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

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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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Audio Compact Cassette Tape - Audio Recording; Listening to the landscape: stories and places collected from the Shire of Eltham, 1988

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of whom have lived or worked around the region most of their lives, were interviewed. There are six "channels" of stories: 1. Getting around - 2. "they were the wildflowers - we used to pick armfuls of them in those days" - 3."Up around Kinglake" - 4

Master recordings on three compact cassette audio tapes, TDK AD46. Each tape labeled with the recording track in red ink and Dolby B Noise Reduction activated) also in black ink copyright Duncan King-Smith 1989 Copy 1 Channel 2: Armfuls of Wildflowers Channel 4: “It was home . . .” Copy 2 Channel 1: Getting around Channel 6: “Gradually the houses came . . . ” Copy 3 Channel 3: Up around Kinglake Channel 5: “ . . it was all orchards.” Also commercial compact cassettes and CD formats held and information booklet. Converted to mp3 format from CD 1 - Getting Around; 17:17, 23.7 MB, 192kbs 2 - Gradually the houses came; 17:32, 24.0 MB, 192kbs 3 - Up around Kinglake; 23:31, 32.3 MB, 192kbs 4 - It was all orchards; 23:52, 32.7 MB, 192kbs 5 - Armful of wild flowers; 20:38, 28.3 MB, 192kbs 6 - But it was home, and no-one could put us out of it; 20:58, 28.8 MB, 192kbs

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Listening to the landscape is a project in sound, made from recordings and interviews collected in and around the Shire of Eltham over the course of 12 months which were published in 1989. Thirty people, all of whom have lived or worked around the region most of their lives, were interviewed. There are six "channels" of stories: 1. Getting around - 2. "they were the wildflowers - we used to pick armfuls of them in those days" - 3."Up around Kinglake" - 4. "But it was home and no-one could put us out of it" - 5. "It was all orchards" - 6. "gradually the houses came". Each with a slightly different theme. The stories are supported by environmental and historical sound recordings. Tapes converted to three CDs - titled "Getting around" - Armful of flowers" and "Up around Kinglake" which includes the six "channels".

Audio Compact Cassette Tape - Audio Recording; Alan Marshall Here! 1959, 1964

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) • The Drought (I Can Jump Puddles) TALES FROM THE SPEEWAH, recorded 1 May 1959 in Nicholas Hall, Melbourne, at ‘Readings From Australian Writers’ presented by the Australiasian Book Society on behalf of the Melbourne May Day Committee. Tape 128 Side B

Two TEAC MX1 compact audio cassettes labelled Alan Marshall Here! Part 1 (#0128 red and Alan Marshall Here! 2 (#0129 yellow) Tape 0128 Side A Dubbed from original tape (1959) READINGS recorded 1959 in Alan Marshall’s study, Eltham • See the White Feathers Fall (Ourselves Writ Strange) • The Chinese Herbalist (I Can Jump Puddles) • The Press (How Beautiful Are They Feet) • The Drought (I Can Jump Puddles) TALES FROM THE SPEEWAH, recorded 1 May 1959 in Nicholas Hall, Melbourne, at ‘Readings From Australian Writers’ presented by the Australiasian Book Society on behalf of the Melbourne May Day Committee. Tape 128 Side B REMINISCING (part 1) recorded 11 May 1964 in the Healesville Art Gallery of Nicholas and Ruth Heiderich with an audience of about 50 guests. (Concluded on tape 0129) Tape 0129 Side A REMINISCING (part 2) recorded 11 May 1964 in the Healesville Art Gallery of Nicholas and Ruth Heiderich with an audience of about 50 guests. Chairman, Nicholas Heiderich. (Part 1 on tape 0128) Converted to MP3 files EDHS_05002-1 Readings 43.9MB; 0:34:31 EDHS_05002-2 Tales from the Speewah 15.6MB; 0:12:49 EDHS_05002-3 Reminiscing 86.9MB; 1:21:05

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READINGS recorded 1959 in Alan Marshall’s study, Eltham • See the White Feathers Fall (Ourselves Writ Strange) • The Chinese Herbalist (I Can Jump Puddles) • The Press (How Beautiful Are They Feet) • The Drought (I Can Jump Puddles) TALES FROM THE SPEEWAH, recorded 1 May 1959 in Nicholas Hall, Melbourne, at ‘Readings From Australian Writers’ presented by the Australiasian Book Society on behalf of the Melbourne May Day Committee. REMINISCING recorded 11 May 1964 in the Healesville Art Gallery of Nicholas and Ruth Heiderich with an audience of about 50 guests. Chairman, Nicholas Heiderich. At two stages throughout the recording a substantial rain storm can be heard on the roof almost drowning out the presentation.

