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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

location
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 - Construction of the new Eltham Library, c.1993

Key words

building construction
eltham library

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Historical information

Opened May 1994.

Inscriptions & Markings

Agfa XRG 100

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Audrey Cahn (nee Osborne) aged two, c.1907-1908

Key words

audrey cahn
audrey osborne
william osborne
ethel osborne
houses
warrandyte
osborne family
farm animals

Black and white photograph featuring William Alexander Osborne, Ethel Elizabeth Osborne, Audrey Josephine Osborne, two cows and a calf in front of their home in Warrandyte

Inscriptions & Markings

WAO EEO Audrey aged 2 Warrandyte 1907-8

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Lloyd's Store, Main Road, Eltham, c.1916-c.1922

Key words

baker
cadburys chocolate
cadburys cocoa
lloyd's store
refreshment room
slv
shops

Copy of sepia photograph

Historical information

Store was located opposite Dudley Street. Note various signs for Electrine Candles, Baker, Cadburys Cocoa, Cadburys Chocolate (in window) and Refreshment Room (faded). Edited version of print/digital file sourced from State Library of Victoria: Title: Lloyd's Store, Eltham, [Vic.] [picture]. Date: [ca. 1916-ca. 1922] Description: 1 photographic print : gelatin silver ; 6.6 x 10.8 cm. Copyright status: This work is out of copyright Terms of use: No copyright restrictions apply. Identifier(s): Accession no:H86.93 Subjects: Eltham (Vic.) -- Buildings, structures, etc; Victoria -- History -- 1901-1922; Gelatin silver prints Index terms: Shops; Victoria Notes: Title inscribed in ink on verso. Photographer unknown. Undated, date range provided by donor. Contents / Summary: Looking across street towards weatherboard store with porch at doorway, signs painted on front of store read: Electrine Candles. Source / Donor: Gift; Mrs. Nancy Graham; 1986.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Tait (Red Rattler) trains at Eltham Railway Station, 7-8 February 1981

Key words

eltham railway station, hurstbridge line, red rattler, tait train

Digital TIFF file Scan of 35mm Ilford FP4 black and white transparency

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Shire of Eltham display at the 1987 Eltham Community Festival, 7 November 1987.

Key words

shire of eltham
eltham festival

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GA 100 5095

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Kinglake Area

Key words

kinglake
ned kellys lookout
signs
gangelhoff road
george w bell collection

Black and white photograph of signs Ned Kelly's Lookout and Strawberries near Gangelhoff Road Kinglake

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Garratt locomotive No. 2, Fyansford Cement Works Railway, November 1962

Key words

fyansford cement works railway, garratt locomotive, geelong

Digital TIFF file Scan of 35mm Ilford FP3 black and white transparency

Historical information

Narrow gauge private railway

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Newsletter - Newsletter, No. 205 July 2012

Key words

newsletter
eltham district historical society
shire of eltham historical society

A4 photocopied newsletter distributed to members

Historical information

Contents: • Next meeting, guest speaker; Jim Connor: A Muddy History • July Meeting • July Excursion – John Street Mud Brick Precinct • Kooringorama – An Incomplete History • Eltham’s War Memorials by Harry Gilham • And Also

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.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Chateau Tahbilk Winery; 9 Oct 1994

Key words

shire of eltham historical society
activities
chateau tahbilk winery
major mitchell trail

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Historical information

Brief visit of the Major Mitchell Trail. This car based trail follows the route of the famous explorer right across Victoria. It crosses the Goulbum River near Chateau Tahbilk and Mitchelton Wineries and passes through Nagambie.

Significance

Record of the Society's history of activities - Spring 1994 excursion

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-4

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

no image

Folder - Thomas Hunniford

Key words

thomas hunniford

Folder of information on Thomas Hunniford, Postmaster, Eltham, 1850s

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Eltham - View of Council Chamber, c.1965

Key words

sepp
shire of eltham pioneers photograph collection
eltham
eltham shire office
council chamber

Digital image

Historical information

Source: Mr. Hugh Fisher, Photographer, 6 York St., Eltham

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.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Calendar - Nillumbik Community Calendar 1996: Nillumbik The Places and the People

Key words

calendar,1996,shire of nillumbik,research primary school,eltham north adventure playground,edendale gateway,tony trembath,eltham leisure centre,diamond valley railway,kangaroo ground pony club,eltham community and reception centre,eltham community centre,shire of nillumbik,swimming pool,yarra river,
diamond creek trail,yarrambat golf course,sugar loaf reservoir,map

Monthly calendar printed in landscape mode, with feature photograph and template of dates for each of the 12 months presented. Includes advertisements. Back of the calendar includes a list of emergency numbers.

