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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 - Cook's Cottage; Mr. Ernie Andrew's home

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Glued on a brown paper scrapbook page (torn from scrapbook) with 8 black and white/sepia photos of varying sizes, 1 newspaper clipping and one greeting card with printed sketch and handwritten captions in ink. On back of page is 1 black and white photo and a large newspaper clipping.

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Pages from a scrapbook belonging to Heather Jenkins (nee Sargeant) who lived as a child in the Police Residence at 728 Main Road, Eltham in the 1920s. The house was known locally as "Cook's Cottage" because of its resemblance to Captain Cook's Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne. See also 00183

Significance

Heather Sargeant was the daughter of Constable W.C. Sargeant, the local police officer in residence at Eltham, 1922-1927

Photograph - Eltham Festival Parade, Nov 1982

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 24 shots

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Roll of negatives of the Eltham Festival Parade as it progresses along Main Road past the Catholic Church heading towards Bridge Street. Floats included the Tasmanian Wilderness Society with the Save the Franklin River campaign, and Diamond Valley Railway celebrating 21 years of passenger service as well as the Victorian Police Marching Band. A well known Eltham identity, Jock Read was asked to lead the Eltham Pony Club contingent that year and the roll includes several shots of Jock on his horse, Lofty who was approximately ten years of age, his colour was still classed as a steel grey at the time before he went "white" quite a few years later.

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Kodak Safety Film 5035

Photograph - Knapman; Eltham cemetery, August 2007

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 6 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GC 400-9

Photograph - 29 Susan Street, Eltham, 15 July 2009

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph - Alistair Knox designed mudbrick home, rural area Nillumbik

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 10 strips Kodak Gold 100-6 Cross Ref: 00648 (print) and 03183 (negative)

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Designed by Alistair Knox

Photograph - Installation of commemorative rock for Walter Withers at corner of Bible and Arthur Streets, Eltham, 17 May 1990

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 6 strips

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Roll of negatives of the installation of commemorative plaque and rock to Walter Withers installed in Walter Withers Reserve. Russell Yeoman advised (14 Jun 2017 society meeting) that the Shire of Eltham had been given a plaque to commemorate Walter Withers and that the rock was sourced from west of Melbourne with funds from a local government grant. The initial crane to lift the rock in place was too small and another crane was arranged. This also proved too small to lift it until a third and larger crane was arranged.

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Fuji 100

Photograph - Dianne Yans about to administer a vaccine shot to a young baby at the Maternal and Child Health Centre, War Memorial Hall, 905 Main Road, Eltham, 1989

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 6 strips

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Fuji 100

Photograph - War Memorial Tower, Kangaroo Ground

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

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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 - Skateboard competion outside the offices of the Shire of Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Low-resolution copy of colour photograph

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Originally contained in an A4 spiral bound blue plastic document folder with clear inserts of inkjet printouts, 3 images per page, 7 pages with explanatory notes and "Sue Law" at the top of each page.

Greeting Card - Maldon

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Christmas card

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Greeting card from Neville Emerson and Staff with sketch commissioned by Neville Emerson Real Estate

Auction Sale Brochure - Ballara, 1451 Main Road, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Brochure

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Auction sale brochure, Neville Emerson Real Estate, Lower Plenty

Photograph - Picnic at Yan Yean

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

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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 - Kangaroo Ground-St Andrews Road, Kangaroo Ground, c. October 1987

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 3 of 7 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GA 100 5095

Photograph - Jim Connor conducts an auction of three very special and locally significant books. Our thanks to the very generous winning bidders.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

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Eltham District Historical Society's 50th Anniversary dinner held at St Margaret's Hall, Pitt Street, Eltham, 27 October, 2017

Newsclipping - Mr John Stewart, headmaster of the Eltham State School, January 1926

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Newspaper clipping

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From Weekly Times (Melbourne), 30 January 1926, p. 8. Caption reads "New Teachers' president: Mr J. Stewart, the new president of the School Teachers' Union. He is the headmaster of the Eltham State School". John Stewart was principal 1924-1934.