Audio Compact Cassette Tape - Audio Recording; 2003-09-10 Speaker Panel: Builders of the Eltham Tradition

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or uncommon materials. Although this trend dates mainly from the 1930 's there are examples from the pioneer days of Eltham. Part of the Brocksopp house at Eltham South is an 1850' s mud brick construction by George Souter. But the alternative building

Compact audio cassette Sony EF 90 Type I / IEC I Cassette labelled "Eltham Builders Historical" Converted to MP3 file; 100MB, 1:18:57

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September Meeting (Newsletter No. 152, Sep. 2003) This meeting is one in an occasional series where we get together a panel of speakers to talk about a particular aspect of Eltham's history, its character or its people. As has been the case for past speaker panels, we have organised a buff et dinner to precede the meeting and details of this are given below. Eltham has a well-known tradition of building with mud brick, second hand materials and other innovative or uncommon materials. Although this trend dates mainly from the 1930 's there are examples from the pioneer days of Eltham. Part of the Brocksopp house at Eltham South is an 1850' s mud brick construction by George Souter. But the alternative building tradition in Eltham really began at Montsalvat in the 1930's. Justus Jorgensen's building complex of earth construction, stone and items from wreckers' yards inspired a number of builders and owner builders, particularly in adopting mud brick or adobe as their building medium. The tradition continues today with our area remaining home to a relatively high proportion of builders using these alternative materials. The panel we have selected to talk on this subject are either builders in the Eltham tradition or have had close contact with builders of the past. The panel will be introduced by Russell Yeoman who will talk briefly about George Stebbing, an early Eltham builder responsible for many of our remaining historic buildings, but known for traditional buildings of his time rather than the later buildings which give Eltham its particular character. The panel members are as follows:- • John Pizzey, architect. John will speak on the work of Alistair Knox designer and builder in mud brick and the person who has most contributed to the environmental building traditions of Eltham. • Peter Jarvis who will talk about his own work as a builder in mud brick and his views on traditional and modern construction methods. • Leigh Wykes, a present day builder of stone houses, will talk about his own work in the district and its relevance to Eltham traditions. • Diana Bassett-Smith will talk about her experience with owner-builders constructing their earth houses in Eltham in the 1950's. Pise and mud brick presented a cheap building material provided that you could do it yourself or persuade your friends to help. Prior to the meeting there will be a buffet dinner of casseroles and other courses prepared by some of our members. We will be starting at 6.00pm with dinner scheduled for 6.30. Harry Gilham will be providing drinks, including wines from his personally made collection. Cost of the dinner will be $10 which can be paid on the night. However, for catering purposes we need to know numbers

Audio Compact Disc - Audio Recording; 2015-11-11 A Virtual Eltham Literary Tour

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sites associated with local writers but we will discuss their lives, writings and Eltham connections. The starting point for this presentation was a long list of local writers, including many present day authors, with quite a few being members of our

Compact Disc Sony CD-R 700MB MP3 file; 78.8MB, 1:26:08

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Panel Presentation at Eltham District Historical Society meeting November Meeting - A Virtual Eltham Literary Tour (Newsletter No. 225, Nov. 2015) The topic for our November meeting is inspired by a literary tour of Eltham organised by the Eltham Library a few years ago. Of course at a meeting we cannot actually visit sites associated with local writers but we will discuss their lives, writings and Eltham connections. The starting point for this presentation was a long list of local writers, including many present day authors, with quite a few being members of our Society. To keep the presentation to a manageable length we will deal only with writers and literary figures who have passed away. The presentation by a panel of members will include a number of readings relevant to each of the subjects. A particular feature will be the life and work of Alan Marshall who had a long association with Eltham and is our most famous and well known author. In 1971 he wrote Pioneers and Painters: One Hundred Years of Eltham and its Shire. In the chapter Educationalists and Writers, he writes “Writers came to Eltham for the same reason as did the painters: their neighbours had similar interests and the surroundings attracted them.” His stories about local writers have informed the preparation for this meeting.

