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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)
phone
+61 0409 021 063

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Opening Hours

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 Recording - Audio Recording; 2019-10-09 Andrew Lemon; Heritage Advocacy - the role of historical research and historical societies

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Audio Recording Audio Recording; 2019-10-09 Andrew Lemon; Heritage Advocacy - the role of historical research and historical societies 1:11:42 duration Digital MP3 File 24.6 MB Australia Victoria Eltham October

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October Meeting (Newsletter No. 248, Oct. 2019) It was intended that Dr. Andrew Lemon AM would be our guest speaker at our last meeting on Wednesday 14th August 2019, to talk about Heritage Advocacy - the role of historical research and historical societies. Unfortunately, due to a clash of commitments Andrew apologised for not being able to attend and we are delighted he will now be our speaker at our next meeting on Wednesday 9th October. As mentioned in our last newsletter, this presentation was very well received when Andrew was the keynote speaker at the recent Regional Conference of the Association of Eastern Historical Societies. Andrew is an independent professional historian who has published many commissioned local and institutional histories since his first book, Box Hill, forty years ago. He has now written sixteen books, four of which have won prizes, on subjects ranging from local history, sport, education and biography. Andrew received his doctorate of letters from the University of Melbourne in 2004 because of the excellence of a body of work, not one single piece, as in a thesis. He has been a consistent supporter of our Society and a long term member, who has spoken at a number of our meetings, over many years.

Audio Recording - Audio Recording; 2019-08-14 Street Lotto with Jim Connor, the story behind some of Eltham's street names

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Audio Recording Audio Recording; 2019-08-14 Street Lotto with Jim Connor, the story behind some of Eltham's street names 1:11:42 duration Digital MP3 File 24.6 MB Australia Victoria Eltham April Meeting

1:11:42 duration Digital MP3 File 24.6 MB

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April Meeting (Newsletter No. 245, Apr. 2019) At this meeting we are pleased to have as our guest speaker a representative from the Eltham Cemetery Trust, who will talk about their connections to our local history and how current practices and projects continue to support the artistic connections in the Eltham region.

Audio Recording - Audio Recording; 2019-10-09 Andrew Lemon; Heritage Advocacy - the role of historical research and historical societies

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Audio Recording Audio Recording; 2019-10-09 Andrew Lemon; Heritage Advocacy - the role of historical research and historical societies 1:20:57 duration Digital MP3 File 27.7 MB Australia Victoria Eltham October

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October Meeting (Newsletter No. 248, Oct. 2019) It was intended that Dr. Andrew Lemon AM would be our guest speaker at our last meeting on Wednesday 14th August 2019, to talk about Heritage Advocacy - the role of historical research and historical societies. Unfortunately, due to a clash of commitments Andrew apologised for not being able to attend and we are delighted he will now be our speaker at our next meeting on Wednesday 9th October. As mentioned in our last newsletter, this presentation was very well received when Andrew was the keynote speaker at the recent Regional Conference of the Association of Eastern Historical Societies. Andrew is an independent professional historian who has published many commissioned local and institutional histories since his first book, Box Hill, forty years ago. He has now written sixteen books, four of which have won prizes, on subjects ranging from local history, sport, education and biography. Andrew received his doctorate of letters from the University of Melbourne in 2004 because of the excellence of a body of work, not one single piece, as in a thesis. He has been a consistent supporter of our Society and a long term member, who has spoken at a number of our meetings, over many years.

Audio Recording - Audio Recording; 2018-05-08 Eltham Community Action Group AGM and Guest Speakers Chad Griffiths and Andrew Lemon

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Audio Recording Audio Recording; 2018-05-08 Eltham Community Action Group AGM and Guest Speakers Chad Griffiths and Andrew Lemon 1:44:33 duration Digital MP3 File 36.8 MB Australia Victoria Eltham Guest speaker

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Guest speaker Chad Griffiths (at 0:18:30), a former planning manager with 17 years' experience at Nillumbik Shire Council discusses what can and cannot be done with the Eltham War Memorial and former Shire Office sites. Guest speaker Andrew Lemon, Historian, former President of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and a former board member of Heritage Victoria (0:46:45), discusses the unique aspects of the Eltham War Memorial site and the current submission to Heritage Victoria and process for heritage listing protection. Note: Andrew Lemon's presentation was interrupted between 1:05:00 to 1:06:10 and again at 1:08:00 to 1:11:40 due to a medical emergency involving a member of the audience.