Photograph - 41 Susan Street, Eltham, 15 July 2009

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Two colour photographs

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Valley Door and Kitchen Centre

Book - Family History comes to Life by Peter Cuffley

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

x, 197 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 28 cm. Includes index. Bibliography p.182-185.

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Methods of researching family history. Case studies of Eltham families.

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ISBN 073445634 Eltham District Historical Society from Peter + Diana Basset-Smith 1/4/07

Photograph - Bolton Street, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Five colour photographs of Bolton Street showing Eltham South Shops and The Ridge complex.

Photograph - Shire of Nillumbik World War One Memorials tour, 10 August 2016

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Photograph - Looking east along Arthur Street just down from intersection with Bible Street, Eltham, 1968

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy of colour photograph

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Valiant is parked outside what was no. 43 now part of a unit complex at no. 41. Immediately in front of Valiant is no. 45, which has been a vacant block since before 1990. Gentleman in hat with paper walking up hill is outside no. 39, now a unit complex and the old house on left is no. 37 (since replaced) which borders what is now the Walter Withers Reserve

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 85 July 1992

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • 25th Anniversary 1967-1992 • Twenty Fifth Anniversary Meeting Panel: Images of Eltham with David Armfield, Piers Bateman, Wendi Henderson, Hilary Jackman and Lesly Martin • Andrew Ross School House Museum Project • Lots of Other News • Eltham Heritage Mural • 50 Year Residents’ Lunch • Eltham Cultural Heritage Tour

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 - Former Caretaker's Cottage, Garden Hill, Kangaroo Ground, 1985

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

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At Kangaroo Ground Memorial Tower

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Fuji 100N

Photograph - Believed to be Mrs Jane Bailey (nee Matthews) (d. 1904) and her grand-daughter Ruby Jane Bertha Smart (1890-1903) in front of the Smart family cottage in Bridge Street, Eltham, c.1903

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Sepia photograph mounted on card with envelope

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Show's an original early settler's cottage in Bridge Street. The cottage was built by Mrs Mary Jane Smart's parents, Edwin Bailey and Jane (nee Matthews). Mary Jane Smart was born in the cottage. She married an Englishman, Alexander Wilson Smart who disappeared to Western Australia in the early 1900s in search of gold. He ultimately married again in W.A., committing bigamy and then committed murder and was hung in 1911. This photo was taken c.1903 not long before both Mrs Bailey and her grand daughter both passed away. Jane Bailey, Mary Jane Smart and Ruby Jane Bertha Smart are all buried in Eltham Cemetery. SMART'S HOME AT ELTHAM. HIS WIFE AND SONS. in a little bush cottage surrounded by tall gum trees, through which appear glimpses of a willow fringed creek, of road ways hedged by masses of snowy flowering hawthorn, of growing crops and vividly green grazing paddocks, lives Mrs. Smart, the lawful wife of the man who is now in the hands of the police of Western Australia on suspicion of having committed a dreadful crime. Here, about half a mile out of the picturesque village of Eltham, she was born, and has lived her whole life — about 50 years. Smart himself lived here till the time when many years ago, the "lure of gold" got into his blood and he cleared out to Western Australia, to follow the digging rushes, gradually becom ing more and more estranged, till at length all communication ceased and be became lost to his wife and children. "I did not want him to go away," said Mrs. Smart, "because I had heard of so many men who had forgotten their homes in the excite ment of gold seeking, and of many others who died unknown and uncared for. But he would go, and when I saw his mind was set on it I placed no obstacles in his way. My parents built and lived in this cottage, where I was born, and they died in it. When I grew up I met my husband, a young Englishman, and married him. His name is Alexander, not Alfred, and his age is 52. We were very happy here, and although we were not well off we were comfortable, for he was a steady, sober, industrious man and had constant employment. He was just a manual worker, but could turn his hand to anything. We had five children, but one died. Four sons grew up in this little cottage. Thus three generations lived in it, somewhat unusual in an Australian bush home, I think. My eldest son is married and has a family; one is in Western Australia— not with his father— another is away working for him self, and one (indicating a young man by her side) has always stuck to his mother. He is my sole support, and he is as good to me now as his father once was. Yes, his father was a good, home-loving man in our younger days. He was fond of his children and was highly respected in these parts.' "It is fifteen years since my husband went away first. He had then been work ing for the Metropolitan Board of Works, and was engaged in the tunnel under the Yarra near Queen's-bridge when it col-lapsed. After he went to the West he sent me money regularly and wrote constantly. He came home three times — twice for a week or two at a time, the third time, eight years ago, when the Eitham railway was nearing completion. I induced him to stay till the railway opened, and he re-mained with me several months. I tried to get him to leave the West and settle down in his home, but he would not; he seemed restless and anxious to be off. One day when we were in Collingwood together he left me, saying he wanted to see what boats were going West. I implored him not to go away, and he said he would see. However, he returned to me soon after wards and said he had taken his ticket and would go by the next boat, and he went. For a year he wrote at irregular intervals, and then his letters ceased and I heard no more of him. For seven years I have not known whether he was alive or dead. Before that time my two sons in Western Australian used to see him some times, though they did not live with him; they used to tell me in their letters that he was well. It was a hard blow to be forgotten by him, but as my sons grew up I became more reconciled, and now I seem to look back at my life with him as some thing that happened a long time ago and is only a memory. Of his life and doings in Western Australia I know nothing. The last time I heard of him he was working in a foundry at Midland Junction. He was at Cue working on the railway when it opened there, and he caught the fever, but all that time he sent me money. When he returned the first time he took our eldest son with him, and the other boy followed later. They did not stay with him, how ever, and as far as I know they did not know how he lived." 'Mrs. Smart is a quiet, toil worn woman who has the respect of everyone who knows her.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on envelope: "Return to Mrs H. Rutherway, 22 Bridge St, Eltham." Also "Photo Mrs Clark Hampton (nee Smart), original Smart's house - Bridge Street, 95 years ago." Also "Right - Mrs Clark's grandmother Mrs J Smart Left - Her daughter Ruby dies soon after photo taken. Brother Alf Smart died about 6 years ago." Inscribed on back of photo "247 Vincent St, Leederville"