Book - Pioneers and painters : one hundred years of Eltham and its shire.

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would fittingly mark more than a century of achievement.." - Dust jacket. Contents: The Beginning Kangaroo Ground Education at Kangaroo Ground The Days of Gold Queenstown Panton Hill The Pioneer Women Christmas Hills and Yarra Glen Eltham Education

Hardback Book with Dust Jacket - 144 p. : illus. (part col.) ; 26 x 29 cm.

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"Eltham Shire is a well known as a district in which a large number of painters, sculptors, potters, writers and other creative people, The early settlers were, for the most part, resourceful and far-sighted ; the present residents are no less so. Mention the name Eltham and many things spring to mind ; conservation ; the integration of architecture with the environment ; mud-brick buildings; Montsalvat - the list is endless. In 1971, the centenary of the Shire's birth, the Council felt that the publication of a history would fittingly mark more than a century of achievement.." - Dust jacket. Contents: The Beginning Kangaroo Ground Education at Kangaroo Ground The Days of Gold Queenstown Panton Hill The Pioneer Women Christmas Hills and Yarra Glen Eltham Education at Eltham and Research Kinglake Hurstbridge by Sheila Ferguson Montmorency and Lower Plenty The New Way of Life Old Identities Eltham in modern times Educationalists and Writers Earth building in Eltham Early Painters by Peter Glass Painters Today by Peter Glass Warrandyte painters and Potters by Peter Glass Wildlife Present day

Significance

This book provides a comprehensive history of the former Shire of Eltham and its first one hundred years.

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ISBN 0170019489

Book - Coronation celebrations in Victoria, 1953.

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Sir, Please find enclosed herewith Official Programme for Coronation Celebrations in Victoria, received by me this day. Yours faithfully, [rubber-stamped signature illegible] Shire Secretary. Australia Victoria Melbourne An official programme

1 folded sheet [4] p. ; 22 cm.

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An official programme of the celebrations held in honour of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Victoria covering Sunday 31st May to Thursday 11th June 1953.

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[typed on Shire of Eltham letterhead pasted inside front cover] May 22nd. 1953. [to] Cr. E.P. Harmer, Bolton Street, Eltham. Dear Sir, Please find enclosed herewith Official Programme for Coronation Celebrations in Victoria, received by me this day. Yours faithfully, [rubber-stamped signature illegible] Shire Secretary.

Book - Living and Learning

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an early history of the Centre compiled by the first Co-ordinator. Subjects include enrolment day, bee keeping, Bridge Club,Carpentry and woodcarving, looking and sharing, creative dancing, crochet, dressmaking, film making, Friends of the Creek, Diamond

Softcover [64] p.

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Shire of Eltham Living and Learning Centre is located at 739 Main Road, Eltham. The purpose of the Centre is: To provide an opportunity to come together individually and in groups in an atmosphere of equality, sharing their skills and experiences in order to improve the quality of their living. Tutors are not paid and fees are not charges on the understanding that the idea of sharing and co-operating spreads and everyone enjoys the results. This book was compiled by volunteers involved at the centre recording feelings, views of their experiences within the groups at the centre. It includes recipes, poems, stories and sketches, some of local scenes. It also includes an early history of the Centre compiled by the first Co-ordinator. Subjects include enrolment day, bee keeping, Bridge Club,Carpentry and woodcarving, looking and sharing, creative dancing, crochet, dressmaking, film making, Friends of the Creek, Diamond Creek, accessibility, hair cutting, herb gardening, home handyman skills, homestead cooking, living with goats, native plants, North Riding Project, gardening, painting, playhouse, play reading, puppetry, sculpture, spinning, weaving, winemaking and yoga.