Bag - Living & Learning Nillumbik shopping bag

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Bag Living & Learning Nillumbik shopping bag Cotton shopping bag Living and Learning Nillumbik eltham living and learning centre shopping bag

Cotton shopping bag

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Living and Learning Nillumbik

Binder - Eltham District History, Eltham Road Board, 1856-1871; Research by Keith Chappel

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Binder Eltham District History, Eltham Road Board, 1856-1871; Research by Keith Chappel Two binders containing 472 A4 pages (photocopied) of mostly handwritten notes from research undertaken of Public Office

Two binders containing 472 A4 pages (photocopied) of mostly handwritten notes from research undertaken of Public Office Records of Victoria various holdings. Some photocopies from source reference books. In addition, 20 page index handwritten and a photocopy of short biography of Keith Chappel

Book - We Need a School at Research - celebrating 125 years at Research Primary School, edited by Maggie Sakko

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book We Need a School at Research - celebrating 125 years at Research Primary School, edited by Maggie Sakko 100 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 28 cm. ISBN 9780646925172 Australia Victoria Research History

100 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 28 cm.

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History of Research Primary School, north-eastern suburb of Melbourne. Begins with condensed version of the 1989 history of first 100 years, then covers 25 years 1989-2014: buildings and facilities, principals, teachers, students, uniform, School Council, Parents Group, out of school care, curriculum, and special events such as productions and camps. Registers of principals, staff and students are included. Numerous photographs are included.

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ISBN 9780646925172

Book - The Christmas Hills story : once around the Sugarloaf II /​ Mick Woiwod.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book The Christmas Hills story : once around the Sugarloaf II /​ Mick Woiwod. Paperback; 275 p. : ill., facsims., maps, ports. ; 30 cm. Inscribed and signed by Author 2010 Australia Victoria Kangaroo Ground

Paperback; 275 p. : ill., facsims., maps, ports. ; 30 cm.

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Inscribed and signed by Author 2010

Book - Another view of Kangaroo Ground : its land &​ its people /​ Mick Woiwod.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Another view of Kangaroo Ground : its land &​ its people /​ Mick Woiwod. Paperback; 54 p. : ill. (some col.), maps, port ; 30 cm. Inscribed and signed by Author Australia Victoria Kangaroo Ground

Paperback; 54 p. : ill. (some col.), maps, port ; 30 cm.

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Inscribed and signed by Author

Book - Kangaroo Ground: its Land and its People by Mick Woiwod published by Andrew Ross Museum

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Kangaroo Ground: its Land and its People by Mick Woiwod published by Andrew Ross Museum 26 leaves : ill., maps ; 30 cm. Australia Victoria Kangaroo Ground Kangaroo Ground's geology, original people

26 leaves : ill., maps ; 30 cm.

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Kangaroo Ground's geology, original people, European settlers, plants used by Wurundjeri people

Book - Birrarung Database compiled by Mick Woiwod

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Birrarung Database compiled by Mick Woiwod 318 pages : illustrations, maps ; 30 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/​4 in.) PDF or Microsoft Office Word 97-2003. ISBN 9780987157423 Victoria Kangaroo Ground Sister

318 pages : illustrations, maps ; 30 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/​4 in.) PDF or Microsoft Office Word 97-2003.

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Sister publication to "Coranderrk database". This is a compilation of Mick Woiwod's research material, gathered over many years with information on the history of the Wurundjeri people of the Yarra Valley, from the time of first European contact. The publication runs in excess of 140,000 words. Its prime focus is the Yarra River as it has been understood by its Wurundjeri people. Includes a compilation of those difficult to locate "brief snatches of the action" collated under headings with in each instance, the provenance as to source and / or author included. Themes include: agriculture, law, ceremony, language, reconciliation, retribution, lifestyle, art & craft, climate, personalities, disease, death and the river's flora and fauna.

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ISBN 9780987157423

Book - Coranderrk Database compiled by Mick Woiwod

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Coranderrk Database compiled by Mick Woiwod 242 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/​4 in.) PDF, Word files. ISBN 9780987157416 Australia Victoria Kangaroo Ground Database of information

242 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/​4 in.) PDF, Word files.

