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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


Contact Information

728 Main Road Eltham Victoria 3095 (map)
+61 0409 021 063


Opening Hours

By appointment only; contact [email protected]


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
Recreation, economic and social conditions
Art and culture
Births, deaths and marriages
Townships, urban and rural development
Built environment
Natural environment
Local government
Local industry, services and transport
Community groups and organisations

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Photograph - Demolition of water tower at 51 Cassells Road, Research, 6 April 2017

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Eltham District Historical Society Inc Photograph Demolition of water tower at 51 Cassells Road, Research, 6 April 2017 Digital files only (17 jpg and one two second MP4 files) Australia Victoria Research "The water storage tank (the ‘golf ball

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"The water storage tank (the ‘golf ball’ tower) was located in Cassells Road, and for many years it played an important role in supplying the Research and Eltham communities with drinking water. However, due to prior upgrades of water supply infrastructure in the area, these communities are receiving their water supply in a more reliable way. The storage tank was no longer operating and as it no longer served a purpose, the time had come for it to be removed. Decommissioning works occurred between November 2016 and January 2017, and the tower was removed in March 2017." Source: Yarra Valley Water Eltham Water Project online