No. BULL. E. Harmer" on back - About 1954

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

Photograph - Interior of a Red Rattler Tait train passenger carriage, 22 August 1983

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

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

Historical information

Note the graffiti. Older 20th.c and earlier railway cars were rolling palaces of the cabinet makers art. Full of polished timber, plated & embossed metal fittings, soft upholstery & beveled glass. In their earliest form, the Tait’s and earlier swing door cars for even modest suburban work, reflected some level of this design approach. Plus of course large sepia toned photographs on dividing walls displaying tourist spots trains could take you to.

Photograph - Wallis; Eltham cemetery, August 2007

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 6 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GC 400-9

Folder - L.N. Bill

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on L N Bill, Kangaroo Ground 1883

Photograph - Heritage Excursion; Maroondah Aqueduct, 3 September 2016

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

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 - 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 - Russell Yeoman towing the Shire of Eltham Historical Society parade float south along Main Road, Eltham Festival, 10 November 1990

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Historical information

The festival parade was held at 11.00 am on Saturday, 10 November 1990, commencing in Youth Road (behind Elfham Railway Station} and Diamond Street. As per tradition, the Shire of Eltham Historical Society entered a float in the parade but for the first time combined with the Diamond Valley Arts Society to produce the float. The theme of the parade was ''Spring into Summer". In accordance with this theme the Society's float depicted artists on a spring painting excursion. Part of the group was "Walter Withers" painting a landscape. There was also another artist painting a portrait of a girl in a spring costume. Joh Ebeli was responsible for preparation of the float. The float won the prize for the best display.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-2 5095

Photograph - Widening of Main Road Bridge over the Diamond Creek, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Three colour photographs of the construction work of the widening works of the bridge over the Diamond Creek, Eltham, near Lower Eltham Park Victoria. The bridge re-opened on October 25, 1984. (EDHS Chronology of known local events 1835- early 2000)

Photograph - Central Park, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph reproduced on p96 of 'Pioneers & Painters' Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photo Collection, no. 684 (duplicate of hard copy held at Eltham Library)

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 - Beard Street and Main Road Eltham, 20 Jan 1986

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Historical information

During the recent refurbishment of our Local History Centre we came across a roll of 35mm colour negatives which at some stage had been exposed to water or similar resulting in the individual strips sticking to each other and the old paper film processing envelope. The situation looked hopeless but one of our members had an idea on how to salvage them; after all, we had nothing to lose. In the end we were able to separate the film strips and remove most of the paper residue except some of the adhesive. The film was scanned and even though suffering from various light issues; fading, possible exposure problems and a yellow shadow cast by the adhesive residue, the detail and historical information they contain has been rescued. These images are all centred around the intersection of Beard Street and Main Road Eltham. The Sun headline is "Poison Dumped in Murray" which has been dated to 20 Jan 1986 1986 'Poison in Murray cuts town water', The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), 20 January, p. 1. , viewed 30 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article122421767

Significance

A favourite milk bar of the time for local youth as evidenced from comments on the ThrowbackThursday Facebook Page post. Frame 01791-1 shows the auction sign for the land on the southeast corner of Main Road and Beard Street which was developed into a small group of shops

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak CL 200 5093

Photograph - ELTHAM ARBOR DAY 1973 - Alistair Knox with school children of the Shire of Eltham, Vic, planting native trees in the Town Park, 10 October 1973

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph

Historical information

ELTHAM - ARBOR DAY, 10 Oct 1973. School children of the Shire of Eltham planting trees (previously planned to take place during the visit of Sir Rohan Delacombe to the Shire on 19th September, 1973 but cancelled that day due to inclement weather). REF: 783 SOURCE: Shire of Eltham (Eltham District Historical Society) Eltham Town Park would later be renamed Alistair Knox Park

Photograph - Tait Electric Train (Red Rattler) crossing the Railway Trestle Bridge at Eltham, c.1981

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

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

Historical information

Heading to Princes Bridge in Melbourne Eltham Shire Council Offices in background

Photograph - Eltham Primary School Grades 3/4 visit to the Local History Centre and Courthouse, 728-730 Main Road, Eltham, 13 June 2012

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph - Strawberry farm, Silvan, 16 April 2008

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy of colour photograph

Folder - Joseph Bull

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on Joseph Bull, Research, 1873

Photograph - Gwen and Gordon Ford's home, Pitt Street, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 10 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-6

Photograph - Eltham Woods Childcare Co-operative, Frank Street, Eltham, 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 - Special night run event, Diamond Valley Railway, 12 March 2006

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy of colour photograph

Folder - F. Grundell

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on F Grundell, Eltham, 1861.

Photograph - The old Wattletree Road bridge, Eltham on east side of Diamond Creek, c.1998

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 8 strips

Historical information

Viewed from the backyard of the Bakos family residence, 107 Railway Parade Eltham (formerly 137 Railway Parade Eltham) looking north.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-5

Folder - George Hall

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on George Hall, Kangaroo Ground, 1868

Photograph - Heritage Excursion; East of Eltham, 6 Sep 2014

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

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Historical information

Newsletter No. 218, September 2014 September Excursion - East of Eltham Walk In Newsletter No. 197, March 2011, there was a brief history of Crown Allotment 15 Section 5 Parish of Nillumbik (CA 15) a parcel of land of a quarter of a square mile extending from Eucalyptus Road to Reynolds Road at the eastern extremity of Eltham. From the 1940s it was known as Stokes orchard. In later years it has been subdivided for residential purposes but leaving significant areas as power line and water supply reserves and bushland reserves that are habitat for the threatened For our excursion on 6th September we intend to walk through CA 15 to a bushland reserve east of Reynolds Road. The walk will traverse the boundary between suburban Eltham and the non-urban areas to the south and east. This is a pleasant walk through residential areas and bushland. Along the way we will discuss the early and more recent history of CA 15 as well as local natural history and geology. This walk is about 3.5 km in length and will take 2 to 2.5 hours. It will start at 2pm at the corner of Eucalyptus Road, Pitt Street and Nyora Road.

Photograph - Doney's Store, 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

A much updated version of the store and house just prior to its removal.

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 - Opening of the Railway Line; The arrival of the Governor-General, 6 June, 1902.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Negative black and white film 120 6x9 format 2 strips

Historical information

Published: The opening of the railway line by His Excellency The Governor General, The Weekly Times, June 14, 1902, p10.

Inscriptions & Markings

Agfa APX 100