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Database of information on Coranderrk 1835 to 1995.

Significance

Winner of the Local History Project Award (for activities that enhance access to records of significance to local communities) as part of the Victorian Community History Awards 2012

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ISBN 9780987157416

Book - Once around the Sugarloaf : the transformation of a Victorian landscape and the story of its people /​ Mick Woiwod.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Once around the Sugarloaf : the transformation of a Victorian landscape and the story of its people /​ Mick Woiwod. Paperback; 301 p. : ill., ports., maps ; 21 x 30 cm. ISBN 0646106198 [signed by author

Paperback; 301 p. : ill., ports., maps ; 21 x 30 cm.

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ISBN 0646106198 [signed by author on title page]

Book - Kangaroo Ground: The Highland Taken by Mick Woiwod

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Kangaroo Ground: The Highland Taken by Mick Woiwod ISBN 0646209000 "A piece of Scotland in the Australian bush is how author Mick Woiwod describes the "Village" of Kangaroo Ground. Settled in 1841

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"A piece of Scotland in the Australian bush is how author Mick Woiwod describes the "Village" of Kangaroo Ground. Settled in 1841 by a Scottish family, the Donaldsons, the town is the feature of Mrs Woiwod's latest book, "Kangaroo Ground - The Highland Taken" The book follows the history of Kangaroo Ground, from its beginnings as an exclusively Scottish farming community in the middle of nowhere to a town that became the centre of the Yarra Valley region... It took Mr Woiwod six months of intensive research and nine months to write the book on Kangaroo Ground. He spent much of his time searching archives, public records and newspaper files for detailed information on the characters who colour his book." -- Diamond Valley News November 16, 1994 This major history of Kangaroo Ground details the district’s story between 1841 and 1994, describing it as having been unique in the Yarra Valley in that its early settlers were all Scottish and its soils were more fertile than those of surrounding districts. Their soil gave them the sort of power that saw the then extensive Shire of Eltham governed from little Kangaroo Ground for a remarkable 69 years. The author describes the Kangaroo Ground landscape that these farmers worked in the early period as having been already significantly modified by Aboriginal fire-stick farming before their arrival.

Significance

This publication is a significant title in the recording of the early history of the pioneers of the small area of Kangaroo Ground, Victoria

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0646209000

Book - A History of Tancks Corner - Yarrambat State School no. 2054, written and compiled by Eileen Hooper, third printing

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book A History of Tancks Corner - Yarrambat State School no. 2054, written and compiled by Eileen Hooper, third printing Soft cover, 108 pages [includes a loose 1998 Addendum: Pupil Enrolments 1978-1998

Soft cover, 108 pages

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History of Yarrambat State School no. 2054 at Tancks Corner

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[includes a loose 1998 Addendum: Pupil Enrolments 1978-1998]

Book - Yarra Valley Metropolitan Park - Base Data and Analysis - Draft Report - Vol. III -Appendix 1997

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Yarra Valley Metropolitan Park - Base Data and Analysis - Draft Report - Vol. III -Appendix 1997 30 cm Australia Victoria Melbourne Data collection and analysis, concept and policy planning, development

30 cm

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Data collection and analysis, concept and policy planning, development plan for proposed Yarra Valley Metropolitan Park

Book - The Wild Men of Montmorency... and other tales by Andrew Brasier

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book The Wild Men of Montmorency... and other tales by Andrew Brasier Paperback; 93 pp; 21 cm [written on contents page] June 6, 2017 Best wishes, Andrew Brasier Australia Victoria Montmorency montmorency

Paperback; 93 pp; 21 cm

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[written on contents page] June 6, 2017 Best wishes, Andrew Brasier

Book - Writing Nillumbik by the Nillumbik Writers' Cooperative

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Writing Nillumbik by the Nillumbik Writers' Cooperative Small softcover book with stories and some black and white illustrations. 52 pages. Signed on introductory page Fay Gravenall one of the contributors

Small softcover book with stories and some black and white illustrations. 52 pages.