Photograph - Looking slightly east of south towards Greensborough Plaza from near the Plenty River; Greensborough Bypass construction, c.1986

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph originally located in a magnetic style album titled 'Greensborough Bypass 1990s 5' suffering significant degradation. No information contained in album or on reverse of photos except where noted. Relocated to archival photosafe storage.

Photograph - Montmorency Railway Station

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph - Eltham North Primary School viewed from Glen Park Road, Eltham North, c.1983

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Originally contained in a 'magnetic' photo album believed to have been donated by Mr Eric Stephenson, Jingalong, 110 Ryans Road, Eltham, Vic. 3095; relocated to archival safe storage.

Photograph - Demolition of Eltham Shire Offices, 895 Main Road, Eltham, August 1996

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 5 strips

Historical information

The Shire Offices opened in 1965 and were extended in 1971. The final Eltham Shire Council meeting was held in December 1994 before the forced amalgamations of municipal councils by the Kennett Government. The State-Government-appointed Commissioners (1994-1996) took the decision in July 1996 to demolish the Eltham Shire Offices. The demolition works started within 24 hours of the decision being made.

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Kodak Gold 100-5

Photograph - 1852 Plan of Little Eltham and Land Purchase by Josiah Holloway

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

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Bicentennial/Heritage Week Display, "The Eltham Tradition", Eltham Shire Office, 17-22 April 1988

Photograph - Greensborough Road, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

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Looking up to Main Road

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Safety 5035

Photograph - Diamond Creek Trail, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Two colour photographs showing view looking towards and entering footbridge on the Diamond Creek Trail, Eltham

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 - Study of man with horse and plough

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph of pencil sketch

Historical information

Pencil drawing from a sketch book by Walter Withers. Held by the National Gallery of Victoria. Shire of Eltham Pioneers Photograph collection No. 5086.