Significance

This book is significant in documenting the early history of the Eltham Living and Learning centre including the concepts of community co-operation and life-long learning for adults. It connects the current users of the Centre and the wider community with this local history which is part of the character represented in the twentieth century history of the Eltham area.

Book - Saint Margaret, Queen of Scotland; a history of Saint Margaret and Saint Margaret's Anglican Church, Eltham written and edited by Jenny Heath

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Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Saint Margaret, Queen of Scotland; a history of Saint Margaret and Saint Margaret's Anglican Church, Eltham written and edited by Jenny Heath Paperback Includes information of Saint Margaret, Early days

Paperback

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Includes information of Saint Margaret, Early days of Saint Margaret's Eltham, The Years between, kneelers, and brief descriptions of other churches with Saint Margaret connections including: Saint Margaret's Anglican Church Mildura, Saint Margaret's Anglican Church Caulfield, Burwood Presbyterian Church, Saint Margaret's Catholic Church and School Maribyrnong, Saint Margaret's Primary School and Catholic Church Keon Park and Saint Margaret's Catholic Parish East Geelong.

Book - Kinglake pioneering days /​ Deidre G. Hawkins, Editor.

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Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Kinglake pioneering days /​ Deidre G. Hawkins, Editor. Paperback; 72 pages : illustrations, plans, portraits ; 30 cm. Australia v Kinglake kinglake early settlers Deidre G. Hawkins Kinglake Historical

Paperback; 72 pages : illustrations, plans, portraits ; 30 cm.

Book - Kangaroo Ground Bush Fire Brigade, centenary 1892-1992 : the story of the Kangaroo Ground Fire Brigade /​ Bruce Bence.

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Australia Victoria Kangaroo Ground Contents (described as Index): The early days, Ewen Hugh Cameron, 1914-1939, Supporting organisations, Eltham Emergency Operations Centre, Kangaroo Ground Fire Brigade Ladies Auxiliary, The fire tower, the Salvation Army

Softcover; 61 p., [7] p. of plates : b&w ill., 7 maps, ports.

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Contents (described as Index): The early days, Ewen Hugh Cameron, 1914-1939, Supporting organisations, Eltham Emergency Operations Centre, Kangaroo Ground Fire Brigade Ladies Auxiliary, The fire tower, the Salvation Army and Red Cross, 1930-1992, The Kangaroo Ground Fire Brigade Today, Kangaroo Ground Fire Brigade Chronology. Includes a list of names of office bearers. Also includes references to neighbouring brigades and copies of historical newspaper articles. This publication was supported by the resources, information and facilities of The Shire of Eltham Historical Society.

Significance

This book is significant in that not only does it traces the development of Kangaroo Ground Bush fire brigade since 1892 and of emergency services in the area but it also gives an insight into the people and their community.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 064606651X

Book - Queenstown / St Andrews: A history of the district and the school by Nancy Mortimer

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School 1983. Contents: Forward, Headmaster's message, early days at St. Andrews, School No 128: St Andrews, Why should children practice temperance, 3594 Queenstown North, 933 Smith's Gully, 1737 Smith's Gully, The Church of St Andrews, Post Office, St

Softcover, 109 pages

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Local history book published on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of St Andrews Primary School 1983. Contents: Forward, Headmaster's message, early days at St. Andrews, School No 128: St Andrews, Why should children practice temperance, 3594 Queenstown North, 933 Smith's Gully, 1737 Smith's Gully, The Church of St Andrews, Post Office, St Andrew's Hotel. Includes some photos and illustrations including reproduced original documents. Includes list of head teachers 1858-1983. Includes names of pupils 1983.

Significance

This book is significant in that not only does it traces the development of St Andrews Primary School and of education in the area but it also gives an insight into the people and their community.