Historical information

Community Project. One of a series of calendars which the Shire of Eltham and the Shire of Nillumbik published annually Photography by Graham Hosking Photography.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Roman Catholic Church, Eltham

Key words

eltham
church
catholic church

Sepia postcard photograph of the old Catholic church on Main Road above Wingrove Park

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Council Road Construction works, Shire of Eltham, c. Oct 1987

Key words

shire of eltham
infrastructure
road construction
roadworks

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

Historical information

Date based on other images from negative roll of similar display panels visible in images of the Shire of Eltham display at the Eltham Community Festival, 7 November 1987.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GA 100 5095

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - A (Red Rattler) Tait train for Princes Bridge and a Single Motor Carriage Tait train at Eltham Railway Station, 7-8 February 1981

Key words

eltham railway station, hurstbridge line, red rattler, single motor carriage, tait train

Digital TIFF file Scan of 35mm Ilford FP4 black and white transparency

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Eucalyptus Road and Pitt Street/Nyora Road roundabout, Eltham

Key words

eltham
eucalyptus road
nyora road
pitt street
roundabouts

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Historical information

Looking north along Eucalyptus Road, Eltham showing roundabout at intersection of Pitt Street/Nyora Road.

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Main Road, Eltham looking south towards Mount Pleasant Road, c.May 2001

Key words

eltham
streets
main road
mount pleasant road
shell service station

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Agfa HDC 200 plus-2

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Barber Shop and Lyon Bros Ford, Main Road, Eltham, c.1972

Key words

eltham
barber
fletchers real estate
main road
tattersalls
lyon bros ford
shopping centre

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Pencil notes reflect potential visual heights of replacement buildings. Barber shop is now Fletchers Real Estate.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Rennard property, Karingal Drive, Briar Hill, 16 July 1993

Key words

1993
briar hill
rennard property
karingal drive

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 4 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

no image

Folder - Jam Loon

Key words

jam loon

Folder of information on Jam Loon, Queenstown, 1860s

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Bus Terminus, Eltham Railway Station, 3 May 2017

Key words

eltham
main road
bus terminus
railway station

Born Digital

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Sculpture, Cyclist, Gareth Jones-Roberts

Key words

pioneers and painters
artists
gareth jones roberts

Black and white photograph reproduced on p123 of 'Pioneers & Painters'

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

no image

Folder - Daisy Jacobs

Key words

daisy jacobs

Folder of information on Daisy Jacobs, Eltham, 1980s

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Kangaroo Ground Tennis Club Room and Courts, Feb 1990.

Key words

tennis
kangaroo ground
cfa
country fire authority
buildings

Colour photograph of the Kangaroo Ground Tennis Club Room and Courts (formerly Country Fire Authority), Feb. 1990. building under construction.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Eltham Christian School, staff, 1982

Key words

eltham christian school
nyora road
adelaide wilson
chris field
helen hillas
chris trinham
gavin phillips
alan field
anne wilson
glenda watts

colour photograph

Historical information

L-R: Adelaide Wilson (Teacher’s Aide), Chris Field (Craft), Helen Hillas (Primary Teacher), Chris Trinham (Pastor and Bible Studies), Gavin Phillips (Secondary Teacher), Alan Field (Electives), Anne Wilson (Secretary), Glenda Watts (Typing) From an album featuring a series of photographs (some cropped) from a magnetic photo album relating to the staff, students and activities of the Eltham Christian School which operated as part of the Eltham Christian Church at Nyora Road, Eltham. See also entries for each photograph.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Opening of Andrew Ross Museum, Kangaroo Ground, 20 Nov 1994

Key words

shire of eltham historical society

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 3 strips

Historical information

In 1992 Shire of Eltham Historical Society member and Kangaroo Ground resident, Bruce Ness became aware that the old school teacher residence at Kangaroo Ground School was no longer being used. Over the years Bruce had been storing a growing collection of the Society's artifacts and objects including various machinery and farm tools. He proposed that this might present an opportunity to set up a museum with the Society's objects. It was proposed that a board be appointed containing representatives of the Society, the School Council, Shire of Eltham and "Friends of the Andrew Ross Museum." As a consequence, most of the Society's objects were transferred to the museum and the Society became more focused on documents, maps and photographs, etc.

Inscriptions & Markings

Fuji 100

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Greeting card - Eltham Primary School, Barbara Munro (1973)

Key words

eltham primary school
barbara munro
eltham state school
state school no. 209

Folded cardboard greeting card with reproduction of ink sketch on front

Historical information

Cross Ref: 00119

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on back: Eltham State School No. 209. Built in 1876. By courtesy of the artist.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Warrandyte. Main Road looking north toward Hotel, c.1928.

Key words

sepp
shire of eltham pioneers photograph collection
warrandyte
floods

Digital image

Historical information

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.

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

Photograph - Looking up Parsons Road from intersection with Main Road, Eltham, c.1987

Key words

roads
parsons road
main road

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 7 strips

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak GA 100 5095

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham

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

Key words

eltham shire office
demolition

Roll of 35mm colour negative film, 10 strips

Historical information

Print copies originally located in a small pink (with decorative flowers) album, suede spine, 18 x 18 x 6 cm, 50 page inserts, 100 photo capacity. 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kodak Gold 100-5

Eltham District Historical Society Inc, Eltham