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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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Contact Information

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

Contact

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 - Betty Lynch (left), Ruseell and Marion Yeoman at the Everard Memorial, Mt Everard, Kinglake National Park, c.April, 2004

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Betty Lynch OAM, daughter of William Everard and sister of Blanche Shallard This photo appears to have been taken at a later date to the dedication ceremony of 22 April.

Significance

This lockup used to be located at the Police Station in Pryor Street and was then stored in Youth Road before being acquired for the Local History Centre

Photograph - Stanhope, Peter Street, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Escape for Bishop

Photograph - 30th Anniversary, Eltham District Historical Society, 9 July 1997

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photograph - The new home of Eltham Little Theatre under construction, 1603 Main Road, Research, c. Oct 1987

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

In 1987 the old hall was demolished and a new building constructed which was opened in 1988. Date based on other similar display panels visible in images of the Shire of Eltham display at the Eltham Community Festival, 7 November 1987.

Folder - Tim Burstall

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on Tim Burstall, film-maker

Photograph - Trestle Bridge, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph of the trestle bridge at Eltham; Catholic Church in Henry Street visible in background

Photograph - Pavilion construction showing back storeroom finish, March-April 1994

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Historical information

Eltham Living and Learning Centre Pavilion under construction 1994

Photograph - Anigoanthos Kings Park Red, Rivers Garden Centre, 28 Kurrak Road, Yarrambat, 11 April 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy of colour photograph

Photograph - Hard Waste Collection, Eltham Shire Council, 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 - Steamrail locomotive K-153 conducting excursions during the Hurstbridge Wattle Festival, 27 August 2017

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital copy of colour photograph

Photograph - Local band rehearsing at Youth Centre

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. Youth band performing on stage at the Youth Centre, Youth Road, Eltham. The Hall is now home to the 1st Eltham Scout Group. It also hosts the annual Paddy's Market organised by the Eltham Rural Group.

Significance

Illustrative of services provided by former Shire of Eltham

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photograph - Commercial businesses at the corner of Brougham Street and Main Road, Eltham, Oct 2008

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Four colour photographs; two showing site works at the corner of Brougham Street and Main Road, one showing Michael Wilson Jeweller at 725 Main Road and one showing Victorian Artists Supplies at 715 Main Road, Eltham

Photograph - Pedestrian suspension bridge over the Yarra River at Lower Plenty, 18 Apr 1998

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 6 strips Also photographic prints 10 x 15 cm

Historical information

Lower Plenty Heritage Excursion included the former monastery of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers, now Odyssey House, and its suspension footbridge across the Yarra River.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 200-6

Photograph - Wooded Way, Montmorency, c.1990

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour positive film medium format

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak 5006 frames 7 and 12

Photograph - Tour of St Katherine's Anglican Church and cemetery, St Helena, 27 October 2014

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Historical information

Grave of Graham Webster died 1902

Photograph - Maroondah System Centenary, Time Capsule Plaque, Maroondah Dam, 17 Feb 1991

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Colour photograph

Photo album - Lower Plenty School's welcome, 16 Nov 1951

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Red hard bound binder, 2-ring holder; 18 grey coloured page inserts (3 blank) with 7 photos. Two pages of text in white paint. Also includes inserted leaves of manila card with photocopies of relevant news clippings pasted to card. An additional photo mounted on card dated 1952 has also been inserted into album.

Historical information

Dedication of Eltham War Memorial by His Exc. the Governor of Vic., General Sir Dallas Brooks, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., K.StJ., on Friday 16th November, 1951

Folder - H. Jennings

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Folder of information on H Jenningas, Eltham 1851

Photograph - Construction of Eltham Community Centre, June 1977

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

The valley of Diamond Creek, Eltham looking south from Bridge Street

Photograph - Eltham Courthouse, 730 Main Road, Eltham, 1 May 2016

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Born Digital

Photograph - Eltham Art and Craft Market June 1988

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm black and white negative film, 24 shots; 7 strips

Historical information

Roll of negatives of the Eltham Art and Craft Market dated June 1988. The market was regularly held in the carpark in front of the Safeway supermarket

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak TX 5063

Photograph - Cobb and Co. Coach and horses on Parade

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph featuring a Cobb and Co coach drawn by four horses with a full complement of passengers in period clothing. Taken on a sports oval. Part of a procession/parade.

Photograph - View from Kangaroo Ground Tower

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph of view from the Kangaroo Ground Tower, probably taken around the time of the Memoral re-dedicaiton November 1951

Photograph - 105 Bridge Street, Eltham, Nov-Dec 1999

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Significance

The Margaret Ball (Pre 1960s Houses) Collection was a personal project initiated to mark the year 2000 and arose as a result of the disappearance of many pre-1960s parts of Eltham due to development. Approximately 200 pre-1960s style houses that were left in Eltham between Main Road and east to Bible Street, between Cecil Street to the north and south to Dalton Street were photographed in late 1999. Not all of the houses could be photographed; some because the garden or trees blocked the view of the house, others because of rubbish or cars were in the way, some because people were working on the house or in the gardens at the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GC 400-6

Photograph - Spinning Classes

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. Outdoor spinning class at either the Eltham or Panton Hill Living and Learning Centre

Significance

Illustrative of services provided by former Shire of Eltham

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photograph - Fire Remnant, Eltham, 1964

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Black and white photograph of decorative building panel remaining after fire 1964

Book - Bulletin de la Societe d'Histoire de Montmorency no. 2 (in French)

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

41 p; 30 cm.

Historical information

Papers on the history of Montmorency, France.

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 - Steam locomotive D639 with Tait (Red Rattler) carriages approaching the level crossing at Wattletree Road, Eltham, c.1970

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital TIFF file Scan of 35mm Ilford HP4 black and white transparency

Historical information

Railway Parade (unsealed) in foreground.

Photograph - Fabbro farm development, Falkiner Street, Eltham, 1995

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Six colour photographs