Photograph - Ex-serving members of the Salvation Army, Rededication Ceremony, War Memorial Tower, Kangaroo Ground. 8 November 2001

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Ex-serving members of the Salvation Army in the four conflicts being recognised. (Contained in an album originally put together by Harry Gilham. Photos subsequently relocated to photosafe archival storage.) [2001]

Photograph - Fastening pin, Diamond Creek Trail, 24 February 2015

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy of colour photograph

Photograph - Roof underlay on Pavilion construction, March 1994

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

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Eltham Living and Learning Centre Pavilion under construction 1994

Photograph - Diamond Street Bridge, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Five colour photographs showing Diamond Street Bridge over Diamond Creek prior to reconstruction

Photograph - Sketch study of farmer with two horses

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph of pencil sketch

Historical information

Pencil drawing from a sketch book by Walter Withers.

Photograph - Tawny Frogmouth, Candlebark Park, 16 July 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Photograph - Study of cows

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph of pencil sketch

Historical information

Pencil drawing from a sketch book by Walter Withers.

Photograph - Excavating Railway Cutting to Hurstbridge.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

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 - Brougham Street Bridge, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph

Photograph - Looking east from the new bridge towards the newly completed pedestrian overpass and the roundabout at the end of the Bypass at Civic Drive; Greensborough Bypass construction, c.1986

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph originally located in a magnetic style album titled 'Greensborough Bypass 1990s 5' suffering significant degradation. No information contained in album or on reverse of photos except where noted. Relocated to archival photosafe storage.

Historical information

Note the two cyclists riding along the newly sealed road up the hill.

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 43 July 1985

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, Film Night featuring film on Alan Marshall and other subjects of local and historical interest • Montmorency, France • 150th Anniversary events • Society bus tour • Records and research • Other brief items • Time Capsule – suggestions for contents

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 - Construction of Eltham Library; fitting out stage, April 1994

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 6 strips

Historical information

The new Eltham Library was opened 22 May 1994. Linda McConnell was Branch Manager at the time. Donated via Yarra Plenty Regional Library, Linda McConnell Collection, March 2018 and held in joint partnership. Digitised from negatives held by Eltham District Historical Society. Print copies held by YPRL and EDHS.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-3

Photograph - Demolition of Eltham Shire Offices, 17 Aug 1996

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Three colour photographs of the Shire of Eltham Council Offices, Main Road, Eltham being demolished. 17 August, 1996. This followed Victorian Local Government re-amalgamations in 1994. This was a multi-story building which also included the Eltham Library.

Photograph - New Bridge at Hurstbridge.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

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 - Montmorency. Alban Street.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Mrs. Dandy, Montmorency, via Shire of Eltham Photo shows small boy with a cow

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 - The Hon. Ewan 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. Ewan 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 - Jelbart property, Arthur Street, Eltham Mud Brick Heritage Excursion, 4 October 1998

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

[article in EDHS Newsletter No. 123, November 1998:] MUD BRICK HERITAGE EXCURSION AND THE FUTURE. A small group of members attended the excursion on 4th October. We visited a number of earth houses listed by the Eltham Heritage Study in a very pleasant day's outing. The first visit was to the home of Jenny and Brian Ellis in York Street, formerly the home of Jenny's father Professor William McMahon Ball. We were made very welcome with inspection of the inside and outside showing the various stages of construction. We then walked through the grounds of "Kinloch", the Jelbart property in Arthur Street where we saw their large mud brick house and barn. Lunch was at Marion and Russell Yeoman's house in Peter Street. This pise house was built by the Moore family in the early 1950's. In the afternoon we visited the home of artist Jenni Mitchell in Fordhams Road, one of the last examples of the work of Alistair Knox. Then we travelled to Laughing Waters Road where we saw two interesting houses owned and built by well known landscape gardener Gordon Ford. Along the way we stopped to view a number of other properties from the street.

Photograph - Shire of Eltham Centenary Dinner; His Excellency Maj. Gen. Sir Rohan Delacombe, Cr. G.C. Dreverman, Cr. Glover and Mrs. Glover, 6 April 1971.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital image

Historical information

Shire of Eltham Centenary

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.