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Contents: People we know --Places we love--Nature around us--The Ways things were--New Dimensions "The snapshots in this publication are clothed in the techniques of fiction. They contain a writer's view of Nillumbik through their awareness of and importance of setting, character and dialogue; syntax, metaphor and literary allusion. The writers have lovingly evoked the past and present, the ordinary and the extraordinary. They have sung their songs loudly and clearly and with their words have addressed Nillumbik's unique history and identity" - Foreword "A collection of short stories and verse about people and places in the Shire of Nillumbik" Members who have contributed stories, poems and illustrations to this volume are: Prue Clark, Kath Every, Theresa Fitzmaurice, Fay E Gravenall, Kevin Henry, Susanne Haywood, Gwayne Naug and Tina Seaton. Additional illustrations by John Every.

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Signed on introductory page Fay Gravenall one of the contributors ISBN 0646451707

Book - Black Saturday : Stories of love, loss and courage from the Victorian bushfires edited by John McGourty

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Black Saturday : Stories of love, loss and courage from the Victorian bushfires edited by John McGourty Softcover Yarra Plenty Regional Library identification sticker with name, number and bar code ISBN

Softcover

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The Black Saturday bushfires were a series of bushfires that ignited or were burning across the Australian state of Victoria on and around Saturday, 7 February 2009 and were Australia's all-time worst bushfire disasters. Contributions from reporters and photographers from News Limited. The book is a collection of individual stories, featuring deeply personal contributions from: people directly affected by the bushfires, their friends and relatives; the people who came to their aid - fire fighters, doctors, nurses and wildlife rescuers; accounts from journalists on the scene; and those involved in coordinating the response. Arranged town-by-town, with introductions detailing the scope and impact of the fires on each community. Contents: Kilmore East & Wandong - Strathewen & Kinglake West - St Andrews & Steels Creek - Kinglake - Flowerdale - Marysville--Gippsland -Beechworth & Mudgegonga - the lost ( listing those who perished ) - map of tragedy. Proceeds from the sale of each book was given to the Salvation Army Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

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Yarra Plenty Regional Library identification sticker with name, number and bar code ISBN 9780732290108

Book - Conservation and Heritage Strategy / Shire of Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Conservation and Heritage Strategy / Shire of Eltham viii, 54 p. : ill., map ; 30 cm. Australia Victoria Eltham Shire of Eltham

viii, 54 p. : ill., map ; 30 cm.

Book - Souvenir Programme: The Opening of Eltham Lodge at Melbourne Citymission's Judge Book Village; Sunday 25 November 2001

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Souvenir Programme: The Opening of Eltham Lodge at Melbourne Citymission's Judge Book Village; Sunday 25 November 2001 Paperback 21 x 15 cm 16 pages plus cover au Victoria Melbourne judge book village

Paperback 21 x 15 cm 16 pages plus cover

Book - Schooling, service and the Great War : a resource for Secondary Schools. (includes a CD-ROM)

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Schooling, service and the Great War : a resource for Secondary Schools. (includes a CD-ROM) 94 p. : ill. ; 30 cm. + 1 x computer optical disc (CD-ROM) ISBN 9781877007880 Canberra ACT Canberra Department

94 p. : ill. ; 30 cm. + 1 x computer optical disc (CD-ROM)

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ISBN 9781877007880

Book - Gallipoli and the Anzacs : a resource for secondary schools. (includes a CD-ROM)

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Gallipoli and the Anzacs : a resource for secondary schools. (includes a CD-ROM) 120 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 30 cm + 1 DVD, 1 DVD-ROM. ISBN 9781877007514 187700751X Australia ACT Woden

120 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 30 cm + 1 DVD, 1 DVD-ROM.

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ISBN 9781877007514 187700751X

Book - Memories and memorabilia : recognising and preserving Australia's war heritage / researched and written by Dr Richard Reid, Dr Gordon Forth, and Sophie Lewincamp.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Memories and memorabilia : recognising and preserving Australia's war heritage / researched and written by Dr Richard Reid, Dr Gordon Forth, and Sophie Lewincamp. 88 pages : colour illustrations ; 25 cm

88 pages : colour illustrations ; 25 cm.