Book - St Andrews: A Village Built on Gold : the history to present day of St Andrews and District compiled by St Andrews Primary School Council

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Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book St Andrews: A Village Built on Gold : the history to present day of St Andrews and District compiled by St Andrews Primary School Council 158 p. : ill., ports ; index ISBN 0646353756 St Andrews

158 p. : ill., ports ; index

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This history of the Victorian town of St. Andrews (formerly Queenstown) and its surroundings was written to celebrate the 140th anniversary of St Andrews Primary School. Describes the displacement of the Aboriginal inhabitants of the area, European settlement and the Gold Rushes and the Caledonia diggings. Discusses establishment of the school, church and cemetery and various other notable events. The school in 1998 and speculations on the future by primary school pupils. Contents: Introduction The First People Mining- What a rush! The School The Church Queenstown Cemetery The Hotels The Police Paddocks The Families Queenstown in the early twentieth century The Queenstown Bush Fire Brigade The 1st Queenstown Scout troop Queenstown, the 1940s and 1950s The Characters Odds and Sods St Andrews - The Present Times The Future St Andres Primary School in 1998

Significance

This book is significant in that it documents the history of the St Andrews community from the indigenous presence through its foundation during the Victorian Gold Rush through to local bushfires and predictions of the future by local primary schools students in 1998. It remains the only significant secondary source publication written specifically on this rural community.

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ISBN 0646353756

Book - School at the crossing place : Lower Plenty Primary School no. 1295, 1874-1974 /​ W.F. Henderson.

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and white illustrations and photographs and map. Contents: Crossing Place Need for a school Residence for the teacher Closure A View of Lower Plenty 1918 Moving day at the Village The Golf Club Depression 1931 Vandals Electricity Grass Fires Cows at School

Paperback; [24] p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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23 pages including information on inside covers. Text with black and white illustrations and photographs and map. Contents: Crossing Place Need for a school Residence for the teacher Closure A View of Lower Plenty 1918 Moving day at the Village The Golf Club Depression 1931 Vandals Electricity Grass Fires Cows at School Mothers' Club Women's liberation 1950's Lower Plenty after 1945 Swimming Pool - drowned dreams Long Grass - snakes - meadow hay - Fire Brigade The Royal Visit 1954 School Band Community Centre Our School Hall Trees and Gardens The Library Education 1874-1974 A Teacher's View The Second generation - children of ex-pupils (photo with names) The Third generation - Grandchildren of ex-pupils (photo with names) Head Teachers (list with dates) The Staff 1974 (photo with names)

Book - Wattle Glen Primary School No. 4060 - 75th anniversary 1922-1997

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documents, parents protest for a new classroom, I remember Wattle Glen School Days (various recollections over various years includes class photographs), Wattle Glen Primary School Today inc. lists of staff and students 1982. Second Section titled: 1997

Spiral Bound.

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Includes black and white photos and sections: General history of Wattle Glen and surrounding area, gold mining, 4060 Wattle Glen, Opening school buildings (newspaper articles from The Advertiser, 1922), Sunnyside Estate Wattle Glen, Wattle Glen 4060, copies of early documents, parents protest for a new classroom, I remember Wattle Glen School Days (various recollections over various years includes class photographs), Wattle Glen Primary School Today inc. lists of staff and students 1982. Second Section titled: 1997 - 75th anniversary update From the Principal, School Council, Parents Association, Newer memories, computers at Wattle Glen, Past teachers 1983-1997, 1997 classes, memories Kathleen Cuxson, Reunion 1997, Memories of Cyril Cummins (Principal 1950-52), 1997 memories, 1997 update compiled by Naomi Windisch. No page numbers

Significance

This book is significant in that it documents the history of the Wattle Glen Primary School and its wider community to 1997. It is one of a very few publications written specifically on this rural community within the Shire of Nillumbik.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed - For the Eltham Historical Society Collection in exchange for the '1999 Chronology', 27/4/99

Book - Golden Days on the Caledonian Diggings: the diaries of Thomas Young of Kangaroo Ground, Panton Hill and Christmas Hills, compiled by Mick Woiwod

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Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Golden Days on the Caledonian Diggings: the diaries of Thomas Young of Kangaroo Ground, Panton Hill and Christmas Hills, compiled by Mick Woiwod v. : ill. 69 p 30 cm [written inside front cover] To my very

v. : ill. 69 p 30 cm

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The original diaries, (1859-1866,1895-1900) of Thomas Young discovered by a Young descendant have been transcribed with the author adding his own research and historical photographs. The diary sheds light on the lives of prospectors who worked the Caledonian goldfields in the 1860s, including St Andrews and Smiths Gully. Thomas Young, migrated from Scotland and moved to the goldfields in 1858. He carted ore by horse and dray from mines around St Andrews to crushers in Panton Hill and Smiths Gully. He later became a baker. He and his wife Bridget had eleven children. He later settled at Christmas Hills establishing the local store and school. See also: "Old Diary Strikes Old" by Natalie Birch, Diamond Valley Leader August 17 2005

Significance

The diary provides a rare first-hand account of life on the Caledonian goldfields.

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[written inside front cover] To my very good friend Harry Gilham - Mick Woiwod 25th August 2005

Book - Auld Duncan's Kangaroo Ground Tales collected and compiled by "Sandy McClusky" (Mick Woiwod), published by Andrew Ross Museum

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of the early days of Kangaroo Ground and early settlers as if recounted by a passenger on the 1839 voyage of the "David Clark" david clark voyage of 1839 kangaroo ground arthur, john ross, andrew Mick Woiwod Andrew Ross Museum

86 p. : ill., pbk ; 30 cm.

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Stories of the early days of Kangaroo Ground and early settlers as if recounted by a passenger on the 1839 voyage of the "David Clark"

Book - Shire of Eltham Retrospective exhibition of art collection, 1993

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Rosalie Cogan, Scott Joseph Cowcher, Augustine Dall'Ava, Greg Daly, Simon Dattner, Peter Day, Domenico de Clario, Robert Delves, Joh Ebeli, Mark Edgoose, Graham Fransella, Ernest Fries, Edward Ginger, Peter Glass, Drew Gregory, Alison Hann, Tony Harkin

Softcover . Includes separate sheet of paper printed on both sides: "catalogue supplement" and "errata"

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Contents: List of illustrations, From the Shire President, Historical background, current perspective and catalogue of art collection. This includes over 100 items. Book produced to accompany exhibition held at the Eltham Community and Reception Centre, Main Road Eltham June 26 - July 4 1993. "This exhibition celebrates two aspects of the art collection of the Shire of Eltham. There is the work which shows the love of Eltham and the environment, and work which deals with much broader concerns" Artists include: Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, David Armfield, Brian Armstrong, Alan Baker, Yvonne Ball, Piers Bateman, Julie Begg, Judith Ben-Meir, Yvonne Birch, The Bodford Collection, Janet Boddy, Deidre Boeyen, Ian Bow, David Benchley, Don Brown, Gilbert Buchanan, Paul Cavell, Patty Chandler, Rosalie Cogan, Scott Joseph Cowcher, Augustine Dall'Ava, Greg Daly, Simon Dattner, Peter Day, Domenico de Clario, Robert Delves, Joh Ebeli, Mark Edgoose, Graham Fransella, Ernest Fries, Edward Ginger, Peter Glass, Drew Gregory, Alison Hann, Tony Harkin, Wendy Henderson, Stephen Hughes, Lindsay Imbandarinja, John Irving, Hilary Jackman, Jill Kahans, William Kelly, Margot Knox, Margot Kroyer-Pederson, Anne Kueffer, Bruno Leti, Kevin Lincoln, Paul Margocsy, Alan Martin, Barry Mills, Simon Barley, Jenni Mitchell, David Moore, Barbara Munro, Ewald Namatjira, Norma Neil, Mark Page, Herman Pekel, Shane Pickett, Anthony Pryor, Clifton Pugh, Lynn Quintal, Giuseppe Raneri, Ken Robb, John Serle, Marjorie Shattock, Leslie Sinclair, Matcham Skipper, Myra Skipper, Sonia Skipper, Harris Smith, Eric Stephenson, Adriane Strampp, Marian Sussex, Tony Trembath, George Turcu, John Wakefield, Peter Wallace, Ray Walsh, Michael Wilson, Walter Withers, Vic Wood, Doug Wright, Romana Favier Zorzut, Renier Zusters.