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ISBN 9780642705228

Book - The Victorian Local Government Handbook by F. H. Lonie, eighth edition by Kenneth H. Gifford and I. H. M. Lonie

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book The Victorian Local Government Handbook by F. H. Lonie, eighth edition by Kenneth H. Gifford and I. H. M. Lonie Red hardcover. 256 p, Inside front cover stamp: Return to Chief Administrator Shire of Eltham

Red hardcover. 256 p,

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The Victorian Local Government Handbook was first devised by Frank Lonie in 1936. It was designed to help the layman (Councillors and their Senior Officers) be introduced to and understand the Local Government Act. This copy is the eighth edition.

Significance

This book adds the Eltham District Historical Society's "Shire of Eltham" civic collection. It is significant in that it adds context to the understanding of other items in the collection, especially for the 1936-1974 era.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover stamp: Return to Chief Administrator Shire of Eltham

Book - Cadel Evans: the art of cycling

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Cadel Evans: the art of cycling Hardback Australia VIC The autobiography of "Australia's greatest cyclist" Cadel Evans. He is one of only two non-Europeans to have won the Tour de France (bike race), which

Hardback

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The autobiography of "Australia's greatest cyclist" Cadel Evans. He is one of only two non-Europeans to have won the Tour de France (bike race), which he won in 2011. Cadel Evans spent much of his youth growing up in the rural area of the Shire of Nillumbik

Book - Percy Leason: an artist's life by Margot Tasca

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Percy Leason: an artist's life by Margot Tasca Hardback Book "Who would have thought that a boy born in 1889 from the Victorian Mallee would become a successful artist on New York’s Staten Island

Hardback Book

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"Who would have thought that a boy born in 1889 from the Victorian Mallee would become a successful artist on New York’s Staten Island? This finely illustrated, exhaustively researched and beautifully written biography on Leason features the artist’s entire career as a painter and cartoonist renowned for his depictions of Australian society in the 1920s and 1930s. Leason’s story is a poignant one tracing his beginnings as a cartoonist, to the bohemian Melbourne art scene in the early 20th century, to his involvement in the artists’ camps of Eltham, to his important series of portraits of Lake Tyers Indigenous Australians, and his eventual move to the US where he has been acknowledged as making an enormous contribution to the New York arts scene. This story, as yet untold, fills a gap in the history of art in Australia and offers a new perspective on Australian art in the first half of the 20th century." - Thames and Hudson website A NEW HOME IN ELTHAM Once they had settled back into Melbourne, Perry and Belle began to look for a place to make a permanent home. Having enjoyed the bush setting of Mosman, they decided to explore the rural fringes of Melbourne. Each weekend they packed a picnic and travelled to the towns in the nearby hills - such as Ferntree Gully, Sassafras, Lilydale and, of course, Cockatoo Creek. Eventually deciding these places might be a little too far from The Herald office, they searched closer to the city. The Heidelberg and Box Hill regions that had inspired his old teacher McCubbin, had become busy, urban areas but further east, towards Warrandyte and Templestowe, there were still large tracts of bush. Finally they settled on Eltham, an area Percy knew very well, having often painted there with Jock Frater. Perry's old friend Dick McCann and his wife Margery had also settled in Eltham. The township was fifteen miles from Melbourne and serviced by an electric train that went to the central Melbourne station of Flinders Street, near where The Herald offices were located. Eltham was a small village in 1925, separated from Melbourne by the Yarra River, and surrounded by orchards and large tracts of bush. Small farms dotted the landscape and the main businesses revolved around ironmongers, blacksmiths, and farming supplies. Of particular appeal to artists was Eltham Park, a large expanse of bushland bounded by the Yarra River on the south side and the Diamond Creek on the east. The park included a playing field that was busy on weekends with cricket or football matches, but for the rest of the week it was mostly empty and an ideal place to paint. The scenery there provided the inspiration for many paintings by Leason, Meldrum and other artists such as Colin Colahan and Peter (A.E.) Newburv. The Leasons found a rundown old farmhouse on four-and-a-half acres of land in New Street, now known as Lavender Park Road. The site was splendid, at the top of a gentle slope which gave panoramic views east to the Dandenong hills, south over the Templestowe orchards and north to Kinglake. The front lawn was taken over by onion grass (or wiregrass as Leason called it) and scattered about the property were many wattles and gum trees. Aloe cacti covered much to the front of the house, while old quince and lucerne hedges separated the house and out-buildings from a rundown apple orchard. Here they would build a new home. ·with financial assistance from The Herald, Leason bought the property and immediately commissioned an architectural firm to design a new house in the popular bungalow style of the time. The old farm house was demolished but Percy saved the siding boards, bricks and corrugated iron for the outbuildings of his new home. The new house was a two storey, triple brick with a large, gabled, terracotta tiled roof. It was situated at the very top of the slope. The paint and varnish were barely dry when the family moved in during the summer of 1925-26 and the fumes were overpowering in the heat. Despite the house being wired for electricity, power poles had not yet reached the area and initially the family had to rely on kerosene lamps and candles. When electricity did arrive, Leason reflected on the community's reception of electricity at the expense of the old growth gum tree corridors in his cartoon, Electricity comes to Wiregrass. The family had now grown to seven. Jack was nearly nine, Jean was seven, Marjory was four, Nancy was two and the baby Patricia was seven months old. Jack and Jean were enrolled in the local primary school down the hill. A retired farmer, Jock McMillan, came to live on the property and help out with the general maintenance. Jock built himself a shack and Belle provided him with meals. He was kept occupied building structures around the property·, such as the garage, the outside toilet, garden beds, trellis arbours and a number of ponds. The elderly, bearded Scotsman with his old hat and baggy pants also provided the inspiration for one of the characters Leason regularly included in his cartoons. Like Leason, Jock smoked a straight stemmed pipe. A neighbour was employed to help Belle with domestic chores, and so the family settled down to live comfortably in their new Eltham house. Two dogs, Maginary and Wodger, completed the large and vibrant household. “Percy Leason; an artist’s life” by Margot Tasca, Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd, Port Melbourne 2016, pp 63-64