Book - Exercise Book

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exercises and some math problems and map drawings. May have been used as a homework book. All pages headed with day and date. William was one 8 children who attended Eltham Primary School. He was born in 1878 and attended the school between 1883 and 1890

Hardcover with marbled decorative cover with hand made name plate pasted on; 58 pages

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Exercise book of William Shillinglaw. Filled with writing exercises and some math problems and map drawings. May have been used as a homework book. All pages headed with day and date. William was one 8 children who attended Eltham Primary School. He was born in 1878 and attended the school between 1883 and 1890 having started there at the age of 4 years and 2 months in April 1882. He left the school in 1890 when 12 years of age. Dates obtained from EPS school attendance rolls. Exercise book last entry is dated June 16th, 1891. One of five items relating to the Shillinglaw Family collection

Significance

The book was owned by William Shillinglaw. This family were pioneer settlers in the Eltham area. William was one of 8 siblings to attend Eltham Primary School. This workbook is a rare local example of the practical classroom education process in the late 1880s and early 1890s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: ? Shillinglaw Eltham June 17 1891

Book - Things You Didn't Know about the Railway: Eltham, Diamond Creek, Wattle Glen, Hurstbridge

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was opened in June 1912. Includes details of events thereafter including Wattle Day and Railway accidents. Profusely illustrated with black and white photographs from the collection of the Nillumbik Historical Society (Diamond Creek). Agitation for a railway

Bound with orange covers. Text with black and white illustrations. 30 pages.

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Update of 1st editon by Jock Ryan published in March 2003. 2nd edition (Revised) Nillumbik Historical Society December 2017 Brief history of the agitation and eventual extension and opening of the Hurstbridge Railway line from Eltham to Diamond Creek, Wattle Glen to Hurstbridge, which was opened in June 1912. Includes details of events thereafter including Wattle Day and Railway accidents. Profusely illustrated with black and white photographs from the collection of the Nillumbik Historical Society (Diamond Creek). Agitation for a railway extension began in 1888 when a meeting was held at Arthurs Creek to press for the construction of a railway line from Heidelberg to Kinglake. The Chairman Mr Charles Draper said this was necessary because this was the best fruit growing district in Victoria. Mr Cameron M.P. pointed out that whatever route the line took it would have to follow the Diamond Valley from Eltham. At the same time another meeting was pressing for the line to be extended to Queenstown (St Andrews). However when detailed surveys were made it was discovered that the only possible route was to Hurstbridge because of the hills. In 1912 the railway was opened terminating at Hurstbridge.

Book - Inferno: The Day Victoria Burned by Roger Franklin

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Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Inferno: The Day Victoria Burned by Roger Franklin 267 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), maps, ports. ; 25 cm. ISBN Australia Victoria Docklands Description of bush fires in Victoria on Black

267 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), maps, ports. ; 25 cm.

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Description of bush fires in Victoria on Black Saturday 7 February 2009

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ISBN

Book - Wild wood days at Panton Hill / by Majorie Smith Motschall.

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Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Wild wood days at Panton Hill / by Majorie Smith Motschall. Paperback; 141 p. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm. ISBN 0959342818 [three copies: written on title page of one copy] To Opal With Best Wishes - Marjorie

Paperback; 141 p. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm.

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ISBN 0959342818 [three copies: written on title page of one copy] To Opal With Best Wishes - Marjorie Smith Motschall 18-3-84 [written on title page of a second copy] With Best Wishes to Eltham Historical Society - Marjorie Smith Motschall 18-3-84

Book - Before you came : mines, myths &​ memories of Diamond Creek /​ by John L. Ryan.

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of Diamond Creek the book covers the following topics: early days, first settlers, Nillumbik- the town, state school, the churches, growth of a town, early pioneers and stories of the past. Photographs diamond creek nillumbik gold mining gold miners John L

Paperback; 55 p. : ill., port. ; 21 cm.

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Subtitled mines, myths and memories of Diamond Creek the book covers the following topics: early days, first settlers, Nillumbik- the town, state school, the churches, growth of a town, early pioneers and stories of the past. Photographs

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ISBN 0959895019

Booklet - Opening of Eltham Community Centre, Three Day Free Entertainment Souvenir Programme, Shire of Eltham; 22 April 1978

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Booklet Opening of Eltham Community Centre, Three Day Free Entertainment Souvenir Programme, Shire of Eltham; 22 April 1978 Booklet, cream cover, Shire of Eltham logo embossed on front 1978 eltham community

Booklet, cream cover, Shire of Eltham logo embossed on front

Certificate - Second Prize, Awarded to Lew Howard, Panton Hill School for the Event, Broad Jump Under 9yrs, V.S.S.A.A.A., Hurstbridge District Schools' Sports, Second Annual Meeting, Tuesday, 18th November, 1952

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital file only - scanned by EDHS from item on loan Victoria Hurstbridge Sports Day held at Hurstbridge Oval broad jump, hurstbridge district schools' sports, hurstbridge oval, lew howard, lew howard collection, panton hill primary school, second prize

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Sports Day held at Hurstbridge Oval

Certificate - Second Prize, Awarded to Lew Howard, Panton Hill School for the Event, High Jump Under 9yrs, V.S.S.A.A.A., Hurstbridge District Schools' Sports, Second Annual Meeting, Tuesday, 18th November, 1952

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital file only - scanned by EDHS from item on loan Victoria Hurstbridge Sports Day held at Hurstbridge Oval high jump, hurstbridge district schools' sports, hurstbridge oval, lew howard, lew howard collection, panton hill primary school, second prize

Digital file only - scanned by EDHS from item on loan

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Sports Day held at Hurstbridge Oval

Certificate - First Prize, Awarded to Lew Howard, Panton Hill School for the Event, High Jump Under 10, V.S.S.A.A.A., Hurstbridge District Schools' Sports, Third Annual Meeting, Tuesday, 17th November, 1953

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital file only - scanned by EDHS from item on loan Victoria Hurstbridge Sports Day held at Hurstbridge Oval first prize, high jump, hurstbridge district schools' sports, hurstbridge oval, lew howard, lew howard collection, panton hill primary school

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Sports Day held at Hurstbridge Oval

Certificate - Fourth Prize, Awarded to L. Howard, Panton Hill School for the Event, Boy's Race Under 10, V.S.S.A.A.A., Hurstbridge District Schools' Sports, Third Annual Meeting, Tuesday, 17th November, 1953

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital file only - scanned by EDHS from item on loan Victoria Hurstbridge Sports Day held at Hurstbridge Oval boy's race, fourth prize, hurstbridge district schools' sports, hurstbridge oval, lew howard, lew howard collection, panton hill primary school

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Sports Day held at Hurstbridge Oval

Certificate - Third Prize, Awarded to L Howard, Panton Hill School for the Event, Under 12 Boys' High Jump, V.S.S.A.A.A., Hurstbridge District Schools' Sports, Fifth Annual Meeting, Tuesday, 15th November, 1955

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Digital file only - scanned by EDHS from item on loan Victoria Hurstbridge Sports Day held at Hurstbridge Oval high jump, hurstbridge district schools' sports, hurstbridge oval, lew howard, lew howard collection, panton hill primary school, third prize

Digital file only - scanned by EDHS from item on loan

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Sports Day held at Hurstbridge Oval

Document - Letter from the Secretary of Shire of Eltham Historical Society to Ben Hall of Tullamarine, 6 April 1987

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

with the use of his Cobb & Co coach and offering $50 in recognition of his efforts to assist in making up for the poor return for his efforts on the day. Noted that the Society won the trophy for the best entry, which is to be held for a year. 1987, ben hall

Letter A4, yellow paper

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Letter of thanks to Ben Hall for partnering with the Society with the use of his Cobb & Co coach and offering $50 in recognition of his efforts to assist in making up for the poor return for his efforts on the day. Noted that the Society won the trophy for the best entry, which is to be held for a year.

Document - Third unit of Eltham's memorial opened, November 1961 (possibly Diamond Valley Local, published week of Nov 12th, 1961)

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

. docksey, cr. e.p. harmer, eltham war memorial, eltham war memorial trust, mr. neal, mrs. ada lyon, mrs. cairns officer, mrs. j.j. morrison, opening ceremony, remembrance day, shire president, w.r. garrett (mhr)

Photocopy of newsclipping