Book - Some Roddas: Being a record of the ancestors and descendents of Nicholas Rodda, 1805-1896 by Gwen Rodda

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Some Roddas: Being a record of the ancestors and descendents of Nicholas Rodda, 1805-1896 by Gwen Rodda Digital file only (74) - Cover and pages 64-136 and explanatory letter of self published book (1992

Digital file only (74) - Cover and pages 64-136 and explanatory letter of self published book (1992) on loan for scanning by EDHS

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Rodda family except two boys, Arthur and Fred. Back Row L-R: Herbert Rodda, baby Walter held by Mary Jane (nee May), cousin Annie Walker Front Row L-R: Father "Joseph", Ettie, Grandpa Rodda Nicholas holding Eva, Minnie and Edwin, and Mother-in-law Esther Chun Grove was located on Main Road opposite the present BP service station at cnr of Beard Street

Book - Nature's plenty : a history of the city of Whittlesea; Jones, Michael; Allen & Unwin, North Sydney 1992

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Nature's plenty : a history of the city of Whittlesea; Jones, Michael; Allen & Unwin, North Sydney 1992 xvi, 319 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.), ports. ; 28 cm. This book

xvi, 319 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.), ports. ; 28 cm.

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This book explores Whittlesea's history from early 1830's to 1991. Environment of the Aboriginal people about the the time of European settlement. Possible use of a 'swamp management system' now buried under Yan Yean reservoir. Smallpox epidemics among Aboriginal people prior to settlement - probably from the activity of nearby European sealers. Estimations of Aboriginal populations. Scattered references throughout. Subjects Health - Infectious diseases - Smallpox. Settlement and contacts - Colonisation - 1788-1850. Settlement and contacts - Colonisation - 1851- Environment - Land management. Demography. Woiwurrung /​ Wurundjeri /​ Woiwurung people (S36) (Vic SJ55-05) Yan Yean (Vic SJ55-05) Eden Park (Vic SJ55-05) Whittlesea (Vic SJ55-05) Diamond Creek (Vic SJ55-05) Kingslake (Vic SJ55-05) Whittlesea (Vic.) -- History.

Book - Melway Greater Melbourne street directory : including Geelong, Phillip Island, Healesville, Bellarine & Mornington Peninsulas; Edition 26, 1999

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Eltham District Historical Society Inc Book Melway Greater Melbourne street directory : including Geelong, Phillip Island, Healesville, Bellarine & Mornington Peninsulas; Edition 26, 1999 Street directory with plastic cover, coloured maps, 772 pages

Street directory with plastic cover, coloured maps, 772 pages 28 cm x 21.5 cm 1998